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Christian bloggers head for Uganda to see poverty for themselves

Three of the UK’s top Christian bloggers will be travelling with relief and development agency Tearfund to visit community projects ...

Three of the UK’s top Christian bloggers will be travelling with relief and development agency Tearfund this month to visit community projects in Uganda.

The social media-led trip will be a chance for these bloggers to use their range of creative skills to tell the stories of how the Church is changing lives in communities all over the world.

University of Durham research fellow Dr Bex Lewis, cartoonist Dave Walker, and Anglican ordinand Liz Clutterbuck will be spending a week living alongside one of the world's poorest communities.

“What I love about this invitation from Tearfund is that they are so confident in what they are doing that there are no restrictions about what we might say,” said Dr Bex Lewis, of CODEC and Big Bible. “It’s a great opportunity see how digital tools can impact the way we support, and how we tell the stories of lives transformed in a global world.”

The trip is part of Tearfund’s See For Yourself initiative, which is an invitation for people in this country to follow the real lives of people living in communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The concept makes poverty personal and allows donors to see lives and communities transformed as they receive regular photo, video, e-mail and prayer updates.

In the same way, people will be able to follow the journey of the bloggers in Uganda by keeping up with their updates on social networks and Tearfund’s website - creating a very live experience. The bloggers will be using a variety of mediums to tell their stories, including micro-blogging, video, illustration and photography.

“We live in a digital age where sharing is as natural as breathing,” said Tearfund’s UK Director Andrew McCracken. “We are so excited that they will be able to see for themselves the amazing changes that are happening thanks to the local church. Those are stories worth sharing.”

Keep up to date and follow their stories from Uganda by going to www.tearfund.org/bloggers and follow the hashtag #tfbloggers.

The bloggers will be in Uganda from 24 February to 4 March 2013.

(Photo: Layton Thomson/Tearfund)

 

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