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)

Adventist humanitarians deliver 52 tons of aid to drought-stricken region of Colombia

Adventist humanitarians deliver 52 tons of aid to drought-stricken region of Colombia

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Colombia recently delivered 52 tons of humanitarian aid in La Guajira–one of the most remote regions in the northeastern part of Colombia. La...

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In South America, Adventist humanitarians provide educational, psychological and financial support to nearly 5,500 refugees

In South America, Adventist humanitarians provide educational, psychological and financial support to nearly 5,500 refugees

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, has special meaning for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). As of March, approximately 100,000 refugees have benefited from the agency’s...

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ADRA calls on the international community to find a timely and humane solution for the resettling of refugees worldwide

ADRA calls on the international community to find a timely and humane solution for the resettling of refugees worldwide

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) released the following statement in honor of World Refugee Day.  This World Refugee Day, there are more than 60 million people around the world who...

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President of ADRA highlights development work of the agency at historic United Nations summit

President of ADRA highlights development work of the agency at historic United Nations summit

The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since World War II, according to the United Nations. In response to this fact, Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, convened the World...

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Humanitarians in Greece remain committed to improving the well-being of refugees by leading relief efforts in four camps

Humanitarians in Greece remain committed to improving the well-being of refugees by leading relief efforts in four camps

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Inter-Europe (EUD) is leading the humanitarian services in four refugee camps close to Katerini, Greece by operating various projects aimed at...

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Adventist leader offers prayers for families affected by Fort McMurray wildfire

Adventist leader offers prayers for families affected by Fort McMurray wildfire

The president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, Dan Jackson, released a statement in response to the devastating wildfire in Fort McMurray that started May 1 and has displaced...

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