IPPC brings the World to Nigeria and takes Nigeria to the World
There are very few international conferences that Nigeria has hosted in its 56 years as an independent nation that attracted the number of foreigners-most of whom are coming to Nigeria for the first time-as the International Pastors and Partners Conference (IPPC).
The Conference which runs from 14th to 20th November 2016 is a harbinger of spiritual and economic blessing to the nation of Nigeria. This year’s event which has attracted far more delegates than all previous editions attracted about 20,000 delegates from over 120 countries of the world. Never has the country hosted any event that has so many people from diverse races, cultures and languages in attendance.
The vast diversity the ministry’s activities have covered can be better appreciated when cognizance is taken of the fact that the most widely read daily devotional in the world, Rhapsody of Realities is now heading to 1000 languages translation, far more than any other book in the history of the world even the Bible. It is on record that the Bible, as at September 2016 has 554 complete translations while about some of its portions have been translated into 2,932 languages.
Even airport officials at the Muritala Mohammed International Airport acknowledge the fact that the IPPC has brought more people into the country than any other single event. According to an Immigration official who spoke to IPPC Daily, “this is the busiest week for us as we have never had this number of passengers at a time. Moreso, some of them are coming from countries that we have not had passengers coming from before now such as Tahiti, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and others like that. So it has not been as usual for us, but they are very civil, friendly and well behaved passengers, if this is the type of passengers we have been having, we won’t have challenges” he said.
Hoteliers are not left out, same as taxi operators and vehicle hire service providers. According to one tourist operator who spoke with IPPC Daily, having huge numbers of people coming into a country all at once is of huge tourism and economic benefit. The expert who came from South Africa said that thousands of people came from Europe, North America, not to talk of those from over 37 countries of Africa all paid air fares to come to Nigeria, they will also stay in hotels for a week, paying for their ways to and from the venue of the event. They will also buy foods, and other souvenirs from the country on their way home. All these he said will contribute immensely to the Nigerian economy especially at this time when the Nigerian Naira is under the heat from dropping oil prices and economic recession.
Moreso, This event gives outsiders the opportunity to see the best of Nigeria which helps to launder the image of Nigeria globally because as many of these delegates some of whom have never been to Nigeria before will have good story to tell about Nigeria thus projecting Nigeria in good light.
A Pastor who is one of the organizers of the event told IPPC Daily that this event will leave Nigeria better than before. According to him, life changing words have been uttered both to the delegates, and also on the land. There has been series of prayers for the peace of the land and all the delegates from Nigeria who have been hearing the words will be better for it. This event will leave a lasting impact on this country, she said. Nigerians should be grateful for Christ Embassy for bringing such a huge gathering to Nigeria.