Dimapur, April 8 (MExN): NSCN/GPRN (R), President, Y Wangtin Naga, all ranks and files through MIP have mourned the demise of late Rev Mankup Konyak on April 7.
Late Mankup was a brave soldier of Christ and a force to be reckoned with, who worked tirelessly to spread the Gospel in both India and Myanmar's border and was responsible for bringing back many 'Lost Sheep' into the mainstream of 'Christ Teachings' and also for converting many 'Naga Head Hunters' to the Righteous path of Christianity, the condolence message said.
Wangtin described late Mankup as a dedicated and selfless religious leader who was a ‘Living Legend’ where many songs, dedicated in his name were composed and sung in many far corners and borders of both India and Myanmar.
The legacy he left behind will remain a big footprint for the new generation to follow, it stated while conveying condolence to the bereaved family members and friends.
NPF Mon: The Naga People’s Front, Mon Division has mourned the demise of Rev L Mankup Konyak.
Rev Mankup who has been the most prominent figure among not only in Konyak community but amongst the Nagas has left the community well established as an architect of modern Konyak society in the field of socio-religious and political arena, the party said.
He had been a torch bearer of education and upliftment of Konyak society in all fronts. He was the first ordained minister and Christian missionary among the Konyak tribe. He was a founding member of Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Bangjum (Mission & Evangelism secretary), Konyak Students' Union (President in 1950s) and the Konyak Union, it stated in its condolence message.
W Wangyuh Konyak: In a condolence message, former MP W Wangyuh Konyak expressed shock at the demise of Rev L Mankup Konyak, father of Rev M Tonlong Konyak (Pastor of Konyak Baptist Church Dimapur).
Wangyuh recollected late Rev Mankup as “the first ordained minister amongst the Konyaks. He was the pioneer in the field of Christianity not only in present Konyak area but also in Myanmar and Arunachal areas.”
“Though he is no more with us physically his deeds will always be remembered by the Konyaks,” he added.