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)

Adventist Community Services responds to Texas Flooding

Adventist Community Services responds to Texas Flooding

May 28, 2015

Adventist Community Services (ACS) served more than 750 people in San Marcos with clothing from the Texas ACS mobile distribution truck this week....

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Adventist Leader in Nepal Tells of Panic and Pain

Adventist Leader in Nepal Tells of Panic and Pain

Apr 26, 2015

The president of the Adventist Church in Nepal described scenes of suffering and panic after a powerful weekend earthquake and multiple aftershocks...

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Adventist Church President expresses sympathy during Nepal devastation

Adventist Church President expresses sympathy during Nepal devastation

Apr 26, 2015

Seventh-day Adventist Church President Ted N. C. Wilson issued the following statement today in regarding the 7.8 magnitude quake which struck in...

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The Adventist Church in South Africa responds to xenophobic attacks

The Adventist Church in South Africa responds to xenophobic attacks

Apr 20, 2015

Paul Charles, communication director of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division Seventh-day Adventist Church, released the following statement in...

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3-day Mega Clinic Surpasses Goal

3-day Mega Clinic Surpasses Goal

Apr 15, 2015

More than 1,700 healthcare professionals and volunteers operated a no-cost mega medical and dental clinic in San Antonio, Texas on April 8-10, 2015....

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6,192 Treated at Free Adventist Clinic in San Antonio

6,192 Treated at Free Adventist Clinic in San Antonio

Apr 13, 2015

A total of 6,192 people received in excess of $10 million in free Adventist healthcare at a San Antonio stadium, organizers said Friday as they...

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