The General overseer and founder of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations, Senior Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua has has invited the families of the deceased South African victims of the September 12, 2014 building collapse to Lagos for a trip of “spiritual and emotional support.”
81 South Africa compatriots were victims of the tragic collapse of a building said to be a guest house in the Premises of the church.
A spokesperson of the church in South Africa,Kirsten Nematandani disclosed this development to AFP on Tuesday, December 23, 2014.
This is coming few months after the corpses of the victims were repatriated to South Africa.
Nematandani said, “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 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.”
He further said that Prophet TB Joshua, who “has continuously supported the families”, will interact with them throughout the trip. “This is about the spirit of caring.”
It was learnt that 44 families out of the 74 invited 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.
The spokesperson further said that the families of the 11 outstanding victims will be invited after the remains are sent back to South Africa.
Although the reaction of some South Africans on social media opined that the trip was a bribe for the families not to launch any legal action against the prophet, a claim which Nematandani dismissed.
Nematandani said TB Joshua “has never been above the law, he respects the law.”