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Bangladesh
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Overview:

Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Churches are careful when offering relief to the poor and needy because they do not want to encourage false conversions among people claiming faith in Christ solely for economic benefit. While Bangladesh is a majority-Muslim nation, the government avoids undue influence from Islamists and actively fights extremism. Millions of Bangladeshis are learning about Christ and the Bible through media outreaches.

Major Religion:

87 percent of Bangladeshis are Sunni Muslims. Approximately one-half of 1 percent are Christians.

Persecutor:

Local Muslim authorities, Islamist extremist groups, families and communities persecute Christians.

What It Means To Follow Christ In Bangladesh:

Many Christian groups meet publicly, while others worship in unregistered churches. When Muslims convert to Christianity, they are often forced to leave their community.

Access To Bibles:

The Bangladesh Bible Society and the missions community have made Bibles available in several languages, but those in rural areas and especially Muslim converts have difficulty finding and acquiring them. Give Bibles

VOM Work:

VOM relocates those expelled from their communities and provides for the medical needs of those injured in persecution attacks. We support Bible distributions and evangelism training, and we provide rural pastors, bold evangelists and church planters with tools and resources for their ministry. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for 14 Bengali believers sharing the gospel in the northern districts.
  • Pray for Shilpi, who was seriously injured when Muslims burned down her house.
  • Pray for teams working to plant house churches in Dhaka.
  • Pray for those training 50 front-line workers to carry the gospel to Muslims.
  • Pray for the encouragement of Christians, who are often the only believers in their village.
  • Pray for a front-line worker who conducts retreats for persecuted Bangladeshi Christians.