When I arrived in NE India, after a fruitful time in Japan and Korea, I went to Dimapur, Nagaland, four hours up the mountain to Liangmai Baptist Church. Pastor Hudin, now 70 years old, told me he has prayed for years that God would send an American missionary back to strengthen his church and others for Christ. It was 165 years ago that the first Baptist missionaries came to the Naga tribes – “the hill people”. At that time the British army was struggling to gain access into the mountain area being opposed by the savage Naga people who were avid “headhunters” even among neighboring tribes. Many at that time considered them to be “unreachable” considering the fact that the Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim dwellers surrounding the Nagaland region had never penetrated even the slightest. When the Baptist missionaries arrived with the gospel they were determined to go to the hills. They did and the power of the gospel did what nothing else could. In the first one hundred years, the converts of these original missionaries were used to start over 5000 churches (many ranging 1-10,000 members) and Nagaland today claims to be 90% Christian. I can personally attest that on in almost every town crosses can be seen on the horizons as a testament to the “power of the gospel”.
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