TBCA event ends with prayer for Naga solution
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 7th Oct: A congregational mass prayer seeking an early Naga political solution, along with a plethora of devotional services, musical entertainment and chorale competitions, brought the curtains down on the mise–en–scène of the five-day TBCA Women Union Triennial Conference at Ringui village here on Sunday.
Around 3000 women attendees representing 73 Churches, including the host Ringui Baptist Church, crammed the venue during each of the morning, noon and evening sessions, in spite of inclement weather on the concluding day.
TBCA executive secretary Mathotmi Vasha reminded the congregation of the ecclesial roles in seeking divine intervention in the ongoing Indo-Naga peace talks.
Appealing to the gathering, before the mass prayer, Vasha stated that the age-old Naga political movement is in a crucial phase and that the Nagas are awaiting a final solution, which is expected anytime now.
“It is time we all look up to God for fulfilment of our long held aspirations. Let each Church not stop praying. Let's all rest assured that God will answer the prayer of the Church if we all seek his blessing earnestly”, he said.
He continued that the mass prayer was intended to seek God's blessings upon the Government of India and Naga collective leadership so as to enable them to come to a final and honourable solution within the set timeframe.
The TBCA leader further announced that a mass prayer day under the aegis of TNL would be observed on October 13 across the district in support of the peace parley.
“On the day, a peaceful procession will also be held in Ukhrul town, beginning from 11 am, and will converge at TNL hall for public meeting”, he informed, while urging all Churches to take up mass prayer in their respective campus on the day.
Delivering a sermon, TBCA president Jonah M Solo talked about womanhood, stating that womanhood signifies that no matter what her professional status is, a woman needs to abide by the principles of honouring her husband and family.
“Patriarchal dominion is a common phenomenon in most parts of the world. This is one dark side of our society. Nevertheless, wise women are god-fearing and are never the ones who are foolish enough to destroy the world around them. They speak with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on their tongue”, he stressed.
He also urged mothers to teach and guide their children in the right path, and expressed concern over the prevalent trend of mass exodus of uneducated youngsters to metro cities.
Meanwhile, the concluding day witnessed a grand chorale competition participated by 49 Churches in-group contest and 9 Churches in double quartet category.
In the group contest, UBC Ukhrul was adjudged winner, while PBC Ukhrul and UBC Phungyar emerged as second and third positions. H Vokngayar Baptist Church won the title in the double quartet event, while Chamu Baptist Church and Lungphu Baptist Church were declared second and third respectively.
Another attraction of the final day was the presence of popular Tangkhul singers including Guru Reuben Mashangva, Dianah Wungsek, Yursari Ngalung, Worchan Kashung , Horyaowon Pheirei, Shimreiyo Haorei and K Mayophi, who enthralled the gathering with their musical performances.
Meanwhile, TBCA Women Union, while thanking the Almighty for fulfilling the union’s 4th triennial event, has expressed its gratitude to the host Ringui Baptist Church and all the participant unit Churches for making the event a big success.