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Bangladesh Overview

Quick Facts

Population: 163 million

Capital: Dhaka (15 million - estimates vary)

Population Growth: 1.59%

Life Expectancy: 68.9 yrs

Population under 14 yrs of age: 33%

Languages: Bangla (official), English

Religion: 90% Muslim, 9% Hindu

Human Development Index Ranking: 147

Living below the poverty line: 31%

GDP Per Capita: $747 (US)

History of Churches of Christ in Bangladesh:
Churches of Christ commenced in the Bandarban Hill Tracts of Bangladesh in 2007. Since then, 16 churches have been established with over 700 members. GMP entered into partnership with these indigenous churches in 2011. The churches are located in marginalized communities with few resources.

Located in the Ganges Delta, Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan) was partitioned by the British in 1947 and won its independence in 1971 from Pakistan after a year long armed struggle.  The '70s and '80s included many struggles in the effort to establish real democracy. Since the early 1990s* the country has experienced relative peace, although the Chittagong Hill Tracts conflict was only resolved in 1997 with the signing of a peace accord. Tensions still exist in the area with an increase in Bengali settlers into the region.  The general election of January 2014 was widely disputed with the opposition boycotting the process.

Bangladesh has taken significant strides in the past twenty years to developing its economy, and is now considered to be one of the countries that will be an economic power in the twenty first century, with the economy growing at an average of six percent since the 1990s. However, many Bangladeshis still experience poverty and there have been well-publicized incidents of workers (particularly in the garment industry) being exploited. Corruption – although not now considered as a great a problem as it was two decades ago – is still a significant issue to be addressed. The Global Financial Crisis in 2008/09 was met by Bangladesh with a measure of resilience.

Bangladesh’s low-lying geography and many rivers means it is vulnerable to typhoons and cyclones, with subsequent tidal surges that lead to widespread flooding. The cyclones of 1970 and 1991 caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and caused billions of dollars worth of damage to housing and infrastructure.

* https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/bg.html



Projects in Bangladesh

Access to Education-Thlaituah   

Established in 2011, the project provides housing to enable students from remote villages to attend high school in either Bandarban or Rwangchary. The project provides students with affordable accommodation and a safe study environment.

More about Access to Education-Thlaituah

Mru Outreach

The Bandarban Hills Churches of Christ (Bangladesh) are a collection of small churches in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a few hours drive out of the port city of Chittagong. They face difficulties in their settings because they are a minority twice over – Christians in a predominantly Muslim setting, and indigenous Bawm people in a predominantly Bengali population. Our partners in these lush hills have little in terms of material resources, but they have much in terms of courage, faithfulness and compassion.  

More about Church and Leadership Development



Church-to-Church Partnerships

  • Aldgate Church of Christ in South Australia supports Vana Bawm


Resources on Bangladesh

1. Student Hostel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2X35rTTpvM

2. Greetings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKbjzqULbAE

3. Children Singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RvoI1Rrg7Q

4. Pastor Vana Bawm: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUhVig550lc

5. Khuai Chen and Lal Eng Lian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uQK1Pd19Wg

6. Ministry in Mru Villages: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=710_PI9RsoY