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Re Ignite : BBC’s Mark Simpson interviews Bishop Harold Miller and Hilary McClay, drawing out amazing stories of transformation from Cambodia and Ethiopia

If your church would like to connect with Cambodia click here, or Ethiopia click here.

For personal giving to the work of Tearfund click here and to join us in OneVoice Global Poverty Prayer Week click here.

Bishop Harold Miller interviews a level 5 leader Chomno during his recent visit to Cambodia with Tearfund

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Chomno is a level five leader - the very best, but it was the quiet way in which he brought us to see his new building which really struck us. At first it just seemed like a quiet little evening outing. We didn’t quite know what we were going to be shown, but we know it was to do with the vision for the future of the Cambodian Hope Organisation, and to do with rescuing young girls who might get caught up into prostitution. When we entered he building, empty like a warehouse, we at first couldn’t believe that it had really cost $500,000. Then we realised the size it was. Four floors, going very far back from the street, into which he hoped to move and grow his organisation, which till now has been in rented premises.

Then, like the acts of a play he unveiled the plan:

Level 1 was to be a cafe with (as he described it) ‘really good coffee’ - Churches take note! A really good bakery in the back. These girls will be trained in skills they can be proud of. They will not just survive - they will produce the very finest!

Level 2  will produce tee shirts which he will sell to the world, and at a good price. A fantastic embroidery machine is already there, and any logo or ext cam be put on them. And we all bought one to make that point. These are well done, but we warned them that XL means something different in the UK, and something different yet again in the US!

Level 3 will be offices for the CHO, which needs really good administration, and

Level 4 will be the church, though useable for conferences as well. As close to heaven as you can get!

When we asked Chomno where he and his wife and family would live, he didn’t seem to have got round to organising that. They live in one room in the old building at the moment.

Here, in this place, the captives will be set free, Good News will be preached to the poor, and the Kingdom of God will be seen in the incarnation of the love of Jesus. It all makes my heart beat faster. My vision for churches is that they will be a little glimpse of heaven on earth. In the West, we make such heavy weather of it, but to a man like Chomno it comes naturally - or do I mean supernaturally?

The impact of HIV is not just physical. Tearfund have returned from Cambodia with stories of the stigma, fear and rejection suffered by those carrying the disease. And also of what Tearfund partners are doing to bring hope in despair.

"Only my friends know that I am HIV positive. I don’t want others to know.

If they know then they may not want to play with me.”

Sokchan is nine years old and HIV positive. He lives with his fifty-year-old mother Vein in a village about 40km from Phnom Penh.

World Relief’s Hope programme helped them get tested and have supported the family with counselling - a vital part of helping people come to terms with what being HIV positive means. 

Support our work with people like Vein and her son. Click here to donate to our HIV fund, or read more of Sokchan’s story Click here.

Bishop Harold is travelling in Cambodia for 10 days as a guest of the Tearfund partner ‘Cambodia Hope Organisation’ in Poi Pet. In a party of 6 which includes Revd Jono Pierce, rector of St Finnian’s and representative of the Bishops’ Appeal Fund. Visiting a number of projects and when connections allow, he will be posting his thoughts and reactions there on the ground, along with tweets @ http://twitter.com/bishopharold


Encourage your church this harvest with the story of one Cambodian church which is planting hope and growing futures. ‘When we don’t have anything to eat,’ explains local community member Tol, ‘the Christians help us with rice from the rice bank.’ 

Our  ’One family’ harvest resource highlights how Tearfund’s partner WDO has mobilised Tol’s community enabling them to feed themselves, establish small businesses and develop their community. Most amazingly of all, 20 families have now come to faith. 

'In November I'm planning to visit partners like WDO in Cambodia to see their extraordinary work ' says Bishop Harold Miller, one of Tearfund's new Vice Presidents. 'This harvest, I'd invite you to share this terrific story with your church and plant hope locally and globally'.  

You can view and download the One family films, powerpoint presentation, speaker notes , biblical commentary and harvest lunch ideas by clicking here.

Ian Mulholland and his team, William Mc Master, Ross Johnston and Robb Bowles entered the Chain Reaction Cycles Mountain Bike Marathon in Selkirk Scotland in support of Tearfund’s One Family campaign. 

Selkirk is in the Scottish borders and is a beautiful area the boys enjoy a three day mountain bike each year. P&O Ferries sponsored the fantastic four’s journey cross as they travelled from Larne to Scotland on the weekend of 31st July. 

The team was blessed with excellent weather on the day, with stunning views and nice dry trails. Which all added to the team’s experience as they managed to cross the finish line.

AES gift matched the money the four raised through sponsorship in Kilroot Power Station were Ian Mulholland works, along with another £1000 from their social responsibility budget.

Making a grand total raised of £12,000 which will go towards the One Family appeal. 

Tearfund @ The Presbyterian Special Assembly: Acting justly and loving mercy in the global village

Tim Macgowan

Over 50 Presbyterian church leaders attended our workshop at the Presbyterian Special Assembly looking at how churches can transform communities locally and globally.

Three key messages emerged from the discussion :

Firstly, churches have the potential to transform society on a massive scale. In Ethiopia last year for example I visited The Meserete Kristos Church, a denomination which is helping 15,000, 1 in 8 of the local population. If our churches were operating on the same scale in Northern Ireland, we could be helping over 200,000 people, nearly 60% of the people living under the poverty line.

Secondly, churches which listen well to peoples’ needs, and build strong relationships, are able to transform people’s lives holistically. For example, one of the staff from WDO, one of our Cambodian partners, lived in Pastor Chheoun’s village for 6 months helping him establish a small church and train local leaders. After listening to the community’s needs, the team then trained local people to plant nutritional crops and build a rice bank, ensuring there was food during the hungry season. As a result, Pastor’s Chheoun’s community is thriving and 20 families have now come to faith.

Thirdly, start small. Ballynahinch Baptist started engaging its community through a litter pick up. Over time they have acquired a community house to run support groups and established a scheme to provide furniture for vulnerable people and families.

As part of the session three Presbyterian church leaders highlighted the opportunities and the very real challenges they face in engaging communities locally and globally. Over the next three days we plan to share these stories on this blog.

In the meantime you can find out more about Pastor Chheoun’s amazing story by clicking here.


Tim Magowan

Northern Ireland Director, Tearfund

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