Dhaka, formerly known as Dacca, is the capital and largest city of Bangladesh. It is the ninth largest and seventh most densely populated city in the world. Set beside the Buriganga River, it is at the center of national government, trade, and culture.
Dhaka is known around the world as the City of Mosques. With more than 6,000 mosques, and more being built every week, this city has a powerful stronghold of Islam.
It is also the fastest growing city in the world, with an average of 2,000 people moving to Dhaka every day! The influx of people has contributed to the inability of the city’s infrastructure to keep up and to the fact that air quality remains one of the most polluted in the world.
With 173 million people in Bangladesh, less than one million are Christian. Most of these are in the Chittagong region. While the constitution allows freedom for Christians, the practical reality is that when someone becomes a Jesus follower, they are frequently banned from their family and community. This makes the challenge of evangelism in Dhaka even more difficult.