Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ABAM sesquicentennial celebrations begin at Impur

Ao Baptist Arogo Mundang (ABAM) the apex body of Ao Baptist church, is celebrating its Sesquicentennial (150 years) at Impur, Mokochung from November 1 to 3 to commemorate the dawn of Christianity on Naga soil.
More than 2,000 delegates from various parts of Nagaland and India participated at the inaugural programme ABAM’ three-day sesquicentennial (150 years) celebrations, stated a press release, issued by ABAM SQC media and publicity team stated.
At the inaugural programme, regional director Serving in Mission East Asia, Rev. Watson Rajaratnam was the main speaker on the first day. Preaching from Psalms 118:13, main speaker Rev. Watson Rajaratnam stressed on three characters of God– goodness of God, graciousness of God and greatness of God. In this regard, he exhorted God’s people to thank God wholeheartedly and to proclaim what He had done.
In his greetings, Sivasagar Central Baptist Church pastor Biren Gowalla urged the delegates and ABAM to look towards Assam “where the harvest was plenty, but the labourers were few”.
On behalf of Bible Society of India (BSI), translation director Rev Dr W Along Jamir said the Ao community had many reasons to thank the Lord since they were the first among the Nagas to have the complete printed Bible and the first audio Bible.
He challenged the congregation by stating that there was a lot of witnessing and Bible translation work remaining as only 724 language groups out of 7,388 groups have their entire Bible translated.
Exhorting the gathering, former ABAM executive secretary Rev Dr L Kari Longchar appealed to them and the Ao community to repent for their sins so that they could receive blessings of the jubilee. He particularly urged the Ao believers not to succumb to temptations of new values, wealth and power that came in the name of politics.
Earlier, ABAM executive secretary, Rev Dr Mar Pongen welcomed the delegates, speakers and participants.
The inaugural programme began with praise and worship led by Changtongya Town Baptist Church, followed by a special inaugural presentation by Mokokchung Town Ao Baptist Church.
ABAM choir and Baptist Church of Mizoram Choir brought messages through songs, while former ABTM secretary L Bendangla Jamir released ABAM SQC story (Naga Tenem Nung Arogo Otsü).
ABAM president Rev Sentisashi Aier led the prayer of thanksgiving, followed by remembering 36,838 baptised members under ABAM who had gone to be with the Lord between 1997-2022.
It may be mentioned that Molungyimsen Baptist Arogo will also celebrate the sesquicentennial at Molungyimsen village from November 4-6, 2022.

(L-R) ABAM choir and Baptist Church of Mizoram choir presenting special songs on the inaugural day of Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) sesquicentennial (SQC) celebration at Impur on Tuesday.
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