World Church

Southern Asia-Pacific

The Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD) includes the southeast Asian countries of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as Pakistan. The region has a population of more than 950 million.

The Adventist Church in this division counts more than 1.1 million members, making it the fifth largest division worldwide. The Philippines and Indonesia provide the majority of this division’s members.

The Adventist Church in the region operates 875 primary schools, 92 secondary schools, and 13 colleges and universities. It also operates 18 hospitals and clinics.

Two major publishing houses supply literature to some 5,000 literature evangelists.

Vegetarian restaurants near major shopping areas in several countries enable members to share a more healthful way of life to their neighbors.

A resurging Cambodia has benefited the Adventist Church there with growth in recent years. Membership in Vietnam has also grown steadily since the Adventist Church received official registration in the country in 2008.  

The division is also home to the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, which is a graduate degree institution serving the world church in Asia.

Myanmar’s farming, fishing community benefits from region's first Adventist health expo

Myanmar’s farming, fishing community benefits from region's first Adventist health expo

Jan 24, 2012

Members of southern Myanmar’s farming and fishing communities are learning to prevent and treat hypertension, diabetes and other disease. A four-day...

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In Philippines, ADRA distributing supplies to flood victims

In Philippines, ADRA distributing supplies to flood victims

Dec 20, 2011

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is distributing emergency supplies to some of the families hardest hit by flash floods in eastern...

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Remembrance: Murrill, 85, was an Adventist Church undertreasurer

Remembrance: Murrill, 85, was an Adventist Church undertreasurer

Dec 08, 2011

Former Seventh-day Adventist world church Undertreasurer William L. Murrill, who helped support the denomination's presence in Myanmar, died December...

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In Thailand, humanitarian arm of church responds to worst flooding in 50 years

In Thailand, humanitarian arm of church responds to worst flooding in 50 years

Oct 28, 2011

The humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is responding to the worst flooding Thailand has seen in half a century. More than a third...

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Guam-Micronesia Mission now part of North American Division

Guam-Micronesia Mission now part of North American Division

Oct 11, 2011

The Seventh-day Adventist Church's Guam-Micronesia Mission, an administrative region comprising islands in the western Pacific Ocean, will now report...

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ADRA responding to floods in Philippines

ADRA responding to floods in Philippines

Oct 05, 2011

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is assisting more than 700 flooding survivors in the Philippines after back-to-back typhoons struck last...

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