Saida was ‘rescued’ from modern day slavery through SAC partner Sugandh. Their work, in two very poor areas of Delhi, brings empowerment through education, women’s savings groups and community advocacy
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My wife and I recently ﬂew with two friends to Goa. Not for a relaxing beach holiday, like most folk who visit Goa, but to visit a dear brother who is pastoring a young Pentecostal church. He had asked if we could help with some solid Bible teaching.
As India’s constitution reaches 70 years of age Dr R reflects on the Christian contributions that have helped to build the nation and, with elections looming, the need for prayer.
Sunday morning in El Raval one of Barcelona’s multi-ethnic neighbourhoods. We made our way through the narrow backstreets to the Gurdwara. Thomas Hieber writes about a 10 day research trip into South Asians in Spain.
Christianity is the fastest growing religion in Nepal and the School of Biblical Teaching is empowering lay leaders and pastors to spread the Gospel.
Ken Gnanakan and Robin Thompson celebrate 40 years of the ACTS Institute, an innovative training programme for bi-vocational missionaries in Bangalore.
Sanjay Mahtani considers what Pakistan will look like 2050. He argues that Pakistan is at a crossroads, and the Pakistani church is responding to this historic opportunity to influence its future.
Nepal needs your prayers! Sharing the Gospel in Nepal is a criminal offence. However, Churches are still pushing to fulfill the great commission even though they are risking their lives and jeopardizing their ministries. There is a sense of being privileged to share in suffering with Jesus for the cause of the gospel in Nepal.
Founded in 1864 by a US Presbyterian missionary, Forman Christian College offers a liberal arts education that prepares students not just in their area of study but for citizenship and life.
Reading Make the Best of Your Life: Letters to Bahujan Youth is like taking a peek into an ongoing correspondence between an Uncle with his younger relatives – relational, warm, and packed with very practical advice.
Paul and Su reflect on 25 years as part of the SAC family and ‘doing things differently”.
On 18th 2018 former cricketer Imran Khan took the oath to become Pakistan’s Prime Minister. During his victory speech, he laid out the policy outlines for his future government. What are some of the issues he’ll have to deal with and how can we pray for him and for his country?
Over one billion people across the world follow Hindu traditions; that is over 14% of the world’s population. The Hindu World Prayer Guide encourages Christians to pray during the festival of Diwali.
The next 5:17 Day of Prayer will be held on Saturday 25th May at All Nations Christian College, Ware. There will be news and prayer points from those working with South Asians in the UK and overseas with plenty of opportunity to pray into issues that affect South Asians.
The heart of the International Sindhi Partnership Consultation is to pray for God’s Kingdom to grow amongst Sindhis across the world, and to work out what we can do to encourage it.
Despite its natural beauty and splendour, for which we give God thanks, there is much we need to pray for Sri Lanka into order to bring this beautiful island closer to God’s heartbeat.
Our 5:17 Spring Day of Prayer at St John’s Church, Southall was attended by 55 people who ranged in age from their early 20s to their late 80s including some first timers interested to go to South Asia.
Every other Saturday we run a booktable on the main high street in Tooting, South London. Conversations are easier than you would think. People ask who we are and why we’re there – we tell them we’re from a local church and ask if they know why Jesus is such good news.
Nearly 50 senior leaders attended the UCPI National Leaders Consultation in January 2018. We met to hear an update on the movement and plan for the future.
The Ezra Theology Course (ETC) makes available recognised, seminary-level training in Hindi to local church leaders. “Because most of these churches began in villages, most seminary courses would not be equipped to train leaders in their own ministry context.” Pastor Devender explained. “We wanted to bring training to them right there.”
The SAC Trustees have announced that, from spring 2018, we will be entrusting our UK training and equipping ministry to Interserve GBI as part of a strategic collaboration.
Ramesh pushed his bike along the dirt path in San Vito when I met him. I needed to ask for directions to find the Gurdwara and in his broken English offered to show me the way. As we walked together I got to know one of the many South Asians that live in Latina province, Italy.
Earlier this year I was privileged to visit some of SAC’s partners in North India. One person who I met was Pastor Bihari Lal who is the volunteer, visiting chaplain at Herbertpur Christian Hospital.
So much of the South Asian culture is about learning by being around older sisters (bahen sathe) but, for those stepping into ministry, this support if often hard to find. With this in mind, I recently gathered a small group of sisters for an evening of food, prayer and sharing stories.
Our Autumn Day of Prayer was an intense few hours of prayer. Each speaker was allowed just 5 minutes to present followed by 17 minutes of prayer. As we prayed in groups of 3 or 4 or as one large group there was buzz of intercession for God’s work among the people of South Asia.
