Convention in Bangladesh
The FMI group held 4 convention classes for the FMI-supported pastors and church planters. The theme—Propelled. These classes coated catching and casting “the Lord’s specific vision for ministry in their community”. Allen additionally taught classes specializing in the lifetime of Moses in Exodus, and the way God referred to as Moses, calibrated his imaginative and prescient, and ultimately introduced that imaginative and prescient to actuality.
“We enjoyed times of focused prayer, worship, hearing reports from our partners, and providing them and their families with a refreshing break to help prevent ministry burn-out,” Allen says.
Throughout the family-friendly conferences, a United States-based pastor’s spouse led classes for the opposite pastors’ wives, too.
This time of encouragement and empowerment is a rarity for Christian girls in Bangladesh.
“They don’t have women’s conferences and the sort of support that Christian women here in the West often enjoy. That was a real treat for them. Their sessions focused on Bible studies about the various treasures that they have received from the Lord, and how to use those treasures in their families and churches,” Allen explains.
“It was really an empowering time for the pastors’ wives as well.”
Faithfulness in Face of Trials
Nonetheless, one of many tales Allen collected whereas overseas was of FMI-supported Pastor Tomal, a Muslim background believer (MBB). Pastor Tomal ministers in a village of 1700 individuals, however there are solely 20 believers. For a lot of believers in Bangladesh, it’s not unusual to really feel remoted as a spiritual minority.
“Those few, those 20 are facing a difficult time as well. But Tomal has told us that he encourages his people not to be scared because God is with us. And then, he starts telling us about his story, how he’s recently been beaten. He was in prison for three days because of baptisms that he had been holding. Because he baptized three Muslim background believers openly. He was beaten, he was imprisoned,” Allen says.
“He says, ‘even in prison, I was not scared. While I was in prison, I kept testifying to Christ, even when the people around me were threatening me.’ And I used to be so inspired to see that within the face of risk, within the face of beatings, within the face of imprisonment, that Tomal does not waver.”
When you would, please pray for Pastor Tomal and his congregation. Pray for all Christians in Bangladesh, for his or her perseverance, encouragement, and safety.
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Be part of Mission Community Information tomorrow as we take a look at how congregations in Bangladesh are maturing and what the means for the native Church.
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