James and Linda Pender

wcr-Penders-profileJames and Linda Pender were
based in Rajshahi, Bangladesh in 2007 - 2011. James was an advisor with the
Church of Bangladesh Social
Development Programme
.

The CBSDP works mainly with
people from Bangladesh's
70-plus ethnic minority
communities; people groups such
as the Garo, Santal and Oroan
peoples. It runs seven schools
for children of poor backgrounds,
half of them catering specifically
for Santal children.

 

wcr-Penders-1James and Linda focused on climate change adaptation and introducing
Multi-Lingual Education into
schools run by the Church of
Bangladesh respectively. They
were also involved in arsenic
mitigation, anti-human trafficking,
and project management
with the CBSDP.

 

wcr-Penders-2"Following the rain storm,
the sky suddenly cleared and
the imposing peaks of Lamjung
Himal, Annapurna
IV and
Annapurna II were suddenly
dramatically revealed crystal
clear
in all their snowy glory!
Apologies
were quickly made
and those in my workshop
rushed to the windows

transfixed by the scene
that had
enfolded.
 

 

wcr-Penders-3Apologies weren't actually
needed; it was perfect!
That view spoke more to
partipants than any of my
words and it was almost as
if God Himself was
demonstrating visually, the
wonder of His Creation and
that it deserved careful
attention and providing
an illustration for
my seminar!"

 


 
 
wcr-Penders-newsletters
Read James' articles on Climate Change during his time in Bangladesh:

The impacts of Climate Change
in Bangladesh

 
Letter 25. May 2011 Article

Bangladesh and Climate Change

Adapting to Climate Change
  
Responses to the climate threat
    
Caring for Creation



Read James' newsletters from his time in Bangladesh:

July 2013

November 2012
 
June 2012

January 2012

November 2011

September 2010


April 2010

December 2009

November 2009

August 2009

May 2009

February 2009

April 2008

November 2007


    
      
Q & A's with James and Linda during their time as Mission Partners:

In a paragraph, how would you summarise the work you are doing as mission partners?

We are currently focusing on climate change adaptation and introducing Multi-Lingual Education into schools run by the Church of Bangladesh respectively. We are also involved in arsenic mitigation, anti-human trafficking, and project management with the Church of Bangladesh Social Development Programme.

 

What has been your greatest challenge?

The greatest challenge is to build the capacity of local staff and empower them to work with greater effectiveness, so we try to walk alongside and help them to implement changes, rather than telling them what to do or doing the work ourselves.

 

What impact do you feel you have made?

By God's grace the projects have been strengthened, poor communities empowered, previously trafficked women given a new start, villages given safe water to drink, medical treatment given to the sick, and the environment enriched through tree planting.

 

How do you think God is guiding you in your work?

Even when we are not aware of it, we can look back and see God giving us strength, ideas, and success in many of the initiatives we have helped to pioneer.

 

What has surprised you most of all?

The pleasant surprise is to see how Gospel values in our development work are used to inspire empower, equip and envision communities (whether Christian, Hindu, Muslim or Animist) God enables them to begin transforming their villages. Especially through the groups of women federated into 'Village organisations' who confront families where divorce is threatened, abuse is happening or dowry requested and convince them to stop their negative actions.

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