Nov 13, 2016
Gowalbathan Kaliakoir, Bangladesh
Seventh-day Adventist students who wish to become nurses will no longer face a Sabbath conflict with the opening of the church’s first nursing school in Bangladesh in January.
Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson joined other church leaders in cutting the red ribbon Friday at a dedication ceremony for the three-story facility that will house the Bangladesh Adventist Nursing School at Bangladesh Adventist Seminary and College in Gowalbathan Kaliakoir, a town located a two-hour drive from the country’s capital, Dhaka.
The school, which was funded in part by a Thirteenth Sabbath Offering, intends to enroll 50 students initially and later expand to 100 students.
“This place will send hundreds of missionaries all over this vast and mighty country, and it will be a blessing from heaven,” Wilson said after cutting the ribbon. “May God bless this nursing college.”
The new nursing building — with 10 classrooms, four laboratories, a conference room, and other facilities — received $150,000 of its $400,000 price tag from a Thirteenth Sabbath Offering given by church members worldwide in the third quarter of 2015, said Myrun Ju Lee, president of the Bangladesh Adventist Seminary and College. Another $100,000 came from the Adventist Church’s Southern Asia-Pacific Division, whose territory of 14 countries includes Bangladesh, and the rest came from individual donors in South Korea.
Saw Samuel, president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, described the establishment of the nursing school as a remarkable accomplishment that would not have been possible without the Thirteenth Sabbath Offering.
“This is a milestone,” Saw said in an interview. “This is the first Adventist health training institute in Bangladesh.”