SBC Principal Retires

5 Dec. 2022: Rev. Dr. J.L. Songate, the Principal of Sielmat Bible College retired from active service yesterday, the 4th of December 2022 at the 73rd General Assembly of the Independent Church of India, having attained the age of 65 years.

He had held the Field Secretary in Assam Mission Field, Headmaster of Hebron Standard English School, Executive Secretary of the ICI, Finance Secretary, Mission Secretary, and many other offices during his service.

He is currently the Vice Moderator of the Independent Church of India.

A new Principal will be appointed by the Executive Council of the Independent Church of India later today.

While being a high-ranking Government Officer, and a Civil Service Officer, he received a call from above. He resigned from that coveted post and gave himself to the LORD. He wandered and suffered humiliation, hardships, and poverty. He lived what the Apostle Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is God’s saving power for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16). He turned his back on the pleasures of the world, just as Moses did. By faith, he considered abuse suffered for Christ to be greater than the treasures of the world (cf Heb. 11:26).

In their journey, both our respected madam and our Principal sacrificed much. They lost their son and grieved. They walked through the valley of the shadow of death.

But the Psalmist says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:4-6).

And like the Psalmist, even though they walked through the valley of the shadow of death, God has been with them and comforted them. God has prepared a table before their enemies. Indeed, goodness and mercy shall follow them all their days.

We wish our beloved Principal a very happy retired life. May God grant him good health and continue to engage in the service of the LORD in the days to come.

Rev. Dr. J.L. Songate’s retirement was announced by the Moderator, ICI
Our beloved PRincipal with some of the faculty and staff


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