Author: Ray Viola

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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2012 – A Year in Review

2012 has been another year of tremendous growth and new beginnings for the Koinonia India Ministry. Construction of Pune Center, the future home of the Koinonia School of Ministry (KSOM), is in progress. Men and women continue to be trained to spread the gospel, and we have planted 27 new churches across India. A team of individuals is being developed to lead the India Ministry as the Lord tarries.  I am in awe of what the Lord is doing.  What began by faith is continuing by faith. This year we received accreditation from the Asia Theological Association and can now offer a Degree in Theology that will be recognized across India and across all evangelical denominations. Going forward it seems that the Lord would like us to pray and take steps secured in faith towards developing a “skilled trades” school as part of KSOM.  I want to thank each and every one of you for praying and generously supporting the ministry in India. Would you pray about going to India or becoming an active Ambassador to further the vision of this important work? Would you please pray specifically for: Resources needed to continue construction of Pune Center The team that is being put in place to care for the Girls Home Koinonia School of Ministry – faculty, their families, and students Medical Clinic and the vision for the next...

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