Dr. Stan DeKoven recalls a life, and thousands more, transformed.

Dr. Stan DeKoven recalls the many leaders in the continent of Africa, especially West Africa. Over the years, key leaders such as Dr. Mathias Forson (Bishop of United Methodist in Ghana), of Bishop Christian Raymond in Cameroun, and many others whose lives and ministries have been transformed through partnership with Vision.

The memory of my first International trips to Western Africa is still vivid in my mind. Conducting the graduation for 100s of pastors, most of which had never been given the opportunity to study with an adequate curriculum before was exhilarating.  But I’m getting ahead of myself a bit, for the story starts three years before. 

I met Bishop Christian Raymond at a special evangelistic meeting in Yaoundé. He was one of the young people that was born again that night. He remained in the church and enrolled in the our bible schools,a ndow pastors one of the largest churches in his city. Dr Forson, a spirit filled United Methodist was looking for a training programs and curriculum for Ghana…and he has taken our materials, and with the assistance of our Vice President Dr. Steve Mills and Pastor Morris Yeedoun, have planted dozen of full and part time Vision schools n the region. a young man, on fire for God, with an only too common problem. Their hearts are set on training their own people, in their own unique context, but initially they couldn’t in Africa due to the lack of resources and support. Now, thousands are being trained to lead in their own native context.

In Africa, the Middle East, most areas of Asia and Latin America, Evangelism is not a problem. The things they lack are twofold:

  • Strategic Planning (Systems)
  • Curriculum that they can afford

International leaders like Dr. Forson and Dr. Raymond pleaded with me to help… so we gave them our first Bible College in a Box, with the Plan we developed (Church based/Seminars for pastors and leaders, and then planting of bible colleges with these newly develop senior leaders) and the few courses we had developed.  Thus, began our international outreach. 

“Where there is no prophetic vision the people run amuck but keeping the law (following the word of God) leads to life.” — Proverbs 29:18

The problem of no plan and lack of curriculum was not just an Africa problem. In time, we began to receive requests from all over the world.  The longing was for a system of training of curriculum to make it happen, and our sincere effort has been to fulfill that Kingdom longing. Thus, Vision International is partnering with International leaders in over 140 nations… yet the need continues…

Almost daily I received e-mails, free book requests and letters from individuals who want to study but can’t afford the outrageous tuition of most colleges and universities, even in their own nations.  Pastors, teachers, apostles, prophets and evangelists, most leading congregations who know that their primary biblical mandates equipping or maturing God’s people but lack the tools to make it happen. 

As much as I wish I could, we cannot provide the needs of the whole world, but we can provide some… and many more, with the help of partners like you.

Dr. Stan DeKoven
VIU Graduation Ceremony, Uyo, Nigeria, 2007

Vision International has created courses and administrative systems to equip, educate and empower Gods people world-wide.  Through our church-based, online and offline learning systems we can educate thousands of future leaders from Certificates to Doctorates. 

Through our Bible College in-a-Box, Vision can provide comprehensive curriculum via an external drive (key) or online platform, which can equip hundreds through local churches, we could do so much more with our World Zone partners fully funded. Funding for our World Zones would be used to support local outreach in the nations they serve, provide for translation of our curriculum into key languages (we currently have full or partial translation of our programs in Hungarian, Polish, Chech, French, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, German, Korean, Vietnamese, Cambodian and others. )

Dr. Stan DeKoven at VIU Graduation, Africa, 2004

The needs are great, but we know our God is greater. Please prayerfully consider supporting the outreach of Vision International. There are many more Cletus’s in the nations…men and women who do not want to come to the United States to live, nor are they simply looking for handouts.

They are proud of their own nations, called to remain and equip their people. It is the privilege of Vision to come alongside these leaders had to provide what they need to disciple their nations. With more benefactors, we can provide so much more…