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 ready to respond to major storms affecting US, Philippines, and Eastern Caribbean

ADRA ready to respond to major storms affecting US, Philippines, and Eastern Caribbean

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is responding to three powerful cyclonic storms that are blasting the US east coast, northern Philippines, and the Lower Antilles in the Caribbean...

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Summer Gateway program inspires minority high school students to achieve, serve

Summer Gateway program inspires minority high school students to achieve, serve

Local underrepresented minority high school students were inspired to achieve more and serve others after participating in an immersive two-week learning experience through Loma Linda University...

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ADRA deploys relief efforts after super typhoon strikes the Philippines

ADRA deploys relief efforts after super typhoon strikes the Philippines

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) office in the Philippines has deployed an emergency response team to assess the situation and provide aid to some of the communities most affected by...

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Indian State of Kerala Sees Worst Flooding in Nearly a Century

Indian State of Kerala Sees Worst Flooding in Nearly a Century

Severe floods affected the South Indian state of Kerala due to unusually heavy rainfall during the monsoon season this year. The August 2018 flood is the worst witnessed in the region in nearly a...

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ADRA seeks to help Greek fire victims

ADRA seeks to help Greek fire victims

With more than eighty-five dead, hundreds injured, and more than 1,200 homes destroyed following deadly wildfires near Athens, Greece, ADRA is already working to provide support.  The fires, thought...

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ADRA Fiji trains community in home gardening

ADRA Fiji trains community in home gardening

A two-day gardening workshop in Lautoka, Fiji, has shown participants the techniques for starting and improving home gardens. Participants from communities in Nadi and Lautoka attended the workshop,...

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