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 assists families affected by the recent volcano eruptions in Guatemala

ADRA assists families affected by the recent volcano eruptions in Guatemala

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Guatemala, with the help of its church member volunteers, continues to distribute water and food to families displaced by the deadly volcano eruptions in the south central region of...

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ADRA and Sligo Church Host First Refugee Awareness Event

ADRA and Sligo Church Host First Refugee Awareness Event

To help engage the public in response to the refugee crisis, which involves more than 65 million people worldwide, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) collaborated with the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church to co-host an information...

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Maryland church shows compassion in action

Maryland church shows compassion in action

“The Church is the greatest vehicle God has chosen to bless the world around them,” says Joseph Khabbaz, youth and young adult pastor for the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist church in Maryland, United States (US). Khabbaz leads a group of church...

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Volunteers renovate church in Cuba

Volunteers renovate church in Cuba

A group of 42 Maranatha volunteers recently returned from a project at the Seventh-day Adventist church in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. This congregation began in a woman’s home and continued to meet there for 45 years! Before she died, she asked...

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Former refugee asks God to bless ADRA

Former refugee asks God to bless ADRA

Yaman* fled with his mother and four siblings from the bombs falling on his village in Syria. On a bitterly cold train station at the border of Macedonia, ADRA gave the family warm clothing. Last weekend Yaman thanked ADRA for helping his family....

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Venezuelan migrants to receive more than half a million dollars in aid

Venezuelan migrants to receive more than half a million dollars in aid

Venezuelan refugees arriving in the cities of Boa Vista and Pacaraima, Brazil, recently received encouraging news. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), a humanitarian...

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