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Steve Adams

I met Richard Myers last week. He's the Global Creative Director for Saatchi & Saachti. We talked through Tearfund - our mission (Integral Mission), how we work, what we do, what we achieve etc. He declared his position - not a practicing Christian (and, like us, not a fan of any implication of food for faith approaches), but someone who held onto Christian values (love your neighbour etc). But, he said that the global network of churches I had described, presented a unique infrastructure which, in marketability terms, had colossal potential. And which he could imagine people like him supporting simply because of the huge and unique infrastructure for change it presented: refreshing to have someone outside the church casting that view (even more rare in the church...) For my part (I work for Tearfund) what I see on the ground in places of great need IS the local church bringing essential material and spiritual hope. In Zambia the churc provides nearly a third of the nation's healthcare...

JBB

Thanks, Jonny and Steve for this. It is encouraging. Just to add a little to the stats, about 35% of global HIV/AIDS work is Christian based, with the RC being the single biggest contributor to education and health care in Africa. And from my viewpoint within the World Council of Churches, Christians do have a significant reach, probably beyond any other organisation in terms of reaching the grass roots. The tragedy remains that we aren't very good at doing things in a joined-up way, so we duplicate resources and so on. And we get ourselves caught up in endless squabbles about theology and ethics rather than actually getting on with the work.

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