“They (NDA government) should realise this is a celebration, not a mission programme and has nothing to do with conversion,” Garo Baptist Convention General Secretary, Reverend Janang R Sangma, said.
By: IANS | Shillong |
Updated: February 8, 2018 10:28 Am
Indian Visa application of President of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) rejected*
Dr. Paul Msiza, President of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), the religious head of the Baptist World Community was scheduled to make a tourism visit to Meghalaya and also witness the celebrations of the 150 years of Christianity among the Garo Baptists in India from 8th February at Rajasimila, Meghalaya. However, to the disappointment of the Christian community, the Visa application of Dr. Msiza was rejected by the Consulate General of India in Johannesburg, South Africa. His Visa application was submitted on Monday, January 29th, 2018 and he was informed of the rejection in the evening of 7th February 2018.
Upon hearing of the delay in issuance of Visa by the Indian Consulate in Johannesburg, some of enthusiastic faithful and social workers followed up the matter two days back with few top Indian politicians both in Centre and State including local Member of Parliament for their intervention, but it did not yield any result.
“It was shocking to get the news of rejection of the Visa by the Indian Consulate. We are extremely disappointed that we are going to miss the Global head of the Baptist Christian community on this historic occasion. The BWA President for us is the Pastoral head of the Baptists Community worldwide like His Holiness the Pope of the Catholic community” said a Baptist leader.
The Baptist World Alliance is a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches and organizations, formed in 1905 in London during the first Baptist World Congress. The Baptist World Alliance maintains ecumenical relations with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Also, the BWA holds special consultative status with the United Nations through the UN Economic and Social Council and the Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations (CoNGO); which gives the BWA opportunity to have a voice in different areas within the UN systems. The BWA also holds representation on the UN Human Rights Council and plays an active role on the independent on the Committee on Religious NGOs at the United Nations.