Bengali-speaking South Asians in Canada


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

Ethnic Bengalis are the original inhabitants of the Bengal region which straddles Bangladesh and West Bengal, a state in India. Bengali is their language, and it is one of the largest in the world. While the vast majority of Bengalis live in Bangladesh and northeast India, some have migrated to other countries such as Canada. In general, the Bengalis are a proud people, highly ambitious, and always striving for excellence. They have always been noted for their cultural achievements, especially in the area of literature.


Where Are they Located?

Many moved to Canada in the early 1970s when Bangladesh became a sovereign state. Distinct Bengal communities formed in Toronto and London, Ontario. Those who were able to go to Canada were often either students or people with valuable professional skills such as in business.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Bengalis have strong family ties. At first, they maintained their culture by speaking Bengali at home and bringing spouses from the old country. In spite of their efforts, second-generation Canadian Bengalis have assimilated into Canadian culture. A new generation of Bengalis has been born in Canada, one that questions the traditional values of their parents. Bangladeshi girls are rebelling against tight constraints and arranged marriages. Some band together in the Bangladesh Association to strengthen ethnic solidarity through cultural and religious events, while others rarely attend these events. Some Bangladeshis are concerned about the drug addiction and sexual promiscuity around them, and they often turn to Islam for answers. They may be open to Christ if they see true believers living out their faith and presenting the gospel in a loving manner. The Canadian government gives preferential treatment to those with valuable skills. For that reason, they often allow immigrants with professional skills in engineering, accounting, teaching or medicine. Many own businesses like grocery stores and restaurants where they serve delicious Bengali dishes. Others have skilled blue-collar jobs in plumbing or welding.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Bengalis in Canada are Sunni Muslims, while the rest are Hindu. These two religious communities rarely mix. Be they Muslim or Hindu, they have varying degrees of dedication to their religious beliefs.


What Are Their Needs?

Like all peoples of the world, Bengalis in Canada need to put their hope and their identity in the person of Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the South Asian, Bengali-speaking in Canada.

* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Bengalis in Canada towards Christians so that they will be receptive to the gospel. * Ask the Lord to raise up strong Bengali churches that will reproduce themselves, spreading the fragrance of Christ in their community.* Pray for loving ambassadors of Christ to go!


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-05-28
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-31
People Name General South Asian, Bengali-speaking
People Name in Country South Asian, Bengali-speaking
Natural Name Bengali-speaking South Asians
Population this Country 74,000
Population all Countries 1,901,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangla-Bhasa; Bengali, Muslims; Hindu; साउत एशियन, बिंगाली-स्पीकिंग
People ID 10790
ROP3 Code 101254
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Bengali (74,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (74,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.20 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
4.40 %
Islam
94.40 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
20.0 %
Independent
20.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
5.0 %
Protestant
40.0 %
Roman Catholic
15.0 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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