At Tearfund, we do our international development and relief work almost exclusively through local partners.
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You have questions about our work, and we have the answers! Here you will find many answers to common questions (and even answers to questions you may not have had)!
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Frequently Asked Questions
If we take the Bible seriously, we have to listen to what it says about important issues of our time. But what does it say about climate change or the environment?
With 31% of the world’s population identifying as Christian, it’s no wonder there are so many faith-based organizations that are Christian.
In addition to our own values, mission, goals, and our commitment to do no harm, Tearfund Canada adheres to the three recognized sets of standards for humanitarian work.
The lack of banking services in rural areas of developing countries make it difficult for the poor to start new businesses, replace broken farm equipment, or survive in times of crisis.
At Tearfund Canada, we don’t believe that hunger is part of God’s Kingdom. Through local churches, farmers are being trained on Conservation Agriculture principles and are able to grow more crops, alleviate hunger, increase their incomes, and escape poverty for good.
We have a number of dynamic speakers across Canada who would love to come and speak at your church.
One of the core values—and one of the things that we believe sets us apart—is “maximizing impact.” We are absolutely committed to utilizing the skills and resources that God has given us to achieve effective, quality results.
We believe in... The Holy Scriptures as given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
Financial transparency and proper management is a key measurement of any organization’s effectiveness and efficiency.
Some organizations send their staff to live overseas and implement their poverty alleviation and relief programs. Why doesn’t Tearfund Canada?
Christians are called to care for the poor, oppressed and marginalized. In the Bible there are over 2000 verses that highlight God's care for those in poverty and our duty as his people to care for them.
At Tearfund we try to follow Jesus where the need is greatest, serving in countries torn apart by war, famine, drought and cyclical extreme poverty. But what about poverty in Canada? How are we addressing injustice here?
When Tearfund is asked about our work caring for creation, we often get asked if we ‘believe’ in climate change, and if Christians should ‘believe’ in climate change.
At Tearfund, we believe the local church can play a major role in ending extreme poverty. Using our Church-based Community Transformation model, we’ve seen thousands of people lift themselves out of extreme poverty. But when we work with the local church, is the local government involved?
There are countless articles about why giving to charity is important. There are even articles on how giving to charity can make you happier! But does giving to charity hurt people?
One of the techniques our church partners teach farmers living in poverty is called conservation agriculture. Using this sustainable farming method, some farmers can increase their harvests by 2-3x despite droughts and poor soil quality!
One of the questions we frequently receive is if poverty can ever truly be eliminated. After decades of efforts and billions of dollars spent, it seems as if poverty is still thriving in many parts of the world - both at home and abroad.
Tearfund Canada represents six denominations/affiliations of churches as their relief and development partner. In addition to these affiliations, we serve hundreds of other churches who align with our passion to follow Jesus where the need is greatest.
Tearfund is so honoured to work alongside churches in Canada and around the world to love others in the name of Jesus. It is our desire to work with churches in Canada to help them in their mandate of proclaiming the love of Christ and his call to help the poor and suffering throughout the world.
We love to take people to our project areas to show what God is doing and the impact of their donations. We refer to these as Discovery Trips, and they are different than mission trips in several ways.
We understand that there are many ways to donate and we thank you for whatever method you choose. That being said, we often get asked which method of payment maximizes the impact someone can have.
At Tearfund Canada, we are committed to protecting the information of each of our donors. In order to keep all donor information confidential and secure, we use a well-known donation platform.
We deeply value and appreciate the generosity of each and every one of our donors. Through our communication with you, we are able to get feedback and listen to what is on the hearts of those who support the work we do at Tearfund.