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)

Flag of Haiti on flagpole against the blue sky

Maryland church partners with ADRA, medical personnel to provide relief

On November 7, 2018, more than 50 volunteers traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to launch the “Haiti, We Hear You” mission campaign. Through the partnership of the Capitol Hill Seventh-day Adventist...

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World Orphans-Vulnerable Children’s Sabbath

World Orphan’s Day was created by The Stars Foundationä to raise awareness about the number of children in this world who lack something most of us take for granted: parents. The Stars Foundation™,...

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Adventists join in Kids Off Nauru call

Adventists join in Kids Off Nauru call

Seventh-day Adventists were among a group of Australian Christians calling for the release of children held in immigration detention on Nauru. The statement was made by participants at the Justice...

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Adventist Community Services mobilizes support efforts in wake of Typhoon Yutu

Adventist Community Services mobilizes support efforts in wake of Typhoon Yutu

Devastation brought on by the year’s strongest storm to date, which slammed into the Northern Mariana Islands on October 24, activated response efforts by Adventist Community Services (ACS) in the...

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ADRA receives air support to help with ongoing relief aid in Indonesia

ADRA receives air support to help with ongoing relief aid in Indonesia

As response efforts continue for thousands of affected people hardest hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake followed by an 18-foot tsunami, which struck the town of Palu and nearby areas in central...

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Adventists among those affected by earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

Adventists among those affected by earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia

A devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit the island of Sulawesi on Friday, September 28—the latest in a series of earthquakes affecting the Papua province of Indonesia. The Indonesian National...

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