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“You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 1:7b-8

Liplal Mardy and Tapan Roy (2005)
Broadcast Jesus

These two evangelists in Bowalmari District, Faridpur, Bangladesh, were stabbed to death around midnight on 29 July 2005. Liplal, 35, and Tapan, 30, had been showing a film about Jesus, as well as health education films, in villages around the area. For this they had received at least two verbal threats from the head of the local madrassa (Islamic religious school), telling them to stop. After the second threat they ceased their work and were planning to leave the area, but were murdered before they could do so. This incident is chillingly similar to the killing of Hridoy Roy in 2003 (see 24 April).

it sometimes feels
as if I have to give up my life
before I’m ready.
It hurts to let go.
Give me the courage
to take a step forward into the unknown,
trusting that your love will be there somewhere,
giving me new life.


Prayers for Today’s World (no. 308)