Another touching display of charity at The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations…
In Pastor TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations, ‘Spend more on others and less on yourselves’ is more than a slogan, it’s a standard…
Sunday 4th October 2009 was a day of joy, relief and a renewed sense of hope and purpose for the trio of students who were grateful beneficiaries of Pastor TB Joshua’s extensive scholarship scheme. “My father died when I was a small boy,” explained Felix Ifeanyi, a first year student of Lade Akintola University, studying Pure and Applied Physics. “Since then, trouble has not left the family. My mother can no longer work with one of her hands, and she said I have to drop out of school. The only grace I am enjoying is that the universities are currently on strike. If we should just resume, I am out of the school.” The young man, who explained he worshipped at Pastor Enoch Adeboye’s Redeemed Christian Church of God, had all but lost hope of furthering his education until witnessing the charitable activities of The SCOAN via Emmanuel TV. “We keep wasting the talent, the gift of God,” rued Pastor Joshua. “If this brother is dropped out of university, who knows what will become of him?” Felix explained his school fees amounted to N50,000. “We are not talking of N50,000,” smiled Joshua, “we want to give you a scholarship. Give him N100,000 and four bags of rice for feeding. If he wants to carry on and do his Masters, we are ready to support him.” Speechless, words could not adequately express his appreciation – hopes of a bright future wonderfully replenished.
“I told you about the ministry of apostles: watch and pray. Before you begin to pray, you need to look around and see those who need your love, those who need your kindness. You must feel what others feel. Jesus feels what we feel. The hurt of one must be the hurt of all,” Joshua counselled the respectful crowd, many moved to tears at the practical demonstration of Christianity.
Komolafe Victor, a final year student of fine and applied arts at the University of Nigeria (NSUKKA) and Patience Adole, a student of Benue State University studying Mass Communication were among the recipients, also receiving N100,000 and four bags of rice. “My exams are supposed to start tomorrow,” Victor narrated. “I have tried all efforts to pay my school fees, but have not yet paid. I need your assistance to be able to complete my education so that I can be one of the successful graduates in this country.” “If someone can be brilliant and get to university, is that not a real privilege to be in a position to help?” said Joshua, encouraging the congregants that the blessings they received from God were given to them for this very purpose of reaching out to others. “All we are doing is giving back what we have received from His generous hand.”
Aside from the giving of scholarships, two armed robbers who had renounced their former ways and were rehabilitated in the church for over two months were also financially supported to begin their new lives in Christ. Chuks Olisemeka, who had been condemned to death in a Tunisian prison on account of robbery only to be miraculously released, and Ekene, a Deltan who came straight from prison to The SCOAN, both received N120,000 to establish themselves. If not, Joshua explained, they may be tempted to return to their past lives.
Steven Alfred, a physically challenged man who came with his wife and four children, was also given N200,000 for his children’s school fees, and five bags of rice. Having earlier received N100,000 at The SCOAN’s regular program for the physically challenged, Alfred came back to testify that he had miraculously been able to purchase a vehicle with the money he was given. Dipping his head in disbelief as Joshua gave him yet another gift, the disabled technician could only thank the man of God. “I am here to thank God for a ministry like this. When I stepped into this place, I learned to believe what I saw on the walls here – spend more on others, spend less on yourself.”
“If you meet people like that, and you are in position – you have to help,” explained Joshua. “You can move freely, and he cannot move freely. You are to do something. If you see people like that and you close your eyes, you are closing your eyes to blessing of God. If you are blessed and you want to maintain it, without being a good giver – you are deceiving yourself, you cannot maintain it. This is why you get there and you fall back.”
Prophet TB Joshua has garnered a reputation for giving irrespective of colour, race, religion or ethnicity, believing that love is the essential ingredient, the paramount principle to any success story. “The love of God does not discriminate. The Bible says love your neighbours as yourself – so whether you are a Muslim or pagan, or whatever you call it – love first. This is what life is all about.”
SOURCE: All Voices