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)

Adventists of Lugansk present immigrants with washing machine

Adventists of Lugansk present immigrants with washing machine

Adventist leaders in the Lugansk communities  of the Ukraine learned immigrants, from the front-line territories in Ukraine,  have an acute need for a washing machine and oven. Parishioners in the community presented them with a...

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Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Adventist youth around the world deliberately missed out on hearing a sermon on Saturday, March 17, choosing instead to “Be The Sermon” in celebration of Global Youth Day 2018 Thousands of young Adventists ran water and food drives in their...

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Adventists in the Philippines assist volcano evacuees

Adventists in the Philippines assist volcano evacuees

Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is home to Mayon, one of the world most active volcanoes.  Since the beginning of the year, Mayon’s volcanic activity has increased until it began erupting on January 13. On January 14, the...

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ADRA helps provide school meals for students during hunger crisis

ADRA helps provide school meals for students during hunger crisis

More than 50,000 students across Southern Africa are receiving much needed school meals to encourage increased school enrollment and attendance, thanks to a partnership project known as the El Nino Relief and Recovery School Feeding...

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Adventists among first to respond to PNG earthquake

Adventists among first to respond to PNG earthquake

Seventh-day Adventists were among the first to respond after a powerful earthquake devastated villages in Papua New Guinea (PNG). The 7.5 magnitude quake struck the Southern Highlands region of PNG on February 26, with 122 reported deaths. Since...

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Adventist volunteer in British Virgin Islands in post-hurricane reconstruction

Adventist volunteer in British Virgin Islands in post-hurricane reconstruction

Seventh-day Adventists in the British Virgin Islands have been volunteering their time and talents to numerous roof reconstruction projects in the wake of the devastating 2017 hurricane season. The British Virgin Islands are comprised of Virgin...

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