To make this testimony even fuller, the following Monday, University of Houston called me. I was told that I could apply for the Masters in Biotechnology program for the Spring but they would admit me for the Fall semester that had just started. I had taken my case up to the President of University of Houston the day I sent an email "to the top." So now everyone was probably scrambling to do anything they could do to keep their jobs. I told my parents the news and was expecting an email to confirm what I was told. The email I received still stated something different so I responded and later got a response confirming what I had been told over the phone. I was given 24 hours to turn in an application. I know that at this point, most of you are thinking “why would you even bother to apply?” But I did. I wanted that clean record from University of Houston. As I got to the payment screen, I saw $150, a bit higher than what I thought it was so my parents told me not to bother. Stubborn as I am, I called that Dean that had met with me on Friday to ask if a waiver was possible. In my head, it made sense that they would waive my application fee since they had caused me so much trouble already. But they didn’t. I proceeded to check out but my payment didn’t go through. I verified my details over and over again but still received the same error. At this point, I knew it was beyond me so I copied the error message and sent an email to the involved parties to let them know of the difficulty I was having. By now, it was a few minutes after 5pm but because I had just gotten off the phone with the Dean, I knew she was expecting my application. Till today, beloved brethren, I have not received a word back from the College of Technology at University of Houston. It was for good.
After the excitement of the Johns Hopkins admission, it dawned on my family that we needed a lot of money...fast! There was a higher tuition to pay for, a car to ship, an apartment to be transported, plane tickets to be bought, final bills to be paid, a new apartment to be sought and of course, triple my rent amount which was in the thousands to cancel my current lease (failure to give 60 days’ termination notice). Believe me when I said there was no money for all of this. But God sent someone.
Still on that Monday, God showed up even more. My phone company had been billing me for the last 3 months for placing international calls to my family, but I didn't notice that. I thought it was the remaining balance from the new phone I had to get in the wake of the demise of my last phone. The bill was over $800. For years, I had been using an app for international calls called Rebtel, which routes calls without going through your mobile network. I loaded money onto it that sometimes lasted for 2 months because the charges were ridiculously low. So I knew that even if I had mistakenly used my phone dialing screen once or twice, an $800 charge remained unexplainable. My family called more than I did; we had figured earlier on that it was more economical that way. After talking to some customer service agents and a manager the previous week, I was given the "offer" of having half of the bill reversed. I refused it. My rant to the lady went something like this: "How is this an offer when I really did not do anything to warrant such charges?" She had told me earlier that should I accept the offer, nothing more could be done to help me and in fact, there was no better offer. I knew I did not have $400 so I pressed on. As the conversation was hitting the one hour mark without result, I began to round up the call and she made the offer yet again. I declined, convinced that something would work out. She scheduled a call back but the day she called, I was not in a good space to talk. So on this Monday right before I called, I went into my room, knocked my head on the ground three times and prayed a little. The first customer service agent did not help much so she transferred my call to a specialist. I was ready to fight. The lady greeted me with the usual "Thank you for being our loyal customer…bla bla". But as she said those “bla bla’’s, something about her calmness made me hopeful. In a few gentle words, I told her my plight and asked if she could do anything to help. Her response was "Nooo, I wouldn't be happy if I received this type of bill either". I laughed a bit, slightly relieved to be finally talking to a human. Patiently and quietly, I waited.
Children of God, without any back and forth, she told me these words I will never forget: "Ma'am, whether you made these calls or not, I will go ahead and reverse the charges". Wait, what? "All of it?" I thought in my head and most likely asked out loud. And she responded, “Yes, all of it”. Just like that, my Lord my God came to my rescue and my family's rescue, because on a normal day, that $800 or even the half offer of $400 may have seemed like a bill we could force out, but in this period, there were no funds for any such expenses. God was seriously raining blessings on me, it was so overwhelming.
