Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventist employees from throughout the church in Colombia recently donated one day of their salary to assist vulnerable families affected by job loss during the global pandemic. The appeal was to voluntarily take part in what the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Colombia called a humanitarian emergency.
“In one of the meetings we had with ADRA leaders across the 17 conferences in the country, we proposed to appeal to church employees to donate one day of their salary, and the idea was well supported by all,” Jair Flórez, ADRA Colombia director said. Florez heads the church’s humanitarian emergency technical committee.
The initiative was presented to both union presidents in the south and northern regions and employees were invited to participate, Flórez explained. “Some not only donated one day but three days of their salary,” he noted. “We didn’t have enough funds in ADRA to supply for the needs of so many families so that’s why we desperately appealed to church employees.”
“This was a wonderful and most needed initiative,” said Pastor Edgar Redondo, president of the church in North Colombia. “Employees were willing to give from their heart to assist needy families. I saw their joy in giving these resources and they know that the donation will supply all the needs to members and people in the community,” Redondo added.
“Most of the membership throughout Colombia work [independently] and live day-to-day, so income stopped once the quarantine was put into effect and affected their ability to support their families,” the church leader explained.