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See people freed from poverty, living transformed lives, an reaching their God-given potential. 

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Working together to restore God’s Kingdom.

Holistic

Poverty is complex. We take into account the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people. Through Tearfund you don’t merely address surface symptoms, but tackle the underlying causes of poverty.

Church-based

Poverty is rooted the spiritual. All people are created in God’s image and true transformation is through Christ alone. That’s why our work is done through local churches, who are the catalyst for change.

Locally Led

Local leaders know the situation, culture and needs better than we ever could. By working together, hand-in-hand as the family of God, you can be a part of true transformation.

Empowering

Perpetual handouts keep families in poverty. Our focus on training and mentorship provides families and individuals with the means to lift themselves out of poverty – for good.  

Host a Tearfund Sunday!

Provided with everything you need to run a Sunday morning; Tearfund Sunday is an exciting way to inspire your church and bring the message of God’s love into action!

Called into existence by the church.
Called to serve with the church.

Our roots trace back to the 1970’s when a group of pastors got together to encourage Canadian churches to respond to the immense physical needs of the Ethiopian famine. Today, we’re the official relief and development arm of several Canadian Denominations and independent churches. Through the Tearfund family you’re connected with 350 church-based organizations in over 50 countries around the world. 

Featured Projects

From food to sanitation, emergency relief to church empowerment, you are helping improve the lives of families in the world’s poorest places.

Bringing Back the Buffalo

Church Mobilization in East Africa

Children in South Sudan

Emergency Relief

Church Resources

Explore our many church resources and mobilize your congregation to unleash the power of thousands of churches across the world who are striving to live for Jesus!

Church-Based Community Transformation: Impact Study

Does working through the church really make a difference? We believe yes! But we wanted to find out.

This short study explores the impact that church-based community transformation has had on 25 villages in Ethiopia. Click the link below to learn how God is working through his local church to change the lives and hearts of those living in poverty.

When Helping Hurts: Video Series

Each year, tens of millions of dollars and volunteering hours are given by churches and Christians to support those living in poverty—whether internationally or within Canada. Although our mandate to serve the poor is strikingly clear, is it possible that much of our “helping” is actually hurting those very people we are trying to help?

Based on the highly acclaimed book, When Helping Hurts, this six-part video series will help unleash and equip your church by providing a biblically-based framework to address the root causes of poverty and its alleviation.

Church-based community Transformation: Bible Studies

These Bible studies grow in each of us a greater sense of our own purpose and calling under God, as those who were created by Him to work together with Him as stewards of His creation. It leads us to reflect on what it means to be created in God’s image, to bear His character and to be co-workers with Him.

Explore what human thriving looks like from God’s perspective, as presented in the story of the Garden of Eden, while also reflecting on our current experience, and that of humankind which generally falls short of God’s ideal. This will lead us, finally, to consider what specific actions God might be asking each one of us to undertake.

Contact Us

We would love to hear about your church’s mission goals and work with you to craft a partnership that works best for you.  

Phil

Philip Reilly
National Director of Development & Mobilization
(604) 345-1414
preilly@tearfund.ca

Don

Don Miller
Church Relations Director – Ontario
(613) 371-6246
dmiller@tearfund.ca

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