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Les and Cindy Morgan
Mission co-workers in Bangladesh
Serving at the invitation of the Church of Bangladesh
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HC 33 Box 53A
Pettigrew, Arkansas 72752
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About Les and Cindy Morgan's ministry
Since 1989 Les and Cindy Morgan have been serving as PC(USA) missionaries in Bangladesh, home to the fourth largest Muslim population in the world. In 1992 they helped the PC(USA) establish a formal partnership with the Church of Bangladesh (CoB), a denomination of over 19,000 members in 94 congregations, and since then have nurtured and helped carry out that church’s health ministries. Christians make up less than one half of 1 percent of the population of Bangladesh.
The Morgans advise and train workers for the health programs of the CoB, including community health programs in five regions of the country, two hospitals, and two nursing schools—all of which help the CoB reach out in the name of Christ to its Muslim, Hindu and Christian neighbors.
The community health programs, integrated into broader projects of the CoB Social Development Programme, employ three complementary strategies—health promotion (the process of empowering individuals and communities to organize, prioritize, and act on health issues), specific disease prevention (e.g., malnutrition, malaria, and diarrhea), and care for the sick (by community members, community nurses, and community clinics). These programs assist some of the poorest people in Bangladesh, in both rural and urban areas. Most recently the Morgans helped the CoB develop a policy to guide the health work of all its social development programs.
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The Morgans also regularly advise Christian Mission Hospital (CMH) in Rajshahi in both hospital management and patient care. CMH is an 80-bed facility and has a Nursing Institute offering a three-year, government-certified training program for 60 students.
Besides advising on patient care at the bedside at CMH, Les and Cindy care for patients in small community clinics in the various CoB program areas. Directly caring for patients gives the Morgans firsthand knowledge of the health issues faced by the people the church is called to serve.
An important part of the Morgans’ work is to nurture the spiritual capacity of the CoB to carry out its health ministries in the name of Christ. At St. Andrew’s Theological College in Dhaka the Morgans teach a weekly class on the Healing Ministry of the Church, which explores the physical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual dimensions of health and helps prepare future church leaders to engage in these issues with sound theological understanding. Cindy also leads quarterly spiritual retreats for the students and on occasion helps lead retreats for all CoB clergy. The Morgans also lead retreats for the health workers of the CoB to strengthen their capacity as servants of Christ.
Les and Cindy enjoy participating in the life of the Church of Bangladesh and over the years have developed strong friendships with members of the church throughout the country. The CoB Women’s Fellowship frequently invites Cindy to speak at their conferences.
About Les and Cindy Morgan
Since 2006 the Morgans have lived in Dhaka, a teeming metropolis of over 12 million people. “With more than 100,000 people per square mile,” they write, “the traffic, the crowds, and the filth can be overwhelming. Although living here is definitely a challenge, opportunities for service abound. Here we are blessed to be able to live out our passion—to embody the loving presence of Christ for those who suffer.”
The Morgans raised three children in Bangladesh. Their oldest child, Laura, is now married and works as an immigration lawyer in Minneapolis. Their youngest child, Stewart, is pursuing a master's degree in Art Therapy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. They lost their middle child, Everett, to bone cancer in 2008.
Les was born in New Orleans and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned his B.A. in biology from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and his M.D. from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport. He later earned an M.T.S. in biblical studies at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and an M.P.H. in international health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Cindy was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up traveling throughout the southern United States and Europe with her Air Force family. She received her B.S. in zoology from Northwestern State University of Louisiana in Natchitoches, her M.D. from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, and her M.P.H. in international health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. More recently she earned a Certificate in Spiritual Formation at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine and ordained to the office of elder in the PC(USA).
The Morgans are members of First Presbyterian Church in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Les - September 15
Cindy - August 11