June 30, 1999
WMU praying for Bengali Muslims
___By Orville Scott
___Texas Baptist Communications
___Woman's Missionary Union of Shelby-Doches Baptist Association has adopted a one-year prayer partnership with the 130 million Bengali Muslims who live on both sides of the India-Bangladesh border.
___"Millions of them have never heard the name of Jesus," said associational WMU President Melba Tiller of First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. "I'm standing on tiptoes to see how God is going to work through the prayers of people in Shelby-Doches Association." The associational WMU put feet to its prayers by sending $1,500 to purchase 300 Bibles in Bangladesh.
___Bangladesh, next to Afghanistan, is the world's second-largest unevangelized country. Less than 1 percent of the 128 million people of Bangladesh are Christians.
___"I've always had a love for missions, and I couldn't get the Bengali Muslims off my heart," said Tiller, who served as a secretary with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and has conducted numerous secretarial workshops in Texas and other states.
___"Through our prayer partnership with Bengali Muslims, Texas Baptists have a wonderful opportunity to bring the light of Christ to the world's largest hidden, unreached people group," said Don Sewell, director of Texas Partnerships for the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
___What Shelby-Doches Association is doing could be done in many other churches and associations, Sewell said, noting that specific prayer requests can be channeled to Texas churches interested in certain countries. Other ways to connect with partnership missions include prayer walks, disaster relief teams, mission trips, agricultural projects and encouraging Baptist businessmen to invest in the area.
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