Together, in their roles as mission leaders,
Swapon and Rachael Bose always seem to
be wearing many hats in the various roles
they perform. Although they find it difficult
to leave their home and ministry – which is
in a primarily Muslim region of South Asia
– they are able to be in Canada this month.
While in Manitoba, they are visiting with
individuals and church groups, encouraging
the believers here, and trusting God for
prayer and financial support for their ministries.
In addition to being a pastor, a husband
and a father, Swapon oversees 160
churches, supervises 105 staff, and teaches
in the Bible School. His wife Rachel is
equally industrious as co-pastor and principal
of the Bible school. The church they
shepherd is the second one they have
planted in the city in which they live. Together,
they lead a ministry focused on
church planting and discipleship among
We asked Swapon and Rachael, “In a predominantly
Muslim context, how does one
approach mission work?” First of all, the
Boses believe that there is no ‘single’ approach
to sharing the Gospel with Muslims;
each person and community is
unique. Thus, they advise their Bible school
students to go out and live among the people,
get to know them, and share the Gospel
appropriate to the context.
Secondly, Swapon urges missionaries to be
inquirers, seeking to discover what each
individual Muslim believes. This approach,
Bose suggests, is intended to help find a
point by which to introduce Jesus to them.
Thirdly, similarities in several beliefs between
Muslims and Christians can be suitable
connecting points for sharing the Gospel.
Quoting the Qur'an, for example, has
proven to be an effective way through
which the Boses have encouraged Muslims
to investigate who Jesus really is.
The focus of the Bose’s ministry to Muslims
is to simply present Christ as Saviour:
not a good teacher, not a great leader, but
as Saviour. They strongly encourage the
missionaries they work with not to say anything,
either good or bad, about Mohammed.
Instead, they insist that missionaries
focus on Christ alone. He is sufficient.
God is at work through their ministry. In
the first six months of 2008 they were
privileged to baptize 325 Muslim background
believers (MBB). This is simply a
continuation of what God has been doing
in the last few years. There is tremendous
growth in the areas where they are working.
Meanwhile, prayer is going up for
‘hard ground’ regions where the Gospel has
yet to be taken. Hebol, an MBB currently
studying at the Bose’s Bible school, is being
considered as someone who could initiate
the work in the most difficult of these areas.
The Boses left their native South Asia to
arrive in Calgary earlier this month. From
September 12-25 they are in Manitoba,
before a concluding stay in Vancouver.
posted Fall 2008