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Ao churches to ‘walk’ against drugs, alcohol abuse

Mokokchung, February 24 (MExN): The apex organization of the Ao Baptist churches, Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang (ABAM) will be organizing a ‘prayer walk’ against ‘drugs and alcohol’ abuse on February 28, in Mokokchung town. Members from the 154 churches affiliated to the ABAM are expected to attend the ‘prayer walk’.

The event is themed ‘Rescue’ and is organized by the Social Concern Committee of ABAM, in pursuance of a recent resolution of the church to make Mokokchung an ‘alcohol free area’ within the next ten years.

On February 28, the church members will be divided into six groups and each group will began marching from a particular point in the town. They will be carrying placards and shout slogans and say prayers. They will converge at Imlong Place, main town square, where a formal programme will be held.

The pastor of MTBA will chair the programme while the ABAM executive secretary Rev Dr Mar Atsongchanger will exhort the gathering. The presidents of the Ao Senden and All Ward Union Mokokchung will also address the audience.

The former Executive Secretary of ABAM Rev L Kari Longchar will pronounce the main prayer.
ABAM Secretary Rev. I Meren Pongener said the ABAM has recently resolved to make Mokokchung ‘alcohol free area within ten years.’ In this regard, the ABAM has set up a Social Concern Committee (erstwhile Social Action Committee) and has formulated strategies. He informed that the ABAM will be organizing meetings with civil organizations such the Ao Senden and the Ao Students’ Conference and print literature concerning the ill-effects of alcoholism. Other strategies are ‘prayer walks’, co-ordination with the Social Concern Committee of churches affiliated with the ABAM and research and analysis.

The church leader said that the churches will be going about battling alcoholism ‘with a positive attitude’ and try to bring in the drinkers ‘through love and care’ and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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