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My name is Kate and this last spring quarter was a crazy roller-coaster ride. I finished my sophomore year of nursing at Walla Walla University and had plans to continue my degree at the WWU Portland School of Nursing campus in the fall. But, God had different plans for me, plans that I didn’t think were possible.
For the past few months have been having these thoughts about taking a year off to go serve in a community, although I knew deep down inside that it was only a dream for the far-out future. At the end of May, however, I felt that I needed to take steps and clear my mind of the consistent and unsettling controversy happening in my own brain.
Through a lot of considerable thought, prayer, and being fully vulnerable with myself, I have enthusiastically accepted God’s call for me to serve his people in the country of Bangladesh. There have been many open doors and answers to prayer showing me that God has undoubtedly woven Himself in my life from beginning to the end. I cannot be more ecstatic!
I have the privilege of working with Bangla Hope, an orphanage with 162+ kids who all get to know and feel Jesus’ love. I am planning to leave at the end of September and stay until June 2020. My dad has graciously been helping me with setting up this blog so that you can follow along on this adventure with me. Stay tuned!
Link to Kate’s blog: https://thebangladish.weebly.com/
As many of you know, the Lord presented an opportunity for us to purchase nearly 3 acres of land almost adjacent to our Bangla Hope campus. We have shared with you our efforts as we have labored with the sellers to abide by the terms of the original contract that we had established with them over a year and a half ago. Countless requests were made by the sons of the owners, who were not present at the original meeting when the agreement was signed, to raise the price of the property. Many different tactics were used in an attempt to accomplish this goal but to no avail. We informed them that we had been more than generous with the price and would stick to the original agreement.
Finally, a meeting was set up for June 3 to finalize the purchase. After the government surveyor measured the property, which took most of the day, he declared that only 2.6 acres were free to sell…the remaining .4 acre did not belong to the sellers. The identity of the actual owner of the .4 acre was unknown and it would take between 3-4 years to untangle the situation. Upon hearing that we stated that we would only purchase the 2.6 acres and no more. The sons declared that we must purchase all or none, to which we responded…” Then it is none, I guess”. At that point the sellers resorted to yelling…then tears…then, pleading. They begged us to purchase all of the property. At last, they gathered their things to leave and we informed them that if they were planning on selling the land to us, they MUST do so before June 30…that is the close of our fiscal year and we had re-budgeted everything in order to make this purchase. It seemed that we would not be purchasing the property after all.
After three weeks of silence we were suddenly notified that the sellers would return on June 28th with their own surveyor to re-measure the land and then, sell on the 29th. We informed them that we would only have the government surveyor measure the property and that we would not purchase on the 29th since that was Sabbath but could do so on the 30th. After the re-measurement was accomplished it confirmed that only 2.6 acres were available for sale. The land purchase was made truly at the eleventh hour of our fiscal year.
This is only a very brief description of all that took place; however, the bottom line is…the land now belongs to Bangla Hope! We praise the Lord for His guidance and love. Now, we pray that what is done on this property will truly be a blessing to heaven and to the people of Bangladesh. Thank you for your interest in and support of our mission!
By Debi Axford
Who of us has not, at one point or another, felt as though our look was just a bit outdated and in need of an update? Well, Bangla Hope is no different. We have been around for nearly two decades and decided to refresh our look. Now, when you go to our website, you will notice our new logo. Soon, our newsletter, letterhead and other materials we utilize to connect with the public will also sport this new appearance.
Over the years, Bangla Hope has benefited from the volunteer service of many dedicated, Christian, young people who have served us in Bangladesh as Student Missionaries. This past year, I reached out to Walla Walla University to see if we could engage the services of a Marketing Intern to volunteer in helping us update our look. The Lord had just the right young person in mind: Madison (Madie) Youngberg.
Madie was a senior Graphics Design student. A big part of her senior year was completing a senior graphics arts project. Madie has a heart for missions as mission service runs deep within her family, and she volunteered many hours for the Student Missions Office on the WWU campus. Rather than have her hours of work toward her senior project have no practical purpose, Madie determined she wanted Bangla Hope to benefit from her efforts. Thank you Madie for the makeover. We appreciate your hard work and pray God will use your talents for Him in the future.
The Bangla Hope family has grown by four children in the last month!
Lorence Robin Kujur
First of all, let me tell you about baby Lorence. A few years back, baby Lorence’s Mother, Sabina worked as a care giver for the Bangla Hope Orphanage. She left to get married and start a family. She married a young man who works as a Truck helper day and night. He travels far away from home most of the time. When Sabina became pregnant, she felt that it would be nice to go to her Parents home during her baby’s delivery. But home deliveries are so risky. Her parents live in a remote area and it wasn’t good at all! On November 25, 2018 Sabina delivered at home but there was too much bleeding. Later on that day she was taken to the Dinajpur Hospital and by that time Mother (Sabina) passed away. It was a shock for the everybody. The very same day that baby Lorence was born, his mother, Sabina died. Lorence has now joined the Bangla Hope family.
Mow & Mitu Sircar
Now let me tell you about two sweet sisters, Mow and Mitu. Mow and Mitu are still hoping that their father will come home soon after his treatment of hand infections. While their father was leaving, he told them that he will bring some apples and Chocolates back from the city. But it did not come true. Tragically their father passed away. Their Mother and Grandparents are so sad. Their Father was the only person who made income for the family as a day laborer. Now they don’t have any hope. It was a great time for the family during the Sabbath day – the children went to Church with their family, but now they miss their Dad and are so sad. Mother doesn’t know what to do with these two kids because they don’t have enough food. Neighbors helped to give food for few days only, but the family needs more of that. They began searching for a placement for the little two kids because Mother must go to work and support herself and could not care for the children. They heard about Bangla Hope Orphanage and applied for the children to become part of the Bangla Hope family. At present Mow and Mitu are playing together at Bangla Hope orphanage and making new friends in the Children’s Home & adjusting to the environment.
And lastly, I introduce you to Suporna. Suporna has had a remarkable journey. Here is her story: Suporna was born close to Kalkata, India. Kolpona, the mother of this baby, went there without any passport and visa. She married a Hindu man who drank too much and worked as a Truck Driver. Later, the man demanded a dowry from her parents but Kolpona doesn’t have parents. For this reason, the drunk man beat her and kicked her almost every night. It was so terrible for the family. One day the husband was found dead on the road side from drinking too much alcohol. But now, Kolpona and her daughter had worse problems, especially no food to eat at home. Mother took the courage to return to Bangladesh to her relative in the hopes she could get shelter and food. She said that her journey was a terrible experience for them while crossing the Indian / Bangladesh boarder; she thought that she and her baby might die or be shot by the Indian Army. But during the night they entered into Bangladesh through the ponds and canals. After coming to Bangladesh she found one of her sisters but she couldn’t help her. Kolpona learnd about Bangla Hope and wanted her daughter Suporna to join the Bangla Hope family. Now Kolpona can support herself through some work, while knowing that her daughter Suporna is being loved, fed, and cared for. At present Suporna is playing with the other kids at Bangla Hope, making new friends in the Children’s Home & adjusting to the environment.
All four of the children are in need of sponsorship.
Please know that when you sponsor a child at Bangla Hope, you are making a wonderful difference in their lives. It is our desire that the children at the Bangla Hope Children’s Home not only have monetary support from their sponsors, but that the sponsors are willing to build meaningful relationships with the children through letters, photos, and possibly gifts on special occasions. Some sponsors are even able to make it over to visit their child/children. If you would like to start sponsoring one of our new children, please get in touch with us!