Seventh-day Adventist Church Inter-European Division News: The effects of the climate crisis are being felt all over the world. Livelihoods and health are threatened. Extreme weather events are becoming more severe and more frequent.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency, as humanitarian and development practitioners, has seen first-hand how the global equilibrium is out of order.
The international ADRA network of 113 independent entities works in a federal structure. In ADRA’s projects – humanitarian aid and development cooperation – the Adventist Agency works in close partnership with local population in supporting people who are building up socio-economic resilience to lead lives in dignity and quality.
People are at the center of everything ADRA does. As a value-based aid organization, ADRA helps all, regardless of their religion, ideology, origin, or nationality. The ADRA offices have built valuable expertise in mitigation and adaptation over the years, responding to climate change disasters and building sustainable livelihoods in areas where climate change negatively affects communities.
“Within the ADRA network, we aim to bring together different competencies and strengths in our advocacy working group of European offices,” explained a statement from the Press Office of ADRA Europe. “We aim to do our deed; offices in our network have started to move towards net zero, signed the Climate charter, shared our knowledge at the COP26 and COP27, and published the comprehensive Carbon Reduction Guide in 2021,” the statement continues. “Our projects range from youth empowerment to livelihoods and disaster risk management. As a civil society organization in service to human kind, we want to act on ground, but we also see the bigger system around the catastrophes that hit the poorest, least resilient communities the hardest. We want to add our voices to the demands and bring attention to the steps needed to be taken in order to ensure our planet and humanity can recover into a safer, less climate-volatile future.”
ADRA calls on policy makers and influential personalities to take necessary decisions in the upcoming UN Climate Conference. The industrialized countries, as the historical perpetrators of the climate crisis, must finally step up to promises made.
The COP26 has set some course but more steps are needed, such as stronger consideration of civil society actors; more focus on loss and damage; and meeting the pledge on global adaptation financing.
ADRA Europe hopes that these points will find strong consideration in the upcoming policy talks and wishes participants a successful and fruitful COP27.
“The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church members love what the world loves and are ready to join with them, and Satan determines to unite them in one body and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings will alike accept the form of godliness without the power, and they will see in this union a grand movement for the conversion of the world and the ushering in of the long-expected millennium.” Great Controversy, page 588.
Ron HendersonWednesday December 14th, 2022 at 08:40 AM
So sad to see these SDA leaders so gullible and so easily led astray. Who is there to help the masses? Certainly not them.
I am 76 years old (Chronologically), I have witnessed worse than what there is today, what was that then? Seed time and harvest will always be there, of course there’s no reason not to speak out against pollution and the spare of deaths from the injections. Is ADRA speaking out here too? Their conscience upon them.
Alemu ChalaWednesday December 14th, 2022 at 01:13 PM
I liked the prophetic link.
Thomas W.Wednesday December 14th, 2022 at 02:27 PM
How appropriate and ironic to include the reference from GC 588. The response (compliance with coerced Covid mandates issued by beastly government institutions) of the SDA church was hardly distinguishable from that of other denominations. What a missed opportunity to demonstrate to the entire world a message of respect for freedom of religion and individual conscience. ADRA’s statement includes the following statements: “Livelihoods and health are threatened. Extreme weather events are becoming more severe and more frequent.” That weather events are becoming more severe and frequent is debatable at the least, and an outright lie at the worst. Please consider dissenting views. Here’s a few links for your convenience: https://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/despite-what-youve-heard-global-warming-isnt-making-weather-more-extreme/ ; https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/01/no-npr-climate-change-isnt-making-the-weather-more-severe-nor-should-it-be-in-daily-weather-forecasts/ ; and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDWq7-eP5sE . How much harm is acceptable if the person or organization has stated good intentions? Yes, many lives will be harmed/destroyed in the short term, for a theoretical benefit decades in the future. I respect and support the humanitarian work done by ADRA (although I was surprised to learn that 90-95% of funding comes for Government). Just wondering how closely allied the SDA Church should be to the global institutions and organizations willing to use coercion and force; and is there a risk of being part of the entire world who follows after the Beast?
Maureen FranklinWednesday December 14th, 2022 at 10:07 PM
Wow!what can one say. Have they lost the plot completely or did they never actually believe that Jesus is actually ming again. Do they not recognise the signs of his coming ring fulfilled around us. Do they actually read their Bible’s. If they do do they believe what they read. Help people on as many ways as they can but in the end of they don’t point people to Christ and earn them of what lies ahead it will all be for nothing. Humanity cannot save itself! Humanity cannot save the planet only the coming of Jesus an bring this chaos to an end. M mind is just boggled!!! We need to cling to Jesus more than ever! Only his word, the Bible shows the way ahead. Dear Lord keep us safe, keep us faithful no matter how astray those who claim your name go!
BrendaThursday December 15th, 2022 at 12:15 PM
Thomas W. (Just wondering how closely allied the SDA Church should be to the global institutions and organizations willing to use coercion and force)
I just read this in my studies this morning, it’s from (RH August 4, 1904 p.18) To bind ourselves up by contracts or in partnerships or business associations with those not of our faith is not in the order of God.
MaraMonday December 19th, 2022 at 01:45 AM
I used to be a big supporter of ADRA, but ever since they were facilitating the vax to different Tribes in Africa and elsewhere, I stopped!