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Kigwema Baptist Church attains 100 years of Christianity

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/28/2020 12:38:21 PM IST

Kigwema Baptist Church (KBC) observed 100 years of Christianity (1920-2020) under the theme, “Declare his Glory- Psalms 96:3” on December 26 and 27at Kigwema. 

A press release by the organisers stated that, speaker and trainer RZIM Life Focus Society, Dr. Kethoser Kevichüsa as theme speaker stressed on the need to ponder on what glory one has been called. He added that glory was not of popularity or luminosity but one that was of substance and being of weight. Pointing out that true glory is seen in all of God’s creation, he called “our land as a city on a hill” even when surrounded by major non-Christian nations. He called on people to receive Christ if “we consider ourselves born-Christians” and to declare His glory in worship and sharing about God to glorify the father in heaven. 

Pastor of Chakhesang BC, Dimapur, Rev. Bonny Resu during the inaugural session expounded the importance of using workplaces as a place of mission and ministry to glorify His name. Therefore, he said that the celebration of 100 years is to “think and talk about missions” and not just about sending people to the ends of the world but to conduct well in “our” workplaces.  He also called to progress in spiritual living, be fearful and unquestioning of God’s appointed leadership and demonstrate missionary zeal by leading exemplary lives. 

Pastor, Khuzama Baptist Fellowship, Kohima, Rev. Kethozeho Sale expressed that a jubilee was the greatest time to exalt His name and renew one’s faith. Sale said, “If we fail to live in the likeness of Christ, then we have failed as Christians”, whereby he reminded the congregation that salvation belongs to the ones who obey and believe.

Earlier, centenary monolith was solemnized by pastor, Jakhama BC, Rev. Zapovil Sophie on December 26. KBC executive chairman, Dr. AkhoYhokha, gave a brief history of the Church. Established in 1920, American Baptist Missionary, Reverend Supplee and local evangelists Sieliezhü Sorhie and Kruneizhü Ciesotsu from Kohima village, Neisier Meru from Khonoma village and Saho Sophie from Jakhama village were pioneers of Christianity in Kigwema village. The first converts from the village were Lhourya Yano and Pfüngulie Kiso. The first church site was at Lheki Zütso Tsiese, the present site of the Kigwema village council hall. From 1930s, evangelists from Kigwema were sent to the Southern Angami villages to spread the word of Christ

Honorary pastor, Khedi BC, Rev. Viwelie Khezhie, and advisor, Technical Education & Election, Medo Yhokha also gave short messages. 

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