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.
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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.
The next 5:17 Day of Prayer will be held on Saturday 28 April 2018 at St John’s Church, Church Avenue, Southall UB2 4NT. 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.
Our partners Raju and Catherine Abraham will be at Highfield Church, Southampton on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May. On Saturday evening there will be an informal evening where you can hear about the work of Kachhwa Transformational Ministries and on Sunday Raju will be preaching at three of the services.
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.
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.
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 […]
At the end of last year, Suneel Shivdasani, one of SAC’s trustees, attended a Pakistan prayer summit. Suneel comes from a Hindu background. Why did you make the trip? I went to Pakistan to pray for Sindhis and those working amongst them. It was a four day prayer summit and 58 people attended including 11 […]
Fresh from selling over 7500 copies of his last album ‘Nachoonga’ worldwide, internationally celebrated Indian singer-songwriter, musician and producer Sheldon Bangera is back with new album ‘Raaja Hai Mahaan.’ ‘Raaja Hai Mahaan’ documents both Sheldon’s personal spiritual life and also that of the Indian church in 2015. Sheldon says, “This album is a reflection of […]
After Jesus’ resurrection, when He walked with those two disciples on the WAY to Emmaus, Luke tells us that ‘beginning with Moses….he explained to them everything that was said in all the scriptures about himself.’ When I visited the Alliance Project in Lucknow in 2014 I had intended to emulate this but only got as […]
We were reminded how much our prayers matter several times at the annual Prayer Fellowship for South Asia conference. The weekend programme took us country by country around South Asia and its people. After some introductory information we set to prayer, usually as one group. ‘Incessant’ may be the best way to describe our prayer […]
Last weekend over 100 supporters joined staff and Trustees at King’s Cross Baptist Church for the South Asian Concern Celebration marking 25 years since the charity’s formation. The afternoon was opened by SAC Director Kevin Wren who introduced Rachel Chandrasekaran who led the congregation in worship. Rachel is part of the Tamil Fellowship which meets at […]
Our Director, Kevin Wren, recently met up with Andy Peck of The Leadership File to be interviewed about South Asian Concern. If you missed their conversation when it was broadcast on Premier Radio grab a cup of coffee, settle down in your favourite chair and click here. The programme lasts for half an hour. […]
By Robin Thomson ‘Immigration’ may be the dirtiest word in British politics today. Whether it’s the crowds in Calais, risking death in the tunnel, the bedraggled families camping in Athens, or just the prospect of strangers taking our jobs and our culture, our politicians compete with each other in alarm and distaste. Even those who […]
It is very difficult for people living in poverty to save money and what little they have is often kept at home where it might be stolen or destroyed by fire. Setting up women’s saving groups is just one way that Sugandh work with those living in Delhi’s slums. Last Sunday I spent an enjoyable […]