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The Christian charity Tearfund has announced the launch of Tearfund USA - a new charity encouraging Americans to engage generously in the global fight against poverty and climate change.
The international development and relief charity revealed on Wednesday that its UK chairman Clive Mather shall become the new chairman of Tearfund USA - a new part of the Tearfund "family".
Sonia Patterson (pictured above), who takes on the role of chief executive officer, said: "I am excited to start this new chapter with Tearfund USA, building on the organisation's global legacy of helping the most marginalised and vulnerable.
"I'm looking forward to the process of setting up the organisation in the US, meeting supporters and partners and following Jesus where the need is greatest."
Sonia Patterson joins the organisation with 20 years' experience developing business, non-governmental and community ties across the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Clive Mather (pictured below) commented: "Tearfund USA will be asking Christians to go deeper in thinking about how they live.
"A whole life response to poverty involves praying, giving, acting, volunteering and making lifestyle changes.
"Sometimes it will involve sacrifice and inconvenience, but it will be liberating and empowering in a way that defies worldly expectations."
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