Last week we considered how our consumption could affect our commitment to Jesus and how Paul encourages Christians to be transformed by the renewing of their minds so that we can discern the will of God. This week we consider how our consumption affects our neighbours, locally and globally. 

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Mark 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your life, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these.’ 

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She has hope for the future

She has hope for the future

Friday, 06 December 2019 — Rosie Paterson-Lima

Chimini got married at the age of 17 as a second wife. Her and her husband have five kids to support. Life was incredibly hard and living was a daily worry. She heard about the opportunity to work abroad, and desperate to support her children, she made arrangements to leave Nepal. She went believing she would receive enough wages to send home to support her family, but she returned with only bitter experiences. Chimini, now 32 years old, is a survivor from exploitation and slavery in the Middle East. Read her story of hopelessness to hopefulness.

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#1 Consumption and Jesus

#1 Consumption and Jesus

Monday, 02 December 2019 — Anastasia Ramenska

This week we begin by reflecting on consumption as it relates to our commitment to God. 

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Romans 12:1-2 I summon you therefore, family, based on the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, which is holy and acceptable to God – which is your logical act of worship. Also, do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewal of the mind, so that you may discern what the good, acceptable and perfect will of God is.

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Generational Giving

Generational Giving

Wednesday, 30 October 2019 — Olga Oosthuizen

Creating a Legacy of Gratitude and Generosity

When Evan and Rach asked their daughter AJ why their family sponsored a child, her response was simple but spot-on; "because we can!"

At first, this sort of wisdom from one so young seems unexpectedly profound; but when you’ve grown up in a family centred on giving, it makes sense. For AJ, there has never been a time when, Mary her family's sponsor child from Ecuador, hasn't been a part of her life. "She thinks of her like a cousin who lives overseas," said her mother Rach, "someone who has always been there, but we've gotten to know through letters."

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How to Write a Great Christmas Letter to Your Sponsored Child

How to Write a Great Christmas Letter to Your Sponsored Child

Thursday, 17 October 2019 — Ellyse McCallum

It’s that exciting time of year again: time to write a Christmas message to your sponsored child! Before the panic sets in over what to say, here are three helpful suggestions on what to include in your Christmas letter.

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What a Tearfund Supporter Looks Like

What a Tearfund Supporter Looks Like

Thursday, 10 October 2019 — Olga Oosthuizen

There are some people who help to change a child's life every month. A child who is not their own and who, often, they have never met. These people give a little of what they earn to provide this child with an education, food, and a chance to enjoy childhood without worrying about poverty. So, who are these people? Well, they aren't celebrities or altruistic millionaires. They don't hold high positions of power. In fact, they're people just like you and me.

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The Experience Our Family Will Never Forget

The Experience Our Family Will Never Forget

Monday, 30 September 2019 — Tina Bargh

When my family and I made the decision to go to Uganda on a “mission’s exploration” trip we had a limited idea of what we were letting ourselves in for. For instance, we knew we were in for a looooong flight, some food we weren’t used to and being conscious of the needs of our fellow travellers.

We did not know that, despite sponsoring children for many years as a family, we would realise how vital and life-changing child sponsorship is.

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What It

What It's Actually Like In A Vietnamese Factory

Thursday, 15 August 2019 — Annie Hollister-Jones

A few months ago I hopped on a plane and headed to Vietnam. The aim was to get a real world look into the fashion industry, and I was sure I’d be exposed to a generous dose of the grim realities that garment workers face every day.

I wanted to get a good feel of how things were run, and even try to get a glimpse of how workers felt about their jobs and how they were treated. I don’t know what I expected to find or experience but I was determined to go in there with my eyes wide open.

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Breaking The Culture Of Silence In Fiji

Breaking The Culture Of Silence In Fiji

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 — Lynnie Roche

In Fiji, almost half of the women who experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime have never told anyone about the violence.

