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Christian charities team up to highlight global church response to the pandemic

by Kelly Valencia

Tearfund and Alpha have joined forces to highlight the Church´s response to the coronavirus pandemic and encourage Christians to remain engaged in their local communities.

Through a series of free resources for churches, the charities want to share how the global church has put faith into action over the last year.

"During the pandemic, the news has been full of devastating stories. But there are so many stories of hope that just haven't been shared. And so, the response from the churches worldwide has just been amazing. Church buildings might have had to close but that did not stop God's people and his church responding, blessing and serving the local communities in the UK and around the world" Ruth Tormey, Tearfund's Head of Church and Supporter Engagement, told Premier. 

Reactivate is a series of short films, two pre-recorded talks and social media content that explain personal stories of how the Church has stepped up to help during the coronavirus pandemic, from safely distributing sanitary and food provisions, to offering mental and physical health support.

Marie Aitken, Alpha's England Lead, said: "Sharing stories of hope is something that should excite and encourage us that God is alive and working amongst us.

"These films are an exciting and easy way to engage church congregations in what our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing around the world."
Church leaders can also request a Tearfund speaker to give an in-person talk. 

When asked why Tearfund decided to partner with Alpha, Tormey said: "I have heard the most amazing stories of how the church has blessed communities, has adapted, has had to work in a completely new and different way just like we have in the UK. And because Alpha and Tearfund both believe in the Church and see it as God's hands and feet into the world, I thought there's no better way of sharing these stories of hope, these stories of transformation to just be an encouragement to Christians in the UK."

Anyone interested in sharing the film series with their congregations can download them for free from Tearfund at www.tearfund.org/reactivate.
 

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