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December 3, 2019

Plans are firming up for Kiki, the young girl at Ms. Emerald's orphanage who needs extensive surgery to be able to walk normally (see video at right). She will begin the first of six surgeries in February 2020. The estimated cost is $30,000. This is a special need for which we are trusting in the Lord to provide the funds. Kiki will need extensive therapy and tutoring to help her catch up in school (her disability has hampered her ability to attend school until now).

 

Please note "Kiki" on any giving to ensure funds are earmarked for her. We thank those who have already given and look forward to others providing for this great need.

 

One other special need that has emerged is that of Rev. Tsimuthong, who sits on the board of Saramati Hall in Burma (Myanmar); he is battling late stage cancer and has exhausted his savings and is trying to sell his property for the medical bills, which ran $3700 last month. If anyone is moved to give for his needs please note "Rev. Tsimuthong" on the memo/comments of your check or donation form. Thank you for your support, and for your prayers, and God bless you.

September 30, 2019

Announcing the 2020 Vision Beyond Borders Prayer Calendar! We're excited to be sharing this beautiful calendar with supporters as a way to encourage prayer and support for Christians in closed countries and for the many VBB ministries! We will be mailing free copies to everyone when they are printed and available. If we don't have your mailing address, or if you would like to order additional copies at a discounted price, just click on the calendar.

Christianity is reported to be growing rapidly in Iran! Check out the moving video below for a report on the house church movement there.

September 22, 2019

Safe Haven Children's Home has taken in thirteen children off the streets of Pakistan! We're thrilled at what God has enabled us to accomplish and thankful for all the support that has made it possible! 

Wondering if you have what it takes? Check out our Do You Have What it Takes to be a Bible Smuggler page.


Another praise report: Both our Billings and Casper offices are ready to send a shipping container with supplies for refugees! Watch this space for the loading date as we'll be needing volunteers to help load the trucks! Also please pray that the shipping costs (over $6,000 per container) would be covered through donations.


Praise God for fruitful trips in September to India, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Cuba.

Children enjoying a meal beneath a banner welcoming them to their new home.

September 4, 2019

Thank you for your prayers for Nora! Please be praying that Katie, an intern flying to Romania now, will be a big help to her and the safe house/orphanage ministry as Nora recovers. I've added a trip report from July down below that gives insight into the ministry in Romania.

 

A praise for Azeem and Clara arriving back in Pakistan safely! They hit the ground running, taking delivery of 10,000 Urdu Bibles last Friday as part of VBB's Bible distribution ministry in Pakistan! And they've hired a cook and housekeeper and are interviewing for other positions as they prepare to receive children into Safe Haven Children's Home on September 10!

 

Please keep our other Children's Homes in your prayers and thoughts as well; many have funding needs that we are behind on sharing with all the other projects going on. You can email our Vision for Children coordinator (children@visionbeyondborders.org) for more information or make a donation to the VfC ministry via the Donate link above. Hope Development Center, Saramati Hall and Winner Educare are in particular need (running on credit or very low on funds) or you can designate "where needed most" within the VfC ministry.

August 26, 2019

Azeem and Clara are flying back to Pakistan in a few days to officially open Safe Haven Children's home! Please pray for safe travels for them and their children. 

 

A big THANK YOU to the Walmart in Gilette that donated a load of summer clearance clothing! And to Shirley and her friend for bringing it down to Casper! Do you know of local stores who might be willing to donate clothing or other items on clearance? It can be a great way to gather supplies for refugees. 

 

And a positive report on Nora, our contact in Romania who manages the Vision for Women safe house there. She has been released from the hospital! She is still in a neck brace, so thank God for the healing He has given her and keep praying for a full recovery.

 

Thank you to all our supporters! Your prayers and donations of time, effort, funding and materials is what makes this ministry possible! 

August 15, 2019

OPEN HOUSE! We will be hosting a luncheon at noon on Tuesday, August 20 at our headquarters for Sonny (Dr. U Tha Nyan) that is open to the public! (The address is 3355 Plateau St., Casper, WY 82601). Sonny is the head of the YMCA in Burma (Myanmar) and a vital link in helping us support a half dozen children's homes in Burma including Ms. Emerald's home. A great friend to Vision Beyond Borders and Patrick Klein over the years, Sonny has also been an influential voice for Christ's love and peace in war-torn Burma, serving in the United Nations investigation into the Rohingya genocide. Please join us if you can to meet this wonderful brother in Christ!

 

Please be in prayer for the woman who manages our Women's Safe House in Romania. She was hit head-on while traveling on ministry business on August 13 and remains in a lot of back and neck pain with several fissured (cracked) ribs.

 

According to (https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-94.6/centery:29.3/zoom:10) the MSC Bilbao, the freighter carrying our shipping container of relief supplies, has just transited the Suez Canal and should be arriving in port in Jordan tomorrow! Pray that the supplies would be a blessing, and open hearts to the spiritual blessing of salvation in Christ!

 

Our partner in Pakistan, Azeem, is back in the US preparing to move his family to Safe Haven Children's Home. Last week he met with a number of children who he will be taking into the home when the doors officially open upon their return.

 

Finally, Vision Beyond Borders will be the featured Non-Profit at the 2019 Cowboy State Expo! We'll be at the East Ridge Mall in Casper, WY on Dec. 6-7 for this expo. We will need a number of volunteers to help with this fun event; if you can serve please contact us! 

Patrick Klein and Sonny at the building site for Ms. Emerald's new home for children.

