Many are the plans of man, but it is God’s will that prevails
Lalliankhum “Alian” Chittagong was born in the year the great Bangladesh cyclone struck the Chittagong district. Although it claimed the lives of 138,000 people, Alian was born that year destined by God. He is no hero and lives a normal and humble life, but his love for Jesus did not only transform him but the lives of indigenous people that God continues to bring in his life.
Bangladesh is a mere 0.3% Christian (mostly Catholics), with about 90% Muslim. Despite being the minority, he learned God’s words through his mother who became a Christian when Pastor Lalkual visited their village, Saibual and shared Matthew 3:2-3.
The story of the Bible greatly interested Alian. The story spoke to his heart and he was eager to learn more, especially during Sunday school.
Growing up as a teenager, his interest dissuaded him from fully coming to Christ. He had no interest in Church Ministry and had no real relationship with God. His ambition was to finish school and have a career. “I had no interest to learn the word of God,” he said.
God speaks through a missionary
He got involved in the usual, like smoking, drinking, and fornication until one day, a missionary came to his village, Painkhyong. The missionary shared a strong message on why the “Great Commission” should be fulfilled, especially by those who God has called.
The message spoke to his heart and was moved to come to Jesus and surrender his life to the one true Lord and savior. “I felt the Holy Spirit speaking to me that day, that I am precious in the vineyard of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I am tasked to reach many lost souls,” Alian said.
That special day changed the course of his life. His ambition left him and was replaced by a fire that wanted to serve God. He first led youth groups and began sharing the gospel with his unbelieving neighborhoods, particularly among the “Mro” (the tribes who on the border with Burma, India, and Bangladesh). Significantly, eight souls were saved in this unreached community in Tangaboty in 2014.
Perseverance in God’s power to change hearts
Another village filled with unbelievers refused to listen to the Gospel of Jesus. When Alian visited the tribe for the first time, the villagers would not even allow him to spend a night within their community. Instead, he spent the night in the paddy field and that night, he prayed intensely that the villager’s heart would change and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus.
He attempted a second time and shared the Gospel with a friend in that community. His friend was his interpreter and after preaching, they invited Alian to return. The third time, he brought biscuits and snacks and gave it to the village chief. They ate together before he began to preach again. He began with singing and shared Acts 9:1-12.
By the grace of God, soon after Alian preached, the village chief accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and Lord. He converted to Christianity. A group of new believers in that village began to grow and Alian’s burden to minister to them made him realize he needs to be equipped.
He decided to formally study Theology and plans to serve as a full-time minister after he graduates. His desire to study led him to Manipur India, which is the nearest reputable Bible College. He walked by foot for two days and had to stay overnight at Mizoram. God protected Alian though he faced more trials and difficulties ahead.
Help students in the seminary
His desire is to serve the Lord by finishing his studies. Although there are financial hurdles, just like the rest of them studying at the Restoration Theological College (RTC), Alian has placed his full trust that God has and will continue to deliver him.
If you would like to help Alian as well as other students in RTC, you can contact RTC’s school Principal.