Bishop Paul addressed the 15 new Agents of Change students on Friday 24th January, at the programme’s launch in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
After praying and welcoming the students, Bishop Paul spoke on the importance of faith in action, and how those walking day-to-day with God are called to be effective agents for change in their communities.
Bishop Paul has fully supported the Agents of Change in Bangladesh, since his involvement in the pilot programme which launched last year.
Since then, an Agents of Change co-ordinator for the Church of Bangladesh has been appointed: Revd. Shourabh Pholia is bringing together students’ applications to the programme and working with the Alliance to set up the group launches.
Leonora Dowley will be the programme Mentor for the group studying in the district of Mirpur. Leonora has extensive international experience and has completed a Masters in Education at Cambridge University. She is looking forward to receiving the first of the students’ workbook submissions and building relationships with Anglicans in Bangladesh!
And Revd. Andy Bowerman, Co-Director of the Anglican Alliance, will mentor another group studying in Sadarghat. He was able to join a Skype call and speak to the students at their Launch last Friday.
Revd Albert Sundararaj Walter, the Principal of St. Andrews’s Theological College, was also present to hear more about the programme.
Agents of Change programmes are taking off around the Communion, and students and graduates are already implementing some fantastic projects in their community.
More information on Agents of Change can be found on our website.
In the picture: Bishop Paul Sarker (right) prays with the students.