IREF(India) was founded over 60 years ago (in 1950) by a young teacher, Prasada Rao, and his wife, Lydia. The work of the mission in India is now run through a Board of Elders, all of them Indian nationals, under the chairmanship of Prasada Rao.
IREF(USA) was formed in 1986 to encourage prayer and financial support for the work in India. It is led by a Board of Directors based in the USA.
IREF(UK) was formed in 1996 to support and promote the work throughout the United Kingdom. It is overseen by trustees and is a Recognised Scottish Charity, number SC033100.