Intending pilgrims from Ekiti to Israel have been charged to be good ambassadors and showcase virtues of love, obedience and discipline that will distinguish them as special people while in the Holy land.
Deputy Governor, Mrs. Funmi Olayinka made the admonition at a special farewell service held at the Government House Chapel for the Ekiti contingent to this year’s holy pilgrimage.
Delivering the address of the State governor, Mrs. Olayinka reminded them to pray for Nigeria and Ekiti State in particular as the country and state need God’s divine intervention that will bring about the desired accelerated socio-economic transformation.
She noted that the state government’s involvement in religious matters such as supporting Muslim and Christian pilgrims is an indication of the interest the administration of Governor Kayode Fayemi has in the spiritual wellbeing of the people, promising that the government will continue to do this within its available resources.
Earlier in his sermon, the Government House Chaplain, Venerable Deji Alabi remarked that, though, the pilgrimage has become an annual event, it goes beyond that as it is a clear fulfillment of the scripture in the book of Zachariah 8 verse 22 that “Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and pray before the Lord”.
Ven. Alabi who reminded the intending pilgrims that God, the State and their family are expecting a positive change of behavior from them after the pilgrimage, urged them to be well behaved throughout their stay in the Holy Land and let this reflect in their characters when they return home.
In his own address, the Chairman of the Ekiti State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Chief Aaron Komolafe congratulated the intending pilgrims for being among the few lucky Ekiti contingents to the State of Israel.
He also urged them not to involve themselves in any frivolities while in Israel but to use the opportunity to rededicate and consecrate themselves to God and pray for their families and friends.
Last modified: November 7, 2012