ROCHUNGA PUDAITE

By Dr. Harold J. Sala

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  John 15:16

Chwanga Pudaite, the son of a headhunter, met a Welshman by the name of Watkin Roberts. The year was 1910, and the seven days that Roberts spent in the foothills of the Hmar territory in India changed Chwanga’s future. The quiet, soft-spoken Welshman told Pudaite of a living God who sent His Son into our world to bring life, and that week Chwanga Pudaite made a decision which cost him dearly.  When he decided to follow Jesus, he was driven from his home and family.  But when his son was born, he prayed that he might be the one to take the Bible back to the hills of Hmar from which he had come.

Chwanga’s son, Rochunga, was anything but a model boy, yet early in his teen years, Rochunga followed in the footsteps of his father and likewise became a Christian.  After he completed high school by sweeping floors and chopping wood for board and tuition, Rochunga appealed to Prime Minister Nehru for a scholarship.  His faith was rewarded.  The first scholarship ever given by the Indian government to a tribal student went to Rochunga.

During those years, he began thinking of his father’s dream‑‑a Bible in their native Hmar dialect.  When Rochunga was elected president of the newly formed political party by the Hmar leaders, he was on the verge of forgetting his dream for a political career.  During those days of decision, a cable arrived from Watkin Roberts‑‑the man who had first introduced his father to Christ. Instead of throwing his hat into the political arena, Rochunga came to America for graduate study. As he studied, Rochunga (Ro for short) also translated the New Testament into his native tongue, and it was published by the London Bible Society.

The years that followed read like a storybook.  Ro returned to his native country and married a dark‑haired girl with whom he had fallen in love on a previous trip.  Eventually, a junior college, five high schools and twenty-five village schools were established as the result of his efforts.  But that was not enough.  A few years ago the New Delhi telephone directory caught his eye.  Ro thought if a person can read a number in that directory, he could read the Bible, and the telephone book gives names and addresses. That motivated Ro Pudaite to launch Bibles for the World, with a goal of putting a Bible in the home of every telephone subscriber in the world.

Naturally, India was the first target, and to this date more than 15 million New Testaments have been placed in homes around the world.  When India was completed, Ro and his associates targeted Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand and Pakistan.  Pudaite’s organization, known as Bibles for the World, is using Ken Taylor’s Living Bible paraphrase.

Rochunga Pudaite has come a long way from a ten‑year‑old boy in a loincloth to the executive of an organization that wants to put a Bible in the home of every telephone subscriber in the world.  As he reflects on his life and the changed direction it took, he credits this not to his education, but to a personal experience with Jesus Christ, the central figure of the book Ro came to love.  Ro’s life is like a modern version of the Apostle Paul, who personally met Jesus Christ, and that encounter changed his life.

As the result of the vision of this man, countless thousands have had the opportunity to hear of God’s great love in Christ Jesus.  It is possible that a Bible has been in your home for years‑‑unread and unused.  The greatest weapon in the world is at your fingertips.  It simply remains for you to read it and apply it to your life. You will discover that it can do for you what it did for Rochunga Pudaite.

Resource reading: John 21

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Harold J. Sala, well known speaker, author and Bible teacher, has served as founder and President of Guidelines International, Inc., since 1963. He is the featured speaker on the daily “Guidelines-A Five Minute Commentary on Living” which is broadcast on over 1000 radio stations around the world and translated in over 15 languages. Author of over 40 books published in various languages and hundreds of publications. Residing in Mission Viejo, California, Harold and his wife, Darlene, have three adult children and eight well-loved grandchildren.

Used with permission from Guidelines Philippines, Inc. To learn more about Guidelines and the ministry, please write to Box 4000, 1280 Makati City, Philippines or e-mail address box4000@guidelines.org. You may also visit the Guidelines website at www.guidelines.org.

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