Nigerian Student Testifies TB Joshua’s Prayers Helped Her Gain Admission to Oxford University!

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Blessing Omorodion

A Nigerian student in UK who gained admission into the prestigious Oxford University has acknowledged that the prayers of T.B. Joshua were instrumental to her academic breakthrough. 

In the run-up to her exams, Blessing explained that “things got really tough” but she found strength through praying along with Joshua via his television network Emmanuel TV and ministering ‘Morning Water’ from his church.

In a testimony shared on Joshua’s official Facebook Page followed by 3.5 million people, a young lady named Blessing Omorodion recounted how her mother visited the cleric’s Lagos-based Church in December 2018.

“I had recently applied to the University of Oxford to study medicine, so I asked her to pray about my application. The following Tuesday after she visited The SCOAN on Sunday, I received an email stating that I got an interview and, by the grace of God, I got an offer,” she recounted.

However, the academic requirements necessary to meet the offer were rigorous. “I was required to get at least an A* and 2 As in my A-levels exams, so I knew that I would need to pray and work hard to meet these conditions,” she explained.

In the run-up to her exams, Blessing explained that “things got really tough” but she found strength through praying along with Joshua via his television network Emmanuel TV and ministering ‘Morning Water’ from his church.

“The encouraging words of Prophet T.B. Joshua on Emmanuel TV helped me to maintain my faith,” she testified.

According to Miss Omorodion, she even surpassed her academic expectations in the ensuing exams. 

“By the grace of God, I not only met my offer but exceeded it by getting 3 A*s in my Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology A levels,” Blessing ecstatically concluded.

Her academic institution Brampton Manor took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement, with Oxford University’s official Twitter feed retweeting the announcement of her successful admission.

An article published in UK’s Sun Newspaper highlighted Blessing’s remarkable achievement, revealing she only arrived in Britain aged 15 and could barely speak English at that time.

The University of Oxford, the oldest academic institution in the English-speaking world, is renowned as one of the world’s most prestigious universities and universally ranked among the best higher learning establishments worldwide.blessing, tb joshua, scoan

T.B. Joshua equally sponsored a Nigerian student, Olayinka Oduwole, for a PhD in the same institute, investing over £100,000 (N44m) in her academic pursuits. She has since graduated and now engages in pioneering research into 5G technology at the University of Surrey.

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance journalist

Prophet TB Joshua and His Critics

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This is a post from one of our readings, analysing the unpleasant situation TB Joshua has been experiencing in the hands of his detractors. Hope you enjoy reading.

For many years now, say since around 2003, I have been following TB Joshua very keenly. I first got a glimpse of his ministry on a state channel “Christian Hour Sunday Evening Programme”. The programme is still ongoing for ministries that can’t yet afford to run their private stations like Emmanuel TV that is now 13 years old. The Nigeria Federal Government at that time gave the order to disallow the use of government television stations by ministries like TB Joshua showing miracles. Our impression at that time was that the order was meant to shut up Synagogue of TB Joshua. The organizations that were not disallowed by the government of that day took it till date that they were the right ministries. By extension, they thought that they were the ones “Preaching the True Gospel of Jesus Christ”. But for SCOAN, some of us believe, government opposition (that generated some public doubt in TB Joshua and his ministries) encouraged the birth of Emmanuel TV that is now global. We thank God for using a supposed Christian President wrongly, but with hind knowledge in a way that gives more independence to the Church of Christ in Nigeria in broadcasting.

Yes, many others out there seem to continue to mock TB Joshua and rebuke his ministry for different other reasons, and this is no surprise. We are not even going to compare the present attacks on TB Joshua with the attacks to Jesus Christ and the massive persecution of the early Apostolic Church. It is of note nevertheless that the religious leaders did the same to Jesus in His time. People accused Jesus of being both demonic (Matthew 12:22-32) and a fraudster (Luke 23:11). Yes, they did and eventually cruelly led him to the Cross, thinking they were fighting God’s battle.

Jesus operated in a mono-ethnic and predominately Jewish population. Today the world has hundreds of religions each of which is on a mission of competition rather than seeking the Way and the Truth. This is sadly the current way of the world. If people don’t understand something or can’t achieve a TB Joshua’s standard for themselves then they just have to tear it down. This is more so in a present era of total impunity around the world and the spread of “Prosperity Gospel only”. No ministry wants to go near the demonic world where the End-time devilish anti-Christ forces have their home. They gloss over it, all in the pretext that “False Prophets and Teachers will arise in Latter Days”. Others through their denominational doctrine disallow any manifestation of the Spirit at worship. Their prepared programme is a mere routine of one or two hours of “prayer, singing, dancing, sermon, tithes and offerings, then the grace, till next Sunday”. Anything contrary to this programme receives opposition, just like miracles on a Sabbath day amounts to be working.

