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

FEBRUARY // Inspired by Valentine, Loving Persecuted Christians

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

APRIL // Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty

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

MAY // Nepal, India, and the Power of Prayer

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

JUNE // Free Medical Camp Serves 280 Villagers

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


Since 1992 Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for India’s most vulnerable. Donations to support our work are greatly appreciated. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be designated to the ministry, fund, or project of your choice.

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Bitter Sweet

December 22nd, 2015

By Ray Majoran, CEO of Radiant

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 to do — I also carved out a little bit of time to write about what I was seeing, feeling, and learning along the way.

The following story was my second journal entry in India, and it captures a small, yet significant piece of what God is doing in the rural villages where Vision Nationals does so much amazing work. It also provides some backstory for something Tom wrote about just a few weeks ago.

Mohandas Gandhi once noted in a conversation with E. Stanley Jones, “Oh, I don’t reject Christ. I love Christ. It’s just that so many of you Christians are so unlike Christ. If Christians would really live according to the teachings of Christ, as found in the Bible, all of India would be Christian today.”

As I write this blog, there are so many things going through my mind; so many emotions that I’m feeling; so many stories to be told. Today, I’ll tell one.

On Monday I had the opportunity to visit a number of villages on the eastern coast of India. God is doing amazing things in each one of them. In 2001, in Srikakulam District, a Vision Nationals pastor by the name of Pastor Raju was called to plant a church in a village that had never heard about Jesus before.

Fast-forward 14 years later and Pastor Raju decided it was time to dig a well. As it stood, women were walking 2 to 3 miles just to get fresh water.

There were two confirmed wells in town. The problem though was that each time a well was drilled, all they found was undrinkable, contaminated water. It just so happens that the church was built in the middle of the two wells, roughly 100 feet from each one.

There was extreme skepticism from the villagers. What sense would it make to dig another well in the middle of two contaminated wells? With God, anything is possible.

Rewind to Exodus 15:22-26 for a moment:

Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer.”

Pastor Raju prayed over the area and the bore hole (where the well was to be dug) that it would produce good water.

And it did.

Skepticism turned into joy. Bitter water was made sweet.

The villagers said, “Your God must be great if he can turn the bitter water, sweet!”

I think back to that conversation between Gandhi and Jones. Oh, what it would look like if Christians lived out their faith; lived out the gospel.

1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” God helping me, I desire to do this.

I’ll leave you with a few photos from two of the wells we visited (including the one from this story), along with a song by Bethel songwriter and worship leader, Amanda Cook. Indeed, He does turn the bitter into sweet.

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Since 1992 Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for India’s most vulnerable. Donations to support our work are greatly appreciated. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be designated to the ministry, fund, or project of your choice.

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Making Disciples in Tokyo

December 17th, 2015

When Jesus called His disciples, they never fully understood His sayings concerning the Kingdom. Even the 12 disciples were on their journey to discovering what Jesus taught concerning His death, burial and resurrection. Throughout His 3 years of ministry, their questions and reactions to His sayings varied from person to person, often awkward, and, at times, totally off. Yet Jesus loved them, invested heavily in them, lived with them, filled them with the Spirit, and sent them out on His mission — even though He knew they would make mistakes along the way. Even after His resurrection, He had to come and teach them again what the Scriptures had said about Him (Luke 24: 44-49).

The journey of making disciples in Japan is quite a similar process, often slow. We plow the cultural soil, plant Gospel seeds, water the seeds, and then wait for the rain, until the seeds start to sprout. And we do this over and over again. This year, God touched many people, and because of your prayers many are on their way to discovering the glorious Gospel of Jesus. We have had the privilege to see several people change in their attitudes towards the Christian faith, as many spiritual strongholds and cultural barriers were removed by consistent praying and the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.

Here are just a few of the many examples:

Artist-artThe painter was born in a Buddhist temple. Both her father and brother are monks. She came to our home group once and then attended our Christmas Preview service with her friend. Our team members noticed how she was taking notes during the short sermon and wondered what she thought. A few days ago, she sent us this art saying that she had painted it in light of what she heard at The Bridge Christmas preview service. In her own words, she wrote: “Your speech created the imagination.”

One non-Christian guest at our house recently said, “When I make mistakes, I often feel very bad in my heart. So understanding that we’re sinners and that Jesus died for our sins makes sense, because I won’t have to live a self-condemned life.” He later wrote to us saying, “I liked that delicious Indian curry very much, and the Bible study was so deep and significant. Thanks a lot.”

Another non-Christian stood up and voluntarily said, “After coming to The Bridge several times, I made a lot of friends. Though I’m not a Christian, I started to realize that I can’t live just for myself anymore.”

It takes a long time for Japanese to trust you, and open up their hearts, and give you honest feedback. When they can do this, they’re not far from honestly sharing what they think and feel about the Gospel message.

Here’s how you can help us:

Please consider helping us start 2016 strong by partnering with us financially. Your donations will go towards our Church plant in West Tokyo. We have a goal of raising $120,000 by August 2016. You can learn more about the Church plant vision and timeline here.

