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 volunteers provide care to pilgrims in Minas Gerais

Adventist volunteers provide care to pilgrims in Minas Gerais

Every year, Catholic pilgrims leave their homes throughout Minas Gerais, Brazil, to walk to the city of Romaria for one of the greatest religious festivities in the state, which takes place on August...

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ADRA readies to assist the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands slammed by Hurricane Dorian

ADRA readies to assist the Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands slammed by Hurricane Dorian

Since Monday, September 2, the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas were hardest hit by Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 mph with gusts of up to 220 mph. L...

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Bangladesh: Thousands affected by slum fire, lose everything

Bangladesh: Thousands affected by slum fire, lose everything

Reports estimate more than 15,000 people were heavily affected by a recent fire that swept across a densely populated slum in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh. The left three people injured, and...

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AdventistHelp and ADRA partner to construct field hospital in Uganda

AdventistHelp and ADRA partner to construct field hospital in Uganda

AdventistHelp was founded in 2015 as a medical humanitarian initiative in response to the overwhelming refugee crisis in the Middle East at the time. Their first major project was to provide an...

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In North Colombia, Adventist University provides Venezuela migrant families with business opportunities

In North Colombia, Adventist University provides Venezuela migrant families with business opportunities

Jhonny Alberto Peña clearly remembers March 22. It was the day he left his native Venezuela for the city of Medellin in neighboring Colombia. “It was hard when I left, to leave my family, my small...

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Giving a helping hand

Adventist Community Services Supply Spiritual and Emotional Support After El Paso, Texas, Mass Shooting

Shortly after a gunman fired on crowds in a Walmart and its parking lot in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, local Adventist Community Service Disaster Response (ACS DR) leader Marshall Gonzales reached out...

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