The culture of silence keeps forced sex hidden and the cycles of abuse continuous. At Homes of Hope, we have a driving passion to create a culture of freedom for single young girls, young women and their children. Our partner's founder, Lynnie Roche, is here to unpack this for you.

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11 Questions With Ian McInnes

11 Questions With Ian McInnes

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 — Ian McInnes

Tearfund NZ's CEO shares what event in history he'd most like to see, what he's grateful for and most proud of, and what 'Faith in Action' means to him.

"For me, faith is as practical as it is relational or theoretical. Those elements were not divisible in Jesus’ ministry and neither should they be in ours..." Read on to hear more from Ian!

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What I Learnt About Hope On My Sponsor Visit

What I Learnt About Hope On My Sponsor Visit

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 — Victoria Hanna

At the end of last month, I had the privilege of travelling with one of the Pastors and an Elder from EastGate Church in East Auckland. We went to visit their Compassion sponsor children and to see the projects connected to the local churches in Kupang, Indonesia.

As a Tearfund employee, and a child sponsor, it was really encouraging to see the work first hand and the hope that is changing children's lives throughout Compassion projects.

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How Coffee Kick-Starts Community Change

How Coffee Kick-Starts Community Change

Thursday, 01 August 2019 — Sophie Rice

Earlier this year, I had the huge pleasure of joining Jeffrey Lahva, the Director of our local partner, Nasi Tuan, on his first visit to the Mojo Roastery in Wellington. Nasi Tuan is a co-operative made up of 600 indigenous farmers on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, who export green beans to New Zealand specialty coffee roasters, like Mojo and Supreme.

As a self-proclaimed coffee addict, I was already pretty excited about this trip! But I came away absolutely buzzing, having seen the impact that quality coffee and sustainable partnerships, like Mojo and Nasi Tuan’s, can make to kick-start communities recovering from a disaster.

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The Moment Paul & Linda Met Violet

The Moment Paul & Linda Met Violet

Thursday, 25 July 2019 — Helen Manson

For 11 years, fourteen-year-old Violet’s photograph has sat amongst pictures of Paul and Linda’s three daughters and eight grandchildren. For 11 years, she’s been in their prayers and on their hearts despite them never meeting.

Until this moment.

Join Paul and Linda as they fly to Uganda to meet their sponsored child for the first time.

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How can you truly help the poor?

How can you truly help the poor?

Friday, 12 July 2019 — Keith Ramsay

The Church’s mission should be to help the poor and the desolate. But the definition of poverty will change depending on who is defining it. The poor may define it through the psychological and social lens while churches in higher income countries are more likely to focus on the lack of material things. Depending on who defines poverty, it can create and reinforce issues of paternalism in Western churches where outside workers provide the "only" answer. The causes of poverty are complex and sometimes people come up with ‘great ideas’ to make life a little easier for those living in poverty. However, they can cause more harm than good if they are not thought through carefully.

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The First Hello

The First Hello

Friday, 28 June 2019 — Helen Manson

For the last 15 months of my life, I’ve been following the stories of three Ugandan Mums from pregnancy to the first birthday in a photo journalism assignment I’ve called, The First Hello.

The idea came about because Tearfund's local partner, Compassion, had recently launched a “Survival” programme that comes alongside mothers in developing countries in the first five years of a child’s life. Traditionally, child sponsorship has always started at 5. However, it became clear that a reasonable portion of kids were not even making it to 5! The Survival project intervenes from the early stages of pregnancy to ensure vulnerable mothers are being given the correct nutrition, the right medical care and the support of the local church to help them on the other end. This assignment was my attempt to bring that to life.

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Gardening below 0°C

Gardening below 0°C

Friday, 21 June 2019 — Sophie Rice

It’s officially the middle of winter! As we crank out our hot wheat bags, boil up mass supplies of soup, and clock-up on Netflix viewing time from our warm beds, I have recently come to know that it is utterly tropical here compared to winter in Mongolia, where we’re teaching nomadic herder communities to garden amidst the brutal conditions.

