In the summer of 1936, after serving in the Philippines, Miss Bessie Traber was seeking the Lord’s direction. At a Labor Day Conference in Philadelphia, Miss Traber told how God blessed her Bible clubs in the Philippines. After her presentation, a number of young people asked her, “Why can’t we have Bible Clubs like that in Philadelphia?” Thus began the Bible Club Movement.
Fast forward to 1942, when through the comments of a young girl, a group of enthusiastic workers started Bible Clubs in London, Ontario. In 1944 the ministry was formalized when a committee began to meet in Hamilton, Ontario and clubs began meeting in schools in Hamilton and Caledonia. Bible Clubs developed in Oshawa, Essex-Kent, Kingston and Western Canada. In 1977 the Bible Club Movement of Canada (1977) became federally incorporated and moved into its own offices at 798 Main Street East in Hamilton. In 1992 the name was changed to its current form of BCM International (Canada) Inc. and in 2001 the National Offices moved to 685 Main Street East, Hamilton. After a number of years at 685 Main East we relocated out office in October 2017 to 70 Melvin Avenue. We are located in the middle of the Golden Horseshoe at the head of Lake Ontario and easily accessed via HWY 403, the Queen Elizabeth Highway, the Lincoln Alexander Parkway and/or the Red Hill Expressway.
Since those early days the mission has grown but stayed on target to reach boys and girls for Jesus Christ and to serve the Church. Home and school Bible Clubs continue in south western Ontario and two, year round residential camps have been added. Training for children’s ministry workers has developed as well as an evangelistic street ministry in downtown Montreal. In April 2015 a Christian Education Resource Centre was added at our National Office for the purchase of teaching and ministry resources.
As you browse through our website, you will see that while we may have changed our name, the purpose and vision have remained the same. BCM stands for Bible Centred Ministries and we continue to reach boys and girls with the Gospel, train those who minister to children and serve the Church through providing resources and training. Email, call or write us – we’d love to help you fulfill the Great Commission as you reach and disciple boys and girls in your community to come to know, love and obey God!