Phüsachodü village celebrates 75 years of Good News

Phüsachodümi Baptist Church 75th Anniversary Monolith unveiled by Rev Dr Chekroveyi Cho-o, Executive Secretary, Chakhesang Baptist Church Council on December 9.

Phüsachodümi Baptist Church 75th Anniversary Monolith unveiled by Rev Dr Chekroveyi Cho-o, Executive Secretary, Chakhesang Baptist Church Council on December 9.

Phek, December 9 (MExN): Nestled on a prominent hillside in Phek district, Phüsachodü village which is “one of the biggest villages in the district” is celebrating 75th anniversary of the coming of the Good News on December 9 and 10.

In a press release Murohu Chotso, Convenor, Organising Committee, Phusachodumi Baptist Church 7th Anniversary Celebration stated that after resisting the gospel for decades, the first convert from Phüsachodümi village in Phek district got baptised in 1948. 

Commemorating 75 years since that first baptism when the Good News entered the gates of the orthodox animist village, the Phüsachodümi Baptist Church 75th Anniversary Monolith was unveiled by Rev Dr Chekroveyi Cho-o, Executive Secretary, Chakhesang Baptist Church Council on December 9. 

Elaborating on the theme of the celebration, ‘Thus far the Lord has helped us’ (1Samuel 7:12), Rev Dr C Cho-o elucidated that the erection of monoliths in Naga history is connected with significant meritorious deeds and achievements of an individual or the community while in the history of the Israelites stones and monoliths were erected to commemorate God’s goodness and faithfulness, a reminder of His promises and covenants. 

Rev Cho-o stated that the 75th Anniversary is a time of celebrating God’s goodness and faithfulness and also a time to look ahead to greater responsibilities towards the kingdom. 

Speaking in the evening worship service, Rev Cho-o lamented that knowledge explosion is the order of the day, but spiritual depth is lacking. “Nominalism is a disease in Nagaland. Our churches seem full but appear spiritually empty. Our church buildings are getting bigger and grander. It almost appears like a competition where the next church building is bigger and grander. Many churches borrow huge amounts to build these structures,” he stated. 

The speaker added, “The big question facing us is how we are standing on the word. How are we passing on the Word to the upcoming generations? Are we investing enough in the spiritual growth of our members and our children?” He also questioned “if the flame of faith appears to be growing cold with the passing of the early believers. We need to be reminded of their sacrifices and commitment and move ahead with a new sense of urgency to teach the word of God.”

He further opined that anniversaries are providential times to recapitulate the gracious hands of God, a time to recommit ourselves expectantly anticipating God’s goodness in the days ahead.

The welcome address was delivered by Chotisuh Sazo, former Speaker NLA. Rev P Bonny Resüh, Lead Pastor, Chakhesang Baptist Church Dimapur and former General Secretary of APBF released the anniversary souvenir and blessed the programme. 

Kudechoyi Khamo, Advisor for CAWD & Taxes greeted the congregation invited the village to reflect on the journey of believers as a church and the need to renew our commitment to the work of extending His kingdom.