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)

In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church continues to strengthen communities in wake of hurricane devastation

In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church continues to strengthen communities in wake of hurricane devastation

The before story seems very distant, and the after story is still developing, says Pastor Jose Alberto Rodríguez, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Puerto Rico. Rodríguez never thought...

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Adriatic youth spend 14 days in refugee camp

Adriatic youth spend 14 days in refugee camp

For the second year in a row, young people from the Adriatic Union of Seventh-day Adventists volunteered their winter holiday to work at a refugee camp in Greece. The camp, a village of containers...

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In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church finds ways to assist hundreds affected by Hurricane Maria

In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church finds ways to assist hundreds affected by Hurricane Maria

How do you help a small poor town devastated by a powerful storm? How do you provide relief for families who lost almost everything during the storm? The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Loiza, Puerto...

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Adventists of Omsk continue to serve destitute and in winter

Adventists of Omsk continue to serve destitute and in winter

Throughout the year of 2017,  parishioners of the Adventist Church in Omsk, Russia, continued to provide assistance to the needy homeless. During the winter months, nurses gave hungry and cold people...

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Adventist churches, schools damaged as tropical cyclone hits Tonga

Adventist churches, schools damaged as tropical cyclone hits Tonga

Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools and houses have been extensively damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita, which tore across Tonga overnight. The Category 4 cyclone produced destructive winds of...

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ADRA Samoa helping cyclone victims

ADRA Samoa helping cyclone victims

The Adventist Relief Agency (ADRA) in Samoa is helping those impacted by Tropical Cyclone Gita, which struck the island nation on Friday and is now heading towards Tonga. Just after midnight on...

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