BACKGROUND: Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. Churches are careful when they conduct food distributions because they do not want to encourage false conversions among people who claim Christianity solely for economic benefit. Bangladesh is a Muslim majority nation, but the government strives to remain secular. The government also actively fights extremists.
MAJOR RELIGION: Islam is the majority religion in Bangladesh.
PERSECUTOR: Local Muslim authorities, radical Islamist groups and families persecute Christians.
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN BANGLADESH: Many Christian groups meet publicly, while others worship in unregistered churches. Some Christian Bangladeshi groups send out missionaries within their own country. When Muslims convert to Christianity, they are often forced out of their community.
ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles exist in many languages found in Bangladesh, but they are hard to find. Although Bibles are legal, many are too poor to purchase one even if they could find it. There is a Bible Society of Bangladesh.
VOM WORK: VOM supports a safe house for those expelled from their community. We also support Bible distributions and training workshops for pastors.