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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 Religions:

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 necessities and resources for their ministry. Give to VOM’s Global Ministry

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for the boldness and protection of Christians actively sharing their faith in the north.
  • Pray for the strength and comfort of those suffering mental and emotional persecution.
  • Pray for a front-line worker who conducts retreats for persecuted Bangladeshi Christians.
  • Pray for Barrun's boldness and protection as he reaches out to Muslims.
  • Pray for Joban, who lost his house and land when he became a Christian.
  • Pray for the encouragement of Christians, who are often the only believers in their village.
  • Pray for Christians continuing to work among the 1.3 million Rohingya refugees.