Bibles for the World Founder, Rochunga Pudaite, Dies at 87


In 1937, 10-year-old Rochunga Pudaite set out on foot from his village in the jungles of India to pursue the dreams of his father, who believed Pudaite was chosen by God to translate scripture, for the first time, into the language of his native Hmar people. Pudaite fulfilled that mission, and spreading the gospel around the globe became his life’s work.

Pudaite eventually came to the U.S., where he and his wife, Lalrimawii, founded Bibles For the World in 1971. The organization’s goal was to deliver the gospel to unreached people groups primarily in India by printing and mailing copies of native-language New Testaments, typed by volunteers in the U.S., to homes listed in national telephone directories. In the decades since, the Colorado Springs-based nonprofit has printed and distributed the Gospel of John in more than 100 countries, with more than a million copies in the Nepali language.

Pudaite died Oct. 10 in Colorado Springs at 87.

“There were very humble beginnings. Mom and dad’s work started with education in the villages; they established about 85 schools, which is a huge part of the ministry, and also started a small hospital,” said John L. Pudaite, who took over as president and CEO of Bibles For the World in May.

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SOURCE: Colorado Springs Gazette
Stephanie Earls