11/19/2020 (Voice of the Persecuted) Bangladesh: Population: 186 million, Christian 887,000
Christians who convert away from Islamic or tribal religions must gather in small house churches or secret groups due to fear of attack. Protestant and Catholic groups are targeted with attacks and death threats. Christians who belong to ethnic minority groups like the Rohingya are doubly vulnerable, as they are harassed because of both their religion and their ethnicity.
The government struggles to counter the growing strength of radical Islamic groups, adding to a general sense of insecurity. Until recently Bangladesh had managed to stay clear of the kind of radicalism that has plagued other parts of the world. That’s changing. Christians are a tiny minority and, if they belong to ethnic minorities, face a double vulnerability. Christian converts come under pressure from either radical Islamic groups or the Islamic culture in their neighborhoods and often face significant threats. Churches and all minority religions strive to stay clear of politics.
Converts from a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or an ethnic/tribal background suffer the most severe persecution in Bangladesh. Evangelistic churches, many of them Pentecostal, working among the Muslim majority face persecution, but even historical churches such as the Roman Catholic Church are increasingly faced with attacks and death threats.
Tribal Christians endure pressure on both ethnic and religious grounds, and struggle with land-grabbing issues and violence. Christians among the Muslim Rohingya, who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, face harassment and strong pressure from their community as well.
There have been no killings of Christians in the 2020 World Watch List (WWL) reporting period, but several death-threats were made against members of historical churches and converts alike. Fourteen churches—or places where Christians gather—were attacked. Several Christians were detained by the police in the WWL 2020 reporting period, many under the allegation of “unlawful conversion.”
Authorities fail to protect religious minorities, and indigenous populations. Women and girls face widespread violence and sexual assault without reliable protection or legal recourse. Bangladesh has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world.
· Pray for God to give strength to all believers to stand strong in their faith, especially secret believers, so they might endure persecution and not compromise their faith. Pray also for the ongoing projects to reach believers in need and assist them with timely help.
· Pray for Christians who have left their communities out of pressure to renounce their faith. Pray that the Lord would provide for their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
· Pray that Christians who are mentally and physically abused would be granted steadfast faith.
· Pray for more evangelistic outreaches and church planting.
· Pray for NGOs to provide much needed spiritual as well as material support.
· Pray to the Lord to stop child labor and protect young people from becoming sex workers as enormous poverty and rampant corruption create a living hell with no way out. ( Hundred of thousands, if not millions).
· Pray for converts from a Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or an ethnic/tribal background suffer the most severe persecution in Bangladesh. They often gather in small house churches or secret groups due to fear of attack. Pray their hearts are filled with courage and peace.
· Pray that Christian woman, girls and boys are safe from abduction, violence and sexual abuse. Pray girls are protected from forced underage marriages.
· Pray for more Bible translations. Official language is Bengali. There are 46 languages in Bangladesh but only 8 in scripture plus7 NT only.
· Pray for more oral Bible teaching teams as literacy is only about 40percent.
· Pray for more media ministry – internet, TWR broadcasts and increased Christian both in programming and air time.
· Pray that the Lord will do a miracle in growing His church in spite of the hostile climate towards Christianity.
Again, we want to lift up persecuted witnesses for the Lord and pray for: Leah Sharibu and Alice, prisoners of Boko Haram, pray that they will be set free. Pray pastor Wang Yi to be released from prison.
Pray for Anita, a Christian convert facing a long prison term who escaped and waiting for a visa to go to a country where she can express her faith openly.
You are invited to join us on Thursday, November 12 in a prayer call for the persecuted church.
Andy, Persecution Watch Prayer Call Moderator
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What is Persecution Watch?
Persecution Watch is a U.S. national prayer conference call ministry that prays specifically for the global Persecuted Church. For over a decade, Blaine Scogin led this national network of believers who faithfully pray for the persecuted and the global harvest for the Kingdom of God.
The group meets via a free call-in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night at 9pm Eastern (please check your time zone). Blaine also served as Prayer Director for Voice of the Persecuted and our missions became one. The prayer mission of Persecution Watch is an important part of our own.
With the passing of Blaine into glory on December 26, 2019, Voice of the Persecuted is committed to continue the prayer conference call for the persecuted along with our dedicated prayer warrior team.
On occasion, persecuted brothers and sisters have been invited on the call to share the trials they’re facing. The team serves to encourage them by washing their feet in Spirit led prayer.
Time is often reserved for those on the call to ask questions. We believe this helps to gain a better understanding of the situation that persecuted Christians endure in their specific nations. Q&A also helps us to focus our prayers based on their current needs.
Persecution Watch also hosts callers who want to pray united from other nations. If your heart is perplexed by the sufferings of our persecuted brothers and sisters, you no longer need to pray alone. We welcome all who desire to pray for the persecuted church and consider it a joy to pray together with you.
If you’re new to the call and can’t find your voice, listen in and pray silently or on mute. We are grateful and thank the Lord for bringing us all together to pray in agreement for our persecuted family in Christ. We can all be prayer warriors on this call!
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