No one should have to go it alone—and that’s true for mission outreach programs, too. The Seventh-day Adventist Church Greater Sydney Conference partners with others to share resources, provide for the community and reach more people for Jesus.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
ADRA, or the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, is the official humanitarian agency of the Adventist Church. The agency is operated by the church for the purpose of providing individual and community development and disaster relief, both here in Australia and around the world, and partners with governments and NGOs (non-governmental organisations) to carry out initiatives and projects.
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There are 573 Adventists on Timor-Leste—an island of 1.2 million people. Fostering positive local community relations there enabled the global church to build the first Seventh-day Adventist school in East Timor’s capital, Dili. Today, the K-8 school provides quality education to more approximately 135 students. This number many not seem like much, but education plays a significant role in helping to reduce poverty, foster economic growth, achieve gender equality, and social development. Through this school we also share Jesus with those eager to meet him.
The Greater Sydney Conference has partnered with the Solomon Islands Mission. This partnership includes collecting new and gently used clothing; raising money to send containers of medical, educational and evangelistic supplies; organising fly-and-builds and arranging leadership development and collaboration opportunities between departmental directors and pastors in Greater Sydney and the Solomon Islands. In a country where 25 per cent of the people live below the poverty line and 10 per cent are Adventist, our partnership has the ability to make a huge difference for the local community.
The World Jewish Adventist Friendship Center is a multinational organization dedicated to fostering mutual respect, dialogue, understanding, education and research between Israel and the church, especially between Jews and Adventists. Here in Sydney, the initiative is spear-headed by Pr Daniel Przybylko, [email protected].
The Global Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations is a service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church established to help Adventists know their Muslim neighbors and Muslims to learn about Adventists. These Greater Sydney Director for Middle Eastern Relations is Edison Akrawi, [email protected].
Our Adventist State Prison Chaplain does what any other chaplain does—ministering, providing support and nurture, offering religious services and providing visits and Bible studies. But the recipients of that ministry are a unique population—incarcerated individuals in the Greater Sydney area with unique needs and very little opportunity for spiritual outlets. Partnerships with prisons give inmates access to spiritual support and growth they may not otherwise get. See Services to contact information.
Civil Chaplains Advisory Committee for NSW (CCAC) serves the spiritual and emotional well-being of all in civil services. The Committee of faith communities works together for staff and clients of the NSW Hospitals and Health Services, and staff and detainees of the NSW Justice system. The Adventist representative for CCAC NSW is Pr Terry Johnson, [email protected].
On December 17 and 18, 2019, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined more than 2,000 humanitarian practitioners and member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC – The UN Refugee Agency) at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum to find transforming solutions to the world refugee crisis, benefitting both refugees and their host communities. Through our local ADRA centres we support refugees and displaced individuals with a range of support including integration and English-language tutoring. A number of our churches also provide support services.