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Women Centenary celebration ends with great festivity
Source: The Sangai Express / Newmai News Network

Ukhrul, October 15 2017: The three-day centenary celebration of the Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association (TBCA) Women Union culminated today evening with introspection on the role of ‘women in today’s world’ and the need for women to be more pro-active in peace building .

Speakers of the centenary celebration, T Konyak, Chaplain of Nagaland’s Mon district, Lhingboi Kipgen, Women Secretary of Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC), Reverend Dr Mathanmi Vasha, Executive Secretary of Tangkhul Baptist Churches Association(TBCA), Dr Keweralo Lohe, Principal of Mauritian Bible Institute, Mauritus and Reverend Dr W Konghar, General Secretary of MBC in their speeches reflected on the need of women to be more pro-active in building '"God oriented family and peaceful society" .

MBC Women Secretary, Lhingboi Kipgen categorically harped on the urgency of women to help build a peaceful society and said it started from the centenary celebration by forgiving all the past misgivings .



Women Centenary celebration ends with great festivity
Women Centenary celebration ends with great festivity


History of TBCA Women Union and its activities and achievements were released today by Dr Sarah Kashung, the former women president of TBCA Women Union .

The three-day event also highlighted talent displays from various delegates .

Choreographies and singing competitions were the popular items of the talent shows .

The centenary celebration flag was dehoisted by Pakahao Makan, the former Women Secretary of TBCA Women Union, at 8 pm .

The three-day centenary celebration of TBCA Women Union which began on Friday was participated by over 2000 delegates from different parts of Manipur, and more than 7000 Christians attended the concluding function today at Ukhrul Mission Ground, the very ground which saw the sprouting of Christianity in Manipur over 100 years ago .

In 1917, Alice Pettigrew, w/o Reverend William Pettigrrew, the first Christian missionary in Manipur organised Tangkhul Christian women society with a handful of women Christian converts .

Christianity first came in Manipur at Ukhrul in 1901 with the permission of the then village chief of Ukhrul, Raihao Awunga .

However, the first converts were mostly male folks .

Women baptism began in 1907.Women were not as enthusiastic as men after conversion.

'Back-sliding' was common among the women .

To prevent the habitual 'back-sliding', Alice Pettigrew organised the women society.

From a handful of women Christian it grew gradually, and by 1915 the number of women converts became very high .

ing of unity, where talented women are given the opportunity to expose their talents and also to showcase the rich traditional costumes of their respective villages during the celebration .

Altogether around 2266 delegates, including special invites from 91 Tangkhul churches, attended the women Centenary celebration .

Later, in the evening worship service, former TBL women secretary, Pakahao Makan, dehoisted the centenary flag as the chief guest of the valedictory function.


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