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)

Refugee crisis in Europe continues, ADRA opens refugee center in Belgrade

Refugee crisis in Europe continues, ADRA opens refugee center in Belgrade

As tens of thousands of refugees continue to flee to Europe, ADRA is working over time in Serbia to ensure that vulnerable families are cared for in this time of crisis. Last week, ADRA and its...

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ADRA Provides Education to Displaced Iraqis in Kurdistan

ADRA Provides Education to Displaced Iraqis in Kurdistan

Violence in Iraq has displaced at least 3 million people, 50 percent of which have fled to the Kurdish-controlled governorates in the north of Iraq where the Adventist Development and Relief Agency...

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Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

As monsoon rains continue in flood-devastated Myanmar, Adventists throughout the country are responding to the overwhelming needs. Current national news reports indicate the death toll has passed 100...

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More than 3,000 in Spokane received free health care from Adventist clinic

More than 3,000 in Spokane received free health care from Adventist clinic

More than 1,600 healthcare professionals and volunteers operated a no-cost mega medical and dental clinic in Spokane, Washington on August 3-4, 2015. Organizers announced yesterday that a total of...

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Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

This week Adventists in Myanmar continue their assessment and relief activities in the flood-affected western areas of the country. Six weeks of heavy rainfall combined with high winds and rain from a...

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Adventist Community Services responds to Texas Flooding

Adventist Community Services responds to Texas Flooding

Adventist Community Services (ACS) served more than 750 people in San Marcos with clothing from the Texas ACS mobile distribution truck this week. They also gave out 252 flood buckets. As a joint...

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