Most Bengali speakers in the UK have been somewhat absorbed culturally in the UK. Some immigrated there to escape the harsh lifestyles of Bangladesh while others have come in search of better educational or economic opportunities. Yet most retain their traditional Islamic religion as a cultural anchor.
Despite the abundance of Christians and churches in the UK, Muslims remain unreached. Muslim communities in the UK are highly organized. They feel that they have sacrificed their languages and cultures. Thus, they really do not want to lose their religion as well.
UK Christians have been apathetic or fearful of witnessing to Muslims. It might take the efforts of believers from other parts of the world to reach UK Bengalis.
"I will return again to my place, until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face, and in their distress earnestly seek me." Hosea 5:15
Pray that the troubles of this people group cause them to seek the Lord and find Him.
Pray for openness and spiritual awakening, leading to genuine responses to the Savior. Pray that this would be the decade when there is a movement to Christ among the Muslim Bengalis in the UK.
|People Name||Bengali-speaking South Asians|
|Online Audio NT||Yes|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|