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)

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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Adventist church headquarters in Bangladesh builds community connections through employee impact.

Adventist church headquarters in Bangladesh builds community connections through employee impact.

Adventist leaders in the predominantly Muslim country of Bangladesh are looking back on 2017 with gratitude to God for His leading in their community work this year. The Adventist Development and...

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1000 “Just for You” bags support children in distress

1000 “Just for You” bags support children in distress

One thousand children admitted to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Sydney) due to crisis or abuse have received comfort through an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and local church...

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AdventistHelp extends aid to vulnerable refugee communities in Iraq, Greece

AdventistHelp extends aid to vulnerable refugee communities in Iraq, Greece

AdventistHelp is a medical humanitarian initiative set up in 2015 in response to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and Europe. They provide emergency and primary medical care to vulnerable...

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