WHO IS THE LEADER OF BANGLADESH?
President Abdul Hamid is the leader of Bangladesh. He was elected for a second consecutive term in government in February 2018.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN BANGLADESH?
There are 869,000 Christians in Bangladesh. They make up 0.5 per cent of the population.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN BANGLADESH?
The Bangladeshi government is increasingly giving in to the demands of local Islamic groups, which monitor minorities, especially converts to Christianity from other religions. In Bangladesh, your religion is considered to be part of your identity, and so leaving your religion or tribe to follow Jesus is considered a betrayal of that identity.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN BANGLADESH?
Believers from Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or a tribal background suffer the most severe persecution. They often gather in small house churches or secret groups due to fear of attack. Even historical churches like the Roman Catholic Church are increasingly faced with attacks and death threats. Christians among the Muslim Rohingya, who fled to Bangladesh, are facing harassment from their community as well.
“I didn’t have that much courage to face persecution with a strong faith. But through this training, I received the confidence to live my life in His way and to preach the Gospel to others. ”
- PASTOR WHO RECEIVED PERSECUTION SURVIVAL TRAINING THROUGH OPEN DOORS
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN BANGLADESH?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors works with local churches to support persecuted believers in Bangladesh through training, literature distribution, socio-economic development and providing relief to victims of persecution.
£12 could provide four Bibles to encourage persecuted Christians from South East Asia in their faith.
You can tell others
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR BANGLADESH
Lord Jesus, give courage to believers in Bangladesh. May You give them opportunities and boldness to tell others about Your love. Protect those who have to keep their faith a secret, and keep them safe as they meet together for worship, prayer, and training.