Dimapur Molungkimong Senso Union (DMSU) has refuted the claims of the Molungyimsen Baptist Church, Indian National Trust of Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), Nagaland Chapter stating that Molungyimsen Baptist Church (MBC) was constructed by Rev Dr E W Clark in 1886 and was the first ever Christian church building in Nagaland.
A press release issued by the DMSU president T Noken Longchar and general secretary S Kaden Aier, dismissed the claims and gave a detailed chronological year of the MBC construction as published in the Molungyimsen church centenary souvenir (1876-1976). Taking excerpts from the souvenir, they averred that in 1876 a thatched building was constructed; second thatched building in 1913, third in 1926, tin roofing in 1952 and the present building in 1972. They also pointed out that Rev Dr E W Clark was away in America from May 1885 till 1887 and Dr and Mrs Rivenburg was at Molungyimsen.
Further asserting that Christianity came to Nagaland in 1872 at Molungkimong village through Rev Dr E W Clark, they stated that the first church building was established in Molungkimong. DMSU also urged INTACH to proceed with in-depth research on true events rather than on some conjectured information feed by some party with ‘vested interest’.