(MNN) — Despite efforts to improve Bangladesh's economic and
demographic prospects, the country remains poor and overpopulated.
Periodic natural disasters like flooding during monsoon
season and cyclones are usually accompanied by enormous loss of life, further
hampering economic growth. Reform is stalled in many instances by political
infighting and corruption at all levels of government.
In an effort to control at least one area of the chaotic
region, the government declared Islam to be the state religion 19 years
ago. While the government asserts
religious freedom exists, Islamic pressure seems to be eroding the safeguards
in place for religious and ethnic minorities.
IN Network's passion to bring hope to Bangladesh began an outreach in 1974. From there, the vision spread in the form of
schools for poor and displaced children, a Vocational Bible Institute for
future evangelists, and House of Prayer Fellowship centers.
That said, IN-Network Bangladesh just celebrated yet another
Students of the Vocational Bible Institute (VBI), and the
Sewing and Office Assistant Training Program (OATP) marked this rite of passage
in Savar, Bangladesh. This one-year course of
study helps students to learn vocational skills along with their Bible
The VBI students will be going to rural areas to proclaim
the word of Jesus Christ among non believers.
Pray for successful outreach.