File photo : Rev. Yakubu Pam,Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC.

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – Christian Pilgrimage Managers currently in Israel, to ascertain the state of readiness ahead of the 2022 exercise billed for the first quarter of the year have been tasked to have faith and maintain a positive attitude, believing that the exercise would be a success.

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Yakubu Pam who led other stakeholders on a state of readiness visit to Jerusalem in preparation for the 2021 pilgrimage exercise to Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan, urged the Managers to work in agreement, always listen to one another and welcome new ideas that would add value to the spiritual exercise.

The state of readiness visit is for
everyone to be informed on the programme of an event like the visit to
Holy Sites and inspection of aircraft.

Speaking on Sunday, during a prayer session at Rahama Hotel, Jerusalem, Rev. Pam, according to a statement by
Godiya Mathew, NCPC Information officer 1, encouraged the people to remain prayerful and adhere to all COVID-19 protocols.

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According to him, “An agreement is a process, and it goes with faith because there are believers who work by feelings and the circumstances around. As Christians, we must grow above our
feelings and above the negativity we see. Always think positive, we will get it right when we think positive and with faith. Have faith like Abraham in the Bible, you can never know the journey of faith, we may not know what the pilgrimage will look like, but as people of faith, we should believe, if our foundation is laid by God, then this pilgrimage will turn to be a great one come the first quarter of the year.”

He appreciated God for their
safe travel and emphasized
that “prayers must be held every day, appreciate God for the success to come. Every person should make a conscious effort to observe all the COVID -19 protocols to avoid getting infected, I would not want to go back to Nigeria leaving anyone behind in Israel.”

Earlier, the Chairman of Tabar Tours, Mr. Wisam Tabar welcomed his visitors and expressed joy for their visit, explaining that the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a great setback for Christian pilgrimage, saying, “Pilgrimage for us is much more than business, it is a mission.”