A Carrickfergus Rotarian has been outlining the work of United Grace Mission in India.
Sydney Johnston has just returned from an annual visit to support, oversee and advance the role of the organisation in India.
The mission works largely in remote rural areas establishing small churches and education centres and supporting locally recruited pastors and personnel to advance their work in the care, education and personal development of disadvantaged young people.
Mr Johnston reported on the plans for a new home complete with hydro-pool specifically designed for children with cerebral palsy. It is the, Carrick Rotary Club heard, the first of its kind in India and is being sited in a university campus in Kerala at a cost of £150,000 raised entirely through the voluntary efforts of the six members of United Grace Mission NI.
Rotarian Sydney described their visit to a leprosy colony and (thanks to British Airways allowance of an extra 48 kilograms of luggage) the aid they were able to bring which included food, medicines, spectacles and clothing.
He also explained how they used the opportunity to teach craft skills to the members of the colony.
He painted a vivid picture of India as a place of colour, chaos, smells and noise.
Brenda Houston, president of Carrickfergus Rotary Club, expressed the pride and admiration of the club for Sydney’s work and congratulated him on an excellent presentation.