From the Editor's Desk
This is the first issue of our tenure and it has been one frantic run.
From trying to get to know each other………… understanding how each one's
mind ticks……. Then harder still, understanding how this bulletin
ticks……….. meetings…… scratching our heads and thinking of new
ideas…….. and still not getting any………. Pestering the ex-editors and
exasperating them with our questions and our inefficiency…….. more
meetings……. and the last minute details……… running out of time and
getting goose bumps…….. sweating to make it just right…….. whew!!!!
Ain't we glad to get this one out!!!!!
Amidst all the chaos and the rush…… God has been wonderful to us…… and
I'm humbled by His all encompassing grace.
This Easter, may the pain that Jesus had to endure for our sins touch
us anew and may His love fill us with hunger to serve Him more. May
the good Lord inspire us all to do good.
Have a Blessed Easter!
From the Youth Director’s Desk. Neino Zhotso, Youth Director
Love and greetings to all the readers in the matchless name of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Looking back over the years, we see a tremendous impact through
TRAIL, the means by which we have interacted with one another and
shared the wonderful blessings we have in Christ. It is not just a
pattern but a means to an end, to encourage and guide the young people
to a closer walk with God. It is also a reflection of our ministry.
This is the first issue of Trail bulletin for 2005. I take this
moment to thank the former editorial committee who gave their best to
sustain it through these last years.
This year in the new editorial team, we have Donna (Convener),
Noswedeno, Zhovi and Keduolhoukho. As you serve the Lord in this
gesture, we assure you of our support in every way possible. May God
strengthen you to carry the task successfully.
We have started off this year with the theme – " Let the beauty of
Jesus be seen in me". It speaks about reflected beauty. Moses' face
was radiant, reflecting the glory of God, when he came down from the
mountain. He spent time with God and as a result, he began to reflect
the Lord's glory and didn't even realize it. Time spent in prayer,
reading the Bible and meditating will have such an effect in our life
that people will know we have been with God. By gazing at the nature
of God, we can be transformed into His image and can be more like Him,
and it is possible for us ordinary humans to have an extraordinary
impact on someone's life. We witness Christ unconsciously by our code
of conduct expressed in daily actions. This speaks far more eloquently
to a non-Christian friend than most of our words.
To become like Christ is to have a progressive revelation of Christ
(word of God). It requires us to be with Jesus daily and have a closer
walk with God.
Life is full of challenges. In our daily life, we not only face
challenging situations but also meet people with challenging
attitudes. Knowing and applying the truth into our life will not only
protect us from worldly contamination but also make a way to display
the beauty of Christ.
May we live to spread the fragrance of Christ.
Have a blessed and a fruitful year!!
INTERVIEW WITH MR. VILODI SAKHRIE
(Mr. Vilodi Sakhrie has done his Master of Divinity from Southern Asia
Bible College, Bangalore and is presently serving as the Associate
Pastor of UBC)
Trail: You are one of the youngest pastors serving in our society. How
do you feel serving in this position?
Mr. Vilodi Sakhrie: It is a great privilege as well as a great
responsibility. Sometimes it can be quite overwhelming when I think
about all the people who look up to us. You feel at times that you
will not be able to live up to people's expectations. But overall, I
believe that pastoral job is one of the greatest jobs in the world.
You are in the business of transforming people's lives through the
power of God. What better thing can you ask for?
Trail: What are the challenges that you face as a young minister of
Mr. Vilodi Sakhrie: The challenges are many. Lack of experience in
many areas of life. The need for equipping yourself regularly to meet
the needs of the changing times. These are just some examples.
Trail: What do you suggest to bridge the generation gap between the
elders and the free thinking youngsters?
Mr. Vilodi Sakhrie: We all live in the same period of time, whether it
is the older or younger ones. And so, realizing this will help us to
understand each other better. We do not live in the past and so, we
need to let go of things that do not make sense anymore. Nor do we
live in the future and so, a dreamy existence does not work either.
