Burglars target a church planter

By March 31, 2011

Bangladesh (CFI/MNN) — In Bangladesh, Christians are often considered second-class citizens. Islam is the official religion. Other religious minorities,
such as Hindus and Christians, may worship, but they face societal discrimination.

It has become an increasingly dangerous place for Christians who are
targeted for acts of violence and injustice, such as kidnapping, assault, and
robbery. 

Along with that, according to Voice of the Martyrs Canada, is the Vested and
Non-resident Ordinance (aka-Enemy Property Act) which states that properties can be
confiscated if the owner is considered an "enemy" to the state. This ordinance is often used to seize
property from Christians and other religious minorities.

Christian Freedom International says a Bangladeshi co-worker (name withheld
for security reasons) lost everything in his home when thieves broke into it while
his family was away attending the funeral of his father's wife.

Because no one was home at the time of the burglary and no one was hurt,
although the invasion and the loss of their material goods will prove to be a
challenging recovery.

This team member is a valuable and trusted ally in CFI's mission to the
persecuted church in Bangladesh.  

CFI operates several critical programs, including a help center
for the blind and disabled (where Christians in need can receive clothing,
medical care, and even Braille Bibles), a child
sponsorship program, micro-enterprise opportunities, a Bible distribution
program, and emergency relief of food, medicine, and blankets whenever it
is needed.

Bangladesh ranks 47th on the Open Doors World Watch List–a
report that ranks 50 countries known for the persecution of Christians.

Pray for this team member and his family during this challenging time. Ask God to provide for the family's needs,
and pray that He will protect Christians who face opposition.

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