Firstly I would like to thank my father Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Phd for this wonderful opportunity to share the testimony of my salvation. Thank you Sir.
I first found out about Christ Embassy when I was 14 years old. It was through watching Atmosphere for Miracles on TV.
I loved the way Pastor Chris ministered healing to the sick and the way the LMM ministered. I wished I could be part of them some day.
Before I got born again I had been going to one pentecostal church. I struggled to pray by myself, to read the bible, I was not Spirit filled and could not pray in tongues, even though I had been trying to do so for several years.
At home I was living with relatives that did not love me. I was emotionally abused and sometimes beaten up for no reason.
At school I did not have genuine friends. And even in my social life, I struggled to make friendships work all because I felt I was not getting any attention.
I felt unappreciated, my life was meaningless and I felt empty in my heart. The situation was so bad that suicidal thoughts crossed my mind at one time.
In 2007 while I was still in high school, nothing made sense any more. My life was very hard and I was tired of everything.
I was so full of inferiority complex such that I could put on a smile and still be shunk to nothing on the inside. I had even stopped going to church.
On the 7th of October I decided to go to Christ Embassy Belvedere Church (Zimbabwe) just for a visit. I attentively listened to the Pastor's preaching and began to feel very comfortable.
When the altar call was made, I did not stand. I only stood when first timers were called forth.
In the first timers counselling room the counsellor told me that it was possible for me to start speaking in tongues. She said I needed to get born again first.
I did not hesitate to do so, I immediately said the prayer of salvation and was filled with the Holy Ghost and started praying in tongues. Finally!! On this day, I felt so much love and warmth from the brethren and I had been looking for that love for as long as I could remember.
I made up my mind that this was the place I belonged and wanted to stay. I even submitted my name for joining the choir there and then.
(Up to this day, I am an annointed music minister. My dream to minister in the LMM came true after all!) I made a conscious effort to be in church everytime after that particular day.
I remember I never used to have bus fare but I would still dress up and pray in tongues on my way to the bus stop. A car would just stop for me and I would be offered a lift to the city.
I went to church this way for more than a year because I did not have any source of income. The situation at home however improved because my faith was prevailing.
I did not allow for it to be tempered with. And I thank the Lord for this up till this day.
He has been so good to me. Hallelujah .