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.

ADRA heading to devastated areas in Philippines in wake of typhoon

ADRA heading to devastated areas in Philippines in wake of typhoon

Dec 07, 2012

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Philippines is coordinating relief efforts following Typhoon Bopha’s slam Tuesday on the southern...

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In Philippines, Adventist hospital team wins nurse quiz competition

In Philippines, Adventist hospital team wins nurse quiz competition

Sep 07, 2012

The Manila Adventist Medical Center (MAMC) was named Grand Winner of the 2nd Rachell Allen Nurse Quiz Show 2012, an invitational event sponsored by...

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Now self-sustaining ‘conference,’ church in Singapore focuses on recruiting

Now self-sustaining ‘conference,’ church in Singapore focuses on recruiting

Jun 08, 2012

Chuen Rong is thinking of becoming a pastor, so last month, in order to gain perspective, the 19-year-old met with a majority of the full-time...

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At local Malaysian markets, mobile medical ministry embodies urban focus

At local Malaysian markets, mobile medical ministry embodies urban focus

May 31, 2012

At 7 a.m. one recent morning, a nurse and two church workers got out of a van at a morning market here to set up tables, plastic tools and two red...

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Religious freedom festival in Indonesia recognizes government, faith leaders

Religious freedom festival in Indonesia recognizes government, faith leaders

May 15, 2012

A recent festival of religious freedom cements the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Indonesia as a leading proponent of free expression of religion in...

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Remembrance: Monnier, 59, leaves legacy of mission service

Remembrance: Monnier, 59, leaves legacy of mission service

Feb 01, 2012

Eric Monnier, 59, a Seventh-day Adventist missionary whose work spurred church growth in South America in the 1970s and 80s, died January 22 in...

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