Tsarü Baptist Church centenary celebration concludes
Dimapur, June 19 (EMN): The grand centenary celebration of Tsarü Baptist Church (TBC) under Tuensang district was successfully held.
A press release issued by the media & documentation team of Tsarü Baptist Church Centenary’ informed that the executive secretary of USBLA, Rev. C Lima unveiled a centenary monolith on June 14 at the Centenary Park to commemorate the jubilee celebration.
Speaking on the theme “Jesus, the light of the world,” Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho, general secretary of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council said, Tsarü ‘being the first community to celebrate 100 years of Christianity is like a hotspot for the ENPO area’.
“But hotspot cannot be connected without a password.
He therefore, urged the community to pass on the password-(light) to others so as to ignite the unlit souls,” the release quoted Rev Keyho.
It also informed that Commissioner-Secretary Lithrongla G Chishi who addressed the congregation, called for the need to conserve the environment and to make use of the rich natural resources at our disposal to maximize income generation.
As part of the celebration, a Sangtam Naga Children Bible was also released by the Sr. Auxiliary secretary, BSI Dimapur, Rev. Dr. Z K Rochill on June 14. Rev Dr. Rochill is reported to have said that “USBLA is the sixth tribe in Nagaland to have children Bible for which he congratulated the association”.
Rev. I Apila, executive secretary TNBA, who was another speaker at the centenary programme, said that “in a broken world, we are called to be healers. Light is a symbol of hope, of truth and of life itself”.
Others who spoke at during the jubilee celebrations were the pastor of Longsa Baptist Church, K Supong and N Bendang (retired secretary, PHED).
The latter is the son of a former pastor of TBC, and he and his family presented gifts to the oldest woman and man in the village, the release informed.
Former Lok Sabha MP, K Asüngba Sangtam and USLP president K Yonghopi Sangtam exhorted the gathering while Tsarü fellowships Mokokchung, Tuensang, Dimapur, and Chare town presented special songs followed by centenary feast.
It informed that a century back, in the year 1918, Tsarü village had about 200 families, while in 2018 there are more than 1000 families.
”Interestingly, even in 100 years the village has only about 250 families. While the rest are all employed elsewhere which is a good sign of progress and God’s blessing on the community fourfold,” the release stated.