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)

[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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ADRA Slovenia shares humanity with 30,000 refugees in two weeks

ADRA Slovenia shares humanity with 30,000 refugees in two weeks

Dec 21, 2015

News broadcasts are full of their stories. While politicians struggle, while winter sets in, and while some borders close, others cannot just stand...

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ADRA Brazil responds to the worst environmental disaster in Minas Gerais

ADRA Brazil responds to the worst environmental disaster in Minas Gerais

Nov 25, 2015

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Brazil has mobilized efforts to help meet the needs of more than a quarter of a million people...

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ADRA Prepares For Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane In Mexico

ADRA Prepares For Potentially Catastrophic Hurricane In Mexico

Oct 23, 2015

Hurricane Patricia, the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, is expected to make landfall in southwestern Mexico tonight. The...

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ADRA calls for humane response to refugee crisis in Europe

ADRA calls for humane response to refugee crisis in Europe

Oct 14, 2015

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) released its official position statement on the refugee crisis in Europe. Last year the United...

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