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)

Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

Apr 19, 2016

The South American country of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:58 p.m. Saturday, killing at...

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Adventist mobile medical clinic prepares to run health services of a new refugee camp in Greece

Adventist mobile medical clinic prepares to run health services of a new refugee camp in Greece

Apr 12, 2016

A memorandum of understanding between the Greek Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and ASI Europe means that Adventist Help, a bus-based...

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ADRA offers aid to stranded refugees in Greece due to the closing of the Balkan borders

ADRA offers aid to stranded refugees in Greece due to the closing of the Balkan borders

Apr 12, 2016

Balkan borders have closed to refugees seeking safety in Europe. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has turned much of its attention...

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Adventist humanitarian agency responds to El Niño drought emergency in Africa

Adventist humanitarian agency responds to El Niño drought emergency in Africa

Apr 04, 2016

ADRA is responding to a serious drought affecting countries across southern Africa, where El Niño conditions have caused the lowest ever recorded...

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[Updated] ADRA Switzerland provides monetary assistance to refugees in Lebanon

[Updated] ADRA Switzerland provides monetary assistance to refugees in Lebanon

Mar 07, 2016

Editors Note: The following story was edited March 9 at 10:30 U.S. Eastern Standard Time. The civil war in Syria has been raging since early 2011....

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Worst cyclone to ever hit Fiji cuts power, water, and communication

Feb 22, 2016

Twenty-four hours after Cyclone Winston smashed Fiji the full picture of the destruction remains unknown. Power, water, communication, roads and...

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