Recently in Bangladesh, Open Doors (OD) staff visited the widow of a former staff member who died of illness two years ago. His widow, suffering from a fracture in her back and anemia, now lives with her 15-year-old daughter. Following are the reflections on this visit.
When we asked how she is doing, she shared that they do face difficulties, as they are the only believing family within their Muslim community. But they find strength in God. “I read the Bible and also discuss it with my daughter,” she said. “I am also reading all the books my husband used to read for his sermons. Through it, we are depending more and more on Almighty God and we believe He will provide for all of our needs.”
She thanked Open Doors for the help extended to her at the time of the passing of her husband. “When he died, we felt alone and hopeless. But you (OD) came to help. Through your support, my daughter could continue her education. I have some relatives, but they never come to help us. Instead, they try to force us to go back to Islam,” she shared.
Before we left, we held hands to pray for her and her daughter. In gratitude, she said, “Thank you all for coming to visit me and my daughter. I praise God for his blessings and for OD. I will continue to pray also for your ministry that God will continue to use you to support many who are like me.”
Father, thank You for Your sustaining power in the life of this widow and servant of Yours. We take comfort in the knowledge that her husband is in Your presence, free and rejoicing in Your glory. Continue now to grow the faith of this widow her and her daughter. Bring healing and strength to her back and nourish her blood as she continues to serve and follow You. We pray for her daughter’s continued education and spiritual walk that she might grow into a mighty woman of God as she faithfully witnesses to the truth of Christ and His presence in her life. Raise up, Father, a strong community of believers that they might study the Bible together and encourage one another in the faith. In the name of Jesus, who has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows, who was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, and with whose wounds we are healed. (from Isaiah 53). Amen.