The two-day silver jubilee celebration of the Bible Society of India (BSI) Dimapur Auxiliary held under the theme ‘God’s word transforming life’ concluded Sunday at Lotha Baptist Church, Dimapur.
Dr. B. K Pramanik, general secretary BSI Bangalore in his message as chief guest, underscored the importance of God’s word in the life of a youth and was all praises for the people of the north eastern part of India, whose talents and contributions have been a blessing for others.
Pramanik, a former civil service officer expressed his delight stating the northeastern people have changed their reputation from “headhunters to soul hunters” by wholeheartedly embracing the Gospel, and reaching out to the unreached. He also pointed out that maximum translation from English to local dialect projects was carried out by BSI Dimapur
While drawing a parallel between regular books and the Bible, he said “a book informs but the Bible transforms”. He also said the word of God is powerful and would live for eternity.
Special presentations were also made to the chief guest, Dr. B. K Pramanik, guest of honor, general secretary, CBCNEI, Guwahati, Dr. Ajoy Kumar Lama, general secretary, NBCC, Dr. Anjo Keikung, delegates from Mizoram, Meghalaya and Karbi Anglong etc., for their untiring effort in expanding the society, besides token of appreciation to the chief patrons of the silver jubilee celebration, active members and contributors of BSI, MLA, KL Chishi, chief conservator of forest, southern territorial circles, Nagaland, Hocto Sema and additional secretary, finance, Kiheto Y. Sema and a host of others.
In the evening session, guest of honor, Dr. Ajoy Kumar Lama, general secretary, Council of Baptist Church, North East India (CBCNEI), Guwahati laid special emphasis on the life of Prophet Hosea and Amos in the Old Testament.
He stressed on the wonders of God’s word in day-to-day life and in transforming people and society.
He said the Bible is the foundation of faith and spirituality, adding it is not merely a religious book of Christians but for humanity. However, Dr. Ajoy lamented that despite the existence of many Bibles in Christian homes today; many use it as a reference book, and fail to use it on a daily basis. He also rebuffed the current practice of reducing sermon time in modern Christian Churches, adding, when God’s word is abridged, it reduces spirituality. In this regard he felt God’s word must be read, understood and that believers must obey the word of God which in turn would change one’s life and society.
Extending greetings on behalf of CBCNEI, Dr. Ajoy lauded BSI Dimapur Auxiliary for their efforts in translating the Bible in various local dialects.
Both the morning and evening session witnessed special presentations by BESY choir from Mizoram, choirs from Sumi, Ao and Lotha Baptist Churches respectively.
It may be mentioned that BSI Dimapur Auxiliary was inaugurated on November 6, 1985 at Lotha Baptist Church, Dimapur.
In its venture to produce God’s word to 111 different tribes under Dimapur Auxiliary in their own dialects, including children’s Bible, hymn books while some are still under revision and translation.
Today, the society has been providing God’s word to Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur Nagaland and Karbi Anglong.