We were expecting TB Joshua to conduct his recent Nazareth meeting starting it on a Saturday, but he started instead in a Sunday. Yet the Jews and Arabs were still skeptical of the mission of TB Joshua and his team.

Individuals with one problem or the other can better associate with Jesus because He touches on them directly. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest”. Jesus gave the invitation but those making money from public infirmities turn around to oppose a ministry like SCOAN healing freely. Yes, the poor of the society, disabled, demon-possessed and the devil-chained-down, those who realise they have lost their way, and including others expecting the coming of Jesus Christ the King, all are coming to SCOAN to see Jesus. We are encouraging them to go. My concern right now is the capacity of SCOAN I estimated in 2012 to be only about 30,000. My other concern is “Just a one-man of God” faced with a large crowd every day. I saw it and felt for him.

I’m getting so delighted now that many others, men and women, are coming up with great anointing. An additional test of a genuine prophet is the ability or gift of raising disciples. TB Joshua is doing that. Already some of his “first disciples” have joined the opposition forces and are publishing against their boss. Even within such publications, the genuineness of TB Joshua and SCOAN becomes more obvious. Imagine one who worked ten years in SCOAN, saying miracles are fixed whereas people who just touched Emmanuel TV in their homes have positive results. Christ is alive and working, and this is different from whether TB Joshua is a perfect man or not. You don’t wait till a Samson takes hold of whatever is the middle pillar of your faith and destroy you along with itself. Look for Jesus and SCOAN is a place you can find Jesus also. If you get your healing or any miracle whilst in the UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, China, etc, come forward and say it as a witness that Jesus is alive. Mary saw Jesus after His resurrection and told others, and others likewise, then the Bible.

We have to be desperate in our search for Jesus Christ because He holds the key to life, but we don’t have to be desperate because of our conditions. Established systems or the religious would contend with our faith and offering themselves as alternatives, but by reading our Bible and praying Jesus will reveal Himself and lead us aright. Incidentally, I have found SCOAN as a training ground for Christian leaders, a place for a retreat, a solution ground, of course, a miracle centre, a reconciliation ground, and a place where all Christians and all faiths can meet.

Prophet TB Joshua isn’t just humble but very accessible and allowed some of us to advise him, where there is a need. He is just like one of us but with a given special anointing. We are daily praying for him, just as we pray for every ministry that comes under the control and anointing of Jesus Christ. Hence, I find no reason why people will be critical of TB Joshua other than endeavouring to perfect the work of the man of God. TB Joshua shall be perfect because his master, our own Lord and Saviour, is perfect.

“I SMOKED WEED, DID ECSTASY & COKE EVERY SINGLE DAY.” – SEE HOW SHE QUIT!

tb joshua, scoan, emmanuel tvSusan was just 13 years old when she was first introduced to drugs. Surrounded by friends, she started smoking cigarettes and marijuana and using cocaine. Suddenly addicted, Susan was smoking one to two packs of cigarettes daily and could not do without marijuana or cocaine. Her distraught family checked her into many rehabilitation centers in the USA but as soon as she was released, she started her deadly habits once again. Addiction was coupled with anger and depression. The beautiful young girl was suddenly an angry and unruly youth.

Desperately seeking for a solution, Susan’s mother, Mrs Jone Soo Chai, found Emmanuel TV and began watching others receive their deliverance from the same addictions. She convinced her daughter to follow her to Nigeria and was surprised when, during the Sunday Service, Prophet T.B. Joshua stood before them and began to prophesy, “You are not the only one with this problem. There is a brother in the family who also has this problem. It is a family problem”. As Prophet T.B. Joshua then prayed for Susan, the transformation took place! Instantly, the desire for drugs and cigarettes left and was replaced with a desire for Jesus Christ.

Susan confirmed immediately that the prophecy was true, that a brother in the family was also under the same addictive bondage she had been and that she was now truly free, in Jesus’ name.

Susan’s mother confirmed that the severity of her daughter’s problem had almost broken her marriage, as her husband threatened to disown Susan and send her to a homeless shelter if they returned from The SCOAN without a change.

