BESY Choir of Aizawl, Mizoram – India

Youtube kept having a “recommended” video in my list that I ignored for a few days until I finally thought, “let me check this out to see what it’s about.” The recommended video is the second one in this blog, “He Hideth My Soul.” I was dumbfounded, amazed and awed by what I heard. My ears weren’t ready to hear what my eyes were seeing in the photo of the Youtube video.

By God’s Grace I stumbled upon this Treasure and Blessing of almost Angelic Worship Music. This is their English music and their story that I uncovered with just a small amount of research. Hope their music and story blesses you as it has me.

BESY Choir Aziwal, Mizoram – India

The Bible Society of India is a Christian body that is authorized to translate, produce, distribute and market the Bible and is a member of the United Bible Societies.

The motto of the Society is to translate the word of God in languages, which people can understand, and produce the scriptures (normally in book form) at a price people could afford to buy. The Bible Society works together with many organizations in India to translate the Bible into various languages of India. The Bible is now available in 65 Indian languages, the New Testament in 70 additional languages,  and Scripture portions in 48 languages.

The Bible Society of Aizawl Auxiliary has an acclaimed choir consisting of volunteer singers known as BESY Choir named after the Bible Society; they tour different parts of the Country and abroad on special occasions giving witness to the power of God’s Word through music.


Mizoram is a state in northeastern India, with Aizawl as its capital city. The name is derived from “Mizo“, the name of the native inhabitants, and “Ram”, which means land, and thus Mizoram means “land of the Mizos”. Mizoram was previously part of Assam until 1972, when it was carved out as a Union Territory. It became the 23rd state of India, a step above Union Territory, on 20 February 1987. Mizoram’s population was 1,091,014, according to a 2011 census. It is the 2nd least populous state in the country.

About 95% of the current population is of diverse tribal origins who settled in the state, mostly from Southeast Asia, other waves of migration started about the 16th century but mainly in the 18th century.  This is the highest concentration of tribal people among all states of India, and they are currently protected under Indian constitution as a Scheduled Tribe.  Mizoram is one of three states of India with a Christian majority (87%). Its people belong to various denominations, mostly Presbyterian in the north and Baptists in the south.

There are several thousand people, mostly ethnic Mizo, who have converted to Judaism claiming to be one of the lost Judaic tribe group Bnei Menashe, with descent from the biblical Manasseh.  (Hebrew: בני מנשה‎, “Sons of Manasseh“) are a ethnolinguistic group in India‘s North-Eastern border states of Manipur and Mizoram. Since the late 20th century, the Chin, Kuki, and Mizo peoples of this particular group claim descent from one of the Lost Tribes of Israel and have adopted the practice of Judaism.  In the late 20th century, Israeli rabbi Eliyahu Avichail, of the group Amishav, named these people the Bnei Menashe, based on their account of descent from Manasseh.

Aizawl Tribal

Prior to conversion in the 19th century to Christianity by Welsh Baptist and Evangelical missionaries, the Chin, Kuki, and Mizo peoples were animists; among their practices was ritual headhunting.

Most of those who now identify as Bnei Menashe had converted to Christianity. But in 1951, one of their tribal leaders had a ‘dream’ that his people’s ancient homeland was Israel. Since the late 20th century, some of these peoples have begun embracing the idea that they were Jews, while keeping the belief that Jesus is the Messiah (Messianic Judaism). The Bnei Menashe are a small group who started studying and practicing Judaism since the 1970s in a desire to return to what they believe is the religion of their ancestors. The total population of Manipur and Mizoram is more than 3.7 million. The Bnei Menashe are estimated by Shavei Israel to number around 10,000; close to 3,000 have emigrated to Israel.

Pastor B.H. Clendennen started the School Of Christ International in his 70’s. He said, “when I was old enough to be dead” God lead him to start this school to train pastors and equip the saints with NO Money, only a vision. Pastor Bert has gone on to be with the Lord for some years now but the school God built through him is still operating in about 130 countries. Mizoram is centered between the Bangladesh and Myanmar region of India and I found this 2018 update from SOC International concerning them.

One of Pastor Bert’s principals in training his students was seeking God early each day in prayer. It didn’t surprise me to read this from their ministry update,

the Bawm Tribe is the smallest tribe in Bangladesh, but they are almost all Christian. They go to the church every day at 4:30 a.m. to pray. They are dedicated to the cause of Christ. At the end of the School things had changed, pastors and leaders were revived, encouraged, and equipped to do the work God has called them to do.

If Pastor Bert Clendennen were still alive, they would have gotten along very well seeing their common love and dedication to “seek God earnestly and early.”

13 thoughts on “BESY Choir of Aizawl, Mizoram – India

  1. It is amazing and wonderfully true that my discovery of Bessy Choir music on Youtube is all of God. The music is great in all respects. Blessed be God our Creator and Father for the gift of music. May all who come across the music of Bessy Choir give praise to God and be enriched spiritually. To God alone be the glory, honour, adoration, power and praise for all eternity. Amen


  2. (I’m hoping the choir can record tha for Easter)

    Imagine II

    Imagine you’re in Heaven,
    You couldn’t if you try,
    The threat of Hell behind us
    I’m not afraid to die.
    Imagine all God’s people living for the truth.

    Imagine you’re in his kingdom,
    He’s building it for you.
    Jesus lived and died to
    Take the punishment for you.
    Imagine all God’s people forgiven by His grace. You

    You may know the Holy Sprit,
    The Father and the Son.
    Jesus ask that you join him
    And become a child of God

    Imagine your sins forgiven
    Living by God’s plan
    No more guilt or anger
    God’s love for every man
    Imagine all God’s people living in His word. You

    You may know the Holy Sprit
    The Father and the Son
    Jesus ask that you join him
    And become a child of God

    (Please use the melody to John Lennon’s Imagine. Please record it and put it on YouTube. If you don’t want to use your picture or name use other appropriate pictures and names.)


  3. It’s hard to find a real professional, quality Christian choir any more and I pray God’s continued blessings on you in the future. I don’t know how I stumbled upon you on my iPad but I was so uplifted the moment you started to sing and It immediately brought tears to my eyes. Your musicians are also top notch. I still think the old hymns can’t be beat for their beauty and story telling and it’s a shame so many churches are letting these old hymns die out. God speed to your group!!


    1. Hi Jim, I am only another person like you who stumbled upon BESY Choir by “accident” as you did. Maybe it was ordained “of God” is what I actually hope to believe. They are a wonderful group and their style is lacking in the majority of modern Christian churches. Like you, their worship music brings tears to my eyes also, even after a couple years of listening to them now.
      Numbers 6:24-26 blessings on you and yours!!!


  4. What A Blessing from God to find this choir on You Tube. My husband & I are being revived in our Christian walk. How Beautiful Are they who bring the Good News to the World. May the Lord continue to Bless your Ministry!!


  5. Inspired by the BESY history and experienced the music as greatly uplifting. In Jesus’ Name, we thank you for sharing the Name if Jesus with such boldness, enthusiasm, and conviction. May God continue to bless you as you continue to bless His World…


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