In November 2009, I had a special ministerial encounter where God told me that I must use writing and speaking skills to spread Bible messages on marriage and demonstrate his supreme power over marital decisions, destinies and challenges.
This encounter led to the concept of Marriage Clinic Column, which did not begin as a newspaper column. It was first birthed in form of the first edition of a book titled MAKING YOUR MARRIAGE WORK (2009). In 2012, an audio CD message titled I NEED TO MARRY was produced to support the book, which later had a second edition (2015) and a third edition (2018).
In 2017, God provided an enablement for a weekly radio programme titled MARITAL ISSUES.
Marriage Clinic Column in Saturday Telegraph Newspaper was first published in August 2015 and has been consistently published till date.
To celebrate five years of existence of MARRIAGE CLINIC, we like to share just five of the uncountable testimonies of what God Almighty has done to marital relationships through MARRIAGE CLINIC.
1. CHILDBIRTH DELAY TERMINATED
In January 2015, Mrs. Kute in Lagos read one of our articles on delayed childbirth after several years of marriage without a child. She requested that we join her in prayers. Fasting and prayers for God’s intervention followed. To the glory of God Almighty, in April 2016, I received from her, a phone SMS that reads: “Join me to celebrate my new born baby.” I eventually named the baby, Miracle. Praise God!
2. DELIVERED FROM TORMENT OF UNFORGIVENESS
Faith in Ajah, Lagos, sent me a phone SMS. “Sir, you said something. You said someone needed to forgive his father so that the person’s spiritual challenges would stop. I was the one. I had not been in good terms with my father because he left us with my mum for another woman. Then, I was always having spiritual attacks. After that your statement two years ago, I travelled to the village and forgave my father. After I forgave him, the attacks stopped. Even though he died shortly after my forgiving him, I am happy because God used you to talk to me and I forgave him. Thank God.”
3. DELIVERED FROM SUICIDE
In 2012, Loveth was undergoing her NYSC at Owerri, Imo State. After listening to one of our CD messages titled I NEED TO MARRY, she called me and told me that her life was messed up and that she needed to take her life. What happened? A young man got her pregnant, promised her marriage but did not marry her. To add insult to injury, the man travelled out of the country and left her to suffer alone. This forced her to remain in Owerri after her youth service (She is a Deltan). After four years, the man resurfaced and renewed the marriage promise but was very promiscuous to the extent that she caught him, attempting to rape their four year-old daughter. The story is long but the testimony is that today, Loveth is alive, married with additional children. She was delivered from killing herself. Praise God.
4. MARRIAGE RESTORED FROM UNFORGIVENESS
In February 2015, my printer, Mrs Oye went to pick up the designed draft of the second edition of my book, MAKING YOUR MARRIAGE WORK. This happened in Ijaiye, Lagos. She shared this testimony with me. When she got there, the man who designed the book cover asked her if the author was a prophet. “Why such a question?”, she asked. The man told her that for three months, he had not been in talking terms with his wife but that after reading through a portion of the book content, he went home and found himself, reconciling with his wife. Their intimacy, intimacy, peace and children’s joy were restored. Halleluiah!
5. DELIVERED FROM SUICIDE
In August 2017, after reading an edition of MARRIAGE CLINIC that focused on implications of committing suicide over relationship, Pastor Ofor in Badagry, Lagos called me to thank me for the column, which he said had rescued him from suicide. His wife had just left him with three children at a point where his house rent had just expired. His business was down because his wife was the brain behind the operations. Landlord was threatening fire and brimstone. His wife did not want to see him and her relatives could not help him. According to him, he had already bought a rope with which he intended to hang himself. He was only considering the appropriate time for the suicide when he stumbled on Marriage Clinic Column in Saturday Telegraph Newspaper. After reading that edition, he changed his mind about killing himself. Today, he is alive. Praise God.
Like I said, MARRIAGE CLINIC testimonies are so many. Is it that of Mariam in Ikeja, Lagos whose husband left her with three children in a house he built, rented another apartment and stayed there with a strange woman. We agreed in prayers with his wife that her husband would return. To the glory of God, the man did not only leave the strange woman and returned in less than two months, he knelt before her to plead for forgiveness. Today, they are back together.
What about Pastor Abraham who contacted me after reading Marriage Clinic? He had problems with his wife because she confessed to adultery. We set up meetings and on investigation, we discovered that it was a case of hypnotization. The relationship was eventually restored. Praise God! Marriage Clinic testimonies are so many.
WHAT IS YOUR MARITAL OR RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGE? THE ABOVE TESTIMONIES ARE TELLING YOU THAT JESUS CHRIST IS BIGGER THAN ANY SITUATION AND CAN CHANGE IT.
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Pastor Albinus Chiedu