Glory be to God, when the Holy Spirit speaks, changes are beginning! Mother and daughter encouraged all who are bound by the same spirit of addiction to seek freedom from Jesus Christ for He alone can transform our inner self!

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Collapsed Synagogue Church Guest House Had No Sign of Stress – Witness

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A star witness, Architect by profession, has told Justice Lateef Lawal Akapo of the Lagos State high court that the Synagogue church of all nation (SCOAN) guest house which collapsed a few years ago had no sign of stress, crack or diffraction before it went down.

The witness Mr Dayo Olatunbosun Fabiyi was being led in evidence at the resumed hearing of the matter by one of the lead counsel to Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Mr Olamilekan Ojo (SAN).

Fabiyi, who holds a first degree in Architecture and a master’s degree in environmental design all from the University of Lagos is also a volunteer worker and maintenance Engineer with the church.

As a volunteer maintenance engineer, Mr Fabiyi had the privilege of inspecting all the building in Synagogue church on a weekly basis including the collapsed guest house.

The witness told the court that he inspected the particular guest house between 8 am and 9 am on the fateful day it collapsed.

Another witness Mr Ebenezer Olumide Ologuntoye also insisted that the guest house did not collapse as a result of a foundational failure.

Ebenezer, a civil engineer, had earlier told the court that the building foundation passed a geotechnical test based on the investigation conducted at the site shortly after the building collapsed on September 12, 2014.

He made the position clear before the Court while he was being cross-examined by the lead counsel to Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Dr Babajide Martins, who was trying to use the opportunity to drag the witness with technical questions, but the civil engineer and geotechnical expert maintained his ground, adding that samples of the soil at the site were tested in two different places and the results favoured the church that the foundation was in order before the incident occurred.

According to him, similar work has been done by him on behalf of Lagos State government during the Lekki garden collapsed building case.

The third witness of the day was the current head of data management Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NMA), Mr Jimoh Olusegun, who tendered the true certified copy of the temperature of the year the incident occurred before the court and was accepted by all party.

The report includes a certificate of compliance. It also contained the maximum and minimum temperature from month to month in respect of Lagos State in the year 2014 when the incident occurred.

The defendants had argued that a strange Military aircraft flew over the building multiple times on September 12, 2014, before the building collapsed.

TB Joshua to Host Meeting in Nazareth, Israel

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Meet TB Joshua in Nazareth, Israel on Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June 2019 at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice and experience the footprints of Jesus Christ!

Prominent Nigerian cleric T.B. Joshua is scheduled to host a two-day event at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice in Nazareth, Israel – the historic hometown of Jesus Christ.

The event, tagged ‘Nazareth Meeting With TB Joshua’, is set for Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th June 2019 and is expected to attract thousands of foreign pilgrims into Israel.

Joshua has held several high-profile international events, predominantly in Latin America and Asia, but this will be his first meeting in the Middle East region.

“Nazareth is a humble place with people who live at peace. Our goal is to love one another just as ourselves, so everyone is welcome to attend our meetings,” the church said in a statement.

“We hope to be a blessing to anyone who interacts with us regardless of their religious or political background.”

Reports indicate Joshua’s visit will have a positive effect on the local economy, with leading travel agency Rashid Travel & Tours showing hotels in the Northern Israeli district are already fully booked.

At his ministry’s last event in Sheffield, UK on June 1st 2019, the FlyDSA Arena – one of the UK’s primary sport and entertainment venues – was filled to capacity with thousands more waiting outside, even though Joshua was not physically present.

Joshua has previously visited Israel on numerous occasions, meeting prominent Israeli dignitaries such as Minister of Tourism Yariv Lenin, Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara and Rabbi David Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

The event will be broadcast on Joshua’s religious television station, Emmanuel TV, as well as livestreamed to Joshua’s 1,300,000 YouTube subscribers and 3,500,000 Facebook followers.

The Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice was last used a decade ago when Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a Mass there.

ABOUT TB JOSHUA

T.B. Joshua is the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), an international Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

He is also the Executive Producer of Emmanuel TV, the world’s most watched Christian Ministry YouTube channel.

He is known as ‘YouTube’s most popular pastor’ due to the fame of his videos, which have been translated into multiple languages and viewed more than 500,000,000 times.

The SCOAN is West Africa’s foremost destination for religious tourists, with six out of every ten visitors to Nigeria headed there.

He has been recognised as one of Africa’s most influential people and received several international accolades for his extensive philanthropic activities.