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Sponsored Kids Share What They Love Most About You

Sponsored Kids Share What They Love Most About You

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 — Laura Brookes

"Dear sponsor, you mean so much to me because…"

For the children in our program, sponsorship means they are cared for in life-changing ways. But behind the tutoring, medical care, meals or nutritious snacks they receive through our local church partners, there are also staff and supporters like you who invest in their lives, building their self-esteem and encouraging their dreams.

Through your generosity and letter writing, you are giving children a hope more powerful than poverty. How do we know? The children say so!

Hear what these children have to say about what they love most about their sponsors.

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No more hiding: Being a brand in the age of transparency

No more hiding: Being a brand in the age of transparency

Monday, 20 May 2019 — Annie Hollister-Jones

It’s not enough not to know anymore. In fact, it’s not even enough to know, but not share.

On 24 April, 2013, the eight-story Rana Plaza building housing several garment factories was reduced to rubble. This factory was situated in Savar, 24 kilometers outside Dhaka, and collapsed due to structural failure. When owners first discovered these cracks in the building, garment workers were ordered to return to work despite the danger, and sadly, many paid for this with their lives. The collapse of Rana Plaza led to the death of at least 1,132 people and injured more than 2,500.

Annie from the Ethical Fashion Guide team is here to explain how transparency has become the new currency of trust in the fashion industry, and how companies have improved since the Rana Plaza disaster.

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A Biblical Lens on Mozambique

A Biblical Lens on Mozambique

Friday, 17 May 2019 — Sean du Toit

When disasters like the Mozambique cyclones strike, we can find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and disheartened by the scale of human suffering. Our Restore cause is based on the biblical belief that we are called to respond with compassion to those in need and that we have a duty to seek 'shalom' in this world. Often, this can seem like a discouraging and overwhelming mission – but we believe that we are called to work towards the redemption of this world here and now. We also believe that ultimately, we will see redemption completed through Jesus.

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A Celebration of Humanity

A Celebration of Humanity

Wednesday, 08 May 2019 — Helen Manson

To celebrate Mothers Day, Tearfund partnered with award winning humanitarian photographer Helen Manson to share stories of remarkable mothers around the world. This May 19-26, Helen will be taking people behind the lens and onto the front lines of some of our world’s most challenging places through a nationwide photography and speaking tour called ‘A Celebration of Humanity’.

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Ethical Fashion Guide 2019. Tearfund

Ethical Fashion Guide 2019. Tearfund's Official Media Release

Monday, 08 April 2019 — Claire Hart

Check out our official Ethical Fashion Guide 2019 Media Release:

TEARFUND ETHICAL FASHION REPORT: SOME NZ COMPANIES LEAD THE CHARGE WHILE OTHERS FALL BEHIND

An ethical fashion report launched today by Tearfund New Zealand shows some Kiwi companies are leading the charge in ethical fashion, with top performers such as Icebreaker and Kowtow outranking global brands. However, it’s not all good news for New Zealand fashion, with a high number of NZ companies also represented in the D and F grades.

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Does Tearfund discriminate when helping people in need?

Does Tearfund discriminate when helping people in need?

Thursday, 28 March 2019 — John Watson

Imagine this scenario: You’re handing out food baskets to refugees fleeing a conflict. There are women, children, and men asking for help, including several from the local population who aren’t refugees. Several wounded fighters are asking for help including those from a terrorist group and those from an oppressive military regime largely responsible for creating refugees. You don’t have enough aid to provide to everyone. So, who do you give it to, and in which order? Find out in John's blog.

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#3 Consumption and the Planet

#3 Consumption and the Planet

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 — Anastasia Ramenska

Last week we noted Jesus’ instruction that we are to love our neighbour. We discovered how our consumption could demonstrate love for neighbour through the supply-chain and by using our power to make wise purchases where people are ultimately honoured. This week we look at how our consumption affects our planet.  

