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Adventist Development and Relief Agency
1.1 A Biblical Perspective for Humanitarian Work
2 Purpose 3 History
3.1 International Development Degree Program 3.2 United Nations 3.3 Emergency Response
4 See also 5 External links 6 References
Mission ADRA's mission statement is: ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible actions. ADRA says the reason for its existence is "to follow Christ's example by being a voice for, serving, and partnering with those in need". A Biblical Perspective for Humanitarian Work The 1983 organizational documents for ADRA include a biblical rationale for conducting humanitarian work:
God sent Jesus Christ into a sinful and evil world in order to answer
human need and show a new way of life that would demonstrate the
principle of love in all human relationships: John 3:16, Luke 19:10,
Jesus Christ showed special concern for the very poor, the despised
and the deprived. He condemned those who failed to respond to their
situation: Luke 4:18, Luke 20:47, Luke 12:21
The New Testament condemns the use of categories or groups of people
as a basis for Christian involvement in meeting need: Mark 16:15, Col.
3:11, Rom. 3:23.
Jesus Christ, in His initiatives and in the commission to the Church,
regarded man as a whole, offering healing, teaching and salvation so
that the image of the Creator might be restored in man: Luke
4:40-4:43, Col. 3:10, Luke 10:9
The Church is called to give itself to the world in a redeeming,
healing ministry: John 12:5, James 2:15,16, I John 3:16.
The end time brings cruel and evil distortions in the social fabric, a
condition deplored in the world and by its Lord, and to which the
Church responds by identifying the causes and seeking to relieve those
harmed by injustice: James 5:1-6, Isa. 58:6,7, Rev. 3-17.
ADRA partners with communities, organizations, and governments in order to develop:
Food Security Economic Development Primary Health Emergency Management Basic Education
ADRA says that it serves people without discriminating their ethnic,
political, or religious association. Priority is given to those with
disabilities, children, and senior citizens.
ADRA's areas of expertise include: Education, Emergencies,
Food/nutrition, HIV/AIDS, Health, Refugees and IDPs, Shelter, Training
and development, Water and sanitation, Women, Children, Monitoring and
Evaluation, Programme management, and Security.
A Los Angeles Times story from 1998 reports on ADRA's 1996 10-year
strategic plan, which calls the agency "a bona fide ministry of Jesus
Christ and the Seventh-day Adventist Church" and "provides a strategy
to reach people previously untouched by other church institutions. The
church's mission is incomplete without ADRA's distinctive
ministry." Much has been said about faith-based agencies taking US
government funding and using those funds to further religious
doctrinal missions, however ADRA does not proselytise. It claims to
operate "by love with no strings attached". As a global
organisation, ADRA is a signatory of the Code of Conduct for the
International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and NGOs in Disaster
Relief, which states that "aid will not be used to further a
particular political or religious standpoint", that "aid is given
regardless of the race, creed, or nationality", and that organizations
"shall respect culture and custom." 
ADRA was established as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service
(SAWS) in November 1956. The name was changed to Seventh-day Adventist
World Service in 1973.
In 1983, the organisation was renamed the 'Adventist Development and
Relief Agency' to better reflect its missions and activities.
International Development Degree Program
In 1996 ADRA and Andrews University established the ADRA Professional
Leadership Institute (APLI). The institute provided field-based
training and continuing professional education to ADRA staff around
the world. By the year 2000, the APLI program was used as a model by
the Food Aid Management members as an example of "best practices for
local capacity building." The model was well received by Africare,
World Vision, and others. By 2003, the ADRA and Andrews University
partnership offered a master's degree in International Development.
More than 160 students had graduated. Sixty of those graduates had
moved into management positions across the network. Seventh-day
Adventist institutions of higher education on four continents offered
degrees in International Development.
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^ a b Our History Archived July 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
^ a b GuideStar Retrieved January 26, 2010.
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