As Maxine (pictured) lay buried under the rubble of her own restaurant, her only comfort was a poster of the Ten Commandments, which she meditated on as she lay trapped. She felt a deep peace that somehow she would be rescued.
Hours later her colleagues managed to clear a small passageway, which she edged herself out of. Although Maxine’s leg was not badly injured, it later became infected and had to be amputated. Bible Society gave Maxine a Bible, which she now reads every day.
“I’m so grateful to have a second chance,” she says. “Through the Bible I am finding hope and a greater understanding of God.”
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2011.
As a little girl, Mrs Bala wanted to learn to read and write, but owing to her family’s poverty she was unable to. Now, at the age of 75 she has been attending Bible Society literacy classes at the Chourkhuli Church of Bangladesh in Kotalipara in southwestern Bangladesh.