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BY WESLEY TORRES VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION

Many times only the extraordinary stories of lives that were completely changed are presented and they touch many hearts. However, there are always smaller and more ordinary details that certainly contribute to make those stories so moving and powerful.

We find it important to consider that extraordinary things are so often comprised of many ordinary and simple things put together.

As a Seventh-day Adventist minister, I always wanted to see the name of ADRA in the big headline news as a major and recognized contributor in alleviating the suffering of those affected during any human catastrophe or crisis, as ADRA continues to be involved in humanitarian aid.

I realized how much better it would be if there were no calamity or disaster in our world. We know that this is not utopia because all of these calamities exist due to the spiritual condition of our planet, tainted by sin and suffering from its consequences.

How beneficial to society it would be if there was enough support not only to save lives from distress and calamities, but also to encourage those lives towards better and healthier living.

ADRA Canada plays a major role in changing individual lives but also in enhancing those lives. This is quietly achieved by putting aside the limitations that sin has imposed on humanity through the discrimination of people by race, color, ethnicity, religion, and gender.

ADRA Canada serves anyone by being an agency that resembles the true character of the One who inspires its mission: Jesus Christ.

As He changed the world for the better, so ADRA’s motivation includes making that change real through acts of compassion and kindness to those in need, one life at a time. In 2014 alone, ADRA Canada sponsored hundreds of international and domestic projects, a number of them in the BC Conference territory.

ADRA’s vision was manifested in helping to enhance one life at a time through humanitarian church projects such as the following:

1. Armstrong - Food hampers and bags of love for displaced children as they go to a foster home.

2. Abbotsford - Food hampers and gas vouchers to assist low income 

earners, helping homeless teens with hygiene kits, socks, etc.

3. Aldergrove - Acts of Kindness, Extreme Home Repair, breakfast in some schools, oil change for single moms, and other ministries.

4. Comox Valley - Sunday breakfast for the needy.

5. Maple Ridge - Emergency supplies to those facing challenging times.

6. McBride - Community Service Center that provides emergency food and clothing.

7. Merritt - Serving the First Nations people week after week.

8. New Life (Surrey) - Assisting the homeless in Vancouver.

9. Prince George - Bags of love for foster children.

10. Vernon - Community services projects and providing for the emergency needs of those struggling.

11. Victoria - Care packages, food hampers, etc., for the needy.

In recent years, ADRA Canada also financially supported projects in Campbell River, Cawston & Keremeos, Coquitlam, Creston, Delta, Kelowna, Mission, Nanaimo, Nelson, Salmon Arm, Smithers, Terrace, Trail, Tumbler Ridge, Westminster, and Whitehorse.

One hundred years from now, if this world lasts that long, nobody will care about the size of the house we lived in, the car that we drove, or even how much money we accumulated in our bank account. Starting today, people will certainly appreciate the love and care we showed to those in need and how many lives we assisted to be changed and enhanced.

Many so-called ordinary things for us could be extraordinary things for many. Nothing more rewarding exists than making a difference in someone’s life. When we help to enhance a life, the blessing returns to us abundantly.

However, the greatest reward is still to be given by the Master when He will say to His redeemed children: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. The king will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matt. 25: 34- 40.

Thank you for praying for the work of ADRA Canada and also for blessing others with what the Lord has entrusted to you!

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