I recently came across this article and infographic (Click Here) which divides a world map into four sections of equal population. What may be shocking to some is the two smaller sections located in Southern and Eastern Asia. These are densely populated areas with relatively low gospel witness!
Many are aware that China and India each have far more people than any other country, so these two nations being in separate divisions comes as no surprise.
Notice though that grouped with China is Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world. Then notice that there are so few countries grouped with India. How is it that this South Asian cluster of countries can compare to a group with both China and Indonesia? The answer, maybe shockingly, is Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Pakistan and Bangladesh are countries that we don’t often hear about in America. We probably hear even less about them in Christian circles. This is unfortunate because Pakistan and Bangladesh are the world’s fifth-most and eight-most populated countries respectively.
Pakistan is home to approximately 220 million people. Bangladesh is home to roughly 165 million people. Don’t be deceived by their small geography and land area. Even relatively smaller Bangladesh has 20 million more people than Russia!
I would encourage you to check the infographic, find Pakistan and Bangladesh on the map, and consider how densely populated they must be to each have more people than Russia. These countries have so many people and yet so few laborers reaching them with the gospel.
Friend, will you commit to pray for Pakistan and Bangladesh? Will you pray that the Lord would raise up preachers willing and able to take the gospel to these needy countries?
I challenge you to research these countries. I challenge you to learn a bit about their languages, cultures, and current level of gospel witness. I challenge you to consider what the Lord might have you do to send or take the gospel to them. I challenge you to ask the Lord to move you with compassion as you research them, praying that the Lord would send forth laborers into His harvest.
But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.Matthew 9:36-38
Would you equip a preacher? Would you send a preacher? Will you go and preach?
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call upon him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!Romans 10:13-15
The people in Pakistan and Bangladesh could use some glad tidings. They need to hear the gospel of peace. How can you get involved?