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Bangladesh: Coming to faith during the coronavirus

October 19, 2020

Good news has been a bit sparse this year, but even amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, God is still at work. One church in Bangladesh that Open Doors partners with have seen more and more people come to know the Lord and choose to be baptised. Just last month 15 people from villages in the northeastern part of Bangladesh were baptised. Amazing!

“It was a blessed moment for our church. There were about ten people who got baptised in February this year, and ten more were waiting to be baptised when the country went into lockdown,” said an Open Doors partner, Peter*.

After the baptisms, each person was each given a Bible so that they can read the Word of God on their own.

Image: A Hindu background believer reads her new Bible

Some of these new believers came to faith after attending a local Open Doors’ adult literacy program where people can come to learn to read and write.

Among those baptised were two sisters, Dewanti and Mayna. They were some of the first women to attend the adult literacy program in that area. The sisters had first moved to the village in 2017, where they met Brother Simon* who shared about Jesus with them.

Dewanti and Mayna were not the only ones who were impacted by the ministry of Brother Simon and the adult literacy program. In the past three years that he has been working in the village, 20 families have come to know the Lord and have been baptised. “As they believed, they have already started to go through mental and social persecution, but their unity in Christ amazed me,” said Peter.

Pray now…

  • Thank God with us for these new believers
  • That they will continue to grow strong in their faith and shine His light in their community, despite growing persecution
  • Pray for the work of Brother Simon, the literacy project and Open Doors partners like Peter

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