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)

Adventists part of response in Bangladesh factory collapse disaster

Adventists part of response in Bangladesh factory collapse disaster

Apr 30, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists were some of the first responders to a commercial factory building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, that has captured...

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In Brazil, Adventists coordinate blood drive following nightclub tragedy

In Brazil, Adventists coordinate blood drive following nightclub tragedy

Jan 28, 2013

Seventh-day Adventist young people in Brazil rallied this week to donate blood in the wake of one of the world’s deadliest nightclub fires in more...

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ADRA heading to devastated areas in Philippines in wake of typhoon

ADRA heading to devastated areas in Philippines in wake of typhoon

Dec 07, 2012

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Philippines is coordinating relief efforts following Typhoon Bopha’s slam Tuesday on the southern...

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ADRA part of earthquake relief in Guatemala

ADRA part of earthquake relief in Guatemala

Nov 15, 2012

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Guatemala is mourning the loss of five of its members including a church elder after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake...

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Adventist Church president offers condolences in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Adventist Church president offers condolences in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Nov 01, 2012

Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson this week offered a message of condolence to residents of the Northeastern United...

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Jonathan Duffy, ADRA Australia chief, to lead ADRA International

Jonathan Duffy, ADRA Australia chief, to lead ADRA International

Oct 10, 2012

Directors of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International elected Jonathan Duffy, current CEO of ADRA Australia, to serve as...

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