Bangladesh is the world’s eighth most populous country, as well as one of the world’s most densely populated countries. The country faces a number of major political and social challenges, including endemic bureaucratic and political corruption, widespread poverty, political instability, overpopulation and vulnerability to global climate change. The population is majority muslim, and ethnically Bengali (98%).
|Baridhara||(a suburb of Dhaka where the ecclesial apartment is located).||Over 30 brethren and sisters attend this venue on Fridays. Studies for contacts and children’s classes are held in the morning (numbers often over 50). Memorial meetings and sometimes business meetings are held in the afternoon. There is an active group of young people.|
|Mirpur||a suburb of Dhaka 30 minutes from Banani).||Classes for children and contacts and a memorial meeting (for 6 brothers & sisters) are held on Saturday.|
|Koligram||(>4 hours from Dhaka)||4 brothers and sisters live in this area but not close enough to each other for regular memorial meetings. One brother holds weekly classes for children and contacts. Members of Dhaka ecclesia visit for support.|
|Mymensingh||(3 hours from Dhaka)||Regular visits are made.|
The local brothers and sisters continue to need support from visiting fieldworkers. English is widely spoken though classes are largely conducted in Bangali. Accomodation is available for fieldworkers at Baridhara (Dhaka).
First contacts in Dhaka in 1998 and first baptism in 2000. A mission apartment with cook is maintained for ecclesial meetings and field worker accomodation. There are 3-6 first principle classes per week. Memorial meeting is held Friday morning. Bible school is usually in August, October, or December. CYC camps (1-2) and truth camps (2-3) are held annually. There are 3 Sunday Schools. Bengali literature is translated, printed and distributed. Bengali is the national language and Bangladeshi brothers are sometimes used as translators in neighbouring West Bengal (India).