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)

Children help children with more than 38,000 care packages

Children help children with more than 38,000 care packages

For 18 years, children in Germany have been packing gift packages for needy children in Eastern Europe through the “Aktion Kinder helfen Kindern” [Children Helping Children Initiative] campaign,...

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As nations debate refugee policies, Adventists at the United Nations emphasize compassion

As nations debate refugee policies, Adventists at the United Nations emphasize compassion

Migrants and refugees are not “problems to be solved,” but vulnerable individuals who must be treated with respect and compassion, said participants this week at a United Nations symposium...

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In St. Thomas, Andrew's University students remove hurricane debris at largest Adventist Church

In St. Thomas, Andrew's University students remove hurricane debris at largest Adventist Church

A group of students and leaders from Andrews University recently spent a day clearing out fallen walls, fallen branches and debris from the largest Seventh-day Adventist Church on St. Thomas,...

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Two LLUH physicians make an impact on epilepsy care in Malawi

Two LLUH physicians make an impact on epilepsy care in Malawi

Two Loma Linda University Health physicians have established the first physician-run epilepsy treatment programs in the southeastern African nation of Malawi.  Warren Boling, MD, and Travis Losey,...

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ADRA Romania releases new video in support of "Hope for Immigrants"

ADRA Romania releases new video in support of "Hope for Immigrants"

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Romania has launched a new music video, "Love is the Way," in support of the project Hope for Immigrants. ADRA Romania hopes to inform and raise...

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ADRA Philippines and Adventist volunteers respond to those impacted by devastating floods in the Philippines

ADRA Philippines and Adventist volunteers respond to those impacted by devastating floods in the Philippines

Over an eight-day span, from December 16-23, two tropical storms Kai-Tak (also known as Urduja) and Tembin (also known as Vinta) battered the Philippines and triggered deadly flooding and landslides...

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