Christians enduring after-effects of storm

June 5, 2009

Recent floods like this one are a common occurrence in Bangladesh.

A native missionary from Bangladesh wrote Christian Aid saying: "I am sure you are aware that Cyclone Aila hit our country and has caused much damage. The current death toll is 125 people, and there are still many missing. Although we are now safe from the storm, we really need help in overcoming this devastation."

Most people live in the rural areas that were hardest hit by the storm. "Many have lost their homes, crops, and animals. Along with the rest of the survivors, Christians are also suffering due to the food crisis," he continues.

Bangladesh is among the top ten most populous countries in the world with approximately 150 million people. It is also the densest (Russia´s size is 120 times larger than Bangladesh with about the same number of people). Health problems, especially malaria, leptospirosis, and dengue fever affect thousands of people after every disaster strikes.

"Lots of villages were affected by the flood in the Khulna and Satkhira districts. Please keep the suffering people in your prayers," writes another brother ministering in these areas.

New believers being baptized.

Despite (or maybe due to) the instability, conversions are taking place. "We recently held baptism services at Prigacha, Tangail. His boundless mercy keeps on giving the privilege of becoming members of God´s own family," he added.

Bangladesh is a predominately Islamic society. Only 0.4% acknowledge Christ as their Saviour. And many people lose their lives every year due to natural calamities, such as flooding, cyclones, tornadoes, or tidal waves. Those losing their lives have also lost their chance for eternal life. "We are very much thankful to the Lord for Christian Aid supporters who are always helping us in continuing the work," writes the committed sister who has continued her late husband´s ministry in Dhaka.

Please pray that the gospel would spread quickly in a region where life itself is precarious.