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The activities of Welsh Presbyterian Mission in Barak Valley

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of History, Janata College, Kabuganj, Assam University, Silchar, Assam, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 2, Issue (9), Pages 19-22, September,14 (2013)

Abstract

The main subject of this work is the study of the activities of the Welsh Presbyterian Missionaries of Barak Valley. It is the southern part of Assam comprising of three districts viz Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi together known as Barak Valley. Different Christian Missionaries namely Baptist, Catholic, Welsh Presbyterian, Salvation Army, Anglican Church and Seven day Adventist etc came and established. Their mission stations before and after the independence of India. But among them the Welsh Presbyterian Missionaries were the first and pioneer Christian Missionaries of Barak Valley. In 1851 William Pryse the first Welsh Missionary came to Cachar plains. However, he could not establish any mission station in Barak area. In 1893, the three Welsh Missionaries namely Dr Thomas Jones, Miss Elizabeth William and Miss Laura Evens supported each others and established their mission station at silchar which was the chief town of Cachar district. During fifty five years of their service from 1893 to 1958, twenty Welsh Missionaries came to Silchar and twenty two missionaries came to Karimganj they established Presbyterian system of church government, Christian missionary schools and also the dispensaries to serve the tribal as well as the poor people of the valley.

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