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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Bridging the Gap in Tokyo

November 17th, 2015

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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 urban 20-somethings due to its lively nightlife, edgy shops and abundance of great restaurants. Half Moon Hall, the venue for The Bridge Live is itself an architectural masterpiece.

Next, the musicians. Four or five bands, mainly people from the neighborhood, come to play their music here. The music ranges from classic jazz to folk rock to Beatles covers, but one thing remains the same: the high quality of the musicians who play here. Only then do you realize you didn’t pay a cover charge to come in the door.

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When Joey Zorina takes the stage, you realize why you are here. Joey, a talented guitarist himself, is pastor of The Bridge Fellowship, a weekly home church gathering. The Bridge Live is an event held 4 or 5 times a year as a way to present the gospel message to this crowd of young and artistic people. The message is given in a way that connects with what is typically going on in the lives of this demographic.

Finally, the night closes with a professional Christian band or musician who is able to share a testimony along with a few songs. At the end of the night, everyone chips in with help cleaning up and a few groups might go off together to enjoy a meal together in this lively neighborhood.

I first attended The Bridge Live to cover the testimony of Shinada-san, one of the ex-Yakuza men whom our film “2 Criminals” is based on. I have continued to attend because of the quality of the music and message I experienced there and as a way I could bless the musicians playing there with professional photographs of themselves in concert.

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This demographic of young and artistic people is often considered a “fringe” demographic, largely because the values of modern Japan culture place so much value on material wealth, and artists typically aren’t the ones making lots of money. This holds true in the West as well, but committing to the life of an artist in Japan is a real commitment that could have a lasting effect on your relationships with your family and friends. But because of their “outlier” status, this group is also one which are more ready to hear and accept the gospel message. However, they may not feel comfortable attending a more traditional church, so having a place like The Bridge Fellowship to attend is a blessing for them.

In addition to maintaining its close ties with Vision Nationals, The Bridge Fellowship will be going through a transition to a full-fledged church as part of the Redeemer City-to-City Movement. Please pray for this ministry as it serves this specific demographic of Japanese and if you feel inclined to learn more and perhaps support them financially, visit their website to learn more.

*This post first appeared on Todd Fong’s blog and is used here with his permission.


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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November Prayer Points

October 27th, 2015

We are more convinced than ever that God hears and answers the prayers of His people, which is why we share monthly prayer points and ask you to join us as we lay hold of God’s willingness to extend His kingdom in Asia, especially among the unreached. More than anything else, we want to join God in His reconciling work among the nations, and prayer is where we begin. On our knees we begin to see the needs of India (and the world) from a new perspective.

In Odisha, outbreaks of malaria and typhoid fever have hit our churches very hard. Please pray for all those being affected by these life-threatening diseases, especially the children.

A dear brother and faithful Christian, Pradeep Tanti has asked us to pray for his nine year old daughter, Anjana, who contracted polio when she was just two. According to the World Health Organization, there is no cure for polio; it can only be prevented by immunization. Together, let’s ask the Great Physican to heal Anjana.

Next week hundreds of pastors will converge on our campus in Vizag for 5 days of equipping and encouragement. Pray for all those who will participate, some of them traveling great distances just to be with us for a few days.

A severe water shortage in Littiguda village has prompted Pastor Majhi to request prayer for those living there. If a new well is what’s needed in Littuguda, and we are still determining if that’s the case, please ask God to provide.

Please pray for the wife and daughter of Karuvayya as they mourn his sudden passing. They desperately need God’s comfort during this season of intense grief.

Led by our faculty, our Bible college students are currently engaged in practical ministry in the city and nearby villages. Pray for these young men and women as they serve the poor and share the Good News of Jesus with those who have never heard it.

Please continue to pray for the resolution of our property tax issue. We’ve asked the local government to reverse an exorbitant property tax increase involving our main campus in Vizag, and we are still awaiting their decision. There is no question that we need God to intervene in this matter, as only He can.


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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A Single Gift

October 22nd, 2015

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 of the least reached and least resourced places on earth.

If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here. And it’s been that way from day one, when a single gift from a generous family allowed us to plant our first church.

At the time, none of us could have predicted how that donation would become the impetus for not only a church planting movement, but a school, college, and children’s home.

Reflecting on it now, it’s so easy to see God at work. He has a limitless capacity for taking our gifts and multiplying them for the good of others. In His economy, a boy’s bag lunch is enough to feed thousands.

Since that first donation was received more than 23 years ago, hundreds more have been given, each one fueling our efforts to plant churches, train nationals, and care for the most vulnerable — each gift a tangible reminder of God’s grace.

As the footprint of our ministry continues to expand and mission-critical programs continue to flourish, your partnership is more vital than ever. Every prayer you pray and every dollar you give makes a tremendous difference on the ground.

Thank you.


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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Our Most Vital Partners in the Mission

October 15th, 2015

We’ve got you to thank. Because every day, throughout our network of ministries, lives are being transformed, hope is being renewed, and Jesus is building his church.

And lately, the stories from the field have been awe-inspiring…

Communities without access to clean water now have wells.

Unreached villages now have churches.

Children are being given life-changing educational opportunities.

The underserved and overlooked are being loved and cared for in a holistic way.

None of this happens without you — your prayers, your generosity, your goodwill fuel our efforts to change lives.

What we do in India — whether it’s planting a church, training an underserved pastor, or caring for a vulnerable child — is made possible by your generous, monthly support. You provide the steady, reliable funding we need to sustain our work.

Because of you, we can continue to bring light to dark places.

Thank you for your dedicated support!


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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