Some years back, I read something that Stephen Covey wrote, that
really helps me in relating to other people. He wrote, "Seek first to
understand than to be understood". If we apply this, we will solve a
lot of problems.
Trail: Does the secular music that the youths are so fond of listening
to affect our Christian life? Please comment.
Mr. Vilodi Sakhrie: This is a rather sensitive question. What I share
is my personal opinion and so you may feel free to disagree with me.
I listen to all kinds of music – that includes 'secular' as well as
gospel. I do not think that there is a Christian music or a secular
music for that matter. Supposing you hear an instrumental music, will
you be able to tell whether it is Christian music or secular music?
What we need to look at, are the lyrics. There are many secular songs
that have good positive message/lyrics. At the same time, there are
many that have lyrics that are filled with corrupt the mind of people
and we need to avoid listening to such kinds of negative messages. We
are Christians called to be transformed by the renewing of our minds
(Romans 12:2). We need a lot of wisdom in this matter. Instead of
labeling a certain kind of music and taking a sectarian stand, we need
to see what is best and accordingly choose. A test from the Scripture
that I try to apply when faced with this kind of issue is Philippians
4:8 where Paul writes : "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever
is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy –
think about such things". So, my advice will be whatever kind of music
you listen to, just apply this verse and see whether it conforms to
that standard. If not, just forget it.
Trail: Your message for MHBC youth.
Mr. Vilodi Sakhrie: Its simple. Just hold on to Christ. Make Him the
Number1 in your life. At the end of the day, nothing else really
matters except that.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share. God bless you all.
( Miss Meguosieno Zhotso. (She has recently completed her M. Div. from Church on the Rock
Theological Seminary, Vishakapatnam)
My God is always faithful to me. Whatever He says, He does. From
nowhere He has called me to be in His service. I responded to His call
with obedience and went for theological studies. Amidst all the
discouragement, difficulties and the problems that came my way, my
ever faithful God has always pulled me through.
Even though I was the least in every area, whenever I stepped out with
obedience, He has met all my needs and enabled me to stand firm. He
has lifted me from the lowest position of my life. He made me what I
1Cor 1:27 reads, "God chooses the foolish to shame the wise; and the
weak things to shame the strong". This is the verse which always
encourages me and helps me to go on.
Dear believers, whatever may come your way – problems, difficulties
and discouragement, respond to His call with obedience and never give
up your trust in God. He will take care of you and will meet all your
LET THE FIRE OF CHRIST REKINDLE OUR LIVES Kelhoukhrieno Savi
The fire place is one of the best things man has ever invented. Yet
little do we know today, how the hearth played its role to our
ancestors back in the past. People of all races share one thing in
common and that is the fireplace. The location of the fire place
differs; the sizes and shapes differ too, depending on the country and
culture they belong. But one thing everyone shares in common is that a
home is never a home without a fire place. For the Cherokees the fire
is the centre of life and that is why fire has become the word for
home for the Cherokees.
People in the past started using fire to cook, to smoke and preserve
their supplies and even to sharpen and harden their tools. The fire
also serves as light in the dark of the night, to heat the room and
keep people warm from the cold of winter. Thus the fire place depicts
the settlement of humanity and paved the way to civilization. It also
depicts that human needs community bond with each other. They could
not survive without being connected and fire place was the centre
where all communications and ties took place. One can imagine how
people in the past spend their evenings together by the side of the
fire. An evening filled with laughter, songs, stories and heart talks.
The aroma of the burning fire was truly a symbol of interconnection.
It may sound superficial but it is true that the fire not only
escorted humanity to civilization but fireplace served as the axis for
Today the electronic gadgets have taken the place of a typical fire
place where people can sit around and pull themselves closer. Those
beautiful hearths which people in the west have invented and used, are
now only a thing of the past, an object to behold only in museums or
simply a beautiful decorative piece placed in the parlors or common
rooms of a few people who can afford to keep one. That small yet warm,
sacred place in a home which brought so many families together, made
relationships grow stronger and enemies to shake hands, has being
taken over by electronic gadgets. And it will not be wrong to say that
the disappearance of the fire place in many homes and kitchens also
signifies the disappearance of family values and community life.
