Entries by Suneel Shivdasani

Oxygen for India – the need continues

As India’s battle with coronavirus continues, and people are dying for lack of hospital beds and oxygen, a small rural hospital in north India has appealed for help to buy an oxygen generating machine and 3 ventilators. Kachhwa Christian Hospital, near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, has just been appointed a Covid hospital, as the officially […]

English identity and racial justice

Brexit, the threat to the union, George Floyd’s murder, the Black Lives Matter movement and the toppling/defence of statues all highlight how Britain’s history of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and empire still affect people today. Is this a secular and political matter that should not concern Christians, or do we have something to contribute? If […]

Points for prayer – April 2021

Kachhwa Bible Church Thank God that the church has started meeting in-person. Pray that it will go back to pre-COVID full strength. Thank God for the transformation in Ujwal and Vishwas’s life. Also, for Vikas and Utkarsh in the leadership team and Prathana who is becoming a leader. Pray for their continuous growth in every […]

Mission

5:17 Day of prayer 5:17 Prayer day was held on February 27th, 2021 on Zoom. This time there were three live presentations and two recorded videos, from Delhi, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Germany and the UK, followed by the time of prayer. There was also time in the end to share Diaspora missions in Minneapolis and Italy, […]

SBT: a year of unexpected changes and new possibilities

In February 2020 the School of Biblical Teaching leadership team met to review teaching materials and to plan an increased number of workshops, with those trained taking larger roles. Their careful plans were cancelled within weeks, as India entered a severe lockdown and millions of low-paid workers lost their livelihood in an instant. Workshops were […]

Seeing others in church

How COVID-19 restrictions have changed what church looks like at Kachhwa Transformational Ministries We gather outside, faces are masked and chairs spread out. Youth volunteers are seated at the entrance, greeting arrivals with hand sanitiser. Young children and the elderly are noticeably absent. A typical Sunday sees 80-100 gather, about a third of the number […]

Diaspora Mission – Agape UK

Looking for South Asian partnerships As an Indian Christian growing up in Delhi, I was taught the rich heritage of Christians who shaped India and the world – from St Thomas (the doubter), to William Carey, Mother Teresa, Ravi Zacharias and more. Today, in the UK and abroad, God is raising up a new generation of […]

Diaspora mission – Lausanne’s Global Diaspora Network

“If diaspora Christians take mission seriously, they can be a really powerful force”  It’s ten years since the launch of Lausanne’s Global Diaspora Network, which was celebrated by a Global Diaspora Virtual Summit. See the report below, from TV Thomas, Chair of Lausanne’s Global Diaspora Network. We took the opportunity to find out more about […]

5:17 Prayer Day

We held a Zoom prayer session on 21st November (10.30 – 12.00). There were video messages from Kachhwa, Dehra Dun, Delhi and Kathmandu, as well as a live update about Sri Lanka. There was also time for sharing other prayer news and afterwards some stayed on for further chat and exchange of news. Some of […]

Points for prayer – January 2021

Communities of Grace International movement For Dr. Matthew George and his wife Latha as they work on the spiritual development of professional Christian healthcare workers. For the other missions/organisations who have partnered with this mission. For the participants to develop a missional mindset with a commitment to be Kingdom builders. For this mission to be […]

Dinesh & Shannon Panjwani

Dinesh & Shannon Panjwani have left Kachhwa after serving there for 10 years. Dinesh worked as a surgeon and was also senior elder in Kachhwa Bible Church. Shannon worked as a nurse practitioner, and spent a lot of time with local women, telling them about the Gospel and teaching the Bible.  They have moved to […]

New Book: Lives less ordinary

  Lives less ordinary: a story of fearless faith in an extraordinary God, Roy Summers, Fisherman’s Press, 2020. A gripping and important story of Marlin and Barbara Summers and the beginnings of South Asian ministry in Wolverhampton 196 pages, £7.50. Order from: www.fishermanspress.com

Points for prayer

Thank God for the ‘wholistic’ work of KTM, with each team contributing to change in all areas of life – mental, physical, spiritual, educational, social, economic and more. KTM urgently need at least one more senior doctor to join the team. Please also pray that God would bring more like-minded families to serve alongside the […]

Continuing responses to Covid-19 in South Asia: focus on the poor

Pakistan: Prayer – Care – Share – Fair Pakistan Partnership Initiative’s response is based on four beliefs: Prayer for Pakistan and its people Care as God’s people Share resources and energies Fair distribution to all “The pandemic continues to deepen its impact on Pakistan’s society, not only economic disruption but also additional strain on public […]

Diaspora mission

Outreach from New Zealand Kristian Harang and Radha live in Auckland, New Zealand. Kristian has been in touch with SAC ministries for over 20 years now. He runs a publishing firm and has so far printed and sent/given over 2000 copies of gospel tracts to Indian families living in Auckland. Additionally, he sent translated copies […]

Wholistic ministry means wholesome transformation

What does ‘wholistic’ mean? Shiv Pujan’s story tells it all. This is a story of grace and of God who loves the poor. The grace that reached out to the whole family of a 35-year-old man, through all the spokes in the wheel of Kachhwa Transformational Ministries. Shiv Pujan’s life turned upside down one night when […]