It is 1960. The Cold War is in full swing and John F Kennedy is elected to the White House.
It is also a year when 40 million people worldwide are made refugees by war or disaster.
Coverage of the worldwide suffering sparks a spontaneous outpouring of compassion among UK Christians. Many people send money to the Evangelical Alliance (EA), who were not involved in overseas aid or development work.
They establish a fund to distribute the cash they are receiving. The money is sent to existing evangelical agencies around the world who are already caring for the needs of refugees around the world.
In 1967, former curate George Hoffman is hired to develop the fund’s work further.
Tearfund is born
Then on 29 May 1968, George and members of the Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund Committee, meet for the first time. They determined to marry Christian compassion with practical action in the work of this fund.
Together, they quickly establish a vision for the new organisation which is to be called Tearfund.
Publicity materials for the Tearfund include hard-hitting images and provocative messaging. Tearfund is propelled onto the Christian stage, urging a new, radical understanding of the Gospel as good news to the poor, with an emphasis caring for their physical and spiritual needs.