On 31 October the SAC team said ‘goodbye’ to Kevin Wren who had been our Director since January 2013. He has taken up a new role Head of Operations with Interserve UK.
Asha and her husband came to the UK in 2010, along with several thousand other ex-Gurkha families after they received the right to reside here. The men re-connected with their old army contacts; but for Asha life on an estate in Farnborough came as a huge shock.
When the driver dropped me in the Kachhwa campus I thought I was in the middle of a jungle. It was July – raining, wet and humid – and all the trees were fully grown and very green. Dr Honeysh tells how his work and his faith have developed since starting work as a Dental Surgeon at Kachhwa Christian Hospital.
People of other faiths are open to hear our story of Jesus… I’d like to visit a Sikh Temple… When sharing faith, meet people where they are…
Recently Usha and I were privileged to get to know the community at Lee Abbey in London as we travelled with them through the East+West course.
My tribe live in the hill country of the Himalayas and follow the Hindu faith. When I was a young man my people chose me as one of their representatives and spiritual leader.
I am constantly reminded that what we say and what others hear are rarely the same thing. That is especially true when preaching in a multi-cultural context. Since the most common immigrant group locally are Tamils, my church generously sent me off on sabbatical to Sri Lanka and India last summer.
How is Hinduism impacting the UK? What can the Church do to enable Hindus to have encounters with Jesus? What resources are you using in your ministry?
Compass Braille has been transcribing and producing Braille Bibles in various languages since 1990. As technology has progressed and their expertise has grown they now have Bibles and books in 50 languages and are working on others.
Growing up in Asia for the first 12 years of my life, I had celebrated Christmas as a time of gifts and parties. I had no idea of the meaning of Christmas or that it had anything to do with any religion, least of all Christianity.
Taking the Gospel out on the streets can be an uncomfortable prospect but, for eight years, a small team from our church in Harrow has been praying for healing and sharing the gospel with our neighbours. We set up Prayer on the Streets out of a sense of urgency as we realised that what we did in the […]
The face of Britain is changing. There are more people from ‘ethnic minorities’ living in London than those who would describe themselves as ‘white British’. In our streets, our work places and our churches we hear languages from around the world. And this creates a challenge for our evangelism. How do we reach out to […]
Anumati was married at 19. A marriage had been arranged for her elder sister but, the day before the wedding, her sister ran away. Wanting to save her family from shame, Anumati decided she would be married in her sister’s place.
The church in Nepal is now said to be one of the fastest growing churches in the world. When Friends of Nepal did a survey c1958 they found six Nepali speaking believers Now there are estimated to be over two million. This growth is mainly due to Nepali believers speaking to their own people rather […]
I remember praying for someone at the end of a Naujavan event, right after preaching on asking for more of God. This person didn’t share their need and I didn’t feel it was right to ask, so we prayed for more of the Holy Spirit and that was that. Two weeks later I bumped into […]
Sugandh has worked among some of the most deprived communities in New Delhi, India for almost 20 years. Led by Mrs Thangtei David, the team is wholly committed to two slum and resettlement communities spearheading child development, women’s self-help groups and community empowerment. Staff in both its child development centres focus on supporting children; to […]
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India: Gospel Outreach Mission (GOM) Hyderabad ask for prayer that their leaders and evangelists will have health, strength, protection and daily abiding in Jesus as they work tirelessly with the destitute in the Telangana region. prayermate.net/feeds…
Nepal: The leaders of the School for Biblical Teaching would like to train 10% of Nepal’s pastors within 3 years and aim to hold workshops, 30 regionally and 2 centrally in 2019. Pray for the pastors who will attend and finances needed for the programme. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pakistan: With fewer ex-patriate workers in the country the national church has to take responsibility for witness. Pray that God will enable the church to be bold and faithful, and to meet the challenges of a nation in need of Christ. prayermate.net/feeds…
India: Through IEM’s work Triveni village is experiencing much blessing. Thank God for the three young believers who are sharing the Gospel with others and pray for a response among those they meet. prayermate.net/feeds…
India: Indian Evangelical Mission (IEM): Believers in Bihar are facing strong opposition from their extended family and villagers are threatening evangelists. Pray for God’s protection on those experiencing opposition. prayermate.net/feeds…
India: Compass Braille produces Bible material in Braille in 14 Indian languages but there are more to be done! Now that transcription can be done more quickly pray that funding for new languages in India will be made available. prayermate.net/feeds…