Training Leaders in India

August 19th, 2014

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Training leaders is one of our passions. We love it. Other than prayer, we know of no better way to equip the church for mission in the Indian context than to invest in the ongoing development of her leaders.

As we do each July, last month we hosted a pastors’ training event at our campus in Vizag. Despite the heavy rains that blanketed our city, hundreds of Christian leaders joined us as Pastors Richard Brindley, Michael Woodall, Dustin Selzak, Jeff Potts, and Joab Rico facilitated a week-long exploration of “The Multifaceted Gospel.” Those who had the privilege of hearing these men, each of whom traveled from the U.S. to teach, were emboldened to fix their eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith.

In addition to the pastors and church planters in attendance, the faculty and student body of Master’s College of Theology also participated in the conference, as they do every year. In many ways, this event serves to strengthen and encourage the Master’s College family as they embark on another academic year, full of new challenges and opportunities.

As the week progressed a great surge of spiritual renewal swept across our campus, and by the time the last session ended there was an overwhelming sense of gratitude for what took place. In answer to our prayers, God spoke through each one of our conference speakers and saw fit to revive the call and commitment of so many of our pastors, students, and staff.

For every opportunity to train and encourage Christian leaders in India, we give God thanks. He makes it possible. But our gratitude doesn’t end there. The fact that our partners are so committed to proclaiming the gospel in all of its multifaceted brilliance that they’d be willing to travel halfway around the world to share that message with us is incredible. We are so grateful that they came.


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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To Trust God Completely: Majesh Anthony’s Story

August 12th, 2014

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God’s grace in the life of Majesh Anthony has been nothing short of amazing.

Now a full-time employee at Vision Nationals, Majesh’s journey to Vizag began in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where he grew up.

Born into a devout Roman Catholic family, Majesh was very religious as a boy, but his piety would be challenged when he left home to begin his undergraduate studies. No longer required to attend Mass or adhere to the teachings of the Catholic church, Majesh began drifting away from the virtues that defined his upbringing and started dabbling in alcohol and other intoxicants as a means of escape.

During this season of wandering, Majesh’s father, a day laborer, became extremely ill, and Majesh was forced to come home. With his dream of becoming a college graduate now on hold, Majesh began working in the fields, hoping to make enough money to provide for his family’s most basic needs.

A hard worker, Majesh did all he could to care for his loved ones, but his father’s mounting medical bills sent his family to the brink of insolvency. Majesh, now desperate for help, started reading the Bible. It was there, in the pages of Scripture, that Majesh began to hear the still, small voice of God. And according to Majesh, God’s instructions were unambiguous: Leave your life of sin and trust me completely. Without delay, Majesh responded to God’s gracious invitation, and a short time later, in April 2004, he was baptized.

Following his conversion, God continued to speak to Majesh, but this time he responded more slowly, cautiously. A call to vocational ministry was not what Majesh had in mind, but God made it clear on more than one occasion that Majesh’s future was in the church, serving in some capacity. Finally, in 2008, after nearly four years of running from God, Majesh surrendered yet again to the still, small voice. A year later, he enrolled in our college and began studying for ministry.

Today, Majesh holds a Bachelor of Divinity degree and works with our team in India. A bright student and capable minister, Majesh said his dream is to “go for higher studies, serve as a teacher, and get involved in church ministry.” It is our prayer that his dream will be realized.

Your generosity makes stories like these possible. By supporting our ministry, you empower us to help students from materially-poor families earn their degrees. On behalf of Majesh, Kumari, Srinu, Lavanya, Prasad, Padma, and so many others, thank you for giving to Vision Nationals.


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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August Prayer Requests

August 1st, 2014

August Prayer Requests

God’s provision is all around us. All we have to do is observe the natural world in order to see God at work. Creation is bursting with reminders that God provides. Knowing this, Jesus implores us to look around, to pay attention: “Look at the birds of the air…Consider the lilies of the field.” As we do, faith rises in our hearts; worry dissipates; trust in God grows; and we become more and more confident of this: that our Father knows what we need before we even ask him (Matthew 6:8).

THIS MONTH, PLEASE PRAY FOR…

Pastors Marsel and Pradeep, both of whom are part of Vision Nationals’ church planting network. These men and their families are serving Jesus in the state of Odisha, and they are being persecuted because they are Christians. Their food rations (which are provided to India’s poor by the Indian government) have been cut off and so has their access to the village well. Pray for the safety and well-being of Marsel, Pradeep, their respective families, and their congregations during this outbreak of hostility.

The flourishing of the Indian church, especially in those areas where hostility towards Christians is on the rise.

God’s continued blessing on those who attended last month’s pastors’ training program. We thank God for providing us with another opportunity to equip and encourage the church and her leaders.

The completion of the five church buildings that are currently under construction, as well as the capacity, financial and otherwise, to build many more. We have been asking God to make it possible for us to build 12 new church buildings this year.

The English-speaking congregation (or “English church”) that is now forming in Vizag. The church’s first worship service is slated for Sunday, August 24.

The new children’s home we opened in L.N. Peta, Srikakulam District, on June 18. We are so grateful that God has allowed us to expand our ministry to at-risk children beyond Vizag.

The safety of those involved in building our new school. God’s provision for this project was nothing short of amazing, and we give him all the glory.

God’s continued favor as we renew our government-mandated recognition of Master’s School. This has been an arduous process, but we are now in the final phase. Continue to pray.

God’s grace to rest upon us as we plant churches, train nationals, and care for orphans and widows in India.

Thank you for praying for Vision Nationals. It makes a world of difference.


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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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

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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.


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July Prayer Requests

July 1st, 2014

July Prayer Requests

Our work in India depends on the persistent, believing prayers of God’s people. As we wholeheartedly embrace a posture of dependency on God — inviting his kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven — he acts on our behalf.

THIS MONTH, PLEASE PRAY FOR…

The new children’s home we started in L.N. Peta, Srikakulam District, on June 18. By God’s grace, 20 at-risk children are now being loved and cared for in a safe, familial environment.

Our pastors’ training program, which takes place on July 21-25 at our campus in Vizag. It’s our hope that this event will be a great encouragement to Indian pastors.

Monsoon season to begin. The Indian heat wave has claimed at least 169 lives in our state alone and forced us to cut our school day in half. Millions are suffering under the oppressive heat.

The English-speaking congregation (or “English church”) that is beginning to take shape in Vizag. The church’s first worship service is slated for Sunday, August 3.

The safety of construction crews as they build our new school.

Our students and teachers as they begin another academic year. Between Master’s School and Master’s College of Theology we’ve enrolled more than 110 new students.

God’s favor as we renew our government-mandated recognition of Master’s School. This year, for some inexplicable reason, the process has been fraught with challenges.

The completion of the church buildings that are currently under construction, as well as the capacity, financial and otherwise, to build many more.

God’s grace to rest upon us as we plant churches, train nationals, and care for orphans and widows in India.

Thank you for praying for Vision Nationals.


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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