I heard about Bangladesh today. It’s a country that used to be part of India. Then it became part of the nation of Pakistan. But, back then, Pakistan was divided into two parts—and the part that became Bangladesh was 1,000 miles away from the rest of Pakistan. That’s about how far Washington DC is from Iowa! And they still had part of India in between them. How would you like to live in half of a country—when the rest of your country is 1,000 miles away across India! It didn’t work very well, and in 1971, Bangladesh became its own country.
It’s very hard to live in Bangladesh. It rains about six months out of every year. The rivers flood and destroy people’s homes and crops. Sometimes, the kids have to cross rivers just to get home from school. Sometimes the water gets high. Some of the bridges aren’t very strong and safe, and it is scary to go across.
“Dear God, please help the people of Bangladesh to know You. Help them not be separated from You anymore, like they once were from the other half of their country. And help them know You are the strongest Bridge there is. You take us from the side of sin to the side of God. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”