The Bengali are originally from the Bengal region of Southwest Asia. Bengalis around the world are connected by language but vary in their cultural and religious differences. Bengalis are made up of the various castes which are found throughout India. Many have migrated to Europe to provide better lives for their families. Many of the Bengali found in France belong to higher castes and are usually very ambitious and strive for excellence. In France there are about 32,000 Bengali immigrants, most Bengali immigrants to France are Muslim.
Engagement // What’s Happening Now
Currently, there aren’t any known believers among the Bengali in France. Missionaries to France have begun to work among immigrant and refugee communities. A missionary family in France has begun bus outreaches and city-wide prayer outreaches. During one of the bus outreaches, an Imam (Muslim religious leader) rode the bus as it was traveling through the city. While on the bus the Imam joined the discussion about God and was engaged with the gospel!
Sustainability // The Bigger Story
The leadership team of AGWM Europe has worked arduously to develop a strategy to reach immigrants in Europe. Greg Mundis, AGWM Executive Director, states in the article “Europe It’s not What You Think”,
“I’m glad God gives us revelation that surpasses our feeble attempts to fix problems on our own. Government responses to immigration, such as economic and social planning, will always fall short of the Holy Spirit’s divine guidance of the Church. God sets people and events in order. As He draws together events and trends, He brings us to a point where we can see what He is doing through eyes of faith. Even today God is positioning us to meet the ongoing challenge. He is calling us to share the gospel with people from every conceivable background. The core of the Great Commission is that every ethnic group must hear the gospel. This includes both Europeans and immigrants.”
To join in reaching the Bengali community in France visit AGWM Europe.
Partnership // Move Beyond
Please spend a few minutes in prayer for:
- Pray for missionaries who lead outreaches that doors may be open for them to share the good news with the Bengali in France.
- Pray for God to reveal himself to Bengali immigrants through dreams and visions.
- Pray against anti-immigrant sentiments in France, that the national church may embrace Bengali immigrants and reach out in love.
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