bangladesh / asia

Spiritual Climate

With 50% of the population living on less than $1 day, Bangladesh is no stranger to extreme poverty. There are so few natural resources that agricultural jobs are scarce. Jobs that can be acquired pay next to nothing. Loss of life and property are all too common because of flooding from rivers and monsoons. Even with the Muslim Bengali translation of the Bible available, it is hampered by the high rate of literacy problems. Overpopulation is also a major factor in the lack of opportunities in education and employment. Christians make up less than 1% of the population, so much help is still needed in order to transform the lives and hearts of the people of Bangladesh.

Ground-Level Perspectives

The Church has many needs, the greatest of which is spiritual awakening.
— Operation World

Christians, Buddhists and especially Hindus suffer as persecution intensifies, occasionally to the point of destruction of property and sometimes even death.
— Operation World

More about Bangladesh

A Couple Raw Facts


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History & Future

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WorldVenture History in Bangladesh

Although WorldVenture missionaries have yet to work in Bangladesh, historically, most other missionaries have been bi-vocational, working in education, technology and agriculture while doing church planning, evangelism, and leadership training on the side.

Today &
Tomorrow

Bangladesh Team Goals

WorldVenture anticipates working to establish new partnerships and cultivate existing relationships with churches and other mission organizations already working in Bangladesh.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING

Ashu Das was asked about the meal at their own house, the 9 year old boy couldn’t control his tears. He said, “My parents and my brothers and sisters don’t have anything to eat at lunch or dinner. We don’t have food every day. They starve the whole day, I have a meal in the project, but when I am having meal then it reminds me of my parents and brothers and sisters who are starving. I can not share my meal with my family; my family is in great misery.
— Stout Family Blog

When the waiter came to our table I ordered in Bangla, ‘gorom kukur, two please,’ and the waiter to his credit smirked as he jotted down the order. Babul was suddenly mortified. I’d ordered dog and the waiter had agreed! After that it’d taken quite some convincing to explain the name of the dish wasn’t literal.
— Andrew Eagle

COMMUNITY

I found myself squeezing past a young man in the corridor and he was keen to show me his hand. He had been burnt so badly by boiling rice water as a baby that with no treatment available his hand had curled into a permanent fist. More than 20 years later, he had finally just had surgery to open it up again, and this he told me would change his whole life. It was not just that he could not use his hand but because of cultural strictures against eating with his left hand he had never before shared a meal in another person's home. After this one operation he could socialize publicly and even get married.
— Stout Family Blog

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Flood is a serious issue now. In recent years the frequency of abnormal floods in Bangladesh has increased substantially, causing serious damage to lives and property. It is now like an epidemic for Bangladesh as the people do not have the capacity to manage this disaster.
— Kevin Stout

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

My first culture shock in Dhaka was traffic jam. The distance from the international airport to Hotel Pacific is only 16km, but it took me two and a half hours as my taxi was stuck in the traffic jam. Five lines of buses, cars, tuk tuks and rickshaws moved on a few meters, then all stopped and waited in vain.
— young Japanese girl visiting Dhaka


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

bangladesh source:bbc - Google News
World Twenty20 2014: Bangladesh v West Indies as it happened - BBC Sport

World Twenty20 2014: Bangladesh v West Indies as it happened
BBC Sport
Reporting by. Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport. 17:11: We're going to leave it there - BBC Radio 5 live sports extra has commentary on the rest of today's play in the MCC-Durham game today, and on the whole of the final day's play tomorrow - it starts at 10 ...


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:17:23 AM

World Twenty20: Bangladesh qualify despite loss to Hong Kong - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

World Twenty20: Bangladesh qualify despite loss to Hong Kong
BBC Sport
Bangladesh qualified for the Super 10 phase at the World Twenty20 despite a surprise loss to Hong Kong. The hosts had to avoid a heavy defeat in Chittagong to progress, and Hong Kong's two-wicket victory was not enough to eliminate them.


Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:55:56 PM

Bangladesh opposition's Khaleda Zia faces corruption trial - BBC News

BBC News

Bangladesh opposition's Khaleda Zia faces corruption trial
BBC News
Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and other leading opposition members are to go on trial next month on corruption charges. Ms Zia and her associates deny embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars in charitable funds. The court in Dhaka ...


Wednesday, March 19, 2014 7:06:06 AM

Australia thrash Bangladesh in Mirpur - BBC News

BBC News

Australia thrash Bangladesh in Mirpur
BBC News
World Twenty20 2014: Australia thrash Bangladesh in Mirpur. By Jamie Lillywhite BBC Sport. ICC World Twenty20, Mirpur. Australia 158-3 (17.3 overs) beat Bangladesh 153-5 (20 overs) by seven wickets. Match scorecard. Australia completed their World ...


Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:18:19 AM

Women's World Twenty20 2014: England thrash Bangladesh - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Women's World Twenty20 2014: England thrash Bangladesh
BBC Sport
England sealed a comprehensive 79-run victory over Bangladesh to move closer to a semi-final place at the Women's World Twenty20 in Sylhet. Captain Charlotte Edwards put on 50 with Natalie Sciver (20) and finished on 80 from 69 balls in England's 137-5.


Friday, March 28, 2014 6:44:47 AM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Seminary Professor2 YearsLifetimeAsiaBangladeshA theologically trained person who has the heart and burden to train Bangladeshi pastors. This person could also teach at the College of Christian Theology of Bangladesh located in Savar.To focus on equipping and training Bangladeshi pastors in the Bangaldesh Evangelical Church. Secondary would be to teach at CCTB (College of Christian Theology of Bangladesh).Male. Married. Masters degree in Theology; Willingness to live in Dhaka, a challenging and sometimes dangerous environment. This person would need to be a self-starter; willing to travel into remote areas.1491
Medical Team10 Days2 WeeksAsiaBangladeshA medical team to go to Bangladesh for ten days to two weeks and open doors for outreach and evangelism through medical service. Length of service is 10 days to 2 weeks.Provide medical, optometry and perhaps dental services to poor Bangladeshis.Medical training. Able to work in a challenging, primitive, and sometimes dangerous place.1498
MK / International School Faculty & Staff1 YearLifetimeAsiaBangladeshGrace International School, Bangladesh, offers education for children aged between 3 and 16 years. It is an interdenominational Christian School. We are firmly committed to the Christian basis of our work but open to students of all faith backgrounds. We follow the English National Curriculum leading to end of Key Stage tests and ultimately IGCSEs at the age of 16. Teach or work at the school in your area of training. Participate in reinforcing the Christian emphasis of the school. Participate in student activities. No current openings for the 2013-2014 school year. Be fully qualified and have either been trained in the UK or have relevant teaching experience to teach the English National Curriculum. 1583

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Missionary Team

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Become a Missionary

There are a few countries in which we can't list our entire team publicly. Bringing the Gospel to people has risks, and for some of our work we have to keep things offline.

As a person begins appointment, the make-up and ethos of the field team is discussed as we look for the right fit.

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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