UKHRUL| Aug 23: Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association (TBCA) has call for a one-day prayer and fasting programme for the Naga Peace talk scheduled to be held on September 1 in all Tangkhul churches within and outside the State.

At a press conference held at TBCA Headquarter, Alungtang Ukhrul, the Association appealed all Tangkhul churches irrespective of denomination to join together in prayer and fasting programme for an honourable and peaceful solution. “As a Christian, it is our bounden duty to pray to God for peaceful coexistence of all. It is also a time to pray for an honourable solution, a solution without hurting the sentiments of any community,” the association said.

“The Indo-Naga Peace talk has been dragging on for 22 years for an honourable solution,” the Association said while adding that it has sent an appeal to all its member churches to organise a prayer and fasting programme on the first Sunday of September. The Association also fervently appealed to every Tangkhul churches to pray for the same cause as it is the desire of every Tangkhul in particular and Nagas in general.

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Finance promoter, TBCA, Ayo Valui stated that the earnest desire of the association as a ‘Christian organisation’ is to peacefully coexist as one in Christ by serving, forbearing and loving one another; and to preach the good news to all nations.

He also mentioned that TBCA has started a refresher course at Wung Baptist Theological College situated its Headquarter adding that the first batch consist of pastors of Baptist Churches from Tangkhul areas. “TBCA has been involved with educational projects such as Alice Christian Higher Secondary School, the oldest co-ed institution in Manipur,” Ayo Valui continued while recounting the history of the school. “It was set up in 1897 by the first missionary William Pettigrew and his wife Alice Pettigrew and the institution was then known as Ukhrul Mission School,” he said while also mentioning that the name of the school was changed to Alice Christian High School in 1980 and it was administered under TBCA Women Department as one of their projects. “Today, the school has a strength of about 1000 student, and it has produced some of the best students from Ukhrul District,” he said.

“TBCA has also set up 50 bedded girls hostel and 40 bedded boys hostel at its headquarter,” Ayo Valui Awungshi added.

~IFP

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