About 500 children attend IREF’s John’s Primary and High Schools. A modern purpose-built school building was completed in 1997. All the children from the Lydia Children’s Home attend the school, together with some day children from Repalle and its surrounding villages. Priority is given to children from Christian homes and those from the poorest backgrounds, regardless of religion. Classes are held six days a week. Courses are accredited by the Andhra Pradesh State Government.
IREF’s first Child Development Centre was opened in the village of Akkivaripalem in 2003. Currently, there are seven other CDCs caring for about 600 children between them. The CDCs supplement the education that children receive through their government day schools. Various Child Sponsorship Schemes help cover the costs of schooling and caring for these children. IREF’s education is provided in an atmosphere of warm Christian love and Biblical values. Find out how you can support this work.
The Repalle Christian Junior College was founded in 1997. It offers a two-year course in a wide range of subjects, providing a link between IREF’s High School and the Degree College (see below). The Junior College currently has about 750 students.
IREF operates the only evangelical degree-giving college in Andhra Pradesh, a state of with over 87 million people. IREF’s Repalle Christian College was established in 1993 and now has around 750 students. The well-equipped college offers a wide range of first-degree courses (such as English, history, chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics), and also some Masters courses, all of which receive accreditation through Acharya Nagarjuna University, near Guntur. IREF also runs a Teacher Training College for about 100 students.
IREF’s Industrial Training Centre is situated about half a mile from IREF’s main campus on the outskirts of Repalle. It provides practical training for about 160 young men, aged 16 years and over. It offers courses in electrical and mechanical engineering and associated subjects
Since 1996, IREF has been able to provide a basic 18-month health care course for up to 20 female students a year through its Health Workers Training Institute. IREF also now runs a four-year degree course in nursing for both men and women through its Nursing College.
Many young people in India have never heard of Jesus Christ. IREF’s goal is to share the Gospel with its many college students, so that after graduating they can reach out to their new circle of highly influential contacts.
The lives of many students are changed through the personal witnessing of their fellow classmates, teaching sessions outside normal classroom schedules, and active involvement in the daily ministry of IREF. Each year, many of the students become Christians through the annual three-day Youth Conference, held in Repalle each January.