by Dolapo Adelana
The pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B. Joshua has said he was relocating his ministry to Israel.
Joshua, who disclosed this during last Sunday’s service held meetings with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley when he last visited the ‘Holy Land’.
Speaking about his decision, he said, “This is where my Father in Heaven came from – it’s non-negotiable.
“It’s the best place for you to meet Prophet T.B. Joshua. After your healing, blessing and deliverance, you can move around all the spiritual monuments which will establish your faith.”
The cleric added that his decision to leave Nigeria for Israel was unconnected to the “persecution” he endured during his ministry.
“This is the most persecuted ministry in the world. Who are the people persecuting the ministry? My people, Africa.
“That is why I choose to live a lonely life. If you want to see me, come to this church. I don’t go out. It has not been easy – because I don’t know who is a friend or who is an enemy.
“If you learn T.B. Joshua is not around, I am in a revival. I live in the church here. I don’t have a house outside.”
He added, “Anytime you pray, remember Africa in prayer. Many heroes and great people have been chased out of Africa. There are many geniuses in the Western world who are originally from Africa.”
He likened himself to heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua who was allegedly turned down by Nigerian sporting authorities when he wanted to represent the country.
“What happened to me from the beginning of my ministry is enough to chase me out of this country – but I am still in your midst. Upon the persecution and hatred. I decided to follow the path of love.
“You show hatred; I show love. When I go for a revival, you will see the stadium full but I am not carried away by that. I leave where I’m celebrated to live where I’m persecuted.”
The cleric then advised congregants, “Where you are not celebrated is the best place to stay, to get strength. When you are in the midst of a battle, you are building yourself.
“That is why I decided to stay where I am not celebrated here in Nigeria. When the grace of God is amid challenges, it gets stronger.
“Your life can preach a better sermon than your mouth,” he told his congregants, stating that the Israeli officials had observed his ministry from afar before inviting him.
Dolapo is a writer and journalist who works with YNaija. He has interests in Christianity, politics and sports.