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NBCC annual session at Rotomi
DIMAPUR, FEB 5 (NPN):
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Published on 6 Feb. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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Under the theme “Being Rooted in the Word of God,” the 74th annual session of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) is underway at Rotomi village situated on a hill top, 15 kms from the Doyang River, NH 61.
The annual session began on Friday with NBCC general secretary Rev. Dr. L. Anjo Keikung unveiling the monolith which was made of 74 stones symbolizing the 74th annual session. Dr. Anjo spoke on the significance of raising monolith as it indicated a covenant between Almighty and His believers.
Delivering the word of God on Friday on the topic “The Word and Social Concern,” (Text: John 8 & 9) Rev. Dr. Chingmak Kejong stressed on the controversial argument in the text and how Jesus justified the argument commenting that it was for the Lord’s glorification. According to brief report on the ongoing session provided by the NBCC, Dr. Kejong spoke about considering social change as a spiritual responsibility/issue and that time has come for the churches to be loud and be agents of change in all fields. He also dwelt on respecting the worth of women.
According to the speaker, corruption in Nagaland was not because of ignorance but by deliberate act. Further, he pointed out the possibilities that the coming generations might blame the NBCC for the unattended social issues. He said poverty, HIV and AIDS and other related social issues were the outcomes of socio-economic injustice.
Dr. Kejong encouraged the congregation to come to a point welcoming positive changes in the society. He said Churches should not confine to revival alone but extend the space for justice, peacemaking and social networking.
SBAK executive secretary Rev. Yevito Jimo delivered the welcome address on behalf of Nito Mount, Zunheboto while GB Rotomi village, Hukato Shohe the Convener of the session welcomed the guests on behalf of the host village. Special numbers were presented by Rotomi Baptist Church and Witter Bible College, Wokha. NBCC president Rev. Kuzierang Thoü delivered the keynote address. The programme at Rotomi is witnessing one of the largest gatherings in the history of NBCC.
Meanwhile, a brief write up issued by the NBCC general secretary, Dr Anjo said delegates from all the 20 Associations under NBCC were attending the three-day session with activities such as Bible Exposition, Workshop on “Self sustenance of the Local Church” and the Public Distribution System.
He said the NBCC anticipated the gathering to be more informed on the various issues that were pertinent in the society today and being deeply and firmly rooted in the Word of God. He said that the churches in Nagaland would be better equipped to address the issues fervently and meaningfully.
Dr. Anjo also lauded the Rotomi community for putting in their best efforts to host the annual session. “Everyone can visualize from the village gate till the Session Center, the dining hall and the accommodations the amount of hard work the village has put in, to make everything comfortable and beautiful for the delegates,” he said.
A separate statement from the convenor publicity and media, Khekiho Shohe said a total of 633 delegates were registered till Friday. He informed that open press conference would he held on Sunday at 1: 30 pm and at 7 pm. Interested delegates have been asked to join and be a part of the conference to be held near the dinning hall. It was also informed that free limited CDs entitled “The Soul Searching,” a documentary film on Old Age & Destitute Home at Rotomi would be available at the Control room (Church gate).

 
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