Updated 1 Jul 2022, 3:39 pm
As many as 200 trees were planted on Immanuel Theological Seminary Foundation Day 2022 which was observed in collaboration with Rainforest Club Tamenglong and Tamenglong Forest Division at ITS Campus, Tamenglong, Manipur on Friday.
Paul Nangsha, Sub-divisional officer of Tousem and Tamenglong and Town Churches Union president Reverend G Chingliang attended the event as chief guest and guests of honour respectively. Members of Rainforest Club Tamenglong and Tamenglong Forest Division, dignitaries, ZBCCNEI, ITS board, Pastors, ITS family and other well-wishers attended the celebration.
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The function was followed by an Awareness Seminar and demo on Plastic waste management by Mordecai Panmei, director, Rainforest Club Tamenglong and Senior Wildlife Officer, The Corbett Foundation. After the programme, around 200 trees were planted by dignitaries and the students' community.
Paul Nangsha encouraged the audience at the event to be responsible towards the environment and to be a good stewardship of God’s creation.
ITS president Reverend Dr Tunchapbou briefed the history of Immanuel Theological Seminary (ITS). "ITS is a long-awaited dream of the four kindred tribes; Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei and Inpui to produce more theologically trained persons to keep the Church alive and to reach the unreached," he said.
Over the 20 years of its functioning, the seminary has undergone several changes in its names, he said.
“The first Vernacular Manipuri Medium Bible School was established at Christian Centre, Khonjaron on March 3, 1959 which was changed to Hamai Bible School in 1971, but unfortunately had to be closed down in 1974 due to financial constraint. However, it has set a new paradigm of Christian ministry in our Churches,” he added.
He said that in spite of all the difficulties, the Zeliangrong leaders continued to feel the need of re-establishing a Theological Institute and therefore, the Theological College planning Committee was formed in 1994 and the present name was approved by its Council in 1995.
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Over the years, the Seminary was supported by individual believers, families, churches and associations in its function and working, he mentioned. The Seminary is committed to quality and mission-oriented education, he added.
ITS has produced over 200 leaders who are working at various levels – as professors, executive secretary, research scholars, missionaries, pastors, teachers and others, he said.
At present, the ITS community comprises six tribes – Zeme, Liangmai, Rongmei, Inpui, Hmar and Tangkhul, consisting of around 50 students and 12 faculty and supporting staff.
The seminary remains indebted to the whole of the Zeliangrong-Inpui community and well-wishers for all the service and support towards its ministry and all-round facility, he added.
First published:1 Jul 2022, 3:39 pm
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TAMENGLONG district, Manipur