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Fighting Poverty, The T.B. Joshua’s Example



World all over, charities get their funding from multiple sources; much of which comes from individuals; foundations and corporations to take care of the less privileged or poorest of all in every society. A major considerable source of funding charity organisations is government funding. In most cases, government funding is a generally reliable source that is typically renewed each year, or even increased. However, in recent years this funding has become less and less predictable. As a matter of fact, social welfare is something that is very little or not available in many African countries today. Hence, the millions of vulnerable or poorest of the poor in a country like Nigeria and some other African countries are left at the mercy of the few religious organisations in the continent. The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and Catholic Church are in the forefront to empowering the poor and putting food on their table.

General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua deserves to be celebrated from different perspectives, especially at a time like this when the nation is faced with many challenges, including providing for its vulnerable citizens. He has put smiles on faces and has become the greatest friend of the poor and downtrodden in Nigeria and other African societies. Apart from his healing and deliverance gifts, Prophet T.B. Joshua walks tall in several aspects of human endeavours. The story of his life is an excellent demonstration of God’s ability to use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. With just primary school education, the General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations has established himself as a force to reckon with in God’s vineyard. His ministry is arguably the most visited Christian ministry in the whole of Africa and has continued to attract scintillating reviews from the international media. Tens of thousands of visitors from across the world have continued to throng the Ikotun-Egbe based ministry in search of spiritual and material succor. It does not end there.

The man of God understands the challenges of the troubled world and has maintained a rare reputation for helping individuals, institutions and nations overcome their spiritual as well as socio-economic challenges through crusades and humanitarian efforts. Evidently, uncountable number of Nigerians and foreigners has continued to benefit from his ministry’s milk of human kindness. Through his ministry’s Emmanuel TV Partners, millions of lives, nations and destinies have been changed 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.. He has maintained a calm and unperturbed disposition – a quality that can only be God-given especially in situations of crisis.

T.B. Joshua is the only Nigerian pastor that is hardly seen around the corridors of power. You will never find him in any government house because he believes that a true servant of God should be for all and not frolic around with politicians. We have seen some Christian leaders who have rubbished their reputation because of money and partisan politics but Prophet Joshua prefers to empower the masses. He has not relent in his resolve to reach out to the downtrodden and heavily burdened people across board. Before the plight of Nigerian deportees from Libya became a matter of national interest, Prophet T.B. Joshua had been helping the deportees with food and money running into several millions of naira. According to some of the deportees who landed Nigerian earlier this month, only one man has been passionately concerned about their plights: Prophet T.B. Joshua.

They say he 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 renowned man of God, whom they described as the greatest thing that has ever to happened to the Nigerian Christendom. From records, Prophet T.B. Joshua has received over one million Nigerian deportees from Libya between 2014 and 2107 and has doled out both money and foodstuff in the region of (N200, 000,000) two hundred million naira to the affected persons. 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 help to the poor can,” he counseled. Prophet Joshua believes strongly on the biblical injunction of Matthew 4:4 that says, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. In one of his messages to his followers recently, the man of God said: NEVER GIVE UP!!! “Irrespective of how many times you have tried and failed, so far as you are still alive, you are alive to try again. Don’t give up on what you want to become or achieve in life because Jesus Christ motivates people to try again and again. For each obstacle you face, there is a lot of experience you acquire. If you take a step and you fail, don’t look at that failure – look at the experience you acquire. Experience is the best teacher. So, forget about the failure you have experienced or the disappointment you went through – look at the experience you have acquired along the way. The lessons you learn from your failure prepare you for the responsibilities and challenges of success.