Jagarnath Kacchap became part of our family when the End-2-End Initiative project involving the crafting of Bible Stories in six Bihari-Jharkhand languages commenced in July 2008. Panchpargania was a language identified as in need of God’s Word through a State-wide Consultation held in January 2008 in Patna, Bihar where Church Planters, Bible Translators and Resource Partners gathered. We were delighted to get to know Jagarnath as the project started and have had the privilege to serve with him since then for the Luke Translation work, the Jesus Film, the New Testament project and MAST workshops…and more. He was a precious brother in Christ.
We were grateful to Jagarnath for his obvious love for the Lord and zeal to serve the Master always. He was so committed to his work and often narrated to us stories of the challenges faced by rural villagers in Bundu district of Jharkhand, where a large number of people spoke the Panchpargania language. We also were delighted to meet his wife, Jalhi Vina Toppo as she used to come occasionally to Purnia for various meetings.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints,” (Ps 116:15) says the Psalmist. As we reflect on the tragic passing away of our dear brother and his sister-in-law, our thoughts focus on our heavenly home and eternal hope. We must believe that the Lord who conquered death and suffering, will comfort Jalhi, Satish and Samuel, and the aged mother Agni Devi.
Our future glory outweighs by far our present sufferings. St. Paul says “I consider our present sufferings insignificant compared to the glory that will soon be revealed to us.”
With this hope may we comfort ourselves and continue in the faith and work for the Lord. Let us continue to pray and support the bereaved family in all ways possible.
May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus Christ fill our hearts with hope and renewed faith.
Jagarnath Kacchap pictured fourth from left, with his Mother Tongue Translator (MTT) colleagues from Bihar and Jharkhand teams, in the Fall of 2009.