Persecution Update, January 2019 - BANGLADESH


In Bangladesh, Christians comprise less than 1% of the population. Unlike many other Islamic nations, it is not illegal for Muslims to convert to Christianity. However, since Islam is the state religion, the prime minister recently announced that anyone who makes offensive comments against Islam will be prosecuted. Followers of Jesus are pressured by their families and militant Islamic groups to renounce their faith. Mainline churches have been closed, and so many believers meet secretly in house churches. Due to their being a powerless minority, Christians are often physically attacked over land disputes and business dealings while officials look the other way. Please pray for grace for our persecuted brothers and sisters to shine as lights for Christ as they follow the way of the Cross.