Nigerian preacher TB Joshua is flying the
families of the victims of his church’s collapse to
Lagos to spend Christmas and the new year
with him, the Synagogue Church of All Nations
said on Monday.
“The prophet has invited the families of the
deceased to come and spend time out there at
the synagogue with the other church members
for Christmas and very importantly… the end of
the year candlelight services,” said church
spokesperson Kirsten Nematandani.
Forty-four family members who had accepted
the offer would fly out on Christmas day and
return on January 2.
It is believed 85 people from South Africa were
among those killed when a multi-storey
guesthouse attached to the church collapsed in
Lagos on September 12.”The purpose is to
spend time with the families. As we know the
families are going through a difficult time… this
is part of the process the church is undergoing,”
The church would offer the bereaved families
spiritual and emotional support and they would
have a chance to interact with Joshua. He would
fund the entire trip including all transport,
accommodation, meals and visa applications.
Nematandani said Joshua had always been open
about the incident and that he would “walk this
journey with the families… and continuously
Those families who were unable to visit the
church because they did not have
documentation or already had other plans were
invited to come to the church at a later stage,
Nematandani said.The families visiting the
church would spend their time attending
services and programmes run by “evangelists
and wise men”.
”They will have time to go to the prayer
mountain to have quality time as an individual
and talking to God.”
Nematandani expressed condolences on behalf
of the church for the families of the 11 victims
whose bodies had not yet been returned to
”We want to express messages of sympathy and
condolences to those families and hoping that
the time will come when those bodies will come
home.”He said Joshua would not rest until the
bodies were sent home.
Members of the church would spend time with
those families over the festive period to support
them.”The church will be on the ground with
them, sending them love and support from TB
Joshua, even though it could be seen as a black
Christmas,” he said.
– City People