Area: 143,998 sq km
Occupying the delta and floodplains of the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers, with high rainfall and frequent flooding.
Population: 164,425,491 Annual Growth: 1.43%
Official language: Bengla; English also used Languages: 46 All languages
Largest Religion: Muslim
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Encouraging growth among believers both inside and outside conventional church structures. Churches are increasing, especially indigenous denominations, but numbers of Christ-followers who remain in the traditional structures of their faith background are also growing.
Religious discrimination and tension is rising. Islamists, while a small minority, exert increasing pressure for governance by sharia principles. Minority groups, even Muslim ones, find themselves vulnerable. Christians, Buddhists and especially Hindus suffer as persecution intensifies, occasionally to the point of destruction of property and sometimes even death. Forced reconversion to Islam is an increasing threat. Since independence, the percent of the population comprising minority sections of society has been reduced to half. Pray for binding of the powers of darkness operating in religious, social and ethnic realms. Pray also that the constitutional freedom allowing all to practise and propagate their own religions might be maintained.
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