Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Thirty Christians of different denominations left here Tuesday for Israel on a seven-day visit to historical and religious sites, local media reported here.
Paul Essien, deputy minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, led the pilgrims who came from across the country.
Briefing the media before their departure, Essien said the trip would “create avenues for the pilgrims to gain a deeper understanding of historical and symbolic connections to their faiths”.
Essien said the journey to the holy sites would enable the pilgrims to review and reposition their Christian lives in the service of God.
He advised them to be good ambassadors of Ghana and abide by the rules and regulations of the various sites they would visit and refrain from untoward behavior that could stain the image of their country.
The deputy minister noted that the journey to the holy sites would enrich the knowledge of the participants as it would help them understand and appreciate the teachings of the Bible.
The pilgrims would engage in daily prayers and meditation at important and significant sites mentioned in the Bible such as a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, Mount Carmel and the mountain of Prophet Elijah.
Some of the pilgrims expressed gratitude to the government for facilitating their visit to the places they had been reading about in the Bible.
Thomas Nimo Asamoah from the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Hohoe said: “My expectation is to see the real teachings in the Bible and what makes the place a Holy land."
Renner Awatey K. Noah, national prayer co-ordinator, Holistic, Systematic Prayer Tower Group, said he was undertaking the journey to experience the teachings of the Bible.
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