Tuesday, July 9
Deep within Dhaka’s crowded slums of Khejurbag, the Church of Bangladesh’s Community Intervention Program, led by Shondha When one student, 11-year-old Belal, began to experience shortness of breath and then learned that he had a congenital heart defect, he lost hope of being able to continue his studies. Having no health insurance and being required by the hospital to pay all surgical expenses up front, Belal’s parents, who together earn less than a $100 a month, faced the overwhelming challenge of paying $1,700 for the surgery needed to save their son’s life. After taking on two extra jobs, gathering donations from friends and relatives, and taking out the largest loan they could, they still fell short of what they needed. Distraught, they turned to Shondha.
Shondha immediately opened a bank account in Belal’s name, ran a newspaper article about him, and arranged for a TV crew to record his story so others could hear of his need and contribute. Soliciting the prayers of women’s groups and pastors while gathering donations from projects and individuals, within two weeks she had collected enough for the surgery.
Now home and doing well, Belal hopes to return to school soon. Just when this child had lost all hope, God used his servant Shondha to channel his streams of abundant mercy.
Dr. Cynthia L. Morgan, PC(USA) mission co-worker, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Dr. Cynthia Morgan
Dr. Leslie Y. Morgan, advisers for Health Ministries, Church of Bangladesh
Church of Bangladesh: Rt. Rev. Paul Sarker, bishop (Dhaka Diocese), moderator, Rt. Rev. Samuel Sunil Mankhin, bishop (Kushtia Diocese), deputy moderator
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Dong Jo Lee, BOP
Laura M. Lee, PMA
Let us pray
O God, we thank you for the ministry of the Church of Bangladesh to children in need. We ask that you strengthen young Belal’s heart, beat by beat, and that through the compassionate ministry of your faithful servants, you reveal the depths of your love to those living in the slums of Dhaka. Amen.