By: Valentine Adese (Jos Nigeria),
Batch II of Plateau State Pilgrims, have finally arrived home safely and Governor Simon Bako Lalong has commended them for their orderly conduct while at the Holy land, visiting Holy sites and praying for the state and Nigeria at large.
The governor also had sent a congratulatory message to Batch II Pilgrims from the state, while they were still in Jerusalem for successfully completing their exercise.
The Governor in his message has charged the pilgrims to use their new knowledge to contribute to the growth, peace and development of Plateau State and Nigeria at large.
the Governor, who gave this charge through Hon. Ezekiel Daju, a serving Commissioner in the state during the Dinner and Certificate issuance Night, organized for the pilgrims on the 5th of January, 2019, further charge the pilgrims to bring a new light to the state by exhibiting the behaviours and attitudes they have learnt in Israel.
You would recall that, during their stay in Israel, the pilgrims had visited several Christian Religious sites in Tiberias, Galilee, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nazareth And Bethlehem, while lodging at Bali and Bethlehem Hotels.
In his remarks during the Dinner, the leader of the 2018 Pilgrims’ delegation, Rev Dr. Soja Bewarang, had commended the entire pilgrims, the Tour Guides and their drivers for the patience, maturity and brotherly love that was exhibited throughout the pilgrimage.
He also commended Governor Lalong, for having the large heart to give the pilgrims the opportunity to build their spiritual lives and develop a better attitude, which according to him would help them contribute positively in maintaining the existing peace in the state and promote peaceful coexistence in the state and the nation at large.
Dr. Bewarang, also charged the pilgrims to exhibit the disciplinary and civil attitudes they saw and learnt from the Holy land.
The Bus Captains, who spoke for their groups, also commended the Organizers, the Tour guides, the drivers and members of their groups for the level of discipline and love shared and exhibited.
You would recall that Prince Valentine Adese (JP), the Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, while at the Holy Land, had reported that, the Plateau state 2018 pilgrimage Delegate Leader, Rev. Bewarang had advised pilgrims to use the opportunity they have to visit the Holy land to create and develop more friends and connect with God, as they pray for Plateau state and Nigeria at large.
The Batch II Pilgrims for 2018, were charged to become evangelists for Jesus Christ, as they have been privileged to see physically and heard what have been written about Jesus Christ in the Holy Bible.
The leader of the 2018 pilgrimage, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewrang, who gave this charge at Jesus Christ Town at Capharuaum, also charged the Pilgrims from the state to continue to use the opportunity of being in the Holy Land to Pray for Plateau State, Governor Simon Lalong and Nigeria. Prayers were immediately commenced as directed by four persons led by the Spirit.
With more pilgrims visiting the Holy Land this Jenuary, 2019, the 1707 Christian pilgrims from Plateau state have been charged to adopt the attitudes Jesus Christ gave and taught at the Sermon on the mountain in order to make the state and Nigeria great again.
The Leader and Chairman of the Plateau State 2018, pilgrims to Jerusalem, Dr. Soja Bewarang gave this charge while admonishing the pilgrims at the Church of the Beatitudes in Galilee before moving to Tabgha were Jesus fed his disciples and others with fish and bread.
According to Rev Soja, “The Beatitudes were for attitudinal Changes, if the people of Plateau and Nigerians can adopt them, the state and Nigeria would be better .
The Leader also commended prophets of old, especially, Prophet Elijah and his followers for their ability to climb Mount Carmel and still had the strength to battle with the prophets of Baal.
He gave this commendation, while the pilgrims from Plateau State visited the site of the battle at Discaled Carmelite Order Muhraqa.
Rev. Bewarang , called on Christians all over the world to transform their lives and attitudes in order to make the world a better place to live in.
You would recall the the Batch joined other Nigerian Pilgrims from other states to pray for the country and its leaders at Armon Hanatsiv Ministry in Olmaya Jerusalem.
Prayers were centered on President Muhammad Buhari, Governor Simon Lalong, among other state Governor’s in Nigeria and their appointees.
For the citizens of the country, prayer points led by Rev. Nelson, were raised for Nigeria’s to possess their possessions in 2019, using Obadiah chapter’s 1 Vs 14 to backup.
The climax of the prayers was led by Bishop David Zaki, who called on the churches in Nigeria to unite and use the word of God to build their strength to enable them (Church) take the needed responsibility.
Bishop Zaki said, the church is now chasing after money instead of understanding the word of God.
He said, “life and the word are from God. If the word of God is projected, Nigerian and the world will be stable. So, let the denominations of churches bow to the power of God in order to create unity. The Church should be united with differences to unable God bring the enemies of the Church down from their strong holds.
“Leaders in the church should fill the church with acceptable knowledge of the truth in order to dominate. Let the Church be responsible to help enhance the propagation of the word of God in our nation, Nigeria. For God’s word is Truth.
Adding that, “No nation on earth is greater than Nigeria”.
After breakfast on the sixth day of the Pilgrimage at Bethlehem Hotel in Bethlehem, the pilgrims visited En Kerem, the place where John the Baptist was born and where the Righteous Elizabeth had taken refuge with the infant John from the hands of Herod’s Soldiers.
At the church, pilgrims saw the Herodian Cistern, the Pre-Byzantine Cistern, the Martirs Chapel, the Pit where Aphrodite was found, the Byzantine Tomb and other parts of the Southern chapel of the church.
The Tour Guide, Mr. Hans Holleman and the Delegation Leader, Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang, later led the pilgrims to the Church of the Visitation, which honours the visit made by Mary, Jesus’ Mother to Elizabeth, John the Baptist Mother, as record in the Holy Bible.
The pilgrims then extended their visitation to the Catholic Church of St. John the Baptist, which houses the remains of an ancient mosaic floor and a cave, where according to Christian tradition, John the Baptist was born. The visitation terminated at the Israeli House of Parliament under Knesset Jurisdiction.
The climax of the day was the visit of the pilgrims to Jaffa market.