What would one of Tearfund’s founders think of our work, 50 years on from its humble beginnings? We ask his daughter.
As we’ve marked Tearfund’s 50th anniversary, one name has come up again and again: George Hoffman. George was a Church of England curate, who became the main founder of the Evangelical Alliance Relief Fund in 1968 – soon changed to Tearfund.
Tragically, George died in a road accident in 1992. What would he have made of the Tearfund of today? His daughter Claire has followed in her father’s footsteps, working in a number of development charities around the world. She reflects on the charity that her father set in motion half a century ago.
What do you think George Hoffman would think about Tearfund today, would he be pleased to see how we’ve progressed?
Without question my father would have been hugely and humbly proud of Tearfund today. Whilst I’m tempted to say he may be surprised at the sheer scale of the charity’s growth and its transformational impact, I think he was a man of such faith in Christ’s command to Christians to provide justice and hope for the forgotten that perhaps he wouldn’t be surprised after all!