Adventist Church’s Work on Relief and Rehabilitation
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.