Members of various Baptist Churches under the aegis of Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) have started preparing for the upcoming 125 years of ABCC Christianity in Kohima local ground (Khuochiezie). According to the organizers, high rising bamboos are set together to handle more than 15,000 capacity crowd, with maximum attendance expected on February 7.
Some of the renovations made by the volunteers include painting of walls, repair of broken pipes, restoration of water connectivity, fixing grills outside the entry toilets to stop misuse, building of standard septic tanks, replacement of tiles and clearing of human excreta at the rear of the ground besides clearing up of centrally located toilets.
Another novel feature was the involvement of as many as 25 PhDs, post graduate students and technical students under ABCC for the accumulated rubbish collection from the ground during the ongoing celebrations, both in ABCC and Sekrenyi cum- road- show programme (scheduled for February 25), for promotion of civic sense and 100 eco-friendly dustbins would be placed in various locations of the venue. According to convener of sanitation committee, ABCC 125 volunteers would monitor the use of public toilets with uninterrupted supply of water by PHE department.
State chief minister reportedly interacted with APO, AWO and district administration officials on January 28 evening to oversee the ongoing works. He will be delivering greetings on February 7, Sunday morning service at 9.30am at the ground.
Reverend Dr. Reid Trulson, Executive Director, American Baptist International Ministries, Valley Forge, USA, Reverend Benjamin Chan, Area Director, East Asia& India, American Baptist International Ministries USA, Reverend Keviyiekielie Linyü, Executive Director, Angami Baptist Church Council and Reverend Karen Selig, USA would be the main speakers. ABCC comprises of 104 churches in Nagaland.