From the Field . . . 2016-06

photo 1BANGLADESH—An 80-year-old Hindu priest turned away from his past life and became a new creation in Christ [“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17)] when he was led to the Lord by the newly-appointed pastor of an indigenous ministry here. He was one of 16 people from the Bormon tribe who were recently baptized in a nearby river.

Prior to the baptism, the 16 men and women confessed their sins to the Lord. This stirred the heart of the former Hindu priest to make a break with his past.

“He asked help to remove his ‘holy thread’ to be free of the bondage [so he could] receive Issue 1- photo 2Christ,” the pastor said. “[He] is cleaning himself from his 80 years [of] sin and the curse of wrong teaching . . . by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and water.”

This ministry in the northernmost regions of Bangladesh rejoiced that the work they have done here is being blessed, and they see the fruit of their labor.

The church there is growing, writes the ministry’s leader, but along with the rejoicing comes the challenge for meeting halls. They grow to a size where they can no longer continue to meet in the homes of the pastors or evangelists.

“By God’s grace, we are growing and are in need of building seven worship houses,” reports one of the ministry’s pastors, adding that they want to construct four temporary meeting halls (made of bamboo and tin) at a cost of $1181 each, and three permanent brick halls at $6385 each. From April through October the rains fall heavy in this region of Bangladesh. These meeting halls will provide Christians a dry place to gather and worship the Lord each week.

A Very Poor Nation

photo 3Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Thirty-six percent of the population makes less than $2 a day, and nearly half of the children are malnourished.

Despite the abject poverty, believers here give what they can in weekly offerings. This picture shows an offering plate with a small amount of money . . . the equivalent of less than one dollar. Instead, Christians typically give from their meager food supply: rice, bananas, a couple eggs, and sometimes even vegetables.

They simply don’t have the money to build the needed church halls . . . they are counting on the support of their brothers and sisters in Christ who are able to help.

To begin, AIM International wants to supply this vital ministry with the money to build the four temporary halls and one permanent hall. This important need comes to $11109. But the believers in Bangladesh, and we here at AIM, know that the Lord loves and cares for His own: And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19).

Please join us in praying for these precious Christians in Bangladesh, that He will meet every need they have, including constructing these much-needed church halls.

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