Manipur Evangelical Lutheran Church Gundung District celebrated Silver Jubilee here in T. Vajang MELC Church, around 15 kms away from Churachandpur police station, on December 20-21, 2014.
The Jubilee celebrated with a theme: “All the nations of the world will know the Lord alone is God – there is no other (I Kings 8:60)”. Village chiefs, church elders and members, pastors, and invitees from far-and-near attended the two-day grand celebration.
The constituency MLA (60-Singngat AC) Ginsuanhau Zou alias GS Haupu, Manglianthang, ex-president of United Zou Organisation (UZO) Hqtrs, Goulal Tungnung, president of UZO Lamka Block and Jangthang Baite, Sangaikot OC incharge of Churachandpur Police graced the occasion as chief guest and special guests.
Speaking as the chief guest Ginsuanhau Zou encouraged the Church leaders to work peace and harmony among the diverse community of Manipur state. “The church must focus on unity in order to unify the members”, he said.
The chief guest inaugurated the Silver Jubilee Souvenir (1989-2014) and donated Rs 20,000 to the organiser. MELC HQ director of ministries Rev. Thangchinkhup blessed the gathering and the souvenir with his prayer.
Earlier in the morning Rev. Dousuanthang, district superintendent of MELC Gundung District unveiled the Silver Jubilee stone and dedicated to God.
The chief guest gave away the honour to Jubilee Pa (Father of Jubilee) M. Tangkhokam, Jubilee Nu (Mother of Jubilee) Kimkhoman and Khanglai Pa (Father of Youth) Chinminthang which was presented by the Jubilee Committee. All these Jubilee Heads were god-feared persons who have the title of Upa (church elders).
The Jubilee Committee honoured the founders of T. Vajang MELC – church elder Khaiminthang, church elder Chinminthang, Mr M. Thangzaboi, and Mrs Dimneiniang.
Jubilee message was delivered by Rev. Dr. Ginkhanmang, Bishop of MELC on the main day. Rev. Thangliankham, the first district superintendent of MELC Gundung District, Mother Nuamzavung, Chairperson of Evangelical Lutheran Women Association (ELWA) Hqtr, Rev. Kapsuankhup, chairman of Lutheran Youth Fellowship (LYF) Hqtrs, and Rev. Nengkhanlal Milun, director of mission (MELC) gave message on the first day of Jubilee Celebration.
In commemorating the glorious past of 25 years, 25 persons including men and women were chosen to beat the church bell, which can echoes beyond the surrounding hills and valleys.
A number of jubilee artistes, LYF Gundung, ELWA Jubilee Choir, Zoubethel, Saingaikot ELWA, T. Vajang Choreography and Sugnu Leidi Party (Traditional Singers) mesmerized the gathering with their melodious songs, choruses, dances and poetic songs throughout the two-day long celebration.
Reported by Bruce K. Thangkhal