KBC commences year-long centennial celebration

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/6/2020 12:12:12 PM IST

Yearlong celebration in commemoration of 100 years of Christianity of the Kigwema Baptist Church (KBC) was held on January 4 and 5 at Kigwema Baptist Church (KBC). 

A press release from KBC publicity committee stated that, Rev. V Atsi Dolie, executive director, Angami Baptist Churches Council (ABCC) delivering the message on Sunday morning expounded on the instrumental significance of the Ark of the Covenant as a symbol of faith and God’s presence. 

He elaborated that jubilee was a milestone that bestowed a unique opportunity to built, mend, forgive and repent. He also enunciated that even before a church was built, God had a mission that has been entrusted upon “us” to fulfill.” 

He further stressed that the Church must understand itself, know what the message is, way of organizing the Church and that Church must be itself.”

Rev. Dr Neikedozo Paphino, president, Nagaland Christian Revival Church (NCRC) pointed out that to commemorate the year of jubilee, the first Sunday of the year was dedicated and celebrated to declare liberty by blowing the trumpet. He described it as a time for renewal of relationship, commitment, and doing good and sharing blessing with others. 

Rev. Mekhale Yhoshu, senior pastor, Kigwema Baptist Church (KBC) called on pondering about the essence of the celebration where one needed to retrospect on what kind of a Christian one was. 

Diezeneino Phizo, associate pastor, Union Baptist Church shared that churches required nurturing its members, with each one taking responsibility in whatever their gifts and abilities were. She also said mission works are at urgency, speaking in context of chaos and situations, unreached, closed countries surmounting the nation. 

Visato Yhoshu, administrator, Vineyard School, Kohima stressing on the power of praising God expressed that praise has the power of bringing victory, deliverance and results in God’s blessings. Towards this, he said that true praise should come from the heart and in ways and forms that was worthy of lifting His name. 

Dr. Akho Yhokha, executive chairman, KBC said the seeds of Christianity in the village can be attributed to American missionaries, namely Rev CD King, Dr. SW Rivenberg and JC Tanquish who brought the good news to the Angamis. He also mentioned four early converts from Angami region, Sieliezhu, Kruneizu, Nisier and Saho. He also mentioned the first converts in the village in 1920 were Lhouruya Yano and Pfungulie. 

Rev. Viketuo Kiso, pastor, Kigwema CRC said that before the church was constructed, the site was filled with unpleasant sights and sounds were heard and seen. He added that all these ceased after the Baptist Church was constructed. “I believe it was God’s plan who chose the site for which we are here celebrating 100 golden years,” he added. 

The celebration saw the attendance and participation of church members from the village, other churches and fellowships from the village. The culmination of the jubilee will be observed in December, 2020. 


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