Praying for South Asia

Our 5:17 Spring Day of Prayer at St John’s Church, Southall was attended by 55 people who ranged in age from their early 20s to their late 80s including some first timers interested to go to South Asia.

This event has been held for many years, previously meeting as Prayer Fellowship for South Asia (PFSA) and relaunched as 5:17 based on 1 Thessalonians 5 v 17: “pray continually” with sharing for five minutes and praying for 17 minutes.

A total of six presentations were given spanning the work amongst South Asians in the UK, Sri Lanka, North India, and the Diaspora.  In addition we had the opportunity to visit prayer booths with information and prayer points covering the main South Asian religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity.  Participants were encouraged to move around actively to capture some of the challenges and opportunities in reaching South Asians for Christ.  The intensity and fervency of prayer was very tangible throughout the day.

We had the privilege of welcoming visitors from Pakistan and North India who were able to update us with the latest news from South Asia. These included our friend Paul East who brought a Biblical thought from 2 Thessalonians  3 vs 1-5 and 16-18 reminding those gathered of the PRESENCE of the Lord, His PROTECTION, God’s love for all PEOPLES, Christ’s PERSEVERANCE and Christ the Lord of PEACE.

Two ‘open mic’ sessions allowed others to share their concerns and expand our awareness of some of the needs and issues around the world.  Over a delicious Panjabi lunch with jalebi to finish, many people were able to connect, renew relationships and discuss ways of collaborating together. A number commented that it was one of the best prayer days they have attended and went away with an increased desire and commitment to pray regularly for South Asia and those reaching South Asians.

Deepak Mahtani
Trustee, South Asian Concern