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Genesis 2:15 The Lord God placed the human in the Garden of Eden to work in it and protect it.

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#4 Consuming the Future

#4 Consuming the Future

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 — Anastasia Ramenska

Last week we considered consumption and the planet. Given our responsibility to work and protect the planet, we must carefully consider how our consumption affects creation. This final reflection turns our attention to the future. What kind of world are we creating and leaving for our children?  

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Revelation 21:1-4 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’

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Christchurch Response

Christchurch Response

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 — Ian McInnes

Friday, March 15, will be marked as one of New Zealand’s darkest days, in the wake of the heartless terrorist act which killed 50 people and left many others injured.

As an organisation, Tearfund works alongside people of all ethnicities and religions affected by tragedy and violent conflict overseas. We are devastated that this act of premeditated evil happened on our own soil, and strongly reject any ideology which advocates or condones such violence.

We stand in solidarity with our Muslim community and share in their pain.

You can help support Tearfund’s work with refugee families and churches in Christchurch affected by the tragedy.

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A Celebration of Women From Around the World

A Celebration of Women From Around the World

Thursday, 07 March 2019 — Sophie Rice

On International Women’s Day, we’re taking our hats off to some of the incredible women we partner with from around the world to see lives set free by the power of Jesus.

Around 25 million people are enslaved in forced labour exploitation right now. Of this, 4.8 million—the population of New Zealand—are trapped in forced commercial sexual exploitation.
99% of these are women and girls.

Here are three stories from three inspirational women from Nepal, Thailand and here in NZ who are seeking justice and freedom from trafficking and exploitation all over the world.

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The Day I Met My Sponsor Children

The Day I Met My Sponsor Children

Friday, 15 February 2019 — Rachel Jenkins

After spending time with the Mwangaza Children’s choir last year, our staff member, Rachel, had the idea to sponsor a child deeply placed on her heart. “Enter into my life Joy and Leticia, my two beautiful girls from Uganda, and the beginning of an amazing and humbling sponsorship journey that took me to visit them!" Here's a glimpse of her life-changing trip.

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Can Charity Alone Tackle Poverty?

Can Charity Alone Tackle Poverty?

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 — Keith Ramsay

I have been thinking about the word ‘charity’. The dictionary states that charity is the “voluntary giving of help to those in need”. It’s a good thing to do, but as followers of Christ, the voluntary aspect of charity causes me some problem.

It is true that God gives us free will to do whatever we want with what he has given us—gifts, talents, a privileged position in the world, but what does he expect us to do with these things? Is helping the poor optional?

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A Day in the Life of a Programmes Specialist

A Day in the Life of a Programmes Specialist

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 — Joanne Wieland

Join me for a few days in the life of a devkid (aka Tearfund Development Specialist). A role that is different each day, where connections are made across oceans and learning goes both ways. A few days visiting those who are running the projects that Tearfund supports, doing what they do best, bringing care and change to local communities.

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Why should I help people overseas when people in NZ need help? 

Why should I help people overseas when people in NZ need help? 

Monday, 17 December 2018 — John Watson

This is a question we’re asked most around the holiday season and it’s a worthy one because there are people in need in New Zealand and they should absolutely be helped.

As Christians we see it as ‘both’ rather than ‘either or’ when it comes to giving.

Jesus asks us to love our neighbour, and in the parable of the Good Samaritan he demonstrates that our neighbour is anyone in need, regardless of boundaries and barriers.

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How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

How do you grasp hope in the midst of a disaster?

Thursday, 13 December 2018 — Sophie Rice

Over the few years I’ve worked at Tearfund, I’ve seen us respond to numerous disasters. And over time, I’ve found a weight of hopelessness can grow in you over the destruction that injustice and poverty inflict on people. But hearing Kevin Riddell, one of our senior Programmes Specialists, talk about disaster response as the first step on a journey from disaster to community development; from hopelessness to hope, from devastated communities to ones that are flourishing, helped to give me hope.

