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 Mexico, students complete church building for remote jungle congregation

In Mexico, students complete church building for remote jungle congregation

A new Seventh-day Adventist Church building was completed in the heart of the Lacandon Jungle in Chiapas, Mexico, thanks to the efforts of students from Montemorelos University in North Mexico....

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Adventists in Townsville brace for more heavy rain

Adventists in Townsville brace for more heavy rain

The Northern Australian Conference (NAC) office in Townsville remains closed today due to the flood crisis affecting northern Queensland. While the office has not experienced any flood damage, road...

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Adventists in Belize run soup kitchen for needy school children

Adventists in Belize run soup kitchen for needy school children

Tuesdays and Thursday are the highlight of the week for Melva Robinson. That’s because every Tuesday and Thursday for the last three years she has fulfilled her dream of sharing her love for children...

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Adventists organize aid for victims of disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil

Adventists organize aid for victims of disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil

On Friday, January 25, a large mining dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil, flooding nearby offices and homes with wastewater and trapping cars and people under a sea of mud and sludge. The state fire...

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IAD president encourages members still recovering from hurricanes in St. Maarten

IAD president encourages members still recovering from hurricanes in St. Maarten

Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists were commended and encouraged by Pastor Elie Henry, president of the church in Inter-America, as he concluded a three-day pastoral visit to the twin-nation island of...

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Students impact indigenous communities in mountainous region in North Mexico

Students impact indigenous communities in mountainous region in North Mexico

Nearly 50 students, teachers, medical staff and volunteers from Montemorelos University, recently visited several indigenous communities in the mountainous region in the State of Chihuahua in North...

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