Fifty years of faith in action
Faith is the key ingredient in Tearfund’s work with communities, churches and local organisations. For fifty years, we’ve been putting our faith into practical action, to tackle the complex challenges of poverty and injustice.
Celebrating our jubilee year, this specially commissioned report looks at the difference our faith has made to our work. It is not enough for us simply to be ‘Christians doing development’: we want our faith to shape everything we do.
We've also created a timeline and five corresponding case studies which demonstrate some of the key themes and historical moments from the report.
Download the report
View the timeline
Responding to emergencies in Colombia (PDF 138 KB)
Tearfund has acted as an enabler and companion to help a local church initiative in Colombia become a driving force for community action during the civil war.
Responding to emergencies in Iraq (PDF 140 KB)
The scale of suffering in Iraq during the ISIS insurgency prompted us to begin work there with our own teams, in an area where the church had very little presence.
Learning and adaptation in Kenya (PDF 148 KB)
Through learning and adaptation, an early church and community mobilisation (CCM) pilot has grown into a national phenomenon. Today it is mobilising churches across Kenya, inspiring Christians to change their outlook and fulfil their potential.
Changing attitudes and behaviours in Liberia (PDF 174 KB)
Tearfund worked with Christian and Muslim leaders in Liberia to change harmful beliefs and practices to help control the Ebola crisis.
Building networks and advocacy movements in Peru (PDF 169 KB)
Our partnership helped establish one of South America’s first Christian human rights groups, supporting it to play a lead role in mobilising the church to end conflict in Peru.