Last updated on August 29th, 2019 at 01:58 am
Benson Andrew Idahosa was born in Benin City on September 11, 1938. He was born into a non-Christian parents in a predominantly non-Christian community, he was rejected by his father, John, for being frail and sickly. He constantly had fainting spells as a child, and on one of his spells, his mother abadoned him in the bush thinking and assuming he was dead.
He grew up in a poor household. Like most of the surrounding houses, his family home was a mud house. This reality denied him access to education until he was fourteen years old, when he was able to attend a local government school.He was a Charismatic Pentecostal preacher, and founder of the Church of God Mission International with headquarters in Benin City, Edo State. As the first Pentecostal archbishop in Nigeria, he was renowned for his robust faith. T. L. Osborn remarked on him as the greatest African ambassador of the apostolic Christian faith to the world.
He had strong links with international gospel ministers like Billy Graham, T. L. Osborn, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Reinhard Bonnke, Morris Cerullo, Oral Roberts, amongst others; and took the gospel to 145 nations in his lifetime.
His Early Life
He was converted by Pastor Okpo and became the first Bini member of Pastor Okpo’s small congregation. As a young convert he became very zealous in winning souls and in conducting outreaches in villages around Benin City.
He was called to the ministry in a night vision from the Lord. “I have called you that you might take the gospel around the world in my name, preach the gospel, and I will confirm my word with signs following,” said the voice from heaven.
The room was filled with the presence of God as Benson fell to his knees beside the bed: “Lord, wherever you want me to go, I will go.” He prayed on through the night, renewing his vows to God and interceding for his people who were yet to hear the message of salvation.
After his call, Benson launched into ministry work preaching from village to village the gospel of Jesus Christ with great power and anointing.
Benson Idahosa Testimony
When I was 21 years old, I once heard my pastor say during a morning service that Christians could raise the dead in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I asked him truthfull, daddy, is it true I can raise a dead man? He said
Benson, it is true you can raise a dead man, the bible said it.
I asked him have you raised a dead man before? He said no but
God said in his word, in Matthew 10:8; Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
After which I believed it with all my heart. I went through the city of Benin in search of a dead person to raise to life. After about five hours of hard searching I found a compound where a little girl had died a few hours before. The corpse had been cleaned and prepared for burial. I walked boldly up to the father of the dead child. “The God whom I serve can bring your baby back to life,” I told him. “Will you permit me to pray for the child and bring her back to life?” The man was startled, but he agreed. With great enthusiasm, I walked into the room and up to the bed. The child was cold and dead. With strong faith in the Lord, I called on the Lord to restore the child back to life. I turned to the corpse and called it by name, “Arise in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Oh Glory to God! The corpse sneezed, heavily, alas. The child had come back to life! (Benson Idahosa)
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He was known for many notable quotes including “my God is not a poor God”, “your attitude determines your altitude”, “it is more risky, not to take a risk”, “I am a possibilitarian”, “A big head without a big brain is a big load to the neck”,”If your faith says yes, God cannot say no”, amongst others.
Idahosa’s Supreme Task
Evangelism was Idahosa’s primary concern.He preached in over 145 countries all over the world. This was a say about him, as black I preached to more white than black yet I convert more black than white.
Crusades was a major role in his ministry. He was involved in at least one crusade per month. He established a Television Ministry reaching 50 million people.
The Secret of His Success
Idahosa operated in faith and he had a robust faith. He believed God for everything. “All things are possible to him that believes.” He spent quality time in prayer and in the study of God’s Word. He said that if someone spends time studying the Bible and acting on it, people will come looking for that person for life solutions. Idahosa also spent time studying the works and lives of other successful people both in the gospel ministry and other fields of human endeavors and he applied the principles he learned about these successful people to his life and ministry.
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