Tearfund are an international Christian aid and development organisation that was established here in England in 1968.

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What is Tearfund’s big idea?

Poverty does more than exhaust, starve, trap and kill people. It destroys their sense of worth, limits their horizons, robs people of the chance to reach their full potential. Tearfund’s call is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.

Tearfund work through local churches, because they’re Jesus’ body on earth, ready to care for the whole person – and the whole community – inside and out.

What do Tearfund do?

The scope of Tearfund’s work is huge.  They work with over two hundred and sixty local partners in over fifty countries.  We may think of Tearfund when it comes to disaster relief but their role in development amongst the poor and disadvantaged around the world goes on each and every day.

From healthcare training in Myanmar (Burma) to using goats for long term redevelopment in Haiti, from drug addiction work in Egypt to sustainable agricultural development in Zambia and much, much more besides Tearfund is truly following their call to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.

How can you partner with Tearfund?

In Prayer
Tearfund may be big but they rely on God for everything they do.  You can commit to praying for them regularly.  They produce a paper prayer diary which you can order (see the details below) or you can sign up for their weekly prayer e-mails at tearfund.org/en/about_you/pray/

In Action

  • Follow Tearfund’s work and join in their campaigns such as the ‘No Child Taken’ programme that seeks to draw attention to child trafficking and protect 50,000 children in 2014.
  • Be an advocate for Tearfund by helping to promote their general work and some of their projects in particular within St Paul’s and the wider community
  • Go on a short term overseas mission trip with Tearfund

What about money?

Our partnership with Tearfund is about much more than money but if you would like to directly support them financially then please use the contact details below.

What about the Tearfund ‘Change a Nation’ Programme?

What is Change a Nation
Change a Nation is a joint Tearfund and NewWine programme that is seeking to nurture sustainable development in Uganda by partnering local churches in the UK with local churches in Uganda.

Why Uganda?
In Uganda, of every 1000 babies born, 64 will die before they’re five years old. More than 1 million children have been orphaned as a result of AIDS, just 21 per cent of girls and 22 per cent of boys have the opportunity to go to secondary school, and more than 50 per cent of the population don’t have access to clean toilets.

Local churches are already working across Uganda, bringing about incredible transformation in people’s lives. We truly believe that by supporting more and more churches across Uganda, to unlock the potential within the people in their community, we can see the nation changed.

How does it work?
Tearfund’s partner is the Ugandan Pentecostal Assemblies of God church (PAG).  PAG is working with local churches in some of the poorest communities in Uganda. Their way of working isn’t about doing things for people, it’s about enabling people to do things for themselves. Through Bible study, training, and skills workshops, lives are being transformed. Over time, whole communities become able to provide for themselves. This unique development approach is called the Participatory Evaluation Process (PEP).

What does it cost?
To partner with a local Ugandan church costs £3000 per year for a fixed term of three years.

What is the money spent on?
The £3000 per year covers all the costs of a PEP trainer to work with the local Ugandan church.

Why is it fixed to three years?
Because the aim of the programme is to enable individuals, churches and communities to help themselves, the trainer’s work is complete after three years.  By that stage the programme is embedded with the local community and so it is self-sustaining.  This means long after the trainer has moved on to another church the impact of the PEP programme continues to grow and change the lives of more and more people each and every year.

But where do we find the money?
Inspired by the PEP programme we are launching a Mission Partner Fund.

We hope that as many people as possible will commit to giving at least £1 per week to the new fund.  If enough of us commit even just £1 per week then we will be able to join the Change a Nation programme and partner with a church un Uganda.  We should also have some money left over for the Church Council to invest in some of the other work of our mission partners.

Need more information about Tearfund or Change a Nation?

You can find out more about Tearfund in general online at tearfund.org or by calling them on 0208 977 9144.

To find out more about Change a Nation please speak to Nick or visit changeanation.org.uk

What next?

If you are willing to personally support Tearfund in prayer and/or action then please indicate that on your response form and return that form via the collection plate at any service.