Multiple award-winning gospel act, Joseph Oscar Mettle known by his stage name Joe Mettle, has revealed reasons behind the marks on his face.
According to the ‘Onwanwani’ hitmaker, soon after he was born, he got sick and his parents fearing he might die after the doctors had no cure, decided so seek healing for him through the traditional way.
In a Facebook post, Joe Mettle explained that growing up as a child, he thought all hopes were lost, till he encountered Jesus the Healer, who saved him. He noted that though his education became a challenge yet he never gave up on life. He encouraged fans to keep up with the faith and trust God.
“I am not exaggerating or trying to be modest when I say that I owe all that I am and have to Jesus alone. Soon after I was born, I got sick, so sick that my parents thought that I would die. The doctors had no cure, so my parents took me to all sorts of places in a desperate attempt to save my life. That’s why I have the marks on my face. All hope was lost, till we encountered Jesus the Healer. He saved my life.
Growing up, my family did not have much so getting educated was a challenge. I had to move from school to school. I even remember having to drop out at a point. Again, Jehovah Jireh my Provider stepped in and came through for me. Your situation is not hopeless. I’m here to encourage you today. There is no situation too big or too little for God. He chooses the foolish things to confound the wise. He did it for me, He is still doing it and He can certainly do it for you. Just hold on and keep trusting Him. He will turn your sorrow to joy and fill your mouth with joy. My name is Joseph Oscar Mettle, and my God is a God of Miracles. #Onwanwani“
Some tribes in Ghana, especially Gas give tribal marks to stop near death experiences and in order to save such a child.
A herbalist may mark the child and usually such markings are short ones on the right cheek and it is filled with medicine to save the child. It also serves as a remembrance to the child about his or her near death experience.