BANGLADESH

Disciple Making is more than just teaching someone the gospel and the essentials of Christianity. It's more than just giving them an outline and a list of things they need to do to live the Christian life. Disciple Making  is a relationship-driven process. How important is disciple-making? Hope Builders Ministries Bangladesh addresses crucial issues facing a majority muslim population. The Disciple Making Movements are equipping Indigenous Christians to become disciplemaking leaders.  Amazing work is taking place with just a few Jesus followers and the ministry is rapidly epxanding. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is being advanced through the Great Commission. Because of the hard work and sacrifice of a few faithful Disciples,  personal evangelism is creating open doors for Bangladeshis who are being exposed to the truth that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Population

166,303,494 (2021)
Population under 15 yrs: 27.2%
Urban %: 36.9%
46 Languages
326 People Groups
Official Language: Bengla
Literacy Rate: 58%
Human Development Index: 133 / 189


Christian

The Christian population of Bangladesh is 0.7% with half of these being evangelicals.  Persecution is ranked at 31/50 and rising. Most Christians are from a Hindu background but many muslims are also being saved. It is estimated that churches are growing faster than the population. A lack of mature, trained,  biblical leadership has created a very weak church. Poverty limits the number of full-time pastors and missionaries.

Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy: 73.57
Infant Mortality: 31.70
Death Under Age 5: 30/1,000

Other Religions

Muslim 89.1%, Hindu 10%, other 0.9% (includes Buddhist, Christian) (2013 est.)

"The Bengali, or Shaikh, people (240 million globally) remain the largest unreached people group in the world. Bengali Muslims make up 89% of the population and follow “folk” Islam (a blend of Sufi Islam, indigenous cultures, and Hinduism). Most have never heard the true gospel. Bengali Hindus (201 Hindu groups, of which 188 are unreached),  also face violence and persecution as a religious minority along with the few Christians. For more information.

Demographics

The huge delta region formed at the confluence of the Ganges and Brahmaputra River systems - now referred to as Bangladesh - was a loosely incorporated outpost of various empires centered on the Gangetic plain for much of the first millennium A.D. Muslim conversions and settlement in the region began in the 10th century, primarily from Arab and Persian traders and preachers. Europeans established trading posts in the area in the 16th century. Eventually the area known as Bengal, primarily Hindu in the western section and mostly Muslim in the eastern half, became part of British India. For more information

Economy

Bangladesh's economy has grown roughly 6% per year since 2005 despite prolonged periods of political instability, poor infrastructure, endemic corruption, insufficient power supplies, and slow implementation of economic reforms. Although more than half of GDP is generated through the services sector, almost half of Bangladeshis are employed in the agriculture sector, with rice as the single-most-important product. For more information
 
 

Equipping

Jesus gave gifted men to "equip the whole church to do the work of the ministry, building up the body of Christ, until all come to a unified understanding of the faith and the knowledge of God's Son, growing to maturity, having the fullness of Christ."  Ephesians 4:11-13

Training leaders in the local church in the Word of God is the "tip of the spear" strategy of Hope Builders Ministries. These leaders are then better equipped to train the believers God has put in their charge. The whole congregation become disciple makers multiplying the advancement of the Gospel and able to help each other "walk worthy of the Gospel.
  • One year Disciple Makers Program
  • Three year leadership training
  • Commissioned Leadership

Empowering

Paul said, "And what you have heard from me...commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." 2 Timothy 2:2

Hope Builders Ministries goal has always been for the Bangladesh Christians to oversee their own indigenous mission. Today HBM Zambia is led by a team of 35 nationals partnered with more than 100  pastors mentoring their local churches in disciple making ministry.  Hope Builders Ministries provide the strategic resources empowering them to effectively do this.
  •  Bibles
  • DMP Manuals
  • Pastoral and Leadership Manuals
  • Transport - bicycles and motorcycles

Encouraging

"Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Having partnered with the Bangladesh Church equipping them in the Word of God and empowering them with the resources to accomplish the Great Commission, Hope Builders Ministries continues to encouraging the national church in strategic partnerships.
  • Strategically located conference centers
  • Short-term US Mission trips for men and women who are Disciple Makers to supplement leadership training
  • Dignity Projects focused on orphans  and widows and other vulnerable people
  • Medical Aid for the indigenous missionaries
  • Disaster Relief in times of famine and pandemics
  • Community Service - wells, farm development projects

Advance the Gospel in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a young country in that the people are young. 27% of the population is under 15 years old. Like the newly wed couple pictured they are very young. Hindus like Christians are heavily persecuted. This young Christian man has married a Hindu wife. She has converted but the traditions change slowly.  

The Hope Builders Ministries missionary is still in training. This training takes place over the internet via zoom and emails. Translating is difficult. The English translating is through Google Translate.

In spite of the difficulties the Gospel is being advanced in Bangladesh as Brother Gazi disciples young people in the basics of the Gospel using HBM resources. He actively works with young people, the heart of Bangladesh.  The literacy rate is 50% . Gazi's disciples are mainly literate so they can be better trained to orally teach the truth to new and older believers.

Bangladesh is also very poor. The economic stress is compounded by feuding political families and continually flooding rivers. Much of Bangladesh is at zero feet with the converging Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers dividing the country.

The HBM Missionary needs monthly support to maintain his family and supply the needed resources to grow the ministry and make disciples who multiply.

Hope Builders Ministries - Bangladesh

Jeff Hawkins

HBM Asia
Jeff Hawkins mentors and disciples indigenous missionaries. In 2019 he began a mentoring relationship with Gazi who is now Advancing the Gospel in Bangladesh through HBM disciple making strategy.

Pastor Gazi

HBM Bangladesh Missionary
Brother Gazi is HBM's partner in Bangladesh. You can partner with this brother and support the mission in Bangladesh. He needs personal and ministry support.

Missionaries

Bangladesh
HBM provides training and materials to the missionaries being trained.  Bibles, Bicycles, training materials are needed.


Disciple Training

Bangladesh
Hope Builders Ministries provides Disciple Making materials to teach to young believers. HBM also helps facilitate these meetings with food for those training.