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Tearfund – a Christian response to poverty and need.

The first of these films looks at the work and vision of Tearfund and answers such questions as:

What does Tearfund hope to achieve through its work?

How does Tearfund work in local communities?

What is Tearfund’s view of poverty?

The second film explores a Christian’s view of poverty and how ethical shopping could be seen as one possible solution to the problem.

Click here to discover more about the work of Tearfund, Scotland.

 

 

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