Bonding Time at Ban San Rak

June 10th, 2013

Vision Nationals partners with The Family Connection Foundation in Thailand to pursue our goals of planting churches, training nationals and caring for orphans and widows throughout Asia. The Family Connection Foundations runs a home for children called Ban San Rak.

Recently, Ban San Rak Children’s Home organized a trip to Ob Luang National Park for the children and staff at the home during the Thai summer break. We had a great time playing in the water, fellowship, eating and singing together. Thank you God for allowing us to have this special time together.

Please continue to pray for our children as they are entering the senior year in high school and for their preparation for the university examination.

If you would like more information about the Ban San Rak Children’s Home, please contact our partners at the Family Connection Foundation.

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Where Are We At With Life Clinic?

June 7th, 2013

One of Vision Nationals’ lesser known ministries is Life Clinic. The clinic is housed in a small building on our campus, and provides affordable health care for families in the area that could not otherwise afford to see a doctor. Life Clinic is one of the ways we seek to serve the city of Vizag.

Currently, our clinic is only open when Medical Missions Teams come to India. Lisa and Steve Replogle lead our medical teams. They are veteran Medical Team leaders, and if you are interested in joining a future Medical Missions team to India you can contact them at this email address.

Our hope is that we will soon be able to open the clinic two to three days per week. We are networking through Theresa, the top nurse in Vizag City this year, to connect with city doctors willing to partner with us to make this a reality.

In addition to securing doctors to work in the clinic, we also need a clinic director. Please pray with us that God would provide the right person to oversee Life Clinic.

If you would like to give to towards Vision Nationals medical clinic, you can give online.

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Government Rules – No Girls On Campus

June 5th, 2013

Due to government rules, we are required to have completely separate living quarters for the boys and girls in Master’s Home.

In accordance with this law, we temporarily moved the girls into the conference hall space above our cafeteria (a building separate from our current dorm). However, as this is not a long-term solution, the decision was made to send the girls off-campus until we complete the New Dormitory.

Most of our children have extended family they can live with, however the living conditions are poor and their access to education is limited. We will continue to support these girls throughout the year so they will not have to work to help support themselves.

Those that are close enough will continue to attend Master’s School, and those too far away will attend that best school we can get them enrolled in where they live.

Please pray for all the girls in Master’s Home. This is an unforeseen and sudden change. Some of them may loose a year academically as their village schools are not strong. Pray especially for those that have gone to live with extended relatives who may consider them a burden. We are incredibly saddened that we have had to make this decision.

In addition to prayer, please consider giving towards the building costs of our New Dormitory. Our goal is to break ground this fall and have the Dorm completed by the beginning of next school year so we can bring the girls back to live on campus and attend Master’s School.

Vision Nationals’ top priority this year is to build a second dorm. You can read more about how this new dorm will impact the children in Master’s Home here, and how it will affect our Master’s College students here. Recently we announced some changes to our original plans that were in the works.

If you would like to give towards the new dorm need you can give online.

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Dedicating Pastor John’s New House

June 3rd, 2013

Pastor John has planted more churches than any other church planter in our network. Vision Nationals recently helped him build a new house, and despite the fact that he should have died from a cobra bite a few months ago, God saved his life and he was present to dedicate his house to God!

Enjoy these photos from the beautiful dedication ceremony to celebrate the completion of Pastor John’s house!

Our Director, Arjuna, cuts the ribbon to officially open Pastor John's house! Pastor John is at left, leaning on a cane with a yellow blanket on his shoulders.

Our Director, Arjuna, cuts the ribbon to officially open Pastor John's house! Pastor John is at left, leaning on a cane with a yellow blanket on his shoulders.

Once the ribbon is cut, everyone packs inside for a dedication prayer.

Once the ribbon is cut, everyone packs inside for a dedication prayer.

After the ribbon cutting, hundreds of people from the village gathered outside for the opening ceremony.

After the ribbon cutting, hundreds of people from the village gathered outside for the opening ceremony.

During this ceremony Pastor John proclaimed the Gospel and the testimony of God saving his life from the cobra bite!

During this ceremony Pastor John proclaimed the Gospel and the testimony of God saving his life from the cobra bite!

Many in attendance were not believers, and the speakers at left ensured many more would hear the message.

Many in attendance were not believers, and the speakers at left ensured many more would hear the message.

The dedication ceremony ended with a prayer for Pastor John and his family.

The dedication ceremony ended with a prayer for Pastor John and his family.

Pastor John's beautiful new home! May many come to know Jesus through the ministry of this family.

Pastor John's beautiful new home! May many come to know Jesus through the ministry of this family.

Please be in prayer for Pastor John’s continued healing. At the time of this dedication, he was using a cane and limping from the surgery that removed the poisoned flesh where the cobra bit his leg. He was scheduled to return to the hospital a few days after the dedication for more surgery on the wound to continue its healing. Thank you for keeping Pastor John and his family in your prayers.

