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)

Study revels Yemenis are surviving war-torn districts through agriculture and livelihood aid

Study revels Yemenis are surviving war-torn districts through agriculture and livelihood aid

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) had for seven months conducted a pre- and post- study on the long-term effects of relief aid provided to 200,000 people in Yemen, many of whom were...

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A Romania builds 300th social house as part of its “Rebuilding Hope” project

A Romania builds 300th social house as part of its “Rebuilding Hope” project

On Sunday, March 10, 2019, Jonathan Duffy, president of the Adventist Developement and Relief Agency (ADRA) International, and Ștefan Tomoiagă, president of the Seventh-day Adventist church in...

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Maranatha builds dorm, well for Kenya Rescue Center

Maranatha builds dorm, well for Kenya Rescue Center

For most children, a new bed and bedding isn’t likely to elicit whoops of joy, but for 150 girls at the Kajiado Adventist School and Rescue Center, in Kenya, the dedication of a new dormitory and new...

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Indonesia: ADRA Responds to Flash Floods and Mudslides in Papua Province

Indonesia: ADRA Responds to Flash Floods and Mudslides in Papua Province

On March 16, flash floods and mudslides hit the eastern Indonesian province of Papua near the subdistrict of Jayapura. Reports are the flood waters left at least 104 dead, 60 missing, 74 injured and...

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Death toll rises as flash floods and mudslides devastate East Indonesia

Death toll rises as flash floods and mudslides devastate East Indonesia

Flash flooding and mudslides resulting from torrential rains in East Indonesia destroyed millions of buildings and left more than 50 people dead, 70 people injured and thousands displaced in the...

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Cyclone Idai: ADRA continues to provide aid in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

Cyclone Idai: ADRA continues to provide aid in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe

As swiftly as it came, Cyclone Idai barreled through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe over the weekend, leaving thousands of people displaced. Reports also now estimate that 84 people are confirmed...

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