From the Field . . . 2016 09

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Two boys wade through flood waters in Bangladesh.

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Driven from his home by rising floodwaters, this man collects his meager possessions before heading to a flood shelter.

BANGLADESH – Flooding caused by heavy rains annually displace millions around the world – destroying homes and possessions, and leaving many dead. And while the news media has been filled recently with stories about historic floods here in the U.S., we are hearing little about the suffering saints hard hit in poverty-stricken countries like Bangladesh.

As monsoon rains and wind hammer the country, villagers simply try to survive, and then carry on their lives once the waters recede.

“The flood situation is improving [in] some places but the situation [in my village] is becoming worse day by day because the water is increasing every day,” reports Louis, the leader of an indigenous ministry in southwestern Bangladesh.

Government help is scarce, and victims of national disasters rely on native ministries like the one Louis leads for much-needed assistance. As Christians reach out in love to villagers, they meet immediate physical needs and encounter more opportunities to share the life-saving gospel of Christ with the lost.

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Residents drive, walk, or ride bicycles along the flooded district highway following recent floods in Bangladesh.

Unfortunately, local ministries have very limited funds. They do what they can, but desperately need support from their brothers and sisters in the U.S.
“We are praying to the Lord so that we may stand beside these [hurting] families,” Louis says. “Lord willing, we want to help 200 families [in my village].” He added that the ministry can help victims through this disaster at an incredibly low cost . . . less than $25 per family.

During my recent trip to Bangladesh, I saw the massive flooding, and I realized two things: God desires that we reach out to these hurting people (“For the poor shall never cease out of the land:  therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land” – Deuteronomy 15:11), and that through this terrible disaster the gospel of Christ will go forth to bring spiritual life to the perishing.

The native ministries here, like the one that Louis leads, are God’s hands and feet in countries like Bangladesh. Through them, the Lord is accomplishing great things, and His kingdom is growing.

I invite you to join with the AIM International staff in praying for our dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering, right now, from this flood that has impacted so many lives in Bangladesh.
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