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The sound of jubilee: 1971-2021. Tearfund 50th anniversary celebration.

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Messages from our partners

In this, Tearfund’s Jubilee year, we’ve been inspired and uplifted by the messages we’ve been receiving from our partners around the world.

These messages – words of hope, thanksgiving, encouragement – highlight the fact that our relationships with our partners are at the very heart of who we are, and central to our story of the past 50 years. It’s thanks in large part to the faithful and tireless work of our partners and their commitment to the communities they are working with that we have so much to celebrate and give thanks for as we mark this milestone.

Nripen Baidya
Bangladesh

Executive Director, Faith in Action

I am overwhelmed and delighted to be part of your 50 year celebration of journey and achievement. Congratulations on completing a milestone of 50 years. Indeed it's an outstanding achievement for Tearfund Australia. Wishing the best and heartiest thanks to Tearfund’s board, officials, supporters and stakeholders. My prayer is that Reset becomes a commitment and new direction for humanity and the rights of the most marginalised and vulnerable people. May our God be glorified by the service of Tearfund Australia. Faith in Action is proud to be part of this journey.

Pakistan

Sahara Community Health Association (SaCHA)

We have experienced God’s perfect love working with the Tearfund Australia team. Tearfund not only provides generous support but prayer, and provides opportunities and builds capacity at the personal and organisational level. We have other partners, but partnerships like Tearfund Australia will be remembered always throughout the lives of the staff and beneficiaries. Read more.

Tearfund Australia's relationship with SaCHA is beyond a partnership. The Tearfund team encourage, give hope, provide support, provide mentoring and continued coaching to organisational staff and communities. In the villages we work in, communities know by names the Tearfund Australia staff who only once in a year visit them!

We have experienced God’s perfect love working with the Tearfund Australia team. Tearfund not only provides generous support but prayer, and provides opportunities and builds capacity at the personal and organisational level. We have other partners, but partnerships like Tearfund Australia will be remembered always throughout the lives of the staff and beneficiaries.

Thank you very much Tearfund Australia team for all the support and partnership for sustainable change within the lives of the poor communities of Sindh. Congratulations on your Jubilee year!

Kuki Rokhum
India

Director of Training and Mobilisation, EFICOR

Kuki Rokhum

I've always seen Tearfund Australia as friends – as partners. And my experiences are not only confined to EFICOR, but to other organisations as well, where everybody says Tearfund is different. And so I think that's a huge compliment. And I don’t say this to flatter you all at this time. But I say that from the bottom of my heart, saying that, “Yes, we've enjoyed this partnership, this friendship, this relationship”. And the other thing that always stands out to me is that whenever we have important events and meetings, the leadership has always been present.

Nepal

United Mission to Nepal

Father, we thank you for Tearfund in this Jubilee year, and praise you for all that you have accomplished through our partnership together. Bless Tearfund and its work; bless all its staff and partners around the world. Open the ears of its leadership to your continuing call and guidance, that Tearfund would continue to accomplish extraordinary things on the path to which you've called it. Protect the Tearfund team, resource their work, and make the way straight ahead of them. In Christ's name. Read more.

We try to represent God’s heart for the poor and oppressed through our work in remote and destitute areas of Nepal. We help traditionally marginalised people in Nepal to have a more just and empowered role in their communities; we help them break free from false self-belief, to see the capacities God has given them and build new ones on that foundation.

United Mission to Nepal (UMN) has been supported by Tearfund Australia for decades. Tearfund is one of our voting supporting partners, playing a role in UMN’s governance as a joint mission agency, as well as a provider of funds and (in the past) long-term volunteers for UMN’s service to the poor. For many years it provided core funding for our field offices, graciously giving us the foundation on which many other partners’ work depended. Tearfund is also a source of learning and ideas for us as we work together to try new things and jointly reflect on the course of our work together. We are grateful for Tearfund’s input into our strategy, for its willingness to provide help in key strategic areas, and for its commitment to prayer and genuine partnership.

Father, we thank you for Tearfund in this Jubilee year, and praise you for all that you have accomplished through our partnership together. Bless Tearfund and its work; bless all its staff and partners around the world. Open the ears of its leadership to your continuing call and guidance, that Tearfund would continue to accomplish extraordinary things on the path to which you've called it. Protect the Tearfund team, resource their work, and make the way straight ahead of them. In Christ's name.

