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’s President urges support for disaster efforts

ADRA’s President urges support for disaster efforts

In the month of March, numerous disasters occurred, including the worst tropical storm on record to affect the southern African regions of Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. During that same month,...

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Union College faculty and students manage flood donation warehouse

Union College faculty and students manage flood donation warehouse

The Union College Red Cross Club was called into action to manage a multi-agency warehouse in Omaha for donations coming in from around the country for victims of the March 2018 flooding across...

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ADRA Colombia provides assistance to thousands of Venezuelan migrants

ADRA Colombia provides assistance to thousands of Venezuelan migrants

For the past seven months, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency  (ADRA) in Colombia has been providing assistance to thousands of migrating Venezuelans who have crossed into the eastern border...

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In North Columbia, local Adventist Churches raise funds to support Venezuelan migrants

In North Columbia, local Adventist Churches raise funds to support Venezuelan migrants

Eager to assist the thousands of Venezuelans coming into Colombia, several Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Rio Grande, in the state of Antioquia, in North Colombia, recently hosted a special dinner...

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Adventist Community Services forms historic partnership with FEMA for Saipan recovery efforts

Adventist Community Services forms historic partnership with FEMA for Saipan recovery efforts

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) recently entered into a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help restore livelihood to residents still recovering...

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Adventists on Saba Partner with government to provide new bicycles to underprivileged

Adventists on Saba Partner with government to provide new bicycles to underprivileged

Members of the Mount Scenery Seventh-day Adventist Church on the Caribbean island of Saba recently distributed 33 brand new bicycles to a group of children and young people from needy communities...

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