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Rochunga Pudaite has Helped in Translating the Bible into Five Different Languages

Rochunga PudaiteAt the helm of Bibles for the World, Inc., Rochunga Pudaite—an expert in bible education—trains preachers and teachers, and translates the bible. He has set the precedent in the field of bible education, paving the way for religious servicemen to reach out to neighbors abroad and spread the glory of God, via his 501(c)(3) organization.

From CBN Asia:

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.

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Dr. Pudaite, more affectionately known as “Dr. Ro,” is a renowned public figure who has fascinated audiences for years, with the book “Fire on the Hills: The Rochunga Pudaite Story” published in 1999 and written about him by James C. Hefley. He is also the subject of “Beyond the next mountain: The story of Rochunga Pudaite,” a reflective biography that was authored by his lovely wife, Dr. Mawii Pudaite.

Lauded as a thoughtful, insightful and philanthropic evangelical expert with a wealth of experience and a huge heart, Dr. Pudaite has given Bibles to 19 million families across 110 nations.

Watch a classic episode of “This Is Your Life” featuring Dr. Pudaite below, learn more about Bibles for the World, Inc. by visiting the organization’s website, and visit Dr. Ro and Dr. Mawii’s Facebook page by clicking here.

 

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Sonja Dinner Transcends Religious and Ethnic Divisiveness through The DEAR Foundation

Sonja DinnerSonja Dinner, President of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, has made a name for herself as a philanthropist and humanitarian over the past 12 years, making every effort to help women and children around the world.

After a successful career as a CEO and primary shareholder of the information technology company Heyde Schweiz AG until 2002, she has used her skills to independently advise Swiss banks and their customers on philanthropic and humanitarian investments. She has used her own good fortune in the information technology industry to give back, and has developed a unique expertise in funding sustainable programs. She brings this passion and extensive knowledge to The DEAR Foundation as president of the board. Mrs. Dinner’s philanthropic work, as an individual and as president of the Board of The DEAR Foundation, transcends religious and ethnic divisiveness. She knows that the grim face of poverty is the same worldwide. Her efforts have been driven by her passion for women and children all over the world.

Mrs. Dinner lives by the motto that education and improved living conditions are the only way to change the fate of those who are poverty stricken. Therefore Mrs. Dinner has ambitious goals: give as many children as possible a meaningful childhood and empower the poor to live a dignified and independent existence, free from charitable handouts. This work takes her not only to Israel and the Middle East, but also to all parts of Africa, Asia, Russia, Central and South America.

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Francine Le Chat Pushes for Positive Change through Celebrity Services Africa

Francine Le Chat is the Founder and Chairman of Celebrity Services Africa, a media group which specializes in communications, public relations and event management services.  sports_soccer player_champion

Ms. Le Chat is a prominent businesswoman in a variety of industries, including fashion, film and public relations. She has taken numerous international celebrities to Africa, and is dedicated to carrying out  philanthropic work on a personal level. While she has directed car launches, fashion extravaganzas and TV specials, Ms. Le Chat says some of the most important events she has directed to date include the Nelson Mandela Legacy Event in 2011, the FIFA™ World Cup 2010 Host City Launch, Cape Town, and the memorial events on the passing of former President Nelson Mandela in Cape Town late 2013. While working on both continents, Ms. Le Chat is based in Beverly Hills, at the group’s American bureau, Communications Services America Inc.

charity nonprofit africa international mapMs. Le Chat embarked on a journey toward professional success more than 33 years ago; she is a visionary with creativity a spiritual connector and a philanthropist. She is very interested in making a real difference globally and enjoys helping others. In looking forward to a bright future, Ms. Le Chat plans to grow in her career, focus on consulting work, and be involved in assisting the Legacy of Hope in a major international concert initiative to raise funds to help complete the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric hospital in Southern Africa.

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Colin G. Benjamin Promotes Healthy Living Among Aussies with ‘Life. Be in it.’

Healthy FoodsDr. Colin Benjamin OAM is the Honorary Director of ‘Life. Be in it’ – one of the longest standing health promotion charities addressing preventable chronic disease and health promotion programs. Dr. Benjamin follows in the footsteps of his father Eric Benjamin OAM, in a lifetime commitment to social work addressing the issues of poverty alleviation, self-help group formation and health promotion initiatives.

