"One of the church planters who has outreaches to three different villages was approached by the tribal leaders of his primary village.
"Allen explains, “The village leaders, just days ago, told the Christians that they needed to leave the village: they were no longer welcome. This congregation is part of the Chakma tribe which is a little bit of an anomaly in Bangladesh.”
"Again, the Chakma people are Buddhist while Bangladesh exists as the third-largest Muslim-dominant country in the world.
"Despite their steep history of Buddhism (catch up on the Chakma background here), there has been a great movement in the last few years.
“'The Gospel had come into several Chakma villages and [is] changing the villages,” Allen says.
"This transformation causes village leaders to feel threatened. They, in turn, are threatening the future of a 40-member strong congregation.
"At best, the church will be sort of socially ex-communicated, as Allen puts it. They’ll have to find a new place that will welcome them. But even to visit another village is a three-hour hike. And it’s hard to believe another village will accept these Christians, judging by their already tense relations with the Muslim government..."