Entries by South Asian Concern

The Last Nation to Have no Indigenous Church?

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!

Pray for Bhutan

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.

It’s all go in Goa

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.

The Idea of India

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.

Vamos España!

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.

Pray for Nepal

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.

Focus on Pakistan

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?

Focus on Sri Lanka

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.

Praying for South Asia

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.

Let’s talk about Jesus!

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.

Training Leaders in north India

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.”

Reaching South Asians in Italy

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.

Pastor Bihrai Lal

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.

Bahen Sathe (with sisters)

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.

What happens when 5:17 pray?

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.

Loving our Nepali Neighbours

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.

Dentistry and Discipleship

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.

East + West at Lee Abbey, London

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.

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things…

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.