Native Missionaries Take the Gospel Deep into the Hills of Bangladesh

May 11, 2011

Recently Christian Aid sent Sarla Mahara, director for South Asia, to Bangladesh and Nepal to evaluate the work and assess the needs of several indigenous ministries.

During her travels throughout Bangladesh and Nepal, she was struck by the unique difficulties each country faces in establishing a witness for Christ. Nepal is experiencing relative freedom these days, but it faces challenges of a very unique nature. Sarla says, “various churches and religious sects from the West have been coming into the country bringing with them erroneous foreign beliefs. Native missionaries are not only striving to reach the unreached, they must also correct these false teachings brought in by outsiders.” On the other hand, in Bangladesh where 96% of the population is Muslim, indigenous missionaries face daily opposition and work “underground” to reach one person at a time.

Maru houses are made of bamboo sitting atop stilts about two feet above the ground.

Nepal and Bangladesh have a combined population of over 185 million people. The combined percentage of Christians in these countries is 2.3% (or only about 4 million people). However, little by little, native missionaries are making an impact.

Sarla reflected on her visit, “I saw first-hand how these Christians are accomplishing an enormous task in such diverse and difficult areas of the world. The people and places I visited demonstrate how a little help in the right hands makes a big difference for the Kingdom.”