Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Vision India holds ‘Gospel Torch Relay’ in Dimapur

Staff Reporter

To commemorate the celebration of 150 years of Christianity in Nagaland and celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Edward Winter Clark, the missionary who brought Christianity to the Naga hills, the Vision India (VI), an interdenominational ministry dedicated to the Great Commission, organised its third Gospel Torch Relay in Dimapur on Friday.
As part of the torch relay, a bike rally was taken out from Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo guest house and culminated at Dimapur Airport. Speaking at brief programme outside the Airport, coordinator for gospel torch relays of India, Rev. Pastor Amit Aryan, stated that it was a historical moment as the Vision India has “decided to develop nation builders from the youth.”
In order to develop upcoming generation of nation builders, Rev. Aryan said one has to know the history and rich legacy of nation builders that the nation has had.
In this regard, he reminded the gathering about the life of St Thomas, who arrived India in AD52 to preach the Gospel. Rev.Aryan said that light of the Gospel came to Naga Hills 150 years ago. However, he said that the light of gospel reached India not because of just Britishers or Americans, but because of Thomas the Apostle. He stated that the Vision India also celebrated the life of Pandita Ramabi, who arrived in Kolkata in the late 1800s and early 1900s to spread the gospel.
Further, Rev.Aryan said that the Vision India was also celebrating the achievements and works by William Carey and Sadhu Sundar Singh, and urged all to be torch bearers of the good news.
Meanwhile, Bishop, Daniel Ponraj, also delivered a short speech on how villagers of Molungkimong received the torch and set up the first Baptist Church in Naga Hills. Earlier, the programme was chaired by BYFD president, pastor Belanthung and special number by Dimapur Molungkimong Union.