In memory of the late South Africans who he called “martyrs of faith”, pastor T.B. Joshua has announced he’d make a trip to South Africa every month.
Joshua relayed the message in his church service on Sunday 21st August 2014 following the tragic building collapse at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) that left 84 South Africans dead and hundreds more injured.
“Those who are affected in one way or another and those who passed onto glory, their greatest desire is to see that the work of salvation they died and suffered for continues and reaches unreachable places,” Joshua declared, a message subsequently relayed via his official social media portals on Facebook and Twitter.
“For that, what they are coming here for should be taken to meet them in their country,” he stated to applause from foreigners but a muted response from Nigerian congregants.
“Once in a month, I will be travelling to South Africa to meet people from South Africa and other nations who find South Africa easier to visit, in memory of martyrs of faith,” the controversial cleric stated in a broadcast transmitted live on Emmanuel TV, one of Africa’s most popular television stations.
Joshua quickly countered any insinuation that his visitations will be to challenge other South African churches. “My ministration in South Africa will not be on Sunday so that people will have the opportunity to attend their respective churches,” he explained.
“This kind of faith expressed by South Africans deserves this kind of blessing from God,” he added.
Joshua thanked people for the messages of condolence and encouragement The SCOAN had received from supporters around the world. “I have been your pastor, preaching to you. Now, it is your turn that you are preaching to me. It is your turn that you are giving back what you have received in terms of preaching, teaching and counselling,” he said.