Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Mr. John Kennedy Opara has stated that ‘Win a Trip to Israel’ promo will create a platform that would enable every Christian to go on Holy Pilgrimage at no cost to the government.
Mr. Opara who disclosed this at the launch of ‘Win a Trip to Israel’, WATTI as well as a Special day of prayer for Ekiti State and its leadership recently, explained that pilgrimage is meant for Christians who are spiritually rich, but materially poor, so that they could have a divine encounter in Israel and have their faith renewed and strengthened.
He stressed that apart from the divine encounter which pilgrimage offers, it also helps in transforming the lives of Christians that have the opportunity to embark on it.
Mr. Opara explained that the ‘Win a Trip to Israel’ raffle ticket costs only 500 naira to enable as many Christians as possible to afford it and be able to participate in the raffle draw.
While urging the Christians to always pray for the leaders both in the state and Federal level, he posited that for the country to experience change across all spheres of life, the citizenry should be encouraged to participate in activities that would uplift their minds and bring about spiritual rebirth, as according to him there was no way Nigeria could change, except the individuals themselves are changed.
In his remark at the event, the Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, NLRC, Mr. Adolphus Ekpe who spoke through the Zonal Coordinator South-West office, Ibadan, Mr. Tayo Fsanhaumi, said that the vision which started about two years ago had come to reality with the formal launch of Win a Trip to Isreal promo. He therefore admonished all Christians to utilize the opportunity as that was an innovation initiated through a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, signed between the two Commissions.
“Win a Trip to Israel is a Nigerian brand and should be embraced by all Christians”.
He explained further that the idea was to ensure the sustainability of Christian pilgrimage by providing opportunity for the financially challenged Christians to perform the spiritual exercise at minimal cost.
Also speaking at the event, the Ekiti state Governor, Ayo Fayose who was represented by the Head of Service, Dr. Gbenga Faseluka commended the Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission for the noble initiative of ‘Win a Trip to Israel’ which offers the less privileged Christians the opportunity of embarking on Holy pilgrimage to Israel, which he described as a spiritual exercise that enables Christians to have a lifelong encounter in the Holy Land.
While thanking the Executive Secretary of NCPC, for the choice of Ekiti state as the first state in the South-West for the launch of ‘Win a Trip to Israel’ promo, the governor explained that the state government had provided tickets for the low income earners to enable them participate in the raffle draw.

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