I now had less than 2 weeks to pack (again) and move my entire life to Johns Hopkins. Thankfully, we already had tickets to Maryland for my church’s USA Anniversary…in DC where the sermon went something like this: "Tribulation is the Key to the Kingdom of God". Coincidence? I think not. More like Divine Ordination. (videos below)
Of course, there were so many temptations within these 2 weeks. My family started reconsidering UH because of its lower tuition and somehow tried to get me to contact them again to see if I could get into their Biotechnology program. I really considered staying but one day, it was as if something came over me and I walked into the living room and said “No, I’m never going back to University of Houston again”. That was the end of all conflict or most of it. I had been emotionally scarred by this school and though staying for one semester and calling Johns Hopkins to defer my resumption to the Spring (January) was a viable option, I wasn’t going to take it. I dreaded walking back onto that campus, seeing those advisors, sitting in those classes. Still, I could not deny that being in Houston made UH the easier route. I had grown to love Houston which is why I believe God spun things around for me because you truly cannot achieve much with any manner of hatred in your hearts. I had built a family with my friends and overall, got used to the southern way of living. Additionally, I had just upgraded from a bug-infested studio to a swanky one bedroom apartment in a high-class neighborhood which was ten minutes from about three or four nice shopping malls (a plus in Memkoh's world). P.s I still have this apartment available till October. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you more info.
That week also, my passport arrived in the mail but with my Johns Hopkins admission, there was no need to fight with Houston Baptist University. You think? The temptation to stay in Houston was so much that I still sent an email to HBU. I wanted to know why their MBA program did not even touch my application because the international student advisor had not “cleared” me, in their words. I wanted to know if I still had a chance now that I had my passport. I wanted to let them know that denying ever receiving my documents was not okay and their overall attitude to my situation was low. They never bothered to officially accept or deny me with a letter. Their response went something like “We are sorry that you are not happy about this but…” I barely read that email. I didn’t need to. God’s will was crystal clear now.
I had to say goodbye.
I packed what I could and we flew in to Baltimore that weekend.
Now after a week, I am still in disbelief of how God’s mercies and endless favor got me here. I got in to Johns Hopkins with those same meager scores UH declined, that same low GPA but do you know what did not stay the same? My faith in God. It heightened and my attitude to life brightened. I am tempted to say not much can shock me anymore but I will rephrase that to say that I am now living with the promise that tomorrow may be bad but the next day will be even better if you just hold on. If you have not experienced the bottom, how will you appreciate the top when you get there? I did not only get into Johns Hopkins, but I got into their Advanced Academic Program. Who advanced me spiritually and physically? Was it not God? Every day, since I got my admission, I walk round with this testimony in my head and the Spirit convicting me to share, to share. The normal me would have kept it all in and just responded to anyone who asks “Oh I just transferred”. But this was not a mere transfer. It was a blessing and Papa, I remain eternally grateful.
I know you were wondering why I started the first part of this testimony series the way I did, with confession of sins. I know you had never heard of that manner of beginning a testimony with “In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, through the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever more...", then confession of sins before going into my testimony. Who taught me that? I know you want to understand it all.
So what is THIS NAME I have been speaking of?
I vividly remember how on two occasions, my friends had asked what church I attended. I lied. It still hurts and I feel very much like Peter. I lied because I did not want to start explaining or arguing or correcting anyone. So on those two occasions, I simply blurted out “Redeemed Christian Church of God” for two reasons - I had attended one for 4 years during my undergrad because the nearest location of my actual home church was in DC. And the most pertinent reason was because of the dismissal I knew came with sharing my faith. From my childhood, other children always made fun of me as I strolled to church in my white for choir practice or children's fasting held every first Saturday of the month. The mere mention of my church was always met with scorn, abuse and heavy judgement, which continually leaves me questioning if that is how true Christians are supposed to behave. I had been taught to love God, love all and judge none, regardless of their faith, which is why I was able to attend another church without any difficulties. All I needed was to see there was God's love and feel His presence.
