Bangladesh (MNN) — We simply handed the two-year mark of the Rohingya refugee disaster. In August 2017, over 700,000Rohingyas fled Myanmar following a military-led crackdown within the nation. Offering a recap on the state of affairs is FMIs Government Worldwide Director Bruce Allen.
Myanmar, or Burma because it’s additionally known as, is sort of 90% Buddhist. However the Rohingya refugees have been principally comprised of the minority Muslims in that area. And when the Buddhist authorities had this crackdown towards them, they simply fled in mass to Bangladesh.
Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is likely one of the worlds largest Muslim majority nations. Additionally it is one of many nations the place FMI helps nationwide church planters and pastors. A few of FMIs companions reside close to the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. Nevertheless, ministry in Rohingya refugee camps is a bit difficult.
They’re prohibited from sharing the Gospel openlyBut considered one of our companions, who’s a pastor and church planter within the space, is aware of many Rohingya who’ve come to religion in Jesus Christ. Usually, they would want to depart the camps to get medical consideration at an area hospital that [has] a big Christian workers, Allen explains.
FMI companions have had alternatives to share about Christ outdoors the camps. Nevertheless, with the Gospel prohibition, tightening rules, and difficult cultural points, these pastors and church planters want robust prayer assist.
[It] jogs my memory of when the Apostle Paul inspired folks to hope for him. [In]1 Corinthians 16:9, he says there’s a wide-open door for an incredible work right here. However there [are] many who oppose me, there [are] many challenges. [The] similar conditions occurring in refugee camps now, Allen says.
Want for Hope
Day by day life challenges proceed for the refugees, too. With a excessive birthrate, meals worth will increase, and few financial plans for the longer term, folks want hope. They want a hope that’s not depending on circumstances. They want hope that’s present in Christ.
Certainly one of our supported pastors, who lives close to the refugee camps, he’ll go go to wounded folks within the hospitals, wounded refugees, or simply go and make visits and attempt to make mates with folks. However he sees what it’s additionally doing to his personal Bangladeshi neighbors within the villages surrounding these camps, Allen explains.
He says, ‘I pray for a time when the Rohingya will be able to go back to their homeland in Myanmar. [But] while they’re right here, we Christians do need them to come back to know Jesus Christ and place their religion in him’.
Pray the Rohingya refugees can return house quickly and that many will return house with a brand new religion in Christ. Ask God to provide these folks hope and peace regardless of their circumstances. Pray for alternatives to come up for FMI companions to share the hope of the Gospel with the refugees in Bangladesh and for energy and knowledge for the FMI companions who’re already working with the refugees, too.
Header photograph credit score: EU/ECHO/Pierre Prakash.