Prophet T.B. Joshua deserves to be celebrated from different perspectives, especially at a time like this when the nation is passing through some kind of recession. He has put smiles on faces and has become one of the greatest friends of the poor and downtrodden within and outside Nigeria. Apart from his healing and deliverance gifts, Prophet Joshua walks tall in different aspects of human endeavours. His life story is a demonstration of God’s ability to use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
With mere primary school education, the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has established himself as a force to reckon within Nigeria and different countries across the globe. Located at Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos, SCOAN has continued to receive exciting reviews from the international media, attracting different personalities, including heads of state and governments, across the world, who come to seek spiritual succour. But it does not end there. The man of God as he is often called understands the challenges of the world and has maintained a rare reputation for helping individuals, institutions and nations overcome their spiritual, challenges through crusades and humanitarian efforts. Many people within and outside the country have continued to benefit from his ministry’s magnanimity in terms of various monetary gifts, scholarship awards, provision of social amenities, empowerment projects and giving of seed money for business start-up. Through his ministry’s Emmanuel TV Partners, also broadcast in different paid TV channels, millions of lives and destinies have been changed for good across the world.
According to the man of God, ‘true love always searches for whom to help whenever and wherever it is in a position to do so.’ How he has been able to maturely handle the bad press emanating from the collapsed building incident remains very phenomenal. He has maintained a calm and unperturbed disposition –– a quality that can only be divinely bestowed, especially in situations of crisis. Prophet Joshua is among the very few Nigerian pastors you will hardly see around the corridors of power. You will never find him in any government house because he believes a true servant of God should be for all and not frolic around with politicians.
Before the plight of Nigerian deportees from Libya became a matter of national interest, Prophet Joshua has been helping this group of people with food and money running into several millions of Naira.
According to some of the deportees who landed in the country earlier this month, Prophet T.B. Joshua remains the only Nigerian pastor who has been passionately concerned about their plights. Prophet Joshua, they say, has been the only prominent Nigerian who has over the years shown unrivalled concern about their plights.
Even right from the Libyan prisons were most of them spent years, they had always looked forward to meeting the notable man of God, whom they described as the greatest thing to happen in Nigerian Christendom.
From records, Prophet T.B. Joshua has received over one million Nigerian deportees from Libya between 2014 and 2017 and has doled out both money and foodstuff in the region of N200,000,000 (two hundred million Naira).
Reminding the church of its role in an era when poverty and lack have taken over the world, the man of God, during a recent Sunday Service monitored on Emmanuel TV, reiterated the urgent need for true children of God to reach out to the needy in a manner that pleases God, lest their giving amounts to a waste of time. “All you have been giving, if you are not giving in a manner that pleases God, you are wasting your time,” he declared. He also enlightened the world on how giving can bring about contentment – “Don’t forget. Your possessions alone cannot bring you contentment, but giving to the poor can.”
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