As Altruistic T. B Joshua Receives Applause from Home By Femi SALAKO
As Altruistic T. B Joshua Receives Applause from Home
Many know and call him simply as T. B Joshua. The famous Nigerian televangelist and faith healer, Temitope Balogun Joshua is a Nigerian televangelist and faith healer; one of the most influential personalities in Africa. His influence soar essentially from efficacious evangelism and philanthropy. What he does spiritually with the former, he does physically with the latter. His altruistic deeds generate huge herald, just as his spiritual works.
The General Overseer of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) is undoubtedly one of the most reported spiritual leaders around the world for such lofty works as healing the sickly and catering for material needs of the people. He does this both locally and abroad, helping and healing.
Interestingly, this prophet is being honoured at home as recent torrents of accolades is coming from the home front for Pastor Joshua for helping the people and communities of Ondo state to live quality life. He has been known for giving money and other valuables to the needy. This time, the man of God made donations to four local governments councils, Akoko South West, Akoko South East, Northeast and Northwest, being his own contribution towards the restoration of electricity in Akoko land, a constituency that has been in total darkness for over two years.
That was coming after he donated 9 patrol cars to Police in Ondo state to help the security of lives and properties, gesture which attracted profuse thanks for the people and government of the state.
Ondo born Joshua is believed to have been born after being in his mother’s womb for 15 months and also having survived a near-death accident as an infant, he rose to become a self-proclaimed spiritual messenger of the almighty. Obedient to the divine call, he started a ministry with a mere eight members, of which he currently serves as the General Overseer.
He is the leader and founder of the ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)’ which spreads his religious teachings and messages around the world. The ministry, which started very small, has now grown beyond the shores of Nigeria. The organization also runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV, and has gathered a large following over the years across the globe.
Pastor Temitope who is also a notable humanitarian, providing aid to minorities. famished and the underprivileged is an unusual man of faith, a representative of God and of people. He has published numerous videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as the dreaded HIV/AIDS. He is considered to be one of those who have submitted to the will of God and embrace every act of the almighty with love and respect.
He was born on June 12, 1963 in the small village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria. According to him, unusual circumstances surrounded his birth as he remained for 15 months in his mother’s womb before being born, a much longer time than the normal pregnancy period.
Another remarkable event occurred when he was three days old, as a large boulder crashed through the roof of his house, missing him by a few inches. Therefore his mother named him, ‘Temitope’, meaning, ‘What You (God) have done for me is worthy of thanks’.
Pastor Joshua attended St. Stephen’s Anglican Primary School in Arigidi, Akoko, Nigeria, but could not complete secondary school education because of poverty. In school, he was known as “small pastor” because of his love for the Bible. He further gained reputation for spiritual prowess after confronting a madman in the school premises and collecting his weapon from him. He was the leader of ‘Scripture Union’ whilst in school.
Thereafter, he worked for some time washing people’s feet on the muddy streets of Lagos before moving to a poultry farm where he had the demeaning job of carrying chicken waste. At the same time, he organized Bible studies with children and attended evening school. He also tried to be enlisted into the military, an ambition which was aborted by an act of fate, as the train he boarded to attend an interview in the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, developed fault and he was left stranded for six days.
In 1987, he visited a ‘prayer mountain’ to seek the face of God. There, he fasted and prayed for 40 days and 40 nights. He wrote that in a heavenly vision, he received divine anointing and a covenant from God to start his ministry. Thereafter, he laid the foundation of his ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN)’.The society has released numerous videos claiming to document the healing of incurable disabilities and illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. The videos have generated lot of controversy and have amassed hundreds of thousands of views.
Many people have also claimed to have been healed through ‘Anointing Water’ that has been prayed over by him and given to those who are unable to physically attend his church in Lagos. His organization has also been in controversy regarding the deliverance of those allegedly possessed by evil spirits during its services. As a prophet, he has allegedly predicted such events as Michael Jackson’s death, the attack during Boston marathon in America and the outcome of two African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final matches. He also allegedly predicted the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH370 several months before the incident.
He has also written and published books such as ‘The Mirror’, ‘The Step Between You And The Cure’, ‘Daily Time With God’ and ‘What The Future Holds’. Joshua is the leader and founder of the ministry organization ‘The Synagogue, Church of All Nations’ (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station called Emmanuel TV, available on satellite and on the internet via the Streaming Faith broadcast portal. His shows are also aired weekly on a number of local television stations across Africa.