Prophet TB Joshua is flying the families of the victims of his church’s collapse disaster

December 26, 2014 7:48 am

Prophet TB Joshua is flying the families of the victims of his church’s collapse disaster, to Lagos to spend Christmas and the New Year with him. This is according to the church spokesman, Kirsten Nematandani. What he said below…

    “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. 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.

    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. 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”.
    The church members would also offer the bereaved families spiritual and emotional support and they would have a chance to interact with Prophet TB Joshua. He would fund the entire trip including all transport, accommodation, meals and visa applications. 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.
    The families visiting the church would spend their time attending church services and programmes. He also said Joshua would not rest until the bodies were sent home. 
Nigerian preacher TB Joshua has invited to Lagos the bereaved families of the South African victims of a fatal church building collapse for a trip of “spiritual and emotional support”, a spokesman said Tuesday.

A guesthouse for foreign followers of the pastor and televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly known as TB Joshua, collapsed on September 12 killing 116 people — including 81 South Africans.

Remains of 74 of the South African victims were repatriated home two months later and 11 more remained behind awaiting DNA identification.

“The healing process is continuous but it was very important that the families be part of the year-end candlelight service — it’s spiritual and emotional support,” the church’s spokesman in South Africa Kirsten Nematandani told AFP.

Nigerian
preacher TB Joshua has invited to Lagos the bereaved families of the
South African victims of a fatal church building collapse for a trip of
“spiritual and emotional support”, a spokesman said Tuesday.
A
guesthouse for foreign followers of the pastor and televangelist
Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly known as TB Joshua, collapsed on
September 12 killing 116 people — including 81 South Africans.
Remains
of 74 of the South African victims were repatriated home two months
later and 11 more remained behind awaiting DNA identification.
“The
healing process is continuous but it was very important that the
families be part of the year-end candlelight service — it’s spiritual
and emotional support,” the church’s spokesman in South Africa Kirsten
Nematandani told AFP.
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He said TB Joshua, who “has continuously supported the families”, will interact with them throughout the trip. “This is about the spirit of caring.”

Forty-four of the 74 families have taken up the offer for the all-expenses-paid, week-long trip starting on Christmas Day.

The rest are unable to travel because of lack of travel documents or prior commitments, said Nematandani.

Families of the 11 outstanding victims will be invited after the remains are sent back to South Africa, he said.

Some South Africans took to social media, suggesting that the trip was a bribe for the families not to launch any legal action against Joshua.

“This is a preemptive strike against any possible lawsuit,” tweeted @Nothibi-Phosa.

But Nematandani dismissed such claims saying the relatives were going to the church to “pray” and not to talk about litigation.

oshua, a self-proclaimed prophet, has said the collapse in September may have been sabotage and has on three occasions ignored summonses to testify before an ongoing coroner’s inquest into the incident.

His lawyers are attempting to stop the investigation, arguing the coroner has exceeded his powers to call Joshua as a witness.

Nematandani said TB Joshua “has never been above the law, he respects the law”.

The preacher’s followers include influential politicians and business people from around Africa and the world, and his loyalists have suggested the collapse is part of a conspiracy to undermine him.

He
said TB Joshua, who “has continuously supported the families”, will
interact with them throughout the trip. “This is about the spirit of
caring.”
Forty-four of the 74 families have taken up the offer for the all-expenses-paid, week-long trip starting on Christmas Day.
The rest are unable to travel because of lack of travel documents or prior commitments, said Nematandani.
Families of the 11 outstanding victims will be invited after the remains are sent back to South Africa, he said.
Some
South Africans took to social media, suggesting that the trip was a
bribe for the families not to launch any legal action against Joshua.
“This is a preemptive strike against any possible lawsuit,” tweeted @Nothibi-Phosa.
But Nematandani dismissed such claims saying the relatives were going to the church to “pray” and not to talk about litigation.
oshua,
a self-proclaimed prophet, has said the collapse in September may have
been sabotage and has on three occasions ignored summonses to testify
before an ongoing coroner’s inquest into the incident.
His lawyers are attempting to stop the investigation, arguing the coroner has exceeded his powers to call Joshua as a witness.
Nematandani said TB Joshua “has never been above the law, he respects the law”.
The
preacher’s followers include influential politicians and business
people from around Africa and the world, and his loyalists have
suggested the collapse is part of a conspiracy to undermine him.

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