From John K Kaping
UKHRUL, Dec 21: The biggest Church in Ukhrul District, the Halang Baptist Church (HBC)`s new building that took almost 22 years to complete, was dedicated on Thursday at a grand function in the presence of thousands of Christian faith believers from across the district.
The new Church building measures 168’X72’ including a length of 24’ as its main verandah. Initially started in the year 1990, it is now considered as the biggest Church building in the district so far.
The monolith was unveiled by the local Pastor Silas Keishing during the Dedication function began at the Church`s overcrowded campus filled with melodious Gospel sang in unison along with the Church Dedication Choir followed by opening the New Church door by the Dedicatory Minister, Elijah Chamroy.
Soon after, thousands of villagers entered the new Church building for the dedication service. Participants at the ceremony included Pastors, Deacons and Women Societies from different Churches, various Associations’/Conventions’ leaders, Mission workers, villagers and invitees.
About 300 women from Halang village, married to outsiders (also known as YORLA in Tangkhul dialect) had a wonderful morning Gospel message preached by one of the speakers Rev E Shaiza, general secretary, Tangkhul Naga Baptist Convention (TNBC).
The main sources for the new Church building construction were collected through financial drives from local contributions, faith promise, houses grade shares, roofing share, Offerings, free-will contribution, employees share, Hens (har) share, men powers, women contribution, CYS contribution and various donations from Officers who donated 110 GI sheets and Iron-rods.