The Baptist Church Chuchuyimlang (BCC), Mokokchung organized a farewell service on Sunday for its outgoing Pastor, Rev Lanuyanger and family who had been rightly christened as ‘Peace Making Pastor’ by the Church for his dedicated and meritorious service for the last 25 years.
During the early 80’s when the socio-political scenario at Chuchuyimlang was at its worst even to the extend of affecting the sanctity of its Church by virtually creating division among the parish members, Rev Lanuyanger boldly challenged to serve as the Pastor by listening to the call of God interlaced with the persuasive and soliciting invitation by the people of Chuchuyimlang in 1984.
Through his creditable initiative and with the intervention of Additional Chief Secretary, Alemtemshi Jamir (who was then the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung) and Late Rev Rikhum, the then Executive Secretary of ABAM (Ao Baptist Church Conference), peace and unity prevailed in Chuchuyimlang. Rev Lanuyanger is also responsible for bringing reconciliation and creating peaceful and gracious relations with several neighbouring villages which were estranged for many years.
While delivering an emotional farewell speech, the Reverend expressed gratitude to the Church for showing princely care and support to him and his family. He also expressed gratitude to the Village Council for providing all support to the church and especially for not becoming a hindrance for the Church while exercising its administrative duties. He strongly appealed the congregation not to allow any socio-political and cultural issues to affect sacredness of the Church. He also urged the gathering to uphold BCC as the ‘Church of Prayer’.
Executive Secretary of ABAM, Rev O. Alem, while delivering the homily dwelt on the greatest commandment of God – “to love”. He pointed out that in love there was forgiveness, peace-making and to serve. The Executive Secretary said that it was imperative on the part of all Christians to serve and that all were equal in God’s invitation to love and serve. He vehemently discouraged trading love for personal gain.
Others who spoke during the occasion included S. Chuba Longkumer BDO for Tening on behalf of government officers from Chuchuyimlang, Deacon Imtisosang on behalf of the Church, Aowati GB on behalf of the Village Council, Achila, Asso Pastor (Women) on behalf of the Women department and Latongwati, former VDB Secretary on behalf of the general public.
While the invocatory prayer was pronounced by Temjen Pastor, Baptist Church Chuchu Town, the benediction was said by Lima Pastor, Unger Baptist Church. The function attended by officers, church leaders, public leaders and representatives from different fellowships was chaired by Deacon Noken.