Doing Mission in Hindu Context of Manipur, India

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DIONG mission in the context of the HINDU meitei in manipur: the s. b. a., manipur:

By

T. Sonchung Koren

Department of Missiology
COTR Theological Seminary, Visakhapatnam

13th September 2008

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

1. MANIPUR AT A GLANCE
1.1. Important Background Study about Manipur
1.1.1. Land
1.1.2. People Groups
1.1.3. Climate
1.1.4. Religious Background of Manipur

1.2. The Origin of Christianity in Manipur

2. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SADAR BAPTIST ASSOCIATION
2.1. Formation of the Sadar Baptist Association
2.2. Numbers of people groups in SBA
2.3. Source of income for the Association
2.4. The statistic table of the Churches

2.5. Some of the hindrances face in doing Mission in SBA Context
2.5.1. Bad Law and order situation in Manipur
2.5.2. Tribal are regarded as inferior by Meitei Hindus
2.5.3. Christianity is view as tribal and foreign religion
2.5.4. Economic and Languages bearers

3. DOING MISSION IN THE CONTEXT OF HINDU MEITEI IN MANIPUR
3.1. Important strategies/methods to do Mission in Manipur Context 3.1.1. Contextualization
3.1.2. Indigenization
3.1.3. Wholistic Approach in Mission
3.1.4 Accommodation
3.1.5. Inculturation
3.1.6. Inter- Religious Dialogue

3.2. Suggestions for doing Mission in Manipur Context
3.2.1. Prayer, Healing and Miracles
3.2.2. Effective Evangelism
3.2.3. Introducing Cell group system
3.2.4. Developing a committed leadership
3.2.5. Organizing musical concert

conclusion
BIBLIOGRAPHY

Unpublished Material

PERIODICAL AND JOURNALS

WEBLIOGRAPHY

INTRODUCTION
Doing Mission in Context is deeply rooted in the scriptures. It is the desire of God that all the people of diverse contexts come to the knowledge of Christ and be a member of the body of Christ. Doing mission in context involves various methods and strategies but the ultimate aim is to present the gospel of our Lord Jesus in the context of the hearers, which is one of the most appropriate ways of doing mission in pluralistic context of Manipur among the Hindus. The main aim of this paper is to work out an appropriate methods and strategies to do mission among the Hindu people in Manipur and present the gospel in their own context. The presenter also deals with a glance of Manipur and people living there. The origin of Christianity and the formation of the ‘SBA,’[1] in Manipur are clearly explained. Besides these, the author also listed out some of the hindrances and the suggestions for doing mission in the context of Manipur.

1. MANIPUR AT A GLANCE
1.1. Important Background Study about Manipur
1.1.1. Land
“Manipur is a beautiful small state in Indian Union located in the extreme North Eastern part of the country. It is also one among the seven sisters state…. Jawaharlal Nehru, described Manipur as the “Jewel of the Country.” The Japanese army called it “A flower on the hilltop.” And the Manipuris called it “Manipur Sana Leipak” which means Manipur the Land of Jewel.” Manipur has total areas of 22,356 Sq. km., of which 20,544 sq.km, are hilly region and 1,812 sq.km, a valley.[2] Manipur lies in between 23.50 to 25.41 North Latitudes, & 93.2 to 94.47 East Longitudes.[3] For the better and easy functioning of the administration of the Land, the whole Manipur Land is divided into 9 (nine) districts.[4]

1. 2. People Groups
There are at least thirty six people groups in Manipur. The people of Manipur are classified broadly into the valley people and the hills tribes. Majority of the valley people are ‘Meiteis, Pangals, Nepalis, Majangs,’[5] whereas the different tribal groups live in the hills having their own unique dialects, culture, customs and traditions. The tribes comprise of various groups like Nagas, Kukis, Chin-Kukis, and some more minority tribes with their own unique and distinct culture, custom, tradition, and dialects etc., which make them unique and distinct from each other....
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