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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.

Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

Aug 17, 2015

As monsoon rains continue in flood-devastated Myanmar, Adventists throughout the country are responding to the overwhelming needs. Current national...

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Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

Aug 04, 2015

This week Adventists in Myanmar continue their assessment and relief activities in the flood-affected western areas of the country. Six weeks of...

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6 Newcomers Among 13 Division Presidents

6 Newcomers Among 13 Division Presidents

Jul 07, 2015

General Conference (GC) session delegates elected six new presidents to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 13 world divisions and kept seven...

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Two Adventists Detained in Bangladesh

Two Adventists Detained in Bangladesh

Mar 24, 2015

The Seventh-day Adventist Church said Tuesday that two Adventists were detained in Bangladesh on unclear charges. They have been released from...

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Philippines approves new Adventist medical school

Philippines approves new Adventist medical school

Mar 05, 2015

The Philippines has granted approval for an Adventist medical school to begin classes in August, making it the first Adventist medical school in Asia...

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In Thailand, Adventist university hosts mobile eye surgery clinic

In Thailand, Adventist university hosts mobile eye surgery clinic

Feb 10, 2015

A Seventh-day Adventist university in Thailand recently hosted a group of volunteer ophthalmologists who offered free eye care for more than 250...

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