A Gauteng woman has regained her independence and has begun to follow Jesus after He miraculously restored her eyesight at the Apostolic Faith Mission of Africa’s Great Spiritual Revival event in Tembisa on April 27.
Miriam Siyoko from Soshanguve Block TT said she lost her sight in 2014 after she woke up one morning unable to see. Like the woman in the Bible who had an issue of blood for 12 years, she said she sought in vain for help from various places.
“I lost a lot of money trying to have my sight back,” said Siyoko.
She said she was a businesswoman with a bakkie and a house when she lost her sight. She sold both to get money to pay traditional healers and diviners who promised to help her get her sight back.
“I have travelled as far as Cape Town, Durban spending money to get healing. I also visited medical practitioners and doctors who could not figure out what my problem was,” she said.
“I used to be led by a hand and would walk around with the aid of a stick. During the revival I heard that through faith in Jesus Christ I could be healed.
“I believed the word of God and I miraculously received my sight. After receiving my sight back through faith, I left my stick at the revival venue on that day and I now walk without assistance.
“This has become a spiritual inspiration to other people that have known me before,” she said.
According to Siyoko, both her physical and spiritual life have changed.
“I have decided to follow Jesus to experience deeper things of God. My sister who stays not far from me as well as other people in the neighborhood are happy for me and they have also started to show an interest in the Lord who changed my life.”
People brought their loved ones to the Great Spiritual Revival event to enjoy the inspiring spiritual message delivered by the international overseer of the AFM of Africa, Reverend Rosewell Zulu.
“It is a privilege to preach the clean, pure, heart-penetrating Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to present the hope of eternal life brought by the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We endeavor to do whatever we can to advance The Kingdom of Heaven,” said Rev Zulu in an interview.
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must The Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life. All the spiritual blessings received including the healings are free of charge.
“We are a church with an open door and a burning message preaching, the Word of God in a manner that will win souls for Christ and prepare them for Heaven. We preach Christ crucified, the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world and we believe in the finished work of the Cross of Jesus,” he said.
Johannesburg-based AFM of Africa’s Pastor Sydney Mthombeni said people came from as far as the SADC region and all the cities of South Africa to attend The Great Revival event from April 26 to 29.
“Four people repented, 112 were born again, 20 received sanctification, 15 were baptised in the Holy Ghost, 1 041 were blessed, 218 were spiritually revived and there were many other blessings including 377 who received physical healing through their faith in God,” he said.
The MEC for the Gauteng Department of Social Development, Nandi Mayathula- Khoza attended the Great Revival on behalf of the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura and the Gauteng Provincial Government. Delivering her keynote address, Mayathula- Khoza acknowledged the role played by churches in communities and said it was a privilege to address the special event which coincided with the country’s celebrations of 24 years of freedom and democracy.
“We are not here as leaders but God-fearing servants of the people. Like in this service, we are here for the spiritual revival, salvation, healing and spiritual blessings. We are here to kneel before the Almighty in gratitude for deliverance from apartheid and for the protection of our valued freedom for the past 24 years,” she said.
“It [The Great Spiritual Revival event] helps us to know that we cannot succeed without God. The Great Spiritual Revival is a befitting act of redemption for our society. It happens as we are battling the seemingly insurmountable challenges of poverty, hunger, acts of racism and other social ills of many sorts.
“We gather here today as humanity, in covenant with God as we thank Him for being with us to this day whilst we beg for His guidance and mercy to carry us to the future,” she said.
Various other community stakeholders including Councilor Pearl Nokane and the entire community of Tembisa and Gauteng community came in numbers to receive their spiritual blessings.