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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India: Pray for political stability and communal harmony following India’s recent elections. Pray for the Christians who are harassed, intimidated or persecuted by Hindu radicals, that they will know God’s protection. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pakistan: Starfish Asia supports homes around Lahore for children and young people who are blind, orphaned or who have disabilities. Pray that their care will introduce God’s love and compassion to them. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pakistan: Starfish Asia will hold a teacher training course from 10th-19th June. It is hoped that 100 teachers will attend. Pray that new ways of teaching will benefit the children in Starfish supported schools. prayermate.net/feeds…
Sri Lanka: Pray that politicians will take responsibility for good governance and not provoke division. Pray that Christians and other faith communities will be able to meet without armed forces guarding them, and worship peacefully. prayermate.net/feeds…
Sri Lanka: Remember Christians who are grieving the loss of loved ones and fearing further violence. Pray for lasting healing from physical injuries and from emotional trauma through God’s comfort. prayermate.net/feeds…
Sri Lanka: Following the attacks on Easter Day, pray for peace and for the authorities to act justly to apprehend militants and prevent violence. Pray for wise and godly Church leadership to prevent retaliation against Muslims and promote peace. prayermate.net/feeds…