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)

Longest-serving Adventist volunteer services missionary honored

Longest-serving Adventist volunteer services missionary honored

Each year hundreds of Adventist young people step away from their studies or work to volunteer full-time, for up to two years, around the world, through the church’s Adventist Volunteer Services (AVS)...

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ADRA women's center in Serbia helps migrants find purpose

ADRA women's center in Serbia helps migrants find purpose

Growing tensions in the Middle East over the last two years caused a massive exodus for thousands of families who fled to European countries, one of which is Serbia. More than 4,000 migrants settled...

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Dominica goes from relief to rebuild thanks to International support

Dominica goes from relief to rebuild thanks to International support

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Dominica is currently transitioning from relief to rebuild, said the organization’s leaders in that Caribbean nation, after Hurricane María damaged...

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Children help children with more than 38,000 care packages

Children help children with more than 38,000 care packages

For 18 years, children in Germany have been packing gift packages for needy children in Eastern Europe through the “Aktion Kinder helfen Kindern” [Children Helping Children Initiative] campaign,...

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As nations debate refugee policies, Adventists at the United Nations emphasize compassion

As nations debate refugee policies, Adventists at the United Nations emphasize compassion

Migrants and refugees are not “problems to be solved,” but vulnerable individuals who must be treated with respect and compassion, said participants this week at a United Nations symposium...

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In St. Thomas, Andrew's University students remove hurricane debris at largest Adventist Church

In St. Thomas, Andrew's University students remove hurricane debris at largest Adventist Church

A group of students and leaders from Andrews University recently spent a day clearing out fallen walls, fallen branches and debris from the largest Seventh-day Adventist Church on St. Thomas,...

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