What does it mean to work through the local church instead of with the local church?


“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all." - 2 Corinthians 5:14

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“ARDF is committed to generously reflecting the Love of Jesus Christ throughout the world.”
— Archbishop Foley Beach, Anglican Church in North America

Did you know that The Anglican Relief and Development Fund (ARDF) is the official relief and development organization of The Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)? For North American Anglicans, we are here for you.

Many organizations work with the local church. At ARDF, we work through the local church.  

You may not know it, but through your faith, you have connections all over the world. Your connection with the Anglican Church worldwide means there are deep, trusted relationships, with partners in and of the communities they are serving. With your help, we bring these committed Christians to the work of relief and development. There is no need to send outside “experts” to implement ARDF projects. 

From the start, ARDF consciously adopted an organizational model intended to reverse Anglicanism’s colonial legacy and restore international relationships based on mutual respect and a shared faith in Jesus Christ. ARDF’s Global Council, a Board of Archbishops representing orthodox Anglican Provinces in the developing world, leads ARDF, determining priorities, approving each project, and keeping the organization firmly linked to the Church. 

All across ACNA, North American congregations are partnering with local churches in the developing world to bring tangible help and hope to the most marginalized.

The children of All Saints Anglican Church in Matthews, NC, prayed for local Anglican churches in Ghana, Tanzania, Malaysia, and , using the ARDF 2018 Lenten Prayer Guide

Rev. Johnny Kurcina and lay leader Jennifer Collins reflect on the impact of the recent ARDF mission trip to Nepal.

Rev Johnny Kurcina of Christ Church, Vienna, VA, traveled with ARDF to Nepal in order to explore a partnership between his church and the Anglican Church of Nepal. 

Parishioners of Restoration Anglican in Arlington, VA, feasted on pancakes at the Annual Shrove Tuesday supper while collecting funds for a vocational school operated by the Anglican Diocese of Accra (Ghana).

These connections are especially important in times of disaster when the local church is often in the best position to reach out to help their neighbors. ARDF is there to come alongside by publicizing the need and then mobilizing resources.

We are honored to be the official relief and development arm of ACNA, staying close the church and all that God is doing around the world. 

Let’s work together – through the local church – to recognize the dignity of everyone no matter how poor or marginalized. 


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