Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Working for Peace

Tearfund is one of the leading evangelical Christian relief and development agencies. It is St Paul’s charity this month. On the coming Sunday, 6 September, a speaker from Tearfund will be talking about its work during our morning service. The large number of areas of conflict in the world today, give Tearfund a particular and much needed role. Their website describes this as follows.

Our work in areas of conflict
When conflict breaks out, people in poverty invariably pay the highest price as countless civilians in Syria, Afghanistan, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo will tell you. Fear drives many to take the only option available – fleeing their homes and livelihoods that have often been a struggle to build-up in the first place.

Tearfund tackles people’s immediate needs by providing shelter, food and basic essentials to help them survive, but we also often stay for the long haul, helping with reconstruction and giving people the skills they need to restart their lives.

In places such as Nigeria, where thousands died in clashes between Christians and Muslims, we also help build the peace.

Sunday will be a good opportunity to learn more of this work and to support Tearfund, both through our prayers and our giving.