FOUNDER and President of Kingdom Embassy prophet Passion Java recently got remarried to Ethiopian beauty Lily Tsegaye (LT) in Jamaica. Prophet Java who runs a television station in Africa which has a viewership of more than one million called Kingdom Tv (KTV) is the one of the most sought after local prophets internationally. His wedding took place four months after his official divorce from his first wife. The Financial Gazette (FG) spoke to his new wife on Skype about the marriage, wedding, early life and how she meet Prophet Passion.
(FG) Congratulations on your wedding, we understand it was well organised and considered one of the best of this generation. Was the planning of the wedding a surprise from Prophet Passion?
(LT) Thank you so much. It was a surprise from my husband, I felt honoured and special
(FG) How does it feel to be Mrs Java are you mentally and spiritually ready to support him in his ministry and the challenges it sometimes faces
(LT) It is truly a blessing to be Mrs Java. God has been preparing me spiritually for a long time and I always knew I would one day be at this position in the ministry and doing the work of God.
(FG) How did you meet Prophet Passion?
(LT) I met Prophet when he came to preach at a conference which I was invited by a friend in Baltimore, in America, we spoke and became good friends in Christ.
(FG) Can you tell us more?
(LT) (She laughs) That was in 2014 around August and we began share different views, and ideas. That is how I got to know him more, but not in a sense of love or anything close, we just had a lot of things in common and last year we become closer as in communication. We mostly spoke about the bible and Christianity and yes about life in general, but not to the extent of talking about marriage and what he was going through then. As he shared with me how his first marriage was not going right as he would have wanted and that he was heading for a divorce, I was affected or should I say pained to learn and see what he was going through. But I understood and respected his decision. Some people think I had something to do with his separation and eventual divorce. That is 100 percent false. But what I learnt in life is that people will always talk and create stories about you from the little information they have without asking to hear the complete story from all parties involved. But as long as I am clear and clean before God in that regard, I do not need human approval for I know who I am in Christ Jesus.
Some people think I had something to do with his separation and eventual divorce. That is 100 percent false
(FG) What do you admire the most about this great man of God?
(LT) His heart and humility, he is a friend, a father, a mentor, a great husband. He really is a gift and is amazing. We connect well and are open to each other.
(FG) Have you ever been to Zimbabwe, if yes what was your impression about the country and its people?
(LT) Yes I once came to Zimbabwe for a church conference in October 2014 at the Manna Feast conference. Zimbabwe is a really nice place. I loved the weather and the people are so friendly, open and they love and serve the Lord in a unique way. Zimbabweans are humble and they serve God with all they have. It is one thing you do not often see in America.
(FG) When did you become a Christian and what inspires and motivates you
(LT) I was born in a Christian family and have been going to church from childhood but I personally made a decision to receive Jesus at the age of 16
(FG) Can you tell us about yourself? Where you were born, school, family, ministry and the kind of person you are.
(LT) I was born in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa) I went to Cathedral school till was nine years old when my dad took me to America to further my education and have been in America for 16 years now. I am the youngest in a family of three. I met the lord Jesus when I was 23 in a vision and had different encounters in the spirit where the lord told me what my calling was. I have been serving in my local church in Washington DC. I have been actively involved in the children’s ministry, choir and young adult ministry. I preach, teach, counsel and I have the prophetic grace upon my life. I like pets mainly dogs, I grew up very active playing sports and work out a lot. I also enjoy reading.
I am a loving person, kind and humble, strict Christian, family person and I am a very open person. I uplifted and enjoy laughing and spending time with family and friends. I grew up helping less privileged people.
(FG) Media reports suggest you started dating Prophet Passion before he was officially divorced and that you were heavily involved in funding his ministry? It is also alleged you are the one who organised the Prophet’s many trips to America, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas and Jamaica?
(LT) I do not have a church to invite Prophet to come and preach infect even in our church the one I fellowshipped before my wedding, Prophet Passion has not yet been there. Everyone knows Prophet Passions’ life style surely I cannot afford to fund it. Yes I am from a well up family but not yet at a level of funding the Prophet Passion. I have known the prophet for a long time now and we been real good friend and my wedding was actually a surprise from him after he flew both families to the wedding.
I know many people do not understand what is called separation but when prophet and I met, he was open to me with everything about his life and on his ministry. He told me the truth, his past and present situation and I understood it. I am ready to face whatever comes our way be it good or bad.