SUNDARBAN CHRISTIO SEBA SHONGO (SCSS)
(Sundarban Christian Service Association)
“Out of the fullness of His grace He has blessed us all giving us grace after grace. The Law came through Moses but GRACE came through Jesus Christ. (John: 1, 16 -17)”.
people living at the edge of the Sundarban Forest in the South Western region of Bangladesh are affected by natural calamities almost every year. Devastating cyclones disrupt rivers embankments, entire villages are flooded, houses and crops are damaged and very often precious human lives are lost. Usually under those circumstances the various NGOs at work in that area along with Government relief and rehabilitation departments come forward to alleviate the miseries of the victims of those natural disasters. But response from these agencies is usually quite late to meet the urgent needs of affected people.
For this reason a group of tribal Munda young men who have got acquainted with Jesus Christ during these last few years inspired by the newness and importance of GRACE brought by Him to the world have been thinking of setting up a small organization aiming at doing works of grace whenever and wherever these works will be needed.
This small group of young men are not members of any Christian Church or denomination. Following the path of Jesus Christ they would like to try to be channels of GRACE by doing the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy.
And they would like to be ready to provide these services without any delay as soon as needs would arise. For that purpose special efforts are being made to set up a fund to meet the various emergencies which doubtlessly will occur sooner or later.
The way followed by the tribal Munda people to set up this fund is the following: every time some rice will be cooked in the various Munda villages a little bit of rice will be saved. At the end of every month the total amount of rice thus saved will be sold and the income of the sale will go into the fund to be set up.
There is a saying in Bengali which goes like this : Til Kurie Tal. ‘Til’ is a very small oil seed and ‘tal’ is the fruit of the palm tree which is as big as a coconut. In English the same saying would be: many a mickle makes a mackle.... and in Italian it would be ‘ molti pochi fanno assai’.
We are fully aware that we won’t be able to go very far with a few monthly handfuls of rice but something is better than nothing.
Moreover if our friends around the world can help us with their ‘mickle’ we are confident we’ll get a ‘mackle’ sooner or later and when a natural disaster will occur, and we are very sure that it will occur, we’ll be ready to give our GRACEFUL response promptly.
We are not asking for big amounts : an Euro or two per head would me more than enough to increase the fund which we have already started to set up and so far consists of around 3 lacks of Taka ( around three thousand Euros ).
Thanking you for your precious co-operation we send you our best regards and wishes. Ram Proshad Munda (Email : email@example.com)
Fr. Luigi Paggi (Email : firstname.lastname@example.org)