This article was originally published in the April 2021 edition of ITMI Monthly.
Bangladesh - Pakistan
Part of Pakistan until 1971, Bangladesh's population is just under 89% Muslim. Only 0.9% are not Muslim or Hindu, including Christians.
The Seven Areas of Life Training (SALT) material is a set of seven modules designed to help people apply Biblical teachings to the sin and pain buried deep within their hearts that prevents them from living a victorious Christian life.
In the hands of our national partners, we’ve seen this discipleship material cut through unbiblical cultural beliefs and change lives, families and communities. We receive testimony after testimony of how the Lord uses it to transform people’s minds.
For example, a pastor in India reflected,
“Through this lesson I now know that I have been controlling and seeking praise from my church members. I have been [trying to put myself] in the place of God. Now I am asking God to forgive me from all that I have done and let Him lead me and the people He has entrusted to me.”
A teacher in Pakistan testified,
“I am becoming joyful. Not as much pressure or depression on my mind. After studying this material and having you [Steve E.] teach it to me…it changed my way. I [now know to] ask God for wisdom to make decisions, for everything I need and to give thanks for everything.” That same teacher’s friend observed, “Before, you were one kind of man and now you are another kind of man.”
Part of Pakistan until 1971, Bangladesh’s population is just under 89% Muslim. Only 0.9% are not Muslim or Hindu, including Christians.
With so few believers, it is so critically important that God’s people are firm in their faith, are equipped to handle the persecution they face and built up in Christ to live out their Biblical calling. With such a small segment of the population reached for Christ, there are precious few discipleship resources or growth materials available in their language, Bengali, (also sometimes called Bengla.)
We’ve formed an unofficial partnership with a Bangladeshi pastor, whose name we may never be able to release publicly for his protection. We’ve done the same with a believer in Pakistan.
These believers have the contacts to get the SALT material translated, but not the financial resources. In Touch Mission International would like to pay fair, local wages to have the SALT material translated into Bengali and Urdu, so that it can be used to build up the body of Christ in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
If you’d like to be part of equipping the believers to live according to Biblical teaching, grow in Christ, and reach their Muslim friends and family, this is a tangible and important opportunity to invest in the body of Christ!
We need faithful believers like you to come alongside the believers in Bangladesh and Pakistan and provide financial resources to get the SALT material translated to Bengali and Urdu.
About the Authors
Steve Evers has advocated for and served the ITMI partners as ITMI Director since 2001. Approximately once a year, Steve visits with ITMI partners in their countries and brings stories back to encourage supporters. Steve enjoys photography and mechanics, (both hobbies that have greatly benefited ITMI partners!) Prior to becoming ITMI's Director, Steve served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. Steve lives in Arizona with his wife, Darlene.
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