Founder of the Trust.
In Marilyn’s early years as a Christian she heard a retired missionary lady speak about her 40 years’ work with the family of Pastor Arvind Thomas in Northern India. Florence Adams had dedicated her life to the Lord’s calling on her life but due to bad health had returned to the UK, where she would travel and share her work with various groups of people. Marilyn became closely involved with her and supported her in achieving these aims.
Marilyn accepted Arvind’s invitation to visit him and his work in India in the summer of 1996, for five weeks.
Having visited India on numerous occasions since that time, she knew that the work needed to be more accountable in the UK by forming a Charitable Trust. This was set up and the initial Trustees were appointed in 2002 with the charity adopting the name Bethel Full Gospel Church [India-UK] Trust.
This original Trust grew and developed in ways that Marilyn had not imagined when it was started. More trustees were added, project managers came on board to help run projects and the Trust developed from supporting one original partner to the present-day number of 10.
The Trust’s name was changed in 2006 to Vision for Asia.
God has laid on Marilyn’s heart a love for Asia and its people that she says will never leave her.
Sue followed with interest, and became involved in, the work of Vision for Asia after meeting Marilyn Collins. She was invited to join as a trustee in 2006 and helped with the child sponsorship programme, taking on the role of Treasurer In 2013.
Sue loves the people of Asia and enjoys using her God-given skills for the benefit of God’s work in Asia. She is married and has two sons.
Nicky studied Theology at St John’s College, Nottingham, gaining a good grounding for her Christian walk. She later went on to become a Registered General Nurse.
Although Nicky did not accept the role of project manager at first, she later agreed to take up this responsibility in September 2016. After her visit to India in November 2017 she was appointed a Trustee the following year.
She is passionate in her belief that every child should have the opportunity to receive an education, enhancing opportunities for employment and future security.
Nicky networks the Christian and secular communities to gain child sponsorship and finance and raising the profile of Vision for Asia.
Mary became involved with Vision for Asia after her husband helped set up the Trust in 2002. She helped the Trustees organise and run an Indian Day, following which she was invited to become a Trustee in 2004.
Mary developed an interest in the people of India through attending other conferences and saw this as her opportunity to become more involved.
Helen Fletcher joined our team in January 2020 to become our Data Protection Manager. She had long been interested in the work of Vision for Asia through sponsoring a child and subsequently met one of the partners when he visited the UK in 2019. Helen now has a desire to do more to help.
Magnus first joined with us in October 2012 when it was agreed we should look at changes to our Charitable status. He is now retained as our independent financial examiner of accounts.