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India in the News | 7.28.14

July 28th, 2014

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Once a month we cull the headlines to bring you stories from the world’s largest democracy — its politics, economy, culture and everyday life.

Christians targeted as Indian villages outlaw non-Hindu practices

“Religious freedom groups have expressed concern after several villages in central India moved to outlaw the open practice of Christianity. According to World Watch Monitor, the villages of Belar and Sirsiguda in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district have passed resolutions banning all non-Hindu religious activities, a move that has already led to a rise in anti-Christian violence, according to church leaders.” read more

New Poverty Formula Proves Test for India

“India is wrestling with an important question: How do you count the poor if you can’t agree on the definition of poverty? Debate over redrawing the poverty line—the product of reams of academic research, field surveys and mathematical modeling—might seem arcane but carries great consequence. Under a new formula proposed last month by a government-appointed committee, nearly 30% of India’s 1.2 billion people would be classified as poor,” read more

India, the Next Great Basketball Superpower?

“Without warning, basketball has made front pages in India. There were two pieces of news, within a few days of each other. The biggie was that the NBA now had the first Indian-origin player in its sights. Simran “Sim” Bhullar, a 7 feet 5 inches, 163.3 kilograms, 21-year-old Canadian, the Ontario-born son of Indian immigrants, made it to the 2014 NBA draft. He was not one of 60 picked during the draft, but the next day, Bhullar signed a contract with the Sacramento Kings.” read more

Seven joys of train travel in India

“To fall asleep in Mumbai and wake up in Bhuj, travelling from Delhi to Kolkata or Lucknow to Varanasi – the journey is endless, but the one connecting factor in my travels across elephant land remains the Indian train. Perhaps a product of the British rule, today she reverberates with the rhythm of India. Romanticise her, or rubbish her, there are some pleasures which no other mode of transport can provide. Here are seven joys that are unique to train travel in India.” read more

Monsoon revival keeps rain above average

“India’s parched rice, soybean, cotton growing areas will receive more rainfall next week as the monsoon is expected to continue its wet revival phase. Rains in the northwest India grain bowl as well as in soybean belts of western-central parts are expected speed up summer planting activities. India’s farm sector accounts for around 14 percent of the economy but two-thirds of the country’s 1.2 billion people depend on farming for their livelihood,” read more

Kerry to woo Modi’s India, but quick progress unlikely

“U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China’s rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India’s new leader. The visit by Kerry, and a trip by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next month, follow the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May and are meant to create a good climate for Modi’s planned visit to Washington in September.” read more

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Our Story: “An Act of God’s Pure Grace”

July 16th, 2014

Our latest video was just released, and we’re thrilled to share it with you today.

Filmed on location in India by the generous and creative folks at Let There Be, this brief, inspiring film tells the story of how Vision Nationals grew from a single church into a multi-faceted ministry that touches thousands of lives each year. As one of our board members said, “The story never gets old.” Indeed, it doesn’t.

Vision Nationals is an act of God’s pure grace, and this film beautifully captures that sentiment. Please take a moment to watch the video and share it with others. And thank you for partnering with us as we plant churches, train nationals, and care for orphans and widows in India.

Since 1992, Vision Nationals has been fulfilling the Great Commission in India. Through your prayers and financial gifts God has graciously sustained our work.

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5 Things You Should Know

July 8th, 2014


No. 1: “…remember, asking is the rule of the kingdom.” Like so many of his contemporaries, Charles Spurgeon understood the importance of persistent, believing prayer, and more than one hundred years after his death, his writings continue to embolden the church to pray. As we intercede for India this month, we invite you to join us. Like Spurgeon, we believe that “God’s church might have inconceivable blessings if she were but ready to pray.”

No. 2: On June 18 we opened a new children’s home in L.N. Peta, Srikakulam District. By God’s grace, 20 at-risk children are now being loved and cared for in a safe, familial environment. Our hope is that in the coming years we’ll be in a position to offer hundreds, if not thousands, of vulnerable, abandoned, and orphaned children a place of refuge in one of our homes.

No. 3: Despite setbacks, including excessive heat that blanketed Andhra Pradesh, construction continues on our new school. By mid-September the new building should be ready for occupancy, and we’ll be able to welcome hundreds more students into our school.

No. 4: On July 21-25, we’ll be hosting our pastors’ training program in Visakhapatnam (Vizag); helping us facilitate this important event will be two teams sent by partner churches in the U.S. As a ministry, one of the greatest privileges we have is the opportunity to strengthen and encourage Indian pastors. By God’s grace, our campus has become a hub for equipping the church and her leaders, and it is truly an honor for us to be in a position to build up the body of Christ. We treasure each and every occasion to do so.

No. 5: As we shared with you in last month’s edition of 5 Things You Should Know, Madhurawada Church is an extraordinary congregation with a passion to proclaim and demonstrate the gospel of Jesus Christ in the city of Vizag. Their love for Jesus and his mission has compelled them to start an English-speaking congregation (or “English church”), and the church’s first worship service is slated for Sunday, August 3. Please keep this vibrant community of faithful Christians in your prayers as they begin this new work.

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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