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ABCC quasquicentennial
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 4 (NPN):
Published on 5 Feb. 2010 12:35 AM IST
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Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) on Thursday evening began its 125 years celebration programme at Kohima Local Ground. The four-day quasquicentennial celebration is being held on the theme “Jesus Christ the hope of the world.” The opening celebration witnessed thousands of believers who gathered from in and around Kohima. The entry of ordained ministers, council officers and ABCC pastors bearing flags marked the beginning of the celebration. American Baptist International Ministries executive director Rev. Dr. Reid Thrulson shared the gospel message on the theme “Jesus Christ the Hope of our Cities.” The speaker said that the ministries of God, both in Nagaland and America were stronger, because they were from the family of God. He added that they brought out spiritual encouragement to each other. Rev. Dr. Trulson further dwelled on the passages Luke 13:31-35 from the Bible. Delivering greeting message, the NBCC general secretary Rev.Dr. Anjo Keikung said the celebration was the time for ABCC to thank the pioneering works of the American missionaries, while also to progress forward. He said that council should play as role model for others. Poumai Baptist Association executive secretary Rev.H. Gideon encouraged the gathering to promote and strengthen unity together. To achieve this, he said would be a blessing to the Naga society. Songs were presented by Celebrations Choir, Khonoma Baptist Church choir and Medongulie Tseikhanuo, while verses from the Bible were read out by menfolk of Khuzama Baptist Church. The four-day celebration would witness speakers including Rev. Benjamin Chan, Rev. Karen Selig, David Perkins, Betsy Perkins all from the American Baptist International Ministries USA, and Rev. Keviyiekielie Linyü, executive director, ABCC. Worship services would be held every morning and evening from Friday to Sunday. There would be celebrations for youth, children and the like at 12 noon staring Friday till Sunday. Starting from 1885, Christianity among the Angamis grew with the conversion and baptism of four Angami people under the mission leadership of Rev. and Mrs. Charles D. King. The ABCC has now under its wings 105 churches, 28,838 baptized members and 42 ordained ministers.

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