BMW Director’s Report
March 6, 2017
BD-USA Steering Committee
Significant developments, assessments and decisions about the Bangladesh ministry are found in the Steering Committee notes in Attachment 1. This committee is Dave DeCook, representing the US ministry and Matthew Roy, representing the BD ministry.
A decision from the board is needed on how we expect the BD country director to handle staff members who misuse funds. I recommend Bill and Dwight and one other board member meet and bring the board a policy recommendation on this.
A decision from the board is needed to rewrite the job description of Thomas Roy. His regular duties in NYC are now over and he is being used greatly in BD. I recommend that Dave DeCook, Bruce Bradford and one other board member meet and bring the board a draft on this.
Fourth Annual BMW Golf/Walk/Run
The date is May 1, 2017. The place is Sunny Brook Country Club. Our goal is $100,000. We need to get our numbers of participants up above 50 people. Last year there were 30 fundraisers. We also need to increase the number of corporate sponsors. The website is working. Let’s get all board members signed up this week (takes less than 5 minutes)! So far we have 5 of our 19 strong fundraisers from last year signed up. We need a strong turnout and we need growth. Sign up on our own website banglaministries.org
Almost 60 hours were recorded for “presentation” this month. Sorting and editing the pictures from Bangladesh were a big part of that. Another HUGE chunk of time went into writing the newsletter. A third big project was the 90 second movie.
Evangelism and Discipleship and Support
I have had some good opportunities to share the gospel. One is Bannya in Barishal. Another is Debra Mcgee of SC. 14.6 hours went into various efforts there. Discipleship of Matthew, Rose, Shanto, Mridul, David Ansari and others totaled over 30 hours. Over 26 hours were put into support development, which includes everything from names storming to donor calls (2.5 hours).
Please see Attachment 2 for some screenshots of my TrackingTime application.
BD-USA Steering Committee notes
BMW BD-USA Steering committee meeting on February 3-4, 2017
Evaluation of 2016
Had strong response at Feb 2016 Leadership camp to salvation message and attempted to start follow-up on decisions. Several got baptized. Tata was not allowed by infant baptizer parents to take believer’s baptism. Her parents even said she changed. Dina and Julie were baptized. All said their lives were totally changed and got involved in their churches. Our teachers visited all of them and so did Matthew. Purnima and Aroti not allowed by Hindus to be baptized.
Highly active Facebook activities began with a mix of social and Scriptural sharing. This is positive. It was their initiative. Shows good fellowship from around the country. Reduces loneliness. Encourages. Forms friendship.
Threat of Jehovah witnesses doctrine through Ramon was detected and addressed. He is arrogant to Matthew on chat. He has been avoiding face to face meeting. Matthew is now seeking f2f meeting. So after a warning we will have to cut it off if he doesn’t leave their teaching.
High growth goals were set for growing the number of students and groups. From 1000 to 1400. Was a good goal. We got close to 1400 in registrations by October, but about 120 dropped out. 70 in Dinajpur left, Barishal, Sreemongol, Khulna lost some. Because of travel, jobs, family problems and weak staff. Ending with 1249 fully active.
Volunteer teams were formed to assist. 20 in Dinajpur promised to help in every way as available. Helping with programs, with prayer teams, family visits, mercy fund, forming groups, tract distribution, book selling. Khulna had over 20. Barishal had 6 but 3 left (Julie, Bonna, Rekha remained).
Junior staff were engaged for pay. Liked Richard a lot, but he was distracted by girlfriend. He was not giving good amount of time although hired for full-time. Tuhin, Shyamoli, Ravina, Joydeb were productive. Mrinal did not adequately direct Richard. Shomiron did not get any help from previous students. Prema and Rose are better at delegating. Shiblal didn’t work hard.
Training on the bridge illustration was given to staff and high goals were set for sharing to the end of the year. Trained the staff and they shared in many BMW groups and reached the goal of 600 people. Some may have believed and kept it hidden.
Mini-camps were conducted in each area. We did 2 in each district with high quality. Trained on devotions and bridge illustration. They went on to use in their groups. Special training gives
expertise and confidence. Often in weekly group meetings students lead devotions while the teacher teaches the lesson.
Low number of passing scores for certificates.
Why? Late start. Teachers busy forming groups and getting new students. Not enough teachers for all the students. They didn’t meet every week. Not enough teachers. Shomiron didn’t work hard. Rosemerry depended on junior staff. Shyamoli and Ravina helped but the junior staff are not strong teachers. Many finished the course, but couldn’t sit for the exam. Many people now see that you have to learn something and prove it. This may have a positive impact on the system as a whole going forward.
Early in the year, after the 2016 BD visit, Thomas registered his opinion that the teaching by our staff was not deep, and at the rate the students are currently learning, we should only have graduations once every two years, thus saving a ton of money. MR and DD response was agreed that alternating years would seriously damage the inspiration side of things for both the Bengali participants and the US participants. The agreed solution was to train our current teachers more and to hire even more capable teachers in the future. This training Thomas began in the fall of 2016 with an inductive study on Ephesians. The result was that this is an area of slow development, so we must hire more advanced staff for immediate impact. They are capable of handling the Knowing God material, but not answering all the questions on the Bible. Thomas is a big help there.
