15 June 2010

Nigeria: TB Joshua Makes Case for the Needy

Lagos — GENERAL Overseer of the Synagogue Church of Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, last Saturday marked his 47th birthday at Ikotun Egbe, Lagos headquarters of the church with an appeal to his partners to rededicate themselves to the acts of giving to the poor.He made the appeal in his birthday message to Emmanuel TV viewers, church members and prayer warriors, reminding them of the importance of giving in humility, simplicity and cheerfulness to the less privileged, especially the fatherless, widows, physically challenged and the elderly people in the society.

He said such gesture would be rewarded by God. "Give to them and it will be given back to you in a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Give them every good thing the Lord has given you-your love, kindness, strength, time and money. They are fatherless so that you can be their father. They are lonely so that you can be their companion. They are in want so that you can be their benefactor," he said.

Joshua, who also advised his admirers to use the occasion to visit those on the sickbed in hospitals in their locations, urged them to pray for them, stressing that such people needed love and compassion.

"There are many people in hospitals around you, go there, visit them, and show them your love and compassion. "May be, that is what is needed for their recovery. Pray with them and pray for them. By doing this, you are not only helping to solve someone else's problem, you may discover who you are thereby," he said.

However, the prophet's appeal did not deter his admirers especially foreigners from trooping into the church auditorium to rejoice with him and many of them that attended the event had more than enough to eat and drink with each walking away with gift of a disc and cassette of his teachings entitled 'Broken homes and reconciliation.'

Joshua has endeared himself to thousands of people around the world with his predictions about occurrences around the globe which are beamed to the world in the Emmanuel TV under the theme "God is still saying something' and most of his predictions have been accurate.

He had predicted the earthquakes that hit both Haiti and Chile where thousands of people lost their lives and the deadly fire that engulf a hotel in India. He also predicted the riot which occurred in Ivory Coast during the World Cup qualifier between Ivory Coast and Malawi at the Houphouet-Boigny, Stadium, in Abidjan which resulted to the death of 14 people.

Before the opening game of the on- going World Cup in South Africa between the host country, South Africa and Mexico, he had told his congregation, including South Africa's Deputy Minister of Sports that the host country would score the first goal but that the encounter would end in one goal apiece.

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