- John Baillie: "Humility is the obverse side of confidence in God, whereas pride is the obverse side of confidence in self." 12:41:09 PM January 12, 2016
- Dallas Willard: "Individuals who are disciples and friends of Jesus stand in this world as a point of contact between heaven and earth." 05:11:00 PM January 11, 2016
- E.M. Bounds: "Every preacher who does not make prayer a mighty factor in his own life and ministry is weak as a factor in God's work." 02:09:02 PM January 10, 2016
MCT Introduces a new course from June 2016
May 3rd, 2016
Master’s College of Theology (MCT), a theological wing of Vision Nationals, has been able to complete its 20 years of existence only because of the guidance and bountiful providence of God in every sphere of its life. Through every stage of its existence and at every juncture, God’s guidance is clearly visible. It is only because of the grace of God that MCT had been instrumental in equipping young men and women from different parts of India and abroad for the ministry of God. Presently, the college is offering a Bachelor of Divinity(B.D) course.
However, in order to be able to equip more people for the ministry in more effective manner, MCT is venturing into a new area of theological training by extending its borders to train many more people who are willing to equip themselves for the ministry. With this vision, for the coming academic year, 2016-2017, MCT is re-introducing a Bachelor of Theology(B.Th course), because of the felt need of training ministers who would be able to work at the grass-root level. As such, the B.Th course is designed in such a way that it would reflect the visions of the Vision Nationals ministries. Presently, the course is under development. Under the guidance of our Director, Dr. Arjuna Chiguluri and through the sincere efforts of dedicated faculties, the development of the syllabus is almost at its completion.
Efforts have also been made towards the development of detailed notes by MCT faculty who have sacrificed some of their summer time. We also have some friends from abroad who are also a part of all of these new developements. We are also seeking ATA (Asia Theological Association) accreditation for the program. MCT family earnestly seek prayer support from all prayer partners and well-wishers as we begin this new venture.
Women of Prayer(at the Master’s Feet)
April 13th, 2016
A one day retreat for women was held on April 8th, 2016, at Master’s Fellowship, Visakhapatnam, under the theme “At the Master’s Feet.” This is the first retreat held for women in our church. Through an encouraging and motivating message delivered by Mrs. Ratna Grace on the theme, “At the Master’s Feet” all the delegates in the retreat were greatly blessed.
The main purpose of the retreat was to encourage women towards spiritual growth through spending quality time with God, so that they can play their role effectively in their family. The importance of the role of women in the lives of their children and husband was very strongly emphasized. As such, in order to have positive godly impact on the lives of the children and husband it is important to spend quality time at the feet of the Master just like Mary did. In spite of the pressure of work at home and/or workplace it is important to give priority to be with God. These are some of the things that was emphasized by the speaker.
This retreat being the first of its kind in Master’s fellowship specifically for women, it also opened their eyes to understand the purpose of their lives- the purpose of why God created them, being women and mothers what role can they play in their families towards drawing their family members closer to God.
Towards the end of the retreat there was a time of sharing from the delegates, many of whom testified how this retreat has helped them.
One of the new believes said, she struggles with her husband and his life style. Though she shared the gospel to him for the last few years he did not give up his habits and take care of the family in a respectful manner. Therefore the whole family had suffered. But in this respect she said, now I know my role as a mother and wife is so important to bring change in my family. I am reminded that God has a purpose for me to learn in all this and also I need to seek God and wait on Him continually till my prayers are answered. I know now there is hope in God and I am His chosen instrument to bring change and blessings into my family.
Having heard this testimony, there was another who testified and said, I came to faith about twelve years back and I have been praying for my husband since then. I had fasted and prayed continuously, shed tears many a times and God did open the door finally and now my husband had trusted Christ and now worships with her every week.
God is at work. Paul said it clearly, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13).
To be Good Soldiers for the Master
March 26th, 2016
Master’s College of Theology(a Theological wing of VN) has been training candidates for ministry since 1996 offering diploma courses in the beginning. In 2003 we are affiliated to Serampore University and since then we started offering Bachelor of Theology and then we had moved on to Bachelor of Divinity which is the same as Masters program.
This year on Mar 18th 2016, nine(9) students were graduated. Each graduate has a wonderful testimony and are commited to do ministry. I would like for you to know one of them is Kishore korkora.
