Finding Rest in Jesus Christ
Bondona is a 36-year-old mother of two who was born and raised in a Hindu family in southwestern Bangladesh. Though her husband works hard as a carpenter, he doesn't earn enough money to make ends meet. Bondona works in a field to try to help. Daily life for her is unrelenting. She says sadly, "I always wonder if I will ever be able to relax."
Bondona's husband has a very short temper. Eventually, he began verbally and physically abusing her. She says tearfully, "He would say, 'I'm not good enough for him or his parents.'" The more cruelty she suffered, the deeper she spiraled. Bondona explains soberly, "I contemplated suicide. The feeling of being unloved and lonely is the worst." Her sons tried their best to comfort her when they would see her sobbing.
Then one day, a friend invited her to Bengali Bible-based Literacy and life began to look a little brighter. She recalls, "I didn't know what the class was, but I was longing to spend time with other people." Like many girls here, Bondona didn't go to school since her family couldn't afford it, and it's also customary for girls to work at home.
At first, Bondona couldn't even hold a pencil. But her teacher was very patient. And after every lesson, he would pray. She notes, "We shared our sorrows in class and prayed." When he read, "'Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,'" Bondona felt hopeful. She smiles, "Jesus' words touched my heart. Rest is something I seldom experienced, but I felt at rest while in class."
Soon after, Bondona began a relationship with Jesus Christ. She joyfully says, "Many of my friends from class are very encouraging. And my sons are overjoyed to see me happy." Though Bondona has yet to tell her husband about the class, she is praying for him. She hopes you will pray for him, too. Bondona beams, "Thank you for coming into my village and providing me this unique opportunity. I have a new life because of it."