Zimbabwe

Nzeve, Local Zimbabwean partner

Thank you Lord for all you are doing in the world through the support of the Australian people and Tearfund. We acknowledge the generous giving of many people there to help people here in Zimbabwe and other parts of the world. We commit the land of Zimbabwe to you and pray that together with Tearfund, we might be part of bringing greater equality and opportunities to families with children who have disabilities and people with disabilities. Help us to show your love for people who have been rejected and pushed down. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

India

North East India Committee on Relief and Development (NEICORD)

Tearfund has been a long-time funding partner of NEICORD. As an organisation we recognise the achievements made with the support of Tearfund. With the support of Tearfund, NEICORD could reach out to many people in north east India through community development programs and emergency response. With the support of Tearfund, NEICORD could work and fulfil its ministry towards achieving its mission and vision. Read more.

NEICORD’s community development focuses on sustainable community transformation where as an organisation we work to address both physical poverty and spiritual poverty. Being a Christian organisation, we fully understand that the community cannot experience the fullness of life unless they experience God’s love but at the same time, we cannot expect the people to experience God’s love if they cannot meet their basic needs and they face injustices.

NEICORD demonstrates the love of God by serving the poor and the oppressed irrespective of caste, creed, sex or religion. Our approach to development is always need-based and rights-based. Based on these, we implement projects addressing the needs of the people.

Tearfund has been a long-time funding partner of NEICORD. As an organisation we recognise the achievements made with the support of Tearfund. With the support of Tearfund, NEICORD could reach out to many people in north east India through community development programs and emergency response. With the support of Tearfund, NEICORD could work and fulfil its ministry towards achieving its mission and vision.

Afghanistan

Local Afghan partner

Our relationship with Tearfund is based on mutual benefits and trust, where partners can achieve their goals and vision set out. Tearfund has facilitated learning opportunities for us to develop our structure and capacity of staff. Our relationship does not end with projects but is a partnership of reaching shared goals which is built on trust and accountability. Read more.

By implementing various projects, we seek to build close relationships with the community to understand their needs and problems and help them to release from their difficulties and injustice, leading them to access their rights and helping them to reach self-sufficiency, so that they are living in an optimal freedom and actual release and peace

Our relationship with Tearfund is based on mutual benefits and trust, where partners can achieve their goals and vision set out. Tearfund has facilitated learning opportunities for us to develop our structure and capacity of staff. Our relationship does not end with projects but is a partnership of reaching shared goals which is built on trust and accountability.

Afghanistan

Local Afghan partner

We hold our relationship with Tearfund in the highest possible regard. The support and understanding by Tearfund of our realities, needs and challenges in Afghanistan has been truly a lifeline for us as we continue to serve people in desperate need of a message of hope and a better future. Tearfund has always been responsive to our calls for support and we are appreciative of that. Read more.

We hold our relationship with Tearfund in the highest possible regard. The support and understanding by Tearfund of our realities, needs and challenges in Afghanistan has been truly a lifeline for us as we continue to serve people in desperate need of a message of hope and a better future. Tearfund has always been responsive to our calls for support and we are appreciative of that.

God Almighty, I pray that Your abundant blessings will rest upon our colleagues and friends of Tearfund Australia. I ask You to continue to minister to them with your love and compassion as they seek to bring hope and joy and healing through their efforts to support us in Afghanistan.

Laos

World Renew, Laos

Praise be to our God and creator for providing each one of us with the various gifts, the responsibilities, the opportunity and the call to be a part of the work of renewal, God’s restoration plan for all of creation. Strengthen us, direct all of our steps and provide us with discernment when making difficult decisions and choices, as World Renew and Tearfund continue to work in partnership with remote communities in Laos. May we all be faithful servants of all the resources and tasks we have been entrusted with. Read more.

God is a God of relationships. Family is God’s heart amongst the nations. By God’s grace, our work will always be about equipping and empowering the poor, the vulnerable, the outcast to experience God’s peace, freedom, and justice. This is the Good News in Laos. This is our collaborative Missio Dei work in Laos, “to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God”.

