Isaac Bairagee dreamed of a church in his hometown of Chittagong, Bangladesh’s largest business center and main seaport. For 15 years Isaac, now the church planting director in Bangladesh, prayed for his dream to become a reality. There never seemed to be enough funding to start a congregation.
A private donor provided funding for a small piece of land in Chittagong sometime ago, but no church was ever built and no congregation started. It is a blessing that piece of land was purchased when it was, as the property now is worth $200,000, 167 times what the average Bangladeshi pastor makes in a year.
Then two years ago Global Mission approved special funding to build a church building and to send pioneers to work in this city of 3 million people.
This past November Isaac attended the dedication of the first Adventist church in Chittagong, thanks in part to your support of Global Mission. “We have eight city evangelists actively working in various parts of this city,” says Isaac, “slowly penetrating the darkness and bringing the good news of Jesus to these people.”
To contribute to Global Mission work in Asian countries, such as Bangladesh, please support Fund # 5240
Worldwide there is one Seventh-day Adventist for every 423 people; but it’s far different in Asia. Less than one percent of Bangladesh’s population of 150 million is Christian. In Taiwan, there is one Adventist for every 4,247 people. In Laos there’s not one ordained Seventh-day Adventist pastor for the country’s six million people. Please keep the work in Asia in your prayers.
Global Mission pioneers are local people who dedicate at least one year to starting new churches in areas or among people groups where there is little or no Adventist presence.
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