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
7 Mulgrave Chambers,
26 Mulgrave Road, Sutton.
Registered Charity 1002270
Praise God that Celia Avinash begins work as South Asian Concern’s Mission Co-ordinator at the start of June. Pray for her as she settles into her new role. prayermate.net/feeds…
All the School of Bible Teaching workshops in India have been cancelled. Pray for the leadership team as they encourage and pray with pastors. Pray for plans for possible Zoom meetings (many do not have good internet connections). prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God for pastors and congregations throughout South Asia who are sacrificially feeding local poor people and migrant workers trying to reach home. Pray that practical service will demonstrate God’s love through this crisis. prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God for the work of Radio Jyoti (supported by FEBA) which is heard by students in Bangladesh with the good news of Jesus’s salvation. Pray for the Lord’s protection over those who have responded as they grow in faith. prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God that in rural areas in Pakistan, support for the Hindu background Marwari community has been able to continue. Pray for those supporting these communities, and that those who are following Christ remain faithful to him. prayermate.net/feeds…