14 Jan

Hearty Welcome and first clinic

We arrived safely in Repalle to hundreds of children and young people greeting us with petals, garlands and fireworks. Their  smiling faces and chorus of ‘Welcome to India’ made the long journey seem so worthwhile. 

After a night’s sleep we set up the clinic and saw the youngest class. The children were treated for minor ailments and had some dentistry done (sometimes a bit traumatic!!) but for their long term good.

This afternoon we will have a tour of the IREF compound and work before the first evangelical meeting tonight.

Pray for the meetings that the young people will respond to the message. Pray for the USA pastors who will preach for the first time.

Pray for the clinic tomorrow….especially for a new steriliser as the one we have broke this morning!! 

14 Jan

What an exciting day!

The excitement in today’s clinic;  Jason and I met our new sponsor girl…….I was showing a group of girls her photo asking if they knew her and she was in the group!! So thrilled to meet her. Her name is Kavya and IREF is looking after her because her mother died  recently and her father is disabled and can’t take care of her.

We also saw the girl sponsored by the Murphy family , Prathima, and she was beaming when we told her how much Katie prays for her!

This afternoon’s excitement was a trip to the Krishna River where we saw over 50 young people baptised. It was such a privilege to witness this! They have enormous faith.

This evening’s excitement was when Lindsey Clark took to the stage and gave her testimony to hundreds of people. She was calm, clear and spoke in a moving way about God’s work in her life. Dee also explained to the audience how Lindsey had stepped out of her comfort zone and how God has used her. She encouraged the Indian kids to trust God as Lindsey had.

Pray for children like Kavya and Prathima. Every child has a story and IREF provides all their basic physical needs and teaches them of the love of Jesus.

Pray that all the young people baptised today will be strengthened in faith and continue on the journey.

Pray for Emmanuel and Dee Rebba and their family as they beat the huge responsibility of the work of IREF. We are so inspired by their love and commitment to this ministry. 

13 Jan

Day 3 in Repalle

We worked in the clinic this morning treating 7th and 8th class. (119 patients came through the clinic!) There was not so much dental treatment as these kids are older and taking care of their teeth a bit more. The nurses being trained in the IREF nursing school are assisting us and it’s humbling to witness their work ethic, respect and care for their peers. They are a wonderful group of young women. 

After a late lunch, Dee Rebba very kindly took us to ‘Downtown Repalle’ for shopping. The women all bought saris to wear to church on Sunday. We spent hours admiring all the vibrant colours! A girl’s dream shop! It was good for us to see Repalle centre and sense the life of people here. IREF is literally an oasis and sanctuary for so many in this region.

The evening meeting included drama, which was making the hundreds of young people laugh in the audience….wish we could understand Telagu!! The choir provided fantastic music and the word was preached very powerfully. Many young people committed their lives to God and we will have the privilege of seeing most of them baptised tomorrow in the river.

Keep praying for the clinics and for energy for the team. We are all quite tired. Pray for the children who have received treatment: that they will be experiencing relief.

Pray for the pastors as they preach through a translator :that their words will be clear and used by God.

Pray for peace for those who will be baptised tomorrow.

12 Jan

Another busy day

We did a full day in the clinic today and have now seen over 200 children. We have seen huge smiles and relief when children are relieved of toothache or receive glasses from the optician and can see clearly for the first time! We’ve really bonded as a team already and we’re having great fun amidst the hard work. One laugh today was a wee boy (quite a character) who tutted at Jason when he instructed him to sit down!! So funny!   

The youth conference last night saw many young people come to know Jesus. Many are from Hindu backgrounds and will face great opposition as a result! They need prayer as IREF pastors encourage them to continue in their faith.

Please continue to pray for health and energy for the team, a smooth running clinic and that the message will be received well at the gospel meetings.

11 Jan

Arrival in Repalle

We arrived safely in Repalle to hundreds of children and young people greeting us with petals, garlands and fireworks. Their smiling faces and chorus of ‘Welcome to India’ made the long journey seem so worthwhile.

After a night’s sleep we set up the clinic and saw the youngest class. The children were treated for minor ailments and had some dentistry done (sometimes a bit traumatic!!) but for their long term good. Read More

09 Jan

First day in Chennai

Lynn and LindseyWell we arrived safely in Chennai and all our luggage and equipment arrived too! We rested a little before lunch then Lindsey and I took a very wild (but fun) tuk tuk ride into the city and back while Jason visited an eye clinic and gave a talk in another town. We had dinner (our 2nd spicy curry of the day!) and are heading for an early night as we are all very tired. The American team is due to arrive during the night and we will meet them in the morning before we go for the train, just after lunch, to take us to Repalle.

JasonThank God for safe arrival. Pray for safe arrival of the Americans and smooth travel tomorrow. Pray also that we bond quickly as a team.We are excited about getting to Repalle to start the work!!

