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Through the next generation, hope continues

Jennie and Sue share how their father’s faithfulness to see an end to extreme poverty has inspired them both.

Gordon Landreth had faithfully supported Tearfund for many years – steadfast in praying for an end to poverty and interceding on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people. Lives were changed because of him. And they continue to be changed because of the legacy that Gordon has left.

Born in London in 1916, Gordon Landreth studied Geography at the University of Oxford before spending time in the Royal Engineers. In 1950, he was posted to Nyasaland (now called Malawi) and spent 14 years there as a District Commissioner. During this time, Gordon married Rosemary and they had two daughters, Jenny and Sue.

In 1964, Gordon and his family returned to the UK and, after five years working at the Graduate’s Fellowship (now the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship), Gordon became General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance. He held this position for more than 13 years, and was part of the founding committee of Evangelical Alliance Relief Committee, which, as many people know, is now Tearfund.

Helping to end extreme poverty

Working with George Hoffman and others, Gordon helped transform the lives of countless people around the world, helping them overcome poverty.

‘Naturally the family have always been keen to support the work of Tearfund and Gordon and Rosemary faithfully prayed and gave financial support up until their deaths,’ shares Jenny and Sue.

‘We are grateful for all that Gordon contributed to Tearfund and are thankful that his legacy can bring hope and continue to share Jesus’ love where the need is greatest.

‘We pray, as the next generation, that we may continue to work in partnership with Tearfund and strive to fight poverty and bring hope, freedom and lasting change.’

Throughout their years, Gordon and Rosemary gave faithfully and supported Tearfund’s work in steadfast prayer. Gordon passed away peacefully in March 2017, but his legacy of love still goes on today.

We are so grateful to Gordon and his family, and so inspired by their commitment, dedication and determination to help us see an end to poverty.

Find out more about how you can put your faith in action and leave a gift in your will to Tearfund. Like Gordon and Rosemary, you can leave a gift that will transform lives for generations to come.

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