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At Tearfund, we believe the local church is central to overcoming poverty and transforming lives. We’re part of it, along with others around the world and with each and every one of our amazing supporters. Together, we make up the global church. Tearfund has operated in Northern Ireland for more than 40 years and continues with a strong network of supporters and churches.

We have a vision to see 50 million people released from material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

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Great photos of some of the church leaders team in secret training around Belfast. Watch out you might see some of them preparing for Monday.

Ethiopian and NI church leaders to run Belfast Marathon together.


A team of local church leaders will run the Belfast Marathon Relay with two Ethiopian Church Leaders to bring help and hope to 5,000 Ethiopians living in poor communities.


The church leaders include Bishop Harold Miller; Rev. Stafford Carson, Former Presbyterian Moderator; Rev Ken Todd, Former Methodist President; Rev. David McClay, co-leader of New Wine Ireland; Dave Dunlop, Windsor Baptist Pastor; Dave Dickinson, Alpha Ireland and Beth Laverty, 24/7 Prayer Ireland.


The clergy teams will be joined by over 100 runners from churches around Northern Ireland.


The 2 Ethiopian Church leaders, Simon Haile and Tefera Abiche, both work for the Kale Heywet Church, which has been a long term partner of Christian Relief and Development agency Tearfund.  To date, Tearfund’s support has enabled 275 Kale Heywet churches to establish savings schemes and small businesses benefiting 70,000 people living in poor communities.


'The average life expectancy in Ethiopia is 48 which would mean that some of our team wouldn't be alive to make this run' says Bishop Harold Miller. ‘I’m delighted to be linking up with Christians across Northern Ireland to help churches bring help and hope to communities in Ethiopia’.


Together, the teams hope to raise £10,000 to help 20 more Ethiopian churches establish savings groups and small businesses which will benefit a further 5,000 people in poor communities. 


Former Presbyterian Moderator Stafford Carson visited a Kale Heywet church in Ethiopia in 2009. ‘I saw how one local church was able to transform the lives of over 600 people living in a slum in Addis Ababa. Thhuy, for example, used a loan of £30 from a savings scheme to set up a bakery business - as a result she is able to feed her family of 5 properly for the first time.


You can sponsor the Clergy team online at  http://www.justgiving.com/Tearfundglobalrunningteam or by phoning the Tearfund NI office on 028 90 682828.


 ‘This run highlights how local churches are helping us deliver our vision – to lift 50 million people out of material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches’ says Tim Magowan NI Director, Tearfund. ‘. You can see for yourself the impact local churches are making here - http://see.tearfund.org/

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.

Join our Global Running Team- improve lives locally and globally

This May, Ethiopia comes to Belfast as Simon Haile from Tearfund partner Kale Heywet in Ethiopia runs the Belfast Marathon, alongside public figures like Bishop Harold Miller, former Presbyterian Moderator Stafford Carson and New Wine’s David McClay.

We hope many of you will join them in the relay section or take on the challenge of the Marathon Walk, Fun Run, Wheelchair Marathon or even the whole race?

Together, we hope to raise £10,000 to help Ethiopian churches establish small-scale loan schemes to benefit more than 5,000 people in rural communities.  The self- help groups enable people to save money and set up businesses that transforms family welfare as income and hope grows.   People like Thhuy, a lady who with a small loan of £30 was able to buy 2 stoves and bake bread to sell to local restaurants and in street markets to create an income to sustain her family.                                                       

Special commission Service

This year on Sunday 1 May, Willowfield Parish on the Woodstock Road, East Belfast will be hosting Simon Haile from Kale Heywet at a special commissioning service for the runners at 7.00pm.  Simon will be sharing stories of how the self-help groups are making a real difference for families and communities.  You are most welcome to attend and be part of the service and have your photograph taken with Simon for your church notice board.

Marathon Day Reception with Simon Haile
Also, on Monday 2 May, Tearfund will be hosting a special reception with Simon.  The reception will run from 12.30-2.30pm at Ravenhill Presbyterian church. Come and bring a lunch and we will provide a refreshing drink and hear Simon share a 10 minute presentation on the work of Kale Heywet at 1.15 and 2.15pm.  You are invited to come to a session time that suits you and be inspired by the stories he will share. There will be an opportunity in between to have a photograph taken with Simon for your church notice board too! 

Closing date for early entries is 25 March.  If you’d like to get involved please do the following:

1.      Register a team at www.belfastcitymarathon.com

2.      Email us at us at ir@tearfund.org to let us know you’ve done that and we’ll then send you and information pack and sponsorship forms.

Last year Ballynure Presbyterian church entered 6 relay teams and raised £1443 for the Haiti appeal.  Team leader, Christine Murray said, “everyone involved rose to the challenge, had lots of fun and gained great satisfaction knowing that the money would be used wisely to help rebuild lives and livelihoods that were left so devastated by the earthquake.”

You could be one of those satisfied runners this year helping bring hope in Ethiopia!


Re:Ignite Conference - inspiration, prayer and action

Join us at Re : Ignite  

Join Bishop Harold Miller, Hilary McClay, Andy Flannagan, Jim Nicholson MEP, 24/7 Prayer, and Belfast Community Gospel choir at our Re Ignite Conference as we launch our One Voice campaign to light up churches and individuals in prayer and action around the world.

Re Ignite will take place on 9.30 – 1pm on Saturday 5th February in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.

One Voice is about being Lit up. Together. Around the world. Praying for an end to poverty. Download resources for your church to use from 27th February – 6th March here.

Our Re Ignite programme 

10 -11.15 - BBC’s Mark Simpson interviews Bishop Harold Miller and Hilary McClay about their recent trips to Cambodia and Ethiopia. Worship led by Andy Flannagan,  

11.30 - 5 Re: Ignite workshops   

  • Re:Connect with Derek McKelvey and 24/ 7 prayer – ideas to help you and your church reconnect prayerfully with God and practically with your neighbour
  • Re:Act with 24/ 7 prayer –ideas to help young people reconnect prayerfully with God and practically with their neighbours
  • Re:Adjust with Peter Lynas – biblical insight and inspirational stories to help you act  justly in your workplace
  • Re:Visit – Tim Magowan with Jim Nicholson MEP - Having recently met Tearfund staff and the President Jim Nicholson will highlight stories of challenge and Transformation from his recent visit to Haiti as part of an EU fact finding delegation
  • Re:Source with Andy Flannagan – equip your church to reach out locally and globally

 12.30 – Closing session with Belfast Community Gospel Choir  

1pm  -  Lunch for those who have booked  

You can reserve your place by emailing ir@tearfund.org or calling our booking line number 07799076691. Please include your workshop choices and whether you’d like to stay for lunch. Tickets - £7.50 with lunch. £5 without lunch.  

For more information about this conference, and to read Hilary McClay’s account of her recent visit to Ethiopia, download our special Northern Ireland Teartimes insert  or click onto our blog here.

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