This video demonstrates the power of our Church and Community Transformation (CCT) work in Burundi. For more than 50 years, we’ve seen how this model of working alongside local church leaders and communities leads to sustainable and long-lasting change all around the world.
‘Church and Community Transformation has helped in changing the mindset of the communities,’ says Desire Majambere, who oversees Tearfund’s work in Burundi. ‘So many NGOs came, providing handouts which caused a dependency syndrome. However, after CCT, [the communities] discovered they are able to do the development without external support. They have self-confidence and self-esteem.’
Prayer and action
Tearfund is equipping churches to lead development initiatives and support some of the most vulnerable people in their communities. We have already supported more than 25,000 churches, but we have a vision to scale up our work and see hundreds of thousands of churches lead transformation in their communities.
Around the world, conflict is rife, climate change is forcing millions from their homes, and one in ten people are still living in extreme poverty. This is not God’s plan. That’s why we’re boldly challenging Christians to practise what they pray.
Praying in faith always moves us to take action. Our prayers are not just words but a whole-life response that includes seeking justice for those who are suffering and oppressed.
Waking up the church
Tearfund’s early communications proved to be a wake-up call to the church in the UK. We are hoping that our Practise What You Pray campaign will stir people’s hearts in a similar way.
By being bold in launching this new campaign, we are hoping to reach more Christians and spread the message of a biblical and whole-life response to poverty for generations to come.
We would love you to spread the word and share this campaign by liking or sharing posts about Practise What You Pray on social media. You can also visit the campaign page, and share it directly with friends or family. It’s an opportunity to reinforce the belief that is at the very heart of Tearfund: that prayer and action go hand-in-hand. Thank you.