“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
This week we are delighted that our partner from Bangladesh has written our weekly blog during Covid-19. Pastor Edwin Baroi is part of the Pastoral Team of the Dhaka Assemblies of God. Rope currently supports two of their children’s homes – Uttara Children’s Home in Dhaka and Alikadam Hostel in Chittagong. Edwin is responsible for working with the homes’ staff to provide regular reports on the children and young people at both provisions for Rope.
Edwin shares the following words of encouragement with us:
I will give you rest.
Jesus shared the following well known words in the context of describing the overwhelming spiritual and physical needs in the towns and villages of Galiliee into which he had sent out his disciples to preach and heal the sick.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
The economic impact of Covid-19 on Bangladesh is overwhelming and will dig deeper as time goes on. The public health system needs to serve a population of 170 million and with 90% of workers in the informal sector unable to work and the commercial sector, such as the garment industry, experiencing cancellation of orders. There is huge anxiety and alarm in the capital Dhaka.
Yet, Bangladesh is a resilient nation.
Just a week before lockdown was announced I was sharing at the Church, and God spoke through me, saying “When we are isolated, when we are at our weakest, we can be most attacked and tempted to do evil” (Matthew 4:1-11). And just after a week suddenly we were all thinking of working from home, not going outside, how to obtain our food supplies and buy things online, trying to understand the quarantine restrictions, etc.
I believe in this troubled time we are getting a lesson worldwide – the things we have been depending on (money, power, etc.) are so fragile and we need to take our focus off from them. We are in need of focusing on someone who is Unchanging, who can be our Firm Foundation, who can be our Refuge, not for just this time, but for now and forever.
When we started the lockdown one of our Church members said that, it is time for a ‘world wide Sabbath’. Depending totally on God for this time and for the coming days. We believe “God will make a way”.
I am encouraging the young people I work with to fast and pray during this period. At the start of the lockdown we had a whole night of prayer where each of us prayed in their own home. We have a history of declaring Freedom for Bangladesh on 26th March in 1971 – so in 2020 we declared freedom in Jesus Name on this 26th March. We will eagerly wait for God’s Victory – keeping in mind that sometimes Declaration of Freedom comes way before the Victory.