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Today was our last day in Bangladesh. There was so much anticipation for this visit and we are a little sad the visit has come to an end. Of course we are happy to come home to family and friends and share our experiences with you.

We went to Grace International school today; saw the classrooms and met the children. They are often in need of teachers, so if this sparks your interest, we highly recommend this school. One of our...

We made it back to Dhaka safely. We had train tickets purchased for the trip back to the city, but it decided that it was safe enough to drive back instead. There is much uncertainty in the peoples' daily lives as political unrest continues.

Wednesday we took the motor bikes to a few villages. One of the World Renew partners (PARI) introduced us to a family who are in the trial stage of a new way to plant rice using the...

 

Our trip out to the village today was quite an experience. We rode out in motor bikes! We ended up loving this means of transportation.  They are good option on the road system here. We also found out that they do well on rivers and sand. 

A large part of World Renew’s work is to help the people establish groups within villages. They will work on savings accounts, literacy, book keeping, community  projects and eventually advocate and work directly with the...

Hello Immanuel, today was a good day. It was hot and sunny. We are savoring the nice weather here.

Yesterday we arrived safely at the YWCA in Birisiri. Today we traveled by scooter (a type of golf cart) to a village about 45 minutes away, aprox a mile South of India. We went to a Garo Village and attended a Garo Baptist church. The Garo people are a tribal people located in northern Bangladesh/Southern India. This tribe has been a Christian...

After church this monring, we went for a tour of old Dhaka. Once again, there were so many new sites to see and people's ways of life to observe. At times we feel a bit like obvious tourists due to the crowds that tend to gather around and the many photos we like to take. We've had it a few times today when we pull out our cameras for pictures and then the Bengali people will take out their camers...

It is Friday morning and church day for the city, for both Muslims and Chrisitians at least. The population's religion is 91% muslim, 8% hindu, 1% other (Chritistian, Catholic, other). We will be going to a English speaking church with Kohima this morning. No translator needed! One thing we do appreciate about this visit is that we are able to learn about and understand the muslim religion. Having people with us to explain and answer our every question is wonderful...

Today began with devotions at the Shati office.  Shati is one of World Renew's partners.  After an orientation into Shati's work we left to visit some of the project  sites.  The trip was very interesting...there is no lack of things to look at while you are traveling through Dhaka. What can be carried on or pulled by a bike is amazing.  We thought traffic was plenty busy as the roads are shared by pedestrians, rickshaws, motorbikes, buses (singe and double...

Hello Immanuel family & friends. We've arrived in Dhaka nearly 1 1/2 days ago now. Here it is 12 hours ahead, in case you haven't googled that tidbit of info yet. Our flights couldn't have gone any smoother, so we are very thankful for that. They even arrived on time, which is quite unusual we hear. We all have recovered nicely from the trip, which is important with the schedule they have planned for us. 

Nancy picked us up from the...

Our group is very excited to soon be heading to Bangladesh to visit Nancy TenBroek and her team. We look forward to a time of learning about her work there, fellowship with eachother and an opportunity to see what additional connections can be made between our community and hers. We'd like to say thank you to those who have supported us financially and also through your prayers. There are some specific prayer requests we have for you;

  • good health
  • for safety while traveling (both to and from Bangladesh
  • ...