South Asian Concern has been working in partnership with churches and individuals mainly in the North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) since 1991. Our vision is to see wholistic transformation of individuals and communities.
We seek to do this by working with our partners to share the good news of Jesus and strengthen churches to bring hope and spiritual change; equip people to care for their health, educational and economic needs; teach the Bible, train church leaders and support senior leaders.
We have links with partners across South Asia, but focus mainly on the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP).
Uttar Pradesh: a country within a country
Uttar Pradesh (UP) is India’s largest state. It has a population of 200 million people. If UP was a separate nation it would be the sixth most populated in the world. It is the heartland of Hinduism, as well as the birthplace of Buddhism. Muslims have a strong presence. Around 0.17% of UP’s population are followers of Jesus.
UP is one of the most socially deprived regions of India. It has once of the highest maternal mortality and infant mortality rates in India. Only 40% of males and 25% of females are functionally literate. Despite the widespread poverty, it is politically powerful – five of India’s Prime Ministers have come from UP.
How do you serve 200 million people?
The process began long ago with the faithful prayers and service of those who were sowing the seeds in the region. SAC is currently focused on three areas – wholistic transformation, support and training. We work closely with three of our partners for whom we act in an advisory and oversight role: Kachhwa Transformational Ministries, the School of Biblical Teaching and Paul and Su East. We also partner with other organisations who we serve through prayer and by forwarding monetary donations to them.
Find out more about our partners in South Asia
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India: Praise God for Dr Chering who has settled in well at KCH. Pray for more needed staff: ophthalmologist, gynaecologist, lab and x-ray technicians. Pray for the proposed construction of an Intensive Care Unit, for funds both for building and equipping. prayermate.net/praye…
Bangladesh: Open Doors provides lay leadership training for believers in remote areas where persecution is more intense. Pray for wisdom in teaching and encouragement to press on in the life of faith. prayermate.net/praye…
Bangladesh: LAMB Hospital thank the Lord that an expatriate couple has offered their medical skills from next year. Pray for additional staff so that the full range of services can bring God’s healing, wholeness and love to local people. prayermate.net/praye…
Sri Lanka: In October a pastor was attacked by a mob of 500 Buddhists. Believers are suffering persecution from both Buddhists and Hindus. They are the only community with both these people groups represented. Pray for wisdom, courage and faith. prayermate.net/praye…
Sri Lanka: Pray that no adverse international pressure will be enforced following the recent political crisis. Pray that just leaders will be raised up from all ethnic groups. prayermate.net/praye…
Sri Lanka: In October the President removed the elected PM, installing the ex-president in his place.This was overturned in parliament. Pray for peace and order to be restored and if elections are called, these will be done in a transparent and legal way. prayermate.net/praye…