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 August 28, 2012 8:36 AM

Anamika Bangladesh

Constructed of corrugated tin, the walls and roof of the small structure shone brightly beneath the sun’s powerful rays. Huddled together on the floor, sat Anamika’s six students eagerly waiting for their reading lessons to begin. But this day would be different; today they also had visitors who had come to hear how this young girl, a former Muslim, had come to Christ.

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 November 30, 2009 4:42 AM

COURT IMPEDES EFFORT TO RESCUE KIDNAPPED GIRL: A bail order in Bangladesh has impeded police from rescuing a young Christian girl who was abducted and forced to convert to Islam and marry one of her kidnappers, according to police. Full Story>>  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 June 17, 2009 9:15 PM

Bangladesh -Authorities call 5-month halt to church building.   [ send green star]  [ accepted]
anonymous  February 18, 2009 5:58 PM

February 18, 2009 

Dear Donna 

“We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers. We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you.”  1 Thessalonians 1:2-4a

Bangladeshi Christians Seek Justice in Church Bomb Blast*

About 70 people were attending Sunday prayers at Baniarchar Catholic Church in Gopalganj, when a bomb went off killing 10 people and injuring 20 others. Anna Halder, whose son Suman Halder was killed in the 2001 bomb attack, told Compass she wants to see justice within her lifetime. “I want this government to investigate properly to find the real culprits,” she said.
With the election of a new government, the chief priest of Baniarchar Catholic Church, Father Jacob Gobbi, said he has urged officials to revive the investigation. “A completed investigation also would restore the dignity of Christians who became suspects, as police used the initial call for an investigation to detain and harass some Christians,” he said.
The Awami League-led Grand Alliance, which won a landslide victory in elections last Dec. 29, does not include Islamic fundamentalist parties and now carries with it the hope for justice.
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anonymous  January 03, 2009 8:08 PM

Buddhists Drive Bangladeshi Christian from Home*

BANGLADESH - Buddhist villagers in southeastern Bangladesh beat a young father and drove him from his house for converting to Christianity. The Buddhists warned Sujan Chakma, 27, not to return to his home after beating him on Dec. 18. “They threatened me that if I come back to my home, I will be in great trouble,” he said.

Chakma, who converted to Christianity about four months ago, has returned home but is still in danger. He is often unable to provide for his wife, Shefali Chakma, 26, and their 6-year-old son, as locals opposed to his faith refuse to give him work as a day laborer. Chakma, his wife and son do not eat on days he does not work, he said.  Read the full news story on Chakma on our website.          

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anonymous  October 21, 2008 3:49 PM

provides emergency aid for besieged Christians in Bangladesh
The last few months have been nightmarish for Pastor Majid. As the leader of a small house church in rural Bangladesh, he knows he has many enemies. Local radical Muslims have made it clear that they want to put a stop to his ministry.
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anonymous  January 28, 2008 7:48 AM

Set to be baptized next month, 70-year-old suffers burns on 70% of body

DHAKA, Bangladesh, January 24 (Compass Direct News) – Unknown attackers Tried to burn a 70-year-old woman to death on January 7 after learning That she would be baptized as a Christian next month.

Rahima Beoa, who was planning to be baptized on February 13 in Muslim-majority Rangpur district, 248 kilometers (154miles) northwest of The capital city of Dhaka, suffered burns on 70 percent of her body.

“The unknown people wanted to burn alive the elderly woman because they Came to know that she would be a Christian in the next month,” said Khaled Mintu, a regional supervisor of the Rangpur district of the Isha-E-Jamat Bangladesh denomination. “It was a devilish conspiracy to Stop her being a Christian.”
Beoa is the mother-in-law of Ashraful Islam, who along with his wife became a Christian two years ago. Close relatives and neighbors were Said to be angry with the couple for their conversion from Islam. The 40-year-old Islam lives in Cinatuly village, located on silty land On Bangladesh’s major Tista river, with his three children and Mother-in-law.

“Generally local people become baptized going to the capital city, Dhaka, so that nobody knows anything about the new believers,” said Mintu. “Beoa is so geriatric that it was not very easy to bring her to Dhaka for baptism. Otherwise she would have been baptized long ago.”

