To be Good Soldiers for the Master

March 26th, 2016

_DSC0749MCT Valedictory Service, March 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 _DSC0696wonderful 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 _DSC0703the 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.

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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 12) 2015 Going to Surgery Class in OT Apr 2015XII 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.”IMG_5768 3
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

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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