"Seeing is Believing"

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If seeing is believing, then these pictures from the streets and villages of Bangladesh will make you a believer in a way of life that is unthinkable to many. In Bangladesh there are many unlikely stories to be told, and they are found in the most likely places. These places are common sights to those who live in Bangladesh.

Sometimes it’s a destitute-looking child who stands on the median of a busy intersection with a bag on his head to shield him from the rain. Other times it is in the fish market where you’ll find flies on the meat and countless dirty hands holding the fish you plan to purchase. When you need clothes, you go to a little shop which is on a street or in a complex with 20 other identical shops, each with floor to ceiling shelving full of every color of fabric imaginable. In the late afternoon, you might see a group of young men hanging out along the side of the road, just talking while sitting very closely together, perhaps with arms around each other.

Traveling out to the villages you will see similar sights, but you will also see a more primitive way of life. Most people walk everywhere they want to go.  If they are transporting goods, they will put it on top of their heads in baskets or bundles. Livelihoods consist of basket weaving, fishing and pottery-making to name a few, and children entertain themselves by climbing trees and reading with a grandparent. In both town and country, though, you will notice poverty and simplicity, which are two things to neither envy, despise or pity. Notice the joy in their smiling faces. Even though hardships abound, they do not want your sympathy, although they might take some money. Those without shoes find their jobs easier without them. Wearing a bag on one's head is easier than holding an umbrella, because both hands are free. Many people here truthfully have no hope of living the rich lives that some of the poorest westerners live. May we all find ourselves content in whatever state we are in this Christmas. And in our giving, may we be able to see the real needs of those we know or meet - and love their differences.

Bag Umbrella

Basket Weaving

Bag Umbrella

Basket Weaving

Bazar Shopping

Buddhist Temple

Bazar Shopping

Buddhist Temple

Carrying Harvested Rice

Carrying Produce

Carrying Harvested Rice

Carrying Produce

Children Fishing

Children on Canoes

Children Fishing

Children Fishing

City Traffic

Climbing Tree

City Traffic

Climbing Tree

Dusk over River

Fresh Chicken

Dusk over River

Fresh Chicken

Fresh Fish

Homemade Gocart

Fresh Fish

Homemade Gocart

Local Fishermen

River Sunset

Local Fishermen

River Sunset

Students Hanging Out

Swimming Hole

Students Hanging Out

Swimming Hole