15 Oct : Wapher Baptist Church Golden Jubilee celebration was held from 13th to 15th October 2008 under the theme ‘Exalt with Jesus Christ’. Giving an exhortation on the 14th Parliamentary Secretary for Information & Public Relations and Economics & Statistics, R. Tohanba urged the people to live in harmony and peace, because peace is the only way where one can develop in society.
R. Tohanba thanked the villagers for electing him as their representative and also encouraged them to create peaceful atmosphere in order to bring all round development. He pointed out that it is a time for reconciliation and it is not the time for hatred, so as to live an accountable life in this civilized world. He stated that such a celebration makes us dream for the future ahead while also reflecting on the past. He expressed gratitude to the Jubilee Planning Committee and public of Wapher village for inviting him to attend the Jubilee and for the grand success of the Jubilee celebration programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary for CAWD, Torechu also encouraged the people to create oneness amongst themselves and cooperate with the government for more development. He distributed shirts to all the church leaders and active member of the Jubilee committee. The Parliamentary Secretaries each donated Rs 30,000/- towards the Jubilee. President, Yimchunger tribal council also addressed the gathering and encouraged the people to come forward to meet the challenges of the present era.
Executive Secretary, YBBA, A. Akang; Executive Secretary, TBPA Rev. M. Shuto; YBB Tuensang Pastor Rev. P. Akhum and Literature Secretary, YBBA Rev Z. Thsankiu were the main speakers during the Jubilee celebrations. The events of the Jubilee celebration were declaration of Jubilee by Executive Secretary, YBBA, A. Akhang, release of Jubilee Souvenir, History Book, Bible reading, Prayers and presentation of special numbers by various groups, presentation of Jubilee Pageant and award of certificates to pioneers of the church and active workers of the church in the last 50 years.
The Parliamentary Secretaries had a meeting with the GBs and church leaders of Wapher village on 13th October 2008 evening and encouraged them to maintain peace in the area and discharge their assigned responsible duties honestly and acceptably by the public. Torechu contributed a red blanket each to all the GBs of Wapher village. The Parliamentary Secretaries also had a meeting with the GBs and village functionaries of Shamator village on 14th October 2008, where both leaders advised the people to maintain peace in their area and to give whole support to the present Government as well as administration of Shamator HQ for more development of the Sub division and proper implementation of developmental works. On behalf of the visiting team Torechu distributed one red blanket each to all the GBs of Shamator village.
The Parliamentary Secretaries also visited St. Xavier School, Shamator where they urged the students to strive for quality education and become good citizens. They also encouraged the teachers to lead the students in the right path.