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Churches growing rapidly in Bangladesh, missionaries say


DHAKA, BANGLADESH — The predominantly Islamic and Hindu nation of Bangladesh is home to more than 100 new Christians, thanks to the work of indigenous believers and U.S. missionaries.
More than 250 people attended a Jan. 7 gospel meeting in the capital, Dhaka, said Wayne Crump, a minister for the 16th and Decatur church, Washington. Additional evangelistic efforts through the month yielded 57 baptisms.
More than 250 peopleattended a Jan. 7 gospel meeting in the capital, Dhaka, said Wayne Crump, aminister for the 16th and Decatur church, Washington. Additional evangelisticefforts through the month yielded 57 baptisms.

Another meeting inthe city of Khulna brought in capacity crowds, and 46 people were baptized Jan.15 and 17, Crump said.

Bangladesh is one ofthe most densely populated countries in the world. Though physically the sizeof Iowa, it is home to about 152.6 million people.
The 16th and Decaturchurch began working in Bangladesh, surrounded almost entirely by easternIndia, after Crump baptized George Roy, a native of Bangladesh, in the early1990s. Roy became a missionary to his home country and planted a church in therural area of Buruabari in 1997.
There are about 60churches of Christ in Bangladesh, said Mike Brooks, minister for the HighlandPark church, Muscle Shoals, Ala. His church has worked in the country since1989. Brooks directs Khulna Bible College, a ministry training school.

“Theresponse to our recent campaigns in Dhaka and Khulna was so strong that we seethe potential harvest to be limited only by the amount of support we canraise,” Crump said.

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