The purpose of Tearfund is to serve Jesus Christ by enabling those who share evangelical Christian beliefs to bring good news to the poor through:
- Proclaiming and demonstrating the gospel for the whole person through support of Christian relief and development.
- Working through a worldwide network of evangelical Christian Partners.
- Encouraging partnership in prayer and support from Christians in Britain and Ireland.
- Seeking at all times to be obedient to biblical teaching.
Tearfund works in areas affected by natural disasters such as famine, drought and earthquakes.