Rev. Dr Uma Ukpai is one of the few preachers in Nigeria whose life testimonies will challenge you any day, anytime.
Find below some severe tests and trials this servant of God went through earlier on in his life and the triumph of faith.
By the time you are done reading the story, you will be assured that whatever it is you are going through today, God is working out things for your own good.
Enter Dr. Uma Ukpai…
Two months before I lost my children in a car accident, God had spoken to me. On that day, God had said to me that he would not answer my prayers.
God said, ‘I want to test you and know why you love me.’
At 5 am that morning armed rubbers stormed my office. I used to have the best office east of the Niger in 1985. I had a printing press, and my manager was a white American girl. When all those things where removed, the Lord said to me that I should not take back any of those things from whoever stole them. God said that I should regard them as a gift to the person. I said to my wife, ‘maybe the day God was talking about is this day.’
So when the car ran off the road and fell into the river, I jumped into the river in an attempt to save the children. My wife jumped into the river too and the water carried her and threw her up six times. It was at the 7th time that somebody called my attention to it.
I turned and used one hand to swim and carry her with the other hand. I dropped her at the bank and went for the children. They had not died.
I put the children in the car to pray for them but an on-coming vehicle from the opposite direction smashed into the car. The bonnet flew out. I was pacing up and down not knowing what to do next when somebody ran to me and grabbed me and began to cry.
He said the 50-seater bus that carried our musicians caught fire; that nobody was sure how many people were alive.
I suffered all these in one day.
But I was consoled in the fact that God had warned me. I didn’t make those children; God gave them to me as a gift. I reminded myself that God gave me all that I had, and have and will have and that His will is supreme. Whatever He wants to do let it be done.
The next morning, I went to preach and people asked, ‘what would you preach?
I told them the same old message because that accident couldn’t change anything in my mind.
There are many who had no child; I mean, you can’t buy a child from any market, it’s God that gives. We have been travelling on that same road for years; the driver had been my driver all those years. So, if God over these years had protected us and then lowered the hedge, why would I protest? So, I marched on.
We can cry, yes, but it should not stop us from loving God and doing the right thing.
When somebody dies only those who love him will cry and the way you cry shows how much you love the person.
But God has made it that all you have is not your own, don’t attach yourself to them and once you believe it in your heart you can handle any situation. We can cry, yes, but it should not stop us from loving God and doing the right thing.
I Moved On, Despite What Happened to Me
My wife did not forgive me immediately.
I don’t blame her. If you know what a child means to a woman you’ll understand her troubles. In her moment of grief, she asked me,
‘This bible that you are carrying, when you go to church tell them Satan is more powerful. I’m ashamed you carry this bible.’
Her reaction about the death of the children was natural. I remember, I had an edge over her because God had revealed that to me.
When God gave that revelation to me, it came three times and I said God if you are going to test my faith again, please don’t involve my wife. You can take everybody but not her. Because I have a traveling ministry and she is the pillar of the house; if she dies I will be too shattered to continue preaching.
She was almost at the point of death. If you know about drowning, the river throws you up seven times and that will be the end. She had done six and God gave me such supernatural power to carry a woman of her size and swim with one hand, it was not a natural act – drop her and then go for the children. It was not a natural act, God was at work.
But today, all that is History. As you can see, God’s blessing is upon my life.
I see God restoring to you a thousand fold whatever you have lost in life before now in Jesus name