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)

Church Chat: ADRA Rwanda’s latest opportunity is its own church member refugees

Church Chat: ADRA Rwanda’s latest opportunity is its own church member refugees

Aug 06, 2012

Jefferson Kern last week discovered a curious thing about a recent wave of refugees fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo into neighboring Rwanda:...

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Denomination’s former treasurer appointed ADRA acting president

Denomination’s former treasurer appointed ADRA acting president

Jul 05, 2012

Former Seventh-day Adventist world church Treasurer Robert L. Rawson was appointed Tuesday to serve as acting president of Adventist Development and...

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Remembrance: Hadley, 91, leaves legacy of medical missionary service

Remembrance: Hadley, 91, leaves legacy of medical missionary service

Jul 05, 2012

Dr. G. Gordon Hadley was dean of the School of Medicine at Seventh-day Adventist-run Loma Linda University in California and for decades defined the...

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In Guatemala, church partners with Swiss charity to offer livelihood training

In Guatemala, church partners with Swiss charity to offer livelihood training

Jun 28, 2012

Dozens of underprivileged students in Guatemala City are learning the skills to launch their own tailoring businesses, thanks to a partnership...

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ADRA International board votes leadership change, launches search process

ADRA International board votes leadership change, launches search process

Jun 25, 2012

Moving quickly to end months of internal turmoil and stem the loss of experienced staff, the governing board of the Adventist Development and Relief...

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Former Adventist world church President Jan Paulsen receives civilian honor

Former Adventist world church President Jan Paulsen receives civilian honor

Feb 03, 2012

Former world church President Jan Paulsen’s home country of Norway is recognizing the veteran church administrator for his “service for the good of...

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