Who We Are:
Bengali Christian Ministry seeks to mobilize, train, and support Bengali Christian leaders in Kolkata and the state of West Bengal in India, and to support word and deed local ministries in Kolkata and West Bengal.
BCM’s ongoing plan is as follows:
- We partner with Bengali Christian Network (BCNetwork), a registered Charity in West Bengal, a relationship with 70+ Bengali Christian leaders from across the state.
- We have helped BCNetwork establish a small office in Kolkata to provide meeting space for a few key local Bengali Christian staff. BCM President Dr. Bobby Bose travels to Kolkata regularly to augment, guide, and equip both paid and volunteer BCNetwork staff, and also visit local Bengali leaders.
- The purpose of the ministry is to mobilize, train, and support indigenous Christian leaders through the initial help of a few staff members who will be primarily responsible for supporting and reporting on the work of local Bengali Christian leaders.
- The longer term plan over a projected period of five to ten years is to determine the primary ministry needs of Bengali Christian leaders in West Bengal and address those needs as appropriate, aiming at all times to create a well-trained, engaged, and fully self-sustainable leadership.
- BCM will focus on three tiers of training and support, beginning with "Grass roots" training for Christian leadership development throughout the state of West Bengal.
Where We Serve: The State of West Bengal, Paschim Bangla, in India
The State of West Bengal (also called Paschim Bangla in Bengali), the Eastern State of India, bordering Bangladesh (formerly East Bengal, Purva Bangla), has an area of 88,800 square kilometers and 93 million people living in it. Thus, the state of West Bengal is one of the most densely populated regions in the world with 1,066 people living per square kilometer (approx. half a square mile). Its capital Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with 24,000 people living per square kilometer.
New York City’s Tim Keller once famously said that God loves the cities because 'there is more image of God per square inch' in the cities than in the rural areas. Perhaps it was Jacques Ellul, the French philosopher cum theologian, who first came up with the idea of 'more image of God per square yard in the city' in his book The Meaning of the City. Following that logic of Ellul and Keller, God surely loves the State of West Bengal and its capital city of Kolkata very much because there is certainly more image of God per square kilometer there! God said this about the city of Nineveh at the end of the Book of Jonah, “But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people… Should I not be concerned about that great city?” If God is so concerned about 120,000 people, how much more is he concerned about 93 million people of West Bengal!
Thinking about Bengali Christian Ministry, one cannot ignore the immense contributions of William Carey, known as the Father of the Modern-Day Missions Movement, towards Bengal and Bengali people. He experienced the same God’s love for Bengal and Bengali people and he too loved Bengalis very much! He arrived in 1793 and he loved Bengali people so much that the first thing he did was to learn the Bengali language! Soon he translated the Bible in Bengali and many other Indian languages.