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T.B Joshua: A Cleric and his Passion for Charity

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

Like rivulets trickling down the cottage rack, a stream of heads was bound to converge on Wednesday, June 12 on the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) headquarters, located in Ikotun-Egbe, Lagos. The motley crowd, assuredly, is largely to be composed by peasants, the physically challenged, widows, and several others, who are in want. They will gather to felicitate with the founder of the SCOAN, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, to mark his 56th year birthday. Assuredly, the visitors will all smile home.

A human deluge is anticipated this time round, as Joshua’s birthday coincides with Democracy Day-a day recently declared as public holiday by the federal government, in remembrance of the annulment of 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola.

Joshua, whose genre of Christian evangelism is stupefying in its streak of stunning miraculous deeds, is arguably Nigeria’s most travelled preacher, as, according to inside sources, he had visited no fewer than 60 countries across the world.

But beyond evangelism, fresh revelations have also shown that the cleric has an irrepressible obsession for charity works, as he commits a huge chunk of the church’s resources to catering to the need of the less-privileged, both in Nigeria and outside the country.

Going through the latest publication of “The Emmanuel TV team”, a charity emblem of SCOAN’s television station, the man of God, as Joshua is fondly called, may have spent a conservative N2.1 billion on charity efforts, in the last four years.

In SCOAN’s latest publication entitled, ‘Reaching out to a troubled world’, the bearded prophet, who hails from the little community of Arigidi in Akoko North-East Local Government area of Ondo State, had on the surface, spent a total NI.I billion on donations to the tribe of the enfeebled and the poor across the world, apparently between 2014 and 2018.

But according to Mr. Ifeanyi Ugochukwu, an adherent of the SCOAN, “that amount would have doubled in view of the fact that, if The Emmanuel TV team is travelling to any part of the world to help those in need, it is the church that pays for all expenses, covering flight tickets, vehicle renting, hotel accommodation, feeding, and others.”

Ugochukwu added that in most cases, T.B Joshua himself leads his humanitarian team to, sometimes, very remote parts of the world, without recourse to the inevitable challenges that a new-comer is bound to face.

For instance, in 2014, Joshua was in Colombia where he donated US$100,000 (about N35 million) in support of those who were widowed, orphaned or wounded in the service of the country.

Musing on how imperiled this country was, at the time of Joshua’s visit, the publication states, “After his crusade, T.B Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Team visited a less-privileged area in downtown Camil, to meet hundreds of single parents and their children.

“Many of them (Colombian peasants) succumbed to social and economic pressures, entering a life of drugs and prostitution and were in dire need of assistance.”

Around the same period too, The Emmanuel Team was in Mexico and later, Pakistan, bringing relief to those widely famed as the wretched of the earth. According to the publication, “The Emmanuel TV Team was in Chiapas, Mexico, to share the love of Jesus Christ with the indigenous and isolated tribes who live in the Lacandan jungle.

“They are largely gatherers and farmers, and the team purchased items ranging from foodstuff to essential utensils and tools for life in the jungle, to take care of the Naha community and improve their quality of life.”

In Indonesia, T.B Joshua also brought smiles to the faces of those in the rehab of the homeless, with some mouth-watering contributions. “Following his crusade in Indonesia, T.B Joshua visited the House of Love, a charity home established to take care of the homeless and rejected people, in Surabaya. Overcome by emotion, Mrs. Hana Ananda, the charity home’s founder, tearfully prayed as T.B Joshua and his team presented a sum of US$10,000 (about N3.5 million) in support of the charity work,” the publication recounts.

The Emmanuel Team, within the four-year duration of 2014 to 2018, also visited the Haborovski region of far eastern Russia, to visit The Open Heart Homeless Project’s location, where more than 150 men and women were fed and housed every day. In that region, frostbite often claims the limbs of many, owing to extremely low temperature. There, the team provided hundreds of pairs of winter gear, essential foodstuffs and firewood to help protect the homeless from harsh winter conditions.

In nearby Ghana, T.B Joshua is also reputed to be a household name, going by his various contributions to elevate the standard of the less-privileged in the country. For instance, the man of God donated hundreds of bags of rice to support the Ghana Prisons Service in feeding inmates. He also recently gave various gift items to Krachi West District Hospital in that country. Meanwhile, way back in June 2015, during a devastating flooding in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, the cleric’s humanitarian team had promptly responded with relief items comprising 1,000 bags of rice, cooking oil, soap, mattresses, pillows and other relief items worth over US$40,000 (about N14 million).

However, Joshua’s contribution to the Ghanaian humanitarian needs reached a crescendo when he donated operational vehicles worth $US140,000 (about N49 million) to the Ghana Police Service.