August 6, 2019

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the Vision for Women ministry at the 2nd Annual Run Against Human Trafficking! We had around sixty runners and walkers (and one tyke on a scooter who went the distance!) who participated in the 5K and the silent auction afterward. All proceeds received are going to a Safe House in a red light district in India ministering to women who have been entrapped in sex trafficking.

 

And in Pakistan, progress continues with Safe Haven Children's Home! Beds are being built by a Christian contractor, appliances purchased and installed, and meetings held to arrange for the children to stay in the home upon opening. Tickets have been purchased for Azeem's family to join him in Pakistan later this month to open the home!

 

To support either of these ministries just visit our Give page

July 19 , 2019

Here are a few photos of the new Safe Haven Children's Home property in Pakistan! Work has begun to furnish it and get bunk beds built for children. Soon some of Pakistan's 1.5 million street children will have a safe home and hear of God's love for them. Sobering news reports of what these children face (WARNING: graphic content) remind us just why this home is needed so badly.

 

Please remember to pray for Safe Haven, for Azeem and Clara, and for the children Pakistan. It is our hope that many more people will get behind this effort so that more homes may be opened and many more children saved in the years ahead. Thank you for your support!

 

If you want to donate to help with the cost of furnishing and opening this home, please visit Safe Haven's page.  

July 9 , 2019

Safe Haven Children's Home is the name of our first children's home in Pakistan! A property across the street from a park has been rented by our partner Azeem. As soon as it is adequately furnished and his family arrives we look forward to it being filled with street children Azeem has met on his exploratory trips in the area. We are now seeking child and home sponsors for Safe Haven as well as one-time gifts to help fund the first year of operation. Please visit Safe Haven's page to support this wonderful new program.

 

Praise God and thank you to all who have supported this project! 

June 27, 2019

Hope Development Center in Yangon, Burma recently lost a couple sponsorships, while at the same time eight new children have come to the children's home. Please prayerfully consider if you could help sponsor HDC to help ensure the children can be well cared for.  "[W]hoever is kind to the needy honors God." (Prov. 14:31b) 

June 27, 2019

Thank you to all the countless volunteers who stopped by bringing donations of supplies for this ministry, and for the countless hours of labor spent sorting and packing it all!

 

ANOTHER CONTAINER OF RELIEF SUPPLIES HAS BEEN COMPLETED!

 

It was a lot of work, but a team of VBB workers and volunteers loaded a 40' shipping container with ten tons of clothing, blankets, medicine, food, hygiene packs and other supplies on June 25. We did our best to fill in every cubic inch! The container is now its way to Amman, Jordan where our partner ministry Manara International will use it to bring hope and comfort to Syrian refugees as they share God's Word with them. 

 

Check out the Serve page for more information on how you can play a role in this ministry to refugees overseas who need to hear the Gospel. 

June 17, 2019

In honor of World Refugee Day on June 20, all donations to support Vision Beyond Borders refugee relief operations, and the Pakistan children's home for street children, will be matched up to $15,000! Just note "world refugee day" on the memo line as you give at https://visionbeyondborders.org/give/

 

June 14, 2019

In our previous blog post below we spoke of David, the little boy without a wheelchair. A VBB missions team delivered a wheelchair to him on June 9 at his apartment. Here is a photo of him in his new ride. The team prayed for him and his starting school soon, and also gave him the handbag in his lap. 

 

The team also delivered hundreds of Bibles and hundreds of pounds of clothing, communion cups, medicine, school supplies, hygiene items and more to pastors at house churches and at a pastors conference meeting deep in the hill country. Please pray the Bibles would be well used and treasured, and that a wave of repentance and revival of biblical faith would sweep the country in this closed central American nation. 

 

May 16, 2019

David, the son of a pastor, is a four year old boy in a closed country who cannot walk. He needs a child-sized wheelchair. If anyone can provide one to our Casper office for an upcoming trip to his country it would be a real blessing!


Do you have time this summer to bless Christians in need of God's Word and encouragement in other countries? We still have openings for several trips this summer, as well as the rest of the year. The need is particularly urgent for one country where the door may be closing. Contact Brent at 307-333-6545 or travel@visionbeyondborders.org for more information!


Please pray for China, Cuba and Venezuela. In China the government continues to crack down on Christians, closing and demolishing churches, breaking up worship services and intimidating and arresting believers. Pray that they would stand strong in the faith, continue meeting together to encourage and disciple one another, and keep sharing the Gospel to their countrymen.


In Cuba, pray that Christians would support one another and reach out in love to their neighbors as food shortages intensify. Pray that the door would remain open to Christian ministries supplying the underground church there amid the threat of a renewed embargo against Cuba.


In Venezuela, pray that Bibles would continue to arrive safely in the country and be gladly received by those struggling with the collapse of their economy. Pray that a peaceful and law-abiding government would be established so that the suffering of the people would end. May Venezuelans turn to God and place their trust in Him in their time of trouble and find faith and comfort in His Word. 


Views

September 24, 2019

Vision Beyond Borders supplies thousands of Bibles in Ethiopia. Here is an account of our ministry partner supplying God's Word to the Oromo people.

September 4, 2019

Trip report on the safe house and orphanage ministry in Romania.

May 17, 2019

The story behind our ministry partner who is founding a home for street children in Pakistan. 

May 16, 2019

In April 2019 a Vision Beyond Borders volunteer ministered to women in the brothels of India with the courageous lady who operates a women's Safe House in the midst of darkness. This is her account.

May 16, 2019

In April 2019, Vision Beyond Borders volunteers Wayne, Autumn and Joseph were detained for ten days in Laos while distributing Gospel tracts. This is their report.

May 16, 2019

In May 2019, a Vision Beyond Borders volunteer and her four children smuggled Bibles into a closed country. This is her account.