The ceasefire declaration was followed by setting up of a Cease-fire Monitoring Cell to enforce the Ground Rules as laid down by Government of India. Church extends greetings and Gods blessings to all the Churches in Nagaland This was closely followed by a series of five talks between the Naga representatives and the Government represented by the two advisers to the Governor, Z. Zopianga, and Ramunny. The Year 1997 was also declared as the Jubilee Year and the Council appealed to all Nagas to maintain peace. . There was even some discussion about changing it to a more appropriate name, but the Council meeting at Kohima from 23rd to 31st March, 1958 affirmed, the name of the Council should remain as it is (NBCC Action No.8), except for the slight change of Naga to Nagaland at a later stage. Supongmeren lived with Godhula and his wife Lucy from Special sessions were held with taxi drivers and butchers. You have already been appraised by telegraph of our action in advising our brother Rivenburg to take charge at once of the work at Kohima, dropped by our brother King. Villages containing NNC members, persuaded them to cease their clandestine activities. During the mission work of The Women Department organized Statewide peace processions on the 29th of February 1996, which received a massive response. In 2009 Rev. In a short while, with the seeds of reached Sibsagar on November 8. Supongmeren was [Source: UNDP Human Development Report Nagaland 2008, p.18]. which transformed the life of the Nagas. task on the part of the natives to protect the life of the White man, the Godhula also professed that God would free and save them from the adversaries In the Ao Field, F .P. at the Mission Chapel as the new converts accepted the ordinances in broken The development of a spirit of nationalism and sense of a common identity are relatively new concepts among the Naga people. Churches in Nagaland which started at Molungkimong (1872), then at Molungyimsen The major languages spoken as per the 2011 census are Konyak, Ao, Lotha, Angami, Chakru, Sangtam, Bengali, Zeme . home, the peaceful place. The first followers were fishermen from the region of the Sea of Galilee and were usually called in pairs. Then at the Special Joint Meeting of the NBCC Executive Committee and Church elders at Kohima, from 27th to 29th June 1967, the pressing need for a Christian college in Nagaland, through which young people could be trained aright for secular as well as Christian Ministries, was strongly voiced out. Oral sources recounts that Supongmeren also shared with them about his baptism But after years of education, consultation and theological deliberation, some Churches took the initiative to address the issue. A hall with 5000 sitting capacity will be a special feature of the Centre. Many of the member Associations began to establish and manage Baptist schools to provide quality education and to lay the foundation of Christian principles. I saw that they were anxious for something better for their 1 Now there were these prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius the Cyrenian, Manaen (a close friend of Herod the tetrarch from childhood) and Saul. Eventually, Godhula made a trip to began to soften their hard hearts and they called this rude hut the sweet His family managed to survive because he accepted employment as manager of an indigo plantation in the interior of Bengal. Here's a look at how history of Christianity unfolded in our land. This day continues to be observed with legislators, bureaucrats, ordained Ministers and Church leaders participating in this annual programme. the Natives of Molungkimong assured to protect him and as such Dr. Clark 2 See answers Advertisement . that God would deliver peace and harmony among the people. Konyak Baptist Association 7. Zeliang Baptist Association. In May 1951, the NNC claimed that 99 per cent of the Naga people supported a referendum to secede from India, which was summarily rejected by the government in New Delhi. [12] Congress MP Rahul Gandhi addressed an election rally in Meghalaya's capital Shillong on February 22. For example, ten village schools, supported in part by Government, had a combined enrolment of 130 pupils. Khiamniungan Baptist Association6. Between 1956 and 1958, Fr. through Molungkimong and connected Ao villages with Assam). problem and fear. The Nagaland Baptist Church Council as such was reorganized only in 1953 and then functioned as a true organization, though somewhat provisional, until 1960, under a constitution laid down to guide its working. All the talk was official, with the The Kohima Field became the gateway of evangelistic effort to the neighbouring Naga communities. 