The EXecutive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yakubu Pam has disclosed plans to introduce a three day orientation for intending pilgrims during the December general pilgrimage exercise to Israel, Rome and Greece. This disclosure was made recently at a stakeholders Pilgrimage Summit held in Jalingo, Taraba state.
Rev. Pam explained that
the three days orientation will create an awareness to aide in curbing the abscondment of pilgrims as well as changing the negative mindset of Nigerians who leave their fatherland to another country to and fail to come back but remain there to seek greener pasture.
According to him, “A Christian should contribute positively in the development of the country and not to tear it down”.
Rev Pam explained that the Commission anticipates an increase in the number of pilgrims during this year’s general pilgrimage in December as the Commission is working tirelessly towards achieving this. He seeks the prayer and support of Church Leaders to encourage their congregations to sponsor and support Christian pilgrimage.
The NCPC boss disclosed that the cost of pilgrimage has been reduced to encourage massive participation in the exercise.
He urged Christians who are financially buoyant to sponsor those who are not because, according to him, “pilgrimage gives spiritual and supernatural encounter to the Christians”
Rev. Pam admonished Church Leaders to preach the importance of pilgrimage to their congregation as one of the ways though which they can enjoy the dividends of democracy.
The NCPC scribe commended the Taraba state government for its continuous support and sponsorship of Christians to the holy land.
He urged Christians not to be discouraged in the face of their challenges as “the Lord is with the Church”.
Earlier, the Taraba State Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)who is also the Chairman of Taraba State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Rev. Isaiah Magaji appreciated the Executive Secretary and his team for visiting the state. He commended the work of the Executive Secretary in building peace in the troubling States in the north and the country at large. He said the state is glad to have him and also thanked him for his support for the state.
He explained that the contributions of the Executive Secretary in peace keeping and national development in will not go unnoticed.
The theme of the Stakeholders Meeting was “Christian Pilgrimage, Peace Building and National Development”.
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