“God’s Tribesman” Met the Lord Last Week

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)

Christian evangelist Rochunga Pudaite, holds the Hmar Bible.

Christian evangelist Rochunga Pudaite, holds the Hmar Bible.

Christian evangelist Rochunga Pudaite, the founded of Bibles for the World, died last week at a hospital in Colorado. He spent almost all of his 87 years working to spread the word of the Bible in native languages.

“Because of his efforts, millions of people around the world have been introduced to the message of the Bible, and they understand what it means to be true followers of Christ,” noted Jeff McLinden, vice president of Bibles for the World. “His life story and ministry work demonstrate how much one Christian can do when directed by the Lord.”

Rochunga Pudaite was born in 1927 in Senvon, Manipur, India. But his story really began almost two decades earlier, in 1910, when his father became a Christian and dreamed that one day someone would translate the Bible into the Hmar language. Little did he know that his son would fulfill his father’s dream. But his Father knew that this faithful boy would accomplish so much more!

Reverend Pudaite and wife Mawii.

Reverend Pudaite and wife Mawii.

Reverend Pudaite was the first child in his village to attend school. Then, with the help of Dr. Billy Graham and Dr. Bob Pierce, founder of World Vision, he attended Wheaton College, in Illinois. Following his postgraduate studies in Biblical Theology, Dr. Pudaite translated the Bible into his native Hmar language. Later, he and his wife, Lalrimawi (Mawii) Pakhuongte, established Christian schools that helped the largely illiterate Hmar people. Today, that first school has grown to include 85 village schools, seven high schools, two junior colleges and a Christian college and seminary.

They also began a child and student sponsorship program that has impacted tens of thousands of lives in India. In addition, more than 350 churches are now a part of the Evangelical Free Church of India, the indigenous denomination they founded. And there’s more, Dr. Pudaite founded a hospital and research center in Manipur to provide the region’s poor with medical care and assistance.

Dr Pudaite is survived by his wife and three children.

God’s speed.

Dr. Pudaite’s biography is told in James Hefley’s book God’s Tribesman: the Rochunga Pudaite Story (Holman, 1977).

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