Mission of ‘We Can’ ministry
Kohima Ao Baptist Youth (KABY) has launched “We Can” ministry to work for all the differently abled (handicapped) persons in the State on August 03. The Ao youth had been praying for a long time seeking wisdom and clear vision for the purpose, according to KABY director, Kohima Ao Baptist Youth Department, Tiatoshi Longkumer. The youth took the mission as a challenge and felt the need to go to those special people to share the love of God with them at their residences since they are unable to attend the church themselves. As a simple beginning, the KABY started within the Ao community in Kohima. But it expressed the hope that it would move the ministry more comprehensively and inclusive of all tribes within and outside Kohima.
Representatives of the seven Ao colonies of Kohima visited the identified houses and presented small tokens of gift followed by a prayer assuring the differently abled persons about God’s love and care for them. They also apprised the families concerned about the assistance that are available and provided by the government and so they should avail all possible help.
The youth director quoted: “On the contrary, we cannot do without the parts of the body that seem to be weaker; and those parts that we think aren’t worth very much are the ones which we treat with greatest care; while the parts of the body which don’t look very nice are treated with special modesty” (1 Corinthians 12: 22-23, GNB). Based on this passage from the Scriptures, Longkumer emphasized that everyone is a creation of God and that all are a part of the body of Christ. As such, those who are weaker are more honourable and so everyone should treat them with special honour.
All that is fine and we are fortunate that there are still people around in our midst who have the touch of philanthropy and especially the youth who are ngaged in helping the disabled. The move of KABY is commendable and we must continue to encourage people to contribute their mite in cash or in kind towards their endeavour. What is equally important and striking in such a mission is commitment from the heart. Children especially, know instinctively whether a gesture of love and affection is faked or genuine.
Even if they do not express themselves loudly, it is impossible to delude or cheat them, Occasionally and unexpectedly, do not be surprised if a little one suddenly by gesture indicates or conveys that he or she understand your intentions—and that in itself is a great reward of joy and satisfaction.
It may also be mentioned here that two alumni of the Bade-based, Dimapur Outreach Theological College (OTC), namely Sano Rengma and Ape-u had started Tabitha Enabling Academy two years ago, with the mission to care for the handicapped children through contributions by private well wishers. They have been encouraged in their endeavour by the Chakhesang Baptist Church, Kitsubozou, Kohima which has provided two rooms for classes and games for the time being.. These children have been participating during Sunday Church services by singing hymns accompanied by action.
So let us pray and hope that such endeavours will prevail no matter what.