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Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Do you actually send goats? Gift for Life Q&A

Friday, 07 December 2018 — Laura Brookes

Every year without fail, we're asked a bunch of honest, raw and sometimes downright hilarious questions about Gift for Life — our catalogue filled with unique and meaningful gifts that can be purchased for someone in the developing world. But there’s one question that comes up repeatedly. Do we actually send goats from New Zealand to families overseas? Read on to find out!

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The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 — Kerrie Palma

The church in action is truly an inspirational thing. When communities of Christians unite over a common cause and focus their energy and care and prayers in an outward direction, God moves in power - this is the situation in Lebanon as the local church responds to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

The Lebanese Church shining a light in the darkness

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 — Anastasia Ramenska

The church in action is truly an inspirational thing. When communities of Christians unite over a common cause and focus their energy and care and prayers in an outward direction, God moves in power - this is the situation in Lebanon as the local church responds to the Syrian refugee crisis.

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The Man I

The Man I'll Never Forget

Friday, 16 November 2018 — Anastasia Ramenska

You know how you can meet some people and they can have such a profound impact on you that you just know you’ll never forget them? I had one of those experiences when I was in Lebanon recently with a man called Bassam. Pastor Bassam's heart breaks for his former enemies, Syrian refugees. This is his story.

 

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The Man I

The Man I'll Never Forget

Friday, 16 November 2018 — Helen Manson

You know how you can meet some people and they can have such a profound impact on you that you just know you’ll never forget them? I had one of those experiences when I was in Lebanon recently with a man called Bassam. Pastor Bassam's heart breaks for his former enemies, Syrian refugees. This is his story.

 

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Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Your Top 6 Questions Answered on the Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Thursday, 11 October 2018 — Helen Manson

Whether it’s on the phone, on our Facebook page or through email – we’ve been thrilled to see how many of you want to learn and understand more about one of the world’s largest refugee crises. So here’s the Top 6 questions you’ve been asking and the answers to go with them.

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What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

What is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference does it really make?

Thursday, 13 September 2018 — Keith Ramsay

For us in New Zealand, disasters are not nearly as frequent as they are in low-income countries and the people Tearfund works with are much more vulnerable in disasters than New Zealanders, as they don’t have the same resources to reduce their risk or to cope with the aftermath. So what is Disaster Risk Reduction? And what difference can it really make? Read on to find out the power of DRR!

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International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

International Youth Day #SafeSpaces4Youth

Friday, 10 August 2018 — Rosie Paterson-Lima

On International #YouthDay, our Programmes Specialist, Rosie, reflects on her own upbringing and celebrates the positive change young people in tough places can make, in the spirit of this year's United Nations theme #SafeSpaces4Youth.

At Tearfund, youth and community development matters to us. We see young people as key leaders with the potential to bring about significant change in their own communities. We believe all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand and abroad have the right to fun, engaging, inclusive and safe spaces.

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Eating is a Justice Issue

Eating is a Justice Issue

Thursday, 12 July 2018 — Murray Sheard

What has food got to do with faith and justice? Lots, it turns out. We take food for granted, yet eating represents one of our most powerful engagement with the natural world. It remakes the physical landscape, determines how we use land, and defines core components of our lifestyle. How we source our food has a profound effect on global justice, carbon emissions, and hunger prevention.

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Interview with Safia Minney, Ethical Fashion Expert

Interview with Safia Minney, Ethical Fashion Expert

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 — Claire Hart

We recently sat down to chat with Safia Minney, the founder of the pioneering ethical fashion brand People Tree, which was the first Fairtrade certified fashion brand.

You might recognise her from The True Cost documentary, or from her recently released Slave to Fashion book. Safia and People Tree are world leaders in the ethical fashion industry, and we're incredibly thankful and proud to be able to share the exclusive interview with you.

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