Christian pilgrims have been charged with setting an example for the growth of society and the state in general in their various realms of influence.
Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, wife of the Lagos State Governor, spoke at a thanksgiving service held in honor of Y2020/2021 pilgrims at Chapel of Christ The Light in Alausa. She advised pilgrims to reflect on the lessons learned during the exercise in their daily lives in order to generate positive attitudes from people.
Represented by Mrs. Funmi Omotoso, wife of the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, the First Lady noted that people no longer read the bible but study the behaviour and attitude of Christians, hence the need to consciously be of good character and worthy ambassadors of Jesus Christ.
Her words: “Now that you are back, we must begin to see the reflection of the lessons learnt in the way and manner you relate with God as well as people around you and the society at large”.
“We should all strive to ensure that the word of God in the book of Matthew 5:16 is our watchword, which says that let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven”.
She commended the Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board (LSCPWB) for conducting a hitch-free, maiden pilgrimage journey to Jordan.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi,commended the pilgrims for good conductthroughout the journey and described the thanksgiving service as very necessarybecause the pilgrimage to Jordan was a new experience.
He, however, charged the Jordan Pilgrims (JP) to continue to be worthy ambassadors and law-abiding citizens as they did in the Kingdom of Jordan during the pilgrimage exercise.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, reiterated that the thanksgiving service was put together to thank God for a hitch-free pilgrimage, noting that despite all odds arising from the COVID-19 pandemic everything went well to the glory of God.
Whenu maintained that it is a wrong notion that pilgrimage exercise is just for sight-seeing, stating that it is indeed a period of spiritual upliftment, cleansing and edification for Christians who embark on the journey.
The Board Secretary, LSCPWB, Mrs. Yetunde Gbafe, thanked the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his tremendous support towards the success of the pilgrimage to Jordan, commending the Jordan Pilgrims (J.P) as well as the entire board staff and stakeholders for their unflinching support.
In his sermon, the Rt. Rev. Ologun Adebayo reminded the congregation of the importance of thanking God and showing gratitude always, pointing outing that all things work together for good.
Prayers were offered for the State and the Country at large while testimonies were said by the pilgrims on the miraculous and divine interventions of God in their lives during the pilgrimage.