Indian Ministry Outreach goes back to its root in the British Isles

( [email protected] ) Apr 17, 2004 12:21 PM EDT

A little less than a century back, in 1910, a Welsh missionary called Watkin Roberts planted the seeds of the Gospel in northeast India. But soon after he was banished from India by the British and he returned home, a broken and dejected man.

But as it would happen, the Lord did not allow his suffering to be in vain and allowed his dream to live on as today, nearly 98% of the Hmar tribe - former ferocious headhunters of the Northeast - have become Christians and have given up their violent way of life. And now, the time has come for the Indian believers in the northeast to repay the debt as they are reaching out and coming to the aid of the Welsh Church that is withering away from neglect and apathy.

Bibles For The World's Rochunga Pudaite said that five thousand believers launched the Billion Bible campaign from Sielmat, the equivalent of Capernaum (Christ's ministry center), in India. "When I told them that less than three-percent of the people in Wales go to church, and that every week there's at least one church being sold because there's no more attendees, and that the Muslims and the Hindus are buying, people cried and wept," he said.

Pudaite said that the Hmar believers, moved by compassion, were determined to send out 100-thousand Bibles as a part of the campaign. The Bibles are being printed in India now, but can be cost prohibitive.

But Pudaite was not discouraged. Thankful that the Lord has given them an opportunity to serve their brethren, he exclaimed "...just the cost of printing and mailing is two days' salary for the average man in our area. But, I am so happy to say that they're willing to sacrifice for Jesus Christ. Thousands of Bibles are beginning to go to the land of Wales."