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Making Theology Interesting to a Society Which is Not Interested

Freshers’ Day, Baptist Theological College, Pfutsero, 29 th June 2013                 By Lipok Dzuvichu              I was raised in the border of the wild. One evening after early dinner, we saw a deer walking up the slope facing our house. If you are wondering where that place might be, it is a few hundred metres from where we are right now. There. I was a small boy who played cricket and football with BTC students. Raised in this locality, I saw people come and go. Today, it is an honour to be standing in front of the community that I grew up in. Much of what I want to say to theological students have been said when I recently spoke at Oriental Theological Seminary, Dimapur. It is uploaded in the internet, so please have a look there. If you type in google, my name or title of the talk, ‘ Taking Theology to Bazaar ’; you will be directed to my blog ( ) which has the talk.  Today is a special day and I thank the Students’ Association h

To rejoice when others succeed

When I see people laughing their hearts out and having a good time, I feel happy for them. In this world of pain and suffering, laughter is a precious gift. So, I say in my heart, ‘Have fun my brother and God bless you sister’. But at times when things aren’t working well for me, it is harder to feel that way about others.    In a society filled with envious people, success becomes a danger. When a person becomes successful, some people make it their life’s mission to bring him/her down. That is a very sad reality that we face today. We have many people who cannot stand the success of other people. Some people have this mentality, ‘If I can’t have something, I won’t let anyone have it either’.  Jealousy, envy, one-upmanship, and backstabbing are common in the work place. Instead of supporting one another, it is ‘each one for his/her own interest’. Behind the flatter are motives to trap and tarnish the image of fellow colleagues. One cannot meet the other with a straight f

A lifetime is too short

She thinks she has age on her side She says she is not ready She thinks she has to first conquer the world Little does she know that A lifetime is too short for love

Anti Malaria Month (June): The Importance of Source Reduction

Malaria is a seasonal disease and the season for malaria is here. Mosquitoes do not breed out of nowhere. There are conditions which favour their breeding which when controlled will reduce the burden of malaria. Malaria is a disease; a medical condition. But seen from a different light, we can also say that malaria is primarily not a medical problem; it is an environmental problem with health consequences. Source Reduction, which is the reducing of breeding habitats for mosquitoes, is the most effective, and eco-friendly way of controlling malaria. Control of mosquito breeding is also an exercise to improve overall sanitation, and therefore it has extra benefits. It not only controls malaria, but also reduces the incidence of Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, and other water borne diseases like Acute Diarrheal Disease, Typhoid, Cholera, Food Poisoning, etc.    What are the ways in which we can reduce the breeding places of mosquitoes? Some of the ways are listed below: 1.

Public Awareness on Malaria

What is malaria? What are the types of malaria parasites found in Nagaland Malaria is a disease associated with fever which is transmitted by the bite of infected female anopheles mosquitoes There are two types of malaria parasites found in Nagaland: Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum. Falciparum malaria is the more serious of the two. What are the common signs and symptoms of malaria? 9-14 days after a bite by infected mosquito, the patient may develop the following signs and symptoms: 1.       Fever with chills and rigor, sweating followed by intermittent relief of fever 2.         Headache, vomiting, and other flu-like symptoms 3.       Anemia in severe cases, fits/convulsion and loss of consciousness 4.       Parasite may go to the brain which causes cerebral malaria 5.       Malaria in pregnancy could risk the life of mother and child 6.       If not treated early and adequately, the person may die due to malaria. How is malaria spread?   Whe


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