Since 2011, possession of religious texts other than the Quran carries an automatic ﬁve-year prison sentence in the Maldives. Yet no one would be arrested for carrying a Bible in Dhivehi, the language of the Maldives, because they do not have one!
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Gujarati Journeys of Faith is a new book that compiles the stories of ﬁrst generation Gujaratis who have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
The students of the Ezra Theology Course in north India, (part of the School of Biblical Teaching), have already been sharpened by their experience in ministry. As leaders in their local churches they come together three times a year for an intensive study session and continue in ministry while they are training.
The Leprosy Mission brings hope and healing to a country struggling to rebuild itself following the three-decade bloody conflict.
Pastor I preaches the Gospel in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny landlocked nation nestled within the folds of the Himalayas between India and China.
Concern was founded in 1995 to be an instrument for networking, catalysing, facilitating and encouraging church planting in north India.
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
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 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 […]
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United Christian Prayer for India: Thank God for the 4,000 key church leaders who attended October’s conference. Pray for them as they seek God’s direction as catalysts over the next five years to reach neighbours with the good news. prayermate.net/feeds…
India, School of Biblical Teaching: Ten students graduated in November from the Ezra Theology Course in N India. Pray that as they continue in their ministries they will be effective Bible teachers and local church leaders. prayermate.net/feeds…
UK: South Asian Concern is seeking to appoint a Mission Co-ordinator with ‘a heart for South Asians around the world and a passion for transformation of individuals and communities across South Asia and the South Asian diaspora’. Pray for the right person. prayermate.net/feeds…
Sri Lanka: Although it was the most peaceful presidential election in recent history, the result is worrying for minority communities which includes Christians. Pray for sustained peace and a government that will exercise justice for the marginalised. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pakistan: Gospel work is growing in Marwari communities near Bahawalpur. Pray for those who faithfully lead this busy work. Thank God for a good number who have been baptised recently and pray for others who are drawing near to God’s kingdom. prayermate.net/feeds…
Union of Evangelical Students in India: The Students Volunteer Programme is run in partnership with all the Indian missions in more than 1300 locations under India Missions Association and Interserve. Pray that many students will join to participate . prayermate.net/feeds…