Women's Project

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

"Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel."
Ruth 4:14

Their stories are all different, as unique as the individual women themselves. Maybe there was a death, the result of conflict in the country or disease or poverty. Maybe there was violence, hate directed toward a mother and her children. Maybe there was abandonment, a woman and her children left to fend for themselves.

Their stories are all different.

And yet, their stories are all the same. Loneliness. Fear. Desperation. Hopelessness.

The Family Planning Association of Nepal estimates 200,000 female Nepalese are working against their will in Indian brothels, with up to 7,000 more arriving each year. This is the devastating result of a culture that turns its back on women who are alone, leaving them vulnerable to manipulation and deceit. Pushing them to a place where they see no other options or choices. They see no hope.

But our God is a God of hope.

Vision Nationals' women's livelihood project stands in the gap for these women, providing a home, meaningful work, love, family and discipleship for women who have no options left. Embraced by the love of the body of Christ and taught the truth, these women have found a place to blossom and grow.

In addition to offering a home, Vision Nationals provides skills training for the women through a bakery and a handicraft cottage industry. The work provides purpose and a small income for the women while allowing time for discipleship, fellowship and community.

Kumi Ori Bakery is the flagship component of Vision Nationals' women's livelihood project. Opened in 2010, Kumi Ori offers an assortment of Nepali and American bakery items in a storefront and for order. The women also grind peanuts to make fresh, natural peanut butter. The profits from the store provide for the overhead of the livelihood project as well as a small salary for the women.

Kumi Ori, the Hebrew phrase for "Arise and Shine," comes from Isaiah 60:1. "Arise, shine, for your light has come!" This has become the theme of the livelihood project, the hope that through this effort the women who find their way to Vision Nationals will arise out of their desperate situations and shine because of the hope, grace and mercy  provided to them through the work of Christ.

Currently, 10 women are part of the Vision Nationals family. Each comes from a different background but all have found unity in the body of Christ and the unique sisterhood which has formed at the Mercy Mission campus.

The women's livelihood project is primarily funded through the profits of Kumi Ori Bakery. However, one-time gifts are always welcome to aid in special projects and provide additional funding.

Vision Nationals' newest venture is a handicraft cottage industry called Mercy Works. Through Mercy Works, the women who are part of the livelihood project are creating bags, home goods and other wares to be sold in the U.S. and Canada.

If you are interested in helping us train and provide for these women God has brought to us, please contact:

Vision Nationals
191-B Palomino Trail
Ridgway, CO 81432

Please designate your gift in the memo line of your check: 
"Nepal Bakery," "Nepal Mercy Works" or "Nepal Widow Support."

To give online, click here.

Please select  " Nepal Bakery," "Nepal Mercy Works" or "Nepal Widow Support" under "Purpose of Gift."