Over the next few weeks we’re going to be showcasing the amazing people who write for the We Are Tearfund magazine. Step into our community of writers and find out what inspires their work. In no particular order, let’s get started!

Ailsa McKinlay

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

It would absolutely be to slow down and speed up time. Imagine being able to slow down time when you have a deadline coming up, or when you want to savour a moment, and being able to whizz through bus journeys and skip through the trailers at the cinema!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a student in medicine and theology, so I get to spend lots of time learning, which I love! I also enjoy reading, dancing, and making the most of the hidden gems in and around Oxford, the beautiful city I get to call home.

What got you started on your justice journey?

I grew up in a church that loved to engage with the poor, so I felt pretty relaxed in my approach to justice – I was part of the church and the church did good! The Rana Plaza Factory collapse in 2013 shocked me into reality. Being part of a church that responds isn’t enough – the call is on me too, particularly with this issue that we hadn’t even begun to engage with! I began to explore how we could respond to the disaster caused by Fast Fashion and tried to help others in my youth group engage with the issue, and it all went from there!

What’s something you’ve read, watched or heard that had a big impact on you?

My favourite book growing up was called Journey to the River Sea. It’s about exploring a completely new place and learning all the joys and surprises (good and bad) that come with that. It gave me a sense of adventure and curiosity, but also taught me that there can be darkness hidden behind beautiful exteriors.

Where can people find you?

@AilsaMcKinlay on Twitter and LinkedIn

Read Ailsa’s work

Toilet Twinning – flushing poverty down the loo | Track, transform, report and share – 4 apps to help end poverty | A spoonful of justice: ending trafficking through baking

Jon Mendelsohn

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I would definitely pick the ability to teleport! I love travelling and exploring new cities, countries and cultures, but don’t handle planes very well. I can’t sleep or eat airplane food, so the ability to just skip that out entirely and teleport to anywhere in the world at the click of a hand would just be the best!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

If I’m not writing, you’ll find me behind a camera taking photos and making short films. That or I’ll be playing my guitar and writing music

What got you started on your justice journey?

I think I’ve always cared about justice really. Growing up, I loved the book ‘10 boys who changed the world,’ which was full of mini biographies of missionaries and Christians like Brother Andrew, William Carey, John Newton, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As a child reading about these men who fought for justice and stood up for what they believed in, it had a big impact on me in terms of wanting to stand up for people who are facing injustice. I then went onto study politics at university. Learning about the injustices that the global poor face, and acknowledging that I’m extremely privileged, I’ve been committed to trying to help those worse off than me ever since.

What’s something you’ve read, watched or heard that had a big impact on you?

This is such a hard question! I think recently, the Leonardo DiCaprio documentary ‘Before The Flood’ had a huge impact on my life in terms of opening my eyes to the damage that climate change is having on our planet now and into the future. It’s made me more aware of looking for ways to live a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle.

Where can people find you?

You can find me at my most active on Instagram – @jon__hugh. I’m also on active on twitter, my username is @J_mendelsohn

Read Jon’s work

4 ways to use your Christmas leftovers On the edge of the unknown

Rachel Bearn

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I would love to be able to apparate like they do in Harry Potter so I could go anywhere in the world whenever I wanted.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Reading! Anything and everything. I could never read too much.

What got you started on your justice journey?

I’ve always had a passion for social justice and spent a lot of my childhood and teenage years fundraising, campaigning and volunteering to make a difference to the world I live in. I organised my first fundraising event at 10 years old and it carried on from there.

What’s something you’ve read, watched or heard that had a big impact on you?

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers had a huge impact on my life and faith, although it is a fictional book I feel it really shows the amazing power of God and how He really can redeem any story. It also inspired me to start writing my own Christian fiction books that might one day help others in the way Redeeming Love helped me.

Where can people find you?

I blog over at www.lifewiththeroofdown.com and on Instagram at @lifewiththeroofdown

Read Rachel’s work

The 2018 ethical Christmas gift guide Slavery is still in fashionEthical fashion tips for Autumn

Chris Gaisie

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I always struggle to decide between flying and teleporting. Flying would be so cool, but then again the UK is pretty cold most of the time. I’ll go with teleportation!

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m most likely editing an episode of the Together Podcast! If not that, then probably something music-related. I love Hip Hop and spoken word, and can often be found performing somewhere around London.

What got you started on your justice journey?

I’ve always had a sense of justice and what’s fair – I reckon it’s my middle child syndrome kicking in! But when I went on a volunteering placement with Tearfund to Bolivia in 2013, I felt a new fire birthed inside me. It was the first time I had to face my responsibility in making the world a more just place. And since then, I haven’t looked back!

What’s something you’ve read, watched or heard that had a big impact on you?

Ooh so many things to choose from! I’ll go for the film The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick. It’s a pretty arty film about mourning, grace and human nature. I can’t fully put my finger on why, but I watched it at a very poignant time in my life and something about it really connected with me. It inspired me to always strive to connect with people’s humanity in my own work.

Read Chris’ work

Learning from liars – Fyre Festival | Boys will be boys? | Recovering from church