The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has tasked pilgrims embarking on holy pilgrimage to the land of Isreal to see the journey as a spiritual exercise where their personal spirituality would be increased, saying that the essence of the pilgrimage was for further spiritual awakeness.
The Governor who gave the charge during a farewell service organised by the State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board for the 2019 intending pilgrims tasked the pilgrims to be good ambassadors of the State and the Nation at large and urged them to desist from acts capable of tarnishing their images, the State and the Nation, appealing to them to also be their brother’s keepers and obey constituted authorities.
” I will like you to take advantage of this life time journey, let it not be a waste, but an opportunity to develop spiritually, I want to urge you all to also intensify prayers for our government in order to deliver good governance to the people of the State” he said.
In his exhortation, the Chairman, Christian Association of Ogun State Bishop Akintunde Akin-Akinsanya described the city of Jerusalem as place where people would connect to their spiritual roots, noting that the land would give pilgrims ample opportunities to touch the past as well as connect to the future.
The CAN Chairman in his exhortation taken from the book of Revelation Chapter 2 from verses 1 to 7 admonished the intending pilgrims, not to see the journey as a jamboree or a shopping spree but urged them to prepare for the heavenly Jerusalem.
Earlier in his welcome address,the Executive Secretary,Ogun State Christian Welfare Board, Mr. Abiodun Akinwunmi appreciated the State government for its support towards the board,noting that the 261intending pilgrims had been successfully screened and certified fit for the exercise.
He added that some of the places to be visited include Church of nativity, Cana , Mount Tabor amongst others.