“Myanmar, or Burma as it’s also called, is almost 90% Buddhist. But the Rohingya refugees have been mostly comprised of the minority Muslims in that region. And when the Buddhist authorities had this crackdown against them, they just fled in mass to Bangladesh.”
Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is likely one of the world’s largest Muslim majority nations. It is usually one of many international locations the place FMI helps nationwide church planters and pastors. A few of FMI’s 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 openly…But one of our partners, who is a pastor and church planter in the area, knows many Rohingya who have come to faith in Jesus Christ. Often, they would need to leave the camps to get medical attention at a local hospital that [has] a large Christian staff,” Allen explains.
FMI companions have had alternatives to share about Christ exterior the camps. Nevertheless, with the Gospel prohibition, tightening laws, and difficult cultural points, these pastors and church planters want sturdy prayer assist.
“[It] jogs my memory of when the Apostle Paul inspired individuals to wish for him. [In] 1 Corinthians 16:9, he says there is a wide-open door for an ideal work right here. However there [are] many who oppose me, there [are] many challenges. [The] identical state of affairs’s occurring in refugee camps now,” Allen says.
Want for Hope
Every day life challenges proceed for the refugees, too. With a excessive birthrate, meals worth will increase, and few financial plans for the long run, individuals want hope. They want a hope that’s not depending on circumstances. They want hope that’s present in Christ.
“One of our supported pastors, who lives near the refugee camps, he’ll go visit wounded people in the hospitals, wounded refugees, or just go and make visits and try and make friends with people. But he sees what it’s also doing to his own Bangladeshi neighbors in 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 here, we Christians do want them to come to know Jesus Christ and place their faith 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 individuals 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 picture credit score: EU/ECHO/Pierre Prakash.