It is important to remember we have a God who loves and cares for us. He has told us, ‘Do not fear, for I am with you’ (Isaiah 41:10). We can have courage when faced with the fear of the unknown, because we trust in an all-knowing God who has promised to be with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9).

At a recent Tearfund Prayer Day, we received a prophetic word about the ship that leaves a safe harbour to go out into rough waters, with the promise that our Lord will be with us. This feels very real as I write to you today. And it is a huge encouragement to me personally to have the reassurance that Jesus is Immanuel, God with us.

Caring for the most vulnerable
In these uncertain times, I can assure you that Tearfund’s work will continue through our amazing network of courageous, caring Christian partners and churches around the world.

I am daring to dream that this could be the opportunity in our generation for the church to be known globally for its brave and compassionate response, putting the needs of others before our own, just as Jesus did. We know this is possible. We see acts of heroic love every day in the countries where we work.

Just the other day, I was in touch with a colleague who has been visiting our projects in Ethiopia. They told me, ‘We are seeing that the poor and most vulnerable people have new-found hope as the church has reached out to their neighbours. The amazing transformation that is taking place in communities because churches are being a catalyst for change astounds me!’

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