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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 3 November at The Church of All Saints, Belgrave, Leicester. 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.
Britain is a country of different faiths and spiritualities. This conference will equip young and emerging leaders for ministry in today’s world.
Reaching the World on your Doorstep is a day conference looking at how we might befriend, engage and share the journey to the Gospel with those around us, especially neighbours from different faith and cultural backgrounds. The day will include personal stories, presentations, discussion, Biblical reflections, prayer and ideas.
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 […]
It is important in our discovery of interfaith engagement to remember that we begin with a shared story and this is no better illustrated than in the story of bread.
We are delighted to announce the success of South Asian Concern’s 5:17 Prayer Day on Saturday 7th May. The event, which took place at King’s Cross Baptist Church in central London, brought in nearly 60 of our supporters who were all keen to pray! Named after Paul’s encouragement to the church in Thessalonica to “pray […]
After several months of planning and prayer it was such a joy to host 46 women (wives of pastors and church planters) from the surrounding districts, for two days of worshipping, teaching, praying, playing and eating! Two ladies came from a remote mountainous area more than ten hours by jeep and bus, while others were […]
On 28th March 2016 Kachhwa Christian Hospital Transformational Ministries (KTM) observed World TB Day. The event was organised by KTM’s Community Health and Development Team with a special rally to bring awareness of TB to the community in Kachhwa Town and nearby villages. Mrs Sabila Begam, Chairman of Kachhwa Town Municipality, was chief guest. She […]
The Sanskrit word Satsang literally means ‘gathering together (sang) for the truth (sat)’ and, although Satsangs are popular among Hindus and people of South Asian origin, they can also be an expression of Christian spirituality. One Tuesday evening a group of around 50 people gathered at London School of Theology to take part in a […]
How do you fit four into one? That’s the challenge facing us at St James’ Alperton (North London). In an area with a majority of Hindu Gujarati people and a large number of Tamil people, St James has four services each Sunday: two in English, one in Tamil and one in Hindi, Urdu and […]
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India: Pray for the Dohnavur Fellowship initiative which teaches children English and Maths in village night school. prayermate.net/praye…
India: Pray for Dohnavur F'ship counsellors meeting children to help them mature well and progress in their studies. prayermate.net/praye…
GOM Pray for the encouragment of evangelists, giving faithful service on tiny stipends or none at all. prayermate.net/praye…
GOM Give praise that around 70 people have received vital, basic teaching about Jesus and salvation. prayermate.net/praye…
India: Pray for students who attended the UESI National Missions Training Camp as they make contact with freshers. prayermate.net/praye…