With more than 160 million inhabitants living in an area encompassing 57,000 square miles, Bangladesh is one of the world´s most densely populated countries. It is also the eighth most populous nation on earth. The South Asia country is bordered by India to the north, west, and east, Myanmar (Burma) to the southeast, and the Bay of Bengal to the south. The name Bangladesh means “Country of Bengal” in the official Bengali language.
Its current borders took shape during the partition of Bengal and British India in 1947, when the region became the eastern wing of the newly carved out state of Pakistan. Bangladesh remained a part of Pakistan until a bitter civil war led to independence 24 years later. Political turmoil, including 18 military coups and a nine-year military dictatorship, continued until democracy was restored in 1991.
Bangladesh is one of the world´s poorest countries, with nearly half of the population subsisting on less than one dollar per day. Devastating floods and cyclones result in tremendous loss of life and property. Despite the hardships, Bangladesh is making significant progress in economic growth, food production, and universal education.
Bengalis make up the predominant ethnic group, some 94 percent of the population. Indigenous peoples in the northern and southeastern districts form a significant ethnic minority. According to Joshua Project, there are 374 people groups, 341 of whom are considered unreached. The English missionary William Carey ministered to the Bengali in the early 1800s and translated the New Testament into their language.
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Indigenous Missions Projects in Bangladesh
Updated September 7 - Originally posted May 16, 2012 - South Asia
Today, it is easy to forget that, for the vast majority of the world’s population, a daily meal is never a certainty. But for some, owning just one farm animal can make the difference between feeding a family or watching children go to bed hungry. Read more.
March 13, 2014 - The national tree of Bangladesh is being used by one local ministry to yield much more than a harvest of tasty fruit. Thanks to a mango farming project, there is a new crop of churches sprouting up among the country’s isolated hill tribes. Read more.
October 17, 2013 - Despised by some, an enigma to others, the Rohingya are one of the most persecuted—and one of the least reached with the gospel—of any ethnic minority in the world today. Read more.
The Chakmas are among the top 16 of the 353 larger unreached tribes in Bangladesh. There are over 400,000 Chakma people residing in the Bandarban Hills. Currently, 84% still practice Buddhism and worship the spirits of trees, hills and streams. Most of the Chakmas make a living through agriculture but remain extremely impoverished, unable to meet their basic needs. Read more.
In 1977 native Bangladeshi missionary, Bawm, dedicated his life to Christ during a revival meeting. Soon after, he attended a seminary in Seoul, where he received his Masters of Divinity. Read more.