Gamlapi Mual Tungah
The Old Rugged Cross

(I Peter 2:24)
George Bennard (1873-1958) George Bennard (1873-1958)

La makai khatpeuh in mipite la a teelsak sima kitel den la ahi hi. Hih la a phuakpa George Bennard in 1913 kuma a phuah hi a, 20th century sunga la kiphuak lakah a kideihpen khat ahi hi.

Hih laphuakpa George Bennard bel America gam Youngstown, Ohio-ah 1873 kuma suak ahi hi. A nu leh a pate tawh Albia, Iowa ah kisuan uh a, tua panin Lucas khua ah kituah uh hi. Tua khua ah a ten sungun Bennard in Zeisu Khazih a Honpa le a Topa in sanga piangthak hi. Kum 16 a phak ma-in a pa in sihsan-a, Salvation Army ah lut hi. Salvation Army sungah Bennard leh a zi masate officer-in om uh hi.

Methodist Episcopal Church sungah ordination kipia-a, a nasepna kithupisan mahmah hi. Kum tampi sung revival cialpi bawl-in kitaaklah mahmah hi. Khatvei, a cialpi bawlna pan Michigan lam zuan-a a ciahna ah haksatna lianpi tuaka, singlamteh khiatna ngiat leh Sawltak Paul in Khazih tawh thuakkhopna a cih bang hiam cihte nakpi-in ngaihsun pha hi. Hih thute a lungngaih kawmin singlamteh i cih biakna sunga “lim” (symbol) khat bek hi lo a, lungdamna thu laigil ahihna phawk hi. Hih la a phuahna tawh kisai Bennard in hici gen hi:

1913 kum ni khat Albion, Michigan ah ka om laitak hih la ka phuah nopna hong suak hi. “Gamlapi Mual Tungah” la phuah ka kipan hi. A masa-in a aw ka phuak hi. A lamal ka gelh masakte ki cing zo ka sa kei hi. A tawpna ah tu-a bangin ka phuak thei-a, ka lungsim tawnga keima’ lunggulhnate tawh kizui-a ka phuah ahi hi. A sawt lo-in, June 7, 1913 ni-in Pokagon, Michigan ah kisa-a a kisak masaknapen ahi hi. Pawlpi sung ahi lo a pua lama a kizak masaknapen bel Pokagon-a Chicago Evangelistic Institute-a a kisakna ahi hi. Mi tampi’ zak-a kisa hi a, tua huna kipan kideih mahmah pah hi.

Hih la a phuah khit phet-in George Bennard in a lamalte Charles Gabriel khak pah hi. Gabriel in a sawt lo-in mikim’ deih la khat hong suak ding hi, ci-in gena, a gen bang teekteekin a kiphuah khit a sawt lo-in mikim’ deih la khat suak pah takpi hi. Hih la a phuah khit kum 40 sung Bennard in a evangelistic nasep zomsuak lai hi. Gospel la dang zong phuak sama, ahi zongin hih la zah-a minthang om lo hi. October 9, 1958 ni, ama’ kum 85 a phak laitakin George Bennard in tua “singlamteh” Pasian’ piak “kham lukhu”-in khek takpi hi. A nuntakna a nunung lamteng Reed City, Michigan pana a gamla lua lo “lampi gei”-a a inn ah teng hi. Tua a tenna inn gei-ah pi 12 a sang singlamteh khat kiphut-a, tua tungah, “Gamlapi Mualtungah Singlamteh Tul Gemgam – hih la a phuak George Bennard’ tenna Inn” ci-in kigelh hi.

Thu um mite in singlamteh a kibia hi lo-in singlamteh tunga si Zeisu Khazih bek a kibia hi, ci-a kigen zong za ngei zel ding hi hang. Ahi mah hi, ahi zongin singlamteh ngaihsun lo-in i Topa’ sihna zong kingaihsun thei tuan lo zel hi.

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