Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Tor Uja, has called on churches to invest in missions.
According to a statement by NCPC’s media unit, Uja disclosed this in Abuja when members of the International Missions Fellowship, IMF, Abuja chapter, paid him a courtesy visit.
He stressed that missions is the most important thing to do. “Any nation that is not doing missions is not doing well.”
The NCPC boss charged them as a leading Christian community to invest in the people both in leadership and otherwise.
He assured them that their work would spread globally.
Uja thanked all the nations that sent manpower to Nigeria and prayed that God would reward them.
The executive secretary informed IMF members that the commission is primarily involved in organising pilgrimage from Nigeria to Israel and other holy sites around the world.
“We want to shift focus from allowing pilgrimage to be a trip, but a spiritual exercise,” he said in the statement.
He stressed that “the church cannot afford to keep silent when things are going wrong in the nation, because with this, we cannot effectively carry out our global evangelism.”
Uja explained that he would focus more on youth, women, professionals and other pilgrimage programmes of the commission. He also described the church as a key vehicle to leadership development.
He promised to partner with IMF in any project physically and spiritually and advised them to think of what they can do to add value to Christian pilgrimage.
The NCPC executive secretary suggested that they should organise a seminar during their conference on how to partner with NCPC.
Earlier, the IMF Chairman, Engr. Olatayo Adeyele, told the executive secretary that they were at the NCPC headquarters to congratulate and rejoice with him on his well deserved appointment.
In her remarks, the Secretary, IMF Abuja chapter, Barrister Sewuese Igbadu, explained how the executive secretary helped to establish IMF in Abuja about 13 years ago, adding that since then, it has continued to grow in leaps and bounds.
Igbadu also noted that support for missionaries could come from one’s finances even without physical presence at the missions.
She explained that the chapter has been involved in some outreaches in Abuja.
Igbadu also informed the executive secretary about the forthcoming annual conference of the IMF scheduled to hold from August 25-27 at the FCT Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board, Wuse zone 5, Abuja.
She commended the invaluable role played by the NCPC boss in his capacity as director of International Missions House.