Love the nations

Our aim at Emmanuel Church is to be a growing, charismatic, family church, with a world vision.

We seek to remain faithful to a prophetic word given to our church some years ago that if we go to the nations, God will give us Durham. Here, find out more about our work across the globe.

South Africa

We have a growing relationship with Dihlabeng Church in South Africa. Several of our leaders have visited, and members of our Hub community of students and 20s visited during the summers of 2017 and 2018.


Our links with India first developed when a couple named Finny and Glory Philip arrived in Durham to study. Finny leads Filadelfia Bible College, part of the Native Missionary Movement of India (NMMI).
There have been numerous exchanges between leaders of Emmanuel and NMMI and teams have regularly visited to work in a variety of areas, including the Bible college, local churches and in medicine.

Deepti Centre, Kerala, southern India

The Deepti Centre is a growing and developing centre for children with special needs in a rural area of southern India. It provides free special education, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling and vocational training to children and families, all within the context of Christian values where God’s love is demonstrated in practical ways.
We first connected with the Deepti Centre in 2008, when its director Dr Susan Mathew was studying in Durham. Susan’s son Jyothish has cerebral palsy.
This led to the founding of the Candle for India charity, to support the centre. In 2013, Emmanuel contributed to the refurbishment of a house used to deliver Deepti Centre services.
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