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A report drafted by Christian Freedom International has recently showed that Christianity in Bangladesh is growing despite experiencing increased persecution. While still accounting for a very small minority of Bangladesh’s Muslim-majority population, the report states that many in Bangladesh’s rural areas are converting to Christianity. The growth of the Church is often accompanied by persecution as converts often experience discrimination and outright persecution from their former religious communities. 

04/26/2017 Bangladesh (Christians in Pakistan) – In keeping with a recent report, Christian population in Bangladesh is increasing despite the fact that persecution has also increased. Christian Freedom International details that many people are coming to Christ. The report claims that Christianity is on the increase.

President of Christian Freedom International Jim Jacobson states that in order to compile this report, he interviewed several local Christian pastors, evangelists, missionaries and converts to Christianity. “Many are converting. Mostly in the rural areas,” Jacobson said.

Jacobson stated that this growth in Christianity is resulting in increased persecution of Christians. Mostly underground churches are being targeted, the report says. Official estimates say that there is less than 1% of Christian population in a notion of over 156 million.

Report says that unofficially, Christian population is growing especially in rural areas so the figures are much higher than the official statistics. Official reports reveal data of Christians born in Christian families. Those who convert to Christianity are not counted says Christian Freedom International President.

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