As we conclude our South Asia prayer series, we invite you to intercede with us for Shurhisieu Meyase in Nagaland, India.
Along with Meghalaya and Mizoram, Nagaland is one of three Indian states – all in the Northeast – with a Christian majority. Around 90% of Nagaland’s 2 million people follow Jesus. In contrast, only 2% of India’s 1.38 billion people identify as Christians, while 80% practice Hinduism. The first church in Nagaland was planted in 1872 by newly baptized Naga believers and American Baptist missionaries. The state became predominantly Christian after evangelical revival movements swept through the region in the 1950s and 60s. Pray for the Church in Nagaland as it participates faithfully in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation among 16 minority tribes speaking 36 languages.
Shurhi is pursuing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies (UK). Her research investigates how Christian and traditional Angami Naga moralities converge and diverge. Amid a revival of tribal festivals and practices in her context, Shurhi’s scholarship will guide the Naga Church’s perspective and response. Shurhi’s studies will also enhance her teaching ministry at Shalom Bible Seminary (a client of the Vital SustainAbility Initiative), where she has served as Assistant Professor since 2011.
Shurhi shares the following message:
Greetings to you! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my prayer concerns.
I am a faculty member of Shalom Bible Seminary in Kohima, Nagaland. Presently, I am doing my PhD studies at OCMS in Oxford. I am sincerely grateful for the support of ScholarLeaders.
Please pray for Shalom Bible Seminary. We began our new academic year on July 1 in online mode. Despite the challenges and difficulties that we have faced during this pandemic, our institution has been able to adapt to a smart mode of learning and things are going well by the grace of God. For about three months, we were able to conduct offline, on-campus learning. However, with the big wave of the pandemic in India, we have had to switch to online learning yet again.
Pray for the teaching faculty, administrative staff, and students as we continue to work together. Pray for us as we train and equip students to serve our almighty God. Over the past few weeks and months, some of us, including myself, have lost loved ones. My dad left for his heavenly abode on June 12. Pray for God’s peace and comfort upon each of us.
Please pray for my studies as I continue my research. I am working on traditional Angami morality and how it interfaces with Christian morality. My journey has not been without struggles and difficulties. Pray that I may persevere in my pursuits and be able to complete my work on time.