Stories of Impact
From Impossible Places
Today, the Rohingya of Bangladesh are filling the largest refugee camp in the world in a place called Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Three years ago the Burmese military unleashed a military onslaught, filled with unimaginable acts of terror, upon these defenseless people. The United Nations quickly declared them to be one of the most persecuted peoples in the world and that they were enduring genocide.
Research organizations will tell you there are 948,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh and that 0.00% are Christian.
They live in tents with bare bones access to basic survival needs – food, shelter and clothing. It is considered a luxury and is rare to have your child receive an education or to live in a permanent structure. The Rohingya continue to suffer, but there is hope!
In a town called Teknaf, the gospel is being shared much more freely than within the restricted refugee camps. The camps are run by the Muslim majority but that is not the case in nearby Teknaf. Local Christian leaders are mentoring and encouraging Rohingya who have become followers of Jesus! Although researchers say they are 100% Muslim – we know otherwise!!!
God is using the Treasure among these precious people. Since they are a primarily oral learning people group they love to listen to music and drama, which makes the audio Bible a wonderful tool. We learned of 2 area churches that were forced to close since leaders had fled. Our area coordinator distributed Treasures that bring dozens of people together, filling these empty structures, to absorb the Word of God. He is also mentoring a young man to lead the youth, which represent the majority of the population. Although many have lost their parents from the horrors of genocide, they are hungry to learn about the love of Jesus!
Together in the harvest,
Greg Kelley, CEO
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