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)

Philippines: Earthquake rocks southern island of Mindanao

Philippines: Earthquake rocks southern island of Mindanao

The Philippine's southern island of Mindanao was hit by a series of strong earthquakes during the month of October.  On October 16, a magnitude-6.3 earthquake shook, followed by a magnitude 6.6 quake...

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The Adventist Church and its agency, ADRA, make public appeal to help out of school children worldwide

The Adventist Church and its agency, ADRA, make public appeal to help out of school children worldwide

The Seventh-day Adventist Church and its international humanitarian agency, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), announced today a new global campaign, “Every Child. Everywhere. In...

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ADRA takes initiative to minimize onset disasters

ADRA takes initiative to minimize onset disasters

Disasters take a toll on people’s lives. Millions lose their homes and jobs because of extreme weather, and countries are impacted heavily by economic losses and potential environmental hazards. In...

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Chosen International Camporee—donated items pour in to aid ministries

Chosen International Camporee—donated items pour in to aid ministries

When Kiana Roat, former principal of Green Bay Adventist Junior Academy in Wisconsin, approached Pathfinder area coordinator Becky Zeismer last year with the idea of collecting sleeping bags no longer...

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Adventist Church continues relief efforts among devastation in Grand Bahama

Adventist Church continues relief efforts among devastation in Grand Bahama

Hurricane Dorian took the lives of seven of Shirley Smith’s family.  She struggles to articulate her grief, to express what she’s feeling. Smith is one of many in Grand Bahama who lost loved ones,...

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Inter-American leaders see Hurricane Dorian destruction firsthand

Inter-American leaders see Hurricane Dorian destruction firsthand

Snapped brown pine trees, downed electrical poles, mangled steel buildings, destroyed businesses, flattened neighborhoods, churches destroyed, and debris everywhere. That was the sight that greeted...

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