1929:198). The group along with The resolution of the Findings Committee was that all Nagas should come together for establishing a closer Church Ministry with a united effort. The first Welsh missionary to Mizoram, David Evan learning basic Ao, Godhula proceeded to Ao-Iand without the Jones, along with Khasi evangelist Rai Bhajur, came and replaced permission of Clark in October 1871. Mary Mead narrates the touching, solemn scene He started this massive campaign in the Great Britain stating that African slaves should be freed. honor and entire freedom of conversation was allowed. Drouyer, Azevedo, Isabel, Drouyer, Ren, THE NAGAS: MEMORIES OF HEADHUNTERS vol.1, White Lotus, 2016, p. 24. [2] However, the work was a good beginning as this would lay the foundation for the later Churches in the subsequent years. Michael Scott, an Anglican Churchman; Jayaprakash Narayan, a Gandhian and Sarvodaya leader; and B.P. fascinated to hear the good news since the natives lived with threat of The Council also constructed a new commercial building behind its old Building on Nyamo Road, Dimapur. To commemorate the celebration of 150 years of Christianity in Nagaland, a "Gospel torch" in memory of Dr. Edward Winter Clark, the missionary who brought Christianity to Nagaland, was lit on September 4 at the First . The Missionaries, then in Assam, were fully aware that the Nagas presented a most challenging and promising opportunity. 1868 and sailed for one hundred and sixty days in the bark Pearl bound for The first legislative assembly was formed on February 11, 1964. Thungjamo Lotha was appointed as the first full-time Youth Secretary in 1981. of Christianity and school system at Sibsagar. In its third Convention held at Wokha from 31 January 2 February 1964 which was said to have been attended by 5,000 representatives from all ethnic groups of Nagaland, the NBCC made a historic resolution welcoming the proposed "Peace-Talk" and to request the Government to make available the services of Jayaprakash Narayan, Bimala Prasad Chaliha and Rev. On 31 August 1972, the Government banned the three Naga bodies, 1) The Naga National Council, 2) the Naga Federal Government, and 3) the Federal Army. Two years later, on March 18, 1913, Edwin Clark entered into his rest. to that end, one representative of every clan would be baptised. The state is divided into seven administrative districts. In 2007, it was once again renamed as Nagaland Missions Movement. The mist-shrouded hills and the steep landscape makes access difficult. Download Citation | The Church and Peace Process in Nagaland (India) | The Naga insurgency, widely recognized as the longest asymmetric conflict in independent India, has had far-reaching effects . Meyipangma No! In Manipur particularly, ethnic violence erupted between the Nagas and Kukis, with both sides suffering hundreds of casualties. The BWA even nominated two representatives to work with the NBCC in the Healing and Reconciliation process. A major role was taken by the Nagaland Baptist Church Council Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC). The accord was condemned by many Nagas and marked the beginning of factionalism among the revolutionaries. The Missionaries believed that the Angamis when once genuinely converted would use their influence for good throughout a wide area and they prayed and hoped for a spiritual awakening. promised to visit Molungkimong. Answer (1 of 2): About Nagaland The tremendous growth of Christianity in Nagaland started from a place called Molungkimong and is the result of the missionaries, Edward Winter Clark(an American) and Godhula(an Assamese from Sibsagar). under the vigilant eyes of the warriors. There are several views expressed by scholars regarding the origin of the word Naga. J.E. But when he went to his village intending to bring a wife, his village was attacked by a neighbouring Naga tribe and he was killed. For some time, Bishop Marengo had also stayed with the missionaries for the translation of a prayer book in the . Clark took charge as superintendent of the Mission At the Dimapur Annual Session of 1967, the Nagaland Baptist Womens Union was also officially represented for the first time by its officers J. Savino (President) and L. Noksangchila Ao (Secretary). peering in at the children who were studying and reciting.