The SCOAN (Synagogue Church of all Nations) is a church based in Nigeria. Its supreme leader, the Prophet TB Joshua, welcomes people from all over the world to visit the church, staying within its actual premises, so that they can witness for themselves that he is a true prophet who does the work of Jesus Christ. Joshua received his calling at an early age, and, as the name of SCOAN suggests, he wants to spread the word of God to people all over the world.
To ensure that not only Nigerians can be part of the Lord, he has firstly started to broadcast his sermons on Emmanuel, which can be seen all over the world. However, he has also extended his invitation to visit the church from people from around the globe. This instantly became so popular that there is now a sizeable waiting list for those who want to visit.
Why Visit SCOAN?
Those who come to SCOAN are given an opportunity to become closer to their Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, and develop a personal relationship with Him. Because it is a personal journey, those who attend SCOAN do not follow a set, regimented program. Rather, they are encouraged to take all the time they need to read the Bible, to pray, and to reflect on what they have learned. At the same time, they will have ample opportunities to listen to testimony from others in the congregation, to watch videos to help build their faith, and to take part in activities and services of the church itself. Those who attend will also be given the opportunity to discuss their personal problems and receive prayer for this. These problems can be spiritual or physical. In fact, TB Joshua, as a vessel of the Lord, has been able to heal the sick and help the less fortunate on numerous occasions.
Who Can Visit SCOAN?
Anyone can put in an application to visit SCOAN. However, it is at the church’s discretion to accept people, for which they use a questionnaire. Groups are also welcome to apply, although they must be accompanied by a group leader. When groups attend the church, they will be greeted at the airport and taken to the church. Transport for the return journey will also be arrange. A visit can last one day or seven days, with the latter being more common for visitors outside of Nigeria.
One of the reasons why spaces are limited is because there are only a set number of rooms within the premises. There are spaces within air conditioned dormitories, where residents must share showers and toilets, but there are also a number of private rooms, which are all en-suite. Usually, group visitors will share the dormitory, but it is possible to request private rooms as well. International visitors can also enjoy three meals per day in a special dining room, and they can purchase additional toiletries, snacks, and drinks at the church’s shop.
All activities and services are held in English, although Spanish and French translations can be made available.