Greetings in the sweetest name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is a joy and honor for me to present the Annual report of KABC in the midst of God’s faithful servants. As witnessed in some states in north-east India in the past years, Karbi Anglong also has a bitter experience of arson of both government offices and private properties, lost of innocent lives during the year due to demand of statehood and misunderstanding between the Karbi & Rengma underground groups. As a result, indefinite bandh, curfew were imposed especially in July & August 2013, normal life of the people and religious programs were affected, many people were rendered homeless and took refuge in relief camps. Tension prevailed for some months and people could not move freely. In spite of all these untoward incidents taken place in Karbi Anglong, we experienced God’s providence, provisions and leading hands through His people. By the prayers of His faithful people, peace has been restored now. The KABC extends heartfelt thanks to CBCNEI family, particularly, the Assam Baptist Convention, NBCC and CBCNEI office for extending financial and material supports for the affected people of Karbi and Rengma. The KABC also gratefully acknowledges the kind concern shown to our affected people by APBAid, BWAid, CASA, NEICORD and so on. May the Lord continue to use them as His mighty instruments for His own glory. The KABC covets your continuous prayer supports so that peace may prevail in our land even in the days to come. With this hope and aspiration, I present here below some highlights of the activities of the KABC in 2013.
Annual General meeting,
The 33rd Annual General Meeting was held during March 7 - 10, 2013 at A-Jongpha Baptist Church, under the Western Rengma Baptist Association. The Theme of the meeting (conference) was “The Second coming of Christ” (Heb. 9:28) Rev. Lawrence Ingti and Rev. Athang Sebu were the speakers. About 150 delegates attended the meeting. The host church and Association provided a good hospitality to all the delegates with gifts to the Executive Secretaries and KABC staff.
KABC Executive Committee meeting:
As per the Calendar of events, Executive committee meetings were held on March 7 and July 24 at KABC office, Diphu.
Youth Leadership Training:
To be more affective in leadership in the Church and Association level, leadership training was conducted at Christian English High School, Diphu during July 12 – 14, Mr. & Mrs. A. Wati from Discipleship Bible College, Dimapur were the resource persons. Creativity in leadership was the main focus in the training. The participants were blessed through the program.
Leadership seminar cum Mission Consultation:
In order to impart leadership skills and mission awareness among the leaders, leadership seminar and mission consultation was held during October 1 – 3. The Executive Secretaries, Presidents, Treasurers, and Mission Secretaries from the 13 Associations attended the program. Rev. Taku Longkumar and Mrs. Ketty were the resource persons. The KABC is very grateful to them for providing the fund and spending their valuable time and energy towards our people.
Get-together with Govt. Employees & Businessmen:
Prayer fellowship with Baptist Govt. employees and businessmen was held on November 2 at KABC conference hall. It was a time of fellowship and for being acquainted with the ministry of KABC. The members pledged to contribute for the completion of office renovation works after the ministry update given by me.
Conflict and Peace Initiatives:
When the two underground group of Karbi (KPLT) and Rengma (RNHPF) developed misunderstanding in June, fear psychosis was also developed among the two tribes. As a result, the Rengma villagers of Borlangso abandoned their village and took shelter in relief camp. But after a few weeks they were returned to their village, through the peace initiatives taken by the KABC, students’ organizations and some NGOs. Since it was the time of paddy plantation and some people sold out their oxen it affected their cultivation. So the KABC approached the CBCNEI and ABC for financial assistance and accordingly they have responded positively. The KABC could be able to provide a brand new power tiller to the said villagers.
Again in December, a fresh violence broke out among the two tribes and burning of houses and granaries took place, some precious lives were also lost. People of both communities took shelter in relief camps. During this time of hardship and uncertainty, the KABC organized prayer and relief works among the 13 Associations. It also approached other religious NGOs and social organizations for relief and rehabilitation for the affected people. Some of the organizations are yet to response positively and the same is awaited.
The KABC had a series of Peace meeting involving both the communities in Guwahati, Diphu and Chokihola in association with the CBCNEI Peace & Justice Department. The KABC is very much thankful to Rev. Taku Longkumar, Consultant, BIM for sponsoring one peace meeting in March, 2014. The KABC is also thankful to Mr. Atungo Shitri for his tireless services rendered to KABC toward the cause.
The Karbi Anglong Peace Forum (KAPF) has been formed on January 2, 2014 comprising 30 different organizations like NGOs, students’ organizations, literary organizations etc. through the initiative taken by KABC. On January 13, a joint prayer and relief distribution program was organized by KABC & NBCC, the team visited some relief camps and prayed with them. The NBCC distributed relief materials to the inmates.
Rev. Davidson Ingti,
Karbi Anglong BaptistConvention.