Today we welcome Ben Clarke from TEAR. Please pray for Ben as he moves to a different area of TEAR working amongst the Indigenous people of Australia. The information below is from the TEAR website.
“TEAR Australia is a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. Our motivation comes from our belief that God loves all people, and in Christ offers them the opportunity of a new life. We believe that God is just, and has particular care for the poor and those who suffer as victims of injustice. We work in partnership with other Christian groups, including churches, relief and development agencies and
community-based organisations, which are working with the poor in their
communities. We seek to build effective relationships with these partners, grounded in mutual respect, trust and accountability. Priority is given to those programs that strive to involve the most marginalised and exploited members of each community, regardless of their religious or political beliefs. In Australia, we work to inform and empower Christians, in partnership with local churches, to make a biblically-shaped response to suffering and oppressed communities.”
“As a father of seven Ben also worries, theorises and acts on issues that affect our planet and the inheritance of his children. Ben speaks from the Bible,
informed with his experience of the lives of the poor and marginalised, in a way that encourages and challenges us all to live for the “kingdom come.” We all need to allow God to use us according to the gifts He has given us for His work in this world through all His children.
“Christ is like a single body, which has many parts; it is still one body, even though it is made up of different parts. In the same way, all of us, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free, have been baptized into the one body by the same Spirit, and we have all been given the one Spirit to drink.” 1 Corinthians 12:12-13GNB.