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 in Bolivia mobilizes to help those affected by the floods

Adventist Church in Bolivia mobilizes to help those affected by the floods

Heavy rains in recent weeks have caused flooding in several areas and municipalities of Bolivia. For this reason, the government declared a state of emergency, to take the necessary measures and attend to all families affected by floods and...

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Hurricane damaged Adventist school in St. Thomas gets cleaned up

Hurricane damaged Adventist school in St. Thomas gets cleaned up

Since hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc on several educational institutions in the Virgin Islands, many schools have had to relocate their students. Thomas/St. John Seventh-day Adventist School, located in St. Thomas, lost 80 percent of its...

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ADRA delivers hundreds of food parcels as Tonga clean-up continues

ADRA delivers hundreds of food parcels as Tonga clean-up continues

ADRA South Pacific is on the ground in Tonga responding to the widespread and urgent need caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita.  South Pacific emergency response coordinator Michael Peach has been assisting the Tongan Seventh-day Adventist Church in...

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In Adventist Social Operation more than 120 families are benefited in Chile

In Adventist Social Operation more than 120 families are benefited in Chile

Under the banner "Love without limits" more than 130 volunteers of the Social Operative (OPSO) of the Adventist Church, in the central region of Chile, supported by the department of the Adventist Solidarity Action (ASA) ,...

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In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church continues to strengthen communities in wake of hurricane devastation

In Puerto Rico, Adventist Church continues to strengthen communities in wake of hurricane devastation

The before story seems very distant, and the after story is still developing, says Pastor Jose Alberto Rodríguez, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Puerto Rico. Rodríguez never thought he would see his beloved island destroyed and...

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Adriatic youth spend 14 days in refugee camp

Adriatic youth spend 14 days in refugee camp

For the second year in a row, young people from the Adriatic Union of Seventh-day Adventists volunteered their winter holiday to work at a refugee camp in Greece. The camp, a village of containers located near the northern city of Katerini, is...

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