A program planned between the Mokokchung Town Baptist Arogo (MTBA) and two other Baptist Churches from Assam since March of this year came true on Sunday morning when the MTBA saw participation from Mariani Ao Baptist Church and Jorhat Baptist Church in the Sunday Devotional service.
During the service, the Jorhat Baptist Church Choir, led by T. Chuba Kichu, Pastor of Mariani Ao Baptist Church presented an enthralling performance, making it the highlight of the day. The service was conducted by the Jorhat Baptist Church Choir.
The choir performed one Assamese song, one English song, two Ao songs, and a Christmas song in Assamese traditional (local) style.
Chuba informed the audience that the Jorhat Baptist Church Choir is Assam’s first choir to sing with staff notation in 180 years and has influenced and still influencing many other churches and ministries in Assam. According to him, Assam has around 600 churches.
He explained that, despite being the Pastor of Mariani Baptist Church, he and his family reside in Jorhat near the church, which is how he became involved with the Choir in November 2014.
“The Jorhat Baptist Church Choir officially began on January 2nd, 2015,” he added.
He then stated that the majority of the choir members are made up of working school teachers, ONGC, NGOs, Administration trainer, work supervisor and businessmen with the oldest member of the group being Mrs. Jerina Baruah, aged 82.
Shyamal Rai, Pastor of the Jorhat Baptist Church, delivered the day’s message, recalling how their church began with 11 members and is now celebrating its 116th anniversary.
He explained how the Bible describes two types of believers: those who do not take God’s word seriously, who rebel against the Lord and mock Him, and those who know, love, obey, and walk in His footsteps.
He spoke about how important personal intimacy and personal relationships with the Lord are, and he stated that the most important question to ask is whether one has encountered the Lord.
He concluded by asking people to ask oneself, “Do I know my God personally?”
The Program was chaired by Anjana Douglas, daughter of Dr OM Rao the former principal of Eastern Theological College.
Rev Ponen Longchar, Pastor of MTBA, earlier during his welcome address informed that the next Sunday is the Bible Society of India Sunday. He also informed that an Advent Christmas service program will be held next Sunday at MTBA.