Gospel Harvest Hopeful in Islamic Bangladesh

Deep in the villages of Bangladesh, revival gatherings are winning souls to Christ in a predominantly Muslim world. Where churches are burned, pastors threatened, and land and jobs denied to believers, newly-reached tribes are receiving the Scriptures in their own language. Many are turning to Christ.

Although Bangladesh officially extends “freedom of worship” to its citizens, harsh social pressure and persecution constantly threaten Christians, who make up about 1 percent of the population of 150 million people. Ninety percent are Islamic, while about 6 percent are Hindu.

Despite statistics, indigenous missionaries are hopeful for the harvest.

With focus, perseverance and an understanding of the times, gospel workers with Bangladesh Mission are calling people to faith in Christ. Hungry hearts are responding.

“God is blessing our evangelism ministry among the tribal peoples,” Ministry Leader Bawm reported. “By the grace of God in the near future many tribal peoples will come to Christ.”

Through conferences, assemblies and revival meetings, several hundred people from the Maru, Chakma, Bawm, Tangchangya and Tripura tribes have embraced the gospel. They meet together in the open or in small bamboo structures in their various communities. At least 15 full-time missionaries work to encourage these fellowships, baptize and disciple new believers, and train young evangelists for more church planting.

Ministering among the tribal people in remote and needy areas, mission workers recently built and dedicated a house church building. Dozens gathered as Bawm prayed and consecrated the land and building to the Lord. Land is difficult to acquire for Christians, but it means everything for believers to have their own land and building in which to worship freely.

“With your support, we have built a church house with corrugated iron sheets, wood, and bamboo,” Bawm wrote to Christian Aid. “We praise God.”

In nations where persecution burns against Christians, it takes great faith to press on to make His Name known. Native missionaries long to build self-sufficient ministries effective in gathering the Great Commission harvest. Christian Aid is helping them achieve their goals, strengthen their work, and expand the reach of the Kingdom of God.

Bangladesh missionaries are standing strong, and those who sow into their ministry will help them produce a harvest tenfold in a land that, though ridden with the thorns of fear, is far from dormant.