History not used is nothing, for all intellectual life is action, like practical life, and if you don’t use the stuff well, it might as well as dead. (—Arnold J. Toynbee)
History is a chronological record of significant events (such as those affecting a nation or institution, or organization), often including an explanation that occurred. It helps the generations to know more about what has happened. An account of the past recites the events related to some particular people, their lives, period, and personalities, especially in connection with the human race. It helps the people—old and young to shape the future. It also signifies the particular reference that took place. For example, one of the histories that made the significance among the Garo people; that time was an eye-opener to come to Christ Jesus and started a new chapter for the Christian journey.
The earliest attempt to Christianize the Garos could not fulfill because of the savage minds of Garos. In 1852, Lord Dalhousie wrote a letter to the British government by saying that these Garo tribes should get punished with severe strikes and torture, which may take control over them. It gave some satisfaction but couldn’t control it all. But people like David Scott and Captain Francis Jenkins took this issue in positive ways. Somehow, their ideas towards the Garo tribes were quite relevant and connected. Later on, with permission from the British government Captain F. Jenkins opened a formal school to the Garos at Goalpara in 1847. This news reached and aired till the tiny hamlet of Watrepara and Dambora of Matchokgiri Land. As a result, many young people, including Omed and Ramke, came down to Goalpara and enrolled in formal school education. It has made closer-fitting to the Garos and becoming friends.1
God made a mystery for the Garo people in Garo Hills. He steps down His feet first-ever at Rajasimla. His story imprinted a vital role in Garo society once for all. He established His church at Rajasimla on April 14, 1867, and led the people for constant developments like—religious life, socio-cultural, economic, education, Etc. It has led to a fantastic journey that the British Government made under the leadership of David Scott and Francis Jenkins, the American Baptist Mission Society, along with Dr. Miles Bronson. They made this impact the most captivity aroma of their burdensome labor. They enriched our forefathers—Omed, Ramke, Rangku, and many others. Their maturity in Christian living furnished and transformed the people. It flourished throughout the hill ranges of Garo Hills; took care of all things God created.
We all can say that God is the center and the first relief Provider in the whole universe. God’s plan is the center of all attention and enables Him to serve in the best way. His potential abilities responded to His own people’s call. He could save from the spiritual illnesses in the wilderness. God transformed our forefathers from their evil practices. We all reconciled ourselves through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is the mystery of God’s doing who revealed Himself through the Scripture. The incomplete long-due journey became complete and brought us all into an eternal kingdom in heaven. These golden works marked the real identity of personal stories and fit into God’s account. The Scriptures say to us that God the Almighty is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, and abounding in love and faithfulness (Exo. 34:6). He is a faithful and loving-kindness God, and we can hope for the best because God is profoundly vested in our lives.
His story had been written in every room of our ancestors’ hearts and could come back to perfect communion with God. He has made a mysterious thing through our forefathers, and they became the torch-bearers of God’s eternal kingdom. They showed us the Light of the world to Light before others. So may the same God use us to recreate His story in our times and let coming generations known what happened in the past.