That is the acronym for Non-Governmental Organization. NGOs are dedicated to raising funds from people who have money to help others who don’t have money or who need some help.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has an NCO called ADRA, which stands for Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
What does ADRA do? They distribute food, offer courses for people to learn a trade and have a job, send medicines and doctors to places where there are none, go to help when there is a natural disaster such as an earthquake, and also send teachers to places where there are no schools. They also make water wells so people can drink, build schools or houses for people without resources, and much more.
Where does ADRA help? They do so in more than one hundred and thirty countries.
In Bible times there were no NCOs, but there were many people who liked to help others. Dorcas stands out among all those individuals. The Bible says that Dorcas was a follower of Jesus and that she lived in Joppa.
Dorcas was a kind, caring person who liked to do good and help others without expecting anything in return. Everyone loved her and knew Jesus through her example. One day she became so sick that she died, but the apostle Peter resurrected her with the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you know what Dorcas did after that? As soon as she was resurrected, she continued helping everyone who needed her.
Would you like to help others as Dorcas did? You can ask the pastor of your church how you can collaborate with ADRA or with a community project of your church.
Then write it in your Prayer Journal, and ask Jesus for help in serving others as Dorcas did.