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)

Wildfires lead to evacuation of 88,000 in Alberta Canada

Wildfires lead to evacuation of 88,000 in Alberta Canada

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada are closely monitoring a wildfire in Ft. McMurray, Alberta in Canada, that caused the local government to declare a statement of emergency and...

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Adventist humanitarians in Northern Italy combat loneliness through a lunch program

Adventist humanitarians in Northern Italy combat loneliness through a lunch program

On April 13, a unique outreach project for the elderly organized by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Italy drew the attention of political figures from the city of Cesena. The local...

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

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

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 least 413 people and injuring more than 2,500. The...

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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

A memorandum of understanding between the Greek Mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and ASI Europe means that Adventist Help, a bus-based medical clinic, is once again ready to help refugees. ...

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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

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

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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

ADRA is responding to a serious drought affecting countries across southern Africa, where El Niño conditions have caused the lowest ever recorded rainfall between October and December 2015, as well as...

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