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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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…