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)

AdventistHelp and ADRA partner to construct field hospital in Uganda

AdventistHelp and ADRA partner to construct field hospital in Uganda

AdventistHelp was founded in 2015 as a medical humanitarian initiative in response to the overwhelming refugee crisis in the Middle East at the time. Their first major project was to provide an...

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In North Colombia, Adventist University provides Venezuela migrant families with business opportunities

In North Colombia, Adventist University provides Venezuela migrant families with business opportunities

Jhonny Alberto Peña clearly remembers March 22. It was the day he left his native Venezuela for the city of Medellin in neighboring Colombia. “It was hard when I left, to leave my family, my small...

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Giving a helping hand

Adventist Community Services Supply Spiritual and Emotional Support After El Paso, Texas, Mass Shooting

Shortly after a gunman fired on crowds in a Walmart and its parking lot in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, local Adventist Community Service Disaster Response (ACS DR) leader Marshall Gonzales reached out...

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Amidst the Ebola virus outbreak, ADRA works to ensure malnourished children are fed

Amidst the Ebola virus outbreak, ADRA works to ensure malnourished children are fed

ADRA has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 1984. From that time, the team has responded to the Ebola virus disease that struck the country ten times. The most recent...

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ADRA President: “Poverty plants the seeds of religious violence”

ADRA President: “Poverty plants the seeds of religious violence”

Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, spoke in front of a packed room during the second annual Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom Summit at the U.S....

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Jefferson City mayor thanks Iowa-Missouri Conference for disaster relief efforts

Jefferson City mayor thanks Iowa-Missouri Conference for disaster relief efforts

On Sabbath, June 8, Jefferson City mayor Carrie Tergin stopped by the 2019 Iowa-Missouri Camp Meeting in Centralia, Missouri, to express her thanks for recent disaster relief efforts Adventists have...

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