Taking you back to my childhood to tell you the scorn I've faced from serving God is a bit too far. Today I was texting someone who told me my church sounded like a cult. But I believe that through this testimony, you can confirm that truly, God is with me. A cult cannot do what God did in my life - from being an outcast in University of Houston to being in an Advanced Academic Program at Johns Hopkins University. It simply cannot be and for that and many more reasons, I will testify of this name.
The Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient God is Leader Olumba Olumba Obu, the name I have been trying to tell you about in all of this. It is the new name of the one true God, the Promised Comforter who our Lord Jesus Christ said will come in John 14:26 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" and in verse 30, "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me". Yes, you heard mention of the Holy Ghost in the first passage I referenced and you are probably saying "Well, we can't see the Holy Ghost or He was not supposed to come in human form, let's dig deeper. John 15:26 says "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me". Our Lord Jesus Christ expanded on this in John 16: 12 - 14 that "12. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you".
How can we call a man God?
John 16:13-14 – 13 says Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you.”
Olumba Olumba Obu does not speak of himself neither does he speak his own words. He has told the world severally that He is not God. He preaches it. He says it, even in interviews. In this **sermon titled "I am not God but Olumba Olumba Obu" He says, "You are all witnesses. The entire world is my witness, even the angels, that I have never said that I am God; and that I have never denied that it is the Father who is doing all the work being done on earth today."
Pause! Who is “The Father” that He is saying He has never denied is doing all the work? Is it not our one true God? That is exactly how it was written this will happen - "He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak..." So that goes to show you that if any man walks up to you and says "I am God", run! Run for your dear life because you are about to be led astray. But He that was promised, as the Comforter has come and is dwelling here on earth as was written and by His works, His words and His actions, we have seen and can constantly testify, that He is God-sent and that the tabernacle of God is here on earth to dwell with men and that God Himself is here with men. So is He not God? Is God’s own not God and even we the children of God, are we not gods? Confused? Don't be. Read any of these sermons by Leader Olumba Olumba Obu and thereafter, you can do some soul searching to see who preaches like this, who teaches like Him and who talks with so much humility and authority. You can go and interview his first son, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu. He won't tell you he is God either. Isn't that how it was written?
Granted, the name is different. But didn’t the prophets before Our Lord Jesus Christ’s time say an “Immanuel” would come to save the world? When that Immanuel came, wasn’t His name revealed as Our Lord Jesus Christ? No one had ever heard of that name, so he was rejected. Now, before Leader Olumba Olumba Obu came, it was also revealed that a “Comforter” will be sent to the world. Is He not being rejected too? Were any of these names spelt out before hand?
To prove to you that indeed, God does not leave the earth plane without any of His representatives, Our Lord Jesus Christ again told us that He will be back. Yes, we all know He will be back but to most, this is preached as only the rapture where we will be caught up to meet Him. Someone somewhere left out this part that He will in fact be back again in the flesh, to teach us even more. Proof? John 15:16 says "A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father". He tells us that he will be back to teach us as referenced in the same John 15 but this time, verse 25 - "These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall show you plainly of the Father". Now, if we are one day going to reside with Him, He needs to prepare us and make sure we are ready. Do you think God will leave us comfortless without one of His own to guide us? He already told His disciples back then that He will not be gone for too long and He will be back to teach us. So why isn't this part of the gospel preached in churches? That Promised Comforter, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu is back to lead us into the accurate knowledge of truth. Think about it this way. If your professor promised to have a review session before the final exam, will he then barge in one day with final papers and no review? No! In this same way, we can liken Our Lord Jesus Christ's first coming and that of the prophets before him as "the lectures". Leader O.O.O is now here for the revision, to get us ready for the final exam of redemption.
Beloved brethren, look to the skies no further because He is here on earth to dwell among men as was revealed in Revelation 21:3 - "And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be with them, and be their God". Revelation 22:3 also says "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him. Verse 4 talks prophetically, saying "And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads". For this part, during prayers and blessing, the Holy Father taught us to pray, sprinkle water and thereafter anoint our foreheads with His new name "O.O.O". Isn't this book coming to life?
