Author: Ray Viola

Returning to Pune

“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.”  ~Psalm 40:5~ By Sarah F This past month, I had the privilege of returning to Pune for the first time since my initial mission’s trip back in July 2010.  Needless to say, after spending a long weekend with Pastor Joseph, his wife Vishranthi and their family, it was absolutely incredible to see what the Lord...

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School of Ministry – Growing in Christ

Pastor Joseph and several Koinonia School of Ministry faculty members participated in the general conference of the Asia Theological Association in Bangalore, India last month. At the meeting it was announced that Pastor Joseph has been named Secretary of the organization. In this role, Joseph will be NATA’s primary contact in Western and Central India, representing NATA at various functions, churches, and conferences. Our association with NATA has really put KSOM on the map. It has validated our curriculum and faculty and given us exposure that will open doors with other organizations and draw young men and women with a calling to preach the Gospel.  By the grace of God and guided by His Spirit, we are becoming leaders in Christian education in India and are having an impact on many other colleges, churches and...

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The Future of KSOM

Pune Center, the future home of the Koinonia School of Ministry, continues to take shape. This facility will greatly expand the number of young people that we can train for ministry, and be a place where all our pastors can come and be fed in the Word. To take possession and be fully operational in January 2014, Lord willing, we are seeking to raise an additional $75,000 by December 2013. Please pray for this important...

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Girls Home on Summer Vacation

In India, the school year begins in June and ends in April. During this break in their studies, we are planning to teach the girls some basic computer skills and get them caught up with their peers. None of the girls have any hands on experience with computers or even games of any kind. Pray for the Lord to raise funds to purchase 6-8 laptops or have some donated for this...

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Partnership with Pharmacy School now in 5th Year

The following article was excerpted from the St. John Fisher news website: In early January, a faculty member and student from the Wegmans School of Pharmacy traveled to Pune, India, on the School’s fifth medical mission. Dr. Christine Birnie, Associate Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences, along with her clinical rotation student, Matthew Moruzzi, led the charge and hosted a free five-day medical camp, offering a women’s health education program and a health and hygiene program at an orphanage, as well as conducting a lecture at a local pharmacy school. The pair was part of a  six-member team of health professionals and lay members from the Rochester community. The medical camp was held in conjunction with the Koinonia Medical Clinic, a year-round primary care medical clinic that opened in 2010 in collaboration with Birnie and other members of the Rochester community. The clinic is staffed by a national physician, providing follow-up care to patients after the team returns to the United States. The medical camp was held under a tent in the outskirts of Pune City, and provided free medical and dental care to anyone in need. The medical team, which saw over 1,500 patients, provided blood pressure and diabetes screenings, basic health checks from a physician, dental screenings and cleanings, pharmacy service (including vitamins and prescribed medicine), and reading glasses screenings. All services and supplies were provided to...

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