Wednesday, October 5, 2022

‘Gospel torch’ lit at state’s first Baptist church

To commemorate the celebration of 150 years of Christianity in Nagaland, a “Gospel torch” in memory of Dr. Edward Winter Clark, the missionary who brought Christianity to Nagaland, was lit on September 4 at the First Baptist Church in Nagaland, at Molungkimong village.
In a press release, Molungkimong Baptist Church pastor, Rev. Moaliba Tzudir and secretary M. Temsu Nokdi informed that the “Gospel Torch Relay”, initiated by Vision India, would be lit in five different locations in India to honour five missionaries in the locations where they had evangelised.
The five locations include—St Thomas (Chennai), Pandita Ramabai (Pune), Sadhu Sundar Singh (Ludhiana), William Carey (Serampore) and E.W Clark (Molungkimong).
At Molungkimong village, a brief service was held at the church premises, where Bishop, Shubh Sadesh Foundation, Jharkhand, Rev. Daniel Ponraj exhorted the congregation after which the gospel torch was lit by Rev Moaliba Tzudir with a dedicatory prayer.
With songs of praise and celebration, the Gospel torch procession team was escorted by the villagers and people dressed in traditional attires till the village gate.
The gospel torch will travel to Molungyimsen, Mokokchung town, Clark Theological College, Alichen, Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) Kohima, Dimapur Ao Baptist Church, Siliguri and several other Indian cities before culminating in Delhi for the Youth Festival in October.
The torch will inaugurate the National Youth Festival which will be held from October 24-29 in New Delhi.
It may be mentioned that the National Youth Festival’s vision is to bring missionary torches from five corners of India, celebrate the lives of torchbearers and Gospel forebearers along the way in different cities and churches, gather the youth and unite them cross culturally to spread inter-denominational brotherhood.
Earlier, on September 3, members of Vision India along with 60 “Molungkimong warriors” took the same route taken by Clark and the villagers when he first set foot in Molungkimong in 1872.
Following the trail of Clark and the ancestors of Molungkimong, the Vision India team also trekked Chubakati-Rongsensü Lemang, which is the famed Naga-Ahom trade route of the 19th century.