bangladesha022-web.jpgHere’s an observation from Mark Smith…

“Unless you walk through the corridors of chaos of the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh, unless you see the filthy streets, walk by the beggars that will follow you and rub your arm for several minutes on end, begging for a 2 taka note that’s worth about 3 pennies, unless you see the traffic—the beyond-description traffic—a melding of unending jaywalks, buses, CNGs (little three-wheeled taxis), rickshaws, cars, motorcycles, scooters, fumes, honking, honking, honking—oh, the drone of the maddening traffic, then you cannot know, you cannot feel, you cannot render proper respect for the work being done or the work that remains to reach the people of Bangladesh with the gospel.”

bangladesh-b008-web.jpgThanks, Mark. Your comment reminds me of those times in the gospels like Matthew 9:36-38, “Seeing the people, Jesus felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.’” When you see the crush of traffic here in Bangladesh, the millions of people rushing about, nearly all of whom have no knowledge of Jesus, you find yourself moved with compassion. The outward poverty of the people is a true reflection of their spiritual poverty. In our culture, our outward wealth and success often enables us to ignore our spiritual condition, and Mark is right that the only way to fully appreciate the great need and the great opportunity for the gospel is to get a different view, to take a look at the world as it really is, not just as it is in America. And there’s no substitute for seeing it first hand. There’s a big difference between visiting the Grand Canyon and seeing a picture of it.