Europeans began to set up trading posts in the area of Bangladesh in the 16th century; eventually the British came to dominate the region and it became part of British India. In 1947, West Pakistan and East Bengal (both primarily Muslim) separated from India (largely Hindu) and jointly became the new country of Pakistan. East Bengal became East Pakistan in 1955, but the awkward arrangement of a two-part country with its territorial units separated by 1,600 km left the Bengalis marginalized and dissatisfied. East Pakistan seceded from its union with West Pakistan in 1971 and was renamed Bangladesh. A military-backed, emergency caretaker regime suspended parliamentary elections planned for January 2007 in an effort to reform the political system and root out corruption. In contrast to the strikes and violent street rallies that had marked Bangladeshi politics in previous years, the parliamentary elections finally held in late December 2008 were mostly peaceful and Sheikh HASINA Wajed was reelected prime minister. About a third of this extremely poor country floods annually during the monsoon rainy season, hampering economic development. (CIA)

1. Half of the population is aged under 16, and most of them are suffering from severe poverty.

2. It is hard for mission groups to have meetings actively on campuses with students


1. The issue of poverty is massive in Bangladesh. Most people experience hunger and a lack of proper medical care. Pray that the leadership of the nation will take a stand against corruption and make decisions that will improve the quality of life.

2. Pray for Christian in rural areas who face discrimination and violence in this predominantly Muslim nation. Pray for protection over Christians.

3. There are many nominal Christians. Let us pray that evangelical unity, proclamation of gospel and education can be done actively through National Christian Fellowship of Bangladesh and others.