Kishore comes from Odisha state. Kishore was born 14 years after his parents were married. Kishore parents were very poor common laborers and there lively hood was always hard because they used to go into the forest and bring firewood and sold it to the people. After his XII Grade, Kishore joined college and could not complete it due to lack of finances. It was then he started working as a teacher since 2003. He also got married in the same year. Though he felt the call of God several times while working, he neglected it because of no financial support. Finally it was in 2009 he resigned from his job and accepted God’s call, though he did not know where his support was coming from. He then started sharing God’s Word and slowly began a weekly gathering. When God led him, he came and joined Master’s College of Theology to train himself for ministry and completed his studies in March this year.
During his studies he suffered ill health several times, Typhoid twice besides financial struggles. But he testifies that God had helped him in all his difficulties. Indeed he fought a good fight. Now he plans on going back to his family and continue with the small gathering he started which now has twelve families. He says there are 3500 people in the village of Kongra. He requests prayer for him and his family and the ministry that he will be involved in from now on.
A Story of a Dream that becomes Reality
February 29th, 2016
“Pursue your dreams and silence your fears.”
Not a Story, but True; Not a Dream, but Reality.
Srinu Pulasari: Our children’s home boy becomes a medical Doctor.
Srinu comes from a fishing community of one of the backward villages of the Srikakulam district. The fishermen in India always work hard to make their ends meet, and their lives are always in danger. Srinu’s parents desired to give him good education and send him to College but neither their financial nor living conditions had helped in any way. It was then Srinu was brought to our children home in 2003 through some known people and a Pastor. He was admitted in VI grade in our School.
While studying IX, Srinu came to the office along with the care-taker and expressed his desire to become a medical doctor. He promised that he would take his studies seriously, and pursue after that dream and said I know God will for sure help me. After completing X grade (high school in India), Srinu reconfirmed his desire to become a medical doctor. He then pursued his next two years in the same line and completed his XII with an A grade.
He was not successful in obtaining medical seat in 2010 but requested for a long term (one year coaching). Believing God will do a work on his behalf we were able to put him for an year of special coaching which had prepared him to appear at his medical entrance exam in 2010-11. He was selected andadmitted into GSL medical College at Rajahmundry, Andhra Pradesh in 2011. He had studied well all five years, kept good grades every semester, and had successfully completed his medical degree in Feb 2016. He will soon be joining the same college for a year of residency, after which he desires to practice.
In his letter to the Director on Feb 18, 2016, he said, “I am so thankful to God for giving me a dream when I did not have one. I am so thankful to my director and care-takers of Vision Nationals for trusting me by providing long-term coaching for one year, and your constant encouragement and support, without whose help I would have remaind as Srinu and not Dr.”
While practicing as Doctor, Srinu says, “I also have a burden to care and help freely the aged and physically challenged people.”
We are so thankful for the family that had financially supported his studies faithfully and enquired about him from time to time.
SKLM Pastor’s Family Retreat
February 12th, 2016
A family Retreat for the Pastor’s of Srikakulam District, was conducted in Vadavalasa of SKLM. There were nearly about hundred people with their spouses attended the retreat. Out of which all twenty three Pastors from VN with their spouses and some elders and leaders with their wives had participated in the Retreat. Arjuna Chiguluri and Paul Augustine shared God’s Word. This is a retreat for wives and husbands, how God designed them to live and to minister together as families. This certainly brought a great encouragement to all that attended. Several people were able to discuss their difficulties and explained how this meeting had helped them. Some of them also had requested to do this once every year.
Testimony: Pastor D. Thomas, aged 40 years, planting a Church in SKLM District had shared afterwards that the retreat had helped him and his wife and in their relation to one another. Thomas and his wife were struggling on certain issues and it had become hard on Thomas to effectively minister to the people. But a few days later, Thomas called and said how the retreat had brought a tremendous change in their relationship and also ministry. This had resulted in three ways,
- Families of all Pastors were strengthened.
- Some that are struggling had been helped.
- There are other Pastors that have newly began or desired to be in the ministry had expressed to be a part of our network.
