THE CHURCH OF BANGLADESH - BILIAM SARDER


Biliam is a parish Priest in the Church of Bangladesh, his parish is located in a rural region which is dominated by small farms, mountainous countryside and lots of rivers and small lakes. 

The Church of Bangladesh first came into being when an independent Bangladesh was formed in 1971.  The Church serves a minority community of Christians (there are between 350,000-500,000) in a predominantly Muslim country.

In 1999 the Church Missionary Society, which was founded in 1799, celebrated its bicentenary.  Part of the celebration focused on the legacy of their missionary work in different countries around the world.  Churches were invited to send a selected member of their Church to the UK in acknowledgment of the link between the CMS and the churches that they had either helped to establish (mainly in the Victorian era), or supported in other ways.

At that time I was a Team Vicar working at St. Christopher's Ramsgate in the Diocese of Canterbury. St. Christopher's was selected as a host church and for six months we welcomed four fellow Christians - Sister Makarika from the Coptic Church of Egypt, Fr Vincent Dymitriov from the Russian Orthodox Church, Kim Sun a female Ordinand from South Korea and The Reverend Biliam Sarder, a then Deacon from the Church of Bangladesh.  Over six months they helped across the parish, visiting, leading services, and youth work, helping with funerals and baptisms and many other areas of parish life.  They were billeted with four members of the congregation, who were paid board and keep. 

     

We also arranged some social excursions to well-known tourist attractions in the South East such as Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace and Chartwell. It was lovely to have them with us for what proved to be a mutually enriching experience. 

We all particularly warmed to Biliam as this was the first time he had left rural Bangladesh.  Biliam was a wonderful companion and over the years he and his family have become dear friends to me and many others. 

I am pleased to say that now a good number in our parish are aware of Biliam and the work he does in his parish and over the years people have been so generous in supporting the various appeals I have made for him. For example, just recently I was able to send him £300 which allowed him to buy 100 Bibles for his Sunday School children (see photo above and the panel  to the right).

Support like this makes such a difference to him and the mainly poor people amongst whom he lives and ministers.

Matthew Hughes

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Here are some photographs showing his ministry at work


   

 

 

 

   


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Bible Appeal

Thank you to everyone who contributed to our mini appeal to enable The Reverend Biliam to purchase 100 Bibles for the children of his Sunday School.





I am pleased to say that the appeal was successful and you can see in the pictures below the new Bibles being distributed by Fr Biliam and some of the children in the Sunday school.




 
 
The Revd. Sarder comments: some baby went to visit other village and city. So some bible are receiving Sunday school Teachers on behalf of the children . Some baby have not come to the church so their parents wished to received it.