Sumi fathers’ camp culminates
Dimapur, April 25 (EMN): A three-day fathers camping, which began from April 22 and organised by the Sumi Baptist Church, Kohima, on the themes “Walk in faith” at Phutoi Visho Ghazu, Niuland, Dimapur, concluded on April 24.
A total of 129 fathers in different age groups under Sumi Baptist Church, Kohima, attended the camp. The camp was conducted by five motivational speakers namely Nikhui Achumi, pastor of Valley View Baptist Church; president of Western Sumi Baptist Pastors Fellowship, Khekavi Yeptho; associate pastor of Sumi Baptist Church Kohima (SBCK); Dr. Nitovi Shikhu, deputy director of Health and Family Welfare; and Lukheto Yeptho, SBCK joint secretary of finance and chairman board of deacons.
On day-one, Phutoi Zhimo, owner of Visho Ghazu (farm), shared his life testimony on how he struggled and overcame the obstacles to become a true Christian.
Nikhui Achumi spoke on the theme “Walk in faith.” He cited an example from the Bible of a woman, who had suffered bleeding for twelve years and spend all she had for medical treatment from many doctors leaving no hope for life, but found healing by touching the cloths of Jesus.
He exhorted the congregation that it is only through faith in Christ to attain ‘a good life.’ He also added that a man will be blessed ‘who fears the Lord.’
On April 23, Khekavi Yeptho, associate pastor of Sumi Baptist Church Kohima (SBCK), addressed the campers on two perspectives of church and social responsibility of a father. He has stressed on building foundation basing on Christian’s principles as the foremost responsibility of a father to live a contented life.
He stated that a true Christian father should live an exemplary Christian life to their children and know their responsibilities.
Stressing on the importance of fathers’ role and identity, he exhorted the campers to preserve traditional practices such as folk songs, dances, handicrafts and also promote Sumi language.
Dr. Nitovi Shikhu, Deputy Director of Health and Family Welfare, emphasised on prevention of diseases which cannot be cured by medication. He also stated that the primary cause of stroke is also due to high temper. He added that high temper could also be relaxed through prayer.
On the occasion, Lukheto Yeptho, finance joint secretary and chairman of Board of Deacons, Sumi Baptist Church Kohima, stated that the first fathers’ camping was held in the year 1995 organised by SBCK.
The three-day fathers’ camp was led by camp director, Akuto Achumi, and Lujeka Assumi, SBCK fellowship assistant pastor, as the recorder. Six prayer warriors namely Lhokishe Shohe, Yenito Achumi, Tokheyi Awomi, Hotoli Aye, Kanili Achumi and Hoshevi Awomi were the councillors. Rev. Dr. Hokheto Chophy, pastor of Sumi Baptist Church Kohima, was the guest speaker of the introductory session.