During a two-week period, pupils and their parents, teachers, and church members in the Adventist Church have participated in the annual Ingathering, to support projects run by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Norway. This year projects in Southeast Asia will benefit from the funds collected by these volunteers—in particular, to prevent human trafficking, especially in Cambodia and northern Thailand.
Rosendal church school gathered NOK 57,000 (approximately US$9,900) the first evening of their campaign, and the other church schools are not far behind. Students and teachers at Tyrifjord Videregaende Skole, the Norwegian Adventist high school, have so far collected NOK 300,000 (about US$50,000), and they still have not finished. “Our students just don’t want to finish Ingathering,” says John Gamborg, teacher and organizer. “Students wish to spend their spare time doing Ingathering in addition to the couple of days scheduled for this.”
“The schools and churches are creating a good atmosphere connected to the Ingathering,” says Gry A. Haugen, ADRA/Norway. “They make it an event, serving dinner and supper, and driving for several miles. These components leave our children with good memories, which I believe is very important. We are indeed helping ourselves by helping others.”
Stephen Cooper, newly appointed ADRA director in the Trans-European Division, visited Norway during the Ingathering. He said: “While in Norway, I had the opportunity to see the Ingathering program in full swing. I was impressed to see the enthusiasm and dedication these schoolchildren had in collecting funds for those who are less fortunate. ADRA/Norway is a shining example of how Ingathering can be done.” —TED News Staff