Bangladesh

Presbyterian World Mission has two mission co-workers serving in Bangladesh. Les and Cynthia Morgan have served there since 1989, with a concentration in public health. Our work is in partnership with the Church of Bangladesh. The PC (U.S.A.) provides financial support for Christian Mission Hospital in Rajshahi.

Christians make up less than one-half of 1 percent of the population of Bangladesh, which is a majority Muslim country, and often suffer from discrimination in the Muslim-dominated government. In the educational system and business sectors, many Christians are from non-Bengali tribal backgrounds and suffer from ethnic discrimination as well. Bengali is the major ethnic group in the country, comprising 90 percent of the population.

The Church of Bangladesh focuses on supporting parish life and nurturing ecumenical relations. The church is part of the National Council of Churches in Bangladesh.

Leslie and Cindy MorganLes and Cindy Morgan help the Church of Bangladesh grow its capacity to carry out its ministry of healing in the name of Christ. At the denomination’s St. Andrews Theological College, Les teaches classes on the physical, psychological, social, environmental, and spiritual dimensions of health and equips future church leaders to engage these issues with theological understanding. Cindy teaches a course on spiritual formation and leads quarterly retreats for students. Les and Cindy also advise and train workers for the church’s 15 community health programs, which serve people with the most marginalized lives in Bangladesh in settings ranging from the remote rural communities to crowded inner city neighborhoods.  In addition, they offer consultation and training to the staffs at the Church of Bangladesh’s two hospitals and its two nursing schools. They keep in touch with the health issues faced by the people the church seeks to serve by providing direct patient care at small community clinics.

Read more about their work on their profile page, which you can find here.


Van BrocklinGary and Marlene Van Brocklin serve as regional liaisons for Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) support of partner programs, relationships and activities and as implementers of the Presbyterian World Mission strategy. They also guide and support PC(USA) mission personnel in the region in communications, information sharing, mentoring, encouraging, and missiological reflection. In addition, Gary and Marlene facilitate and seek to strengthen healthy, effective and missiologically appropriate relationships among entities of the PC(USA) and those of partner denominations or organizations in the region.

Read more about their work on their profile page, which you can find here.

Presbyterian World Mission works in partnership with the Church of Bangladesh.
The Church of Bangladesh was formed in 1970 from the merger of the English Presbyterian and Anglican churches in East Pakistan, which became Bangladesh in 1971. The Church of Bangladesh established a partnership with the PC(USA) in 1991.

Mienda Uriarte, Area Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, mienda.uriarte@pcusa.org
Yesenia Ayala, Mission Specialist, Yesenia.ayala@pcusa.org