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November 26th, 2014

With Grateful Hearts

In Philippians 4:6 Paul writes, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

This way of worry-free reliance on God, which may sound like a far-fetched ideal at first, is cultivated as we pray. God can do things we can’t. Jesus insisted that “…with God all things are possible,” and prayer is the place where we learn to embrace that truth wholeheartedly, without reservation.

Yet even as we follow Paul’s admonition to “pray about everything,” we also need to “thank [God] for all he has done.” Prayer and thanksgiving are two sides of the same coin. Both are necessary. Both invite us to commune with a loving, all-powerful God. And both infuse us with the wisdom and strength we need to deal with the complexities of life and faithfully live out our callings.

As a faith-based ministry, we really do believe that prayer is the primary means by which we accomplish our mission. It undergirds everything we do. But giving thanks to God is just as crucial, so this month we want to turn to God with grateful hearts and thank Him for what He’s doing all around us. His grace is evident everywhere we look.

THIS MONTH, WE THANK GOD FOR…

Protecting us during Cyclone Hudhud and providing for our needs in the aftermath of the storm. Things could have been so much worse, yet somehow all we sustained was property damage. Though some of it was severe and is still in the process of being repaired, rebuilt, or replaced, we want for nothing. God has graciously supplied all of our needs and allowed us to meet the needs of so many others. May we never forget that God cares and keeps His promises.

Allowing us to provide Pastors Marsel and Pradeep with the money they need to build new homes. These men and their families have been experiencing intense persecution as they serve Jesus in the state of Odisha, and when Hudhud came barreling through their villages last month they lost their homes. Thanks to the generosity of our partners and friends in the U.S., Marsel and Pradeep are now in the process of rebuilding. May we be ever mindful of Jesus’ words: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Healing Pastor Dhanu Nayak. Dhanu, who like Marsel and Pradeep serves Jesus in the state of Odisha, was rendered blind by a curse, or what is known locally as “black magic.” Area pastors convened at his home, fasting and praying for Dhanu and asking God to restore his sight. We just got word that Dhanu received a “great healing.” He can see. May faith rise in our hearts as we remember that we serve a miracle-working God.

The opportunity to train indigenous leaders. Through Master’s College of Theology, week-long conferences, and regional training events, we are able to equip hundreds of men and women for ministry every year. God has graciously sustained this aspect of our work for more than two decades — we’re continually amazed by His faithfulness. May we never lose the sense of awe we feel when God, in His mercy, acts on our behalf.

Empowering us to care for at-risk children. Though we’ve been involved in transforming the lives of children for almost 20 years, we know that our work is far from over, that God has more for us to do, and we are genuinely excited about what lies ahead. The “God of orphans” has not been silent. In fact, in recent months He has been inviting us to expand our ministry to India’s vulnerable, abandoned, and orphaned children. May we continue to be responsive to His voice.

Placing us in a country where there is more human need and more unreached people groups than any other nation on earth. To be able to proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in India is an extraordinary privilege, and we are so humbled that God has called us to serve Him in this context. May He be pleased to continue building His church through us. And please keep our pastors in your prayers as they share the Christmas story with rural villagers during the month of December. Many will hear the Good News of Jesus for the very first time.

A church planting ministry that continues to grow. New churches are forming in the state of Odisha, and every month our pastors, along with their families, are venturing out in faith to bring the Good News of Jesus to those who so desperately need to hear it. May thousands hear and respond to the Gospel as a result of their obedience.

Bringing Gouri safely back to Visakhapatnam. After suffering burns on her body while working in the Middle East, Gouri was brought to the hospital and left for dead. There was no one to look after her and no one to pay her medical bills. Completely destitute, she was able to contact some Christians in her hometown, and they paid for her to be transported back to Vizag, where she’s now recovering. May the Great Physician restore Gouri in mind, body, and spirit, and may the kindness of her brothers and sisters in Vizag remind her that she is a precious daughter of God.

The money to build new churches. Right now there are three church buildings currently under construction, with plans to break ground on two more in the next few days. And on December 5, we’re dedicating Pastor Devaraju’s new building. We thank God for providing the financial resources needed to build these new facilities. Apart from Him, none of this would be possible. May each new building we erect become a place where people can encounter the risen Christ.

