Gorkha Baptist Churches Association Nagaland celebrated the historic reconciliation and unity of two parallel Nepali Baptist Churches Association (NBCA) Nagaland at AGBCN headquarters in Singrijan, Dimapur on December 14.
Terming the reconciliation and unity as an act of courage and sacrifice MLA Azheto Zhimomi who attended the celebration as guest of honour expressed hope that the exceptional act of unity should serve "as a guiding light for many others living a life of estrangement, bitterness and mistrust". He said God had prepared the heart of His people so that they would be united to fulfill God's purpose for their people in a bigger and more effective way.
He also praised the people of Singrijan village for their generosity contributing land for the Association saying that it would harvest rich blessings for their generosity. He donated Rs. 50,000 (fifty thousand).
Director Peace Affairs, NBCC, Nagaland Rev. L. Kari Longchar also exhorted the gathering saying "this unity was the work of God and disunity is the work of satan" adding that unity would pave a way for new association to work in a bigger way for the Nepali people of the North East and other tribes in general, other states of India and beyond India. He expressed joy and happiness to see Nepalese being united after 27 years of separation and said "this should be emulated by all who are not united."
Highlighting history of the split and subsequent reconciliation, convener of joint core committee of reconciliation and unity Prakash Aley highlighted how an association called Nagaland Nepali Baptist Churches Association with its Hq at Mokokchung had been formed in 1980 to guide the Nepali churches flourishing across state.
The association was later renamed as Nepali Baptist Isai Sammelan Nagaland (NBISN) but soon difference began to crop up among the leaders ultimately leading to formation of a parallel association by name of All Nagaland Nepali Baptist fellowship with its centre at Mokokchung in 1961. Despite several attempts, the two associations remained divided for the last 27 years from 1981 to 2001. But in 2008, the new leadership of NBISN undertook yet another initiative to reopen dialogue for unity with the leaders of NBISN. As a result, a core group was formed and the first talk was held in June 29, 2008, said the convenor.
Later Rev. L. Kari Longchar dedicated new team of association comprising of chairman, B. P. Phillip; co-chairman, B.K. Rasaily; secretary mission, Rudra Ramauly; secretary youth. Robert Aley; secretary women, Shanti Pradhan; treasurer, Bharat Sharma and evangelists, Kiran Mohote, Karna Bahadur Chetri and Rudra Karki. The programme speaker was Rev. Dr. Samuel Sangram Rai, general secretary, United Baptist Churches Association Nepal and Angel Sonari chaired the programme.