It has a population larger than Russia, crammed into a territory smaller than Florida, and I knew nothing about it.

Bangladesh is home to over 151 million people, the 8th largest population on the planet, and I didn’t know anything about its people, language, history, religious composition or economic status, its military might, its food, its art and culture or even  its location, other than “somewhere in Southeast Asia”.


A passing glance at a wall-mounted world map first clued me in.  Scanning the capitals and borders, place names and colored topography, I saw a little box labeled “World Population” with Bangladesh ranked higher than Russia, and it made me think.

Jesus said that His followers were to “be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, NLT)  Though most of us can’t GO to the people at “the ends of the earth”, can we at least pray for them?  Can we at least think of them?

I can’t know everything about every country, or even know much about most, but I can know enough to pray.

Can you?