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Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

Christian pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land, including sites in Jesus’ birthplace of Bethlehem, will be inaccessible to foreign Christian travelers again this Christmas due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent surge in the omicron variant.

The Israeli government has been accused of discriminating against Christian tourists during the busy Christmas holiday season by shutting its border to foreigners but giving an exception to young Jews.

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Israel has mostly restricted international tourists since March 2020, when many countries began implementing lockdown policies in response to the pandemic, and had only started admitting fully vaccinated foreign visitors in early November. With the emergence of the omicron variant, travel restrictions have been reimposed.

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A ban on foreign travelers to Israel was again instituted at the end of last month for two weeks and was later extended. In addition to banning foreign travel, Israeli officials have also restricted residents from traveling to several foreign countries to curb the spread of omicron.

Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

While Bethlehem lies in the Palestinian-controlled West Bank, the only way for most foreign pilgrims to access the town is by flying into Israel.

Bethlehem is a popular destination for tourists over the holiday as many Christian pilgrims visit the ancient site, notably Manger Square.

The now-crippled tourism industry in Bethlehem and other sites throughout the Holy Land have been devastated. This will mark the second consecutive year that foreigners will not be able to visit the region.

In mid-December, Israeli officials made an exception to the foreign travelers’ ban for young Jews worldwide who want to travel as part of an exception for “birthright.” But restrictions still remain in place for other foreigners, including Christian pilgrims who want to travel to historic towns roamed by Jesus during his earthly ministry. Those include Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Nazareth.

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A spokesperson and adviser to churches in the Holy Land, Wadi Abunassar, took to social media to claim that various Christian denominations are not happy with what they view as discrimination against Christian pilgrims.

“Racist discrimination should never be accepted in any way!” he wrote in a Facebook post, as reported by The Associated Press. “I urge the Israeli authorities to treat all those who want to visit the country equally without any discrimination between religion.”

Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

An official with the Catholic Church told the AP that the church has requested Israel’s Tourism Ministry make an exception for Christian pilgrims during the Christmas season.

The U.S.-based persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern said local hotel owners and employees in Bethlehem had been preparing for an influx of visitors — expecting to be filled at 70% capacity.

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In 2013, the last year data was made available by the Palestinian Authority, approximately 1.16 million foreign tourists visited the area, according to ICC. The nonprofit further noted that while Israeli hotels and the tourism sector have received stipends from the government, those located in the Palestinian territories only received a one-time stipend of $224.

Over 4.5 million foreigners visited Israel in 2019, with Christian pilgrims accounting for roughly 25% of that total.

In 2020, the number of foreign visitors to Israel dropped to fewer than 1 million when both Israel and the Palestinian territories saw high infection rates. Foreign visitors were mostly barred last Christmas.

According to The New York Times, there had been hopes this year that up to 15,000 pilgrims would visit the region for Christmas despite travel complications and other virus-related challenges.

“For people in Bethlehem, that would have been important oxygen,” Abunassr told the newspaper. “The community is suffering.”

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Bethlehem Closed To Visitors This Christmas Due To Omicron Variant

The Church of the Nativity, one of the most famous sites in Bethlehem, has been undergoing significant repairs, renovations that are expected to continue.

Such restoration projects are being helped along with contributions from Americans. The restoration work on the church so far has cost at least $15 million, of which the American Friends of the Bethlehem Foundation and Bethlehem Development Foundation raised at least $2.6 million, split equally.

The ancient church was named a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 2012. It was previously listed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger due to a “poor state of conservation” before its removal in 2019.

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Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan’s Song

Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan's Song

Dr Abel Damina Was Wrong For Saying This About Dunsin Oyekan’s Song

Trending on the internet is a video of Dr. Abel Damina who is known for his controversial take on issues concerning the body of Christ and is seen by many as a heretic or controversial preacher saying the song Channels Of My Spirit by Dunsin Oyekan is unscriptural. This has caused a mixed reaction from ministers, musicians and the general audience who are for or against Abel Damina’s take.