Vision Nationals trains and resources national church planters like Pastor John. Our goal is to see Ten Thousand Churches planted in Asia in the next twenty years. If you would like to partner with us in this endeavor, you can give online.

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High School Is Officially Over for 34 Students!

May 31st, 2013

2013 High School Graduating Class

High School in India ends in 10th Grade. And so it was that early in May all the 10th Graders at Master’s School sweated through their High School exit exams. Their future rests on these test results, as their scores on these exams determine which colleges and careers will be open to them.

The results are back and we are proud to say that out of the 36 students who sat for the exam, 34 of them have passed and will be joining in Junior Colleges (for 11th and 12th grades) this fall. The two that did not pass still have options, and we have posted about those options here.

It is a blessing to note that 13 out of the 36 students are children from Master’s Home. All 13 of our Master’s Home children, now young men and women, have passed their exams! Praise Jesus for his faithfulness to our children!

Durga, excited after hearing the results!

Of special note is Durga, who scored 9.8 out of 10 on the exam. This is an amazingly high score which will allow her to join her college of choice and pursue any career she chooses. Please be in prayer for her and for our staff as we pray and discuss together what might be the best option for her future. Often having many options is harder than having only a few!

As the years go by, we have more and more young men and women in Master’s Home attending colleges. Because of this, the cost of sending our kids to college grows each year. If you would like to sponsor the college education of one of our Master’s Home children, please email Karla. Generally, the tuition and fees for one year of college run around $1,000.

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CTD: A Widow’s Poem From Nepal

May 27th, 2013

Our “Connect The Dots” series regularly posts about Vision Nationals’ work outside of India. In each location one thing is sure, we are planting churches, training nationals and caring for orphans and widows.

Santha

In Nepal, one of our ministries reaches out to young widows and abandoned mothers. Many have run abusive husbands or been kicked out of their home by a husband who no longer prefers her to his other wives. In each situation, the women and their children are in desperate situations, and it is our privilege to work with these women. We teach them a trade, and their children are educated along with our kids in Mercy Home.

One of the young widows living with us, Santha, is quite a poet. She recites her poetry at some of our gatherings. Since living with us, she has met Christ. Here is a translation of her most recent effort.

I will live my life with Christ.
I will not choose anything except Christ.
I will not search anything, anywhere except Christ.
I will not go to temple and worship idols.
I will not follow the path of worldly things.
Jesus has found me, when I was in difficulties.
I will never leave Him. I will never leave Him.
Jesus is alive! Jesus is alive! Jesus is alive!
He is in heaven. He has created everything. He is alive!
Even though we can’t see Jesus,
we can see Him through our spirit.
When I remember the hard time Jesus had gone through,
My heart burned. My heart burned.
Jesus has appeared to me in my deep sleep.
I have seen Him coming down from heaven.
Jesus is with me in my hard time, in my good time.
He hugs me always. I love my Lord!

Vision Nationals’ plants churches, trains nationals and cares for orphans and widows everywhere we work. In Nepal, our ministries are led by Joel and Sue Garrison. If you would like more information about our work in Nepal you can email the Garrisons.

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What Happens When a Student Fails High School?

May 23rd, 2013

Master’s Home for Children is the only children’s home in our entire city that educates its children through college. We work hard to ensure our children have marketable skills, and we help them secure a good job before we send them on their way. If you’re curious about what happens after our kids leave our Home, you can read this post about two young men from Master’s Home, or this post about Theresa, the top nurse in Vizag City.

The door to college only opens for students who score well on their High School Exams. We have posted before on the educational system in India and the critical importance of securing high marks on the standardized High School exit exam.

So the question becomes: What happens to the students who fail High School?

God has blessed Master’s Home above and beyond all our expectations! Evidence of his blessing is the fact that in 14 years, we have had only one student not pass the High School exit exam.

In such a case, if the student has failed in only one subject, they can re-take that portion of the test that same year. If they have failed in more than one subject, they must wait until the following year and re-take the entire exam. That was the case with our one student. They remained on campus and studied an extra year, passed the exam the follow year, and continued on with their education.

In the event that a student did not want to continue their education, for whatever reason, the caretakers at Master’s Home would meet with the student and decide together what form of employment they would like to pursue. One young lady with us did pass her high school exams, but decided she did not want to continue studying. We arranged for her to apprentice with a tailor so she would have a marketable skill after leaving our home.

In every situation, our goal is that our children would leave our care able to provide for themselves and their families!

As the years go by, we have more and more young men and women in Master’s Home attending colleges. Because of this, the cost of sending our kids to college grows each year. If you would like to sponsor the college education of one of our Master’s Home children, please email Karla. Generally, the tuition and fees for one year of college run around $1,000.

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