Meet the Team

Directors

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.


Finance and Admin

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.


Independent Examiner of Accounts

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.


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  • Please pray for the island communities of West Bengal who have lost their homes due to the recent Cyclone Amphan. If you are able to donate financially to help to rebuild their lives, please do so through the donstions page on our website www.visionforasia.org
#humanitarian #christianchurch #cycloneamphan
  • Praying for this beautiful part of West Bengal, and the people I have been privileged to meet, as the tropical cyclone Amphan continues to approach the coasts. 
The area to be hit today is particularly populated and exposed to the risk of flooding. Homes will inevitably be destroyed. Evacuation operations to brick shelters are being carried out in the effort to keep people safe during the impact, however the epidemic of covid-19 complicates evacuation, with the authorities trying to enforce the rules of social distancing.
#pray #cyclone #humanitarian
  • Together with our partners in Asia, we thank you for your continuing prayer and financial support. You are enabling our partners to buy and distribute food parcels to those at risk of starvation during this time of global crisis. 
If you would like to help support this work financially you can do so through the donations page on our website https://www.visionforasia.org/about-us/make-a-donation/
#humanitarian #charity #christianchurch #covid19 #compassion
  • Covid-19 has no borders, neither does it socially distance. During this global pandemic, please remember those who are already living in poverty throughout Asia. They have inadequate hand washing facilities, no work and are now experiencing a desperate shortage of food. Our partners are striving to distribute food parcels to as many people as possible. If you are able to support their work in preventing these people from starving to death, please do so through our website https://www.visionforasia.org/about-us/make-a-donation/
#humanitarian #christiancharity #christianchurch #compassion #covid19
  • God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too - heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer. "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Ephesians 6:18
#prayer #prayforgovernments #prayforleaders #coronavirus #covid-19
  • God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national governments, and local leaders too - heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of all Wisdom and Counsel, you are powerful and merciful; may this be our prayer. "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people." Ephesians 6:18
#prayer #prayforgovernments #prayforleaders #coronavirus #covid-19
  • This Easter will forever be one that we all remember. Though days of uncertainty and fear have seemingly left the world crippled, there is a Hope that will get us through these dark times. Jesus was crucified and was buried, but just when the world had seemingly lost hope, He rose from the dead. His resurrection provides hope. “Do not be afraid, He is not here; for He is risen.” Even though people are physically distant, be encouraged, God does not practice social distancing.
We wish you all an Easter of love and peace.
#easter #hope #resurrection #newlife #socialdistancing
  • On Mothering Sunday, we thank God for mothers worldwide who sacrifice so much for the sake of their children. We pray that the Lord would bless, protect and give them His peace during these troubling times in which we all share.
#mothersworldwide #motheringsunday
  • As we take steps to protect ourselves and others physically from the spread of COVID-19, let us also remember to turn to God for protection and healing. We invite you to join us in praying for peace, protection, and healing.
Father God, we cry out to you now on behalf of those infected by the coronavirus. In your mercy, heal the sick and bind up the broken-hearted.
As both infection and fear spread, we ask for courage and protection for healthcare workers and those whose jobs make it impossible to self-isolate, risking their own well-being for the sake of others. We pray wisdom for government officials and those in decision-making positions. May they rightly discern what needs to be done to treat those already infected and prevent others from falling sick.
We know there are those in quarantine, afraid they might be exposed to illness, wondering when they will return to their normal lives, anxious about what might happen next. Father God, comfort them with your peace that passes understanding and grant them patience during this frightening season.
Lord of all, we are intimately connected to one another no matter where we reside on the earth, and so we plead for healing, good healthcare, relief and wholeness for our partners and friends in Asia and in all the nations where this virus has made its appearance. 
Heavenly Father, we pray for you to intervene to stop the spread of the coronavirus and to bring an end to this epidemic. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
In times like these, we are reminded that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” (Ps. 46: 1-2). #prayer #coronavirus #healthesick #protectourworld
  • “Prayer lays hold of God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer" ELISABETH ELLIOT Christian author and mission worker.
We realise that Vision for Asia asks a lot from its supporters; there are emergency appeals, requests for prayer and campaigns to sign up to and publicise. Please don’t ever feel that we take your incredible generosity for granted. It is the prayers of our supporters that are the true lifeblood of Vision for Asia’s work. Please be assured that as you pray for this work, we and our partners are praying for you, also.
#prayer #christianmission #christianchurch #christiancharity
  • Father God, we pray that you would “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” —Psalm 82:3-4 (NIV)
#freedomforchildren #antichildtrafficking #rescuingchildren #antislavery #humanitarian #christianchurch
  • Lent 2020 Appeal: Rescuing children from Slavery "One child at a Time"
Read Marilyn's heartfelt blog on our website: www.visionforasia.org