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Baptist Council in NE India Reaching One Million Members

April 24, 2009 News
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"We are now a family of 92 associations, 6,392 churches, and 999,397 baptized members. The church count includes 90 house churches newly planted in Assam," Dr. J. M. Pau, General Secretary of the Council of the Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) reported to the delegation during the 59th Annual Meeting. About 70 representatives of the six member conventions attended the meeting from April 17-21, 2009.

An American Baptist International Ministries (IM) delegation led by Dr. Reid Trulson, IM executive director, took part in the event. Other members include Rev. Benjamin Chan, Dr. Stan Slade, IM global consultant; Ms. Cathy Holmes, IM missionary; and Rev. Taku Longkumer, IM special assistant on India relations. They spoke on the theme of "Rebuild, Restore, and Renew.” They also conducted workshops on "Baptist Heritage,” "Inductive Bible Study.” and "Develop the Leader Within you.”

Dr. Pau shared that "with the formation of a new Council in Arunachal Pradesh and the leap growth rate of the Nagaland Baptist Church Council, we are going to see quantum leap in our membership." He also highlighted a mission event of the Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention (KABC), in which 5,000 Baptist members gathered at Tika Peak, and vowed their commitment to evangelize their region. Tika Peak is where several American Baptist missionaries were buried. KABC Mission Secretary Anderson Tokbi explained that they came to remember and to restore the missionary spirit. He shared how he mobilized a young adult team to engage in door-to-door evangelism. "Many of these young people have a difficult past. They found the meaning of life in Jesus Christ, and are willing to work for God full time for two or three years with whatever financial provision they may receive. We depend on God everyday, and have seen the healing and life-changing power of our Lord."

The Annual Meeting was hosted by the Manipur Baptist Convention, the Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association, and the Talui Baptist Churches. Talui is a village of 500 families, and is about six hours from the city of Imphal by road. The church has two thousand members and a mission program to train and support pastors in Myanmar (Burma).

International Ministries is a close partner and a strong supporter of CBCNEI, whose members represent more than 250 of the 500 tribes in Northeast India. To know more about IM partners in India, go to www.eacinet.org. The webpage of CBCNEI is www.cbcnei.com.