If there’s one thing Bangladesh Nazarenes know, it’s how it feels to lose everything due to catastrophic flooding and storms. That’s why when news reached them about how Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast in late October, they wanted to show their love and support tangibly.
Nazarene staff members in Bangladesh gave an offering of US$1,424 to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International for clean-up and relief efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.
“The money was raised from the Church of the Nazarene Bangladesh and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries-Bangladesh staffs,” said Nathan, a district superintendent. “They contributed one day’s salary for this.”
On November 11, several churches added offerings of US$766 to help their brothers and sisters in the West.
“We are poor country, but we have a heart for them, we want to show our love to them,” said Mrs. Mina, a Bangladeshi Nazarene. “As we follow Christ, we are bound to do that…. He can use this small gift in a bigger way.”
Nathan said that like the New Testament account of the young boy who gave his lunch to Jesus, who multiplied it to feed 5,000 people, so God can multiply the offerings from Bangladesh to bless those who have lost homes, loved ones, jobs, and other necessities in the hurricane.
“It’s a great privilege for us,” said Mr. Karim. “We don’t have enough, but we have a heart for them. We want to share something with them so that they can feel that they are precious to us because we are Body of Christ. I feel proud that I got the opportunity through Nazarene Church.”
Hurricane Sandy hit Jamaica, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles, and then came ashore near Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the United States. It is estimated that at least 70 people were killed in the Caribbean and another 120 in the U.S., according to The Washington Post. Reuters and Time reported that the storm caused $20 to 60 billion in damage and lost business in the U.S.
—Church of the Nazarene Eurasia Region