Archive for June 2009

CELEBRATING A LIFE

June 12, 2009

“For those whose lives are centred in Christ, the best is always yet to come!” T.B. Joshua

T.B. Joshua celebrates his 46th birthdayToday, 12th June 2009, T.B. Joshua, (the brains behind MPFC)  celebrates his 46th birthday. A life truly well spent in which every moment is vital and important. Jesus Christ said that He came to give us life and life in abundance (John 10:10), and this life in abundance is glaringly evident in the life of this servant of God.We pray that God will continue to take him from strength to strength as his years go by.

T.B. Joshua celebrates his 46th birthdayInstead of holding a lavish party for himself, T.B. Joshua advised that people should use the day to share with the needy, supporting them and assisting them. He said that instead of spending money on him, they should use that to help the needy in their environment. He urged them to use the occasion of his birthday to rededicate themselves to the act of giving – something which he himself continues to do each day of his life, knowing that giving offers us the opportunity to reshape our destiny.

MPFC Goes International!

June 10, 2009

Recently three boys from the My People FC squad had an opportunity of their lifetime, and they embraced it with all enthusiasm and passion, making the team and T.B. Joshua proud. Various scouts have come to The Synagogue, having heard of the talented players in My People FC to check out the players and their capabilities. One such scout came from Bodens BK, a top second division team in Sweden who had desperately been seeking new and skilful players to boost their chances for promotion. The scout came and spotted many of the boys, commending them for their skills and technique. The opportunity  first offered itself however to three of the players, Emmanuel, Onazi and Yakubu. The whole squad was excited at this opportunity for them to travel and play professional football. No one of them had previously travelled much around Nigeria, let alone other countries.

The man of God helped the players acquire visas and international passports in a quick and easy process – something that would have taken a laboriously long and painstaking time, had it been that they were alone. He also paid for the flight ticket and gave them cash gifts for their welfare while in Sweden. Apart from that, T.B. Joshua sent one of the church evangelists, a Swedish guy with the boys to take care of them and introduce them to all things Swedish.

On arrival in Sweden, though met by a challenging and bitterly cold climate, the boys immediately showed what they were made of. The very day they arrived, they were tested in a match. Before the end of the first half, Emmanuel had scored 3 goals, Onazi 2 and Yakubu had done some superb assists. The coach quickly removed the Nigerians in the second half to allow them to rest, realizing that they had struck gold. The final score was 7-1, and it was glaringly clear that the three new players from My People FC were a cut above the rest.

To be continued…

T.B. Joshua – The Man Behind The Movement

June 8, 2009

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T.B. Joshua is a humanitarian, philanthropist, who, sincerely to be said, is one who spends less on himself and more on others. He has the interest and welfare of others in mind more than himself. This is very clear to see upon a brief assessment of his ministry and activities.

He is the pastor of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations situated in the suburb of Ikotun Egbe in the outskirts of cosmopolitan Lagos, Nigeria. The SCOAN is a growing ministry that is attracting attention nationally and internationally. What makes T.B. Joshua a topic of much conversation in all spheres is reports of the happenings at The SCOAN, which include miraculous healing, deliverance and accurate prophetic messages. Certainly a justifiable cause for stir, debate and deliberation…

Check out the church website www.scoan.org and the website for his 24 hour tv station Emmanuel TV www.emmanuel.tv.

A major part of the ministry of T.B. Joshua and The SCOAN is supporting the needy and less privileged. Those benefiting include widows, widowers, orphans, students, little people, the elderly and the youth. My People FC is just a small part of the charitable activities of TB Joshua and the Emmanuel TV Team.

