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Late Rev. Moatsungba Longchari laid to rest

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/7/2019 12:19:02 PM IST
Thousands of people came together on Wednesday to pay their last respect to late Reverend Moatsungba Longchari. A programme under the banner “celebrating a life well-lived” was held at the BMC Convention Centre, Kohima on August 7. 
As senior pastor of Baptist Mission Church, Kohima, Reverend Longchari had battled cancer for about 10 months wherein he breathed his last at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Mumbai on August 5.
Khrienuo Moa, wife of late Rev. Longchari speaking on the occasion narrated how her husband never gave up hope even for a single day and was always positive till his last breath. 
During the treatment, she narrated how everyday they would plan on how to serves the Lord, whereby late Rev. Longchari even said that he didnot want to be the senior pastor but go from house to house and pray for the sick people, help the poor and share the gospel. Even when he was taken to ICU, he refused to use oxygen, she explained and added that his last words to her was, “don’t you know we have God with us. Have faith in God.”
She said that they came to know each other in 1989 and got married in 1997 and had 22 years of married life together. She also said that with the children, she will continue “to serve the lord till we meet him in heaven.” 
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio who shared a close relationship, said Longchari always carried with him joy and laughter and spread love wherever he went. He also spoke of sharing special friendship and brotherhood with him. 
Uncle of late Rev. Longchari, Imchalemba Ao asked the Baptist Mission Church, Kohima to continue to do what he had done to lift his legacy for his commitment and services to the church. He also added that late Longchari was a legacy of his legendary grandfather late Rev Longri Ao, the ninth grandchild who chose to walk in the similar path of his grandfather.
 Dr Akum Longchari, a cousin of the late Rev. Longchari also spoke while, eldest daughter, Metemsola Longchari along with her two younger brothers also paid rich tribute to their father.  Rev James C Neikhrienyu, pastor, BMC; Rev Neivilieo Zuyie, mission director, ABCC; Kohima Baptist Churches Fellowship; Changki Union also shared their messages on the occasion. 
Funeral rite was ministered by Rev. Dr. Noulezhalie Ricky Medom where the mortal remains was laid to rest at Thega Bagei, Officers’ Hill, Kohima.
Meanwhile, the Council of Chakhesang Christian Revival Churches (CCCRC), Mission Centre Chetheba has expressed sorrow at the demise of Rev. Moa Longchari. 
A condolence note from CCCRC executive secretary, Rev. Dr. Vevozo Khamo stated that, late Rev. Moa indeed was an anointed man of God, filled with zeal and enthusiasm for the Lord’s ministry but had left at a time that a church and the nation needed him very much.
Believers of CCRC further extended condolence to his wife, Khrienuo Moa Longchari, the bereaved family and church members of BMC Kohima and pray that the departed soul rest in peace. 

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