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)

Inter-American leaders see Hurricane Dorian destruction firsthand

Inter-American leaders see Hurricane Dorian destruction firsthand

Snapped brown pine trees, downed electrical poles, mangled steel buildings, destroyed businesses, flattened neighborhoods, churches destroyed, and debris everywhere. That was the sight that greeted...

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ADRA distributes food and water to families hardest hit by Tropical Storm Podul

ADRA distributes food and water to families hardest hit by Tropical Storm Podul

On August 29, Tropical Storm Podul crossed into northeast and northern Thailand bringing heavy rainfall and high winds causing flash flooding and landslides across 32 provinces.  Due to the...

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Volunteers support Venezuelan families in Maranhão

Volunteers support Venezuelan families in Maranhão

“The resident alien who lives with you will be treated as a native of the land. Love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. ” This advice from Leviticus 19:34 was given to the Hebrews,...

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In the Bahamas, Adventist Church assists members relocating in Nassau

In the Bahamas, Adventist Church assists members relocating in Nassau

“You are not alone. Your church family is with you and God is touching many hearts all over the world to help you endure through this process,” Peter Kerr, president of the Seventh-day Adventist...

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ADRA prepares food and water assistance to help families in the Bahamas

ADRA prepares food and water assistance to help families in the Bahamas

Four days have passed since Category 5 Hurricane Dorian dumped heavy rain on the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands for more than 40 hours. As the storm tapers off, the devastation is immense. Families...

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In the Bahamas, Adventist Church accounting for members after Hurricane Dorian

In the Bahamas, Adventist Church accounting for members after Hurricane Dorian

Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Nassau, The Bahamas, are still waiting to know the fate of the hundreds of members who have been affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Dorian on the hardest...

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