Happy New Year


Happy New Year from us all at International Aid Trust.

May God refresh you and guide you as we begin 2022 












Virtual shoeboxes

Thank you very much to everyone who has donated for a ‘Virtual Shoebox’!

This video shows the first of these gifts, funded by donations from supporters in the UK and packed by the team in Ukraine, being given out at a Christmas service at Soborna (Unity) Church.

If you’d like to send a virtual shoebox yourself, you can find out more here: Virtual Shoeboxes – International Aid Trust











The Real Meaning of Christmas – Real Lasting Peace


From the Founders Desk

Luke 2:8-12  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

After the birth of Jesus, an angel appeared to a group of shepherds. At that time shepherds were looked down upon and considered unclean, they were not even accepted as witnesses in a court of law. Therefore, it’s important to note that the news of Jesus’ birth was given first to the lowliest of people. Please see the importance of this statement: The lowly guardians of the sacrificial lambs were the first ones to hear of the birth of Christ is a wonderful truth, but there is a more important point to be made here. These shepherds were a bit special. They were the keepers of the sacrificial lambs. The lambs that were reared each year for the sole purpose of being sacrificed to God in the temple in Jerusalem for the forgiveness of sins. (This is the reason that the lambs were kept in the fields close by) They had to be male lambs and without blemish, it is important to know this because Jesus, the Perfect Lamb of God, was born to give his life as a once and for all sacrifice that would take away the sins of the world for ever – for everyone who believed.

The Angels Understood the True Meaning of Christmas, with the announcement of the birth, the angels burst into song, and the heavens opened to reveal their joy. The birth of Christ was long awaited, heaven was visible from the earth, and angels proclaimed the most important news in history, and they gave it the poor first, not the theologians in Jerusalem, but to the shepherds just “outside” the city walls… So, the message then, and still is today, that Jesus came for the lowest, the poor and lost, those just “outside” our accepted society.

Luke 2:13-14 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
So, who are these on whom His peace and favour rests? Some take this out of context as a blanket statement of peace on earth. But true peace only comes to those who believe in Christ and believe in the sacrifice he made for them. It’s not saying that the entire world could not experience peace. They can, but only when they accept God’s saving grace and favour through the shed blood of Christ.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Only by having a relationship with Christ can we find that perfect peace, and then we know that whatever happens, whatever we go though through, and whatever is happening in this hurting world, we will spend eternity with our creator and Saviour.

For the last thirty years, with your help we have shared, and continue to share this Good News changing lives forever because you care.

May you experience and share God’s peace over this season and in 2022.

Love and blessings Bernard


Rev Bernard Cocker

CEO & Founder










Advent Reflection 2021

Welcome to the International Aid Trust Advent Reflection for 2021.

In all the busyness as we approach Christmas, we hope you’ll join us is taking time out to reflect on the first Christmas.

There’s also a Bethlehem scene to create and areas of our work around the world to pray for.

Some days there is a Bible verse to help us think about the journeys taken to Bethlehem that first Christmas.

Some days there are areas of our ministry to give thanks and pray for.

We hope and pray that it will help you take some time out from the busyness to reflect on the real meaning of Christmas.

Click here to download the activity pack as shown below  

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Send a Smile – Virtually!


Send a Smile – Virtually!

An exciting new way to send a shoebox gift to a person in need!

For nearly three decades we have been able to send shoebox gifts to people in great need around the world. These practical expressions of Christ’s love bring so much joy to those who receive them and the shoebox scheme continues unchanged.

Our new ‘Virtual Shoebox’ scheme enables you to select the age group, gender and continent of the person who will receive your gift box or bag.

You make a donation, which funds a gift that is packed full of useful and fun items by our local in-country teams, and given to a person living in poverty. This scheme helps to support local economies in the countries where we work. In areas where we have a ‘Hands of Dorcas’ tailoring project, fabric bags may be made by trainees to pack gifts in.

Follow this link to find out more! Virtual Shoeboxes – International Aid Trust

Who will you send a virtual shoebox to?


Listen to Bernard Cocker our CEO & Founder on UCB

If you missed hearing Bernard, our CEO being interviewed on Thursday by Ruth O’Reilly-Smith on UCB 2 last week , you can listen to it here: https://player.lightcast.com/zYzNyQDN 

“I saw images of pain and suffering that will never leave me and came back to this country with a dream, a vision to make a difference.’ It began almost 30 years ago when Bernard, a new Christian, joined a team taking Bibles to the former USSR. He returned a haunted man with a vision for change.”
Many thanks to United Christian Broadcasters for facilitating this 




Shop volunteers wanted to join our friendly team!

We look forward to welcoming you back to our charity shops!
Most shops open Monday 12th April, Tuesday 13th April Carnforth and Chorley general (Market Street) shops will reopen, and Benllech shop, Anglesey will reopen on Monday 26th April.
Thank you for your support!
We are looking for volunteers for the following stores :
New Hall Lane, Preston
Pelsall, West Midlands
Lostock Hall



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