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Tom and Gloria Thurman spent more than 30 years loving and serving the people of Bangladesh—years that included massive cyclones, famine, civil war, and more human suffering than most can imagine. Thurman once told IMB writer Erich Bridges: “One of the beautiful things is the resilience of the people here…. A farmer will lose everything he has and say, ‘Well, maybe it will be better next year,’ and plant again…. We’ve just walked along the road with them and helped them carry their burdens.”

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Tom and Gloria Thurman spent more than 30 years loving and serving the people of Bangladesh—years that included massive cyclones, famine, civil war, and more human suffering than most can imagine. Thurman once told IMB writer Erich Bridges: “One of the beautiful things is the resilience of the people here…. A farmer will lose everything he has and say, ‘Well, maybe it will be better next year,’ and plant again…. We’ve just walked along the road with them and helped them carry their burdens.”

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Portrait of a Muslim man in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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View from an alley in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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A man carries a basket on his head along train tracks in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Rickshaw drivers cross train tracks in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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People walk down train tracks in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Traffic in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Clothes hang from a clothes line in Bangladesh.

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A woman flashes a smile as she prepares to lift a full load of freshly harvested tea. A full sack typically weighs up to 20 kilos—44 pounds.

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Generations of women are represented in the tea gardens of eastern Bangladesh. Some teenagers begin picking tea at age 14, working alongside their older friends and relatives who often continue working into their 60’s.

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The brightly-colored blouse and skirt of a tea picker stand out against the deep green color of the tea she is harvesting.

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A church member in a tea plantation in Bangladesh walks to church with her child.

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With their quota of tea leaves bundled tightly and carried on their heads, women walk out of the tea gardens of eastern Bangladesh. The tea gardens and factories are often separated by miles, and the women must walk every evening to weigh the loads.

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A pulpit stands in a church in eastern Bangladesh that was built by a local pastor and his son. The congregants of the church are tea plantation workers.

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A mud home with a curtain for a doorway houses laborers in tea plantations in eastern Bangladesh. The tea garden workers live on estate-owned housing, which are mud homes with no electricity or running water.

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A Tripura man carries out the daily task of carrying water from the river to his home. This man, like hundreds Tripura men and women, have heard the gospel and have responded in faith.

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A man walks down train tracks in the slums of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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Scenes from the lower income areas and slums in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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A man sits in the entrance to a train in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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