Contributed by Solomon Sha
First ever platinum jubilee for the Baptist Church in Poumai land was celebrated at and hosted by Maiba Baptist Church (the first Baptist church under PNBA) on the theme “ Jesus is Lord”. The jubilee was organized by Poumai Naga Baptist Association (PNBA) from December 11- 13, where more than 6000 people turned up for the celebration from different places.
It may be mentioned that the gospel was first brought to Poumai area ( Maiba village) by Mikrü Lohrü of Punanamai village in 1937 where 7 seven namely S. Row, Lachao Dalie, S. Shawo, D. Reihe, Th. Panü, D. Shehe and H. Sounü were converted and baptized by Kholi Puni. At present under PNBA has 81 churches including town churches and branch churches.
Rev. H. Gideon executive secretary PNBA in his greetings said “as we celebrate together the Lordship of Jesus Christ, one should look back at the past 75 years in history of Christianity in Poumai land and should praise for His marvelous blessings in the pilgrimage of our association”. He said, one should experience Lordship of Jesus Christ, in churches and in associations.
Rev. Dr. Jonathan Ansar renowned preacher and pro-chancellor, Truth University and president of All India united Christian front as one of the speakers said people could not escape from the clutches of Satan/evil if the power of Jesus was not in them. Rev. Thakzü minister at-large Indian evangelical mission (IEM) and also first reverend under PNBA speaking at one of the services said the theme “Jesus is Lord” can be claimed only by the people who are in Him. He encouraged the believers to have the mind of soul winning mission in their hearts wherever they are as that is the will of God.
Speaking on the theme of the Jubilee “Jesus is Lord” Rev. James Dhale president Royal ambassadors Academy (RAA) said God was the creator, redeemer, ruler in eternity and controller of everything happening in this universe including invisible things. Jubilee greetings were delivered by Rev. Dr. Zabu Terhuza president ETC, Rev. Dr. Kholi principal Manipur theological college, Rev. T. Karang executive secretary MRNBA, Apila executive secy. Thangal Naga Baptist association, Rev. K. Koda executive secy. MBCA and Rev. R.L. Simon pastor Manipur Baptist convention center church Imphal. PNBA choir, Mao Baptist Churches Association choir, Maiba Baptist church choir and Poumai Razeba range Baptist churches choir were the jubilee choirs.