echo "This is a simple bash script to use the read function"
echo "Press Enter to Continue"
# Blank read to just pause the script, while you do something
echo "Please Enter Your name"
echo "Please enter your age"
echo "So Now we have your name: $NAME and age: $AGE"
echo "Calling a different program...say ping"
echo "Enter a IP Address"
ping -c 1 $IP
echo "The script read your input and directs it to the ping command."
echo "$NAME this has been a simple example of using read in a bash script"
Not sure if this helps you or not, as I don't know what the bash programs you use are doing. But you should be able to call other programs from a script and have it continue on after that program has finished what it was doing.