As partners of South Asian Concern Paul and Su East have a specific involvement with Concern – a network of more than 50 national church planting organisations across north India.
With the extraordinary growth of the church across north India and the explosion of local NGOs who are fleshing out the Gospel of the Kingdom in wholistic ways, there is always someone wanting knowledge or skills to address an issue. The main focus of Paul and Su East’s work is in the four Districts surrounding their home in the Doon Valley (near Dehra Dun) at the foot of the Himalayas. This area, with a population of around 6 million, is six hours north of Delhi and is a place where many new faith groups are gathering for spiritual and social change.
Being a leader is often a lonely place to be – and even with the normal avenues of fellowship, the details of some people’s lives cannot be freely shared. Paul and Su have the privilege of coming alongside such figures. They want to stress that they do not do this as a ‘guru’ or an expert but someone who is ready to walk the same road. With some it is a long journey together, with others, a chance encounter ‘on the road’, but certainly a God Incidence.
Hardly a month goes by without a visit to one of the caring ministries they are involved in. It may be a hospital and training work such as Kachhwa or Herbertpur, or one of two children’s homes in the Himalayas (about 100 children in each, from 4-18 years of age). Su, especially, has a ministry in these settings often in private homes or staff quarters. No visit is complete without the mandatory cups of tea and intercessory prayer for the families and their needs. Along with the more routine requests for children’s education, specific healing and wider health and employment needs, come the deeper personal burdens, often shared through tears.
As the sole partners of their UK registered ‘PSE Consultancy’, Paul and Su East offer expertise in cross-cultural travel, training and orientation to those visiting India for many different purposes. These may be individuals or groups of up to twenty in number. They care for those who have a living interest in a ministry in the country but for whom the challenges of India with its crowds, languages, extremes of poverty and wealth, threats of illness and travel breakdown are daunting.
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