There are 165 million people living in Bangladesh and only 0.6% are Christian. There are 46 different language groups and a great need to reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With so few Christians who are mainly from very poor backgrounds, the Church in Bangladesh is struggling to support any kind of missional work.
Also, this is a Muslim-majority country where fundamentalism is growing. Constitutionally, Christians have religious freedom, but openly sharing of their faith is not easy, so distributing Scripture through churches and at festivals, running revival meetings and offering services to the communities is so important.
This is where we are thrilled to partner with other Bible Societies around the world, to help ensure that the distribution of God's Word can continue in this difficult country. We are so privileged to support the small staff team in Bangladesh Bible Society and the many incredible ministries they are running in partnership with local churches, to reach out to the millions of people who are without Christ.
REACHING OUT AND DREAMING BIG
The Bible Society is the only provider of the Scripture within the country, to the churches in Bangladesh. They also help churches establish many different programmes that impact entire communities with God's Word.
Due to the political situation, it is not possible to send Bibles through post offices or courier services and the journey to reach isolated communities can be challenging. However, the Bible Society team is determined to deliver the Word of God where it is needed. They visit churches in rural communities to bring Bibles, booklets, leaflets for outreach, literacy course materials, Bible listening materials, teaching courses for children's groups and much more.
This can be a risky business but every year there are many opportunities: 6 distribution tours; 6-8 revival meetings organised by local churches; 8-10 special national and international days; Christian, Muslim or Hindu festivals. The team also travel to host Seminars and teaching programmes with Scripture distribution to children, youth and women.
The team is dreaming of a new 15 seater Van to help distribute Scriptures all over Bangladesh. Their current vehicle is old and has been damaged in accidents. They are dreaming and trusting God for a replacement that meets their needs!