YouTube prayer channel started during covid became a global movement

Eaz slammed “what God can’t do” about miraculous healings, and in the midst of the live broadcast, shared cut testimony from a pre-recorded video by his followers that says his The result of prayers.

They range from treatment to incurable diseases to years of infertility to post-conception.

“It goes beyond science and technology,” he says.

CNN has not independently confirmed the content of the video.

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The broadcast on the New Season Prophetic Prayers and Declaration Channel (NSPPD) has propelled Eze to become one of the most viewed preachers on YouTube.

According to the analytics website, EZ’s daily broadcasts are the most streamed globally on YouTube, with over 90,000 peak concurrent viewers. playboardWhich collects data from YouTube channels.
His YouTube platform also ranks second among gospel channels with the most live audiences worldwide – behind Brazilian preacher Bruno Leonardo, of Playboard. information shows.

Ease also takes a large amount of donations from its broadcasts. He is one of YouTube’s highest-paid campaigners, leveraging the platform’s Super Chat donations to help creators generate income.

YouTube’s Super Chat Feature allows the audience To pin your comments on the live stream for a fee ranging from $1 to $500.
Eze’s YouTube channel receives one of the highest Super Chat donations in the world, according to the playboard,
Among his ardent fans are award winning Nigerian singers. d’banjo Joe tells CNN that attending Ez’s morning prayer has become a routine.

“Waking up every day for the NSPPD … has become part of my routine. I hardly miss it. It’s part of my family’s morning devotion,” says D’Banj, whose real name is Oladapo Daniel Oebanzo. Is.

The singer says he has his own share of miracles from prayer on stage.

“I remember last year Pastor Jerry said that we should write down seven things we want to see happen, and we prayed and I believed. I checked the list the other day and … answered all seven given.”

bollywood actress Tonto Dikeho She is also said to have joined EZ’s ministry early last year. She is “addicted” now, she tells CNN.

a poverty-stricken background

Ease, who turns 40 on Monday, has come a long way from the days when she and her single parent struggled to find food to eat.

“I come from a family where poor people would describe my family as poor,” he says. “There were days when my mother and I had no food to eat, and my mother would hold my hand and pray and give thanks to God. My mother was a single parent and a small trader who worked in the market. Used to sell peanuts… there were many days she would come home crying and make no sales, so we were unable to buy what to eat.”

Born in the Bende local government area of ​​Abia State on August 22, 1982, Eze told CNN that his education was funded by a philanthropic couple who saw his active participation in a church in his early years.

He says, “I was doing things like sweeping the church, singing songs and reading the Bible — doing things that most of my peers didn’t want to do. I finished junior secondary school at the time, until they took me in,” he says. of couple.

Eze excelled in his studies and earned a degree in History and International Relations from Abia State University. He also completed a master’s degree in Human Resource Management.

Prior to joining the ministry, Eazy worked with a local TV station before joining the World Bank Project for HIV/AIDS and later as a communications specialist with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

“I was very excited (at UNFPA) about the job, but my mother was not. She said it was not what God told her. According to her, God told her I was going to be a preacher, Says Eze.

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“I didn’t share those aspirations (to become a preacher). I wasn’t even listening to him. He and I lived in poverty, so I always asked before God helped me get out of poverty. Why not say. The job that was paying us to be preachers. The money I was giving him was coming out of the job (with the United Nations), so it didn’t make any sense.”

He eventually quit his job and entered full-time ministry, but sadly his mother died of heart failure before he could fulfill his ambition for her, he says.

“It was when she died that the reality of my work began to take hold of me,” he adds.

Entering the full-time ministry has come with enormous sacrifices, and Eze says he spends long hours praying at night to prepare.

“I don’t have friends, I don’t hang out, I don’t have free time. I can’t tell what my hobbies are now because there’s no room for hobbies,” he says.

Eze has two children with his wife, Eno, who is also a pastor. He said that their marriage has not been perfect due to the demands of the ministry.

“It hasn’t been 100 percent, but because my wife and I do the same job (ministry), we’re bound in the same way. The things that matter to other people don’t matter in our family. Our conversations It’s about ministry and how we will fulfill God’s will for our lives. If I had married the wrong woman, I would bore that person.”

a sudden fame

Eaz may have become an internet phenomenon, but he says his fame is accidental.

He began livestreaming in hopes of motivating his congregation after the pandemic shut down all church services and reduced attendance at his fledgling ministry, Streams of Joy International.

“It wasn’t the goal to reach the world,” Eze says. “During the peak of Covid, there was an obvious fear everywhere and I noticed that a lot of people in my church were very afraid to come around the church. So, every morning, my wife and I would come online, encouraging people. ,” he tells CNN.

“I just wanted to speak hope,” he says.

Ease’s daily messages of encouragement later morphed into the daily online prayer network of each week on YouTube and other video-sharing services.

The live stream proved to be a hit and now in its third year, ez’s youtube channel The publication has 880,000 subscribers, and according to statistics from their channel, their broadcasts have garnered over 122 million views over a three-year period.
Jerry Eise photographed with wife Eno.

According to the platform’s statistics, viewers in the UK and US combined accounted for 25% of their live streams on YouTube, with over one million views from the UK and over 700,000 views from the US between July 20 and August 16, 2022. seen. ,

Nigeria Highest with over two million viewers. Their broadcasts are also seen in other African countries and countries such as Italy, Germany, Canada, France, Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands, as shown in the chart.

Digital analyst Edward Israel-Aide told CNN Ease’s success can be linked to “the recent boom in digital churches and online religious movements.”

Israel-Ayde says it is due to decline from Covid-19.

“With the lockdown restrictions, the need for community and a sense of belonging has prompted Nigerians to look for digital platforms at home and abroad that can provide them with direction and hope,” he says. “Post-Covid, many people are still looking for purpose and direction due to the socioeconomic challenges brought on by COVID-19 and the ongoing global economic crisis. This is one of the main reasons why people like Pastor Jerry Eage’s NSPPD Religious movements flourish.”

While many people now know her because of her online platform, “that’s not where it started,” says Eze. “There was a physical church before the online one.”

Streams of Joy International Church was founded in the suburbs of the eastern Nigerian city of Umuhiya for several years before I shot to prominence.

Eze is now located in the Nigerian capital of Abuja and its church has spread beyond Nigeria To include branches in the UK, US and Canada.

Attendance in his Abuja church has also increased. But it is with the online community that it has gained the most traction, and it is here to stay.

“People all over the world are used to waking up and finding Pastor Jerry’s online,” says Eze. “It’s like a virus that has stopped.”