As the 2018 batch 8 pilgrimage exercise draws to a close, ground handlers of the batch in Israel have organized a special event  tagged the 'J.P ceremony' to honour the pilgrims in the Holy Land.

The event held at Ramada Hotel, Jerusalem featured the symbolic  decoration of leader of the state Delegation, Evangelist Wilfred Sohotyep along side leaders of the various groups popularly known among pilgrims as Bus Captains.

In an address at the event, President and Chief Executive Officer, Tailor Made Tours,  ground handlers for the Pilgrims, Mrs. Josephine Zinder  who could hide her joy at the occasion applauded Governor Simon Lalong for sponsoring a large number of of pilgrims from Plateau State which according to her was "unbelievable."

"It is unbelievable that the government could sponsor over 1000 pilgrims from Nigeria."

In what she described as the testimony of how God answered the prayers offered on her behalf by Nigerians, Mrs. Zinder said, "After 20 years of waiting, God bless my marriage with children. God answers prayer. Nigeria.'

Mrs Zinder announced that Nigeria is the only country in the world sponsoring Christian believers to Israel adding that Kenya has resolved to borrow a leaf from Nigeria as it  has indicated it's readiness to commence the sponsorship of pilgrims.

In his remarks,  leader of the Plateau State Delegation to Israel, Evangelist Wilfred Sohotyep, expressed gratitude to God for the success of the exercise and thanked the Plateau State Government for taking the bold step by sponsoring and raising intercessors for the state

In a goodwill message, Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Pilgrims Commission, Rev. Tor Uja represented by Mr. Benson Ameh, commended the Plateau State Government for being a strong supporter of the activities if the commission which he said has helped the NCPC in achieving it's set goals.

The event was attended by government functionaries including the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, Barr. Festus Fuanter.

Meanwhile, the pilgrims have visited the pool of Bethesda, the birth place of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The pilgrims have also visited the birth place of John the Baptist.

During a the visit to Mount Zion, the pilgrims rendered songs of praises and worship to the admiration of pilgrims from other countries who were on ground at the time of the Plateau contingents arrived the place.