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)

Refugee Children’s Summer Camp Leads to Community Learning

Refugee Children’s Summer Camp Leads to Community Learning

Every summer, Adventist Muslim Friendship Association (AMFA), a North American Division-based initiative located near Chattanooga, Tennessee, provides a summer school for children of refugee families...

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Volunteers create 'solidarity tent' to help needy people

Volunteers create 'solidarity tent' to help needy people

Despite a substantial agricultural sector and a high standard of living, poverty and food insecurity still dogs the poor in the city of Chapadão do Céu, in the central Brazilian state of Goiás....

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Partnership between ADRA, Uber, and Sesc distributes over 900 lunchboxes in Samambaia

Partnership between ADRA, Uber, and Sesc distributes over 900 lunchboxes in Samambaia

A partnership between the Adventist Development and Assistance Resources Agency (ADRA), the Municipal Administration of Samambaia, the Uber transport company, and Mesa Brasil Sesc (Brazil Table of the...

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Adventist Church Assists Unemployed Residents in Sint Maarten

Adventist Church Assists Unemployed Residents in Sint Maarten

Members of the St. Peter’s Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sint Maarten recently sought out the most needy members in their congregation and residents of the surrounding community to assist with food...

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ADRA unites with Adventist Community Services to help feed families in the U.S

ADRA unites with Adventist Community Services to help feed families in the U.S

 In partnership with Adventist Community Services (ACS) of the North American Division (NAD), the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the global humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day...

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Adventist humanitarian agency has helped more than 840,000 refugees

Adventist humanitarian agency has helped more than 840,000 refugees

Every day, about 40,000 people are forced to flee their countries due to persecution, conflict, or widespread violence. Today, approximately 79.5 million people are displaced from their places of...

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