Passing the Mantle: the Milton Das Story

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Milton Das is the Director of Bangladesh Children’s Sponsorship Services (BCSS), a partner organization of Asian Aid. He enjoys the smiles and happiness of children and young people after giving hope with assurance of sponsorship for their education. “I enjoy seeing that the students are graduating, being self-reliant and also helping others,” he says. “Further, I am very happy to have very dedicated team.” Before his fourth birthday, Milton lost his father to liver cancer and as a result, his education was put in jeopardy. With his then pregnant mother unable to carry the burden of caring for Milton and his younger brother, he wondered, how would I be able to start school? Who would support my education?

Thousands of miles away, Joy Butlin, a typing teacher, attended a meeting at her job. That day an appeal was made for the staff to join the Asian Aid family and sponsor a child. “I chose Milton that day,” says Joy. Milton was now a part of the Asian Aid family with a sponsor and a chance for a better future. Over the next 20 years, Joy continued to support Milton until he completed his bachelor’s degree in education at Bangladesh Adventist Seminary and College.

Joy was proud of the man who Milton had become. “It is a delight to me that Milton has been able to care for his widowed mother and be a tower of strength for his family, church, and country,” she says. Now, Milton continues to live out his passion of being an “agent for changing lives for this world and the world to come.” He believes he is the fruit of the seeds that were planted so many years ago. “Today,” he says, “Asian Aid is continuing to plant the same seeds of love and care for other children and young people through education; seeds that will bear fruit tomorrow.”

While Milton has a story that is his own, there are many more children who have overcome tough obstacles in their lives to get an education. Asian Aid is a part of many past stories, many current stories, and with your help, many more to come.

 

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Welcome to Bangladesh, Jim!

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Early December, Jim Rennie, CEO, got on a plane for 30 hours of flying from the US to Bangladesh for the first time.

Bangladesh is located on the east border of India and the west border of Myanmar. This beautiful country has a population of over 156 million people and over 29,000 members of the Adventist church. During the first weekend of the visit, he joined in the 100th year celebration of the Adventist church in Bangladesh. For this exciting event, General
Conference President was in attendance with his wife Nancy. Pastor Wilson was proud of the key role Asian Aid has taken in sponsoring children while simultaneously supporting Adventist mission schools. After the ceremonies, Jim flew an hour north to visit the Seventh-day Adventist Maranatha Seminary (SAMS) campus. SAMS is located on the northern end of the Bangladesh-India border.

In that area, security is tight and all foreign visitors are required to have a police escort. For Jim it was very different to have four heavily armed policemen as his escorts. SAMS was built by Garwin McNeilus, an American businessman, in 1993 and has become a huge means of outreach in the area. With over 800 students and about 50 sponsored children, SAMS has a lot of property that includes some vegetable gardens that provides fresh produce for them. The principal, Benjamin Mrong, gave Jim a tour of the campus and pointed out the shortage of computer resources. Recognizing the importance of this need, Jim made arrangements for the school to purchase 20 new computers and two new printers. What a blessing! God is doing a lot through the staff at the Adventist mission schools in Bangladesh to revive hope in their hearts and inspire their minds. Jim looks forward to his next trip back to Bangladesh this year.

 

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Top Instagram Posts of 2016

To ring in the new year, let’s take a moment to celebrate your favorite Instagram posts of 2016.

No. 5  Welcome to Instagram, Asian Aid!

With five countries each with their own rich cultures and over 3,500 shinning faces, our sponsored children have so many stories to share. Now, Asian Aid has joined the Instagram community to further connect them with you.

No. 4  The Beauty and Culture of Myanmar

Located on the southwestern end of China, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is the 40th largest country in the world with over 53 million people. As the Asian Aid program continues to develop there, we are proud of the many wonderful people that we are meeting and the amazing children that are getting the opportunity to learn.

No. 3  Girls Deserve to Learn As Well

About 65 million girls around the globe are denied the right to an education merely because of their gender. At Asian Aid, whether you’re a girl or a boy every child deserves an education. We are proud to sponsor both girls and boys that attend quality Adventist schools in Southern Asia.

No. 2  The Source of Our Compassion

Through the joy of the Lord, each day we are able to reach out and serve others. We put our faith in God that He is with all of us on this journey called life.

No. 1  I Love My Sponsor

The support of our sponsored children would not be possible without all of the love that pours out from sponsors like you. We love you!

 

2016 was a great year! So, follow us on Instagram as 2017 will also be a great year.