Mrs. Sookja Bangera

Mrs. Kong Sookja Bangera

– A Journey of Faith, Education, and Compassion


Early Life and Calling

Mrs. Kong Sookja Bangera was born into a Buddhist family on January 27, 1956, to Kong Gum Tak and Jo Young Soon, marking the beginning of a life that would be characterized by profound transformation and dedication to service. In 1980, her life took a pivotal turn when she embraced Christianity, experiencing a profound revival of heart that would redefine her purpose and path in life.

Following her spiritual awakening, Mrs. Bangera pursued a career as a finance assistant, working in various companies where she honed her organizational and financial skills. However, her heart was stirred by a deeper calling, leading her to embark on studies in theology. This pursuit of spiritual and academic growth culminated in her graduation and ordination as a pastor in 1994, a testament to her dedication and faith.

Prior to her arrival in India, Mrs. Bangera’s quest for knowledge and spiritual enrichment took her across the globe to countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States, among others. These travels not only broadened her horizons but also deepened her understanding of diverse cultures and Christian missions, preparing her for the unique challenges and opportunities that would come with her calling in India.

In 1994, guided by a divine vision, Mrs. Bangera’s journey led her to India, a land that was foreign to her in every aspect but would soon become the cradle of her life’s most significant work. Despite not initially planning to start a school, a celestial voice directed her to “START A CHRISTIAN SCHOOL,” a calling she embraced with unwavering obedience. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary chapter in her life, one that would see her lay the foundations for an educational institution that embodies her values of faith, inclusivity, and excellence.

Establishing the School

In 1996, her efforts culminated in the founding of a school that would soon become a beacon of hope and enlightenment for countless children. The school was built on the foundational belief that education should be accessible to all, irrespective of their socio-economic status, ensuring that no child is left behind. This belief is mirrored in the school’s commitment to offering quality education at minimal fees and securing sponsorships for the underprivileged, thereby transforming them into promising youth of the nation.

Personal Life and Partnership

A year after the school’s inauguration, Mrs. Bangera’s life was enriched by her marriage to Rev. Suraj Bangera, an Indian national who had been her steadfast supporter. The couple welcomed their daughter, Sujee Bangera, in 1998. The couple’s family grew with the adoption of their son, Johny, in 2005, demonstrating their enduring commitment to family and the broader principle of care and inclusivity that defines Mrs. Bangera’s life.

Tragically, in 2021, Mrs. Bangera faced profound loss with the passing of her beloved husband due to Covid-19, a somber event that tested her resilience and faith. Despite this heartbreaking loss, she continued to embody strength and hope for her community, further solidifying her role as a pillar of support and inspiration.

2024 marked the significant milestone of Mrs. Bangera’s 30 years of life in India, a journey that began with a divine calling and flourished into a legacy of educational and spiritual leadership. Throughout these three decades, her contributions have not only shaped the lives of countless individuals but have also woven her story deeply into the fabric of her adopted country.

Currently, Mrs. Bangera resides in India, persevering in her mission. Her daughter continues to work as a teacher in the school while her son is pursuing educational endeavors abroad. Her journey underscores a life devoted to faith, education, and the unwavering belief in the power of love and support to effect change.

Leadership and Philanthropy

Mrs. Bangera’s role transcends that of a founder; she is a visionary leader, a compassionate philanthropist, and a spiritual guide. As the initial Principal of the school for 11 years, she laid a solid foundation for academic excellence and moral upbringing. Her leadership extended to spiritual realms as well, serving as the Pastor of the Korean Methodist Church and a prominent member of the KMC in India. In addition, she spearheads a church in Navi Mumbai, extending her influence and support to the community.

Under her guidance, the school introduced special English classes for students requiring extra assistance, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to excel. Having passed on her administrative duties to her trusted colleague and friend, Mrs. Annamma Matthews in the year 2009 which was later passed on to Mrs. Sarita Vaz in the year 2016. Mrs. Bangera continues to dream big for the school’s future. Her vision is to elevate the institution to unparalleled heights, where every student emerges as a dignified and well-mannered individual, ready to contribute positively to society.

Legacy and Future Aspirations

Mrs. Kong Sookja Bangera’s story is one of unwavering faith, dedicated service, and transformative education. Her legacy is evident in the lives she has touched, the community she has uplifted, and the school that stands as a testament to her commitment to excellence and inclusivity. Her dreams for the school and its students soar high, fueled by her desire to see them succeed and make a significant impact in the world.

As we look to the future, we are inspired by Mrs. Bangera’s vision and dedication. Her life’s work reminds us of the power of education to change lives and the importance of serving others with compassion and humility. Mrs. Bangera’s journey continues to inspire current and future generations to pursue their dreams with courage and to contribute meaningfully to society.