In the heart of Nagaland, nestled in the rugged terrain, lies the village of New Vongti. With a population of 140, it’s a place where everyone knows one another. But amidst the simplicity of rural life, the villagers yearn for a symbol of their faith, a place to gather and grow in spirit – a church. For over 20 years, their Catholic life has blossomed without a proper place of worship, a testament to their resilience and unwavering faith.
The Diocese of Kohima, which oversees the entire state of Nagaland, has watched this small community flourish in faith despite the lack of a church building. The current Bishop, James Thoppil, who has been serving since 2011, is well aware of the spiritual needs of the people of New Vongti.
The construction of St. John Church in New Vongti Village is an endeavor that carries not just the hope of a building, but the promise of a stronger community. This church is not just a symbol, but a beacon of faith that will give the villagers a sense of identity, pride, and fulfillment as Catholics.
For over two decades, the people of New Vongti Village have been living their Catholic faith without a proper place of worship. Despite this, their spirit remains unbroken, their faith unwavering. Today, we invite you to join in a campaign to construct St. John Church – a symbol of faith and a rallying point for the community to grow spiritually.
The village, located 54 kilometers from the nearest town, Kiphire, has a literacy rate of 45%. The people here are humble, hardworking, and deeply faithful. A church in this setting is not just a place of worship; it’s a community center, a symbol of unity, and a beacon of hope.
The Diocese of Kohima, under the leadership of Bishop James Thoppil, recognizes the need for a church in New Vongti Village. By contributing to this campaign, you’re not just helping build a church; you’re empowering a community, strengthening their Catholic identity, and nurturing their faith.
This campaign is more than bricks and mortar. It’s about bringing hope to a community, it’s about fostering spiritual growth, and it’s about standing together in faith. Join us as we build more than a church; join us as we build a stronger community.