One of the goals of the FPC Strategic Plan is to love our neighbor as self by intentionally finding and sustaining ways that we can engage as a community in God’s mission in the world, both locally and internationally. Specifically, to engage in ways that connect us – person-to-person, neighbor-to-neighbor – as we participate in this mission.
As part of our Action Plan, the Outreach Ministry is working to strengthen the relationships with our Outreach Partners, finding ways to connect person-to-person. During Holy Week, Jerry Shetler, Sarah Cooper Searight, and Frank Dodson sent greetings to our partners in the Church of Bangladesh on behalf of the congregation. Below is a return greeting from Rev. Shourabh Pholia, Principal, St. Andrew’s Theological College.
St. Andrews Theological College is a seminary for the Church of Bangladesh. Each year they train 40+ students to work with churches and Christian organizations in Bangladesh. Funds from a 2011 D. Thomason grant were used to establish a computer lab for the students so that they could connect to the internet and become more aware of what is happening around the world. You can learn more about the Computer Lab here: St. Andrew’s Computer Lab.
We will be in communication throughout the year with Les and Cindy Morgan and our partners in Bangladesh as we continue to strengthen our outreach relationships. We will post those communications on this blog.
To, Frank Dodson,
The Moderator of the Outreach Ministry,
First Presbyterian Church of Shreveport, USA.
Holy Week Greetings to you and to all. I am extremely glad to have a mail from you. It has encouraged and blessed us to walk in faith and to glorify Him. In our journey when we hear that faithful friends are with us then it is a blessings indeed and encouraging. Thank you for remembering us when we are no one to remember as we have nothing to share with you all except our love and prayer with you all.
We are glad you have sent people like Dr. Les and Dr. Cindy who are not only missionaries for the people of Bangladesh but they are more than that and that they have proved through their lives and their simple life style. We do glad to God for them. And waiting for them to meet soon in near future. Also requesting please do send some more friends to be with us when they are free. We are looking forward to meet some new friends.
Please convey our regards and greetings to all the members of First Presbyterian Church who are praying for us and helped us. We are keeping your church and the Rev .Dr. Jerold into God’s loving hand and believe that He will bless you all and heal Rev. Jerold for His glory.
Now I like to inform you that now our students have started a basic short course on Computer programs and also they have started an online English learning course introduced by Mrs. Sarah Hall a missionary from CMS.
Now they have started communicating through email, which is a great opportunity for them to communicate and for information.
And in near future 12 more students will use the lab for another online course offered by London Open University.
So, I am glad that you were kind enough to help us to access the opportunity. Thank you once again for your grant. Now we are continuing to use our lab and hope in future it will open many other ways of learning for our students. And believe that you will keep us in your prayer and support us with your presence in us.
May be in future there will be a change and a new principal from Malaysia will come to take over the responsibility. So, I am not sure when it is going to take place but I believe that you will know it. So, please keep me and my family in your prayer so that wherever we are we can work for Him.
With prayer and best regards-
Rev. Shourabh Pholia.