Pictured at Lisburn Cathedral last
Tuesday morning (28th August) at the
start of a two-day cycle journey
across Northern Ireland in a bid to
visit 10 Northern Irish Churches and
challenge local people to address
global issues are L to R: Rev
Kenneth McGrath (Vicar of Lisburn
Cathedral), Elva Stevenson (Tearfund
Co-ordinator at Lisburn Cathedral),
Richard Avery (Tearfund worker) and
Tim Magowan (Manager of Tearfund,
CYCLE journey to promote a global church network was
launched in Lisburn this week when a Tearfund worker
embarked on a two day trip across Northern Ireland.
Richard Avery, 46, started his 100 mile
journey from Lisburn Cathedral on Tuesday morning in a bid
to visit 10 Northern Irish Churches and challenge local
people to address global issues. Richard, who has worked for
Tearfund for over 10 years said: "I have seen how local
churches can transform their communities. By doing this
cycle I hope that churches throughout Northern Ireland will
support Tearfund's new vision and recognise they have a key
role to play in addressing global issues like climate
The cycle is part of Tearfund's 10 year
vision to see 50 million people released from material and
spiritual poverty through a network of 100,000 churches.
During the run up to a Global Prayer week
in November, churches will be encouraging people to address
the issues of climate change as well as trade injustice,
water and sanitation, HIV/aids and the impact of disasters.
Speaking on behalf of Lisburn Cathedral,
the Rev. Kenneth McGrath said he was "very pleased" to
support Richard on his cycle journey.
During the launch Tearfund's Tim Magowan
said: "We are calling on local churches to respond to this
issue by supporting our global network of churches and also
by taking simple steps to reduce their emissions. Doing
simple things like using energy saving light bulbs and using
less water in the kettle can reduce the impact of our carbon
emission on the livelihoods of the poor."