The literature distribution ministry was changed this year. Shawpon was hired to oversee. Only Barishal has a store. Save money by not renting storefronts. Will use our staff to carry books everywhere and become well-known that we have literature. Plan for all senior staff to keep a library and publish it’s contents and availability. Last year 200,000 BDT ($2500) in sales. Students can sell for profit. Two are salaried: Shawpon and Shudhir.
The leadership camp selection for 2017 was to exclude family members and to focus on older students with higher potential for leadership soon.
BMW-BD 2017 SWOT analysis
Strengths: love, enthusiasm, history, volunteerism, youth, optimism, unity, spreading to new areas.
Weaknesses: junior staff not strong enough to teach, not enough teachers, laziness by some, lack of strategy by some, not actually doing devotions or leading devotions on a regular basis. No personal discipleship going on.
Opportunities: new districts, Thomas is available much more to assist, some districts are capable of hosting foreigners for their graduations and air travel is available, we can begin to think about a regional 4-day leadership camp in SW. Good relationships and potential for personal discipleship. Follow-up of Leadership Camp participants. Meaningful Facebook interaction
Threats: Failure to get an early start for the groups. Failure to get quality teaching and supervision for all groups. Mismanagement of funds. NGO disease. Lack of accountability for doing the work. Having everything depend on Matthew. Growing too fast. Bad marriages and moral failures. Loss of the quality in our mini-camps. Thomas turning the ministry in a lecture-based ministry.
How we are using Thomas:
Thomas is our in-house Bible expert. His main job is to improve the quality of our teaching. Our senior staff are fairly competent to teach the Knowing God series, but could use a little more depth. The junior staff and volunteer teams definitely need more training. They all need a better grasp of the Bible as a whole. Confronting false doctrine is a difficult challenge for our staff, as well. Thomas is to focus on these theological challenges, teaching in group settings as well as one-on-one. In addition, Thomas will challenge the teachers in areas of group formation and in conducting class time to create the best quality possible for our ministry. During his time in Bangladesh through the end of April, Thomas will provide this service with adequate supervision from Matthew. Thomas is to make field visits without Matthew as much as possible so that Matthew is free to manage the ministry as a whole during this time. Thomas is to be careful to maintain the discussion style of ministry we practice most of the time even though lecturing can transmit more information faster.
BMW BD-USA Steering committee meeting on February 16, 2017
Discussed male-female behavior seen at Leadership Camp. Six individuals from Barishal, Khulna and Jessore broke curfew using phones. Sanjoy and Joya stayed up until 1 AM every night to prevent sneaking out. Next year Leadership Camp will host a max of 40 including teachers to eliminate all riffraff. The trouble came from campers who attended other camps and learned bad habits there. Dave is requested to speak on relations with the opposite sex at next camp.
Sylhet mini-camp was expensive because we fed 60-70 people for more than 2 days.
Increased funding for 2017 will first be used to build a 3 month savings account emergency fund before any increase in staff.
Shomiron will be dismissed after failing a special 6 month probation.
Special BMW BD-USA Steering committee meeting with Dwight on February 20, 2017
We discussed Matthew’s plan of dismissing Shomiron due to “lack of funds” and decided that Shomiron’s dismissal letter must have three reasons listed: 1. failure to account for all ministry money; 2. failure to follow BMW procedures; 3. failure to maintain positive relations with fellow staff members. We decided he should get the required severance of 2 months pay rather than three months.
The main reasons were:
1. Unfaithfulness of ministry money. Miss Use of ministry money.
2. Poses NGO mentality (desire to live well off foreign donations)
3. Provided false reports.
4. Rejected to follow BMW reporting system and ministry methods.
5. Lied to Matthew Roy many times.
6. Not faithful, available and teachable.
7. Expands too much ministry money
8. Found careless about making discipleship.
9. Having personal business besides ministry works which is totally forbidden.
10. Preach false doctrine about trinity to non Christian ( Proved by both Thomas Roy and Matthew Roy. He was using Hindu analogies)
11. Has been getting warnings for last two years.
12. We received complaints about his anger and hot temper from students.
13. Ministry work is limited to family and relatives.
14.14. Last warning was for 6 months which started from July 2016. But didn’t change his attitude.
15. Stolen money from ministry accounts. (10,000 BDT missing =$120)
16. Less passionate for serving lord rather than crazy for money.
17. Found badly behaved with students in front of director.
18. Quarrel with HR and National Director several times.
19. Miss use of ministry properties ( Laptop, camera, bicycle, library books office furniture)
20. Had bad relationships with coworkers.
We find Matthew erred too much on the side of mercy and grace. We will bring instructions from the USA board on the use of fund we provide after we have had a chance to discuss it.
Screenshots of TrackingTime