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Thousands bid adieu to Late Rev Inaho
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 20 (NPN):
Published on 21 Feb. 2011 12:12 AM IST
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Various speakers at the funeral service of Pastor, Dimapur Sumi Baptist Church (DSBC), Late Rev Inaho G. Swu described him as “a man of evangelism,” “true preacher,” “always patient,” “prayer warrior” etc.
The late Reverend passed away Sunday morning at his residence in Thahekhu village around 9 am and the funeral service was held at DSBC in the afternoon. Speaking at the service, his wife Kanili said Late Rev Inaho was all prepared to deliver sermon at the Sunday devotional service with excerpts from Ezekiel 36. She described her late husband as a God fearing man and dutiful husband. She thanked the Church and all well wishers for their help and support during the hour of grief.
The Nagaland Baptist Church Council in its condolence message described the late Reverend as a “highly admirable and exemplary man of God.” NBCC general secretary Dr. Anjo Keikung conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.
In a brief speech, the chairman Board of Deacons DSBC described the late Pastor as a man who was “always patient,” “down-to-earth” and a strong prayer warrior. Sumi Officers’ Union Nagaland president, K. T. Sukhalu expressed the Union’s “deep shock” over the demise of the Reverend. Sukhalu said the works of Late Rev Inaho as a pastor spoke volumes of the valuable services he rendered to the people. Sumi Baptist Church Purana Bazar pastor, Rev Vitoi Kappo in his speech described the late Reverend as “a man of evangelism.” The Sumi Baptist Theological Association (SBTA) said Late Rev Inaho was one of the pioneers in forming the United Revival Fellowship Zunheboto of which he was the first director. SBTA described the Late Reverend as a “true preacher.”
Other organizations including Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship Dimapur, Bible Society of India Dimapur, WSBAK, URF Dimapur unit, Sumi Aphuyemi Union Dimapur, Ighanumi Union Dimapur, family members of the late Pastor and others spoke at the service. Several speakers described the Late Reverend as a patient man with humility and a towering figure among the Church workers. Sumi Community Purana Bazar former vice chairman, Khohoto Sema in a condolence message said that the DSBC and the Sumis have lost a towering figure in spiritual field in the death of the pastor. He described the Late Reverend as a “man of God” having armed himself with a “spiritual degree.” “A selfless man, he lived life full of examples to be emulated by the faithfuls,” Khohoto said. He conveyed heartfelt condolences to Kanili wife of Late Rev Inaho, family members and relatives.
The Sumi Baptist Pastors’ Conference (SBAK-Aizuto) said Rev. Inaho was a “man of honest, faithful, humble and a man of strong faith.” The conference also conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for them during the moment of sorrow.
Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) expressed shock and grief over the demise of Rev. Inaho G. Swu, senior pastor Sumi Baptist Church Dimapur. NCD in a condolence message, described late Rev Inaho as a sincere and dedicated “servant of God” who rendered selfless service to the Church and was a constant support to NCD, tribal hohos and civil societies of Dimapur through his ministry in prayer. Stating that the Church and the Nagas have lost a spiritual father and a strong pillar of public support in his demise which would be difficult to replace, NCD prayed for the Almighty to comfort to the bereaved family in their time of grief.
After the service, the body of Late Rev Inaho was taken to his native village Ighanumi where another funeral service is scheduled on February 21 at 9 am. The solemn service was attended by thousands of people including pastors, reverends, women leaders, power minister, Doheshe Y. Sema, bureaucrats, DSBC members and representatives from other Churches.
Born on September 26, 1936, Late Rev Inaho G. Swu matriculated in 1968 and served as a teacher at GMS Ghatashi from 1958-64. He graduated in theology in 1972 and served as a headmaster at Pughoboto Bible School in 1972. He married Kanili in January 21, 1977. He was conferred Reverend on April 14, 1987. He also studied BD from Clark Theological College Aolijen in 1996. Late Rev Inaho was the URF Zunheboto director from 1982-2001 and also went to Arunachal Pradesh as a missionary. He was the pastor of DSBC from 2002 till the time of his death. He was approaching 75 years and is survived by his wife, one daughter and four sons.

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