Meitei Christians

Meitei Christians

Meitei Christians

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Meitei Christians are a movement of Christianity in Manipur, India and are formally known as the Meitei Baptist Association.

William Pettigrew

Christianity in Manipur is commonly traced back to William Pettigrew during the reign of Maharaja of Manipur, Surchandra Singh in 1890. William Pettigrew, born in Edinburgh, Scotland and educated in London, England, was a member of the Anglican Church. He applied to work with the Arthington Aboriginals Mission in India and travelled to Bengal late in 1890, and worked for two years in Dhaka and Silchar.

In 1891, Pettigrew applied for permission to work in Manipur, but was not granted permission until 1894. He came to Imphal, India where and began as a tutor to the children of government servants. Pettigrew soon opened a school for Manipuri boys and establish permanent mission station.

Pettigrew’s attempts at evangelistic work among the Meiteis began to cause difficulties within the delicate political climate in Manipur, and the more extreme Hindus complained that he was trying to impose Christianity upon the state. British authorities also withdrew support of his mission in Manipur and the sponsorship given by the Arthington Mission was not willing to establish a permanent mission station in any particular place. Not wanting to return to England he applied for membership to the American Baptist Missionary Union in Assam. He was designated as a Baptist missionary to Manipur. Pettigrew changed his Christian denomination from the...
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