Touching People on 70th Independence Day, India
August 22nd, 2016
Some one has rightly said,
Life laughs at you when you are unhappy ….
Life smiles at you when you are happy ……
But, Life salutes you when you make others happy.
When India celebrated 70th Independence Day on August 15, 2016 Vision Nationals had decided to touch some people with with free medical check up and medicines in Vizag City.
We had hoisted the flag at our campus, Visakhapatnam and prayed for the nation and under privileged. We remembered those lives that had not touched by the fruit of this freedom. The true liberty had not reached all the corners of our society. Corruption, communal tensions, violence, abuse of children and women, atrocities against the minority and religious intolerance, are still hindering the progress of the nation.
Many are struggling under the poverty line, suffering from malnutrition, living in the unhygienic conditions, and thereby quickly falling prey to plaques and diseases. Some of them never realize that they suffer from a disease. They neither have money to buy medicine, nor chance to see a doctor.
Independence Day…..Medical Camp:
In the light of the Independence Day Celebrations, to bring some freedom into the lives of these underprivileged people, we had conducted a FREE MEDICAL CAMP at Madhurawada Master’s Fellowship on Aug 15, 2016.
Six doctors, Dr. Reeta Prasad (General Medicine), Dr.Anila Nayar (Dermatologist), Dr.P.J.Sudhakar (ENT Specialist), Dr. Premalatha (Ophthalmologist), Dr.Ananda Kumari (Gynecologist), and Dr. Kalyan (General Medicine) conducted free checkups for the people. Our own children home product P. Srinuvasu Rao, who is undergoing training as a house surgeon, and two nurses from the church assisted them.
We had seen people that had not seen a doctor for years though they were sick, some gave up hopes due to frustrations of their lives and due to no finances and some others are really tired of lives. Some had serious eye problems and never effort to have eye glasses. We had touched nearly 170 people- free check up and medicines were provided. Eye glasses had been ordered and given later on.
We thank the Doctors, pray that the fruits of freedom would reach every nook and corner of the society, and realize the task would be fulfilled only with a sacrificial move.
Jesus said, ‘For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you visited Me.’(Matt 25:36-37)
Providing Water through digging of New Wells: Vision Nationals in June 2016
July 26th, 2016
Water is a daily basic need for living, as we all know, but the lack of it can make our living condition very difficult. In India, especially in rural areas, the lack of drinking water is a serious problem that affects the quality of life and it is the women and children who struggle the most as they are forced to travel great distances in search of drinking water, which is often contaminated due to different factors.
By God’s grace, for the second time in a row Vision Nationals is able to provide drinking water to hundreds of villagers in five different villages in Srikakulam District in June 2016. We dug water wells in five different villages in 2015 for the first time and now in June 2016, we are able to provide drinking water in five more villages.
Vision Nationals, with their leader Raju Seelam from Srikakulam District along with the locals in those villages and with the help of Living Waters Team were able to dig wells and installed hand pumps for the drawing of water. Soils are different in each village, some had good soil and some had rocky soil. As a result, wells were dug from 100 feet- 200 feet depth. By God’s grace, all the wells were completed in the middle of June.
Now all these five villagers have drinking water. All of them had been inaugurated on June 24th, 2016 and are in for daily use now. We thank God for His Grace shown to these villagers and we are so honored to be a part of meeting the basic need of drinking water that these villagers did not have in the past. We thank Living Waters for helping us to make it a possibility with the help of Living Stones.
Five villages in Srikakulam District, where water is provided are the following:
Clear drinking water is provided in these rural communities.
People now save time and energy as they no longer have to walk long distances to fetch water.
Personal hygiene and the cleanliness of the surroundings are developed.
The wells work using a pump that is hand operated. It is generally estimated that each water pump provides drinking water for around 75 to 100 families, in other words, between 300 and 400 people’s need for water are being met per day.
LOOKING UNTO JESUS, Hebrews 12:1-2
June 17th, 2016
Introduction: One of the common dangers in Christian life is to give up when circumstances change and things do not go as we had expected. In John 6:67, Jesus turns to His twelve disciples and asks a very deep and searching question, “Do you want to go away as well?” The reason for asking the particular question is found in Verse 66 of same chapter, “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him”.
During the early Church the Christians were at the verge of giving up, they were discouraged, disappointed and were losing hope! Firstly due to the severe persecution and secondly, delay in the fulfillment of the Divine Promises such as Jesus’ immediate return, the resurrection of believers and the coming of New Jerusalem.
It is in this context the writer to Hebrews in Chapter 12 encourages the Church to “ Look unto Jesus ” and run the race set before us.
Why should we run?
Verse 1 says, Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
What is the great cloud? The faithful believers in chapter 11 are the cloud of witnesses. They had their failures and short comings, but they are witnesses of what God can do, when we look up to Him. They are the ones who have passed on the legacy for us to continue with endurance.