Caring the impoverished
February 2nd, 2016
The 67th Republic Day Celebrations were held both in Vizag campus and in SKLM Children homes on 26 January 2016.
Republic Day in SKLM Dist: One of the government officials, Mr. Mohan Prasad hoisted the National Flag and addressed the students in SKLM District. MHC student, Gali Manikanta Swamy Ayyappa, studying VIII grade, with help of Prasad, drew India Map, and pictures of National leaders in front of the Master’s Children Home, impressing the locals and the government officials. Upon request, both these students drew the same pictures in front of the Revenue Office, which were published in two of the major newspapers (Eenadu & Andhra Bhoomi) on the following day.
Republic Day in Vizag Campus: Dr. Anila Nayar, Head of Department of Dermatology, King George Hospital hoisted the National Flag and addressed the gathering. She encouraged the participants to learn good behavior from their school days, so that their contributions could make our country stronger. Faculty and students of the Master’s College of Theology, Master’s School and other administrative staff participated in the celebrations. Children of Master’s Home and Master’s School presented skits and prizes were distributed to the winners in the sports events.
Even though India is a republic country having constitution which declares equality and educational freedom for everyone, according to statistics there is 21.9% people out of 1.2 billion of Indians live below poverty line resulting not having equal educational privileges. The Master’s Children Homes and Master’s School became a light by providing education and caring for the destitute children with the same educational privileges so that these children can live like others.
The Best of 2015
January 6th, 2016
Last year our blog was busier than ever. We published more than 50 stories, and those stories were read (and shared) by a record number of people. It’s good to know that the content we’re producing is reaching a larger audience and, ultimately, making a difference in the lives of those we serve in India, Nepal, and Japan. Here are twelve of our favorite stories from 2015, starting with last January’s most-read post, We Can’t Do This Alone.
JANUARY // We Can’t Do This Alone
As we prepare, by faith, for our next season of ministry in India, we are thinking and praying a lot about what it means for us to impact future generations. Though we’ve been involved in transforming the lives… read more
Despite its commercial success, Valentine’s Day wasn’t conceived in a brainstorming session at Hallmark’s corporate headquarters in Kansas City. According to Common Prayer, the story goes something like this… read more
MARCH // Cyclone Relief Impact Report
On Sunday, October 12, 2014, Cyclone Hudhud made landfall on India’s eastern coast. Vizag, which is where our ministry is headquartered, was hit hard. Though we didn’t have any immediate reports of injury or loss of… read more
One of the most transformative aspects of our child sponsorship program is that every child we care for is given the same opportunities we’d want our own sons and daughters to have — which means that for every… read more
The unfolding humanitarian crisis in Nepal continues to be at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers. As the death toll continues to climb and survivors begin the arduous process of rebuilding their lives… read more
Three weeks ago we sponsored a free medical camp in Natayyapalem, an overlooked village on the outskirts of Visakhapatnam. Organized by Gajuwaka Church, the camp, which was staffed by a team of ten healthcare… read more
JULY // New Wells for Five Villages
Through a generous partnership with Living Water International and Living Stones Churches we were able to bring safe drinking water to five villages in Srikakulam District. Construction of the wells was completed… read more
AUGUST // An Engineer in the Making: Susana’s Story
The burden of material poverty is difficult to ignore when it means that your parents can’t afford to send you to school. When money’s scarce, education often becomes a luxury, something children have to learn… read more
SEPTEMBER // A Church for Hamu Thanda
Last month God made a way for us to open five new church buildings in India. One of those buildings, located in the village of Hamu Thanda, belongs to a church that was started by Pastor Luka Naik… read more
OCTOBER // A Single Gift
We say it all the time: “God’s grace, coupled with the prayers and generosity of His people, sustains our work in India.” What your spiritual and financial support make possible is the transformation of lives in some… read more
NOVEMBER // Bridging the Gap in Tokyo
Walking into The Bridge Live, it’s easy to think you’ve just stumbled upon a hidden gem of an underground jazz club. First the location: Shimokitazawa, an artsy suburb of Tokyo that is a destination for… read more
DECEMBER // Bitter Sweet
Last month I had the privilege to travel to India and Nepal with Vision Nationals. While my primary task was to take pictures for the ministry and help them chronicle their story visually — which is something I love… read more
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