Service

Humanitarian Work

A call to serve

Since the establishment of the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service (SAWS) in 1956, the Adventist Church has continually prioritized humanitarian aid and community development.

Today, Adventist humanitarian work reaches into more than 120 countries and serves tens of millions of people every year. This priority springs from a deeply held belief in service. Throughout the Old Testament, God made provision for the poor and less fortunate living in Israel. In the New Testament, the writings of the apostle Paul show a Christian church that gave willingly and generously to support the needy among them. (Deuteronomy 15:1-11, 2 Corinthians 8:8-15)

Our world is full of wars, natural disasters, poverty and famines, and we are motivated to reach out to the suffering in the name of Jesus. Our faith inspires us to show Christ’s love to the world around us. Faith expressed by action may require sacrifice, but it is only by selflessly serving others that we become a true reflection of Christ.

Our active faith is expressed personally in daily service to those around us and corporately in humanitarian organizations such as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and Adventist Community Services (ACS). For Adventists, it is not enough to acknowledge that poverty exists. We must live a life in which the grace God has given us flows on to others in the form of love, care and generosity. (Matthew 25:31-45)

In Haiti, ADRA delivers aid to hundreds still affected by Hurricane Matthew

In Haiti, ADRA delivers aid to hundreds still affected by Hurricane Matthew

The Adventist Development and Relief in Haiti recently distributed water purification units and food kits to displaced families still affected by Hurricane Matthew, which hit the island-nation last...

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Syrian refugee kids warm a freezing refugee camp in the Middle East

Syrian refugee kids warm a freezing refugee camp in the Middle East

Twenty-seven Syrian refugee students from the Adventist Learning Center (ALC) in Beirut, Lebanon piled into a tiny rented bus for the one and a half hour to north Lebanon to deliver sacks of clothing...

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Adventist humanitarians and members in Italy shelter displaced residents after devastating earthquake

Adventist humanitarians and members in Italy shelter displaced residents after devastating earthquake

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Italy, together with local Adventist church members, are caring for a group of 16 displaced residents after a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake...

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Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California.

Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California.

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) sprang to action after disasters hit Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Clayton, California last week. Volunteer teams comprised of church members and...

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Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters in Juba open doors for refugees

Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters in Juba open doors for refugees

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in South Sudan hosted more than 10,000 refugees as the world’s youngest country faces civil unrest. After the war broke out in South Sudan on July 8, an influx of...

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1,500 take refuge on Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan

1,500 take refuge on Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan

Around 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have taken refuge on the Seventh-day Adventist Church/ADRA compound in South Sudan’s capital of Juba as renewed violence erupted in the city last week....

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