Verse 1b, Let us run with Endurance
Christian life is compared to Running and not simply running, like a morning jogging or a 100 meters dash! It is running in a race as in a marathon or a relay race.
In this race it is not Competition but Concentration and singleness of purpose that matters. This race is for eternal life, for godliness, to know God, to have fellowship with Him now and forever!
The rules for running in this race lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely. We are cautioned about the possible challenges when we run and make sure we put aside anything that hinders us.
Finally, we are to Hold on to your Confidence
Our confidence in running this race is Jesus Christ! We are encouraged to Look unto Him and run. Turn away from your past failures, past sins, past life, past successes, past glory, and Look unto Jesus Christ!
You may ask why?
Well, for 3 reasons
We look to Him because of WHO HE IS
We look to Him because of WHAT HE DID
We look to Him because of WHERE HE REIGNS!
Who is He? He is the author and finisher of our faith! Before you and me, Jesus ran this race successfully! He knows everything about this race!
What did He do? He endured the Cross! Despising its shame! He did it for you and me.
Where He reigns? At the right hand of the Father, He is on the Throne of the Universe!
Jesus did all this so that you will not be discouraged in your souls.
Dear friends, God has been faithful to us during the last academic year and we were able to complete it successfully. As we being a new academic year, this is our theme, “ Looking unto Jesus”. There have been changes in the structure of the Bible College and keeping in line with our Vision and mission, we have started the Bachelor of Theology (B.Th.), program to cater to the growing need of pastors and evangelists in rural areas. We request you to pray that more students will be able to join in this program.
Thanks for your prayers.
Grace Redeems and uses ordinary people
June 8th, 2016
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy (I Pet 2:9-10).
God is faithful in saving people and also building His Kingdom. God has His own way of revealing Himself to people that do not know Him. As the writer of the Hebrews says, “God who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…” (Hebrews 1:1-2). It is He who revealed Himself to Narayana and his wife and saved them by His grace and called them to ministry. Responding to that call of the sovereign God Narayana started serving Him faithfully in the village of Jadapeta.
God promised to build His Church.
Narayana’s faith is so strong and he along with his wife whole heartedly believed in Matthew 16:18, that He will build His Church and gates of hades will not prevail against it. It is with that faith he decided to bring God’s light to Jadapeta village. Jadapeta is a rural village with about 500 people and about 150 houses. Most of the villagers work in farm lands and a few of them have their own lands. After faithful proclamation and much prayers and fasting, eight (8) families have come to know the love and saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. There are about 25 people who devoted to Jesus Christ and who have earnestly prayed for a place to worship. God had opened doors and they were able now to have a building where the Church could meet, this edifice was dedicated in April 2016. This is the first Church that was established in this village and we praise God who has promised to build His Church and will continue to do so until His return. Amen.
Sing for Joy (VBS 2016).
May 11th, 2016
Vacation Bible School (VBS) was conducted in Master’s fellowship, Vizag from May 2nd-7th 2016. Vision to conduct VBS is to sow the word of God in the little hearts. The Word to lead them, guide them, guard them and protect them in their life. The theme of VBS 2016 is “Sing for Joy”, (PS 98:4). The children are precious in the sight of the God and they should be joyful always.
Master’s Fellowship (MF) stood by the side of the children, and extended their support in all possible ways. Many came forward voluntarily to be as volunteers and teachers, they took care of the children and lead them along with the pastoral team all these six days. Beyond our expectation nearly 136 children attended the VBS, between the age group of 4 to 14 years. They are divided into three groups as: beginners (4-6years); primary (7-9years); and juniors (10-14 years).
VBS is a six day program of three hours per day. And each day is scheduled as:
• The day begins with praise and worship followed by classes.
• They were taught challenging life stories of John Hyde, Florence Nightingale and others from the Scriptures. Children’s material was given to them.
• Competitions for children was conducted from storytelling, memory verses etc., and prizes were awarded on the last day.
Parents attended on the last day of VBS and were thrilled how well it was conducted and how blessed their children were. God was so gracious and merciful that he took care of all the 136 children, and none of them fell sick inspite of the hot weather. It was God who made this program a big success. Thanks be to God and glory to Him alone.
A Response of a Child: When a question was asked, “Why God created man?” this is how one of the child responded. He said, because not any of the creatures that were created can utter a word, God created man and gave the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ God for everything.
Teacher’s Experience: As teachers, we had learned more than the children whom we taught. Their answers surprised me and even on the last day my class people came and said thanks. I always thought I should have gone to Bible College instead of Engineering so I can work for God every day. But I am now convinced that I can talk about God and be a fisher of men(children in VBS) anywhere I am and wherever I work.
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).