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Our vision and values

Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency committed to eradicating poverty. Tearfund’s call over the last 50 years has remained constant: to follow our biblical mandate to see people lifted out of material and spiritual poverty.

Tearfund’s mission

Tearfund's mission is to follow Jesus where the need is greatest, responding to crises and partnering with local churches to bring restoration to people living in poverty.

Tearfund’s vision

Tearfund’s vision is to see people freed from poverty, living transformed lives and reaching their God-given potential.
In pursuit of our vision, there are four main outcomes we want to see:
Emergency needs met
Immediate needs are met when crises and natural disasters hit, affecting community structures and mechanisms. 
Churches mobilised 
The church is envisioned, empowered and equipped to play its part in the transformation of the poorest communities and changing society.
Communities transformed 
The poorest communities are resilient to shocks and stresses, working for peace and unity, and contributing to a better future for themselves and others.
Society changed 
Social, political, economic and environmental systems and policies to work for the poorest communities, ensuring access to basic needs, reduced inequality and sustainable growth. 

Tearfund’s values

We seek to be Christ-centred, compassionate, courageous, truthful and servant-hearted.


As Christians, everything we do is ultimately about Christ. We seek to follow Jesus’ example in all we do, including at work. We are therefore committed to maintaining a close relationship with God and upholding the centrality of God in our work. We place a high value on prayer and on the vital importance of loving, respectful relationships.


We care about others and allow that care and concern to motivate our actions. We have empathy with people who are suffering. We value individual and community relationships and show our understanding of people’s struggles in the way we treat them – with kindness and love. 


We work with humility, seeking to serve and encourage others and to model servant-hearted leadership. We do not use any perceived position of power to take advantage of anyone. We consider and respect the thoughts and needs of others, and look for opportunities to help each other whenever we can.


We are honest and transparent in every interaction, avoiding false promises and being truthful about our achievements and challenges. We seek and speak the truth whenever we can and expect honesty from each other. 


We speak out for the voiceless and uphold justice and fairness. We are prepared to take action when faced with difficult challenges and we address issues openly. We seek to be brave in choosing the right thing to do. We are prepared to admit our mistakes and be honest and vulnerable with each other.

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