The Biblical adage of ‘a prophet is not recognised in his own country’ played out in faraway city in Colombia, South America, where Dr. Juan Garcia, the former Mayor of Barranquilla, the fourth largest city recognised the impact and prayers of one of Nigerian’s Telecast Evangelist, Prophet TB Joshua. Dr. Garcia testified that the city has seen remarkable progress and advancement ever since the key of the city was symbolically given to Prophet TB Joshua in Lagos, Nigeria.
In a video uploaded to YouTube by Emmanuel TV, the former Mayor testified alongside Pastor Jorge Freyle of ‘Iglesia Vida Abundante’ about the impact of Joshua’s prayers on his city.
Dr. Garcia, who personally met the Nigerian cleric during his ‘crusade’ in Cali, Colombia in 2014, acknowledged, “I had the blessing to personally meet Prophet TB Joshua. As a mayor, I presented the key of the city to the church. Today, we can see the impact of this… only God made this possible. This city is changing.”
Corroborating Garcia’s testimony, Pastor Freyle said: “We can see the development of this beautiful city since 2007 when the Mayor Dr. Juan Garcia gave us the key of the city and we immediately gave it to Jesus Christ. I went to Lagos, Nigeria and gave the key of the city to Prophet TB Joshua. Since then, the city has changed because of the prayer of the prophet.”
Pastor Freyle, not only revealed enormous development including refurbished sports centres, the construction of new highways and a 12,000-seater conference centre, he also disclosed that a palpable sense of calm has returned to the city unlike before when they had to contend with security challenges as a nation.
The elated pastor, who glorified God for the life of TB Joshua declared: “We want to thank God for the life of TB Joshua because since we gave the key of this city to him, the city has experienced a supernatural change.” Freyle also wants Joshua to continue to pray for the city, even as he noted: “I recognise that there are different levels in ministry and acknowledge the superior spiritual authorities that God is using… We are so grateful to the ministry for Prophet TB Joshua, The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV.”
In conclusion, Dr. Garcia joins Freyle’s call to invite the Nigerian cleric to visit Barranquilla, saying, “We wait for you with open arms so you can see the city you prayed for.”
It will be recalled that Joshua’s 2014 crusade held at Pascal Guererro Olympic Stadium in Cali, Colombia was attended by over 50, 000 people. He also held large crusades in Peru, Mexico, Paraguay and Dominican Republic. His Spanish YouTube channel has nearly 600,000 subscribers, highlighting the popularity of the cleric in Latin America.