Prophet Temitope Joshua, the founder and senior pastor of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) has received a national award presented to him by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Newsmen learnt that Isreal’s Ministry of Tourism identified as Yariv Levin bestowed the award of ‘Tourism Ambassador’ on TB Joshua.
Prophet Joshua had held a two-day event in the historic hometown of Jesus Christ which attracted thousands of religious tourists from across the globe.
According to the report, the event was held at the Amphitheatre of Mount Precipice was fiercely criticised by local religious figures and nearly faced cancellation due to the intensity of attacks.
A protest was even organised with hundreds trouncing through the city in Northern Israel with placards decrying the coming event and people shouting: “Let this witch get away from us!”
Despite the ‘noise’ surrounding the event, it was held successfully with Joshua preaching a message on love and ministering “healing and deliverance in Jesus’ name” to the large crowds that gathered.
The event was also attended by a group of religious figures who even visited the venue of Mount Precipice after the event and performed a ‘cleansing ritual’ with water, leaves and salt.
The event, which was broadcast on local television throughout Israel and featured in The New York Times and Reuters, subsequently attracted the attention of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, which gave an award to the Nigerian cleric and made him a ‘Tourism Ambassador’.