As a humanitarian agency, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency’s (ADRA) traditional model of service is to develop the capacities of vulnerable communities, so that they will possess the necessary tools for sustainable growth. This model is not restricted to those in need of food, water, healthcare, education, and disaster relief. To achieve a truly holistic approach, ADRA’s Christ-centered mission must also consider those in need of purpose, meaning, and growth, regardless of where they live.
I am encouraged to see ADRA International engaging Adventist young professionals, hearing their perspectives, and helping them to grasp an understanding of the integration and impact of humanitarian work and missions. It shows my fellow Adventist young professionals and I that our church cares and sees us as valuable contributors to the future of Christ's mission.
Adventist Young Professionals (AYP) appreciates the ongoing partnership and support of ADRA International. Not only has this partnership financially advanced the mission and ministry of AYP, but it has also provided our global community of over 7,500 young professionals with a stronger awareness and passion for the humanitarian work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
We could not have done this without ADR’A help. We greatly appreciate all your organization has to offer and could not be more grateful for the help we’ve received thus far. Finding volunteers that are so passionate and willing to jump in and help a smaller organization like us means the world. What one may see as a simple everyday Back to School/ Back to Work Fair your volunteers saw as an opportunity to serve and connect with people within our community. We truly could not be more grateful and excited to work with you all in the future.
My experience with ADRA’s participation at the convention was refreshing, exhilarating, and encouraging...We had such a great time, made connections, and ministered. ADRA made this possible as they prepared the soil for us
At every opportunity, [the engagement team] interacted with people in our community, whether it was at the school, the church, or the local coffee shop, their presence was felt in our community, and it was better because of them. It was this that radically changed people's perspective about ADRA
ADRA went from being a distant organization that helps others abroad to a personalized passion for the healing and development of our communities and our world.
the partnership with ADRA was a combined effort to reintroduce ADRA to our community as well as promote local activism through our week of prayer and Bridge Weekend
Over the years
March: COVID-19 becomes a world-wide pandemic. Supporters long to connect online and continue supporting ADRA’s work.
October: The Marketing & Development unit is tasked with embarking on a ‘change project:’ to transition ADRA into its next era. In other words, to help build resilient communities all around the world and provide passionate individuals with opportunities to do so.
Engagement team begins connecting with partners and organizing events in California, Ohio, Maryland and Oregon. Passion projects like Philia and Affinity Worship are formed and powered by ADRA
Social Impact becomes the center of the Engagement Strategy as a specific lens to learn about ADRA’s worldwide development and relief work. A theme launch event was organized in Southern California. The first and our current theme titled ‘Where Do We Belong?” focuses on the stories of those that have been displaced all around the world.
A full year of programming all over the country with previous and new partners!