Dr. L. Anjo Keikung, general secretary Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) on Thursday said “Nagaland is no longer a mission field” where foreign missionaries have to come and work, but “a sending Church”, the Church which need to send missionaries and evangelize other parts of the world.
Delivering key note address at the opening service of the 2nd Naga missionary conference organized by Nagaland Mission Movement (NMM) under the theme “Deeper into mission” at Ao Baptist Church, Dr. Anjo called upon Church leaders and Naga missionaries working in different places to commit oneself for the cause of mission. He said Nagas have so much capacity in contributing to the mission work and unique culture with strategic location accessible to many parts of the world. However, Rev. Anjo said Nagas have still a long way to go in reaching out to the people, and added the Church should send many missionaries to different parts of the world to fulfill God’s purpose.
Stressing on two main points, ‘God divine design for Nagas’ and ‘His divine destination for Nagas’, Dr. Anjo said God chose Nagas as His people through divine way. He explained that American missionaries came into contact with Nagas by chance when they were on their mission to China via Burma. He asserted that it was impossible in human point of view for the missionaries to come in contact with the headhunters as it was God in His mercy who sent the Gospel, the living religion to Nagaland in divine way.
He expressed that the determination of the first American missionaries to Naga Hills, Dr. Edward W. Clark and Mrs. Clark spread the Gospel in Nagaland where four stations were established. However, he said with political situation worsening at that time, the missionaries were sent back leaving the Nagas carry on the mission work from the four stations set up by their predecessors.
He maintained that one should not be satisfied with what they have but contribute in spreading and evangelizing the Gospel to fulfill the will of God.
Extending greetings on the occasion, Rev. Hevukhu Achumi, former director NMM said nothing could stop to win souls if one takes the authority of Jesus. He hoped that the missionaries bring souls to Jesus and reach to the unreached in India and beyond. In the programme Rev. Helkath Kappo, NMM board chairmen welcomed the participants and invoke God’s presence and welcome note of the host Church was brought by Rev. N. Tzudir, pastor DABA.
The four-day conference to be concluded on November 21 would held with Rev. P Bonny Resu, general secretary of the Asian Pacific Baptist Federation, Dr. Malcolm McGregor, International Director for Serving in Mission (SIM), Rev. Bruce Borquist, American Baptist Missionary to Brazil and Rev. Kennedy Dhanabalan, Executive Director Evangelical Fellowship of India Commission on Relief (EFICOR) as resource persons. It may be mentioned that the conference is being organised with the hope to bring together the missionaries sent out by Nagaland Churches together with pastors and mission executives of the local Churches.