50 Years of following Jesus where the need is greatest

Last Sunday, Hannah Bowring visited our church services and spoke about the work of Tearfund. This is some of what she shared with us…

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency based in Teddington. We work in around 50 countries in the poorest communities, following Jesus where the need is greatest, working through the local church to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty lies within themselves.

This year we celebrate 50 years since the founding of our organisation. And as we look back over the last 50 years, we see countless examples of individuals and communities across the globe who have experienced restoration, freedom, equality and justice – just as God intended for his people.

In the last 50 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty across the globe has halved. In the countries we’ve been working in, we’ve seen millions of people lifted from material and spiritual poverty through the work of our local church partners. Because of the continued support of churches and individuals across the UK, we have seen incredible transformation.

But the need is still great. You only need to watch the news or look around you to see that we are still living in a broken world. Families who have been forced to flee their country due to conflict. Farmers who can’t feed their families because the rains haven’t come. Individuals who don’t have access to the skills or training they need to lift themselves out of poverty.

When we’re faced with the statistics, or images on our TV screens, poverty and injustice can feel like giants that are impossible to conquer. At Tearfund, we believe that an end to extreme poverty is possible. Our pledge for our Jubilee year is that we won’t stop until poverty stops. And so we continue to follow Jesus to where the need is greatest.

Please visit tearfund.org to find out more or contribute financially to their work. Coincidentally, Christian Aid week begins this week. Christian Aid partner with Tearfund on many projects and initiatives – so please look out for the envelopes in the pews and give generously in that way if you feel able.