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ABAM’s Sesquicentennial celebration underway

Mokokchung Town Baptist Church inaugural presentation

Proclaim what the Lord has done: Rev Watson

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 1: The Sesquicentennial celebration of Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) got underway today at Impur with thousands of believers attending the inaugural service. More than 2000 delegates from different parts of Naga Hills and other parts of India have registered to participate in the celebration.
The celebration opened with praise and worship led by the Changtongya Town Baptist Church, followed by a special inaugural presentation by Mokokchung Town Ao Baptist Church. The ABAM Choir and the Baptist Church of Mizoram Choir brought messages through songs. L Bendangla Jamir, former Secretary of ABTM, released the ABAM SQC Story (Naga tenem nung Arogo Otsü).
President of ABAM, Rev. Sentisashi Aier led the prayer of thanksgiving for the SQC, particularly thanking God for his faithfulness and for all the pioneers who brought the Gospel to the Naga Hills. This was followed by remembering of about 36, 838 Baptized members in ABAM who had gone to be with the Lord between 1997-2022. Rev. Dr Mar Pongen, Executive Secretary of ABAM, welcomed all the delegates, speakers and programme participants to the SQC.
In his greetings, Biren Gowalla, Pastor, Central Baptist Church, Shivasagar, called upon the participants and ABAM to look toward Assam, where the harvest is plenty but the labourers are few.
Rev Dr Along Jamir, Translation Director, brought greetings on behalf of the Bible Society of India. He expressed that the Ao people have many reasons to thank the Lord as the Ao community is the first among the Naga tribes to have the complete printed Bible and the first audio Bible. Dr Along challenged the congregation by stating that there is a lot of witnessing and Bible translation work remaining as only 724 language groups out of 7, 388 groups have their entire Bible translated.
In his exhortation, former Executive Secretary of ABAM, Rev. Dr L Kari Longchar called upon the congregation and Ao people to repent for their sins so that they can receive the blessings of Jubilee. He particularly called upon Ao believers not to succumb to the temptations of new religious values, wealth and power that come in the name of politics.
Preaching from Psalms 118:13, Rev Watson Rajaratnam, the main speaker of the evening, stressed on three characters of God: Goodness of God; Graciousness of God; and Greatness of God. He called upon all of God’s people to wholeheartedly thank God and proclaim what the Lord has done.
(Page News Service)