Discipleship Bible College celebrates 37th Foundation Day

Discipleship Bible College celebrates 37th Foundation Day
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/19/2018 11:36:01 AM IST

Theologians today have to move out of their comfort zones instead of being confined within the four walls of their churches or class rooms if they truly want be followers of Christ to make a difference to those on the world outside.

Stating this at the 37th Foundation Day of Discipleship Bible College at Mount Miracles Sunday, editor-in-chief Nagaland Post, Geoffrey Yaden reminded the students that the vision of the founders was to prepare those who were willing to serve God. 

He spoke of the IEF members who had a vision to train up evangelists and this led to establishment of DBC in 1981. Yaden said the founding members were simple men of integrity and faith and loved God. He said they pursued the vision with total commitment and overcame various hurdles while making DBC a reality. 

Yaden, who was the guest speaker, also spoke on aspects of education as a means to prepare students. In this context, he said theological knowledge has to be complemented with studying many crucial and relevant issues facing society. This balanced learning would enable bible students to be relevant to their environment and broaden their outlook instead of being limited only to theological subjects.

Yaden also spoke on pressing issues like- unemployment, prohibition, clean election and illegal immigration. He gave a broad perspective on each of them and on the need to revisit present concepts and strategies. He said unemployment is like a runaway inflation -- growing demands and dwindling prospects.

He said degrees can’t get jobs and so there has been a focus on skill development. Even after skilling, he said most still don’t want to work. By the 2030, he said automation will practically close the doors on employment for crores of people and so it was time to do some serious thinking. 

On prohibition he said the law hasn’t achieved what was desired and there is need to face the facts. On clean elections, he said the church should continue the process four years ahead instead of indulging in a carpet bombing with a plethora of awareness and oath declarations just on the eve of campaigning. He said the entire state has become over dependent on immigrants and it was a serious matter that needed thoughtful remedies. He said presently people were ignoring the imminent danger of the Trojan horses within society.

He also addressed various issues confronting the people in the state and how the environment has influenced the thinking within the church rather than the other way around. 

On the present scenario, Yaden lamented, “The state is in need of serious reforms today and this (reforms) starts from the mind.”

He also challenged the DBC students to pick up the gauntlet thrown by society by going out and reaching out and touching those suffering and hurting instead of queuing up in churches for jobs or perpetually waiting for the call. He asked students not to restrict their vision but to do what Christ had done by going out into the open world.

Earlier in the program, acting principal of Discipleship Bible College, Rev Temsu Imchen, in his welcome address, recounted the yeoman services rendered to the DBC by late LL Yaden who was one of the pioneers of the college in its early years. He said late Yaden agreed to take over as principal for a month in order to steer the college during one of its most tumultuous phases in the 90s. 

Students enacted a skit depicting how late D. Haralu, a prominent businessman gave his life to Christ after he was miraculously healed from a debilitating disease after a prayer by church members. Late D. Haralu then invited late Rev. Lano Longchar and donated the land and building for the DBC college. Other highlights included a choral presentation by the DBC choir, male voice presentation by Tongpang and Bokiho, female voice presentation by Jungti and Shilurenla.

The programme was moderated by Narka Awomi and Dr. Husazulu Chuzho, assistant professor, Mhonthung Humtsoe pronounced the innovation, associate pastor, DABA, Rev L Lima Jamir pronounced a prayer for Discipleship Bible College, offertory prayer was made by assistant professor by Dr. Narola Walling, and the benediction was pronounced by Dr. Tekayaba.

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