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 Church still assessing damage after earthquake hits Puerto Rico

Adventist Church still assessing damage after earthquake hits Puerto Rico

Seventh-day Adventist leaders in Puerto Rico are still baffled by a series of earthquakes which began yesterday, and culminated with a 6.4 magnitude tremor early this on January 7. The earthquakes...

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Australian Bushfires update

Australian Bushfires update

As Australia’s bushfire crisis continues, here’s an update on how Adventists have been impacted and what the Church is doing to support fire-impacted communities. Cobargo the worst affected in NSW C...

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Adventist families among those affected by massive flooding in Indonesia

Adventist families among those affected by massive flooding in Indonesia

While the world welcomed the New Year on the evening of December 31, 2019, citizens of Jakarta, Indonesia braced themselves for torrential rains and severe flooding as monsoons and rising rivers...

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Adventist Church in Australia responds to bushfire tragedy

Adventist Church in Australia responds to bushfire tragedy

Leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church have expressed their heartfelt sympathies for those impacted by the bushfires currently raging across Australia. Jorge Munoz, president of the Seventh-day...

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Adventist humanitarian agency helps fishermen families in the northeastern region

Adventist humanitarian agency helps fishermen families in the northeastern region

A November oil spill in Brazil has become the country’s worst marine environmental disaster. Now, the disaster has begun to impact the finances of the families in the northeastern region of the...

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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted South Philippines, Adventists among those affected

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake jolted South Philippines, Adventists among those affected

A devastating 6.9 magnitude earthquake jolted Davao del Sur, South Philippines,  at around 2:11 in the afternoon, Sunday, December 15. This latest earthquake is the strongest reported in the series of...

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