Vision of Light Force was birthed with the launch of New City Pentecostal church by George Ridley.
First mission trip to Poland made with 7500 ton truck full of food.
Visited churches in former Yugoslavia, and built relationships which paved the way for many visits to Yugoslavia and Hungary.
Saw various mission trips to Estonia, Ukraine, Belarus and Romania
Light Force short-term mission teams were sent to Poland, Hungary and Yugoslavia. And long-term team went to Mongolia for 5 years.
9th July - George made his first mission trip to Albania
Teams began work in Lura, Albania
Teams worked in Fushe Arrez in Albania renovating hospitals. Gaenor Hall introduced Alpha and used it as a tool to reach people for Christ.
Went to Rreshen, Albania. Here Light Force rented a large former communist warehouse as a base in Albania. They also renovated hospitals.
Cuku (who the team had first met in 1993) became Light Force manager in Albania, and still is today.
Civil unrest in Albania meant the whole UK team were evacuated by the Italian Navy for 6 weeks.
Bought land in Lezhe and began development of a permanent Light Force centre.
Light Force accommodated over 1200 Kosovan refugees providing all needs for men, women, babies and resourced another 5000 refugees staying with other agencies.
Light Force sent 70 articulated lorries of aid to Kosovo. They also build 65 small houses, sent a tractor, truck, van and agricultural equipment as well as 130 sheep and 17 cows. They ran a warehouse for 2 years distributing vital resources as people worked to rebuild their houses and their lives.
George made his first trip to India to preach at the conference of New India Church of God, attended by 6000. Subsequently Light Force supported street children in Mumbai and Village mission teams. - Summer camps were launched at the new centre in Albania
Light Force began to support Glyn and Jane Davis as they launched Education for Life in Kenya. MKCC supported 60 children in the Kenyan day nursery.
George made his first trip to Uganda
George first connected with IGM in Chenai, India and began to support children in the childrens homes, constructed a childrens home and supported various projects.
In Uganda LightForce helped in a feeding program for displaced people.
In Uganda supported 5423 orphans and primary carers for 12 months and ran child friendly space in 18 displaced peoples camps for 3000 children daily.
For 5 years implemented projects in Uganda with Funding from UNICEF and the Belgium Government; supporting people in camps and subsequently their return to resettlement. They built teachers houses, renovated classrooms and health facilities, constructed new health facilities for health workers and supplied medical equipment and medicines.
Opened second Albanian adventure centre in Lura and embarked upon redevelopment of facilities in Lezhe and ran camps for 1800 children annually.
Bought land and developed the Home of Faith in Andhra Pradesh to house Sunitha Johnson and the 70 children, 15 widows and 15 former street girls she supports.
In Lira Uganda bought land and built team house, day nursery, and staff housing, and 3 acres of banana and pineapples were planted as part of the creation of an integral village.
Opened Primary School in Uganda
Opened home for children and clinic in Uganda
Opened Agricultural School in Uganda
Started Farm Project in Uganda
Imported Agricultural equipment
Built housing for goats
As part of the LightForce 40th Anniversary teams from MKCC visit projects in India and Uganda