To be continued…

A little history…

June 8, 2009

“When you discover the direction of your calling, you will astonish yourself, you will make a difference in your world.” T.B. Joshua

football2Well… My People FC all started in the latter part of 2008 when a thought and dream that had long been nurtured in the heart of T.B. Joshua was propelled into reality. This dream was to establish a football club that would seek and find young fresh talent, support them financially, emotionally and spiritually so as to help them to reach their goal. The number of very talented young players on the streets of Africa is increasing daily and there is a great gap that needs to be filled in the lives of these players. T.B. Joshua and My People FC plays a part in filling that gap. During those months the church welcomed hundreds of players for tryouts, some of whom were selected to be part of the My People FC squad. Both those who were taken and those who were not were given transport money. They came from literally every corner of the country of Nigeria and some even came from neighbouring countries. Those selected formed My People FC. A rigorous training schedule for the boys commenced as they came together everyday always looking for improvement in their skills. Various friendly matches were arranged and with an unbeaten record, it became clear to see that these players were among the best in the country. With support and assistance, they could go far.

My People FC Features in Complete Sports

June 3, 2009

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On Tuesday 2nd June 2009, My People FC featured in Nigeria’s Complete Sports newspaper. Complete Sports is the most popular sports newspaper in Nigeria, both in the north and the south. The editor and a reporter paid a trip to The SCOAN to interview MPFC founder and pioneer, T.B. Joshua on his vision for the club.

This is the interview:

CS: What actually prompted your interest in sports particularly football?
TBJ: You know as a believer you must use all proper means to help our youths in this country. They are the ones who feel the pain of the poor economy today. It is important to use sports to stop our youths from engaging in social vices. If you go to the Niger Delta,  it’s the youth you will find there. If you look at the rate of robberies in the country today, you will discover it is the youth who spearhead such robberies. If you now move up to our universities: It is the youth that you will find in the secret cults. These are some  of the problems faced by our youths today and one of the best ways to help them off the streets is through sports.

I strongly believe the young shall grow. They may not be there today, but the future of this country belongs to them. That is why those of us in the position to uplift them need to use all proper means to help them reach their future goals.

Sports is a vital instrument in nation building, little wonder why so many of our youths are embracing it. My vision is to use sports to draw most of our youth out of satanic hands. Not just football alone, we have other areas like wrestling. I am sure you know ultimate commander, God used me to nurture him in his dream. He is an African Champion with a title belt to his credit.

My main vision of going into sports is to give a future to footballers who are hungry to make a career out of the round leather game without collecting a dime from them and we thank God we have already  started that, we want these players to play football and serve God with their lives.

Like our club, My people FC, the players are camped here and fed. It is not for any monetary gain, it is all about soul winning through sports. All I have been telling them is not to forget how God brought them up from the miry clay to become great in their career. It is not for them to pay us back when they sign good contracts but to help themselves, their  families, the needy, orphans and the less privileged. God has raised footballers to help the widows and become a benefactor to those who need their help in future.

CS: Despite being a Christian, your help to the masses cuts across all religions, it has been established that you are from a Muslim background and you’ve been helping everybody which seems to have pitched the Christian pastors against you. How would you react to this?
TBJ: Love your neighbour as yourself. If you love those who love you, you have not done anything. Your neighbour could be your enemy, love him. He might be someone who does not share the same faith with you, love him. It is all about loving one’s neighbour irrespective of their colour, religion or race.

CS: In the past we have heard and read about ex internationals coming to your church here to find lasting solutions to their injuries. Like Daniel Amokachi, Nwankwo Kanu etc. Sir, can you tell us your experiences with them.
TBJ: Like I said earlier on, I want to see everybody succeed in their careers and endeavours irrespective of their positions as footballers. Their personality does not really matter, all I want to achieve is for people to succeed in their career. This is what I was born for, it  is what I’m living for and it is what I am willing to die for.

CS: What joy do you derive from setting up a football academy, healing players injuries and helping the needy generally?
TBJ: We will begin to succeed with our lives when the hurt of others mean a lot to us. When we show how much we care for others, when the pains of others become our pain, then our successes in life becomes a thing of priority before God.

Problem solvers, are those who show concern to oter people’s problems. Successful people are problem solvers. Whatever our gift is; that is what God will use to bless others through us.

