Happy Mother's Day! Today we say a special prayer for the amazing mothers of the world and every life that they have touched with their love.
ECUADOR: We are into our second week of disaster response in Ecuador following a massive earthquake in the country.
ADRA Ecuador, along with our emergency response team (ERT) and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, have already distributed over 100 tons of vital relief supplies to those affected by the earthquake in some of the hardest to reach areas.
Learn more and make an emergency donation now: https://adra.org/ecuador-earthquake-adra-response-plans-underway/
(photo: Migue Roth/ADRA Ecuador)
HURRICANE MATTHEW: We are asking everyone to help us respond to the devastation of Hurricane Matthew by making a donation at adra.org/emergency-donation/.
Haiti has taken the brunt of the storm so far, leaving many communications systems down and transport routes impassable. This means it could be days before we know the full extent of the damage and before desperately needed aid can reach some communities.
In a nation like Haiti, the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, a natural disaster of this magnitude is also a humanitarian disaster. The population is still recovering from the effects of the massive earthquake in 2010. Before Hurricane Matthew, tens of thousands were already living in tents, and many more in rudimentary housing, thousands have died from a long-lasting cholera outbreak, and livelihoods are often dependent on the local natural resources. Now, thousands are displaced with overcrowded shelters where disease outbreak is always a concern, as their only option, and natural resources will have been decimated. Early estimates already place the number of those who will require aid in the millions.
The best way for YOU to help is to make a monetary donation, which empowers those in disaster response to act immediately where the need is greatest in Haiti and other countries affected. Please donate right now at ADRA.org/emergency
ADRA is already in action with food and safe water resources ready to go, and emergency response team (ERT) members in the air, on their way to join local staff. We will share updates, stories, and pictures from our response as soon as they are available.
(Photo: NBC News)
Refugees are not "illegal immigrants"
Happy Adventist Church World Refugee Day! ADRA has a long history of working with refugees of different faiths and ethnicities all over the world. Today we’d like you to take some time – with your church, your family, or even by yourself – to consider what, as Christians, our responsibility is to act in this time of great crisis.
There are currently more than 60 million people around the world who have been displaced by conflict or persecution. Some of these people may eventually be able to return to their homes; others are seeking a safe place to rebuild their lives. We urge you to resist the temptation to say, ‘There is no room at the inn’. The Bible is full of stories of people – David and Elijah, to name a few – who had to flee persecution at some point in their lives. Jesus himself had to flee from King Herod. Jesus said that when we welcome a stranger, we welcome him. We ask you today, are you willing to welcome a stranger in need into your community?