Greetings from Doolahat Lutheran Parish, Doolahat, Lakhimpur,Assam, INDIA, to all the warriors of ZMOe and their families in the name of our Savior Lord Jesus Christ. I am Rev. Anthony Sona, pastor of Doolahat parish have been working as minister since 2006. Our locality, which is located near the Arunachal Pradesh broder, which is a broder area of China itself.
Regarding my congregations that 90% of the believers are belong to the Tea Labourer and daily wagers by occupation. Although they are not financially rich but they are rich in Spirituality without any baseless arguments and doctrine. They just believed and co-operated whatever the church activities. They have a good respect of the ministers and they fully believed on him/her. Indeed, there are a small fist of people who sometime, astray or trying to manipulated other faiths, which is natural in all the congregation. Sir, I must say it is God's immense blessing that still we do not have any type of communal disputes in our area.
We celebrate all the festival by inviting other faiths, i.e. Pre- Christmas Celebration, Gospel Dance Competition, Children Bible Class, Vocational Bible Study, New year Celebration and so on. The young people from other faiths used to joined with us without any religious dogma. But from the last year our churches are facing some kind prohibition from the government because now our country is govern by BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) which is known and stand for the religious enthusiasm or orthodoxy mentality towards other faiths mainly the minority groups. And we do pray for the Government and all the ruling people so that they ruled the country on the basis of other criteria rather than religion.
If so, the India will truly a Biggest Secular Country in the world. Sir, it is like showers of blessing that I received from my church and ZMOe, by inviting me to attend the programme in Germany. The topics and agendas are really very much contextual. Yes, it is our up most responsibility to take care of God's creation for our future generation as well as to sustain the balance between the nature and human kind.
I must bestow all my best regards for the grand success of the coming programme. Secondly, it will be my personal experience to meet the different people, their climatic condition, their response to the climate, preparation for future sustainability, current issues, steps for economic development, political situation, and a lot of insights, which I believe, will be a great help for my church and my society respectively. Hope, the coming programme will give not only me but all the participants a bunch of keys of success over all the shortcoming in both the church and society.