'PAY IT FORWARD' Series
'WIPE AWAY THEIR TEARS' Conversation Starters
These one page starters look at the themes of Suffering, Hope and Action, in relation to the work we are involved with in Sri Lanka and South Asia. These brief studies will really engage your mind and heart, helping to deepen your journey with Christ.
Starter set: Three pages. Click here to download. (1.7mb)
These educational snippets are designed to help your group to consider issues of poverty, injustice and empowerment. They also tell of the work that TEAR Fund is doing overseas in Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Study 1: Microenterprise - Generosity for Empowerment. Click here to download
Study 2: Equality and Community Wellbeing. Click here to download
'HOPE IS' Series
Currently, TEAR Fund is highlighting projects in Mongolia, The Philippines and Vanuatu. All of these focus on providing environmentally sustainable production in changing times. These studies raise questions on this topic for us: Our Biblical responsibility to care for the land; Christianity’s not-so-flash history of this; pathways for a theology of care for the land and for eco-justice; and the part we can play in living in ways that support the efforts of these people to feed themselves into the future.
Study 1: Creation: Crisis and Hope. Click here to download
Study 2: How On Earth Shall We Live. Click here to download
'Peace on Earth' Series
Those who are poorest suffer immensely through war and violent conflict. We know this grieves the heart of our God, but we’re often unsure about how to respond. In these three studies, we will look at conflict around the globe, begin to explore how strongly Jesus’ life and teaching directs our response, and what the call to be peace-makers might look like in our churches, communities, nation and world.
Study 1: War and Conflict. Click here to download
Study 2: Christian Peacemaking. Click here to download
Study 3: Becoming a Peacemaker. Click here to download
Isaiah 58 - 'True Fast' Series
These three studies look at the causes of food insecurity, the point of fasting; including a look at the meaning of the 'true fast' described in Isaiah 58, and what relationship food has with issues of faith and justice.
Study 1: Food Security: How will we feed the world. Click here to download
Study 2: Fasting: Giving up and Growing Strong. Click here to download
Study 3: Food and Faith: Eating and Global Justice. Click here to download
'Ever Increasing Returns' Series
Income in the developing world is always a hot topic, but to understand 'God's economy' we also need to look at how we make our money at home. These three studies look at the model of microenterprise and the moral and spiritual benefits of it in the developing world, income generation in NZ and the rich/poor gap, and our motivation around work.
Study 1: Just Income: Microenterprise as Empowerment. Click here to download
Study 2: Just Income: Wealth and Equality. Click here to download
Study 3: Just Income: Right Livelihood. Click here to download
'Break the Cycle of Poverty' Series
The poverty cycle can best be defined as the set of factors or events by which poverty, once started, is likely to continue unless there is outside intervention. In these three studies, we examine the causes of global poverty, how to use our voices and advocate for the poor, and how to respond to poverty in a biblical way.
Study 1: Experiencing Poverty. Click here to download
Study 2: Breaking the Cycle. Click here to download
Study 3: God's Plan - Our Response. Click here to download
Discover Bible Study Series
Be challenged and inspired by more than 90 Bible studies. See what God says about poverty and justice.
Click here to download all 90 studies. (Zipped file - 123mb)