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)

Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California.

Adventist Community Services in North America responds to unprecedented flooding in Louisiana and damaging fires in California.

Aug 19, 2016

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR) sprang to action after disasters hit Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Clayton, California last...

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Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters in Juba open doors for refugees

Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters in Juba open doors for refugees

Jul 18, 2016

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in South Sudan hosted more than 10,000 refugees as the world’s youngest country faces civil unrest. After the war...

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1,500 take refuge on Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan

1,500 take refuge on Seventh-day Adventist compound in South Sudan

Jul 12, 2016

Around 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have taken refuge on the Seventh-day Adventist Church/ADRA compound in South Sudan’s capital of Juba...

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Adventist humanitarians deliver 52 tons of aid to drought-stricken region of Colombia

Adventist humanitarians deliver 52 tons of aid to drought-stricken region of Colombia

Jun 27, 2016

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia recently delivered 52 tons of humanitarian aid in La Guajira–one of the most remote...

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In South America, Adventist humanitarians provide educational, psychological and financial support to nearly 5,500 refugees

In South America, Adventist humanitarians provide educational, psychological and financial support to nearly 5,500 refugees

Jun 20, 2016

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, has special meaning for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). As of March, approximately...

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ADRA calls on the international community to find a timely and humane solution for the resettling of refugees worldwide

ADRA calls on the international community to find a timely and humane solution for the resettling of refugees worldwide

Jun 20, 2016

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) released the following statement in honor of World Refugee Day. This World Refugee Day, there are...

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