Founder of the Synagogue Church of all Nations, SCOAN, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua has stated that many people perceive him as the nearest person to Jesus Christ because he is doing what Christ did thousands of years ago.
Joshua pointed out that through his activities, thousands of blind, hearing impaired, sick, crippled, diseased and infirm have been known to respond to God’s grace and mercy when touched by the right hand of God.
Stressing that his ministry has emerged as the most progressive and fruitful positive image creator for Nigeria and Africa, Vanguard reports him as saying that “Israel – the birthplace of Jesus Christ Himself has shown interest in having me as one of their citizens with the hope of having my ministry established there”.
The cleric continued, “We have often been well accepted not only by the commoners, the orphans, widows, widowers and the needy but also by the political stakeholders, leaders, military lieutenants, generals, foremost religious leaders, ministers in government and members of parliament in foreign lands.
“Don’t forget I’m from a country where young boys and girls are sold into slavery in Libya, Italy, Switzerland, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In most countries of the world, blacks are disregarded, trafficked, abused, terrified, insulted and blacklisted.”
Shedding light on his birth and upbringing in a rustic village of Arigidi in Akoko, Ondo state, the televangelist disclosed that he spent 15 months instead of the normal nine months in his mother’s womb.
He said, “My birth and early development was said to be shrouded in mysteries after narrowly escaping a boulder from a nearby quarry which came crashing inches near me in my parents’ house hence the name ‘Temitope’, meaning “what you (God) has done for me is worthy of thanks,” I attended St. Stephens’ Anglican Primary School but failed to complete secondary school due to poverty.
“While in primary school, I was referred to as the small pastor and led evangelical activities. My ambition to join the Nigerian Army crashed after the train that was to convey me developed fault along the way and left me stranded for six days. I also washed people’s feet on the muddy corners of Lagos and worked as a poultry attendant to earn a living.”