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Life is very much like rafting a river. You kick back and enjoy the peaceful moments as you float the tranquil waters that run deep…not knowing that you are just moments away from class 5 rapids. It happens in an instant, and then, all that you can see is white water.
October 10, 2018 was just another day for Tarini Soren, cashier for Bangla Hope. Suchitra, his wife, has been the Administrator of Bangla Hope since 2005. However, on the 11th of October Tarini began to complain the he wasn’t feeling well. He began to experience dizziness and felt pain in his left arm. Suchitra checked his blood pressure and became extremely concerned that there was something seriously wrong. On October 16 they visited a physician who informed them that Tarini had had a heart attack sometime recently and that he needed further evaluation as soon as possible.
On October 18, the report came that he had serious blockage and needed to see a specialist soon. Sabbath evening after sunset the Sorens boarded a bus bound for Dhaka where Tarini had scheduled an appointment with a Christian doctor at Square Hospital for the 21st. After an examination Tarini was immediately admitted to the hospital where an angiogram revealed serious blockages in three main vessels. The only option was open-heart surgery.
The doctor wanted to operate immediately, but Tarini decided that he needed time to consider how best to proceed. After several days of prayer and discussion with his family, he finally consented to the bypass surgery which took place on October 30. Surgery began at 8:30 am and Suchitra did not receive a report regarding the outcome of the surgery until 4pm that day. The news was good, however. Tarini had had a successful quadruple bypass and was doing as well as could be expected.
Tarini was immediately moved to ICU with the expectation of remaining there five days. However, it would be nine grueling days before Tarini was moved into a regular hospital room. Sleeping was practically out of the question and food was unappealing.
The days seemed to stand still for Tarini and he almost wished that he had never had the surgery. On November 8, he was finally transferred from ICU and on the evening of the 10th released from the hospital. It was assumed that he would have to remain in Dhaka until somewhere around Christmas but at his follow up appointment on the 17th the doctor insisted that home would be a better place to mend.
The Sorens wasted no time obtaining a van to bring them back home on November 19. Children and staff ran from all over the campus to greet the Sorens as they drove in the gate. We immediately gathered in a circle of prayer thanking God for all of the prayers that He had answered on Mr. Soren’s behalf.
We thank you for your prayers and concern for the Sorens. It has been a rough patch for them!
If you wish to help in meeting the financial expenses for his surgery, it would be much appreciated. The total cost was $5,000. Thank you for your love and support for our Bangla Hope family!
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.
In the south of Bangladesh we sponsor a village school called Bangla Hope Talpukuria Village School. This whole area is almost always underwater, so boat travel is the only reliable mode of transportation. Last year we discovered that the boat they used to transport the children to and from school daily was old and in disrepair. Despite its poor condition, it continued to be used six times per day by 22 children.
Our Executive Director Robyn Griffin wrote the following:
“So…Nishikanto is saying they’re in desperate need of a boat immediately at Talpukuria Bangla Hope Village School. What am I supposed to do? We don’t have funds in the budget to cover these extra expenses!” Litton Mowalie, Bangla Hope’s CFO in Bangladesh, was meeting with Nisikanto Baroi, the superintendent of all of our village schools, as they were discussing needs of the schools for the new school year. Litton was well aware of the huge needs of the Village Schools, but at a loss to know where to get the funds. He dialed my number requesting that, if possible, I could come to his office immediately. As I sat in his office listening to the needs, I realized that the request was on my shoulders…without the boat it would be nearly impossible to operate a school there. The boat is their “school bus”! God loves that word impossible! “What should we do? It will cost $500 to purchase a new boat. Do you want me to pay it even though it is not in our budget? And from where shall I take the funds?” Litton asked. I was still listening, but my heart was praying, “Dear Lord…what do we do here? This is Your program… please direct our hearts!” After a few more minutes of discussion, the answer came…not in an audible voice, but in the sweet calm of a gentle peace…go forward! “Let’s order the boat!” I heard my voice say. “We will find the funds! God will help us find the funds!” Litton beamed, “That will be a huge blessing to the students and the school! If you say so…I will release the funds!” Our CFO, Litton Mowalie, is a man of principle with a huge desire to do his best in everything. He feels the need to assure that everything is done as to the King… because, in fact, it all belongs to God. Having decided to release the funds, we gathered in a tight band, lifting our hearts to God in prayer and giving the problem of where to find the funds into His care and keeping. After all…He is the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills…and the boats in a thousand rivers! Early the following morning was my weekly phone call to Hazel at the head office in Kennewick, WA. In the midst of our discussion Hazel asked, “Oh, by the way… a woman donated $500 for something that is NOT in the budget! Do you have anything in mind that we could put this towards??” Less than twenty-four hours and our prayers had been answered…in fact, the money had been donated at least a week before our discussion! Isaiah 65:24 flooded my mind with full force, “It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” It is true…we really have nothing to fear for the future except that we forget the way the Lord has led us in the past!! God…makes us like that!
Below are pictures of the old boat, and the new boat where the children can now safely and reliably continue their education.