February 2020 Updates
If you ever travelled to Hmarkhawlien which is situated in Cachar, Assam, closed to the Manipur border in Jiribam on the Jiri highway, one thing that will attract your attention is the first building of Dinwiddie Memorial Bible School (now Evangelical College of Theology) when it was started at this place back in 1928. It may be recalled that Howard B. Dinwiddie, General Secretary, NEIG Mission Home Board from Philadelphia, USA came to visit the young churches in 1925 and died after a brief period of illness. During his visit, a young pastor name Hrangkhum, who escorted him, shared with him the need for a bible school to train native leaders. He must have really felt the need for such a bible school and he wrote in his notebook. The handwritten note was seen by the Home Board leaders and a bible school was started in his memory two years after his death as Dinwiddie Memorial Bible School. When the mission decided to shift to Old Churachand Mission Compound in 1930, the building was sold for Rs.35/- to one mission worker. Currently the building is owned and managed by a Christian mission running an orphanage. This bible school with such a humble beginning is now what is known as Evangelical College of Theology and it is because of God’s faithfulness that we are still engaged in the business of training men and women for Christian ministry even after almost a hundred years.
We are grateful that our Registrar and Senior Lecturer Rev. Letkhogin Haokip has been accepted to study Th. D. (Missiology) at United Theological College, Bangalore, India. Since we have introduced M. Th. (Missiology) program, we are always in need of regular additional faculty member with a doctoral degree to help in managing the program. Please pray for funds to support his studies. He needs at least Rs.200, 000.00 a year to pay for his studies.