Dimapur, January 4: Chozuba Village Baptist Church celebrated quasquicentennial (125 years) of Christianity on December 27 at the newly dedicated Church building under the theme “Great is thy faithfulness” with Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho, general secretary, Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) unveiling the quasquicentennial monolith. Purhiyi Demo, chairman, COMS presided over the unveiling ceremony.
Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho dwelt on the theme “Great is Thy faithfulness,” and asserted that the history of Christianity is not about our achievement but what God has done for us. “Our history is about His story of how we were once people who walked in darkness and under the shadow of death but now He has made us His people( Isaiah 9:2 ; 1 Peter 2:10). His story is about love, grace and mercy. He has made us people of love, grace and mercy,” he said.
“The first missionaries who brought the message of the love of God have a divine purpose so that we must discover that divine purpose for us today so that the generations to come will continue to celebrate the faithfulness of God. We are called not to only celebrate but to continue the mission of God. 125 years of Christianity in our village is an event to be lived and we must continue to reach out to the unreached beyond the horizon by setting our mission to the east, west south and north and not remain complacent,” he added.
The opening ceremony was led by Rev. Thepupa Swüro, Senior Pastor of the Church, Vekusa Lohe, chairman, Chozuba Area Baptist Church Council (CABCC) invoked God’s blessing while Jolayi Nienü, chairman, Quasquicentennial Celebration Committee presented the welcome note. The souvenir for 125 years celebration was released by Vipralhou Kesiezie, Board chairman and greetings was brought by Neisalie Keretsü, Pastor, Khedi Baptist Church.
Apart from the quasquicentennial celebration, a new Church building with a sitting capacity of 2500 was dedicated by Rev. Khrotso Mero, executive secretary, Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) on December 26. The function was led by youth secretary, CBCC Muluvoyi Nienu. The worship service was led by Rev. Vesavo Shijo, Pastor and Rev. Khrotso Mero spoke to the congregation.
(Page News Service)