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)

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

May 25, 2016

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...

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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

May 16, 2016

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Inter-Europe (EUD) is leading the humanitarian services in four refugee camps close to...

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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

May 12, 2016

The president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America, Dan Jackson, released a statement in response to the devastating wildfire in Fort...

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Wildfires lead to evacuation of 88,000 in Alberta Canada

Wildfires lead to evacuation of 88,000 in Alberta Canada

May 05, 2016

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada are closely monitoring a wildfire in Ft. McMurray, Alberta in Canada, that caused the local...

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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

Apr 26, 2016

On April 13, a unique outreach project for the elderly organized by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Italy drew the attention of...

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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

Apr 19, 2016

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...

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