News and Events
Mr. Tarini Soren, husband to Bangla Hope’s Executive Administrator Suchitra Soren in Bangladesh, has been diagnosed with severe blockage to his heart and, Lord willing, will undergo open-heart surgery for a triple bypass on October 30. Mr. Soren has been employed with Bangla Hope practically from its founding in 2004. He currently serves as our cashier. Suchitra was first employed as a secretary but was later asked to be the Administrator for Bangla Hope. The Soren’s have sacrificed to make Bangla Hope successful. Their humble leadership has been invaluable to our mission. Please keep them both in prayers as they face this crisis and if the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart about helping with his hospital expenses it would be greatly appreciated. Estimated cost is $5000.
UPDATE: We are praising God for His abundant blessings! We have received all the funding needed for Miriam’s surgery. Thank you all for continuing to support us through your prayers and donations.
Miriam Hasdak joined Bangla Hope when it was founded fourteen years ago. She began working as a caregiver and has recently been filling in to assist with our medical needs. She puts in endless hours caring for our sick children, providing medications, bandaging injuries, and weary hospital stays with our children who are hospitalized for any reason.
Miriam has recently been diagnosed with ovarian cists and now needs medical attention herself. She has been dragging her feet to acquire the much-needed medical help because of the costs involved. I have instructed Suchitra, our administrator, to get Miriam into the hospital as quickly as possible and that God would help us to find the funds to aid in her recovery. It is estimated that her operation may cost around $2500.
May the Lord bless you as you continue to work for His soon return.
Thanks to our amazing supporters, all of the money has been raised to purchase the new copier. It’s so helpful to be able to count on friends who respond to the work we do. Each year Bangla Hope continues to advance its mission of feeding, educating and bringing Jesus to these children. Thank you again for your generosity!
Occasionally emergency needs arise in which we need an immediate answer. This is one of those times. Our copy machine in the administrative office in Bangladesh is quickly dying. It is the only copy machine we have for major needs. It is used for office, school materials, and copying Bible coloring pictures for our weekly branch Sabbath Schools, as well as an endless array of other tasks.
It has been in intensive care for at least the last year, but it is getting weary. Asking a VW to do the work of a ¾ ton pickup truck leaves a lasting mark.
If the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart would you consider helping us in this hour of emergency? Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our children and the people of Bangladesh.
Executive Director, Bangla Hope America
“Would you like to purchase my land?”
This question is asked on various occasions particularly from people who are hoping to receive a price higher than the value of the land. Normally the question comes to us for parcels of land that are less than an acre. This question, however, was from a police officer who owned ten bighas (about 3 acres) of land just outside our wall. Our campus and the land for sale is currently separated by a narrow piece of property owned by a local farmer. Obtaining the property would mean doubling the size of our existing campus. The asking price for the three acres is $72,000, which would include the cost of the land ($60,000) plus taxes and fees ($12,000). The asking price is a little higher than normal due to the fact that it is a large piece of property.
The police officer and his wife arrived to negotiate with Bangla Hope’s leadership to see if something could be worked out. Naturally, we don’t have $60,000 laying around with which we can purchase property. That’s God’s business! He owns the cattle on a thousand hills and if His purpose is for us to use this property He will provide. After an entire day of negotiations, land measurements, discussions, prayer, re-negotiations, land investigations, etc. the final conclusion was, in reality, a blessing. The current owner has been leasing out his land for Tk 100,000 (about $1200) per year to another farmer. If he was going to sell his land he would have to return the leasing funds. So, with all of that said, here is what God has blessed us with.
Bangla Hope is now leasing the ten bighas for the next four years with the option to buy. The asking price will remain frozen for the next two years to see if we can raise the money. If we do not raise the funds after two years he will be free to sell it to someone else. Monies given for leasing the property will go against the purchase of the land.
Opportunities of this nature do not come along often in Bangladesh where property is at a premium. I personally believe that this is an opportunity given to us by God. Already rice is being planted on the new property which will be a great asset. Above everything else we desire to do God’s will. If you feel that this is something that we should pursue consider helping us raise the funds to make this land purchase as quickly as possible. With our students getting older, having land to cultivate will be an added blessing.
May God lead you as you consider partnering with us in this pursuit.