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calendar24 August 2018

Author: Hayley Tearall

Hand in hand with the local Church

Hand in hand with the local Church

From the beginning, the Church has been God’s great idea. Humans are created for community and by working in partnership with local churches, this's what both Tearfund and CAP are building. Through churches, we reach into local communities across the world to show the love of Jesus and to rescue people from the darkness of their circumstances.

Tearfund’s primary focus is helping people who are worst affected by poverty around the world. CAP concentrates on those affected by poverty on our doorstep in the UK. However, our mission is the same. We’re both committed to releasing people from the grip of poverty because God has told us to reach out to those in desperate need. He says that ‘whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me’ (Matt 25:40).

Because of our shared mission to ‘speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy’ (Prov 31:9), we equip local churches to be beacons of hope within their communities. When we work through the local Church, we see the body of Christ truly shine. Lives are impacted by the gospel and people are set free, all the while showing poverty who’s boss.

Globally, as we stand with the Church, we have the incredible opportunity to raise up those struggling in the pit of poverty through the resources we have. If it weren’t for the local Church, many people wouldn’t be able to access our help. The material things are so important as our mission is to see people rescued from the physical grips of poverty - and that’s why we’ve developed our specialist services.

But we don’t stop there, because we’ve got good news to share. We're passionate about releasing people from material and spiritual poverty and empowering them to step into the fullness of joy God has for them. With churches committed to journeying with those in their local area, the impact we have is massive – we create authentic, long-lasting change that creates a ripple effect and transforms whole communities.

As a movement of passionate Christians, we are unstoppable. We are devoted to praying for, encouraging and supporting our neighbours way beyond their journey to financial stability. Through the Church, we're equipping people with the tools they need to turn their situation around. Psalm 68:6 says, ‘God sets the lonely in families’ and we find that by introducing people to the love of Jesus, the Church is a family, ready and waiting. Millions across the globe are finding healing from the fear, loneliness and isolation that come from poverty.

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