|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina|
In Bangladesh, Christian converts come from a Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu background. They face the most pressure from family and community, as well as from Islamic extremist groups and religious leaders.
Pastors often receive death threats and believers can be denied access to resources within the community. Christians can also be forced into marriages or giving up their businesses in order to pressure them to deny Jesus. Christian children are even persecuted at school and are mocked by their school teachers for their faith.
As demands to introduce Sharia (Islamic) law in Bangladesh increase, Christians are regularly monitored and treated with hostility, especially those who have converted from Islam. Christian converts are often forced to meet in secret and it can be dangerous to even own a Bible.
“Jesus is my inspiration. He worked for the people. I want to do the same too.” – Mariam from Bangladesh.
Mariam used to be a Muslim but has now dedicated her life to Jesus and His ministry. She is persecuted for being a Christian convert and her children are bullied at school. Mariam was recently involved in an Open Doors training seminar, and has been actively involved in outreach to Muslims.
Through local partners, Open Doors is strengthening the church Bangladesh by providing them with Bibles and Christian literature, discipling new Christians and providing emergency relief to victims of persecution.
Pray for Mariam as she teaches children from the slum area and holds all-night prayer gatherings.
Pray for continued boldness for Christians in Bangladesh as they share the gospel.
Pray especially for Christians who come from a Muslim background, that God brings comfort and reconciliation in their families.