In conditions where prolonged monsoon had extended way far into fall this year, there seemed little to do to stop the inclement weather. God's grace could still overpower the element in the most amazing of ways.
Showery experiences had thrown a trepidation among many during the preparations ahead of the four day-long Women Centenary celebration of the Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association (TBCA) Women Union. Despite this, amazingly not a bit of precipitation showed up as a graceful array of praise, worship and music and talent brought a bone dry curtain on the centennial celebration here at Phungyo Mission Ground, Awontang on Sunday three days after getting off to a sky clear start on Friday last.
The centennial celebration which was organized by TBCA Women Union and hosted by Phungyo Baptist Church under the theme 'Celebrating God's Grace' drew a total of around 5000 strong congregation, including both local members and 2300 delegates drawn from 88 different Churches across the district and outside.
Marking the end of the grand celebration, Pakahao Makan, former women secretary TBL, on Sunday evening ceremoniously dehoisted the Women Union's flag in the presence of the women union executives before the mammoth congregation.
The celebration commemorated the completion of 100 years of Christianity since Alice Pettigrew, wife of William Pettigrew, started evangelized the Tangkhul woman folks and brought to them the faith of Christianity back in 1917.
On the closing day, Rev Wungnaoting Konghar, general secretary MBC, brought the good messages on the topic 'Living In The Fear Of The Lord', stressing on the need for every believer to sustain a sincere relationship with the Almighty.
Apart from prayer and worship programmes celebrating and glorifying God for His unfailing grace for the Tangkhul woman folks over the past 100 years, a colorful assortment of foot tapping choreography performances, music, narrative skits, talent displays by different federating women units added spiritual fervour to the celebration.
Among the other speakers of the celebration were Dr. Keweralo Lohe principal Mauritain Bible Training Institute, Mauritius who spoke on the topic 'Celebrating God's Grace for Holy work'and' Recalling the call', while Rev Dr Mathotmi Vasha Executive secretary TBCA dealt with the theme exegesis. Lhingboi Kipgen women secretary MBC and Tuishimla Konyak, district chaplain Mon District Nagaland also spoke on the topics 'Women's in today's world' and 'Celebrating the forerunners hard Labour' respectively.