Northern Ireland celebrates 50 years of Tearfund

Northern Irish supporters and volunteers recently joined current and former Tearfund Northern Ireland staff members to mark 50 years since the founding of Tearfund. Over 200 guests including Tearfund board member Rt. Rev. Bishop Harold Miller and PCI Moderator Rt. Rev. Dr. Charles McMullen gathered in Carnmoney Church to enjoy speeches, music and fellowship.

Tearfund Northern Ireland Director, Ruth Koch opened the evening by remarking on what has been achieved in the past 50 years, thanking those who have supported and continue to support the charity.

Country Directors from Rwanda and India; Emmanuel Murangira and Prince David shared how the generosity of Northern Irish supporters has enabled Tearfund partners to further their work on projects including peace-building and reconciliation, trafficking prevention and disaster response. The formal part of the evening ended with Bishop Harold Miller and Reverend Liz Hughes leading prayers specially written for the celebration event and praying over Tearfund staff members.

Guests were entertained by the Ards Voice Community Choir as they arrived. The evening ended with the cutting of a delicious cake to celebrate all Tearfund has achieved with the generous support of Tearfund donors and volunteers in Northern Ireland.

Ruth Koch, Tearfund Northern Ireland Director said of the evening, "We were delighted to have the opportunity to join together and celebrate all Tearfund has achieved over the past 50 years through the faithfulness of our supporters in Northern Ireland. It was wonderful to hear stories of Tearfund’s work around the world and have the opportunity to pray together for an end to extreme poverty. We are more motivated and determined than ever and I invite people to join with us as we celebrate this key milestone and look ahead to the future."

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us on the night and to all those whose support for Tearfund over the past 50 years has enabled us to make amazing progress in our goal to end extreme poverty. Here’s to the next 50 years - we won't stop until poverty stops!