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 seeks to help Greek fire victims

ADRA seeks to help Greek fire victims

With more than eighty-five dead, hundreds injured, and more than 1,200 homes destroyed following deadly wildfires near Athens, Greece, ADRA is already working to provide support.  The fires, thought to be the deadliest on record, broke out...

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ADRA Fiji trains community in home gardening

ADRA Fiji trains community in home gardening

A two-day gardening workshop in Lautoka, Fiji, has shown participants the techniques for starting and improving home gardens. Participants from communities in Nadi and Lautoka attended the workshop, which was a collaboration between the Adventist...

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ADRA Canada responds to Volcano aftermath in Guatemala

ADRA Canada responds to Volcano aftermath in Guatemala

On June 3, 2018, the Fuego Volcano (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala erupted, causing large amounts of destruction to the surrounding communities. The eruption produced the descent of pyroclastic flows and fiery clouds with temperatures...

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Adventists help in volcanic eruption aftermath in Hawaii

Adventists help in volcanic eruption aftermath in Hawaii

In 2018, Adventist Community Services (ACS) has found itself dealing with fires in Colorado, floods in the south, continued evaluation what assistance will look like in U.S. border states, and ongoing volcano aftermath in Hawaii. Since May 3, more...

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ADRA to launch first extreme adventure trip in Brazil

ADRA to launch first extreme adventure trip in Brazil

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has collaborated with six Adventist universities, including Andrews University, Kettering College, La Sierra University, Pacific Union College, Loma Linda University, Oakwood University, and Walla...

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ADRA continues assisting fishing communities still recovering from Hurricane Irma

ADRA continues assisting fishing communities still recovering from Hurricane Irma

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in the Dominican Republic recently finished the construction of a loading dock, built to help the family-owned fishing businesses in the Boba community of the Maria Trinidad Sanchez Province. 30...

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