The wisdom and strength to carry out our mission. As we continue to plant churches, train nationals, and care for the orphans and widows in our midst we are so grateful for God’s empowering presence in our lives. May we never forget that apart from Him we can do nothing.

We are so grateful for your support of our ministry, especially in the wake of Cyclone Hudhud. We couldn’t do what we do without you. Thank you for your kindness, your encouragement, and your generosity. We are humbled and thankful that you have chosen to partner with us.


Since 1992, Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for orphans and widows in India. Through your prayers and financial gifts God has graciously sustained our work.

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Master’s School Reopens

November 7th, 2014

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Cyclone Hudhud left Master’s School’s classrooms in total disrepair, which meant that our students and teachers had to meet in makeshift classrooms inside our dormitory and administration building for the last few weeks. After a lot of hard work to remove debris and replace the entire roof, we reopened our classrooms on Monday.

While there’s still more work to be done, including having new ceiling fans installed in each room, students and teachers were eager to get back into their classrooms and resume a normal routine. We’ve made remarkable progress since the storm, and as you can tell from the the picture above, our students are happy to be back where they belong.

Your generous donations to the Cyclone Relief Fund have made our recovery efforts possible — thank you!


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November Prayer Points

October 31st, 2014

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As we deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Hudhud — a powerful storm that swept through our city nearly three weeks ago — we have been consoled and empowered by this simple prayer found in Isaiah 33:2: “Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”

As you have opportunity, would you ask God to strengthen us in every conceivable way? We know that He is not reluctant to do so. In fact, Isaiah reminds us that “…the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.” Join us in laying hold of God’s grace and compassion, especially on behalf of our city. There are still so many who are suffering.

THIS MONTH, PLEASE PRAY FOR…

All those affected by Cyclone Hudhud. Thousands are still without electricity, access to potable water, and other basic necessities. Throughout the month of November, we plan to do as much as we can to help those in need. (If you’d like to make a donation, a Cyclone Relief Fund has been established.)

Pastors Marsel and Pradeep. Over the last several months, these men and their families have experienced intense persecution as they serve Jesus in the state of Odisha. Now they’ve lost their homes. Hudhud barreled through their villages and swept everything away. Using money that’s been given to the Cyclone Relief Fund, we are now in the process of helping them rebuild.

Master’s School. Our classrooms were nearly destroyed by Hudhud’s high winds and heavy rains. After assessing the damage, we went to work, removing all the debris from the classroom floors, replacing the entire roof, and fortifying the walls that sustained structural damage. Two days ago the school reopened. There’s more work to be done, but we are grateful for the progress we’ve made so far.

Our pastors. So many were impacted by the cyclone; their stories are still coming in. For those who sustained property damage, whether to their homes or church buildings, we’ve been able to offer financial assistance so that they can rebuild.

Master’s Fellowship. Unfortunately, Master’s Fellowship’s new building, which was dedicated in late August, suffered extensive interior damage. Hudhud’s high winds blew the the glass out of the windows and caused large sections of the ceiling, as well as most of the lighting, in the new auditorium to come crashing down. The church’s leaders have asked us to pray that “all be restored.”

The unreached people groups of India. What we know based on research compiled by Operation World is that “the world’s least-evangelized peoples are concentrated in India. Of 159 people groups of over 1 million people, 133 are unreached.” Pray that God would continue to use our ministry to bring the good news of Jesus to those who so desperately need to hear it.

Our church planting ministry. Last month we started new churches in the state of Odisha. Continue to pray for the safety and well-being of our pastors and their families as they venture out in faith. And pray that many will hear and respond to the Gospel as a result of their obedience.

Current building projects. There are four church buildings currently under construction, with plans to start building two more next month. We thank God for his provision for each one of these projects. Please pray for those who are overseeing construction of these new facilities.

Wisdom and strength. As we deal with the aftermath of Cyclone Hudhud and continue to plant churches, train nationals, and care for the orphans and widows in our midst we need God’s wisdom and power to rest on us.

We are so grateful for your prayers. We take great comfort in knowing that there are hundreds of you seeking God on our behalf. Thank you.


Since 1992, Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for orphans and widows in India. Through your prayers and financial gifts God has graciously sustained our work.

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