BMW Director’s Report
by Dave DeCook
February 18, 2019
Assessments from the January 2019 visit to Bangladesh.
We needed to give at least one more week to get my visa. The applications should have been a month earlier. Visa on arrival is still cheap and easy for those staying less than 30 days.
We had 7 great celebrations of ministry success this year. (see attachment A)
Ministry Plan for 2019
The staff has set forth their goals for the coming year in Attachment B.
Staff in Bangladesh
Dinajpur—Premanondo is being downgraded to area teacher because he is not a strong enough leader to be an area coordinator. He is effective with students.
Birgonj—Mohesh is new this year. He is learning the BMW system pretty quickly and will probably run his own graduation next year.
Sylhet—Polash did an outstanding job in this city. He has great potential to be an area coordinator and will be moved back to his home area (Chittagong) this year where he has maintained a BMW ministry at the same time as managing Sylhet (about a 15 hour journey in between). A new full-time staff member is needed for Sylhet this year.
Sreemongol—Sanjoy has proven a capable utility man and area coordinator. He is supervising the pre-school, the ministry property and everything else. He has learned to drive a motorcycle. Our Hindu outreach is very large here.
Komolgranj—Richard Kot is taking charge of this area east of Sreemongol and it will probably require its own graduation next year. Richard is new full-time staff, but one of our original students.
Chittagong—Polash will return to his home area this year where he is very effective (special dialect) and has many contacts. This is the #2 city of Bangladesh and we hope to have a strong ministry in this area.
Kagrachori—Emon Roaza is a brand new staff member, working in a restricted Hill Tracts area. He knows six languages, so he is well equipped for reaching various tribes in this area.
Barishal—Moshi, Joya and Mili work here. We would like to add another part-time worker here.
Bagerhat—Orville joined us about a year ago. He has been a BMW student for a few years. He is learning our system very quickly.
Khulna—we hope to add a new full-time staff here, one of our oldest districts, because of moving staff to new fields.
Jessore—Rimi and Mridul work here. Rosemerry has moved here to get further away from her ex-husband. We believe she can be effective here.
Gopalganj—We hope to move Regan here. He is experienced with BMW and should be able to establish this district as a new BMW base.
Rajshahi—Satish will live here and oversee the SW of Bangladesh for BMW as an area coordinator. He has proven equal to every task he has been given. A resident teacher is needed here, as well.
These areas have the potential to have a graduation in 2020.
Management of staff by Matthew Roy
Matthew has appropriately focused his attention on staff members to find them, grow them, train them and equip them so as to both develop a team or family spirit, but also to get consistent production on BMW priorities from them. Although they demonstrate many different levels of ability, they are responsive to his leadership. He finds the roles where they create the maximum benefit for BMW and the least risk.
Plan for 2020 graduations
It is important for us to be able to bring our three teams to Bangladesh next year in order to accomplish all the graduations in a timely manner. See attachment C
The thrust of the staff and the volunteers in presenting the Bridge illustration of the Gospel should continue to accelerate with the result that an increasing number are getting saved. The practice of one-on-one discipleship, particularly on the part of the staff should start to make reasonable gains and be established as a fundamental practice like we have done with personal and small group devotions. There is an acute need for the development of ecclesiology in the top leaders as we look ahead to meeting the needs of a growing number of believers and disciples through church planting.