Remembering Deepak and building on his work

“Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

In April, our friend & colleague, Deepak Mahtani, went to be with the Lord. Deepak was a trustee of SAC and involved in all aspects of our work, across South Asia and the Diaspora, as well as many wider ministries.

We continue to grieve as we remember him, and pray for Celia, Arun & Karenza, Sanjay & Jenny.

Below is a tribute from Mohan & Regina Philip who worked closely with Deepak in the United Christian Prayer for India (UCPI) movement, which might have been the closest to Deepak’s heart, certainly in recent years. They have beautifully expressed how many of us feel about Deepak’s life and ministry:

“Over the 18 years we have known Deepak and Celia, Deepak has been a beloved friend, a joyful encourager and a wise counsellor… a man of faith and vision for fulfilling God’s kingdom. Discerning and heeding God’s call takes leaps of faith, sacrifice and daily courage. We have shared with many that as long as Deepak was by our side we could plan anything. He had the gift of seeing past difficulties and not only finding common ground but being able to bring others to come and stand together.The movement of United Christian Prayer for India, which he has been so instrumental in building, has seen countless great testimonies.

There is so much pain and anguish in our hearts because our dearest friend is not here. Yet his courage and joy remain, and the greatest triumph yet lies ahead.”

What does his loss for mean for us at SAC? How do we build on his work? Pray with us that we can faithfully continue and extend the work that God has ‘prepared beforehand’ for us to do.

The passage below was one of Deepak’s favourites, expressing his life purpose which he sought to live out faithfully each day.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10

If you would like to know more about Deepak’s life or leave a tribute to him and his legacy, please visit mahtanifamily.co.uk.