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Coronavirus in Bangladesh: Snapshots of Life and Ministry

COVID-19 in Bangladesh

As is the case in many countries across the globe, Bangladeshis have been ordered to stay home. But unlike most in North America or Europe, few people in Bangladesh have internet at their houses or contact with the outside world. Most means of income generation there have been closed. Day laborers like rickshaw pullers, tea shop keepers, and barbers are out of work.

The government has closed until at least the end of April, and officials are asking people to avoid going on the road or to the market unless they're looking for food or medicine. Everyone must wear a mask, maintain two meters of separation, and wash their hands with soap every two hours.

10 Liters of Milk Isn't Enough

In normal times, Friendship Ministries focuses heavily on offering physical relief like food, blankets, and free education to people who need it while also using these efforts as a means to evangelism. And now more than ever, the low income families who benefit from these things are suffering as income ceases and resources dwindle. Pastor Ajit, the leader of Friendship Ministries, estimates that the ministries of Friendship Bible Church touch the lives of about 980 families.

Pastor Ajit normally milks cows for income (10 liters a day), but is giving it all away for free, along with a blanket, to people who need it, during the coronavirus pandemic. But 10 liters of milk a day isn't enough to provide for 980 families. Friendship Ministries is inviting North Americans to participate in caring for families in Bangladesh by donating a financial gift to their ministry.

*To protect the security and identity of the individuals serving in this context, we have changed their names online and in some cases use photos that are representative.


From a church to a literature library mobile boat, Friendship Ministries is about sharing the love of Jesus and discipling believers throughout Bangladesh.

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  • That God would keep the enemy far from the students in the Bible school. That the students (many of them from Muslim or Hindu backgrounds) would be emboldened to study the Word of God amidst opposition.
  • Pray for people suffering from the effects of natural disasters that destroy their homes and livelihoods. Pray they find help and hope in the one true God.
  • That God would save those who have and will hear the gospel through the many outreaches of Friendship Ministries
  • That the Friendship church would grow in faithfulness to Jesus and in number of those who are being saved
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