Individualism has taken the centre stage in many cultures and lives
and to talk in terms of community is but history for many.
In spite of the disappearance of the fire place in the homes of people
today, the hearth still holds a very special place in many homes
particularly among the Nagas. For the Nagas, the purpose of the hearth
is not just to cook food, boil water for tea, burn potatoes and dry
fish, chillies and fermented Soya beans for pickle, or simply to heat
and light the room. But the fire place also gives people a sense of
belonging, a feeling of connection and also helps them to taste the
flame of community life to its fullest. It provides a feeling of
warmness not just on the outside but on the inside as well and invite
hearts and minds to open up to one another.
Since the fire place gives so much pleasure and comforts, meal time
is never special, a heart to heart talk never satisfying, a get
together or a festival never fascinating and a home never a home
unless the fire is being burnt in the hearth. The fire place makes the
difference. Family welfare and discussion, marriage proposal and even
courtship begin near the fire place. The fire place not only keeps the
family ties intact but also makes the guests feel special and at ease.
It is not an unusual thing to hear a Naga saying to his or her
neighbor, 'please come inside and sit by the fireside for a while' or
'come and share the fire with us'. Thus fire draws neighbors and
people together. Fire blazing on the hearth ties the bonds and keeps
relationships alive. Fire place indeed is the centre of attraction in
every festival, celebration, and ceremony. It bridges many people
together. It is the fire that kindles the celebration and keeps the
spirit of festivity glowing even if the food and drinks run out.
People continue to stay till the fire burns out. The first thing the
Nagas have in their mind when they get up from their bed in the
morning and when they come home in the evening after their long day's
work is the fire place. It is only when the fire is set and blazing,
do they continue with the rest of the household activities. The
blazing fire place thus, makes us feel right and at home.
Just as people long for a blazing fire, we should also long for Christ
in our lives and allow the fire of Christ to kindle our hearts, give
meaning in our lives and make us feel right and warm on the inside.
Fire also pulls people together and makes the atmosphere friendly and
comfortable. Likewise Christ connects us to our Father and to one
another. Christ is our mediator and only through Him we can know the
Father. Christ is our peace and the one who brings people of different
races together. In Christ our enemies become our friends. A stranger
does not look strange anymore because in Christ we now share our
common traits. Christ reminds us of our roots, and takes us back to
where we belong. In Him we find ourselves again. Just as Fire stirs
up hearts to open, Christ stimulates our hearts to open up to one
another. In Christ we are no longer strangers but friends. In Christ
we learn to embrace others into our circle without reservation. We are
enabled to move beyond the boundaries of differences and make us
conscious that our differences are but 'alternate beats of the same
Today in a context where hearts are getting cold and hard, lives
becoming meaningless, where the other is always despised and
individualism has taken the place of communal feeling, we need to let
the fire of Christ rekindle our hearts, minds and souls. We should
open our hearts to allow Christ to connect us to the Father
(Jn.14:6f), His love unites and binds us together in one accord
(Col.3:14) and His peace rules our hearts (Col.3:15).
PROFILE TALK :
Rev. Dr. Senior Pastor Neiliezhü Üsou
Rev. Dr. Neiliezhü Üsou, son of Late Putsolie, GB hails from Nerhema
Village. He was baptized on 13th March 1953 by Late Rev. Kevizelie. He
studied theology during 1960-1964 at Eastern Theological College,
Jorhat, Assam and studied Church music during 1964-65 at Leonard
Theological College, Jabalpur, MP.
He was installed as full time Pastor, Ministers' Hill Baptist Church,
Kohima by Late Rev. Kevizelie on 1st October 1978 and was later
ordained on 20th December 1981 by Rev. L. Bizo.
He is the Officiating Chaplain of the Royal British Legion Memorial
Service held once in every 3 years at Kohima War Cemetary.
