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Mara Evangelical Church

Mara Evangelical Church or MEC in short is one of the Churches in Myanmar, formerly Burma founded by English missionaries Rev. & Mrs. Reginald Arthur Lorrain in the year 1907.[1] It is one of the oldest Churches in Chin State, Myanmar. It was part of the unified Mara Church among the Mara people until it had to become an independent Church after India and Myanmar attained Independence from the British Raj in 1947. The Mara Church in India is being inherited by Evangelical Church of Maraland and Congregational Church of India, Maraland (CCI-M), while the one in Myanmar became MEC.

Contents

  • Headquarters 1
  • History 2
  • Association/Membership/Affiliation 3
  • Theologians Holding Doctorate degrees 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Headquarters

Mara Evangelical Church (MEC) has its headquarters at Lialaipi (Lailenpi) and Sabyhpi (Sabawngpi) in Chin State, Myanmar.[2] It has its mission headquarters at Sittwe, earlier known as Akyab, Rakhine State. It also has an office in Yangon, the largest and former capital city of Myanmar.

History

English missionaries Rev. & Mrs. Reginald Arthur Lorrain founded 'Lakher Pioneer Mission' in London in the year 1905 to do mission among Mara people in undivided India, which included modern day Myanmar. Finally, the missionaries arrived at Saikao, a village in Southern [3]

Association/Membership/Affiliation

Mara Evangelical Church (MEC) is a member of

As of 2004 the church has more than 17,200 members and almosst 100 congregations in Myanmar in 2004.[5]

According to the recent statistics the church has 21,573 members and 87 congregations and 9 preaching points with 27 pastorates. The denomination has a Theological Seminary and Private Mission Middle School and Center of Maraland Education.[3]

Theologians Holding Doctorate degrees

  • Rev. Dr. L. B. Siama, D.Min (Union Theological Seminary, Philippine Christian University)2006
  • Rev. Dr. Hc. Bizo, D.Min (Myanmar Institute of Theology, Myanmar)2007
  • Dr. Sopai, Ph.D (University of Jerusalem, India),[6] 2012.
  • Rev. Dr. Vako, D.Min (Wesley Theological Seminary, USA), 2012.

References

  1. ^ Beita, BeiRokhu. "Mara Church History". Maraland.net. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Vako, Rev. "Mara Church History". MEC History. Freewebs. Retrieved 9 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.mecassembly.org/about-mec/mec-history/
  4. ^ Official website of Myanmar Council of Churches (MCC) www.mcc-mm.org
  5. ^ http://www.reformiert-online.net/adressen/detail.php?id=13232&lg=eng
  6. ^ University of Jerusalem, India official website www.ujglobal.org

External links

  • Church website [1]


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