Joshua’s team was also recently at the Mountain Ministries Ranch in Washington, USA, being a facility set up to rehabilitate those recovering from drug and alcoholic addictions. There, he donated sums in thousands of dollars to the inmates. Gary Miller, founder of the ranch, who got a cash gift of $2,000 (about N700,000), simply leapt for joy, the publication recalls.

In the inglorious era of Ebola disease scourge in Sierra Leone too, Joshua’s Emmanuel TV Team was on hand. Then, T.B Joshua reportedly chartered a plane, loaded it with anointing water (for spiritual healing) and sent the sachets with a cash donation of $US50,000 (about N17.5 million) to bring succour to the Ebola victims.

This is besides the fact that the cleric has permanently instituted a culture of restoring victims of human trafficking, especially as it pertains to Nigeria, his home country. The man of God, the publication adds, has always been there for Nigerians trapped in the Libyan serfdom, who yearn to return home and live a free life. In the last three years, his SCOAN has been home to many Libyan returnees who keep testifying to how Joshua brought them back to Nigeria and not only gave them financial and material supports, but also ensured that they were resettled to live a normal life. An insider in the SCOAN, who would want his name under wraps, told THISDAY that this singular effort had gulped as much as N300 million.

As for the virulent Boko Haram insurgency that had claimed many lives, especially in the Northeastern part of the country where hundreds of thousands were displaced, the Joshua team had reportedly spent several millions of naira to fend for the victims. Of note, as recalled in the SCOAN publication, was the cleric’s recent N10 million donation to support inmates of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in New Kuchingoro, Abuja. His humanitarian efforts, it was also learnt, were carried to the heartlands of crisis-prone areas in Borno, Jos in Plateau, Adamawa, Yobe, and Kaduna.

Indeed, his Ikotun-Egbe community which is his host in Lagos, has reportedly been having chummy moments courtesy of the cleric’s rare act of generosity. “When our electricity transformer got burnt recently, we simply smiled, knowing T.B Joshua would rise up to the occasion, and he did not let us down”, said Mr. Adeyinka Yinusa, a resident of Bolorunpelu settlement in the Ikotun-Egbe area.

Meanwhile, T.B Joshua’s Arigidi hometown is particularly enlivened by his display of the prosaic aphorism that “charity begins at home”. The community, it was gathered, had been in darkness for close to four years as a result of vandalism brought to its electric cables and transformer. When told of the cost implication by his community leaders, T.B Joshua reportedly sent N20 million across. Today, Arigidi is enjoying electricity supply.

Commenting on the gesture, the Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Public Utilities, Mr. Tunji Ariyomo, said, “What T.B Joshua did is commendable and worthy of emulation by other well-to-do indigenes of Ondo State, as by his act, he has complemented government’s efforts in ensuring that electricity supply is brought to all rural communities in the state.”

Meanwhile, an inside source in the SCOAN has explained that Joshua’s source of income in giving back to the society “is a simple arithmetic, born out of God-given heart of generosity.”

“The man of God does not collect money from anyone to obtain prayer or miracle; but once God meets you at the point of your need, and you come with money to show appreciation, he would immediately set aside a reasonable percentage to charity works, to meet the needs of the less-privileged members of the society,” the source enthused.

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The Man In The Synagogue At 56

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General Overseer, Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), owners of Emmanuel TV Team, Prophet TB Joshua and wife, Evelyn

One of the hallmarks of truly great men and women is their ability to shine beyond the estimation of their adversaries, even in the most difficult of situations.

The distinguishing factor for such people is that even when they seem to fall, they get even stronger in spirit and never fail to forge ahead

From infancy the traits of greatness are always very clear to see in such people for those who can truly perceive.

For such people, a clear vision, dedication, commitment, hard work and an unwavering commitment to God is a defining virtue. It does not really matter what their background may look like, the unique goal they have set for themselves is always the driving force.

For those who God has obviously created for a mission and are able to realize that early enough, the grace to excel is ever present.

Indeed, for Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly called T.B. Joshua, his life and impact on humanity could be likened to great book, each with an interesting chapter. This is in view of the fact that this great man of God is many things personified-apostle of our Lord, Jesus Christ, hope to millions of hopeless people globally, teacher, chorister, philanthropist, author, father of millions, hope personified, succor bearer, friend of the poor, a gift to this generation and more.

His church, Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) singularly brought Ikotun-Egbe once considered a jungle to prominence on the world map due to its impact on that neighbourhood.

