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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During the Covid-19 situation in Sri Lanka, pray that the relevant authorities will act with integrity and that the general public will abide by the safety measures. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pray for those staff members in Herbertpur Christian Hospital, India who were infected with Covid-19 and for the re-opening of the hospital after temporary closure. Thank God that staff continue working with reduced salaries because of low patient numbers. prayermate.net/feeds…
South Asian Concern: Pray for God’s leading of the Trustees in their decisions. Thank God for Celia Avinash who has been in position as Mission Co-ordinator for a few weeks, and pray for her as she settles into her role. prayermate.net/feeds…
Over half the population in India are not online so radio plays a significant role for many people. Pray for inspiration for Christian broadcasters and that listeners will hear not only reliable news and advice but also the good news. prayermate.net/feeds…
LAMB Hospital, Bangladesh staff are thankful that they have no Covid-19 cases to date. Pray for accurate assessment when potential cases arrive. Pray for God’s protection and care to be shared with all who seek help. prayermate.net/feeds…
School of Biblical Teaching in India workshops remain cancelled. The July module of the Ezra Theology Course has been postponed to September (22-26). Pray that it can be held then and for a profitable time of Bible teaching for all. prayermate.net/feeds…