Dear Friend of Vision;
I have just returned from Mongolia; my 4th of 5 international ministry trips this year. This trip was especially special, as we graduated 17 leaders, commissioned some to full time ministry, and taught the 160+ additional students from Mongolia, all students of Vision International University under our and Vision International Training & Education Network and Central Asian World Zone. God is so good! Thank you for your continued support, as it is your generous giving that allows us to take the whole word to the whole world and prepare leaders in the nations.
Incredible Opportunity Again
2016 is our third year of a very generous gift from special friends of Vision… Mr. Craig Olson and Dr. Jerry Hom and Dr. Ann Omachi. I had the privilege of ministering with Craig in Ethiopia, where I learned that he had been the primary benefactor for our Resource Centers and 1200 students in Ethiopia. While fellowshipping together, we shared our hearts, and agreed that accreditation for Vision would bring necessary sustainability to us and strengthen the growing work in Ethiopia and beyond. In our conversation, Craig offered to match the giving of Friends of Vision, providing a potential of $25,000 for Vision by the end of November, and with Drs. Hom and Omachi , that makes the Matching Fund opportunity $35,000…for a total of $70,000. To follow is what motivated Mr. Olson to give so generously from his foundation:
“I have been supporting Grace Theological College in Ethiopia, founded and led by Rev. Dr. Fantaye Dereje for over 12 years. Frankly, I have fallen in love with Ethiopia, and see the tremendous impact Vision is having there. It would be an added blessing to me and my friends in Ethiopia to help Vision achieve the worthy goal of accreditation….so I am willing and really excited to share my gift of giving with VIU and Dr. Stan for that purpose!”
So, here we go! We need your help, your prayers and your generosity. The finances raised will go towards:
Launching our new accredited opportunities…to begin in January, to include a path to a U.S. Department of Education accredited Bachelor’s degree.
Provide administrative services for our continued outreach, translation of books, travel to the nations.
Provide scholarship help to deserving students and Resource Centers…and increase our ability to fulfill the mandate of discipling the nations.
Beyond your normal giving, for you faithful ones, and obviously from new sources, my faith is to see at least $35,000 come in by the end of November (or end of the year at least). Craig and my Board members are ready to match whatever (up to $35,000) comes in. Your generous giving can lift Vision to a whole new level of effectiveness, and begin the long term process of providing continued sustainability for generations….I am counting on you and your friends. Please respond soon!
Yours in Christ,
Dr. Stan DeKoven
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Now more than ever Vision needs your help to advance our mission. Will you join us?
We are asking current students and alumni to consider giving monthly to the accreditation fund. Our challenge is as follows:
15 students or alumni to commit to giving $100/month for the next 12 months
25 students or alumni to commit to giving $50/month for the next 12 months
50 students or alumni to commit to giving $25/month for the next 12 months