14 Jan

Sunday at IREF

An early 7.30am start this morning at the Krishna River for the baptisms of young people who have become Christians at this week’s conference. It was lovely to see them take this step of commitment on a warm, misty morning as the sun came up. Read More

13 Jan

Silver jubilee

We had the final clinic in Repalle this morning. We have seen 641 people in total and 207 teeth have been extracted! We will go out to villages next week and do clinics there.

Today has been a very special and very busy day at IREF as the degree college is 25 years old. There was a big silver jubilee celebration with dancers, singers, food and many former students coming back to share what they are doing now and receive awards (some of them remembered Jason taking their teeth out when they were very young!). Read More

12 Jan

Clinic and evangelistic march

Today we saw young people and adults in the medical clinic. All the younger children have now been seen.

It was another busy day with most adults queuing up to see Stewart, our optician. Glasses are very sought after and make a massive difference to people’s lives. Read More

11 Jan

Our oldest patient

Today’s clinic was busy, but particularly special, as we treated all the Ullipallem CDC kids and some adults from that village. We were able to remind them of the link with our own church and that we pray for them. Read More

09 Jan

Clinic day 2

Another really busy day in the clinic with almost 150 children coming through. The team worked really hard and were able to ease the pain of many of them.

The tents are being set up as the big evangelical youth conference starts tomorrow night. Read More

08 Jan

Clinic day 1

The day started with Lindsey and Lynn speaking at morning assembly at the school then the clinic was set up.

We saw almost 100 children this afternoon, many of whom received treatment unavailable to them otherwise. Everything ran smoothly. Read More

07 Jan

What a welcome!

We have arrived safely in Repalle!! The young people were all lined up and welcomed us with rose petals, fireworks and garlands. So lovely to see their excitement!

We are hoping for a good sleep tonight before we start in the clinic in the morning. Read More

03 Dec

Fundraising Ceilidh for IREF

Saturday 30 January 2016

The ABC 20+ group are hosting a fundraising ceilidh for IREF on 30 January 2016, 7.30 – 10.30pm.

The event will be held at Gartlea Community Centre and will feature ceilidh band “Haud Yer Lugs” and a buffet.

Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children (under 5s go free) and are available from Elizabeth Richardson or Karin Dunnett. All are welcome.

13 Feb

It’s all over

Our last day in Repalle has been an emotional one. We went to the nursing college devotions this morning and had a little farewell with the nurses who helped us in every clinic. We made strong bonds with these girls and it was so hard to say goodbye. They pleaded with us to remember them in prayer. They are such caring, faithful girls who rely on God to guide their future.

This afternoon we had a dedication service for the new IREF old people’s home. It was great to see a vision that was had a long time ago being realised. Jason and Jim helped cut the ribbon!

At 7pm, we will leave to catch the overnight train to Chennai then we have an overnight stay there before flying home!

Please pray for the nursing students: Divya, Karishima, Sudjata and Neelima (to name but a few!). Pray that they will pass exams, find jobs and that they will be married to good men.

Pray also for the old people who will be cared for in the new home. Pray for those who will care for them too.

Lastly, pray for us as we travel home. It’s a long journey! Pray for safety and health. We’ll see you when we get back and pray for patience for yourselves as we bore you with all our stories and photos.

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13 Feb

It's all over

Our last day in Repalle has been an emotional one. We went to the nursing college devotions this morning and had a little farewell with the nurses who helped us in every clinic. We made strong bonds with these girls and it was so hard to say goodbye. They pleaded with us to remember them in prayer. They are such caring, faithful girls who rely on God to guide their future.

This afternoon we had a dedication service for the new IREF old people’s home. It was great to see a vision that was had a long time ago being realised. Jason and Jim helped cut the ribbon!

At 7pm, we will leave to catch the overnight train to Chennai then we have an overnight stay there before flying home!

Please pray for the nursing students: Divya, Karishima, Sudjata and Neelima (to name but a few!). Pray that they will pass exams, find jobs and that they will be married to good men.

Pray also for the old people who will be cared for in the new home. Pray for those who will care for them too.

Lastly, pray for us as we travel home. It’s a long journey! Pray for safety and health. We’ll see you when we get back and pray for patience for yourselves as we bore you with all our stories and photos.

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12 Feb

Last full day

Message from Lynn Leitch

Today we had a lot of celebration for the birthday of our youngest team member, Johnny Shaw, who was 17. The nurses spent a lot of time decorating the place and he had 2 cakes as well as lots of versions of the ‘Happy Birthday’ song. He will never forget this birthday in India!

We drove to another IREF church to dedicate the new building. Much like yesterday, the whole village turned out to celebrate and we were given a very ‘hearty welcome’. These churches truly are the centre of the villages and will reach out to the community in many ways.

