Resources for Bengali Believers

| February 24, 2015

Are Bengali-language resources so sparse that a Christian Bible study would attract Hindu and Muslim people?

Nearly 215 million people speak the Bengali language. The majority of these live in the country of Bangladesh or in the Indian states of West Bengal and Assam. While the Bible has been translated into Bengali, few other theology or discipleship books exist in this language, despite the vast number of speakers.

Gary Brewer founded the non-profit ministry Partners in Discipleship International (PDI) in 2009. As the name suggests, the ministry aims to fulfill the Great Commission—to make disciples of all nations—and hopes to accomplish this through the clear communication of God’s truth via translating theological resources. Although PDI conducts translation projects around the world, it focuses on languages spoken in Myanmar, India, and Thailand.

Brewer says the greatest need for many churches in Asia is more evangelism and discipleship resources. Due to the great lack of theological support for adults, PDI expanded from translating only children’s materials to adding theology books as well. He shares the story of one Burmese pastor who was so excited to have children’s Sunday school material translated into his native tongue that he studied its content for his own sermon use.


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