Can you help fly aid in to Cuba?

Appeal on behalf of Alex

I would like to introduce you to our good friends Alex and Marta Gorelik.  Alex is the guy with the passion for Cuba who first introduced us to Pastor Marcello over four years ago and helped us to deliver our first container to the free churches there. (It was the first container ever sent to the Cuban churches by any organisation)  I recently spent a few days with him in and around Havana with some of poorest and needy.

Brought up in Saint Petersburg Alex is a very experienced pilot who won his wings flying in Siberia – but that’s another story.

He is also a Messianic Jew who has spent the last ten years supporting the churches in Cuba – and he would dearly love to do more.

His wife Marta is a Doctor practising in California and totally supports her husband.

Please pray and pass this on to anyone who may be able to help or who have the right contacts.


CEO & Founder


Dear Friends:

We thank God that the doors have been opening in Cuba.  We see many people in need in Cuba; children with no shoes, elderly with no food, sick people with no medicine.  Almost every year, hurricanes and floods hit the island, devastating homes and leaving people with no shelter, and no building materials available to fix them.  Our hearts feel the burden for these people, and we have spent the last decade serving them through local churches.

We have the opportunity to transport supplies of the bare necessities-clothing, food, medicines, and building supplies to distribute through churches in Cuba to those who most desperately need them.

We are ready to go the next step in serving people in need in Cuba.  We pray to have a twin engine airplane (load 2,000 pounds) or a boat (4,000 pounds capacity)  that will carry much needed  supplies the 90 miles from Florida to Cuba.   Such a transport allows us to respond quickly and efficiently when disasters like hurricanes strike.

We are believing God for this transport, which it will make possible rapid response in the face of great needs among the Cuban people.

Please consider how you can equip Voice of the Children with the fastest way to alleviate urgent needs.

We have raised $35,000 towards a required $160,000 for purchaseWe could get started on much less with the donation or loan of a boat or airplane.

Alex with little orphan boy

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Easter Message 2017

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus this weekend my prayer is that each one of you has peace, joy and love in your hearts in equal amounts this Easter time.

His death means that all who believe in Him will have their sins forgiven and live forever in glory.  Despite what is going on in the world the reality of The Risen Savour  means that every believer can look forward with real genuine hope towards our own resurrection.  Please take a look at the photos of our Easter Sunday services in various parts of the world. Former Hindus, Muslims and  atheists all praising the one true God.  In the material sense we serve some of the world’s poorest, but they are spiritual millionaires with their riches stored up in heaven.

I pray especially that at this time we all remember God’s forgiveness through and by His Son’s sacrifice – and we show that forgiveness to others.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for your prayers and practical support.
Best wishes and blessings from all at IAT.

Rev Bernard Cocker

CEO & Founder

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62nd Southport Beavers go International!

‘I recently went to visit the 62nd Southport Beavers who are doing an International challenge  badge to talk to them about what life’s like for children their age in Sierra Leone.  The Beavers told me about their favourite foods, their homes, their school and what they did for fun, we looked at photos of children at New Hope School, Lungi, Sierra Leone and saw how life is different for children from very poor families in West Africa. But we did find some similarities, shared love of games and especially football!

The Beavers then drew some pictures for the Children in Sierra Leone, which our CEO Bernard Cocker took with him on his recent visit, here you can see the children at New Hope School with the drawings. The Beavers have also very kindly collected school supplies to help their new friends in Sierra Leone to do well at school!’

written by Julie one of Trustees (thanks Julie)

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Sierra Leone visit Feb 2017 – view the photos

For all the photos from the trip to Sierra Leone follow this link to our flickr page

Full report to follow

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New home for Ebola orphans!

Here are the beginnings of the Orphan Children’s Home at New Hope, Sierra Leone.  Measuring 30 x 13 metres it will be home for 16 children.

