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 President: “Faith communities can change the dialogue from hate and ignorance to peace, love and acceptance.

ADRA President: “Faith communities can change the dialogue from hate and ignorance to peace, love and acceptance.

During a recent summit held in Geneva, Switzerland, Jonathan Duffy, president for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joined hundreds of interfaith world leaders to discuss fostering...

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Hospitality: A reminder of grace and blessing

Hospitality: A reminder of grace and blessing

Can you believe it? In 2019, twenty people per minute are still forced to leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. A shocking 68 million are currently refugees or displaced...

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A Ministry of Presence

A Ministry of Presence

Devastation. Loss. Hope. The juxtaposition of miles of destruction beside yellow daffodils and blooming trees left a sense of irony hanging in the air. While much of the world has moved on from the...

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Twelve-classroom building dedicated in India

Twelve-classroom building dedicated in India

One year after breaking ground at the Khunti Seventh-day Adventist School in India, the large 12-classroom Elementary Education Center (EEC) on campus is complete. The school has an enrollment of...

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Adventist volunteers deliver food to parents in pediatric hospital

Adventist volunteers deliver food to parents in pediatric hospital

While some children live happily with their parents, others sleep in a hospital ward. Many have been in these hospital’s for years. Their parents visit them as much as possible, for as long as...

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ADRA Canada reports how "ADRA School" in Uganda helps refugee students

ADRA Canada reports how "ADRA School" in Uganda helps refugee students

Conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo is causing thousands of people to flee to safety across the border into the country of Uganda. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has been...

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