For five years of his life, Charles Edward Tembo lived a biblical Job kind of life until God remembered him through Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa.
Tembo was infested with a strange illness which the medical fraternity failed to diagnose and traditional healers surrendered.
What had started off as tiny abscesses oozing pus in the armpit had become gruesome and itchy sores all over the body.
“They were very itchy (sores). My wife had to scratch me with rough stones until I bled. It made me feel better for a little while and it would start again,” Tembo recalls.
Tembo also remembers the humiliation he went through during his illness where some traditional healers evicted him from their premises fearing infection.
Many of the so called prophets and traditional healers sought to dig deep into his pockets, charging exorbitant consultation fees and prescribed treatment which only worsened his situation.
“There were so many myths and false prophecies surrounding my infirmity, some said that I was being avenged for theft while some said that I had slept with another man’s wife. The general assumption in my community was that I had AIDS,” he said
Friends and relatives abandoned him save for his wife, Nelia Sinoya and his youngest brother Bruce Chidongo
In his ghastly state, his wife kept tending for him; continuing to share the same bed with him and also working for the family.
It was a trying time for her as it was difficult to care for her husband whose itch was triggered by both coolness and warmth.
“I had never seen or heard of such a disease on this planet. If I were an uncommitted wife, I would have left a long time ago but because I love him, I had to bear it all for him to live,” said his wife Nelia.
His life of pain and seclusion dragged on, having lost all hope of normalcy until his youngest brother asked him to accompany him to United Family International Church (UFIC) where he fellowships.
“I had heard of Prophet Makandiwa but I thought that his healing and deliverance services were for a charge but my brother convinced me that it was all for free and I then agreed to attend the service.”
He did not understand why thousands of people had gathered for just one man but when the man of God started preaching and explaining scripture, Tembo started appreciating the gift on Prophet Makandiwa that drew people of different ages and races to him.
For the first time, Tembo was touched by the word of God and he understood the sermon in a way he had never done before such that it uplifted his faith.
“When the Prophet Makandiwa finished his sermon he started praying for the sick and afflicted. I had never witnessed miracles of such magnitude before. The blind could see, the lame could walk and those with medical conditions that had been termed incurable were healed instantly,” Tembo said.
When his turn came for Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa to pray for him, Tembo was expectant believing that his situation was going to change.
“The Prophet held my hands and looked into my eyes. My mind started racing thinking that I was going to transmit the ailment to him but within a few seconds I started feeling giddy. It felt as though a magnetic force was sweeping through my body and I fell to the ground,” Tembo narrates
He vividly recalls how different he felt when he rose from the ground that day, strength in his limps had been renewed and the itch was gone.
“When I got home, I told my wife that I had been healed but she could not believe it because the sores where still there. I also remember that for the first time in five years, I slept peacefully that night,” he said
For two days the sores kept discharging fluids and after just one week all the sores had dried up!
“I could have died if it was not for the great Prophet of God. Prophet Makandiwa saved my life, he gave me nothing to drink or to apply on the sores but they just dried up after his prayer. Now my skin that was once appalling has been restored,” Tembo declares.
Tembo not only received healing for the skin disease that had shattered his life, he was also delivered from addictions that were secretly destroying his body.
“I was a chain smoker and an alcohol addict but from the day Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa prayed for me, I have not craved for these substances; neither can I stand their stench anymore,” said Tembo.
Tembo gave his life to Christ and he is now a full member of UFIC and an avid reader and lover of the word of God.
“Although the Prophet is young in age, he indeed is a great man of God with a gift from above. I have seen God doing mighty works through this man,” Tembo testifies.
Tembo also acknowledges that Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa has divine love that can only come from God.
“He (Prophet Makandiwa) does not mind what you look like; he will still touch you regardless of your sores. I had never seen anything like that, his love is too much. May God give Prophet Makandiwa a long life,” he adds.
Where doctors, traditional healers and prophets had failed, it took just one man with the divine power of God to transform a seemingly impossible situation.