Yimkha Village Baptist Church (YVBC) celebrated its golden jubilee on December 27. Delivering short message on the occasion, Parliamentary secretary for Geology and Mining, Irrigation and Flood Control and Border Affairs, Nagaland, Y. Patton urged the congregation and the Yimkha community to introspect the past fifty years and the loving memories of pioneer Christians who had suffered all the odds and hardships for today’s generation.
He said there would be many more jubilee celebrations of different denominations and different categories coming ahead and that he considered it a blessing and appealed everyone to seek God’s blessing to achieve dreams.
Patton also asserted politics as missionary work if handled well and performed honestly for the uplift and development of the society and called people to forgive and forget all short comings and misadventures be it politically or socially and move ahead with one voice towards betterment.
Congratulating the group and individual participants of the programme, Patton also encouraged them to live accordingly. He also urged upon the youngsters particularly those indulging in drugs abuse and alcoholism to give up the habit in the name of the golden jubilee celebration.
Patton was accompanied by Dr. M. Kithan, CMO, Wokha, Er. Sanchio Kithan and their lady wives, senior leaders and vice president Kyong (Lotha) Hoho, K.S. Ngullie and a host of his supporters.
Earlier on December 25, Y.Patton attended a joint Christmas Celebration of Old Riphyim Baptist Church and Old Riphyim Catholic Church where thousands of village people from different towns and cities thronged in to celebrate the joint Christmas for the first time in the village. The joint Christmas celebration was held as a preparation for the forthcoming jubilee celebrations in 2011.
During the celebration the villagers reconciled among themselves to forgive and forget the past mistakes and shortcomings. The Joint Celebration was initiated by Old Riphyim Student’s Union (ORSU), village council, the two churches and Women hoho of the village and the feast was given by parliamentary secretary, Y.Patton and his family.