History of South Asian International Fellowship
South Asian International Fellowship or SAIF Church started with a God-given vision to reach out to the South Asian community in Singapore. With much prayer and seeking the face of God, and a strategic prayer walk from the four corners of the whole land of Singapore in the shape of a cross, three families started the pioneering church in the home of Pastor Pritam Singh Sandhu in August 31st 2007. Three weeks later, the small congregation moved to the old Bible House at 7, Armenian Street Singapore (179932) for a more central meeting place.
The church started with 100% faith in the living God and with a consumate zeal for mission and evangelism. Honestly, we had nothing and no church resources at all – not even an offering bag or a communion tray or song book or projector or even a pulpit. When the church started, the acapella voices, vibrant claps of our hands and the Great Commission and Great Commandment obedient committed lives brought a sweet, acceptable sacrifice of praise to God. Much later, a volunteer pianist helped us infrequently for about two months on the out-of-tuned piano at the old Bible House. Today, even after four years till the present day, our worship team uses only a guitar and a keyboard. But one thing we can confidently declare, the worship services at SAIF Church has been nothing short of anointed with the powerful manifest presence of God, healing, deliverance, restoration and new levels of obedience to God.
Three months into our Sunday Services, Pastor Frank Teo and Dr. Noah Pashapa joined the church as mentor leaders. SAIF Church was brought to a new level with the combined leadership skills and spiritual giftedness of each individual.
Not to us, LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness.
- Psalm 115:1 NIV
In July 2008, Saint Andrew’s Cathedral adopted South Asian International Fellowship as a pioneering mission church plant with exceptional status when the old Bible House was torn down and redeveloped. God has been faithful, covenant- keeping and gracious to us. We acknowledge the mighty hand of God and His extreme favor on us at SAIF Church in using the Chapel For All Peoples of Saint Andrew’s Cathedral from July 2008 till January 2011. South Asian International Fellowship two and a half years’ memorandum of understanding with Saint Andrew’s Cathedral to establish a local mission church plant ended on Sunday January 30th 2011. South Asian International Fellowship has moved from Saint Andrew’s Cathedral to the new Bible House located at 7, Armenian Street, Singapore (179932). This move of location was effective Sunday February 6th 2011 and SAIF Church meets every Sunday at Bible House till a more permanent location is found in the future.
South Asian International Fellowship has a SAIF-English Service which has birth a SAIF-Telugu and SAIF-Tamil congregation – both focused and targeted towards a weekly evangelistic ministry to the foreign workers of Telugu and Tamil origin working in Singapore mainly of blue collar shipyard and construction workers with some mission focused Singaporean/Indian PR families.
South Asian International Fellowship is a Registered Society in Singapore Ref: ROS 1131/2007 [T08SS00016G]