Tag: IREF

IREF 2020

We currently have a group from the Church serving with other volunteers at IREF in India.

Every two years, an international group visit to provide medical check ups to those who stay there. They also participate in a week-long mission and provide clinics in the local area.

You can keep up to date with the trip on our Facebook page.

Please remember the group in your prayers during their two week visit.

Anniversary weekend

We are looking forward to an enjoyable anniversary weekend from 23 – 24 November and would love it if you could join us.

Quiz

On Saturday night our young people are hosting a quiz to raise money for the bi-annual trip to IREF. Fancy pitting your wits against other local brain boxes? Come along and join a team on Saturday at 7.30pm. Entry is £2 per person.

Terry Boyle

Terry Boyle

We’re delighted to have Terry Boyle of Insight for Living Ministries with us as our guest speaker on Sunday. Terry serves as UK Pastor for the ministry and hosts a weekly radio show as part of his ministry.

Church family tea

A meal will be served in the Church Hall at 5.15pm on Sunday ahead of our evening worship. Come and enjoy an informal time of fellowship as we celebrate our 176th birthday.

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!). Continue reading “Silver jubilee”

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.

It's all over

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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It’s all over

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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Last full day

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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The final clinic day

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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Another busy day

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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