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Pilgrimage: NCPC boss urges ceaseless prayer for Nigeria

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Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Yakubu Pam
Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary, NCPC, has charged Christians on pilgrimage to Jordan not to relent in prayers for Nigeria.
By Jessica Onyegbula
Rev. Yakubu Pam, Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), has charged Christians on pilgrimage to Jordan not to relent in prayers for Nigeria.
According to Pam, such intercessions had helped the country in overcoming numerous challenges in the past.
Pam gave the charge on Saturday, in Jordan, while addressing Christians on pilgrimage to Jordan.
He said that continuous prayers over the years had helped the country overcome numerous challenges, indicating that the visits to the Holy Land had yielded positive results.
The Executive Secretary urged the pilgrims to pray for Nigeria’s unity, socioeconomic development and sustenance of democracy.
The NCPC Boss described pilgrimage as a sacred period for prayers and devotion.
“It is in the light of the holiness of the Holy pilgrimage that we should not hesitate in offering prayers for guidance for our leaders.”
He urged the pilgrims to see the exercise as a divine call to the service of God and humanity and to be good representatives of Nigeria.
“We, as patriotic citizens and Christians from Nigeria, should specifically offer prayers for workable solutions to the socioeconomic and security challenges confronting the nation.
“Surely, this is one sacred period where prayers of the righteous are promptly accepted and granted,” he said.
Pam urged the pilgrims to imbibe exemplary leadership style of Jesus Christ as epitomised in humility, honesty and integrity.
“This is just few of the sterling qualities that endeared Him to His followers during and after His journeys on earth,’’ he said.
Pam urged the pilgrims to reflect on their pilgrimage and rededicate themselves to the service of God and humanity.
“We have to reflect on our past mistakes and sins and seek for forgiveness for us to become righteous.
“This is the only way we can be able to intercede on behalf of the leaders through prayers, to solve our challenges,” he said.
The NCPC boss also charged the pilgrims to be dedicated to their spiritual services and engage less on social media.
Pam also harped on the need for Nigerians to look out for one another as their brothers’ keepers.
According to him, the current socioeconomic situation is not about being a Christian or a Muslim or Yoruba or Igbo or Hausa but a Nigerian citizen.
“This is the only way we can collectively tackle the numerous challenges confronting our country,” he said.
Also speaking, Executive Secretary, Plateau Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, Fr. George Gurap, urged the pilgrims to adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocol stipulated by the Jordanian Government to avoid being infected.

Gurap also urged the pilgrims to pray for the economic growth and prosperity of the people of Nigeria at large.(NAN)

 

 

 

 

 

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Daniel Okoh is the New CAN President

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Rev. Daniel Okoh is now the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN).

The announcement is contained in a statement made available to Newsblast in Abuja by the CAN General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Daramola.

Okoh is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church, also called Nation Builders (Odozi-Obodo).

The Christian body comprises five blocs: Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN); Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN); Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN); Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC); TEKAN and ECWA Fellowship.

The umbrella Christian body in Nigeria is scheduled to hold its General Assembly today Wednesday ,July 27, which will usher in the new administration.

The assembly also marks the end of the tenure of His Eminence Samson Olusupo-Ayokunle and other members of the National Executives in his team.

The outgoing CAN president thanked all Nigerians for their support and prayers, which he said led to his successful tenure.

Today, CAN’s pre-assembly, symposium and NEC meeting will begin, while the general assembly, sent-forth service and dinner will hold tomorrow.

The handover ceremony and beginning of a new regime will take place this coming Friday July 29.

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Legendary South African Gospel Singer, Pastor Lionel Peterson Has Passed Into Glory

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Legendary South African gospel singer and Pastor Lionel Peterson has passed on to glory at 74, following undisclosed health issues.

The gospel singer passed on to glory on Thursday the 14th of July. SelahAfrik had reported on “Peace(Jehovah Knows)” crooner health issues in 2017, reporting that he needs assistance.

This was after the post made by Producer, Wilson Joel  aka, Music Magnate.

The late gospel singer, also served as a pastor at Rhema Church. He was popularly known for his Folk gospel music.

He became a pastor while performing Gospel music at the church due to his commitment to his religion and music.

His first single “Come Back Liza” received an award in South Africa..

Lionel Peterson who was in a band named Thunderballs and later joined a unique group named The Miracles in 1969. He also joined a Soweto group as he later joined the Rhema Church, where he recorded many of his songs and album.

Lionel has stopped performing since 2016, when his health deteriorated.

Although the cause of death has not been revealed by his family or friends, As Lionel Peterson dies, he leaves behind a musical legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

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Easter: Kumuyi preaches righteousness, peace, patriotism

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The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has advised Nigerians to shun vices and embrace righteousness, which the event represents.

Delivering his Easter message, themed “Risen with Christ,” the cleric urged that the significance of the celebration must be internalised through renewal of lives.

“As the power of resurrection comes upon your life, it comes with renewal.

“The renewal is not limited to individuals, but available for the nation of Nigeria, continent of Africa, Asia, America, Europe and others

“Such renewal has the capability to affect your mind, heart, energy, vision, conscience, among others.”

In the same vein Pastor Adonri Osaretin of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Spring Forth Zonal Headquarters,  Lugbe, Abuja has urged Nigerians not to give up as God has not finished with them.

Osaretin gave the advice at the RCCG Spring Forth Easter Music Concert titled; “The Galilee Experience”.
He explained that the Galilee experience was what happened to Apostle Peter, who had denied Jesus thrice during the Crucifixion.

He said that Apostle Peter returned to Galilee and he did not give up, he still waited on the Lord and returned to Him.

The cleric said that “the truth is that the time for waiting is a period that your faith and patience are put to test.

“Your reliance on the Almighty God must be total.
“Things may happen in the country as you don’t want, or expect but don’t give up.”

He acknowledged that it was good to give God thanks for all the good things “we have received”.

Osaretin urged Christians to believe in God and all His deeds with all their faith firmly in place, adding, “we are bound to have greater testimonies this Easter and beyond”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various parishes made songs presentations as various Bible verses were read.

 

(NAN)

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