My parents were still unbelievers when I was in my mother’s womb. In 1976, there was a great spiritual revival swept across the entire region of Nagaland. In one of such revivals, my parents received the new faith of Christianity and committed their lives to Jesus Christ. The following year I was born and my parents dedicated my life at the altar of Almighty God to serve Him in a full-time ministry from among five children. Thus, I grew up in a Christian family, with devout Christian parents, who exemplified the Christian faith in their commitment to the Community.
Every morning and evening my daddy who had a little knowledge about scripture would yet read and expound from the Scripture and ...view middle of the document...
Working among young people and encounter with different situations in the church ministry made me to realize that I have been called for teaching ministry. I discovered that my gifts and talents are more suited for teaching young people to equip them better in the Word of God to further God’s Kingdom.
Therefore, in the year 2007, to prepare myself for teaching ministry, I joined South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (SAIACS), Bangalore for Master of Theology (M.Th) degree course in Pastoral Theology and Counseling. Since the completion in 2009, I have been teaching in the Discipleship Bible College, Dimapur. It is my fifth year in teaching ministry and so far, God is using me to train young men and women in the Word of God in a meaningful way.
However, as the year go by, I feel the urgent need to enhance my knowledge in the area of counseling so as to address the issues more relevantly and effectively. Nagaland is a Christian dominated state but the present situation is in chaos. The fact is, before the advent of Christianity to the region, the Nagas were traditional primal believers. They were animistic headhunters. The Gospel was first brought to us through the efforts of the American Baptist Missionaries. It is now a little over 140 years since the first missionary came to the Nagas, Dr. E. W. Clark, stepped into our hills literally at the risk of losing his head. The power of the Gospel and the historic circumstances prevailing then paved the way for the rapid acceptance of Christianity among the People. Today, Nagaland is a state where 95% of its total population professes Christianity, having great influence upon the society.
The coming of Christianity accompanied by western education and modernization had brought great changes and developments in every aspects of life. However, on one hand, the Naga churches and its believers are not aloft from various human problems and issues that stinks the society. There is child trafficking, rape, murder, bribery, extortion, prostitution, alcoholism, drugs addiction and HIV/AIDS in the society. The generation gap between parents and children, unemployment, divorce, misuse of media which adds fuel to the unrest in the lives of individuals and families. The present condition of the state is in a big mess. On the other hand, though the church is engaged in reaching out to the people through her ministry, the concept and understanding, particularly in the area of Counseling is still traditional.
The church’s method and understanding for counseling ministries is not given enough importance because there is no sufficient information and awareness. Counseling to the rape victims, prostitutes, disables, elderly people, destitute and depressed, to name a few, are yet to come into mainstream ministry, which needs to address urgently by the Church. Besides, the Naga society once known for hardworking, honesty and just is seriously affected by modern culture, materialism and liberalism...