At the close of the 19th century, the British branded the Hmar people of northeast India as “the worst headhunters.” It was a label well deserved at the time. But in 1910, a single copy of the New Testament Gospel of John came into this village and changed the course of history for the Hmar people. Through that single copy of John’s Gospel (and no outside missionary help or structure imposed by organized religion), Chawnga, the father of Rochunga Pudaite, was introduced to a revolutionary “new life in Christ.” He and a few tribesmen “forsook all and followed Christ.” Chawnga believed that Rochunga was God’s chosen instrument to bring the Scriptures to the entire Hmar tribe in their own language.
This is the story of Rochunga’s personal pilgrimage. It is an unforgettable saga of his dedication to a vision and of the Lord’s direction in his life. Filmed in India, Hawaii, Scotland and America, this beautiful film will be enjoyed by the entire family.
My wife and I watched this movie the other night on Netflix. I really enjoyed it. What was especially interesting to me was how this entire tribe of Indian people experienced genuine spiritual renewal in their lives without a single church, pastor, or any outside religious help. Jesus himself truly led these people! They did indeed meet together, but as families. They wrote their own spiritual songs as well. At one point, some of the British leadership proposed bringing “civilized religion” to the tribe and even to build them a large church building so they could have proper services and the tribe refused the offer. Chawnga told them, we don’t need any of that, we have Jesus Christ.
At another time, Chawnga’s son (when he is grown) goes into the civilized world to study Greek and Hebrew so that he may translate the Bible into their own language and bring it back to his people… One of the professors at the college, who is impressed that he has taken on so much study, asks hims what denominational background he comes from, to which he replies, “None… Only Jesus.”
This is a beautiful TRUE story and shows that Jesus is well able to lead anyone who calls on His name and there is no need for organized religion to exist in the mix. This entire tribe turned from being murderous head hunters to followers of Jesus without a church building, without a Sunday school program, without a salary-paid pastor or a church board of elders, without hymn books, Christian television, or tithing, and… really… without even a Bible for a long time. It wasn’t until many years later, when Chawnga’s son grew up, went to school, learned Greek and Hebrew, and then translated the entire Bible himself, that his people were able to have the privilege of the written Word of God in their hands. This people thrived together as a community and as a family. They’re lives were saturated with Christ. I found this story so encouraging and inspiring. It was awesome to see how God could make a harvest grow with only a little seed being planted.
The movie is available to watch on Netflix and you may even be able to find a copy of it at your local library. It also appears that someone has uploaded the entire movie to YouTube so you can try searching for it there. The movie DVD is also available for rent through Netflix (though I do not believe you can watch it online there yet). It is certainly available on DVD through many online retailers and you can probably find it at your local video rental store. This movie will especially be encouraging to those who have felt a genuine call to missionary service. Sometimes I think that when the western world has sent missionaries to other countries, they too often share far more than the Gospel. They also introduce all the trappings of the organized religious mindset. This movie shows the effectiveness of simple planting the seed of the Gospel and then taking the hands off to allow God to make the seed grow.
1 Corinthians 3:4-7 – When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world? After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.