People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Bengali of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 42,305

ROP3 Code: 101254
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Bengali
Language: Bengali - (ben)
Religion: Islam - Sunni
Country of Origin: Bangladesh

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 118,166

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, MD - 23,908

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 23,400

  Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI - 19,003

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 15,000

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Brief Profile

Bengali migrated predominantly from Bangladesh but also from India. They began arriving in North America in large numbers since the early 1970s to become among the fastest growing ethnic communities since that decade.

They retain a strong people group identity but at the same time tend to blend into American culture. They also are well represented in the fields of medicine, engineering, business, finance and information technology. Their cuisine is well known in North America, and Bengali cuisine has been established as one of the most popular cuisines in the country with hundreds of Bengali restaurants in major cities along smaller cities and towns. One can also find many Bengali markets and stores.

They speak Bengali and many adhere to Islam. In smaller towns in America where there may not be mosques within easy access, they make trips to attend the nearest one on major religious holidays and occasions. However, most Bengali people reside in large urban centers where there are vibrant mosques.

Prayer Points

  • For Christians who teach English as a Second Language to become friends with the Bengali, reveal through their lifestyle what it means to have a personal relationship with God, and share the message of Jesus Christ as the intimate God.
  • For Christians to encounter Bengali people of peace who will then become followers of Jesus Christ and in turn begin making disciples among their own people.
  • That churches will catch a vision to embrace the Bengali people now in North America, and in so doing those Bengali who become followers of Jesus Christ will share the message of Christ with their family and friends in Bangladesh and India.

People Group Resources

Heavenly Book Introduction Course
This Bangla course is for those who are familiar with Quran and want to know something about Torah, Psalms, and Injil Sharif.

The Bible Project - Bengali
Well-designed videos in Bengali that explain books of the Bible, key biblical words, biblical themes, and doctrine. - Bengali
Audio and written Bible in Bangla/Bengali.

Global Recordings Network - Bengali
Audio Bible stories and resources for Bangladeshis who speak Bengali.

IndigiTube - Bangladeshi languages
A variety of quality evangelistic videos for a variety of languages spoken by Bangladeshis. Resources include The Savior, Journey to Truth, Prophets' Story, etc.

Jesus Film in Bengali
The Jesus Film and other gospel resource videos in the Bangla spoken by most Bengali Muslims.

Jesus Film in Sylhetti Bangla language.
The Jesus Film and other gospel resource videos in the Sylhetti Bangla language.

Jesus Film Project - Magdalena in Bengali
Mary Magdalena film in the Bengali spoken by most Bengali Muslims. This resource is very powerful among women.

Online Talking Bible - Bengali
The purpose of Talking Bibles is to give non-readers and the blind access to the Bible in their native language.

The Prophet's Story - Bengali
This video presents the gospel in the Muslim Bangla language simply and quickly through the stories of the biblical prophets.

Learning Resources

Learn more about "Any-3"
Any–3 provides biblical principles and practical steps that have equipped hundreds of Christians to witness confidently and effectively. Over the past decade, thousands of Muslims have been engaged with the gospel.

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

Loving Muslims Small Group Study
This Loving Muslims booklet is a two-week group study that takes a deeper look at Christ’s command to "love our neighbor."

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.

Overview of Islam
Overview of Islam and its sub-groupings. Developed by the North American Mission Board, SBC. Includes generalized witnessing tips.

Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesQueensNew York-Newark-Jersey CityNY118,166
United StatesYork TownWashington-Arlington-AlexandriaMD23,908
CanadaDanforth VillageToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON23,400
United StatesDetroitDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI19,003
United StatesHouston, SugarlandHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX15,000
United StatesHatfieldPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA9,288
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA8,753
United StatesLa HabraLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA7,287
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC7,130
United StatesRichardsonDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX6,272
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL2,717
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL1,357
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,000
United StatesCharlotteCharlotte-Concord-GastoniaNC750
United StatesNashvilleNashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--FranklinTN600
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY500
United StatesRogersFayetteville-Springdale-RogersAR400
United StatesAmarilloAmarillo-DumasTX160
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR113
United StatesTylerLongview-TylerTX105