We are stuck on the old things, forgetting that Our Lord Jesus Christ (the proper way to call His name as referenced in Revelations 22:21) promised a Comforter who will teach us some more. We have all seen the end time signs - wars and rumors of war all over, strife, deceit, natural disasters, broken families/relationships, to name a few. We have seen it all and are very aware that the end that was written about is here. So why hasn't the world wondered where the promised Comforter is? Will God give us an exam without the review session He promised? Do we think the book of Revelation has not started manifesting already, both in heaven and on earth? We think we will see all these things in Revelation but truly some of them, the events beyond our understanding will take place in Heaven among the Heavenly hosts while the rest will manifest and have been manifested here on earth, before our very eyes. If rapture happens tomorrow, are you telling me that everything in the Book of Revelation would not have occurred as was written well in advance? Beloved brethren that time is now.
Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is that new kingdom, wherein resides that tabernacle of God that was promised will dwell with men. All our practices and preachings are in line with the Holy Scriptures, contrary to popular belief. We do use the Holy Bible and the hymns in our hymn book were composed from Psalms and countless other Bible portions. Even our spiritual songs sung during service are taken from various verses of the Bible, verbatim. I was flipping through Revelations the other day and a verse caught my eye. I stopped, scanned in and immediately started humming a hymn that had been composed from that verse. We usually sing this hymn after the sermon, as a reminder that we should not mince God's word. Here is what the hymn says "He that taketh away the words, out from this prophesy or shall, add anything to these words shall be, condemned for same for ever more". You can read Revelations 22:19 to confirm.
Concerning the disdain people have when they see Brotherhood of the Cross and Star members in white, I will say this. What makes you love that All White trend during summer or whenever you decided to don all white? What is so attractive about All White parties? Isn't it the purity from the white? The innocence? The cleanliness? So why is our white garment looked upon as a shameful thing? Isn't that what the rapture movies even portray the redeemed will be changed into when we are caught up with Him? But because He has come on earth to dwell with men as was promised, he is showing us these Heavenly things, because God, though on earth, will not set up His tabernacle in an earthly way. Revelation 7:9 reads: "After this, I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations,and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands". Verse 11 of that same chapter continues "Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen". How do we pray in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star? Not much different from that heavenly verse above. We start with:
"Let all thanks and praises, honor, power, might, adoration, supremacy (you keep extolling God with as many words as you feel in your spirit at that moment) be given to God, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Church says "Amen"; Let thanks, praises, supremacy, kingship, adoration (the praises continue) ever be Thine through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. "Amen" Let all glory and honor, dominion, power, majesty be given unto our God, even now and for ever more; Amen". Holy (church repeats)
Holy (church repeats)
Holy Father Lord Almighty/Most Everlasting God...you say your prayer
Then add "Now and Forever more, Amen"
And finally, we end the prayer the same way we started, extolling God with as many titles as the Holy Spirit leads.
During the BCS USA Anniversary, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu told us that adding "Our Lord" to Jesus Christ is crucial. He said "When they call Jesus, Jesus, which Jesus are they calling? Have you not heard of people these days who go by the name "Jesus"? So He told us that the common practice of just proclaiming "Jesus" is not right, which makes total sense. Except you are in a liberal society like America, would you call your professor by his first name without adding his title? I am even going too far. When you attend a ceremony and the dignitaries are invited, does the M.C not usually have a piece of paper or have the person's titles and all their degrees all memorized? When President Obama is being addressed in speeches, who just calls him "hey Obama?" You see, God made us in His own image, meaning that the same way we desire praises and our accolades to be sung is the same way our God desires His name to be sung in the right way, with all the titles you can accord Him, because He deserves it all.
To expand on the wearing of white robes by BCS members, Revelation 7:13-15 says "13. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14. And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said unto me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15. Therefore, are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them."