As you have opportunity, please pray for:

  • Our SPIRITUAL well-being. Pray for our hearts, and our people that we may all draw closer to Jesus.
  • HOUSE to rent in/near Shimokitazawa by March 2016.
  • RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS & CORE TEAM building.
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT for living and ministry operations.
  • CHRISTMAS LUNCH at our house on December 20th.
  • FIRST ADVISORY ELDER BOARD meeting on January 16th.
  • LOCAL & GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS for our Church plant.

Merry Christmas from The Bridge, Tokyo! I hope you enjoy these pictures taken at our recent Christmas Preview service.

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If you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Zorina’s work in Tokyo, you can do so via our online giving page. When prompted, simply choose “Zorina Support” from the drop-down menu.


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Our Year-End Wish List

December 8th, 2015

With Christmas right around the corner, we thought it’d be fun to create a wish list for our ministry, something that captures what we hope and pray God will accomplish in the coming year.

Like the wish lists we created as children, our list is audacious and aspirational, charged with faith. Even as we share it with you, we offer it up as a prayer to the One who has the ability to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine.

Our one wish is that we would be in a position to bring Master’s Village to life in 2016.

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We are deeply committed, and have been for almost twenty years, to transforming the lives of India’s poorest children. Master’s Village builds on that legacy and is conceived as a place of refuge for vulnerable, abandoned, and orphaned kids — a place where they are cared for, educated, loved, and empowered to reach their potential. It’s home and family for those who have neither.

God helping us, what we’d like to do is purchase a few acres of land and begin building two modest children’s homes (one for boys and one for girls), a cafeteria, and, eventually, a school. An ambitious proposal, perhaps, but we are already more than halfway towards our funding goal. All that separates us from buying property and breaking ground is $150,000.

Would you consider making a financial gift so that Master’s Village can become a reality?

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As we approach the end of 2015, it’s our sincere hope that you’ll keep us in mind as you finalize your year-end giving plans. Due in large part to your generosity, we anticipate that by this time next year Master’s Village will be much more than a wish and well on its way to becoming a reality.

Thank you!


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December Prayer Points

December 2nd, 2015

December has arrived, and with it the opportunity and privilege to share the Gospel with thousands of people.

The days and weeks leading up to Christmas are some of our busiest of the year, and that’s because our pastors, spread out across two states, are given numerous opportunities, in settings large and small, to talk about the significance of Christ’s coming. So many will be hearing this Story for the first time. Even now, we’re praying that God will reconcile hundreds, if not thousands of people to Himself as we faithfully proclaim the Good News. Please pray with us for the salvation of those who are lost.

At the end of this month, we’ll baptize 20 new believers. As they follow Jesus into the waters of baptism they are publicly proclaiming that they have put their faith in the one true God, which can lead to estrangement from friends and family members. Pray for these new Christians as they take this significant step. Pray, too, for the salvation of those who may not yet understand why their loved ones have chosen Christ over their ancestral religion.

Continue to pray for the safety and well-being of our pastors and their families as they venture out in faith to plant new churches. They are moving into unreached areas with great boldness and making so many sacrifices along the way. With several new churches opening this month, God is so evidently at work through them.

The number of college-aged young people attending Madhurawada Church has grown steadily over the last two years, so on December 6 we’ll host a Christmas service just for our students. This will give them an opportunity to invite their friends to hear more about Jesus and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. We’re anticipating a packed house, with more than 100 people expected to show up. Pray for our youth, their peers, and this special gathering on December 6. In a culture dominated by Hinduism, we thank God for the opportunity to influence young people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we look ahead to 2016, 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. Several new church planters will be joining our team next year and doors are opening for us to start new churches in key cities across our state. As always, we want to move forward in faith as we extend the kingdom of God in India.

Finally, 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 India. There are still so many who have never heard the saving message of Jesus.


Since 1992 Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for India’s most vulnerable. Donations to support our work are greatly appreciated. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be designated to the ministry, fund, or project of your choice.

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Two Photos, One Hope

December 1st, 2015

A new well and a thriving church, both pictured here. Clean water and living water offered within a stone’s throw of each other. Lives changed both now and forever.

That’s what I saw in Vadavalasa when I was there four weeks ago. And as I walked down the narrow and uneven dirt road that winds through the village, I felt so much gratitude — and awe.

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Little more than a decade ago, Vadavalasa was unreached. This Sunday upwards of eighty people will gather for worship. A few months ago, the village didn’t have a working well. Today, safe drinking water is available to all.

It’s an amazing turnaround, and proof that together we can make a difference for the people of India.

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Because you care about our ministry and the precious people we serve, there’s a well and a church standing in a poverty-stricken community half a world away. That’s extraordinary.

Generosity changes lives; it brings hope to the places where it’s needed the most. That’s the lesson I learned in Vadavalasa.

As the curtain drops on 2015, be encouraged, knowing that your support — whether spiritual, financial, or both — has, in fact, changed lives.


Since 1992 Vision Nationals has been planting churches, training nationals, and caring for India’s most vulnerable. Donations to support our work are greatly appreciated. All gifts are tax-deductible and can be designated to the ministry, fund, or project of your choice.

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