The South Asia Field

Administratively, the Church of the Nazarene is organised into six world regions. Each region contains several fields. Each field contains one or several countries, each country contains one or several districts, and a district contains many local churches.

The South Asia Field is part of the Eurasia Region and is comprised of the countries Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Below you will find some detailed information on each country and the Church of the Nazarene within each respective country.

The Church of the Nazarene in South Asia
Since When:1993
Districts:6
Organised Churches:3,595
Mission Churches:3,450
Members:155,560
Ordained Elders:291
Licensed Minsters:1,070
Lay Pastors:1,823
Jesus-Film Teams:102
Child Development Centers:153

Bangladesh

The Country of Bangladesh
Area:147,570 km2 or 56,980 mi2
Capital:Dhaka
Population:164.8 Million
Official Language:Bangla / Bengali
Religions:Islam - 90.0%
Hinduism - 9.5%
Buddhisism - 0.3%
Christianity - 0,2%
Gross National Income:1,330 US-$ per Capita
Climate:Tropical; mild winter (October to March)
Hot, humid summer (March to June);
Humid, warm rainy monsoon (June to October)
Main Exports:Garments, jute and jute goods, leather,
frozen fish and seafood

Nepal

The Country of Nepal
Area:147,181 km2 or 56,827 mi2
Capital:Kathmandu
Population:28.982 Million
Official Language:Bangla / Bengali
Religions:Hinduism - 81.3%
Buddhism - 9.5%
Islam - 4.4%
Kirant - 3.0%
Christianity - 1.4%
Others - 0.9%
Gross National Income:730 US-$ per Capita
Climate: Varies from cool summers and severe winters in north to subtropical summers and mild winters in south
Main Exports: Carpets, clothing, leather goods, jute goods, grain

Pakistan

The Country of Pakistan
Area:881,913 km2 or 340,509 mi2
Capital:Islamabad
Population:209.970 Million
Official Language:Urdu, English
Religions:
Islam - 96.4%
Others (incl. Christianity and Hinduism) - 3.6%
Gross National Income:1,500 US-$ per Capita
Climate:The climate varies from tropical to temperate, with arid conditions in the coastal south. There is a monsoon season, and a dry season with significantly less rainfall or none at all.
Main Exports:Textiles (garments, bed linen, cotton cloth, yarn), rice, leather goods, sports goods, chemicals, manufactures, carpets and rugs

Sri Lanka

The Country of Sri Lanka
Area:65,610 km2 or 25,330 mi2
Capital:Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte / Colombo
Population:21,444 Million
Official Language:Sinhala / Tamil
Religions:
Buddhism - 70.2%
Hinduism - 12.6%
Islam - 9.7%
Christianity - 7.4%
Other - 0.1%
Gross National Income:3,780 US-$ per Capita
Climate:Tropical monsoons;
Northeast monsoon (December to March); Southwest monsoon (June to October)
Main Exports:Textiles and apparel, tea and spices; diamonds, emeralds, rubies; coconut products, rubber manufactures, fish