This is because it’s coming to that environment was such that the big and mighty across the globe started trooping to that axis for spiritual healing.

With this came a major boom for the economy of Ikotun and its environs as millions of businesses sprang up to key into the great opportunity.

Hotel and allied business received a major boost, earning millions of dollars due to large numbers of foreign visitors trooping into Nigeria from across the world.

It was not for nothing therefore when hoteliers shouted from the roof tops that government should save their businesses when some people tried to take advantage of the controversial building collapse at the church to pull down TB. Joshua. This is instructive. SCOAN, Joshua’s church is on record as “Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction and the most visited destination by tourists in Africa”.

The Federal Government had in the recent past through the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) acknowledged that six out of every ten foreign travelers coming into Nigeria are synagogue-bound, raking millions of dollars into government coffers in the process. Using technology which has made his job very impactful, Joshua has continued to reach all the nooks and crannies of the world like never before.

His church’s television channel, Emmanuel T.V, through which he preaches undiluted word of God is the world’s most viewed channel on YouTube.

One of the striking things about this great preacher of the word is that, not only does he emphasize holiness, he is never tired of preaching about the importance of love and giving, which he says are essential messages of Jesus Christ.

He even takes it further by practical demonstration, which is exemplified in action from time to time in different parts of the world.

Even Joshua’s critics acknowledge that he has no doubt demonstrated that he is number one friend of the poor around this clime. From the abundance that God has given him, the Prophet has reached out to millions of people from far and near, most of whom are not members of his church.

He has even taken it further by making his members toe the same line of giving to the needy in the society.

According to him, this was a major message of our Lord Jesus Christ and needed to be done to give hope to hopeless in the society.

Aside this, Joshua continually teaches that there is love in sharing because whatever God has given us does not belong to us alone.

It is therefore not surprising that SCOAN distributes lorry loads of food stuffs regularly to the needy in different parts of the country.

Though he has his own share of challenges like every human being, this great televangelist is a man not ready to be consumed by negatives. This he clearly demonstrated as a child with what seemed like a hopeless future.

However, his strong conviction which was sharpened by his early connection with the Bible opened his eyes to the words of God and marked a major mile stone in his life.

This no doubt is one of the things that confounds his detractors as they never fail to wonder where he gets the strength to rise when they think he has fallen.

Even Forbes, the famous international magazine had in 2011 described Joshua as third richest pastor in Nigeria, though the church did well by debunking the report.

The magazine must have relied on the Prophet’s philanthropic activities which covers many areas including scholarship, health, sports and more as the basis for this. For instance, Joshua’s church was reported to have sponsored a Nigerian student for a PhD at Oxford University in 2012 to the tune of one hundred thousand pounds, same for thousands of others sponsored from primary to university levels, locally and internationally.

This was aside providing over five hundred thousand dollars worth of humanitarian aid to victims of earthquake in Ecuador in April, 2016. The Forbes report however has its positive side as the report suggests that Joshua has a huge financial war chest. The truth of it all is that Forbes was only acknowledging that Joshua was expending so much in an assignment he is carrying out so diligently.

Other widely respected international magazines have also named him among the world’s most influential personalities.

However, it is a thing of joy that nobody has linked him with purchasing private jets and needless show of wealth in a nation so blessed, but with so many poor people. Also, he has not claimed to be far more popular than anyone, though the local and international media will not let him rest because of his ever-growing popularity.

Curiously, this is a man who rarely travels out of Nigeria to other parts of the world, yet has his presence felt in far distant places and loved by many who have never come across him, thanks to technology.

Even though his Arigidi-Akoko birth place may not feel his physical presence, but the people take pride in his touching their lives through regular support over the years through infrastructural support.

T.B. Joshua’s story is that of grass to grace and his people are excited that he is making them proud around the world, a feat for which they cannot but thank God.  Indeed, what the T.B. Joshua story teaches us are multi-faceted.

First, his life teaches us that God is the ultimate decider of our fate and in Him we must put our hopes and aspirations. Even Joshua practically demonstrated this by getting closer to God, using the Bible as a compass to navigate his future at a tender age.

Secondly, when God elevated him, he remained level-headed and demonstrated practical teachings of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Thirdly and most importantly, he has raised and is still raising leaders of the word to join others in raising Godly men to the glory of God and benefit of mankind.As he celebrates yet another milestone, on June 12, 2019, here is wishing the man in the Synagogue, Prophet T.B. Joshua, a happy birthday.

– Umohinyang

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