CS: What are your expectations on Nigeria’s chances of winning the U-17 World Cup at home?
TBJ: As a Nigerian, we all agree that its another chance for us to win the U-17 World Cup again since we are the host. It is my belief that Nigeria has what it takes to win again. All we have to do is to come together as a nation and work towards the success of whosoever is put in charge of the team. It is not the time to criticise the coach or NFF but offer useful advise that can make us host a memorable and successful World Cup.

CS: Where do you stand on the issue of hiring a foreign coach for the Super Eagles?
TBJ: I believe Nigeria is blessed with a large pool of indigenous coaches who are ready to serve in any capacity. But it is important you meet the demands of our local coaches, if you want them to perform at the optimum level.

As for foreign coach, they have more than enough in terms of material and financial strength and that is why you cannot order them around. That is why they can wake up one morning, pack their luggage and leave for their country.

If we really want to get the best from our indigenous coaches, we must be ready to address their welfare packages by paying them something closer, if not equal of what an expartriate gets.

How do you expect multi-millionaire players who earn foreign currency week in week out abroad to respect an indigenous coach who is owed salary for 6 months? That’s absolutely impossible. How can a servant be greater than his master? It has to be the other way round if we really want the Super Eagles to fly again.

CS: You have been supporting the Super Eagles for years now. Do you think Nigeria will qualify for the South Africa 2010 World Cup?
TBJ: With God all things are possible but we have to do the right thing by preparing our team well for every match. But then, we also need prayers to succeed. When you pray someone needs to say amen, but then you cannot pray here and be 100% sure that the man who is standing aloof is saying Amen to your prayers. In all, the Super Eagles needs our supports as Nigerians to qualify for the World Cup.

CS: Your academy, Mypeople FC have made some progress despite coming on board for just a few months. How far do you want to take these players?
TBJ: Already, we thank God the club is making progress especially with the calibre of friendly matches played so far. Only recently they lost 3-2 to Flying Eagles and we see that as good strides. The creation of My People FC is just one way out of many to empower the youth, giving them the chance to reach for the height in their careers and also to help our national team to complement their effort.

I am advising people all over the World to follow in our footsteps too.

CS: What other success story can you tell our readers about Mypeople FC. We heard Ajax  Amsterdam wants some of your players.
TBJ: To the glory of God, three of our players are currently in Sweden with Boden BK FC and they are not doing badly. Yes, we’ve had several agents and clubs in Europe, who wrote to us informing us of their interest and willingness to have some of our players. We are still working hard and if there is anything we need to do right in ensuring that these players have great future in football, that we will do without asking for anything in return from them.

CS: Thank you sir for your time.
TBJ: It’s my pleasure.

An Introduction…

June 2, 2009

“Your success and happiness depend on your willingness to help others solve their problems.” T.B. Joshua

Struggling for breakthrough for so long?
Stuck in an endless cycle of disappointment?
Sick of being offered false promises that lead to nowhere?

There is someone who is all out to help. That someone is T.B. Joshua of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos, Nigeria. He is passionate about helping young footballers succeed with their lives and is determined to help them – just because he wants them to succeed – no strings, no conditions attached. Sound too good to be true?

This is no joke, but the real deal.  My People FC is real and is happening now.

One of the greatest frustrations in life is raw talent wasted or bitterly exhausted on what it is not worth, is dreams that crash on the rocks of lack of support or opportunity. This is the crisis faced by all too many young African players of our time who, due to this, find themselves playing out their careers the way they started – on the dusty streets in their local towns and villages. They could have made it big but for lack of connections and funding find themselves disappointed, often turning to alternative means just to make their daily bread. Those playing today for the national teams are there, not because they are the best or the most talented, but because they have had the right opportunities and met the right people.

The need is great and T.B. Joshua, an ardent football fan himself, has recognized this and embraced such talented young players supporting them morally, financially, spiritually and emotionally, Desiring to be the driving force to propel them to success and stardom, he has established My People Football Club.

This is just the beginning…