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One of the victims of the attack recovering in the hospital. - Photo: VOMC source
One of the victims of the attack recovering in the hospital.
Photo: VOMC source

In last week's "Persecution & Prayer Alert," an urgent prayer request was issued for Christians who were recently attacked in a Rohingya refugee camp and the imminent forced marriage of a pastor's daughter to a Muslim man (read more). Since the previous report, more details have continued to come to light.

The attack occurred in Kutapalong, the world's largest refugee camp. More than 20 Christian families were attacked with at least 12 people injured. A similar attack happened in May 2019 by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army who claim to be fighting for the liberation of the Rohingya. Local police insist that the ARSA is not involved and have downplayed the number of injured.

In the aftermath of the attack, as many as 170 Christians have been moved to a segregated "transit camp" for their protection. We were also saddened to receive news that the forced marriage of the pastor's daughter has taken place. Some of the other kidnapped believers are still missing. There are reports stating that one man has been promised release if he converts to Islam. The son of another kidnapped man has asked fellow Christians to please pray that they will remain brave.

Please continue to lift up these attacked Rohingya believers in your prayers. Ask the Lord to provide safety for all concerned, while granting them courage in the face of violent opposition. Remember each of the abducted victims, including the girl who must now endure the forced marriage arrangement. May she also be rescued from captivity and any further victimization. Ask God to soften the hearts of the perpetrators, so they may come to sincere repentance and salvation in Christ.

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The people of Bangladesh are hungry for the Word of God, and in response VOMC is helping to provide Bible training to a group of Christian men who have a strong desire to learn and grow.

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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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