On October 9, 1936 a group of eight Junior-age boys gathered together to study God’s Word. At that first Bible Club 7 of the 8 boys accepted God’s offer of salvation. Thus began the Bible Club Movement.
In 1936 Bessie M. Traber having returned to the USA from missionary service in the Philippines had begun to ask God what her future ministry might be. In the late summer of 1936 she received a letter from the president of the Philadelphia School of the Bible asking if she would be willing to come to Philadelphia and work with the school’s graduates. At a Labour Day Bible conference near Philadelphia Miss Traber shared how God had blessed the plan of Bible Clubs in the Philippine Islands. Immediately the young people present asked “Why can’t we have Bible Clubs in Philadelphia?” On September 24th a letter was mailed announcing a meeting on October 3 to present the start of Bible Clubs among the children of Philadelphia. Of the 25 people who attended the meeting 15 began clubs and the rest as we say is history.
In 1944 Bible Clubs began in London, Ontario and quickly spread to Hamilton, Caledonia, Haldimand County and then to Kent County in western Ontario. Great is the legacy of Miss Bessie Traber. In 1977 the Bible Club Movement was formally established in Canada. In 1992 the name was changed to BCM International (Canada) Inc.
Just as in 1936 there is still a great need today to reach boys and girls with the Gospel. Perhaps as you have read the above short summary of the mission, God has spoken to your heart as He did to Miss Traber and to many others and you would like to explore service with BCM. If so, read through the ministry opportunities below and imagine how God can use you to reach the children of Canada.