He was conferred Doctor of Divinity at the Convocation in Gurukul
Theological College in Chennai on August 24th 2002.
He married Rüülhouü, the youngest daughter of Rev. Zhapuzhülie and is
blessed with three sons and four daughters.
Mr. Tepusaho Tase,
Assistant Pastor, MHBC.
Mr. Tepusaho Tase was born on 16th May 1944 at Jakhama Village. He was
baptized on 3rd August 1958.
He served as Deacon in MHBC from 1973 to 1984. In 1985, he became the
Assistant Pastor of MHBC. He received ABCC License in 2003 and is
presently holding the post of KBCC President.
He married Sedevinuo Sahu on 29th march 1969 and is blessed with three
sons and five daughters.
A Luminous Star Vanishes into the Blue Sky
A Tribute to Lt. Phekhwe Tetso
- V.R. Whiso (Ako)
Proprietor & Headmaster, C.D. King School
Phekhwe Tetso who was just hale and hearty, fit as a fiddle slipped
into a comma one fine evening. That was the sad day of 13th January
and on 19th he passed away. The stroke came while he was in his bed
and was painless and quick in its effect. At the time of his untimely
death, he was just 61 years old. His death was an irreparable loss for
the Ministers Hill Baptist Church Kohima.
My association with him was of more than three decades, and being
members of the same church,he was less of a co-worker but more of a
blood brother. He came to know the Lord in his teens. He was one of
those persons who spoke the truth and lived out the truth in his own
life. There was no duality and no contradiction in his life and
living. It was one seamless whole.
Though he had no formal education to boast of, yet he had sterling
qualities of integrity and honesty. He got a job in the Department of
Agriculture and gradually rose to a high position of a Visiting
Accountant. His professional work did not come into the way of his
church activities. He was a deacon for twenty long years. For his
honesty, he was asked to be treasurer of a couple of organizations.
His standing in the church was high because of his rock-like
integrity. Whenever he appealed to the congregation for funds, there
was no let up in the people's giving generously. One could humbly say
of him that God used him mightily for his kingdom and its glory.
When he died, people of all walks of life came to bid him a tearful
goodbye by attending the moving funeral service. The Executive
Secretary of the Angami Baptist Council of Churches Rev. Ketsozeho
Sale and the Principal of the Church-sponsored Higher Secondary School
Ms Aleü Usou too paid their eulogies with utmost sincerity. Many
others who attended the memorial service agreed with the Pastor's
profound statement that God in His mysterious ways had taken our
brother from our midst 'because his work and mission on this earth was
over. I believe that God called him back to the House where there will
be no more strokes; no more deaths; and music will never end. He will
then say to him, "You've laboured long in my vineyard; well done my
son!; take your rest" Other rites befitting the occasion were
performed with all solemnity.
Phekhwe had another spiritual attribute. He was a doughty prayer
warrior. One miracle happened in his own family because of the power
of his prayer to God. His wife was ailing for sometime and her
condition grew from bad to worse and she could not open her mouth for
full five days, and five nights. His fervent prayer, offered one
evening in loud voice to Jesus Christ at such a perilous time was
amply rewarded by the maker of Heaven and the Earth. His wife
recovered fully to the joy of one and all. I had the privilege of
interviewing his wife Kezevinu just after one week after her husband's
death, and she disclosed the information that her husband always used
to say that God in His mercy had performed a miracle on you.
He left behind a God-fearing wife, five sons and a daughter. All love
the Lord zealously and that is a legacy of his for those who are left
on earth. He was a loyal soldier of Christ and a strong pillar of the
church. He was like a star which shed its light bright and luminous,
and vanished into the blue sky all abruptly without giving notice and
bidding proper goodbye. Yet we all know and acknowledge the fact, that
God's ways are mysterious and no man or woman can fathom His
inscrutable acts with our worldly knowledge and intelligence. However,
we have the encouraging words of St. Paul to give us strength "Where,
O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" 1
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