Author: Ray Viola

Letter from the School of Practical Trades

Two years ago the Lord put it on my heart to go to India. Six months later, my wife Amy told me the Lord spoke to her that I was to go to India. With that confirmation, I began to search out people who had been to India and was led to Dana Colbert. Soon after talking with him, plans were made and we acquired our tickets. God’s hand was all over the trip – arranging the great price we paid for our tickets, smoothing our path and keeping us safe during our travels, and aligning everything at home...

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On Assignment in India

25 years ago I visited the land of India for the first time. As was I was on the way to the airport in Hyderabad to leave the country, I will never forget weeping in my vehicle. God spoke to my heart that night of the importance of passing on to Indian nationals, be they pastors or men called into the ministry, the need to teach the Scriptures to the people of God in India. So much has happened since that day! How blessed I was to attend this year’s Pastor’s Conference and see the hand of God working...

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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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Pastor Ben is looking for 32 Inch (or similar) Duffle Bags to take Books and other materials to India next month. Used ones are fine, they just need to be able to make the trip.

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