Assisting Indigenous Ministries
MISSION CENTER - BANGLADESH
GCRI - AIM Spring 2021 Project
“[You are] to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of their sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” NIV Acts 26:18
GCRI-AIM will be partnering with Indigenous Mission of Bangladesh (IMB-BGD) for the spring project. IMB-BGD founded in 1992 without any foreign support or involvement by the late Pastor Timothy Debnath was one of the first indigenous missions in the country.
IMB currently has thirty-seven full-time workers, twenty of whom are supported by AIM. In addition to planting churches among those who have never heard the gospel, they operate three primary schools, one home for tribal children, and a dispensary. The current ministry leader, Pastor Louis Biswas, was mentored by Rev. Debnath.
GCRI-AIM invites you to join in funding a Conference and Missions Center to support the work of IMB. Located in the northern region of Bangladesh, these missionaries are based in tribal villages where there is no church, face opposition and spiritual darkness as some of the tribal practices are animistic. The proposed center will help these missionaries regularly come together for spiritual nourishment and training based on the specific challenges they face. The center will also provide classroom and field training for those who want to enter full-time mission work. Two missionary couples will be the caretakers for the center.
Project cost: $77,000.00 (land and building)
Includes: large conference hall, two missionary quarters, large kitchen, and dining hall, bore well, bathroom facilities, worship hall, and two guest rooms for visiting teachers and missionaries. The ministry also plans to use the facility for conferences, training, and annual celebrations during Christmas out-reach.
Praise & Prayer
Praise Report - Your Gifts at Work!
One of the major successes of AIM International is getting much-needed funds directly to the indigenous ministries who have “boots on the ground” right now in areas that desperately need our help.
And poor Christians in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan – devastated by the COVID-19 lockdown – are receiving help, thanks to your support.
Many, like the cleaning ladies in the picture to the left, are blessed to receive needed relief packets containing rice, lentils, oil, soap, masks, and literature on nutrition.
And you have also helped provide food to daily wage-earning families who are out of work. Church buildings are closed [because of the pandemic] but the Church is at work helping those in need.”
Our brothers- and sisters-in-Christ in South Asia are being extremely hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. But the exciting news is that we can feed 20
families for two-to-three weeks for only $250 . . . that’s only $12.50 per family! The relief kit contains five pounds of rice, nearly 4.5 pounds of lentils, more than a quart of
oil, two bars of soap, several masks, and a nutrition education booklet. Please send the very best gift you can!
FROM THE FIELD
“For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.” (Matthew 25:35-36).
“This is an undeniable fact: our world has turned upside down due to COVID-19, and we are in the process of reorienting ourselves to the new, harsh realities of life now.”
These words from Brother I, leader of one of our ministry partners in Pakistan, are true … people are hurting in a way never before seen in our lifetime, and it is only the love of God – expressed through His people – that offers them hope.
“As God’s people, how should we respond in times like these?” Brother I asks before answering: “The most important thing we can do for ourselves and for each other is to remain a community, reaching out, caring, and supporting one another during this crisis.”