On October 14th, a mob of around 100 Muslims forced a Christian family from their home in Dhaka, Bangladesh, while the police stood by and watched.
“They wanted to shoot me,” said Tapon Cruze. “They told us that they would kill us if we had opposed the expropriation of our house.”
“He [a Muslim man] asked for money in exchange for our property. They are cheating us.” Tapom Cruze continued.
“We lost our possessions, money, and we’re out of the house.”
Police accompanied the mob and did nothing to stop them from seizing the home of the Christian family.
Christians form a tiny minority of Bangladesh’s population, and Nirmal Rozario, general secretary of the Bangladesh Christian Association, called the attack “a grave injustice against the Christian community.”
Earlier this month, a Bangladeshi pastor survived a knife attack in his own home when three men pretending they wanted to learn about Christianity suddenly attacked him and attempted to slit his throat. His shouts prompted his wife and neighbours to come to his rescue, and the men fled.
Violent attacks have increased in recent months, and Islamic State militants claim to have been behind the murders of two foreign Christians in September and October.
- Pray for Bangladesh, for Christians to continue to have freedom to worship, as is written in the constitution.
- Pray for those who have lost homes and livelihoods because of their faith, that they will not lose heart.
- Pray for Muslims in Bangladesh to seek to live peaceably with their Christians neighbours, and for many to have life changing encounters with Jesus Christ.
- Pray for protection for Bangladesh from the likes of ISIL, who see it as a legitimate target.
Psalm 27 vs 5: “For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.”