Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila hails from Yaongyimsen Village. She was the eleventh of thirteen siblings of Mr. Lanumeren and Mrs. Chubamenla. Her father served as the first Pastor of Yaongyimsen Baptist Church. Born on 3rd March 1927, Her journey through life was marked by profound wisdom, unwavering faith, and a commitment to service. Who graced this world with her presence for nearly a century.

Early Life and Education:

Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila began her journey in Yaongyimsen village, surrounded by the love and guidance of her parents. From an early age, it was clear that she possessed a deep thirst for knowledge and a passion for making a difference. She pursued her education with dedication, eventually earning Doctor of Divinity. Her academic pursuits laid the groundwork for a life dedicated to service and ministry.

Education:
1943-1946: Class A II, L.P. School, Yaongyimsen
1947-1950: Class III VI, Govt. M.E. School, Chuchuyimlang
1951-1953: Class VII-IX, Govt. High School, Mokokchung 1954 : Class X, Golaghat Mission Girls High School,Assam
1955-1959: B.Th. Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam
1965 1966 : BRE, Leonard Theological College, Jabalpur, M.P.
1973-1976: MRE, Andover Newton Theological School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
1973-1976: Counseling at Tuskberry, Catholic Hospital, Boston.
1991 : Doctor of Divinity, Honorary, Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration, Gurukul Theological College, Chennai.

Noksangchila statue
The statue of Late Rev Dr L Noksangchila, constructed by the Yaongyimsen Tetsür Telongjem Dimapur, was inaugurated at Yaongyimsen village, Mokokchung on 22 March 2024 by Rev C Allem, Dimapur. The Late Rev Dr L Noksangchila was the first ordained woman minister from North East India.

Ministry and Ordination:
Following in the footsteps of her faith, Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila embraced a calling to ministry. She dedicated her life to spreading the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, providing spiritual. guidance to a multitude of people in need.

Service in Ministry
a. Full Time
– 1959 – : Impur Bible School Teacher
– 1960-1963: Women Evangelist, ABAM –
– 1964-1972 : Promotional Secretary, ABAM
– 1973-1975: Warden, Golaghat Mission Girls High School
– 1976-1982: Junior Lecturer, Eastern Theological College, Jorhat, Assam
– 1983-1987: Associate Pastor (Women), Police Baptist Church, Chumukedima, Nagaland
1988-2001: Chaplain Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore, Tamilnadu
2012 : Warden, Christian Institute of Health Science and Research (CIHSR) Dimapur, Nagaland

b. Part Time
– Honorary Secretary, NBCC (NBWU) for 8 years.
– Hostel Administrator, Mission Girls High School Golaghat.
– CBCNEI: Women Committee, Executive Committee member, Medical Board.
– Member and Chairperson, CBCNEI Women annual session.
– NEICC Committee member 1 (one) term.

On 31st May 1992, she was ordained by the Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) Ordination Council in a ceremony that marked the beginning of a lifelong commitment to serving in God’s ministry. She became the first Ordained Woman Minister from North East India.

Honors and Awards: Throughout her esteemed career, Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila received numerous honors and awards in recognition of her outstanding contributions. These accolades not only reflected her achievements but also served as a testament to the lives she touched through her work.

Honours and Awards
1991 : Honorary Doctor of Divinity, (First among Ao women).
1992 : Ordination, (First Women Ordained Minister from North East India).
2007 : Dr. D.W. Mategaonkar Award for Outstanding Service to the Healing Ministry.
2007 : Lifetime achievement Award, by the Government of Nagaland, Department of Women Development for her pioneering role in guiding society and for inspiring women to achieve higher goals.
2007 : Awarded Testimonial Record in recognition of her lifetime Achievement and exemplary contribution as a role model by department of women Development, Government of Nagaland.

8th March 2014: Dimapur Yaongyimsen Fellowship Building dedicated in honour of Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila
1st October, 2016 & 2019: Distinguished Senior Citizen Award on International Day of Older Persons by the Government of Nagaland, Department of Social Welfare.
18th March 2017: Girls Hostel name after Rev. Dr. Noksangchila as Noksangchila Girls Hostel by CIHSR (Referral Hospital), Dimapur.
28th May 2017: Ao Theological Association’s Rev. L. Kijungluba Ao Lifetime Ministerial Award.
20th Dec. 2019: Lifetime Achievement Award by Father’s House Church for selfless contribution, dedication, devotion, leadership and lifelong commitment to God.

Noksangchila

Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila exemplified a life of service, touching the hearts of many through her compassion and generosity. Whether it was through her service initiatives, charity work, or community involvement, she consistently demonstrated a selfless dedication to others. The lifetime achievements and altruistic contributions of Rev. Dr. Noksangchila will be recorded in the annals of history and it will serve as a source of inspiration for posterity.

1. Through the selfless and tireless effort of Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila, the ABAM Women Wing/Dept. could able to connect with various Churches and Christian Associations in different parts of the world.

2. In the year 1979, Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila and Mr. Mengthing prepared a syllabus on “Women Course” at ETC Jorhat, Assam.

3. Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila donated her plot of Land at Chumukedima to Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM).

4. Initiated and formed Chumukedima Area Christian Baptist Women Fellowship.

5. Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila undertook donation drive with due permission from NBCC to purchase a plot of Land to build “Naga Guesthouse” in the compound of CMC Vellore and collected Rs. 4.5 Lakhs.

6. Organised the First Women Fellowship Conference under Nagaland Police Churches.

As we remember Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila, let us reflect on the moments of joy, wisdom, and love that she shared with each of us. Her legacy is not just in the titles she held or the awards she received, but in the personal connections she made and the lives she enriched.

As we say our final goodbyes, let us not mourn the departure of a beautiful soul but celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila, a powerful woman of God who impacted many lives. Let us also honor a life well-lived and a legacy that transcend time. May we carry forward the teachings she imparted, the love she shared, and the compassion she embodied. Let us find solace in knowing that her spirit will live on in the memories we hold dear.

May Rev. Dr. L. Noksangchila Rest in Eternal Peace.

-Yaongyimsen Tetsür Telongjem Dimapur

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