Malawians Sunday joined the rest of the world in mourning renowned Nigerian preacher Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua, who died Saturday night in the West African nation at the age of 57.
The BBC Sunday reported that TB Joshua, who was due to turn 58 on June 12, died shortly after conducting a live broadcast, but the cause of his death has not been made public.
TB Joshua founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations in 1987 and was one of Nigeria’s most popular televangelists
A post on his Facebook page, which has more than five million followers, said: “God has taken His servant”.
Reacting to the news, Enlightened Christian Gathering leader Shepherd Bushiri said he was saddened by the demise of a man he described as a “General of God”.
“The General of God, Prophet TB Joshua, has gone home. In your rest, General, I celebrate your mission; you came, you preached, you touched souls and you demonstrated to the world that God is still speaking today,” Bushiri said.
Reverend Malani Mtonga of Word of Life Tabernacle Church said it was difficult to believe that JB Joshua was gone.
“The Prophet believed in the word of God as the standard of our life. He has left a mark on this earth that can never be ignored or erased. [He was] humble and, yet, highly favoured and, indeed, there’s time for everything as well said in his last words.
“We will surely miss his gift in our midst. He was trusted with heavenly information. His healing, deliverance and prophetic ministry will be missed by many of us,” he said.
Good News Ministries Founder Patson Gondwe said TB Joshua only lived for 57 years but it felt like he lived for a thousand years because of the impact he made.
Gondwe said the death of TB Joshua calls for celebration of his life.
“We are sure that the life of TB Joshua impacted a lot of people globally,” Gondwe said.
Prophetic Ministries Association of Malawi General Secretary Prophet Rex Kalolo described the departed preacher as a “father figure”.
“We are greatly shocked with the death of Prophet TB Joshua. The world has lost a great man and we, as a prophetic family, have lost a father figure. Above all, we praise God. We wish him peaceful resting in glory,” Kalolo said.