(Bowers 1929:197) Each group is distinct in character in terms of customs, language and dress. The American missionary by a name Rev. The State of Nagaland was formally recognised 1 December 1963, as the 16th State of the Indian Union. of counting as the date to take him to the village. He took up office at a time when the political situation in Nagaland was passing through a decisive period and he played a prophetic and mediating role as an ideal Minister of God seeking to bring peace. The administrative building complex, with the facilities of general office, rooms for womens work and youth departments, one hall and a guest room, was completed with contributions from the Associations and Churches including a generous grant of `76, 714 from the CBCNEI. "The 'ceasefire with the Nagas'". Gospel but had no knowledge of Christ. This is "uncharted territory". That's the message of Isak Chishi Swu, the Christian President of the People's Republic of . Eventually, the level of talks was raised and the venue shifted to New Delhi culminating in six rounds of talks in 1966 to 1967 between Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and the Naga leaders. Even though the agreement was officially declared on 6 September 1964 by organising public meetings and special prayer meetings all over Nagaland, the actual agreement was signed on 23 May 1964 at Sakraba Village in Phek district. A mass baptism took place on the Easter of 2004 at Khuochiezie where different congregations brought their baptismal candidates. The constitutional head of state is the governor, appointed by the president of India. In 1971, with a view to covering both the Home Mission and Foreign Mission work, the name was changed to Nagaland Missionary Movement (AEC71/87). With a good majority of Naga youths streaming to other metropolitan cities in search of education and work opportunities, the Council began to encourage the growing units of students fellowships outside the State. After the tiring Baptism is the predominant denomination, and the state is known as the only predominantly Baptist state in the world. In 2011, two Associations, the Nagamese Baptist Churches Association and the Association of Gorkha Baptist Churches Nagaland, were affiliated to the NBCC as Associate members. A number of consultations and seminars on various themes were also conducted which are significant and may remain as land marks in the history of the Council. The cessation of ceasefire ended in 1972. Click 'Start Quiz' to . Sports has also been identified as an instrument of bringing the youth together and instilling in them discipline and leadership qualities while using sporting events to promote evangelism and discipleship. As early as the mid-forties the Naga Hills Christian Church Advisory Council appears to have passed a resolution on alcohol prohibition and it stressed even an exclusion from Christian fellowship, i.e. India is my motherland. In the 1870s, Dr. & Mrs. E. W. Clark worked among the Ao people. Kohima 797001, Nagaland. I read with intrigue the recent New York Times article, 'Arrests, Beatings and Secret Prayers . Nagaland is almost entirely inhabited by the Naga tribes except some Kukis, Kacharis, Garos, Mikris, Benglalees, and Assamese etc. He served the Council from 1960 to March 1967, and helped build the organization to its full stature. The idea of a Nagaland Baptist Church Council was sown in the mid-thirties and its origin can be traced back to 1935. Dr. E. W. Clark and his wife Mary Mead Clark first sent Godhula, an Assamese Evangelist, to Molungkimong village. 17K. 2. As recommended by NBWU, Miss K. Kapfo was appointed as a full-time Women Secretary. The NDO has also initiated seminars and workshops on youth leadership and development, theology of development and other socio-economic development trainings. The NBCC signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Baptist Union of Denmark and the Church of Christ in Thailand. from. Tanquist, The Gospel Among the Nagas, as reported in 1936). words of the Gospel from Godhula and Clark. The National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) was formed in the late 1970s by Thuingaleng Muivah, Isak Chishi Swu and S. S. Khaplang. In May 1975 the Liaison Committee of the NPC, consisting of Rev. In: National Kohima, Oct. 11, 2019: Christ King Higher Secondary School Kohima, the first Catholic missionary school started by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Nagaland in February 1969 celebrated its golden jubilee today with Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along as the special guest. In 1897 the first Churches conference was held at Molungyimsen. The year 1959 marked a transition for the organization, from a provisional status to a full organizational structure. First American Baptist Mission in Naga Hills: First Naga tribe to embrace Christianity: First daily Engligh Newspaper of Nagaland: First Newspaper in Nagaland to be published in multi-colour: First Mobile Service launched in Nagaland: Nagalands first satellite television network: First girl of NCC Nagaland to fly a sortie: The First Transgender Model from Nagaland : The First Naga (Woman) Bollywood Film Producer: Rebecca Changkija. However, the neighboring British Empire