November 02, 2015

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November: Bangladesh

 

  • Capital: Dhaka
  • Population: 156.6 million (2013)
  • Language: Bengali
  • Religions: Muslim, Hindu

Needs

Bangladesh is a densely populated country with over half of the population living below the poverty line.

Bangladesh is plagued with frequent natural disasters including floods and cyclones, political unrest, and religious tension, setting an intricate scene of struggle and opportunity for its people.

The struggles are only exasperated in the rural areas where there is a lack of literacy and little to no understanding of their rights.

DID YOU KNOW: About a third of Bangladesh floods annually during the monsoon rainy season

This month you are helping support:

Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF)

Partner since 2004

The Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship (BBCF) is a group of 492 churches that maintains a passionate commitment to planting churches that holistically serve the country’s tribal groups, Hindu communities and the majority population. BBCF initiates the following programs in targeted villages to bring holistic development:

  • Church Planting
  • Savings Groups
  • Biblical Training
  • Community Health Programs
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Children’s Homes
  • Literacy Programs

 

Dear Passport Participants,

Thank you for helping the country of Bangladesh!

A story from the field:

I report with gratitude, on the accomplishments achieved through our joint partnership with Partners International Canada. Jesus has shepherded us in spreading His kingdom in Bangladesh through ministry. We would like to thank the Partners International supporters for their generous support.

Chakma is a student from the Tribal Girls Home. She joined the Home when she was only 9 and in the 4th grade. She is from the Chakma Tribe. Entina arrived at the Home after her family became believers in Christ. Before arriving at the Home she had no formal education, mostly because her father is a poor farmer and couldn’t pay for her schooling, but also because there are no schools in her village.

Entina has been at the Tribal Girls Home for 10 years. In 2015, she passed her SSC examinations with great success. The Home introduced Christ to Entina and she accepted him as her personal Saviour. Her favorite Bible verse is John 3:16. She also loves the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”, from the Gospel of Luke.

Entina expressed her feelings as follows: “Because I came to the Home, I got a good education. Otherwise I would have grown up uneducated and never gotten the chance to know Christ. For this opportunity, I thank the Lord. Those who have aided me in my education, I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

Entina’s mother expressed her own gratitude as follows: “We are very poor. We could never afford to educate our child. God was kind to her, and provided her education at the Home. I give many thanks to God.”

From the Tribal Girls Home, Entina learned discipline. She learned to be independent and about the merit of punctuality. She wants to put to good use in her own community and church all that she learned about Christ. In the future she wishes to become a nurse and show the compassion of the Lord through her work and career. At present, she has enrolled in a college for higher education. She thanks everyone who has contributed to her stay and wellbeing at the Home.

Once again thanks and regards for your sincere and generous support to BBCF and holding us in your prayers. May God give you strength, joy and resource abundantly so that you can be a good use for Kingdom ministry.

-Leor Sarkar

Director

Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship


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