Dr. Norton Sterrett and his wife Eloise (IVCF staff, from USA), the first staff workers of UESI sold their inherited property in Canada and bought Highfield in late 50s.
“In this place I will give Peace” – (Haggai 2: 9b)
was the promise given to the Sterretts as they settled in Highfield, Kotagiri. God has fulfilled this promise in the lives of many who visited it.
For many years UESI made use of this property for various programs. Highfield is a treasure, which the Sterretts gifted to UESI in 1966. The very name HIGHFIELD evokes exhilaration and thanks in many a heart. This sanctuary high up in the Nilgiris Hills, 7,400 feet MSL, has been a haven of spiritual rejuvenation and healing for many. This exotic retreat centre, known for peace and tranquillity has 8.4 acres of land with beautiful buildings and garden to stroll around and unwind.
For 55 years, hundreds of students, staff workers and graduates as families and individual from all over India were trained in life of faith, servant-hood and discipleship and sent to different places. Many still cherish the sweet memories of Highfield.