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)

ADRA assisting flood victims in Mexico, Cambodia

ADRA assisting flood victims in Mexico, Cambodia

Oct 07, 2013

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is assisting those affected by flooding in Latin America and Southeast Asia by providing food and shelter...

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For Taiwan’s people, Adventist seeks a better life

For Taiwan’s people, Adventist seeks a better life

Sep 09, 2013

Although Taiwan is viewed by many as a hub of global prosperity--the island is home to global powers ASUS, Acer and Eva Air, among others--there are...

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Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

Aug 29, 2013

Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists took to the streets as activists against abuse in scores of cities throughout South America last Saturday. The...

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In India, Adventist humanitarians poised to assist flood victims

In India, Adventist humanitarians poised to assist flood victims

Jun 25, 2013

Seventh-day Adventist humanitarians in northern India are monitoring needs and preparing emergency relief in the wake of an unprecedented monsoon...

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ADRA’s ongoing aid to Syrian refugees includes women’s clinic, school

ADRA’s ongoing aid to Syrian refugees includes women’s clinic, school

Jun 11, 2013

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has offered assistance to hundreds of refugee families fleeing the ongoing conflict in Syria with...

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New documentary traces global impact of Adventist medical, mission outreach

New documentary traces global impact of Adventist medical, mission outreach

May 21, 2013

A documentary exploring the philosophy and legacy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s international health and humanitarian outreach is scheduled...

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