For the past 35 years, Dr. Colin Benjamin has served as director general for ‘Life. Be in it.’ International. As mentioned on the company’s website, www.lifebeinit.org, “’Life. Be in it.’ promotes healthy active life styles, leisure and recreational activities and the development of research and service initiatives that have as its primary object prevention and control of chronic diseases including asthma, cancer, heart disease, kidney conditions, stroke and mental disorders by promoting a greater level of physical activity and greater levels of social inclusion…With operations in every State and Territory ‘Life. Be in it’ has been the leading light in recreational activities that provide a direct link to building a healthier Australia.” In his position, Dr. Benjamin provides recreational activities and develops health promotion materials, which he makes readily available to the community. An authority in the area of health, he also offers advice and information on sporting and recreational opportunities. Recently, Dr. Benjamin was recognized for outstanding service to the community and was honored in the Australia Day Awards with an Order of Australia medal. He attributes his decades of success to passion for his work and a desire to aid his community. In the coming years, Dr. Benjamin intends to expand his nonprofit organization through professional collaboration and fundraising.

'Life. Be in it.'‘Life. Be in it’ is one of the most widely recognized lifestyle messages in Australia. It promotes healthy active lifestyles by providing fun, enjoyable programs across the nation. Dr. Benjamin has spent the vast majority of his career on a crusade to change Australians’ attitudes towards obesity and chronic disease, and he has become well-known for his role as the current voice of Norm – the iconic Australian anti‐hero brought to life in the ‘Life. Be in it’ campaign.

Dr. Benjamin is a director for the Victoria branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers, founder and chairman of the Australian Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists, and a member of the Association of Professional Futurists. He also served in several director positions for charitable and nonprofit organizations from 1969 through 2010.

Learn more about ‘Life. Be in it.’ by visiting the organization’s website: http://wa.lifebeinit.org

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Kenyan Girls’ Scholarship

Kenya Girls’ Scholarship is a nonprofit initiative whose mission is to help Kenyan girls receive a college education. Founded by Worldwide Who’s Who® member Dr. Mary Muchiri, the charity raises funds to provide disadvantaged Kenyan girls with the opportunity to receive a scholarship to attend Daystar University, which is located in Nairobi, Kenya. If relevant courses are not available, another Christian college is recommended.

As gender stigma persists among many Kenyan communities today, educating girls has not been considered a priority issue; however, to break the cycle of poverty, it has become a major goal for Kenyan girls to pursue education and obtain college degrees. Dr. Muchiri noted that most parents, faced with the decision to send either their son or daughter to a university, will send their son. This perpetuates the reality of very few women in positions where they can effectively impact their generally patriarchal cultures. “The only way to free women in Africa from poverty and to participate in decision-making is through education,” Dr. Muchiri added.

Saved Through Fire Book CoverDr. Mary Muchiri started the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship when her book, “Saved through Fire: A Family Experiences Kenyan War of Independence,” was published after her mother’s death. Because her mother only received a second-grade education and valued higher education for girls, Dr. Muchiri decided to dedicate all the profits from the sales of her book to a scholarship fund in her mother’s honor, which she named the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund. The scholarship covers tuition, room and board, medical insurance, transportation, summer courses, spiritual activities, library, computer, and other university fees.

Dr. Muchiri has authored three books depicting her experience growing up in Kenya and the culture clash she faced when her family moved to the United States. They explore life lessons that anyone who seeks to improve themselves can connect with, regardless of their culture. Through her books, Dr. Muchiri hopes to interest others in Kenyan culture and inspire them to donate to her cause.

Dr. Mary MuchiriDr. Mary Muchiri currently works as an English teacher at Taylor University, located in Upland, Ind. She received an undergraduate degree and a teaching certificate from the University of Nairobi, in Kenya. Dr. Muchiri began her career as a high school teacher in Kenyan institutions in 1970, and taught at a science teachers’ college from 1971 to 1974. From 1980 to 1981, she continued her education at The University of Manchester, located in the United Kingdom, graduating with a master’s degree in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages). In 1994, she earned a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Lancaster University, which led her to teach in Kenyan universities from 1995 to 2001, when she moved to the US. Dr. Muchiri’s greatest achievement would be having a positive impact on the lives of other Kenyan girls by helping them pursue the same opportunity for college education that she received.

For more information about the Kenya Girls’ Scholarship or to make a donation, please visit the Josephine Wambui Kimori Scholarship Fund website.

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