Marking the coming of Christianity in Nagaland (December 18, 1872) where American missionary Rev. Dr. E.W. Clark, escorted by 60 Molungkimong warriors entered the village gate at Molungkimong, a newly constructed gate at the hallowed ground where the old gate once stood was inaugurated on January 24.
The gate dedicated as Rev Dr E W Clark Gate was inaugurated by Lok Sabha MP C.M. Chang, who also financed the construction costs. Addressing the villagers after the inaugural, the MP said Molungkimong was the place where the light of civilization first came to the Naga soil and called for serious introspection on the occasion.
With the illustrious history behind the village, Chang who called upon the villagers to keep Clark’s legacy alive by striving to produce a multitude of missionaries and scholars from the village.
Interestingly, Molungkimong has a practice in which, invited or visiting personalities of prominence has to christen the village with a new name. When told of this practice, Chang chose to call the village “Bethel Yim.”
Also speaking on the occasion, Molungkimong Village Council chairman T. Limameren Longchar said the day was historic as the village gate that has been inaugurated bore the symbol of peace, love and significantly, the advent of light to the Nagas from darkness. Longchar stated it was a blessing for the village for a person of eminence like Chang understood the profound significance of the village gate. He also urged the villagers, particularly youth to strive to harvest blessings of God who chose to set His foot first in Molungkimong among all villages in Naga soil.
Earlier, the MP who was accompanied by his wife, former ACS and Commissioner TN Mannen, former DC Imkongtemsu and other dignitaries visited the pool where the first baptistery in Naga soil on 15 new converts by Rev Dr EW Clark took place on December 22, 1872 and laid the foundation of the first Baptist church in Naga Soil.
Molungkimong Village Council thanked Chang for his contribution towards the village, and Rev. P. Yapang Tzüdir for his earnest concern for the village.