Meghalaya means “the abode of clouds”. It received its full statehood on 21st Jan, 1972. It stretches over an area of 22,429 sq. kms and has a population of over 23,18,822. Shillong, its state capital, is known as “the Scotland of the East.” Christians are the majority with 79.8%. The state comprises of 11 districts – West Jaintia Hills, East Jaintia Hills, East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills, South West Khasi Hills, Ri Bhoi, West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills, South Garo Hills, North Garo Hills, South West Garo Hills.
Shillong is the educational hub of the North East. Students from all over the North-East parts and other parts of India come to Shillong to continue their studies. Apart from the conventional streams of education, there are also others prestigious institutions like Shillong IIM, NIFT, ICFAI and many others, providing professional courses. There are 84 colleges affiliated to North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
The inception of UESI ministry in Meghalaya dates back to 1959 with the initiation of Dr. John Moody, an Australian dentist was sent as UESI Staff Worker to be based in Shillong to pioneer the student ministry in the north-eastern region of India. Later, two lady missionaries, Sis. Elaine Craine and Sis. Beth Allinger were also very much instrumental in igniting the student movement in Shillong.
GROWTH: Meghalaya got decentralized in June 2015 at the AGM in Ranchi. Hence, it has only been three years functioning as UESI decentralized state. Our first State Secretary was Bro. Nukshi Imchen and till the time he left the ministry in 2017, he along with the Meghalaya EGFs have done a remarkable job in preparing and leading the State on the road towards decentralization.
STATISTICS OF THE STATE:
• Universities: 7 • Districts: 11
• Colleges: 63
• Student Population: 3 Lacs approx.
• EU Cells: 14 affiliated and 14 functional units
• EGF Cells: 9 EGF units
• Districts with EU Cells: 9
• Districts with EGF Cells:10
Staff who have served and left the ministry are:
a. Mr. Nukshi & Mrs. Ketuno Imchen (Former State Secretary)
b. Mr. Hampang Pale
c. Mr. Lamjingshai Garod
d. Mr. Kerborlang Kharlyngdoh
Staff who are still serving in the State:
a. Mr. Jerry Lapang (State Secretary)
b. Ms. Silme Ch. Momin
c. Mr. Rocky Lyngdoh & Mrs. Wanpynhun Kharumnuid
d. Mr. Jubanriskhem Wahlang
e. Ms. Khambhadashisha Syiemlieh (Coordinator)
f. Mr. Dappura Siangchai
g. Mr. Shalanbok Iawphniaw
THE PRAYER NEEDS
Thank God For:
• The significant growth of the ministry since its decentralization
• Most reached districts with EU cells and also graduate cells
• Tura ICEU & Shillong EGF for achieving 50 years of ministry.
• The First State Level CMTC held in May 2018 & GSTP in August 2018.
• Biennial conference in May 2019
• The need of staff workers
• Graduates to have more burden & vision for the ministry
Jerry Lapang, State Secretary, UESI-MG.