LightForce International believes that ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of those in need. It was our belief in 1979 when LightForce was birthed and it is still our belief today. As a Christian organisation we are committed to “Taking good news to the poor and practical help to people in need.” Originally birthed as the mission arm of the Milton Keynes Christian Centre, a thriving charismatic church in the UK, LightForce International eventually took its own identity and became a UK registered charity (no. 1050871) and has a Board of Trustees.
The early days saw LightForce International active in the former Eastern Europe until the new millennium when the work expanded to India and Africa which, along with Albania, are the main fields of activity.
There are three main aspects to our work:
- Christian mission – LightForce International is involved with inspiring people to be mission minded, training leaders and working with churches to develop their strategies for growth & multiplication.
- Humanitarian Aid – LightForce International has worked in some challenging situations to bring practical help to people in need.
- Development – LightForce International is committed to finding long term sustainable solution so as not to leave people donor dependent.
LightForce International was founded over 30 years ago by George R Ridley who is still at the helm and serves in the capacity of International Director. The charity does not have a wieldy administration, in fact in this department it is lean and mean. LightForce does not pay any UK staff and enjoys the privilege of free office space and utilities. This enables maximum financial impact in the field. Our UK staff is voluntary. LightForce has a programme to enable volunteers to work with national staff in all its areas of activity. As a charity we are large enough to make an impact but small enough to ensure good accountability.
In recent years LightForce International has successfully completed projects with World Food Programme, Unicef and Memisa Belgium with funding from the Belgian Government. Projects have been completed on time and within budget. Projects have ranged from emergency aid/feeding/shelter to development of education/health infrastructure/provision of resources and capacity building. We have ongoing projects with Memisa Belgium in Uganda.
LightForce International also has small scale projects; school sponsorship, children with special needs, HIV aids & infants, children’s camps, supplementary feeding, care for orphans and widows and skills training for former sex workers.
LightForce is committed to serving people without regard to race, religion or political affiliation.