The Presbyterian Church of India’s Mizoram Synod on Wednesday observed the advent of Reverend William Williams, the first Christian missionary to set foot on Mizoram soil in 1891, then known as Lushai country.
All the offices of the Mizoram Synod remained close for the day. A special prayer and worship service was held on Wednesday night in all the local churches. Williams learned about the existence of Mizo tribe from a Mizo chief imprisoned in Syhlet and landed at Kutbulkai near Mualvum village in Mizoram-Assam borders Kolasib district.
He started sailing on the river Tlawng from Silchar in Assam on March 15, 1891 and reached Aizawl (then Aijal) on March 20. Reverend William Williams preached the Gospel of Christ to the primitive Mizos and distributed Gospel tracts in some villages. He wrote a letter to England with a proposal that he should again go to the Lushai country as a missionary to preach the word of God which was approved.
But his sudden demise on April 21, 1892 in the Khasi country (now Meghalaya) prompted the Arthington Mission to send Reverend J H Lorraine and Reverend F W Savidge and they arrived in Mizoram on January 11, 1894. January 11 is still observed as Missionary Day both by the Presbyterian Church and the Baptist Church of Mizoram. The former began observing March 15 as Çhanchintha thlen nior the advent of the gospel since 2014.