THE HISTORY OF AGAPE CHRISTIAN MUSEUM CENTRE
(Soul-winning counseling centre)
"Where there is no vision, the
people perish…" Proverbs. 29:18
A picture demonstration of Christ's
suffering and promises, photos of the Holyland, pictures
of Christian values and teachings shown to Bro. Lhunkhohao
Haokip (Now Rev. Dr. Lhunkhohao Haokip) by Rev. S. Prim
Vaiphei in the year 1988, greatly moved his heart and inspired
him for a ministry with the help of visuals- a new strategy
of soul winning in world mission. After much prayers and
waiting on the Lord for few years the divine inspiration
and vision which burns and boils with spiritual zeal was
finally unconcealed and made public in the year 1993. Thus,
with fervent prayers and dignified efforts of many servants
of God. Agape Christian Museum Centre (ACMC) was conceived.
It then was certified and registered with the state Government
of Manipur on the 14th June 1995 under section 7 (1) of
the Manipur Societies Registration Act 1989 (Manipur Act
Number. 1 of 1990) serial number 12 of 1995.
However, the official inauguration of
the ACMC's office was held on the 7th January, 1997 at the
Craft Development Centre near the gate of Bethany Christian
College, where in a room measuring 33x12 ½ feet (412 ½ square
feet) was rented and used for the purpose of ACMC.
Soon enough, the ACMC's exhibition show
was shifted to Old Lambulane Baptist Church, Imphal Manipur
from 31st August 1997 till 16th January 1998 when it was
taken to Kangpokpi Mission Compound- then, ACMC was again
brought back and open at Tuibuong, Opposite Petrol Pump
on 7th January 1999 till date. ACMC has been registered
with the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 2002
under the Home Ministry, Govt. of India on 23rd July, 2002
with Registration Number. 194160059 under section 6 (1)
(a) Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976.
Annual conference cum 10th Anniversary of the ACMC was celebrated
from January 19-21, 2007 at the Peace Ground, Tuibuong,
Churachandpur. Dr. Garth Wagner, Canada laid the foundation
stone of the ACMC building by faith according to Mark 11:24,
"Therfore I say to you, whatsoever things you ask when
you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have
them." (NKJV) and Hebrews 11:6," But without faith
it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God
must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those
who diligently seek Him " (NKJV) on 21st January 2007
(No land or place had been acquired for the construction
of the building yet).
Through the gracious providence of the
Almighty God, on 2nd August 2008, a plot of land measuring
2 acres had been bought for the construction of ACMC building.
The site was dedicated by Elder Prof. L.S. Gangte Chairman,
Building Committee, with much prayers, a project of three-storey
building is proposed to be built at the site. (Now, this
project is started).
ACMC, from its very inception was carried on by faith. The
founder and staffs of ACMC work on by faith and continues
the great work because of the faithfulness of the Lord.
'The pioneering ministry of Rev. Dr.
Lhunkhohao Haokip is a unique approach to the call of the
Great Commission, " Go ye and preach the Gospel"
(Mark 16:15). Through his establishing of Agape Christian
Museum Centre (ACMC), he has been able to minister the Gospel
in a very special way, via visual displays, museum exhibits
and soul-winning counselling.'
Dr. Lhunkhohao Haokip had been led by
the Lord to sell 5 acres of wet paddy field in the year
1996, to begin ACMC ministry. As the ministry began to take
shape and demands to minister the people in the trouble-torn
Churachandpur District increases, the financial needs also
began to rocket-high. Burdened with lose-souls, the founder
began to felt the need to meet the financial requirements
of the ministry and its staffs as well. So, in the year
1998, the founder of the ministry again sold, 4 acres of
wet paddy field to keep the lamp of the ministry burning.
To save the ministry from growing deem after the restoration
of law and order in the District, through the lack of zeal
and financial shortage, the founder also sell-off a plot
of homestead land in K. Phaicham, Churachandpur for Rs.
37,600/- for use in the ACMC ministry.
Being the only son of the chief of a
small village called Hengkapkot in Henglep Sub-division
Churachandpur District, Dr. Lhunkhohao Haokip inherited
few acres of forest from his father. When the need arise
for purchasing the site for the construction of ACMC building,
he again sold-off few acres of trees/forest under his control
for about Rs.85,000/- with the full consent of his old parents.
Besides, the Lord moved the hearts of many believers to
help purchased the site, Burdened for souls so much so that
he was unable to withhold anything he posses or inherited
from his ancestors, for the sake of the Gospel and the call
to the ministry.