Thank you for taking the time and effort to stand with us in prayer for the needs of Vision Nationals. Yours may be an unseen role, but it is critically important to the continuing success of our ministry.
Apart from God hearing and answering the persistent, believing prayers of His people, there’s really no way to account for all that God has done during our 23-year history. It is true, just as James said it was, that the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
THIS MONTH, PLEASE PRAY FOR…
The youth of our churches. Though much has been written and said about India becoming the youngest country in the world by 2020, we are seeing the effects of that demographic change firsthand. So just a few weeks ago we convened a youth summit, the first of its kind, for our churches in Vizag. Sixty-five teenagers joined us for a day devoted entirely to encouraging them in their faith. The response was extraordinary. God began a great work in many of their hearts, and we continue to hear stories of just how impactful the event was. Pray for our youth. They are the future leaders of India, and we thank God for the opportunity to influence them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The construction of new churches. There are two church buildings currently under construction, with plans to break ground on at least a dozen more in 2015. Pray that God will provide the financial resources we need to build these new facilities. Our hope and prayer is that each new building we erect becomes a place where people can encounter the risen Christ.
Our Tokyo-based partners, Joey and Yisel Zorina. Joey and Yisel are in the early stages of planting a church in Japan’s largest city. Pray for them as they endeavor to proclaim and demonstrate the Good News of Jesus among the Japanese, the second-largest unreached people group in the world. And pray that the Gospel will take root and grow in the hearts and lives of those who participate in their upcoming outreach events on March 8, April 5, and June 6.
The nationals we train and educate. Through Master’s College of Theology, week-long conferences, and regional training events, we equip hundreds of men and women for ministry every year. And for more than two decades, God has graciously sustained this aspect of our work. As we prepare to make make some much-needed changes and improvements to our equipping ministry, please keep us in your prayers. We long for God to be glorified in all that we say and do.
Master’s Village. Though we’ve been involved in transforming the lives of children for almost 20 years, we know that our work is far from over, that God has more for us to do, and we are genuinely excited about what lies ahead. The God of orphans has not been silent. In fact, in recent months He’s been inviting us to expand our ministry to India’s vulnerable, abandoned, and orphaned children. Pray that we would continue to be responsive to His voice.
India. We consider it a great privilege to make disciples of Jesus Christ in this context, and we are so humbled that God has called us to serve Him here. Pray that God would be pleased to continue building His church through us. And please keep our pastors, their families, and their congregations in your prayers. They face many challenges as they extend God’s kingdom into the unreached areas of India.
Our church planting ministry. Every month new churches are forming in the states of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Please pray that God will provide the resources needed to keep up with the demands of this ever-expanding branch of our ministry. And pray for our pastors and their families as they venture out in faith, bringing the Good News of Jesus to those who so desperately need to hear it. Our prayer is that in the months and years to come thousands will hear and respond to the Gospel as a result of their obedience.
Sudhakar, Ravi, and Prakash. After recent hospitalizations, Sudhakar, Ravi, and Prakash have all returned home, but they remain very sick. Please ask God to restore each of them to full health, and pray for their families as they care for them. Pray, too, for our churches and pastors as they minister to the needs of those who are sick and dying.
Our ministry to children. Right now there are ten children from our child sponsorship program enrolled in college. Three of them will be graduating in the next two months, two with degrees in engineering and one with a degree in theology. Please pray for our kids. Education is a lifeline for those trapped in poverty. Our prayer is that we would be in a position to care for, educate, and empower hundreds more children in the coming years.
The wisdom and strength to carry out our mission. As we continue to plant churches, train nationals, and care for the most vulnerable we are desperate for God’s empowering presence, for the wisdom and wherewithal to carry out our mission. Apart from Him we can do nothing. Join us in asking God for the strength we need to accomplish His will.
Let me just end this month’s prayer letter by saying thank you for your love and support. We couldn’t do what we do without you. We are humbled and grateful that you have chosen to partner with us.
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