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An Easter Message from Matthew Maury, Tearfund Australia CEO (2023)

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Tearfund team Matthew Maury

The number one request that I hear from our project partners is “please pray for us”.

That request for prayer is a great reminder that central to all of our work at Tearfund is a dependence on prayer.

In the weeks leading up to Easter we have been reflecting through our Lenten series on the Lord’s Prayer - considering afresh the linkages between prayer and the work of Tearfund.

On the cross, through his death and resurrection, Jesus did the great work of reconciling all things - including of course our relationship with God. And through that work of reconciliation, Jesus made a way for us to come directly before the Father in prayer as we join that work of reconciliation.

Through the cross, the words from the Lord’s prayer which say: ‘Your kingdom come, your will be done’ become not just the cry of our hearts but also the work of our hands. Our prayers recognise that God’s work of restoration is not just a far-off hope for the future, but has real implications for today. God invites us into the work of the kingdom, and prayer alongside action are two of the greatest tools we have to participate in that work together.

As we remember the great challenges of our world today — a severe hunger crisis threatening millions of lives; conflict in many parts of the world where Tearfund partners work, and an increasingly volatile climate creating challenges particularly for those around the world living in poverty — we hold tight to the hope we find in the good news of the resurrection, and in our prayerful desire to see God’s transformational kingdom breaking through in truly life changing ways.

As mentioned earlier, our partners remind us to ‘please pray for them’ – as they are embodying the reconciling work of Jesus in these hard places.

On behalf of Tearfund and our partners around the world, thank you so much for your support and prayers. May we all seek to be ambassadors of reconciliation in our world.

From all of us at Tearfund, may you be encouraged with the life, hope and good news of Jesus this Easter.