In January I posted the message below from Jyoti Ratna in Bangladesh.

Greeting in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am working with College of Christian Theology Bangladesh since 2011 as the BTh Dean. Now I am trying to go abroad for my Higher Theological studies because at CCTB skilled faculty is very needed. This year I have applied to the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary to study my MDiv . They have accepted me as their MDiv student. I will be there in the last week of May 2020. But still I am struggling for my fund. If I get $1500 financial support then my journey will be easy. Please pray for me so that God provide my needs. It is my desire to equip myself so that I can teach Theology to a high standard at CCTB. Please pray for me.

This week I heard back from Jyoti. Please continue to pray for this need. Here is a bit of her story:

Call to the Ministry

Jyoti Ratna

I was an active member of our church youth fellowship when I was youth. From that time I felt strong desire in my heart to work for God. In 2003, after completing my Bachelor of Arts, I come to Dhaka. I was living in a girls hostel and was looking for a job. At that time many people told me I could work with an NGO, but when I prayed to God, I felt in my heart that God told me to wait, ‘I want to use you for spread my Kingdom’. Then a few months later the General Secretary of Bible Students Fellowship of Bangladesh called me to work with them. It is a youth movement. I started my work as a Youth Minister. Though my salary was a very small amount but God told me ‘I am building you for me’. During that time I was doing the Diploma of Christian Ministry and Diploma of Theology at the College of Christian Theology Bangladesh (CCTB). After completing Dip.CM and Dip.Th, I have studied my Bachelor of Theology and Master in Christian studies from this College. In 2008, when I completed my Master in Christian Studies from CCTB then they offered me work as a faculty member, I told them to wait and I would pray to see if God wants me to work with CCTB. In 2011, I involved with CCTB family as a Faculty and now I am working as the BTh Dean. while serving of the Lord, I faced many difficulties in my life, but God protected me, cared me and helped me. I saw God’s mighty hand upon me. Many accidents have happened in my life, like Bus accident, Car accident, Rickshaw accident – in all situations I saw God’s mighty hand upon me. He protected me and saved my life. It’s increased my faith in God, made me spiritually mature and built me for the work of God. Through these kinds of matters, I realize that God has a special purpose for my life. Some time Satan brings different kinds of difficulties in my life and wants to destroy God’s plan but God always protected me, and he will fulfill His plan through my life. I am happy that God is using me for His Glory in Bangladesh. I want to go a long way for God. Now I am preparing myself for the MDiv study in Philippines. This journey is not easy for me. Still I have some problem, specially my financial problem. Please keep me in your prayer.