Tearfund Northern Ireland

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.

Tearfund Partner visits Northern Ireland : Your personal invitation to hear stories of transformation.

This year we are delighted that Dr Mathew Mulavelil, Managing Director of Duncan Hospital, Raxaul, part of the Emmanuel Hospital Association network, will be the keynote speaker at the annual Tearfund business breakfast and healthcare events.


The business breakfast event

The Business of Health: How sound business principles are creating healthier communities in India.

7.30am- 9.00am @ Stormont Hotel, Belfast

Tuesday 9th November 2010

Tickets £15 payable at the door.

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The healthcare event 

Why bother?  How can communities experience transformational healthcare?- an Indian case study 

8.00pm- 9.30pm@  NI Water Training Centre

Monday, 8th November, 2010

16 Milltown Road, Antrim 

Tea and coffee available from 7.30pm and after event

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To book your place for these events and the Church Leader events call 07799076691 or email ir@tearfund.org 

Dr Mathew will highlight stories of how lives are transformed through enabling innovative micro-enterprise schemes and community health strategies in rural India. He will share from his broad experience of dealing with the challenges if managing the hospital and overseeing the setting up of dental departments in 14 of the EHA hospitals.

Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) is a large, non- profit healthcare provider in India, with a network of 20 hospitals and 30 community based projects spread across 14 states.  The comprehensive health services integrate community-level engagement to address the health priorities of the poor and marginalised people.  Last year over 1.5 million people benefited from their projects.


Please share this invitation with others who may be interested.

Darragh Gibson church leader at Willowfield Parish Church talks about his initial thoughts of arriving in Ethiopia, and reflects on his experience of living with a family in one of the poorest communities.

If you would like to get involve personally, click here to learn how you can be part of a miracle.

Hilary McClay, co leader of New Wine Ireland, visits Ethiopian churches which have established loan schemes, enabling people living in poor communities to start enterprises. Hilary describes the transformational impact these schemes have made to one Ethiopian family and the various SHGs she met in this short film.

Click here to find out more or support our partner Kale Weywet Church in their development projects bringing rapid transformation across Ethiopia.

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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