Date: June 12, 2018
A Muslim mob burned down a house church in northern Bangladesh on 1 June, after the pastor’s son was falsely implicated in a local murder.
Police arrested pastor Albert Badol’s 22-year-old son in Gouripur on 1 June, without a warrant, after it was alleged he was involved in a murder in the town.
When the arrest became public knowledge, a mob of local Muslims set fire to the pastor’s house and attempted to kill him. Although he managed to escape, his house was burned to the ground. The pastor’s wife and the wife of another of his sons were threatened but not harmed by the mob. The pastor’s house also functioned as a meeting place for a 35-strong local congregation who do not have a church building.
Christians make up 1% of the population in Muslim-majority Bangladesh. The country’s constitution gives religious minorities the right to practise and share their faith, but Islam is the state religion.
From Barnabas Fund contacts
Please join us in prayer: Lift up to the Lord pastor Albert Badol and his family in Bangladesh, especially his younger son, who is falsely accused of being involved in a murder. Pray that they will know God’s peace, despite the loss of their home and the threats against them. Praise God for the pastor’s faith – he told Barnabas contacts that he would donate the land the family home was on for a church building for the congregation, “to witness to God’s grace”.