06 Jan

IREF trip 2016

This year sees another trip by teams from the UK and USA to IREF in India to provide medical and preaching support to those who stay there.  The trip will run from Friday 8 – Thursday 21 January.

Jason, Lynn and Lindsey are on the team this year and will be posting updates on this website throughout the trip.  You can view all the updates here.

In addition to website updates we’ll also be posting a daily prayer request on our Facebook page.  These are all taken from the prayer diary that has been prepared for the trip.

Please support those who are travelling to India in prayer.

06 Dec

Christmas Celebrations 2015

We have a range of services and events celebrating Christmas this year at Airdrie Baptist.

Sunday 13 December

11am: Morning service with Re:Hope Glasgow

6.30pm: Carols by Candlelight with Re:Hope Choir

Tuesday 15 December

7.30pm: Christmas Carols with Airdrie Salvation Army

Sunday 20 December

11am: Morning service with Kids@ABC Nativity

6.30pm: Carol Service

Christmas Day

10.30 – 11am: Family Service

24 Nov

Acoustic Cafe Church

Acoustic guitarSunday 29 November 2015

The last Acoustic Cafe Church of the year will take place in the Church hall this Sunday night at 6.30pm.

Like before, it is a chance to enjoy fellowship in a relaxed, cafe-style environment.

The evening will feature music, a speaker and plenty of tasty treats to enjoy.

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there.

23 Nov

Funeral of Margaret Foster

The funeral of our sister Margaret Foster will take place at Airdrie Baptist Church on Thursday 26 November 2015 at 10.30am.

The funeral service will be followed by a short committal service at New Monkland Cemetery and a reception in the Church hall.

Please remember Margaret’s loved ones in your prayers at this time.

18 Nov

Funeral of Norma Bridges

Norma and David Bridges

The funeral service of our dear sister and Deacon, Norma Bridges, will take place at Airdrie Baptist Church on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at 10.30am.

The service will be followed by a short committal service at New Monkland Cemetery and refreshments will be available at the Tudor Hotel.

Please remember David, Pamela, David, Iain and the wider family in your prayers at this time.

08 Nov

Groups proceeding as planned

The issue that affected our evening service has now been resolved so our groups will run as scheduled this week, including the Toddler Groups tomorrow and Tuesday.

08 Nov

Evening service cancelled – 8 November 2015

Due to unforeseen circumstances, tonight’s service has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience.

God willing we will be back up and running soon and we will let you know if there are any changes to our other groups meeting this week.

19 Oct

Concert in the Kirk

Saturday 14 November 2015, 7.30pm

We are hosting a fundraising event for The Brain Tumour Charity (Scotland) featuring singers Scott Nicol, Christy Passmore and the Exalt Choir, plus some special guests.

The evening will be compered by Jules Crispin from Revival FM.

Scott Nicol Christy Passmore  Exalt Choir

Tickets for the event are £5 and are available in advance or on the door from Airdrie Baptist Church.

12 Oct

Christianity Explored Course


Our Christianity Explored Course starts Thursday 22nd October at 7.30pm. The course runs for seven consecutive Thursdays and offers a great opportunity to take a fresh look at the Christian faith with the chance to listen, question and discuss in a relaxed and informal environment.

If you’re interested in investigating Christian claims for the first time, or just refreshing your memory, please come along.

You can find out more about the course on the Christianity Explored website or by contacting Jason Leitch.


12 Aug

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Saturday 19 September 2015, 10am – 12noon

Have your cake and eat itCome and enjoy home-baked goodies and refreshments as we raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The morning will feature games including ‘Faked or Baked’, a lucky dip for the kids and a sponsored head shave by our very own Anna Clark. There will also be delicious cakes for sale.

The event will be held in the Church hall from 10am – 12noon. All are welcome and please remember to invite your friends along too.

If you would like to assist on the day or donate some baking, please speak to Claire Anderson or call her on 07729 558771 / 01236 759141.

10 Aug

Acoustic Cafe Church

Sunday 30 August 2015, 6.30pm

Acoustic guitarFollowing on from our first Acoustic Cafe Church in May, the 20+ group would like to invite you to another one at the end of August.

The event will be held in the main hall and will be a night of music, testimony and fellowship in a relaxed, cafe-style environment.

All are welcome and there will also be a space set aside for children. Please invite your friends too.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and a range of snacks will be available throughout the night.

For more information, please speak to Fiona Nicholson.

02 Aug

Funeral of Elizabeth Callander

Elizabeth Callander and Jim Leitch during a trip to IREF in 2012

The funeral service of our dear friend and Deacon Elizabeth Callander will be held at Airdrie Baptist Church on Wednesday 5 August 2015.

The service will be held at 10am and will be followed by a short committal service at New Monkland Cemetery at 11am.

Refreshments will be available at the Church after the services and a collection for MacMillan Cancer Support and Maggie’s Centres will be taken.

Please remember Gilmour, Kathryn and the wider family in your prayers in the days and weeks ahead.