FMI helped provide sources to assemble the church constructing. Allen was to evangelise on the dedication and doc it by photographs and a written report, to later share with donors and the FMI board. Nonetheless, issues didn’t go as deliberate.
The morning Allen was to make the final leg of the journey to the church website, there have been particular intelligence navy officers ready for Allen.
“These officers were saying, ‘We cannot let you go any further. We know you have the permission. We see your papers. But, we had to track you down because last night while you were sleeping, there was a terrorist incident. Six local officials in that area were assassinated by terrorists. In addition, 50 other people were wounded and they had to be hospitalized,’” Allen recollects.
For context, the closest hospital to this space was nonetheless 5 hours away and required touring by distant, jungle-like terrain.
Nationwide Believers at Work
Allen was touring with two native ministry colleagues who have been allowed to enter the realm, beneath the situation that Allen willingly undergo a brief home arrest. Whereas Allen stayed behind, these two males traveled on and cut up the duties of preaching on the church dedication and documenting the occasion.
“It simply jogged my memory of how very important this technique is of partnering with native believers as a result of, primary, that is an space the place foreigners aren’t allowed anyway. We can’t ship somebody from Canada, the UK, the US to enter these restricted-access locations to function missionaries. It is simply not allowed by the federal government.
“And but, that is not a barrier to God’s Spirit. He has already raised up Christian leaders in these tribal areas which have restricted entry,” Allen explains.
In these distant areas, native Christians reside the Nice Fee and never solely sharing about Christ, however discipling and strategically maturing their congregations.
FMI exists to assist empower these native believers of their work. God is utilizing the faithfulness of those Christians to make Himself identified in Bangladesh.
“It just reinforced that fact that partnerships with the local believers are so invaluable,” Allen says.
Pray for believers in Bangladesh. Pray for his or her safety, perseverance, and obedience to the Gospel. Ask God to assist these native Christians endure the trials they face, the persecution they maintain, and for God to construct their ministries and fortify them.
Additionally, pray for the congregations these FMI-supported pastors and church planters disciple. Lastly, pray these identical congregations would catch the imaginative and prescient for a rising Church.
Will you associate with the Church in Bangladesh and assist nationwide FMI pastors and church planters?
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Header photograph courtesy of FMI.