In the early years of our ministry in Bangladesh— the 1980s and 1990s—Baptist Mid-Missions’ missionaries and those they won to the Lord endured threats, rock throwing, and other persecution as they brought Christ’s testimony to this country. Nonetheless, the BMM hospital ministry and its church are today leading many to faith in Christ. In 2011 alone, 154 new believers were baptized.
Thankful for their salvation and eager to share the Good News, believers have started more than a dozen churches in area villages. The Christians have sent up prayer for Pastor M., who needed help leading his village church. That prayer was answered when God called a Christian man and his wife, Sister R.
Sister R heard the gospel and accepted Jesus Christ when members of the mission church came to her village in 2005. She endured multiple hardships after her decision, but the Lord was by her side. Her mother became sick and died a year later. After that, her father developed cancer. While he stayed at the BMM hospital, staff members shared the gospel, and he accepted Christ. Her younger brother also was saved. Both were baptized in 2007.
Because Sister’s R’s father was unable to work, the family had no income. They had to live like beggars during those years. In 2009, their father died. Sister R and her two younger brothers went to live in the city where the BMM hospital is. The Lord answered her prayer and helped Sister R and her brothers survive.
Two months after her father’s death, Sister R married a Christian man. In His good plan, God called her and her husband to help Pastor M in his Baptist church, which is in her birthplace. To prepare himself for ministry, Sister R’s husband enrolled in the BMM Bible school and graduated last year. Sister R herself has been studying at the Bible school as well. She wants to share her testimony with village people because God saved her, changed her, helped her, and blessed her. God brought missionaries to her country, and He has done great things in her life.