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What does 'Adventist' mean and what is the Seventh-day Adventist Church?

The Seventh-day Adventist Church (‘Adventists’) is a protestant, Christian denomination that believes our faith should be put into action around the world. The ‘Adventist’ in our name (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) reflects the fact that the Seventh-day Adventist Church established and operates the agency.

In 1956 the church created the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) - the name was modified to the Seventh-day Adventist World Service in 1973. In 1983 SAWS was reorganised under the current name, Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

The Christian values that shape the agency include the belief in the potential of each individual to reflect the compassionate image of God, the dignity which is inherent in every person and the importance of quality in human life. ADRA Australia meets needs without preference to or discrimination against religious affiliation, rather, it simply helps those who need it most.


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