Roads from the silty village to Dhaka are rough, and leaving the area Means villagers must walk miles to catch a bus. On the night of the attack, Islam went to the Isha-E-Jamat church with His wife and two smallest children, a service that usually takes place At night as all the villagers are day laborers or vendors. The service went late into the night as the pastor taught on baptism. News that Beoa and others would be baptized in February was said to have reached the entire village.

While Islam’s mother-in-law and 9-year-old son were sleeping at home, The attackers set their bamboo and wood home ablaze. There were two head Of cattle in one corner of the house, which was built with a mansard Roof of corrugated tin.

“The boy managed to escape the fire,” Mintu said. “But the elderly woman was injured and got 70 percent burnt on her body, and the cattle and other stuff of the house were incinerated.”

No relatives or neighbors came to put out the fire, he added.

A “quack doctor” treated the elderly woman’s burns in another house, he said, because the family cannot afford treatment in a hospital.

“We did not file any case in the police station against anyone, because We could not trace anyone for that arson attack,” Mintu said. In 2006, he said, more than 7,000 local Muslims came to vandalize the Houses of area Christians. “They wanted to evict us because are Christian,” Mintu said. “With the help of the local government officials And police, we manage to live in this land against the strong opposition
Of the majority Muslims.”

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anonymous  January 28, 2008 7:44 AM


June 11, 2003  Bangladeshi Missionary Escapes From Terrorists

Since our posting yesterday, we have received great news that Moses has escaped on the night of June 9, after all eight men guarding him fell asleep!

The missionary was kidnapped by terrorists on May 19. According to Gospel for Asia, Moses' brother who went to negotiate with the terrorists before he escaped was severely beaten up. The kidnappers threatened to kill Moses if the ransom was not brought soon.

With his hands still tied behind his back, Moses reportedly ran through the jungle the entire night until he reached a town the following afternoon.  We give glory to God for this miracle! Please continue to pray for the protection of Moses. He is currently hiding in a safe place waiting for leaders from the Gospel for Asia to reach him. The journey will take at least a day and it is uncertain how the terrorist group will react to his escape. Pray also for his health. Moses is said to be suffering from a fever due to lack of food and being exposed to the elements while in captivity. In spite of this, he is in good spirit and is joyous at what God has done.


June 10, 2003  Please Pray and Protest for Christians in Bangladesh

A missionary working for the Gospel for Asia (GFA) has been kidnapped by terrorists in Bangladesh.

The indigenous missionary, known as Moses, was reportedly taken into the jungles by terrorists at the end of May. 

The group, whose identity is not known, is said to have threatened to kill Moses unless they receive the requested ransom. 

A GFA spokesman said: "Moses is in real danger and GFA is trying all means possible to secure his release. Do earnestly pray for the Lord's intervention and protection of this dear and faithful brother. Pray also that God will grant wisdom to our leaders and staff as they deal with this critical situation. This incident comes in the midst of God moving mightily in this country."

GFA has two bible schools and 82 missionaries working in Bangladesh. 

This incident comes after the murder of a Christian as he returned home from a Christian film presentation in rural Bangladesh on April 24.

Hridoy Roy, a Bangladeshi evangelist who worked for a para-church organization, was reportedly stabbed to death by a mob of seven or eight Islamic extremists after they forcibly entered his house and tied him to his bed in "crucifixion style".

According to local sources, Hridoy Roy had previously on several occasions received warnings from local extremists to stop showing the 'Jesus' film, a presentation of the life of Christ.


* Please pray for the safety, protection and early release of Moses. Please ask God to intervene in the matter. Pray also that God will grant wisdom to the leaders and staff of GFA as they deal with this critical situation.

* Please pray for comfort, love and support for Hridoy Roy's family at this devastating time. 

* Praise God for His work in Bangladesh. Pray for protection and encouragement for Christian workers and believers, particularly in the rural areas.

* Pray for those in authorities that they would continue to support secular politics, defend religious liberty and resist pressure from Islamic extremist groups to create an Islamic state and to implement Shair'a law. Pray that the government will take a further step to implement policies to protect non-Muslims' rights.


