Ad­ven­tist Church’s Work on Re­lief and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion

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There­fore, the Ad­ven­tist church set up the Ad­ven­tist De­vel­op­ment and Re­lief Agency (ADRA) for serv­ing the poor and the vic­tims of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. The ADRA work is widely spread around the world.

For ex­am­ple, af­ter the end of World War II, North Amer­i­can Sev­enth-day Ad­ven­tist Church gave lib­er­ally of both money and ser­vice­able used cloth­ing to

var­i­ous ar­eas around the world. “Dur­ing the 1940s nearly 2,800,000 pounds of cloth­ing were shipped from these de­pots to forty-one coun­tries and is­land groups. In ad­di­tion, more than $2 mil­lion was given for re­lief pur­poses—much of this used to

pur­chase over 1,900 tons of food.”148 ADRA will con­tinue serv­ing the peo­ple, since it is the teach­ing of Je­sus to serve the poor and help the af­flicted.

Ac­cord­ing to the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion on the Erad­i­ca­tion of Hunger and Malnutrition, Ar­ti­cle 1: Ev­ery man, woman and child has the in­alien­able right to be free from hunger and malnutrition in or­der to de­velop fully and main­tain their phys­i­cal and men­tal fac­ul­ties. Ac­cord­ingly, the erad­i­ca­tion of hunger is a com­mon ob­jec­tive of all the coun­tries of the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially of the

de­vel­oped coun­tries and oth­ers in a po­si­tion to help.”149 The UN has also de­vel­oped the Mil­len­nium Goal in or­der to pro­mote poverty re­duc­tion around the world. It is not only the church, but a world chal­lenge too.

The world com­mu­nity is re­spon­si­ble for tak­ing care of hu­man be­ings who are suf­fer­ing.

Kieran Cronin sug­gests that poverty is a prob­lem for which Chris­tians can pro­vide funds.150 Pro­grams such as the Ad­ven­tists’ ADRA are needed for ac­com­plish­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian work for the world com­mu­nity.

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