ALSO, READ Hallelujah Is Not A Heavenly Language – Abel Damina (Video)

However, looking at the revelation behind the song, we would agree that Dr Abel did not understand the context. In the video below he referred to the channel as a frequency, not as a pathway for a body of water. The Bible says in JOHN 7:37b -39 feast, Jesus stood up and called out in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said: ‘Streams of living water will flow from within him.’” 39He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified

ALSO, READ Burn All The Books I Wrote On Prosperity’ Misleading – Abel Damina

OUR TAKE 

A channel in the spirit could mean a pathway by which we reflect the embodiment of the Holy Spirit in us, in our everyday life, jobs, academics, careers and ministry that will in turn make others give glory to God. Anything that affords you the privilege to reflect the God in You is a channel of the Spirit. The Bible says by their fruits we shall know them.

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Watch the video to have a full grasp of the concept and revelation behind this song which is proof that Dr. Abel was incorrect for berating the sanctity and revelation behind the song.  Above all, let love lead!! Let us refrain from the bathers on social media and pray for one another.

 

 

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Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile After Years Of Feud

Good news to the body of Christ in Nigeria as the much anticipated reconciliation between Apostle Arome Osayi and Apostle Mike Orokpo took place on the 3rd of June, 2024. This was made possible by the intervention of great servants of God such as Dr Akpami (the spiritual father of Apostle Arome Osayi), Dr. Paul Enenche who was revealed to have played a major role in this regard. Other men of God involved include; Pastor David Ogbueli and Evangelist Anthony Ogbuche.

We are happy to see this happen after a long time, but this is much expected as the highest expression of Priesthood is Love!!. The enemy is fighting against the body causing discord and bringing many into contention and completion . But, if we stand together as a whole body united and in love we will defeat the enemy.

Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile

He has agenda to make the house divide against itself, for the scripture to be fulfilled. In Matthew 15:25 ‘Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. Therefor, anything that brings about unity and peace amongst shepherd must be encouraged.

Thus, we  are on body and we serve the Living God! See the Official post in the Image below;

THE ZARIA RECONCILIATION AND PEACE ACCORD.
We bless the name of the Lord of peace Himself who has brought peace between his servants Apostle Arome Osayi and Apostle Orokpo Michael.
The meeting which held on Monday June 3, 2024 in Zaria was specially summoned by Apostle Arome’s father in the Lord, Dr. John Akpami, the heavenly arbitrator who saw off all matters in a most Holy Ghost charged atmosphere of love after a blunt session of truth revelations and discernment.
Special appreciation to Dr. Paul Enenche who did everything within his powers to ensure that the meeting holds to bring the needed peace to the both parties cum the body of Christ.

ALSO, READ Download Mp3 | All Apostle Michael Orokpo 2023/2024 Messages

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Apostle Arome Osayi & Apostle Mike Orokpo Reconcile

Heart felt gratitude also to Dr David Ogbueli, Evangelist Sunday Ogwuche and all the fathers of faith who insisted on the reconciliatory initiative.
What our hearts longed for, our eyes have seen today.
We are eye witnesses of these things.
Jesus is Lord forevermore.
May be an image of 2 people
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Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Late Pastor Ezekiel Atang Burial and Service Of Songs 

The body of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, the Presiding Pastor of God’s House of Refuge, Uyo laid to rest in his hometown.

The Pastor died on Sunday, February 20, 2022, while in active pastoral duties at Onitsha, Anambra where he was invited to a 3-day crusade. READ HERE

The late cleric kicked off his final home journey on Wednesday, March 31 with a Service of Songs at the church auditorium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

ALSO, READ Late TB Joshua To Be Buried In Lagos Today 9 July 2021

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There was a lying-in-state on Thursday, March 31 at the church premises by 8 am while a funeral service was held at the Ibom Hall Ground, which was attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel and other clerics.

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

However, Some of the guests include the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Rev Dr Uma Ukpai, Dr Pasul Enenche and Many others.

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL FIND ETERNAL REST IN THE LORD

See pictures below.

             

ALSO, READ Akwa Ibom State Government To Demolish Dunamis and 2 Other Mega Churches In Uyo

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ARE YOU BORN AGAIN? IF NO, ACCEPT JESUS NOW

Accept Jesus Christ today and secure a life of eternal rest and Glory …

Say this 1 Minute Prayer

Lord Jesus, I believe you died for my sins, Forgive me of all my iniquities. I accept you as my Lord and Saviour from today and forevermore. Come and Be the Lord of my life and I am willing to obey your command and live according to your will as you help me, Thank you for accepting me into your fold. AMEN

JOHN 3: 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God

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