Bishop Benson Idahosa
Benson Idahosa lived from 1938 to 1998. He was the Founder and President of the Church of God Mission International Inc Nigeria, President, All Nations for Christ Bible Institute; President, Idahosa World Outreach Ministries; President, Faith Medical Center; Founder, Faith Mediplex; Word of Faith Group of Schools, and Founder Benson Idahosa University.
Benson Andrew Idahosa was born in Ewasso Edo on September 11 1938 to a poor pagan family of Pa John Idahosa. Benson Idahosa was a very sickly child, fainted very regularly and when he was eighteen months old his father ordered that he be dumped in a refuse dump-site about hundred yards away from their mud house because he no longer had hope that young Idahosa would live because of constant very serious illnesses.
says about three hours after he had been left in the dump site, there
was great thunder and lightning, followed by a heavy downpour. Young
Benson's cry, pleading to be brought back home, made his mother have
compassion over him. She went to rescue the little boy, disregarding the
instruction of his father not to bring him back to the house.
Benson Idahosa later started his primary school education at the age of eight years in spite of the setbacks and obstacles caused by lack of finance, he attended the Salvation Army and graduated in 1952, then went to Owo Methodist School in Ondo State where he lived with a relative.
He picked up a sales boy job with the Bata Shoe Company and with the fund was able to obtain a Diploma in Business Administration and later a Higher Diploma in Office Management.
One afternoon while playing football with his peers, Benson Idahosa was preached to by a pastor who converted him to Christ. He became a member of the pastor's church and at 24 years he began his ministry work after his pastor one day preached to the members of the church about Jesus telling his disciples how they have the power to heal the sick and even raise the dead.
With great passion and determination to follow the instructions of Christ, Idahosa led by faith and enthusiasm and strong believe in God Almighty, willing to test his faith went about the city of Benin in search of any dead person to bring back to life. That day Benson Idahosa raised a dead three years old girl from dead following the procedure used by Jesus in the Book of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. The following week he raised an eight year old boy from the dead and that was the beginning of his ministry.
While preaching in Benny Hinn's church in Texas, Bishop Idahosa said, God has used him to raise 8 people from dead in his life time. He has since proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ until his death in 1998. His wife Arch Bishop Margaret Idahosa described his death as a call from God because he has finished his mission here on earth. She described his death like this:
"He gave instruction to all the members of the team and they were all glued to him! After a while a gentle breeze was blowing and everybody set their gaze on him. He was saying thank you Jesus and those on the table thought he was praying and they all closed their eyes and started saying thank you Jesus along with him but suddenly they did not hear anything again and one of the team members opened his eyes and found out that archbishop was gone. They tried all they could to revive him but he was gone. He was not sick. He never had high blood pressure. He was never down. Each time we came back from foreign trips doctors were always there to take our blood pressure. I was the one that was the sick once. Even the doctors were surprised that he died because he was not sick at all.?
Before his death Bishop Idahosa is said to have established over 6000 churches throughout Nigeria and Ghana. Many pastors in the country today have sat under the teaching of this great man of God. His proteges includes: Ayo Oritsejafor, David Oyedepo, Felix Omobude, Fred Addo, Chris Oyakhilome and many others. He also ordained Bishop Kola Onaolapo as a bishop.
He has affiliations with universal preachers like, Billy Graham, T.L Osborn, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Reinherd Bonke, Morris Cerullo, Oral Roberts
Bishop Benson Idahosa obtained a doctorate in Divinity in 1981 from Word of Faith College New Orleans, Doctor of Law from Oral Roberts University in March 1984, Associate of practical Theology, Masters in Church Administration and PhD in Theology.
He established the Redemption Television Ministry with potential viewing audience of 50 million people. He was married to Arch Bishop Margaret Idahosa and blessed with four children.
Quotes by Idahosa
"Living a daily life of absolute faith in God is the only secret to great success" Benson Idahosa