1 Corinthians 12:14 reads: “Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many”, and 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”. Praise be to our God and creator for providing each one of us with the various gifts, the responsibilities, the opportunity and the call to be a part of the work of renewal, God’s restoration plan for all of creation. Strengthen us, direct all of our steps and provide us with discernment when making difficult decisions and choices, as World Renew and Tearfund continue to work in partnership with remote communities in Laos. May we all be faithful servants of all the resources and tasks we have been entrusted with.

Afghanistan

Local Afghan partner

In my experience in working with EFICOR and now in Afghanistan, Tearfund Australia is a different organisation. It’s more of a family. They stood with us in the moment of our need. They built our capacity, gently corrected us when something needed to be done better. We also shared our experiences with them and both of us benefited from the partnership.

Bangladesh

Baptist Aid – Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship

Baptist Aid – Bangladesh Baptist Church Fellowship and Tearfund have a long history of good partnership. We are very happy and grateful to Tearfund for their long years of cordial support and development efforts in line with our mission, following a vision to build a society free from poverty, injustice and oppression and creating equal opportunity and sustainable livelihoods for people of Bangladesh. As well, helping Baptist Aid to grow with improved skill and capacity. In this journey we found Tearfund very helpful, supportive, committed, transparent, flexible and communicative, delivering quality of output to bring meaningful and sustainable changes in community life.

Som Chanmony
Cambodia

Executive Director, Peace Bridges Organisation

Som Chanmony

I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate and say happy anniversary to Tearfund Australia. Tearfund Australia have been funding Peace Bridges since 2004 and all of these years we have helped our community to reconcile with each other because of the conflict and violence in homes and in the community, and the conflict with ethnic and religious communities. We have helped them to reconcile with their families and with their communities, regardless of their races and their religions. Read more.

I’d like to take the opportunity to congratulate and say happy anniversary to Tearfund Australia. Tearfund Australia have been funding Peace Bridges since 2004 and all of these years we have helped our community to reconcile with each other because of the conflict and violence in homes and in the community, and the conflict with ethnic and religious communities. We have helped them to reconcile with their families and with their communities, regardless of their races and their religions.

We also have helped our community to reconcile with the environment. As we are all aware, human needs have destroyed God’s creation. Human needs have destroyed our earth. Peace Bridges has helped our partners to come together regardless of their ethnic and their religious backgrounds to work together to restore our earth.

We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Tearfund Australia and all the supporters for all the long term commitment and support we’ve received so far from Tearfund Australia.

Afghanistan

Local Afghan partner

Tearfund Australia is one of our largest donors, but their support means more than just the money that they provide. They have worked with us to define new areas of work... They have helped us to adapt... They have partnered with us on research papers... And, alongside that, we have known that Tearfund and their supporters have been lifting us up in prayer as we work in Afghanistan. We thank God for Tearfund Australia and its many supporters who enable our work here in Afghanistan. Through this vital partnership, we are able to bring hope to many of the most marginalised here. Read more.

Tearfund Australia is one of our largest donors, but their support means more than just the money that they provide. They have worked with us to define new areas of work so that we can continue to evolve to changing needs. They have helped us to adapt our projects and programs to respond to COVID-19, providing additional funding so that we can keep our staff and the people that we are serving safe at this time. They have partnered with us on research papers so that we can evaluate and learn from what we have been doing, and share that learning with others. And, alongside that, we have known that Tearfund and their supporters have been lifting us up in prayer as we work in Afghanistan.

We thank God for Tearfund Australia and its many supporters who enable our work here in Afghanistan. Through this vital partnership, we are able to bring hope to many of the most marginalised here.

Elisama Wani Daniel
South Sudan

Executive Director, ACROSS

Prayer is the master key. As you pray, God opens doors. We know you have been praying for us, and we really appreciate that. May God bless you in all that you are doing, on behalf of ACROSS and of the people we work among in South Sudan. I want to convey our appreciation and heartfelt indebtedness to you.

Solomon Islands

Ola Fou

We thank God for Tearfund Dear God our loving Heavenly Father, we thank you for the work of your grace and mercy in our lives. We thank you for Jesus and the call you have placed upon our organisations and this partnership we share together. We pray your favour, anointing and blessings upon Tearfund Australia and its partners. May you continue to be our lead and guide as we journey on to bring justice to our world. This we ask in Jesus’ mighty and powerful Name. Amen!