Author: Ray Viola

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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Reaching Out to India’s Youth

Pastor Ashang recently held a Youth Camp near the Burmese border in remote Manipur. The camp drew young people from eight different villages; many came great distances by foot over rugged mountains. These mountain areas are predominantly Christian, but before the camp many of the youths were spiritually blind. Ashang reports that many accepted Jesus during the camp. The educational system is very weak in areas of India like Changa village. Pastor Ashang would like to establish a school there to provide training with an emphasis on spiritual development. Please pray for these children of God, and for good health, grace and wisdom for Ashang and his family....

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Reflections on our trip to the Girls Home of Pune

By Liz Viola and Kathie Nawrocki We had the privilege of spending two weeks in Pune visiting the girls at the Girls Home. We stayed at the Hiwale home where Joseph and Vishranti live. The place buzzed with visitors; and the singing and cawing of many birds could be heard throughout the day. Butterflies flitted in and out, and a mama cat and her young son played around the gate. The street that the Hiwales live on is a side street, but it is full of activity. Women in bright saris were cooking on campfires in their yards. There...

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Dear Brothers in Christ, As you now, the Lord is ever Faithful!! We had a total of 1130 come through the Pune medical clinic in 4 days!! God's grace Is amazing!! The IM team wishes to thank all ... See more

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Lisa ministering at the Koinonia Medical Clinic. Thankful for all the saints praying at home. The Lord continues to do a mighty work in India.

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