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 church headquarters in Bangladesh builds community connections through employee impact.

Adventist church headquarters in Bangladesh builds community connections through employee impact.

Adventist leaders in the predominantly Muslim country of Bangladesh are looking back on 2017 with gratitude to God for His leading in their community work this year. The Adventist Development and...

Read more


1000 “Just for You” bags support children in distress

1000 “Just for You” bags support children in distress

One thousand children admitted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney) due to crisis or abuse have received comfort through an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and local church...

Read more


AdventistHelp extends aid to vulnerable refugee communities in Iraq, Greece

AdventistHelp extends aid to vulnerable refugee communities in Iraq, Greece

AdventistHelp is a medical humanitarian initiative set up in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. They provide emergency and primary medical care to vulnerable...

Read more


Christmas Mutirão donates half a ton of food to community hospital

Christmas Mutirão donates half a ton of food to community hospital

Since the beginning of October, Adventist churches throughout Brazil have been involved in the Christmas Mutirão, or Christmas Drive. The drives primary objective is to promote a better Christmas for...

Read more


First Prize for ADRA Romania at GLOBUE 2017 International Solidarity Gala

First Prize for ADRA Romania at GLOBUE 2017 International Solidarity Gala

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Romania has won first prize in the category of “Non-governmental organizations that have implement development projects in disadvantaged countries...

Read more


Jonathan Duffy visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Jonathan Duffy visits Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, recently visited Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to get an eye witness account of the Rohingya refugee crisis.  To date, more than...

Read more


List Icon
Our beliefs

Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

Read more