annexed Assam in 1828 following the 1826 Treaty of Yandabo. The Councils Constitution which has been in use for many years was revised, to make it more relevant to the needs of the day, and an amendment was adopted in 2005. [1] It is the mission department of the Baptist Churches in Nagaland yet is autonomous in its functions. Edwin W. Clark and his wife served as missionaries in Nagaland India. sent by the Village Council to accompany him to his house in sibsagor. In 1891 he was supposed to have said this about the situation of his work, Preparation: no harvest, no earning, no flower, not even germination so far as I can see. He decided to change the approach to his Missionary effort among the Angamis. part of history was carved out in an uncertain pretext of better or worse, blessing It was also urged that youth and women branches of Mission be established in all Churches and institutions across Nagaland to strengthen the faith movement. Khala's father helped to plant 200 churches in Arunachal Pradesh, an Indian state north of Nagaland. into the realm of wild animals and head hunters and after the exhausting days About 95 percent of Nagaland's 1.21 million people are Christian, most of whom are Baptists, thanks to the work of Baptist missionaries that have been in Nagaland since the late 19th century. W. Pongsing Konyak was elected as the next General Secretary, at the Eleventh Triennial Convention held at Shamator in 1989. At the Council headquarters, the compound not only looked bare and old and despite visitors preferring to stay at the compound, it was not possible to host guests. As the people adopted Christianity, they began to develop more of a "Naga" identity, a radical departure from their distinctions based on warring villages. The Nagaland languages accord with the Tibetan -Burmese group of languages. It was in 1897 that the first Naga , named Nisier, converted to Christianity - a religion brought to this exotic land by the American missionaries. The first round was held on 1819 February in New Delhi and the Naga delegation was led by Kughato Sukhai, their Prime Minister. S. W. Rivenburg records, On their return to their mountain home, a small The second Saturday of March has been set aside as the Nagaland Day of Prayer and Fasting, with prayers and fasting being observed at the State as well as District level. In Kohima, C.D. NAGALAND, home to the many Naga tribes, is a hilly State spread across the northeastern hills of India. In 1999, The NBCC saw a change in leadership with Rev. In addition to the Missionary activities of the Clarks at Molung in the Ao Field and the Kings in the Kohima Field, W.E. the Nagaland Christian Revival Church weighs in at around eleven percent. On 12th September 1847, the first Naga was baptized by Nathan Brown at Sibsagar. Phom Baptist Association 11. In 1918, a group of educated Nagas formed Naga Club in 1918. fixed a certain phase of the next moon by using the traditional Yongsk method Clark among the tea garden workers, he became associated with a zealous Within the Council setup, a Committee was appointed in 2005 to review the work of the Council and its relation to the Associations, and it provided some windows to see new directions. Explore the roots of Christian missionary activity, then examine its impact in Asia and the Americas. Renewed violence occurred in the State from the middle of the 1980s. NAGALAND, home to the many Naga tribes, is a hilly State spread across the northeastern hills of India. Rev. In all peace talks in New Delhi, the Naga delegation was led by Kughato Sukhai. In 2002, the Touch Kohima movement was borne out of a strong felt need to impact Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland with the Word of Christ. The King Invites Missionary: Here we see the king of Nepal invited the missionary to come and do mission work in the country. Even within the Naga leadership, there was a difference in ideology among Angami . The First Missionaries (Acts 13:1-13) Related Media. On this Wikipedia the language links are at the top of the page across from the article title. The first missionary in the Naga hills is believed to be Rev. This Source. excommunication from the Church. The first contact of the American Baptist Mission working in Assam with the Naga tribesmen was with the Tirap Nagas. The need of a central headquarter for the Council was strongly felt and at last it was decided that the headquarters of the Council would be established at Kohima (AEC-71/102). First Superintendent of Police of Shamator district: Amit Kumar, IPS (2022) EDUCATION / QUALIFICATION First Naga matriculate (passed class 10): Neilhouzhu Kire (1 918, Shillong GHS) First Naga Graduate (BA): A. 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