SBC, EBC, DBC hold convocation ceremonies

DIMAPUR, APR 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/13/2019 12:05:46 PM IST

A number of colleges in Nagaland have been holding their convocation ceremonies recently, honouring their graduating students. Following are reports of some of them.

SBC holds convocation ceremony: Servanthood Bible College (SBC) held its 29th convocation ceremony at the College Hall in Dimapur on April 13. 

Addressing the convocation, Riverine School principal, Rev. Dr. Hukato N. Shohe, encouraged the graduates to continue to serve the Lord with all their heart, and serve everyone, regardless of whether they are with or against them, or agree or disagree with them. 

He stressed on how many Christians had unfortunately misappropriated the idea of service and were serving their self advertisement, selfish desires, ego, personal gain and interests.

Rev. Dr. Shohe challenged the graduating students to serve the Lord, not with the mindset and intention of competing with others and serving for one’s personal gain, but with the will to please God and expand His Kingdom.

Board of Trustees chairman, Alemtemshi also delivered a brief message at the program encouraging the graduates to seek God more and serve Him with passion. 

The program was chaired by assistant professor, Walunuila and a welcome address was delivered by SBC principal, Moatemsu Jamir.

The gathering was also treated to two male voice and female voice songs. Matnye Afi, a graduating student of M. Div- III, gave a speech on behalf of the graduating students. 

This was the first convocation ceremony held after the demise of late S. Tsuknungsangba, founder of SBC. 

The college was established on July 8, 1989, and this year, it had a total of 65 students graduating from the college. 

Presentation of awards and conferring of degrees and diplomas was initiated by chairman, Board of Governors, Dr. Bendangla and a dedicatory prayer for the graduates was offered by Rev. Alemmeren.

(Staff Reporter)

EBC holds 45th Graduation Service: Eastern Bible College (EBC) held its 45th graduation ceremony at the college premises in Bank Colony on Saturday. A total of 45 students graduated from the college in -- Bachelors in Theology (13), Bachelor of Christian Ministry (3), Master of Divinity (27) and Master of Christian Ministry (3).

Guest speaker, NCRC general secretary, Dr Vangphong Phom who delivered the graduation message, expounded on six keys that Christians and people called to serve God can use to open many doors in their ministry and personal life. 

Dr Phom who based his message on Matthew chapter 13 verses 16 and 17, encouraged the graduating students to use the keys for a fruitful ministry: the involvement of people, to be filled with the love of God, to read the Bible for answers and guidance, to lead a sincere personal prayer life, to continually praise God in all circumstances, and to rely on the Holy Spirit. 

Dr Phom further reminded the graduates that their decision to serve God was the highest decision and their mission to save souls was the wisest. He also encouraged the graduates to stand firm in their cause, adding that if God stands for them, they can do great and mighty things. 

The welcome address was earlier delivered by principal of the college, Rev Dr Thungdemo Lotha. A valedictory message was delivered by M. Div student Malinda Riameih. The college magazine was also released by Regina Williams of Lifeline International Ministries, Malaysia. 

The invocation prayer was said by presbyter C3 AGEI, Pikhato Kath; lecturer Jeviholi Swu greeted the graduates; offertory prayer was said by pastor, Lotha Baptist Church, Diphupar B, Wojanthung Ngullie; choral presentation by EBC choir; scripture reading by lecturer Watimenla and assistant professor David Khobung; awards and recognition of students, conferring of degrees, declaration and charge, and prayer for the graduates by principal, faculty, senior Church leaders and prayer warriors; announcement by assistant professor, Sebasthan Basumatary; and benediction by pastor, AG Church Diezephe, Poseruh Lohe. 

(Staff Reporter)

DBC holds Convocation service: Discipleship Bible College (DBC) held its 36th Convocation and 19th FTPNEI Convocation on April 12.

According to a press release issued by the college, earlier on April 11, DABA associate pastor, Rev. L Lima Jamir commissioned 83 graduating students of DBC with the Lord’s Supper at the end of the service. On the commissioning night, DBC principal, associate professor S Wati, released the DBC Journal (DIDACHE) themed “Disciple the Nation,” the first DBC Journal since the college’s inception, with a written history. FTPNEI consist of three colleges (DBC, EBC and SBC) and a federated M.Div degree program is offered under ATA. 

Senior pastor KABA, Rev. M Asangba Longkumer challenged the graduating students with many Biblical insights with contemporary concerns. A huge crowd, well-wishers, student’s parents, Church leaders, friends and prayer partners came to bless the graduates. The college thanked God for all the blessings and for the successful convocation.

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