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Members of seven churches were prevented from gathering for Christmas worship in Khagrachari district, Bangladesh, following threats from a regional Buddhist political party. On December 19, members of The United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) called a meeting of 50 Buddhists and seven Christians, including a pastor. They threatened the Christians, saying that they would be in "great trouble if they celebrated Christmas in the village and or participate in any other Christian activities." The group members also warned the pastor not to take care of the congregation and ordered him to go back to his previous religion, Buddhism. Members of the UPDF also threatened Buddhist villagers, playing them off against the Christians by telling them that if the Christians celebrated their festival, non-Christian villagers would also be in trouble. Christian converts in the village have faced serious opposition in recent years. While many of them have stood strong in their faith, some have returned to Buddhism under compulsion.

Pray these believers will trust in Christ, relying on the grace of their Saviour amid opposition. Pray the Lord will guard the hearts of believers facing pressure to deny Him. Pray Christians in Bangladesh will be strong witnesses for Jesus and that demonstrations of His love will help to draw others to faith in Him.

You can find out more about Christians suffering for their faith in Bangladesh at the country report at the Bangladesh Country Report.

Current Ministry Project

The people of Bangladesh have a great spiritual hunger for the Word of God. In response to this need, VOMC is helping to provide Biblical training to a group of Christians who have a strong desire to learn more about the Lord and grow closer in their relationship with Him.

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Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
164,098,818 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Bengali (98), Ethnic groups (1.1)

Religions (%)
Islam (88.4), Hinduism (10), other - includes Buddhism and Christianity (1.6)

Leader
President Abdul Hamid (2013)

Government type
Parliamentary republic

Legal system
Based on English common law and Islamic law.

Source: CIA World Factboo

Pray for Bangladesh

As the Word of God goes forth in Bangladesh through the Christian radio and television broadcasts, may the "Good News" of the Gospel accomplish mighty things in the lives of all who hear it! Pray that the seeds sown in hearts will take root and bear healthy and lasting fruit, and that the spiritual leaders of this country will be ready and equipped to disciple the resulting influx of new believers.

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