Remember, Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is a Heavenly Kingdom. As was revealed to me, "Brotherhood" means everything - everything God created. It included man, birds, fishes, trees, insects, everything. "The Cross" symbolizes all our pains, for which Our Lord Jesus Christ died for. What did Our Lord Jesus Christ carry on His back? Why did He carry it? What was He nailed on? - the cross. "The Star" is the symbol of redemption, our redemption and victory after we have taken up our cross and followed Him. We get this victory when we bring all our troubles to Him.
Now, for why our Leader O.O.O and His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu wear red, Revelation 19:13 tells us "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God". The next verse, Verse 14 confirms why we wear white: "And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.”
You see, our Father has even gone ahead to tell us that BCS is not a church. By now, you must be feeling this way too. How can a Kingdom straight from God's sanctuary come and be merely called a church? In fact the place we worship is called "Bethel" not church, as was referenced in Genesis 28:18-19. In one verse, Genesis 35:15 spells it out that "And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel." So back to the question of whether BCS is a church or not, it simply isn't. But for the sake of quick explanation to people and because where Christians generally worship is called a church, we the members talk about it like a church. There is nothing wrong with that. The only reason Leader O.O.O emphasizes that BCS is not a church goes back to that Bible portion I referenced earlier which talked about the Comforter coming to teach us. So Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is a school, not a church. The full name of this school is "Christ Universal Spiritual School of Practical Christianity". If it was an earthly Kingdom, wouldn't the name have been officially changed from Brotherhood of the Cross and Star to Christ Universal Spiritual School of Practical Christianity, so that the world would not shriek anymore once they see "Christ" in the name, so that the word Brotherhood would not drive people away because they think this is a cult, so that people will be more accepting and convert in large numbers? But you see, God is not a God of numbers. He is more concerned with the sheep that is lost than the sheep within. We the members of BCS need to spread the gospel of love and oneness more, as is severally preached by Our Holy Father.
I will close this by re-examining the passage that says that he will not speak of Himself - John 16:13-14 - 13. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all the truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you".
My dear brethren, I am not saying you should drop your priesthood and your high ranks in your churches. I am saying that you should put on the garment of salvation, which is love, for He is love. I give Him all glory, all thanks and all praises for giving me this opportunity and most importantly, the ability to testify of His new name and his wondrous works. I thank Thee Holy Father for coming down by thyself, sending no one to teach us and lead us into the accurate knowledge of truth. I thank you for making me a living testimony in your Kingdom, to testify of Thy good works and I know that as you have done for me, you will do same for all those who believe, trust and wait upon you.
Throughout my challenges, I spoke with some friends, a few of which had shared their problems with me. It would have been nice to share mine and then cry with these people. But weak plus weak doesn't equal strong. I decided (not by my power) in all 4 instances to be strong for each and every one of these people. They had come to God, not me and I relayed His words of comfort to them. To the glory of His Holy name, all 4 of these people are doing incredibly well from receiving awards to getting into amazing graduate degree programs to landing an amazing job and overall peace of mind in the midst of a storm. I thank God for them and I thank Him for making me His servant. Read this sermon titled "The Greatest Among Men is a Servant."
May the peace and blessings of Our Holy Father, Leader Olumba Olumba Obu abide with all who receive this testimony with an open heart and even those who don't, that He alone might reveal Himself to them.
In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ [Amen], through the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ [Amen], Now and for ever more [Amen].
Thank You Father!
- ** You can access more sermons by The Holy Father here and here. It is a huge collection on various topics.
- The beginning and closing of this testimony represents how we have been taught to testify in Brotherhood of the Cross and Star. We start out with "In the Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ...", then confession of sins, before going into our testimony, then we conclude with the same "In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ...". Very heavenly, right?
- Secondly, please, I am not a Bible Scholar. Don't deem me that worthy. I am a terribly terrible sinner like you, unworthy, but constantly showered with God's unfailing love.
Thank you for sharing in my testimony and Remain Blessed!