* urge the American Government to take up the issue of religious intolerance at the highest policy levels and to lean on the government of Bangladesh to:

bring to justice those inciting and committing sectarian violence; regulate the country's madrassahs and bring them into the mainstream education system with a wide-ranging curriculum;  oversee the disarming of Islamic militant organizations; augment security measures for the non-Muslim communities.

Bangladesh Ambassador 
to the U.S.

Ambassador Syed Hasan Ahmad
Bangladesh Embassy
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anonymous  January 28, 2008 7:42 AM

The Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has placed Bangladesh on its Watch List, indicating that if religious persecution becomes more intense, it could be placed on the United States’ list of CPC’s (Country of Particular Concern). In Spring 2005, two incidences came to light that indicate the severity of persecution facing Christians in Bangladesh. On March 8 a lay pastor was beheaded for sharing his faith with some Muslims, several of whom had come to Christ a week earlier. He left his wife to care for five children, three of whom were placed in a Christian orphanage so that she could work in the fields. Later that month, on March 31, a church leader was attacked as he was returning home. When his wife sought to intervene, she was brutally raped with a soft drink bottle.
Prayer Requests
  • Pray for protection for Christians from those who oppose them.
  • Pray for the ability of the church to minister to people in their physical and emotional needs, as well as spiritually.
  • Pray for peace and stability in Bangladesh.
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anonymous  November 22, 2007 5:48 PM

Militant Islamic Mobs discriminate!
Militant Islamic mobs dicriminate, threaten, deny, Christians access to public water wells, beaten them, taken their money.
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Caring for the Blind and Disabled in Bangladesh

Dear friends of the persecuted church,

It’s a holiday that you might not know exists, but in fact, it’s been around for the past 43 years.

On October 15, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first “White Cane Day” in America. It’s a day that is set aside each year to not only recognize those who are visually impaired, but to celebrate the symbolism of the white cane, a tool that has granted independence to blind people throughout the world for decades.

This year, on October 15, CFI will distribute much needed care packs to blind and disabled Christians in Bangladesh. Each pack will include a white stick, a pair of dark glasses, a copy of the Gospel in Braille, Christian audiotapes, an umbrella and food supplies of rice and lentils.

Life is already harsh for believers in Bangladesh, where Muslim domination has been eroding the country’s religious freedom for years. Christians are routinely the victims of rape, torture and murder, and their homes and places of worship are often attacked and destroyed. Many are forcibly converted back to the Islamic faith, facing more unspeakable violence and persecution if they refuse.

But in a country that is known for being one of the poorest lands on earth, access to even the most basic necessities is that much more difficult for Christians, especially the disabled. With your support, CFI has been operating a center in Dhaka that provides food, clothing, medicine, Bibles and vocational training for disabled Christian converts. For these impoverished believers, many of whom have been disowned by family and friends because of their faith, our work has made a world of difference in their lives.

Your help in the past has been most appreciated, and I invite you now to continue reaching out to those in need. The cost for one care pack is just $19.63, and your generous gift will help us provide the necessary supplies for our “White Stick Day” on October 15. Although our mission is to distribute them among our disabled Christian brethren, we would like to offer these packs to anyone in need.

Fortunately, CFI’s outreach to the blind and disabled in Bangladesh won’t end on October 15. This means that, even if you are unable to send a contribution before “White Stick Day,” your gift is still urgently needed as we continue to supply more care packs.

My friend, please also remember that your prayers for the persecuted are just as important as your financial gifts. Pray that we will receive the necessary resources to continue our work in Bangladesh, and please pray that, as we distribute care packs on the streets of Dhaka, many more people will come to faith in Christ.

Thank you for your generosity. Your intervention has always made a difference for the persecuted church, and I’m confident that, together, we will continue to serve our suffering brethren.
Jim Jacobson

Jim Jacobson
Christian Freedom International

P.S. - The blind and disabled are in desperate need of your help…not just on “White Cane Day,” but every day. Will you send in a donation as soon as possible to help the afflicted in Bangladesh? Please select “most urgent needs” on our gift link to make a donation for Bangladesh today.

Thank you, and may God bless you for your love and concern.


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