Northwest Nazarene University alumni recently returned from a two-week trip to Bangladesh.
One of the highlights for the team was visiting the Village of Hope, a ministry to orphans and widows living as a sustainable community on 17 acres of land. NNU’s alumni team was able to deliver Jesus film-equipment packs and to see the powerful impact this film has on people who are hungry to hear the gospel in their native language.
The team saw firsthand the life-transforming work the Bangladesh Nazarene Mission is doing on a daily basis to feed and to educate over 10,000 children through its Child Development Center. Bangladesh is experiencing miraculous church growth through their holistic approach to ministry by addressing the needs of the entire person.
Tahmina Martelly, an alumnus of the class of 1988 and member of the NNU Alumni Association Board of Directors, was born and raised in Bangladesh. She stated, “In 1993, I gave birth to my daughter who is a freshman this year at NNU; that same year, the first Church of the Nazarene opened its doors in Bangladesh. This year there are over 70,000 members and over 1,879 churches with new ones starting daily.”
Tahmina shares that this trip was more than just a trip for her. “I learned new words for God in the Bangla language—ones I never knew; I sang new songs that were not even written when I became a Christian; I read the Bible and recited the Lord’s prayer in Bangla for the first time and I watched the Jesus film with the Bangladesh people. Most of all, I got to see the word of God come to life. It was a piece of heaven right here on earth. I don’t think there are words in English, or any of the other languages I know, to describe the fullness of my heart. God is indeed good.”