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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Thank God for Christian organisations which are serving the poor, the sick and the disadvantaged throughout Nepal. Thank God for Nepali leadership among these NGOs. Pray for wisdom and sensitivity in relating to Government agencies. prayermate.net/feeds…
Proposed legislation on nationality has fed religious tensions, and increased mistrust and fear between religious communities. In Delhi many lives were lost and property destroyed. Pray for the churches which are helping the victims. prayermate.net/feeds…
Thank God that at Sharp Memorial School blind children receive education and care from dedicated staff. Pray for those moving on to higher education, away from their familiar surroundings and friends, that they will know God’s presence. prayermate.net/feeds…
Pray for General Elections planned for April that the older generation will make way for younger candidates. Pray that churches will stand firm on sound doctrine, and that new believers will not be swayed by false teaching or cults. prayermate.net/feeds…
School of Biblical Teaching. Praise God for excellent sessions (February) with good times of planning and preparation. Further workshops are cancelled because of the Coronavirus. Pray for God’s wisdom over the Ezra Conference scheduled for 21-24 April. prayermate.net/feeds…
Starfish Pakistan assists the education of 8,000 children in 46 schools. Pray for Anser & Kashi Javed, the leaders of Starfish, and that textbooks and Bible materials will reach the 46 schools before the new school term in April. prayermate.net/feeds…