Share God’s love with the people of this vibrant, lively nation eager to take their part in 21st century Bangladesh. Engage with technology, respond to skills training and help break the inter-generational cycle of poverty.
It is easy to engage with friendly Bangladeshis in a variety of ways and make a difference in their lives. Farhan for example, a local Jesus follower, regularly brings food to poor families during the coronavirus pandemic and to Rohingya refugees.
Bangladesh’s 180 million poverty-struck people are remarkably resilient. Conditions are improving, life-expectancy is increasing. Hard-working people grasp opportunities for training and self-improvement. Today the garments industry is one of the main foreign-exchange earners - albeit at the price of long hours and low pay for the workers.
The country deals with annual flooding, cyclones and natural disasters from silting rivers, combined with growing refugee and migrant worker encampments. These present Bangladesh with huge needs for acts of love and mercy in relief and rehabilitation.
There are also plenty of opportunities to share God’s love with children and young people in Bangladesh through teaching transferable skills. Teach tailoring, electrical wiring and computing, sports, literacy or train adults to teach. Run schools projects and camps and enable skills, such as English proficiency, that lead to better jobs and put rice on the table.
Officially, there is religious freedom in the country, although Islam was declared the state religion over 30 years ago. Figures state that 87 per cent of the people are Muslim and 12 per cent Hindu. Whether Muslim or Hindu, the people of Bangladesh are keen, and almost always have time, to talk about matters of God.
Come to the capital city of Dhaka, teeming with its population of 21 million, much of it made up of young people in the rapidly growing nation, and share the love of God - by talking. The majority language is Bengali, or Bangla, with English sometimes used, and enthusiastically practised, particularly with native English speakers.
Although Bangladesh is a nation of villages, international workers can live alongside national Jesus followers. You will always work to build the manpower resources of the country, as you share your personal journey of faith.
Whether you come for a long, or short time, or whether you pray, or invest in lives through financial support, there are many ways for you to share God’s love with the people in Bangladesh.