Regional Profile

Surrounded by India on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the south and Burma on the southeast, Bangladesh lies mostly in the vast deltas of two great river systems with headwaters in the Himalayas, the Ganges and the Brahmaputra.

Bangladesh gained independence in 1971 from Pakistan becoming a Parliamentary Democracy. The present Prime Minister is Sheikh Hasina. She was appointed in 2009.

More about Bangladesh:

  • The climate is tropical; cool, dry winter (October to March); hot, humid summer (March to June); cool, rainy monsoon (June to October). The summer monsoons often flood the low lying land destroying villages, crops, animals and people.
  • Water problems are common, including contamination of well water from naturally occurring arsenic. Deforestation, heavy over-population and soil depletion and erosion are major concerns.
  • Eighty percent of the people are Muslim, the rest are mostly Hindu with a tiny minority of Christians

Service Focus

Opportunities in Bangladesh include:

  • Personnel for hospitals, clinics and community health programs
  • Partnering with other organizations to increase effective student work
  • Theological Education by Extension
  • Teaching in a local Christian School

Prayer Focus

  • Pray for the Christian minority, that they would be strong in their faith, and that many would be added to their number.
  • Pray for new avenues of work to be opened up.