The executive secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Uja, has urged Christians who are preparing to embark on pilgrimage exercise to Holy Land to ensure that they return with innovations that would help in the development of Nigeria.
Uja made this known yesterday at the NCPC Areopagus Pilgrimage Open House, themed: “Christians Pilgrimage, the church and the development in Nigeria.”
The NCPC boss who stated that the 2018 Pilgrimage exercise would flag off December 8, noted that the commission would commence airlift of pilgrims to Israel from the Uyo International Airport, Akwa Ibom State.
He noted that the NCPC pilgrimage goal is to build increased faith in Christ, help to provoke Nigeria’s nationalism and to enhance leadership and productive development.
According to him, pilgrimage is a journey of moral and spiritual significance.
“when people go on pilgrimage, they should see what they would bring back, not in terms of carrying water from River Jordan or carrying sand from the Red Sea, but ideas of spiritual revolution that will enable us build a better nation.
“With the increase in number of Christians, it is time for the Church to lead the Exodus out of poverty, backwardness and out of everything that stood against our people. God designed Nigeria to be the hub for the black race,” he said.
In his remarks, a representative of Anglican Diocese of Lagos mainland, Rev. George Abara, reiterated the need for NCPC to explore ways of increasing private sponsorship, so as to significantly broaden the scope of the spiritual exercise.
He called on all affluent Christians to assist less-endowed Christians to go to the Holy Land to enable them see, touch and feel the spiritual essences.
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