Mizoram state of India is located in the northeast between Bangladesh and Myanmar. Mizoram is the home of the Mizo ethnic people. Just a bit over 100 years ago they were head hunters. There was status quo among the young men to have a human head on display as proof of their warrior ability. The first missionary to enter this region of India was a young man (23 years old) by the name of William Williams in 1891. He was one of thousands that were sent out after the Welsh revival in Whales & England. (truly missions is hid in revival). One young man all for God, totally changed a whole ethnic race of people.To this very day in Aizawl (capital city of Mizoram) this great gospel change is clearly evident. The city of 340,000 people has more then 100 churches. As we drove the streets this past Sunday morning, business were closed, the streets were empty (normally there are traffic jams) people everywhere walking to church carrying their Bibles. One particular church denomination has their sisters beautifuly covered with white flowing veils. But there is more. The Mizo Christians love to sing. It is not unusual to hear beautiful harmonious Christian music as you drive the streets of the city. Many of the Mizo people have a passion for missions. One large church we visited has more then a 1000 missionaries on the field. Brother Zela (our coordinator) is only 26 years old and has his own missions training school. Truly these people have changed from head hunters to soul hunters in 100 years. And MTM gets the blessed privilege to come into this setting to teach on missions. In many ways we feel humbled and feel they ought to be teaching us Americans on missions. But on the other hand our Anabaptist faith and practice is a great challenge and encouragement to them as well.
The IGo Aizawl Ministry Team Dressed in Traditional Mizo Dress
L-R Back Row – Nathan King, David Brown (David came from America to join the IGo team) Jeremy Martin, Val Yoder & Raymond Burkholder
Front Row- Deanne Weaver, Kimberly Eshleman, Twila King, Shanna Yoder & Jana Burkholder