Tonight we had a lovely, but sad, farewell and thanksgiving service in the orphanage campus. Everyone gathered and we were presented with gifts and got to say a few words to the children. It will be hard to leave them as we have made very strong bonds with them.

We have done some packing and are beginning to prepare for leaving tomorrow evening.

Please pray for the new church we visited today. Pray that the pastor will be equipped to be everything he needs to be for that congregation. Pray that men, women and children will find the truth there as well as have their many physical needs met.

Pray for the team as we pack and get ready to come home.

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11 Feb

The final clinic day

Message from Lynn Leitch

This morning Jason and I both spoke at the school assembly. We spoke about the importance of trusting God and told them that we pray for them in Scotland.

This afternoon, we attended the opening and dedication of a new IREF church in the nearby village Nallur South. It was a noisy, vibrant and very encouraging celebration. They made us lunch and the whole village ate together!! Jason even got to drive a tractor!

We returned to Repalle where we conducted our last evening clinic for children who were brought in from the Arambaka CDC as well as some of the older college boys. This was a busy but smooth clinic.

Please pray for the new Nallur South church and the pastor and his family. Pray that the people of that village will grow spiritually and that the church will have a good witness there.

Pray also for all those who have received treatment in the clinic over the last week and that they will be relieved and pain free.

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10 Feb

Another busy day

Message from Lynn Leitch

This morning we visited the blanket factory in Repalle. Dee explained that some of the people there are earning about a dollar a day!! It’s hard work in hot conditions. One lady had her baby with her, tied between 2 looms in a hammock, as she worked. They were so grateful for our visit and were happy to show us what they do. Of course, we all bought some blankets as this helps to keep them in work.

After this, Dee took us on a tour of the local hospital, a ‘private’ clinic (not what you imagine) and an eye clinic. If you saw these places, you would never complain about our NHS ever again! She wanted us to see that what the medical team does at IREF is so worthwhile because this would be the alternative!

Tonight we took the clinic out to a CDC in Penamudi. The kids were really cute but not so willing to have teeth out! Most of them had parents with them and the place was buzzing with the noise of chatting and crying!! The optician proved very popular once again. I think the entire village came to see him! The leaders there said we had ‘shown the love of Jesus’ by coming.

Pray for the workers in the factory. They said they heard the gospel messages throughout last week as they worked. Pray that they heard something that made them think. Pray also for the families in Penamudi. IREF are teaching the kids the word so pray that they respond and go home and tell their families. Pray that what we did tonight will have been of benefit to the people there.

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09 Feb

Sunday in Repalle

Message from Lynn Leitch

This morning we went to church about 10.30. The service actually started for the Indians at 9am but we were excused from the start. It finished at 1pm!! We’ve been very humbled by how long people (including 5 year old children) sit and listen to God’s word.

Everyone who was baptised yesterday received a Bible at the service and Jason helped present some of these, which was lovely. Jason and Jim also helped serve communion… a major operation!! We also met the Bible lady from Ullipallem, who had travelled to be at the service. We were able to tell her again about the bond between our fellowships.

After lunch, we tried to link up with you but, as you know, it wasn’t too successful! We were so disappointed! It was lovely, at least, to hear our kids say hello.

Tonight, the children and young people in the orphanage had a service of thanksgiving for this week’s meetings. Many of them shared what they had learned. One girl told how she is from a very high caste Hindu family but she became a Christian and was baptised. Her family are very unhappy but she says she is happier than she has ever been. Please pray for her future.

Tomorrow, we are taking the clinic to one of the new Child Development Centres where there are about 80-100 kids. We need to do this in the evening as they only attend the CDC after school. Pray for safe travel there and a smooth clinic. These children will have had little to no healthcare before!

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08 Feb

The end of the gospel meetings

Message from Lynn Leitch

Today, we witnessed 40 baptisms in the Krishna River! This was a little different from the ABC tank, with boats, buffalo and fishermen in the background!! The sun was just going down and crowds gathered to watch. What a public witness!

Tonight was the final night of the gospel meetings. Jason shared his testimony and there were 3 sermons as usual. Hundreds of people heard and responded to the message!

Tomorrow, we will attend the Repalle church… a 3-4 hour service! Hopefully, we will be able to speak to you in person during your morning service??

Please continue to pray for the people who have become Christians. This is not an easy decision in this culture. Pray that there will be support around them and that they will see growth in their lives.

Pray also for the children here… such beautiful kids who have the biggest smiles and welcoming hearts. We are loving spending time with them! Pray that they will see God’s love through us. We certainly see it in some of them.

Pray for 10th class (14 years old) as they are studying for a big exam on 27 March. They are constantly studying in the playground and ask for prayer as you pass them.

Pray for those who have received treatment and medication in the clinic. Pray that they will continue to get well and that our input will make a difference to them.

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