Tearfund  is passionate about ending poverty in the world, and so is St Mark’s. Working through local churches to unlock people's potential, Tearfund’s model has inspired not only us, but many other churches with their vision.

In 2006, Tearfund set an ambitious target: a ten-year vision was launched to see 50 million people lifted out of material and spiritual poverty through a worldwide network of 100,000 local churches.

A decade on, the statistics are striking. In ten years, Tearfund has touched the lives of more than 45 million people and mobilised more than 154,000 local churches to achieve this vision.

Tearfund has spoken up with many poor communities, and acted on their behalf, and seen more than 300 policies influenced and changed as a result.

Charlie Thomson