Instead of keeping it for himself, he decided to give it to the government to help his country!
39-year-old Evangelical preacher Emmanuel Momoh obtained his first mining licence in 2012 when the paltry income he received from the Deeper Life Church in Kono, the country’s key mining district, was stretched too thin for his growing family.
He then went on to build a small business of 18 employees, digging and sifting through gravel with pickaxes and hoes day after day, never finding gems larger than a speck in the dirt.
He always prayed to find a diamond that will make his family rise from poverty. And in five years of praying, he finally discovered the find of the century.
Momoh was startled after one of his workers suddenly shouted while working: “God don bless we tiday!”
Apparently, they were able to dig up a diamond as big as a child’s fist!
The pastor said: “We washed the diamond properly and put down our tools. Every one of us was in a jubilant mood.
“I couldn’t sleep that night, we were all praying for what God has done for us.”
Weighing 709 carats, Momoh’s diamond was between the 10th and 15th largest ever found worldwide.
Many friends of the pastor told him to smuggle the diamond out of the country, and sell it for a bigger price. But Momoh said he never thought of doing such a thing.