The first Orphan Children's home following the Ebola crisis

The first Orphan Children’s home following the Ebola crisis

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Thanks and Prayers February 2017

Some news, thanks and prayer requests Feb 2017

Thank God for:

  • God’s love being shared in many different parts of the world through IAT ministry
  • The new fifteen year lease we have signed for the Longton Site
  • For Mike Thornton who is making a huge difference as our Retail Manager
  • The new shop opening soon in Market Street Lancaster
  • The new shop opening soon in Burscough, West Lancashire
  • The 370 tons of aid sent out to the needy in 2016
  • Successful delivery and distribution of aid into Nigeria and Cuba
  • Wonderful success of our new church near Kiev
  • For all our workers all over the world

Please pray for:

  • Our Trustees, leaders and partners here in the UK, Eastern Europe, Sierra Leone, Cuba, India, USA, Israel, Mexico, Romania, Nigeria, Albania ; and all those others with whom we have worked with over the last 25 years
  • For the two week Ophthalmic trip to Ukraine later this year by Peter and Sheila Booth from Inglewhite Church, to provide eye tests and glasses for the many needy there.
  • For all the churches and fellowships that support us
  • Spring outreach programmes to the youth
  • Bernard’s mission trips to Sierra Leone, Cuba and Ukraine in February.
  • The shop expansion program
  • Recruitment of new shop managers
  • For unity and clarity of mission in a world of increasing disunity and confusion.
  • Mission trip to our youth camps in Ukraine by Garstang Free Methodist Church
  • Dennis Langley’s fund raising efforts for our orphans in Sierra Leone
  • Dorcas sewing projects in India, Africa and Ukraine
  • Agnes Fofanah in Sierra Leone who is responding to treatment following hospital admissions with a heart condition and currently awaiting results from further investigations
  • The sick known to us and all others who need God’s healing touch and presence just now

          Romans 15:13

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

BC Feb 2017


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New lease signed in this our 25th year!

Julie and Derrick two of our Trustees signing our new 15 year lease for our Longton Site with Solicitor John Chadwick on Friday 27th January 2017.

IAT was founded in 1991 and we came to Longton in 2001. Over the the last 25 years untold thousands have been reached with the practical and spiritual love of Christ.  All this would not have been possible without our supporters – a very big thank you to you all!




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BBC Radio Lancashire visit International Aid Trust

Brett & Sally

Brett & Sally from BBC Radio Lancashire

BBC Radio Lancashire visited our HQ and broadcast their live show from our furniture store where it was nice and warm – a great morning, hope you enjoyed listening!

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Blessings and Peace for the New Year

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Please accept my warmest New Year greetings to everyone involved in our ministry to the needy around this hurting world in body soul and spirit.

I have high hopes for 2017. Yes it is a new year with new opportunities but we should always remember that God gives us new opportunities to serve Him every single day.

We know that the Christian walk is not always easy and each of us face challenges and difficulties on a seemingly daily basis.  But at the end of every dark night day dawns brighter, and after every storm  the sun shines through. Thank God that His Son is always there, we just need to “See Him” and His will for our lives through and beyond the clouds. Sometimes these are clouds of our own making bringing doubts that tempt us to listen to the devils whispers who reminds us of our past failures. When this happens we should respond by reading scriptures such as:

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. I often remember the desperate and fearful Phillipian Jailer who, said in Acts 16:30-31 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Hebrews 13:5-6  “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?


Below is a poem by Annie Johnson Flint who spent many years in a wheelchair at the turn of the 19th century in the USA.

God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

God hath not promised we shall not know
Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
He hath not told us we shall not bear
Many a burden, many a care.

God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
Never a mountain rocky and steep,
Never a river turbid and deep.

But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.

Isaiah 40: 30-31 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope on the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles: they will run and not grow faint.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

When in doubt Serve! And when the devil reminds us of our past let us remind him of his future and the future promised to all believers. Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Every best wish and blessing for a peaceful New year.


CEO & Founder
International Aid Trust

Jan 2017

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