World Church

South American

With a population of 315 million, the South American Division (SAD) has more than 2 million members and 10,600 churches. The division includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, with adjacent islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

This region has a strong collaborative spirit in working together in church projects and initiatives for outreach and service.

Brazil is the membership powerhouse of this division, and it has the largest Adventist Church membership of any country. Brazil’s national “Christmas Mutirão” campaign in the past five years collected nearly 30 tons of food, toys and clothes in eight countries of South America. The annual initiative is endorsed by numerous A-list celebrities, including soccer icon Pelé.

Peru also has a high member-to-population ratio, one of the highest for a large country.

The Adventist Church operates two medical schools in this division – in Argentina and Peru.

The division has 13 colleges and universities, five of which are in Brazil and three of which are in Argentina.

Brazil's health ministry commends Adventist blood donor campaign

Brazil's health ministry commends Adventist blood donor campaign

Jun 22, 2011

A Seventh-day Adventist blood donation program active in eight South American countries was recognized by Brazil's health ministry last week for...

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Wilson opens historic South American Division Ministerial Council

Wilson opens historic South American Division Ministerial Council

May 26, 2011

"Are you really united in hope for the return of Jesus?" Seventh-day Adventist world church President Ted N. C. Wilson asked some 4,000...

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Adventists share hope, donate blood in wake of school shooting

Adventists share hope, donate blood in wake of school shooting

Apr 13, 2011

Seventh-day Adventists in Rio de Janeiro are sharing a message of hope with their grieving neighbors after a school shooting last week left the...

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In Brazil, Adventists move to help flood victims

In Brazil, Adventists move to help flood victims

Jan 13, 2011

Seventh-day Adventists are among those providing aid after heavy rains devastated the southeast region of Brazil this month, church leaders there...

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In Peru, 'historic' religious liberty legislation passes

In Peru, 'historic' religious liberty legislation passes

Dec 07, 2010

Members of Peru's congress voted last week to approve legislation guaranteeing the religious liberty of all citizens, a freedom already recognized by...

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Spiritual revival focus of Adventist business meetings in South America

Spiritual revival focus of Adventist business meetings in South America

Nov 22, 2010

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America is promoting the global denomination's current focus on spiritual revival for accomplishing the...

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