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)

“Room for Women” – Refugee and migrant girls and women share their stories in ADRA’s new publication

“Room for Women” – Refugee and migrant girls and women share their stories in ADRA’s new publication

ADRA`s publication “Room for Women” is a place where voices of refugee and migrant girls and women are heard.  Today we join with ADRA in commemorating World Refugee Day. The number of people fleeing...

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Uganda celebrates World Refugee Sabbath inside refugee settlement

Uganda celebrates World Refugee Sabbath inside refugee settlement

President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Uganda and Board Chairman for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Uganda, Daniel Matte, applauded the leadership of General Yoweri...

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Seventh-day Adventists recognize World Refugee Day

Seventh-day Adventists recognize World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day, recognized on June 20, is a day dedicated to raising awareness for the displacement of families from their home countries due to civil unrest and conflict. It is an occasion that...

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In North Colombia, church assists Adventist Venezuelan migrant families

In North Colombia, church assists Adventist Venezuelan migrant families

“If cancer hasn’t beaten me, neither will hunger,” said Norbis Sánchez before leaving her native Venezuela for Colombia to get away from the economic, social, and political strife plaguing her home...

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Statement for 2019 World Refugee Day

Statement for 2019 World Refugee Day

June 20 is World Refugee Day when the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) joins the United Nations and the world to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of...

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In Mexico, Adventists further health impact across Chiapas with new mobile health vehicles

In Mexico, Adventists further health impact across Chiapas with new mobile health vehicles

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chiapas, Mexico, highlighted its comprehensive health impact plan with eight brand-new vehicles during a special ceremony held in Tuxtla, Gutiérrez, Chiapas, June...

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