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in Bangladesh

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Local Missionaries in Bangladesh

Population:

162 million

Evangelical population:

Unknown

People groups:

333

Unreached people groups:

301

Located in the 10/40 Window

Bangladesh

With more than 160 million inhabitants living in an area slightly smaller than Iowa, Bangladesh is one of the world’s most populous and densely populated countries. The South Asian country is bordered by India, Myanmar, and the Bay of Bengal.

Most of the country is comprised of plains situated on river deltas. The climate is hot and humid for most of the year with summer monsoons that cause devasting floods. Frequent droughts and cyclones also result in tremendous loss of life and property.

Bangladesh used to be part of Pakistan until a bitter civil war led to independence in 1971. The country declared Islam its official religion in 1988. Since then, the Bangladeshi government has taken the initiative to propagate Islam, providing financial assistance to mosques and organizing the training of imams. Today, 89% of the population is Muslim. 

Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries, with nearly half of the population subsisting on less than one dollar per day. However, with the help of international development assistance, Bangladesh is making significant progress in economic growth, food production, and universal education. Almost half of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector. Garments are the backbone of Bangladesh’s industrial sector.

The Christian population comprises an extremely small percentage of the population, less than a fraction of 1%, and faces persecution from Muslim communities and radical Muslim groups. Multiple Islamic terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (ISIS), have networks in Bangladesh. Many Christians meet in underground house churches. Believers who belong to ethnic minorities face the highest levels persecution, like those from the Rohingya refugee population, nearly 1 million of whom live in Bangladesh. 

In the early 1800s, the English missionary William Carey ministered to the Bengali people and translated the New Testament into their language. Today, indigenous missionaries effectively continue the work of evangelism and discipleship. Christian Aid Mission assists multiple ministries that are working among the Bengali majority as well as many ethnic minority groups. Missionary support is their greatest need, along with funding for discipleship and training programs, which are desperately needed to ensure new believers are grounded in God’s Word.

These ministries are also engaged in compassionate outreach, including providing education to poor Muslim and Christian children, running feeding centers that provide nourishment to hundreds of children, and sheltering orphaned or abandoned children.  

Sources: Joshua Project, CIA World Factbook

How to Pray for Bangladesh

  • Pray that God would pour out His spirit on the people of Bangladesh to open blind eyes to the truth.
  • Pray that people battered by poverty and discrimination would be healed, strengthened and redeemed by Christ’s love.
  • Pray for protection and provision for brave believers and indigenous missionaries risking everything to share the hope of the gospel in this difficult mission field.

More stories from Bangladesh

Buddhist Boy Finds New Meaning in Death and Rebirth

When Tumo went to the temple as a little boy in Bangladesh and saw his parents worshipping the Buddha idol, he could not help thinking that it did not move and did not have life. “I used to tell my parents,” he said, “‘This idol does not have life, cannot speak and cannot hear – then why should we worship the idol of Buddha?’”

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August 12th

Bangladesh

Local missionaries in this country that is more than 90 percent Muslim held revival meetings each day and night during an event that took place before the spread of the coronavirus. Nine people responded to the in-depth teaching and put their faith in Christ, seven were baptized, and many others renewed their commitment to the Lord. Workers also visit homes and lead Bible studies, following up with those who commit their lives to Christ. Local missionaries seek donations for these and other evangelism and discipleship efforts. Pray that strong, unified churches would bring honor to His name in their communities.

July 7th

Bangladesh

Predominantly Muslim children in a slum area of Dhaka receive primary school education and meals thanks to local missionaries. Another local ministry’s 20 churches in several parts of the country provide food, education and medical care to an average of 30 children each. Workers seek donations for the means to continue these and other outreaches that engage and build up communities. Pray the poor would see Christ’s love in the care, concern and energy exerted on their behalf.

June 23rd

Bangladesh

Local missionaries reached about 600 people with the gospel in this 90-percent Muslim country, resulting in 39 people receiving Christ as Savior over a six-month span. The ministry has begun a Bible school where 14 students are being trained to plant churches. Among its discipleship programs, the ministry has organized women’s meetings in various churches, providing them biblical grounding in order to protect their families from non-Christian influences. For such evangelism and discipleship efforts throughout the country, donations of $50 or $100 are sought.

June 8th

Bangladesh

Predominantly Muslim villagers in several impoverished areas were relieved to have clean drinking water when local missionaries recently installed a total of 30 tube-wells. Workers also helped to meet the financial needs of widows, who along with those who received clean water asked workers why they were caring for them. The answer was the love of Christ. Workers seek donations for these and other community engagement projects such as education and medical outreaches, which also open the way to discussions about the love of God. Pray that impoverished villagers would find the Bread that brings eternal life.