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)

British volunteers learn the meaning of ‘Estamos Aqui Para Servi’

British volunteers learn the meaning of ‘Estamos Aqui Para Servi’

What motivates 16 British volunteers to raise funds, leave the comforts of home and travel to an island recently devastated by hurricanes? Maybe for its rich history, beautiful beaches and thriving culture; yet, there was a stronger purpose as they...

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Fresh produce giveaway lays foundation for “Friendship Evangelism”

Fresh produce giveaway lays foundation for “Friendship Evangelism”

Thousands of pounds of spinach, kale, mango slices, and bananas were distributed at the North American Division (NAD) headquarters to residents in need on Sunday, April 8. Responding to advertisements placed on Facebook, shared with students in...

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Flash floods destroy Adventist village

Flash floods destroy Adventist village

Flash floods have devastated a Seventh-day Adventist community at Waluebue village, North Ambae, Vanuatu. Early Sabbath morning, March 31, the village was inundated with water, rocks and soil, destroying people’s homes, the Adventist church,...

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Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

It Is Written’s Eyes For India team was recently invited to a Hindu temple to open the eyes of blind people. From Jan. 3-17, 2018, the medical team conducted cataract eye surgeries in the remote forest village of Hardiakol, district...

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Volunteer constructed school opens in Uruguay

Volunteer constructed school opens in Uruguay

Not long ago, the Barros Blancos Seventh-day Adventist School, in Uruguay, was on the verge of closing its doors for good. Due to mounting financial challenges, the Adventist Church leadership felt that several schools needed to be closed, and...

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Baltimore is dished a serving of compassion through homemade soup

Baltimore is dished a serving of compassion through homemade soup

“Just as soon as I took the lid off the pot, people were standing waiting to be served,” said Gael Murray, administrative assistant for North American Division Youth Ministries, who distributed soup during Global Youth Day on Saturday, March 17....

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