Our Mission Program Goals
Vision Colleges holds Missions as a vital responsibility. Our mission options help us reach out to the world and fulfil our obligations to the great commission by supporting individual students and setting up Bible colleges on the mission field.
Our goals are to:
- Place our teaching material in the hands of the missionary as affordably and effectively as possible.
- Provide our studies to students in developing nations at fees affordable to them.
- Establish Bible colleges in the hands of the local ministers or missionaries.
- Support the training of men and women for ministry on the mission field.
- Provide ongoing education to those sent to the mission field.
- Present “The Whole Word To The Whole World” in the most effective, affordable and presentable way.
“Afterward He appeared to the Eleven as they reclined. And He reproached their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, Go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to all the creation.
He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who does not believe will be condemned. And miraculous signs will follow to those believing these things: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will be well.
Then indeed, after speaking to them, the Lord was taken up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And going out, they proclaimed everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word by miraculous signs following. Amen.”
Mark 16:14-20 NKJV
Until our relatively recent past, a missionary was appointed and sent to a foreign nation to present the gospel, bring the good news of Jesus. The Apostle Paul set the example, and since Paul, missionaries have been responsible for the growth and spread of Christianity across the globe, bringing Christ to nations that had not heard his name.
Missionaries established local churches and other appropriate church or para-church ministries as they seemed relevant and valuable for the mission field. For decades it was a model that worked well with the local modifications to meet the developing and changing needs of the people.
Today the world is a different place. Changing politics, affluence, religious bigotry, intolerance, education, and many other issues make it almost impossible for the missionary to “get up and go”.
The world still needs Jesus. Even today, there are nations and people groups who have not heard of the name of Jesus. They have no idea who He is or what He can do.
The world still needs missionaries. Men and women equipped in the word of God, trained for ministry, to bring the Gospel and the power of Jesus to people, more so today than ever before.
A Major Change in Missions
During the latter part of the 20th century, the church realised that national men and women were better suited to meet the call of evangelism and their nation’s ministry needs. They knew the culture and language, the customs of their people. National converts are better able to address the issues of their people than any well-trained ex-patriate, no matter how effective they are.
This realisation presented a new problem. How to teach these men and women the word of God and develop skillsets for ministry as individual ministers of the Gospel
Many mission organisations brought national converts from the mission field to be trained as pastors and leaders. They were trained and equipped to meet the needs of the mission field. They gained good teaching, many went home to become effective ministers, but some were lost to the trappings of the western world.
Others established Bible Colleges on the mission field, primarily staffed by ex-patriates. These colleges were often a poor version of the home college, lacking vital resources. None the less they did fabulous work as far as they could, and many were very successful, some still flourishing today.
As a result of these models, national men and women slowly rose and took office on the mission field – their home.
These models were not failures, but the world has changed dramatically. The impact of two world wars, the rise of radical Islam and Hinduism, political upheaval have impacted nations with unimaginable consequences. In some countries, open evangelism was outlawed, bringing dreadful consequences for new converts and Christians alike. In some nations, Christianity was effectively driven out.
The old ways still worked but became increasingly less effective or appropriate.
Internet Bible College Offers a Unique Missions' Educational Model
The Internet Bible College offers a unique solution to the problem of training men and women in these dreadful places simply by extending our existing ministry model. Through the internet, we can and do reach the world. We have students, missionaries, and colleges in more than 150 nations. We do not bring the student to the college. We send the college to the student at a fraction of the cost of sending a missionary. In some cases, without cost. Over the years, our graduates have established thousands of churches and para-church works in villages, towns, and cities worldwide.
But the work is not yet complete.
Millions have not heard the gospel. The world still needs to hear the message of Jesus. Men and women still need to be trained in their situations.
Our role of setting up Bible colleges with local churches, mission groups and others to equip the national men and women to train their people in their community for ministry in local towns and villages makes a vital impact and is thriving.
With Vision Colleges, individual students study where there was no college.
They can learn in previously impossible situations no matter how isolated or scarce their resources or funds are. Now they study the same as any full fee-paying student for the same awards and skilling and the same approval of the Lord himself.
Even with poor access to the internet, our material can be downloaded to their computer or devices. They build a library to keep no matter where they go.
Men and women no longer need to leave their homes or family attend college. They do not have to forsake their church for a foreign Bible College but instead can be taught at home then released into ministry some internationally. There is no need to go into debt to be trained.
In some cases, we have made it possible for “underground” or “secret” colleges to grow and develop where lives are in danger because of the Gospel.
Individual students can learn from the security of their home without the expense of a campus they learn to minister.
Pastors and leaders can continue their education and understanding of the word of God where they live.
Our role is to stand behind the men and women of God at home and on the mission field. We provide the curriculum needed to develop, train, teach and release them in the power and strength of the word of God.