On July 1, 2016, a small group of terrorists attacked a bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing 29 people.
The next day, Mary Beth and team of Eurasia interns arrived in Bangladesh, and traveled to the place where they were staying, just 500 feet from where the terrorist attack had taken place.
They knew before flying into the country that there had been an attack, and that there was no guarantee they would be safe. Yet when given the opportunity to turn back, not one of these interns shrank back from the task before them.
What would possess young adults with their whole lives ahead of them to throw caution to the wind and enter a county they knew to be dangerous?
One thing: the leading of the Holy Spirit. Before traveling on from Hong Kong (where they’d first learned about the attack in Dhaka), the team prayed about what they should do, and all six interns said they felt a peace about going on to Bangladesh.
God honored their obedience with fruitful ministry and life-changing experiences. Not only did the team get to spend some time at the Home of Hope in Bangladesh, they traveled on to Sri Lanka, the Islands,* and Thailand, serving with local organizations and sharing the Gospel with Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhist. They shared their stories dozens of times, got henna tattoos from orphaned children, rode elephants, rickshaws, and tuk tuks. They got to eat local food, which was sometimes an adventure, like when they found all the parts of a chicken in their curry. And most importantly, they got to hear, see, and be a part of the ways God is moving among the people of Southern Asia.
Eurasia is a volatile region. Going there is not always safe. But it is important. Revelation 12:11 says, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. They did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
The way to overcome the enemy is place our trust in the One who saves us from a fate worse than death, and to follow him in obedience wherever he leads us, no matter the cost.
And it will be worth it.
One of the interns who went on the trip said,
“Bangladesh is a place that very much, as a whole, reminds me of Jesus. There is nothing at first sight that is pleasing or desirable, yet when you begin to engage you realize the beauty and wonder of it. The people are so loving and thoughtful, yet they are hungry for a savior that sees them.”
Southern Asia is need of people who are willing to go and share with them the hope of Jesus. Mary Beth is taking another team this September. They will spend two months ministering in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Islands.* Would you prayerfully considering going on this trip? It will change your life!
Thanks, as always, for the part you play in the Eurasia Community. We couldn’t do this without YOU.
* This term is used to protect the safety of those going to this nation that is closed to the gospel.