Tearfund No Child Taken

Tearfund: No Child Taken
Tearfund 2015

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Overview

What does it say on the tin?

It’s time to stop the horror of child trafficking. A child is trafficked every 30 seconds. With you on board we can change things. Together we can help protect 50,000 children from trafficking, disease and disaster. Tearfund is asking you to stand alongside us, as we follow Jesus to the places of greatest need to achieve this. We need to raise £1 million to help the most vulnerable children. Inspire your church to protect children like Nang with our free resources. Including films, children’s and youth resources, a mini-talk and fundraising ideas.

What do you get?

Brilliant range of resources on this subject. Tearfund regularly produce resources (e.g. One Big Mountain about water collection in poor communities) on subjects relevant to their strapline: We’re Christians passionate about ending poverty. We’re following Jesus where need is greatest, working through local churches to unlock people’s potential and helping them to discover that the answer to poverty is within themselves. When disasters strike, we respond quickly. We won’t stop until poverty stops. Resources are designed to raise awareness, involvement and funds. The church pack includes: posters, gift aid form, community fundraising ideas and stickers, information and stories booklet, sample of giving leaflet, 5 minute script and prayer for the ‘time-pressured’, children’s resources and session plans for ages 4-7 and 8-11.

DVD with 3 short films set in Laos, main one also with subtitled version; two 5-minute talks for church services plus ideas for the same, overview of No Child Taken; prayer ideas and slides; children’s resources with session plan and activities, ideas for sensitive handling of the subject, PowerPoint of 12-year-old Milo’s visit to Laos; link to youth group resources, fundraising ideas; gift aid form.

Who is it for?

Adults, Youth, Enquirers, Beginners, Growing Christians. All age, whole church, small group.

Cost?

Free. Church pack from www.tearfund.org. Individual elements downloadable from same.

Review

  • What is the overall quality of material presentation?

    First class. Outstanding presentation for all ages, groups and a church community.

    How clear are its aims and outcomes?

    Crystal clear for all groups – children, youth, adults and church.

    How accessible are the leader's notes?

    Very accessible, attractive, clear and inspiring. Very easy to use, with choices clearly marked, and session plans well laid out.

    Who could lead it?

    The resource is so good and so clear that any group leader could lead it, no matter the age of the group.

    How helpful are the participants' resources?

    The resources for church, children and youth are targeted, well-produced and memorable. They vary slightly with different resource packs (eg topic leaflet for all, creative ideas, giving leaflets etc), but the quality is utterly reliable: engaging, creative, clear.

    How good is any digital material?

    The films are as brilliant as all the rest of the material – beautifully shot or created, sensitive and to the point. Easy to use DVD with clear menu. Includes workers in Laos, the young Nang as an example of trafficking (also as an animated version), and visit of Fabulous Baker Brother Tom Herbert plus son Milo to Laos.

    How much prep will I have to do?

    There is preparation for all the different group-related resources. Decisions as to how to use the resource – which bit for which event or group. Viewing the short films, familiarisation with information, collecting materials.

    Is there website support? Links?

    The tearfund website has much of the material available to download, including links to associated youth resources. Resources focused on other topics available here too.

    Is it dated?

    Hopefully it will soon become dated because there is less trafficking of children. Currently it is spot on, both in content and style.

  • How well does it encourage interaction with the group?

    The church service ideas are presentation style with videos, short talks, and suggested prayers. The youth and children's resources are fully interactive and creative.

    How well does it cater for a variety of both learning and delivery styles?

    Mix of videos, activities, prayer, games, input. Suggestion to book a tearfund speaker.

    How adaptable is it to my situation?

    Alternative suggestions if the subject is too hard to tackle with younger children. Lots of choice for youth, children and adults.

    How well does it encourage people to work together in applying the material?

    Creative fund-raising ideas such as a Bake-off (cupcake stickers provided), sponsored walks, living on rice for a few days, collecting small change ... Sample giving leaflets including gift aid. Relevant games and activities for all in the children's and youth resources.

  • How much of the material is Bible-based?

    Church material: 5 minute talks based on short Bible passage. Children and youth material has Bible story at its heart.

    How well is the biblical material presented and used?

    Bible stories linked into the theme, for all.

    How well does it apply biblical material to everyday life?

    This is a call to care and action in Jesus' name, following his example.

    Is there a particular theological perspective?

    Loosely evangelical but with broad appeal.

  • How well does it inspire people towards whole-life discipleship?

    Tearfund have a particular aim, which is to follow Jesus ‘where the need is greatest', and this is reflected in all their material. Their resources revolve around practical and creative help in the name of Jesus, offered around the world. Caring and acting because of being Christian is therefore the centre of all their material, coupled with raising awareness of where is that greatest need.

    How well does it encourage and enable people to grow in their faith?

    See above – inspiration to make a difference in Jesus' name, see beyond one's own situation. and take action.

    How well does it stretch faith and vision of God and his purposes?

    Really good examples of what can be achieved in acting, based on God's bias to the poor.

    How well does it connect with real life issues?

    Utterly.

  • How well does it encourage personal evangelism?

    Not generally a focus, but community fund-raising can provide many opportunities for this.

    How well does it encourage local or network-based community involvement?

    Community-based fund-raising would give some great opportunities for connections.

    How well does it connect with global issues?

    Completely, with different topics chosen regularly as the focus for new material.

    How well does it encourage global mission?

    All done in Jesus' name.

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