Dhaka, Bangladesh (Part 1)

Memorial Day weekend our family took a trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh to spend some time with Charles and Cindy and family. This was our first ministry trip for this semester. What an experience it turned out to be! We thought we were pretty well used to travel in Asia and to third world countries. Were we ever in for a surprise! Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, and Dhaka, its capital, has a population of 16 million. The heat and dirt of the city almost overwhelmed us! The day we left the heat index was around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The country of Bangladesh is approximately 90% Muslim, hence the overwhelming need for the Way, the Truth, and the Life! I was so challenged as I saw the dedication of these people to their religion, they were very ready to talk religion with a westerner, mostly debating, but still there was dialogue! I was frustrated and challenged to know the Truth and to be able to present the Message to the lost around me no matter where they may be. That is one thing reaching out will do to you, people will ask all kinds of questions that need answers, and it will show you first hand where your weaknesses are and how much you know or don’t know about the Gospel! We left there feeling like we have received so much: the generosity of Charles and Cindy, meeting the team and seeing them work together, meeting Bengali people and experiencing their culture, and feeling God’s heart that everyone would know Him. I trust this will give you a small window into the crazy, chaotic, and yet very intriguing Bengali culture!!

One of the many mosques in this “City of Mosques”, we could clearly hear the Muslim prayer call 5 times a day from several  different mosques:

You would be amazed what all you can get on a rickshaw!

We had a great time hanging out with Charles’s and meeting their team and neighbors. They were great hosts and made sure we got a flying tour of their city for the short time we were there.

Coconuts for sale along the street:

One mode of transportation besides a rickshaw, a CNG (compressed natural gas). One day we went to visit two different programes that are helping women at-risk and we all crammed into one CNG. Cindy, Heidi, and myself sat on the narrow backseat holding the 4 children, while Charles sat up front with the driver. Yeah, it was a cramped, sweaty ride! Good memories though.

The two beautiful ladies in my life wearing the traditional salwar kameez:

Comments

  1. Lynn and Barb says:

    Hey, Matt and Heidi- this is just great! Thanks for the pictures and updates! We continue praying for you.

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