is a leading relief and development charity, working in partnership with Christian agencies and churches   worldwide to tackle the causes and effects of poverty.

Support at Christ Church is by individuals throughout the year and as a particular focus at Lent and Harvest in alternate years.

Barbara Silvester is parish coordinator.



Coronavirus is spreading among some of the world’s poorest communities. Time is running out to help them – please mobilise your church and join us in prayer.

Many of us will have spent this season with a real sense of fear and uncertainty. Our churches have had to quickly adapt to deeply challenging circumstances. Who could have predicted that we would have to celebrate the triumph of Jesus without being able to meet face to face?

We’ve seen for ourselves the enormous disruption this virus can cause. Yet for people living in extreme poverty the impact could be unthinkable.

In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world, cramped conditions mean it’s impossible to keep a safe distance from people. And there aren’t enough handwashing facilities. The virus could spread through the camp like wildfire – threatening the half a million Rohingya people who live there. People whose lives were already a struggle.

Our local church partners are on the frontline, and they need your prayers more than ever.

‘We are distributing leaflets about handwashing, distancing and recognising the symptoms,’ says Sudarshan Kodooru, Tearfund’s Country Director in Bangladesh. ‘We have given out hygiene kits, but getting access to the [refugee] camps is likely to become even harder. The handpumps and sanitation facilities we’ve been able to provide will be more important than ever.’

The scale of the work required is huge, but we know that the prayerful support of your church and others around the UK will be powerful and effective (James 5:16). We’ve put together some helpful resources that you can share with your church – including a pre-recorded talk and a prayer guide. Our teams on the ground will take a huge amount of strength from knowing that the saints are joined together in prayer for them.

We know many of you will want to give financially in response. If you are able to, either as a church or individually, please give online here. With our offices closed, this is currently the most cost-effective way to process your gifts.

We know these are hard times for us all – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your church. We are incredibly grateful for your support in the midst of these difficult circumstances.

Every blessing,

Virginia Luckett
UK Churches Director, Tearfund

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