Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua is a famous African preacher and healer based in Lagos, Nigeria, but in Israel on Sunday, he was the father confessor, the healer, the guide, the priest, the pastor, the parson, the clergyman, the minister, the cleric and the man of God for thousands of Christians from around the world.
Born in abject poverty in Nigeria, nothing could have prepared T.B. Joshua as he is famously known for the celebrity-like status he has enjoyed around the world in the past two decades.
In Israel on Sunday, it was a church service like no other. Thousands of Christians from around the world traveled to Nazareth to be with one of Africa’s most popular figures, according a widely read Israeli newspaper, the Haaretz.
They came as close as Israel itself and as far as Haiti, Tanzania or the Czech Republic for a unique chance to be with Prophet T.B. Joshua at Mount Precipice in Nazareth, the Haaretz reported.
The newspaper quoted an Italian painter named Lady Gioconda as showing off a huge oil painting of Joshua that she had made as a gift for him.
She had never before attended one of his events, nor had she ever been in Nazareth before. But she was convinced Joshua will bring her the fame she sought.
“He’s a super, super, super prophet,” she said.
The newspaper reported that the crowd that came to be with T.B. Joshua included Israelis, “some of whom, like some visitors from other countries, were flying their country’s flag. A few even brought shofars”.
It quoted a regular member of the church that Joshua founded, the Synagogue, Church of all Nations, as saying that she came from Nigeria because she needed to strengthen her connection with Jesus. She had the feeling that this will be special, she said.
The report said “People from Haiti, Tanzania and the Czech Republic were eating watermelon together; all professed excitement. One, a priest from Tanzania, expressed the hope that they all feel Jesus there.
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