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How Archbishop Idahosa died – Wife – Vanguard News Nigeria
Here, the wife and the first female Pentecostal Archbishop in Africa recounts the last moments of her husband and how she had coped with bereavement. I knew late Archbishop Benson Idahosa when I was young and we were friends for eight years before we got married. He was not only my husband, he was my brother, my friend and a confidant.
In addition to these, he was my bishop and archbishop. I thought to myself after the burial I would just recline to myself. By then my children were all abroad and I said I would be staying with them one after the other and then boigraphy over to Benin to see how the ministry was being run. But God who knows the heart of man directed my path to where I am today.
Bsnson my husband was alive I was with him and the best I could do was to encourage him and pray for him. I was a great supporter of his vision. So when he died I just wanted to remain in my cocoon. But God had odahosa different plan for me.
As a matter of fact when I was called the day I was ordained a bishop; I thought they called me just to pray for me. I came out and the archbishop who ordained me said he did not confer with flesh and blood but that the Holy Spirit had directed him to ordain me as a bishop. When he made that declaration there was a thunderous response from the audience.
Idahosa, Benson Andrew
Before then I must confess that my mind was not in ministry. But to my greatest surprise there was a great acceptance of the ordination. Honestly, I was not looking forward to it and after a while I had to pray and God spoke to me and said He had called me and He would give me the enablement and the strength to do the task that has been set before me.
And I said okay; God it is a deal. And I said let us try. I recall that when my husband was alive he used to travel a lot and there were times he took people out for lunch in some of the countries he went to and those people were used to asking him questions.
One of the questions by one of his friends was whether he was preparing somebody to take over from him and he said he was not preparing anybody because the anointing breaks the yoke and that anybody who had the anointing would definitely be put in place. But he said I think my wife will fit into my shoes. Somebody brought the video and we watched it. There was a general acceptance of my person when I was ordained and God has been helping us in the ministry.
What were the things that you did to equip yourself with the task ahead? That was how we started working. There were challenges in this area and I told God that I wanted him to direct my affairs and my life.
I had a husband and I enjoyed him and I think there was nobody else that could match up to him. I told God that I want Him to take the desire for another man from me. I never wanted to think about remarriage. To be married to who? Let us look back to the time you married your late husband.
Was he already in ministry when you met him? I met him already called into the ministry.
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There was a book he wrote called, Fire in his bones. Everything about his life is in that book. And those are the things I know about him. And he kept saying to me that I should focus my attention on Idzhosa. He said when he gave his life to Christ a lot of things happened and that God showed him some visions. In one of the visions God showed him a big dry tree with branches that had no leaves but it had branches and God put him under the tree. When he lifted up his eyes he saw an old woman carrying a huge load and he got up from under the tree to help that woman to where she was going and there was a tiny leaf on the tree after he had rendered the help and he opened his eyes.
He saw another person and he helped the person and there was another leaf on the tree. The more he helped, the more the tree had leaves. And God told him that bigoraphy more he helped people the more he will get protection and shade. When you are called of God, He gives you the boldness you need to withstand anything. When God called him, for 14 days he went round Benin City praying and asking God to take the city for the gospel. When my husband finished the 14 days marathon prayer round the city he started a small fellowship with students all over the place.
What were his dreams that he could not accomplish before he died? He died in March. And I said it is because we were still in February and that because he had not traveled. I said he needed to travel and if he did that he would come back with a fresh idea. And he said he would travel in March and that he would be by himself and will not interact with anybody. I was abroad when he died. I was planning to travel that night to Nigeria when the report came that he had gone home.
That, to me was a great shock. Before biogtaphy died, he had preached a message titled The benefit of death and he preached so ebnson and made death so useless. He made it clear to us that he had finished the work God gave him in that message.
He is referred to as father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria. What do you make of what is going on in PFN now?
When he came on the scene, ministry work was not a joke. Even the orthodox churches waged war but he stood his ground. He cleared the land for all of us. Many years ago it was a taboo for women biogdaphy hold the microphone not to talk of preaching in the church but he encouraged us to move in the spirit of God. He encouraged us to preach and do the work.
That was the last message he preached to the women. He preached also at the Bible School before he went to lunch with a team from Oral Roberts University. He gave instruction to all the members of the team and they were all glued to him!
After a while a gentle breeze was blowing and everybody set their gaze on him. He was saying thank you Jesus and those on the table thought he was praying and they all closed their eyes and started saying thank you Jesus along with him but suddenly they did not hear anything again and one of the team members opened his eyes and found out that archbishop was gone. They tried all they could to revive him but he was gone. He was not sick.
He never had high blood pressure. He was never down. Each time we came back from foreign trips doctors were always there to take our blood pressure.
I was the one that was the sick once. Even the doctors were surprised that he died because he was not sick at all.
All the children were in school when he died. I was in America and the children were in London. One of our friends told our eldest child that I was on the way to meet him. We met and we held hands and cried at the airport in London. My first daughter was in law school biogrpahy Britain then. I called her and said she should tell her lecturer that her father had just died and that she should come.
My two daughters in America also had to come and they all cried. I believe everything that God asked him to do he did. He said he had done all what God wanted him to do. For many years I belong to different Christian bodies but in the last 10 years I have been functioning in the position of archbishop and the bodies that I belong to idzhosa it was time to recognize me.
How Archbishop Idahosa died – Wife