Tearfund’s mission is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest, responding to crisis and partnering with local churches to bring restoration to those living in poverty. It is a Christian charity which partners with churches in more than 50 of the world’s poorest countries to tackle poverty and injustice through sustainable development, by responding to disasters and challenging injustice. Tearfund believes that an end to extreme poverty is possible.
St John’s Felbridge has been supporting Tearfund for more than 40 years and Brenda Wilkinson has been our Tearfund representative for over 30 years. Over the years Brenda and her husband, Gordon, have visited Tearfund projects in Colombia, Honduras, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, giving talks about the trips at St. John’s and churches throughout the South East of England.
In 2018 they arranged for a group from St John’s to visit World Relief Cambodia, when they travelled to remote villages and learnt a great deal about the problems faced by the rural communities. The group saw for themselves the way that Tearfund’s partner was working to help people to help themselves out of poverty. This involved setting up cell churches and savings and loan schemes, giving guidance on how to grow more sustainable crops, increasing awareness of trafficking and promoting child safety and education.
Since then the church has been linked to United Missions Nepal and gained an insight into the work they have been doing, particularly during the pandemic.
Every year the church holds fundraising events and the annual BIG QUIZ event has proved particularly popular and successful, whether in the church or virtually using Zoom – https://twitter.com/WTearfund
St John’s is now part of an exciting new programme called A World of Difference. Through this scheme we receive regular updates about projects in different countries where Tearfund is working. The latest update includes information and a video about LEBANON an ancient country whose name is mentioned 65 times in the Old Testament. The capital city, Beirut, has had a troubling few years. For a decade it has been home to around 200,000 Syrians escaping conflict, and it was hit by a devastating explosion last August.
Follow this link https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/world-of-difference/lebanon to:
- Meet Sakeena, who fled Syria but was welcomed by her neighbours in Lebanon.
- Find out how Syrian refugee Saif is learning peacebuilding as well as football skills.
- Read the amazing story of Baqil who saved his baby sister from the Beirut blast.
- See how Syrian refugees are still offering hospitality despite having so little.
- Learn how Tearfund’s response is bringing Christian compassion.