I praise the name of the Lord because He has saved me by His unbounded grace and love. I give thanks to Him that He has blessed me with a beautiful testimony through believing Him.
My name is Rafayel Hansda. I am 23 years old. My father is Ukil Hansda and my mother is Kiron Tudu. I have two brothers and one younger sister. As the third child, I used to get more affection and love from my family though I was very fearless and short-tempered from my childhood. I was born in a Christian family and my family were members of a Seventh Day Adventist church. I didn’t go regularly and never heard about salvation. My days were passing, and I was getting involved in many addictions.
When I was 18 years old, I got so sick that I was on total bed rest for 7-8 months. My parents told me to pray by faith in Jesus. I used to pray just to show my parents. I was getting better after I started praying. God was healing me without any medicine, but I couldn’t understand His blessing. Later I broke my arm in a football game. It took almost a year to heal. I was worried how I would pass the time. I got an offer from a brother to do a pastor training in Gloria Theological Seminary in Uttora at Dhaka. My parents told me to attend that meeting though I didn’t want to go there because I wasn’t into religion. After 6 months I knew about the BMW Bible diploma course in Rajshahi. I began the course in June 2018. I got to know about God even better than I learned from the seminary. I started to understand that I should change my lifestyle, but I was not introduced to the importance of salvation. When I was on vacation from seminary, there was a BMW minicamp in Jhinafulbari. The day was July 31, 2019. A brother asked me to attend, but I decided not to go. When the meeting started, the Holy Spirit urged me to go there. In their revival meeting, a brother told of the love of God, of sin and eternal life through John 3:16 and Romans 6:23. He said we were just Christians by birth but we didn’t accept Jesus as our savior. He added that no one could go to heaven unless one confessed sins and accepted Jesus in life (Romans 10:9-10). He also told that everyone needs to have the assurance of salvation. He discussed 1 John 5:13 about this. He called us for last prayer. I prayed, confessed, and repented for my sin by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I could feel the ultimate peace in me. I got the assurance of forgiveness and salvation in my life. I knew from that moment that I would surely go to heaven. I went back to my seminary but kept reading books of the BMW course. I could feel the blessing of God day by day.
From 2020, I started to volunteer with BMW in the Rajshahi area. I was encouraged to work for the kingdom of God from BMW and now I want to work for God and bear His witness all through my life. In 2021, God has blessed with the opportunity to work in BMW as a volunteer staff from April. Please keep me in your prayer so that in the journey I have begun in Christ, I will stay faithful in it. May God bless my family and keep them safe.
Ministry and Personal Prayer Requests
October 26, 2021– Please give thanks to the Lord that we were able to arrange a team leader meeting in Rajshahi area at 17th September and it was successful. I was able to give 16 classes, visited 37 families and 6 churches, shared gospel with 2 people and testimony with 32 people, talked with my 3 disciples about bridge illustration and testimony sharing, distributed 70 tracts and memorized 30 bible verses and read 2 books in September. I have been 88% successful in achieving my goal in September.
Please pray for me so that I can give 18 classes, visit 38 families and 6 churches, share gospel with 2 people and testimony with 2 people, distribute 75 tracts and memorize 30 verses in October. I also want to talk with my disciples about devotion and finish my file works. Please pray for me so that I can stay good in health and complete my targets.
September 27, 2021–Please give thanks to the Lord that I can give classes again. In August, I was able to give 18 classes to different teams. I visited 34 families, distributed 67 tracts, shared the gospel with 3 people and my testimony with 1 person. I memorized 30 verses besides giving exams on the first three-year BMW course books. Thanks for praying for me.
I want to arrange a team leader meeting, give three classes in every team, share the gospel and my testimony with 5 people, visit 35 families, distribute 70 tracts, and introduce myself to local church pastors in September. Please pray for me so that I can fulfill my target. I have three disciples. Please pray for me so that I can start teaching them from the next month.
July 15, 2021–Please give thanks to the Lord that He used me in the month of June and kept me and my family well. I am grateful to the Lord for giving me such beautiful days in Sreemangal camp. I learned a lot and met many new people and had wonderful fellowship with them. God has blessed me with a total of 130 students. I was able to talk with 60 students and take 4 classes in June. I was also able to distribute 35 tracts, visit 20 families and talk with 6 church pastors. I shared the Bridge Illustration with 2 people and shared testimony with 1 person. I also memorized 20 verses with daily morning devotion. Thanks to the Lord for keeping me good in health and using me for His work.
Please pray for me so that I can take classes despite the lockdown and talk with students over the phone and make the students complete their books in time. In this situation, we have taken the measures for collecting for the Mercy Fund. I have a desire to arrange an online meeting with the team leaders. Pray God will help me to do that. I am searching for a disciple. Please pray for me so that I can select a potential disciple.
I have shared the gospel with Abinash and Shanto. Please pray for them so they feel the need for faith in Christ in their life. I want to share my testimony with three people, share the Bridge Illustration with three people and distribute more than 50 tracts. I also want visit 12 teams and 30 families. For my spiritual growth, I want to memorize 30 Bible verses and two spiritual books. Please pray for me so that I can complete my goals for July. I am praying for a wife for me. Pray God will provide me a suitable person for my life.
May 12, 2021–Please give thanks to the Lord that I am fine, and He is using me for His kingdom through BMW. I was given 12 teams consisting of 120 students. I was able to contact 85 students in person and over the phone. I also got chance to talk with parents of the students while trying to contact them over the phone. I tried to encourage the students and the parents so that they stay interested in BMW courses. I visited 47 families and talked with 8 pastors. I shared the gospel with two people and distributed 113 tracts. I memorized 30 verses besides my daily morning devotion. Thanks to the Lord and the prayer team.
Last month I shared the Bridge Illustration with Michael and Ruben. Please keep them in your prayer so they can understand the necessity of forgiveness in their life. I have a plan to share the gospel and my testimony with 3 people and distribute 120 tracts. I have a plan to visit 5 churches and 45 families this month. Please pray for me so that I can complete my goal for the month May.
I am developing myself spiritually. I will memorize 15 new verses and complete reading the book “Spiritual Leadership” and the course books. Please pray for me so that God may help to find my weakness and work on that and I can become a fruitful disciple for His kingdom.
April 21, 2021–Please give thanks to the Lord that He has kept us safe and sound. Thanks for praying for my father. He was suffering with some problems in his eyes and God has healed him completely. Please give thanks to the Lord that we are having training programs in this lockdown and we are learning a lot about BMW. Brother Matthew is teaching us about BMW activities, its mission and vision. I am memorizing Bible verses for my personal spiritual growth. Praise the Lord. Please pray for me so that I can develop my spiritual growth through this training program.