The Seventh-day Adventist Church is very active in community service. We believe that helping others and meeting their physical needs follows Jesus’ example. This is seen on the global scale, through the non-profit organization ADRA, on the regional scale in ADRA MENA, and down to the local churches who provide basic services to those in need in their communities. ADRA, or the
Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is the global humanitarian organization that provides relief and development assistance in more than 130 countries. ADRA shows God’s love and compassion regardless of a person’s ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. For more information about ADRA, visit their website: www.adra.org
ADRA MENA has county offices in Kurdistan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. They provide services such as education, development, food security, health, and winter assistance for refugees. Visit them online at www.adramena.org
Local churches provide services that are most needed in their communities. For example, they may have a community garden where anyone can come and work and then take home some of the fruits and vegetables. They may have regular distributions of food and clothing for refugees. They may provide a hot breakfast once a week for the homeless. In any way that the church can help, it does so to make the world a little kinder for those in need.
ADVENTIST LEARNING CENTER
The Bourj Hammoud Adventist Learning Center (ALC) in Beirut, Lebanon provides basic faith-based elementary education in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon to Syrian refugee children between the ages of 6 and 12 who have missed more than one year of schooling due to issues related to war and relocation to a new country.
The ALC has been featured in several publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and Adventist Review.
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