Muslim-background Believers in Bangladesh Have New Hope Thanks to FARMS International

New Gospel work begins in Bangladesh, home to one of the world’s largest Muslim communities. Together with a network of evangelical churches, FARMS International is helping believers from a Muslim background.

Eking out a living is already difficult in Bangladesh. Long known as one of the world’s poorest nations, Bangladesh’s poverty rate was slowly but steadily improving. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, sending scores back into poverty.

Becoming a Christ-follower adds yet another challenge, FARMS Executive Director Scott Clifton says. “They are often not accepted in their family anymore. They have to find a new place to live, a new network of social connections,” he explains.

Discrimination goes beyond believers’ social circle, Clifton continues.

“If they try to open a bank account or join the credit union, they [are often] denied because of being a Christian with a Muslim-sounding name.”

By combining Christian stewardship with interest-free loans, FARMS helps people work their way out of poverty. More about that here. At the same time, loan recipients support the local church by tithing from their new income.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to bless the new FARMS program in Bangladesh.
  • Pray God protects FARMS’ partners and the new program so it can launch successfully.

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