From: FRED ITUA, Abuja
Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Tor Uja, has disclosed the cost of this year’s pilgrimage to Israel, Greece and Rome.
He made the disclosure in Abuja while playing host to the Chairmen Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) from all the States of the Federation, including FCT.
According to the breakdown, pilgrimage to Israel and Greece would cost N667,00, while that of Rome will cost N887,000.
The NCPC boss said “because of the CBN exchange rate the cost of pilgrimage for this year’s October-December pilgrimage to Israel is ₦667,000 while Israel – Greece or Israel – Rome is ₦887,000.”
He stated that the Commission had decided to redesign many things about pilgrimage and had segmented them into various contiguous groups.
He informed that the Commission intends to run pilgrimage for church leaders next year. According to Uja, “I believe that the church of Christ is strong enough to run pilgrimage.”
He stated that PFN is a major stakeholder for the pilgrimage the Commission has designed. He therefore invited them to set up pilgrimage Committees in their various churches to activate members to embrace the opportunities Christian pilgrimage provides.
He further affirmed: “We have chosen that pilgrimage must do something different for Nigeria”. He explained that pilgrimage should be able to open a door for leadership and development and also give an opportunity to impact on the host nation among other benefits.
“Nigeria has the biggest army of spiritual leaders and they are all men of global consequence”. To this end, he stressed, “I believe God is opening a window for the Nigerian church to take back the lost ones.”
He stated that under God all forces that stood against Nigeria would be defeated.
Earlier, the Chairman of all the Chairmen of States Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Apostle Zilly Aggrey affirmed that the Pentecostals believe in pilgrimage because of the tremendous amount of blessing that is associated to it.
He stated that Israel is a covenant nation and thus any nation that is against Israel would crumble. He further explained that “pilgrimage is one of the means that we key into the covenant blessings of Israel.”
He appealed to all well meaning Christians to sponsor people on pilgrimage and be blessed.