KHONSA, June 04: Recalling the past life of Nocte tribe, MLA Tirong Aboh lauded efforts of Naga missionaries working selflessly for their speedy development with moral values.
Addressing two-day silver jubilee celebration of Nocte Baptist Asatham Roapkhoan, formerly known as Nocte Baptist Church Association (NBCA), at Poakkoam today, he made special reference of Rev. N.I Meren for his selfless contribution in transforming the life of the locals since 1993 all odds.
However, he exhorted the people to live in peace and harmony toeing the principles of Chritianity.
Highlighting inception of Christian missions and struggles against various challenges, CM’s advisor Wanglin Lowangdong reminded the people that the ultimate purpose of an association is love, unity and togetherness. Thus, those who set up Christian mission in Nocte area to turn agent of change deserve salutation as the achievements included first Christian school Poakkom English school.
He remembered invaluable contributions of late Peter Tachap Songthing before announcing Rs 20 lakh to the NBAR to start a project in his memory.
MLA Waglam Sawin exhorted the gathering to maintain the same tempo and asked the ABAM not to segregate the Noctes but take up joint mission beyond their boundaries.
Reminding the past life of Noctes earlier, Church and Mission ABAM, impur secretary Rev. Dr Nuklu Longkumer asked the people to serve the society to replicate god’s blessings they receive. There are 52 churches in Nocte belt from Zero to fifty two churches in numbers within five years, he said.
A monolith was dedicated by Poakkoam field director Rev. Asenba Imsong with a bible verse on the second day besides numerous other programmes.
Five former NBAR field directors, ABAM, Tangsa Association, Wancho Association members, Christian and several public leaders, including former minister T.L Rajkumar besides 600 delegates took part in celebration.