The World Evangelical Alliance added Integral Alliance as its newest affiliate member last week.
“We are delighted that the Integral Alliance has become an affiliate of World Evangelical Alliance,” said Geoff Tunnicliffe, International Director of the WEA in an announcement released on June 8. “As a WEA global partner, Integral brings great strength and expertise in church-based relief and development work.”
Integral is a global alliance of 12 independent Christian relief and development agencies working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide. Its member agencies are based in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, and work in 99 countries, fund more than 1,000 projects and have a joint annual turnover of over US $200 million.
Integral Alliance serves as WEA’s seventh affiliate and will serve in the field of relief and development and contribute to the WEA’s goal of fostering Christian unity around the world.
“It is our hope that as Integral joins other leaders at our international leadership table, we will be able to further serve our global community through a more integrated and collaborative strategy,” said Tunnicliffe.
Laurie Cook, CEO of World Relief Canada and chair of the Integral Alliance, said “It is a privilege to become a global partner of the WEA.”
“We are a global alliance of Christian relief & development agencies working together to present a more effective response to poverty worldwide, and we believe, that by joining with the WEA, we can further collaborate to meet the needs of all poor people,” said Cook.
Since starting in 2004, Integral has run joint emergency responses in Iraq, Iran, and Indonesia. Integral member Mission East (Denmark) were able to continue working in Northern Iraq as a result of an Integral joint response, and Tearfund (U.K.) and World Relief (U.S.) are currently responding following the tsunami last year and the recent earthquake in Indonesia.