Bangladesh is one of the largest exporters of tea in the world. Many people in Bangladesh live and work in tea gardens, making very little money and living in deplorable conditions. Cattle and humans often share living quarters.
Lakkhi, a 38-year-old wife and mother of three collects tea leaves to feed her family. She and her husband live in a one-bedroom house on a tea plantation. She has lived this way for years, and remembers a time when she had even less.
“When I gave birth to our first child, we did not have a place to stay. We were on the streets,” she says. “I prayed to God to send us help. I believe God heard my cry for help and a kind man offered us a place to stay for the night. I will never forget those days.”
Even though Lakkhi prayed to God, she did not have a relationship with Him. She found out about a Bible-based Literacy program through a Christian friend who had shared the story of Jesus with her.
“The Bible stories encouraged me to find satisfaction and joy in Jesus,” she says. “Our teacher often said that Jesus will grant us an abundant life, satisfy our hearts and fill us with joy. His words spoke to my heart; I had anything but a satisfying life.”
Lakkhi confessed her sins and surrendered her life to Jesus, and she says it was the best thing she ever did. “I began to value myself for the first time. People started respecting me.” She also prayed for the abundant life and the peace and joy her teacher spoke of, and God answered.
“Jesus gave me a new life,” she says. “I have hope and a reason to live a satisfying life. I’m very grateful to Bible League for showing me this life in Jesus.”