Funerals help families grieve and honor loved ones who pass on. In Bangladesh, tradition outlaws some believers from the burial process.
“Sometimes, we have to take the body to [a] different city far from there and ask somebody to bury them in their personal backyard, or something like that,” Pastor William* explains.
Pastor William works with FARMS International and a church network in Bangladesh. People from majority religions turn to Christ, he says, but that doesn’t mean their body will rest with fellow believers when they die.
Bangladesh allocates cemetery land by religion, and the separation is austere.
“The traditional Christian cemetery [doesn’t] allow Muslim-background believers or Hindu-background believers to bury the body in the graveyard because they [fear] persecution.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to strengthen believers from Muslim and Hindu backgrounds so they will not turn away from Christ.
- Pray Pastor William’s church network can build a graveyard for believers from different backgrounds.