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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.

Adventist health students begin training in Argentina public universities.

Adventist health students begin training in Argentina public universities.

May 14, 2015

The Health Ministries department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church recently launched a new course designed to train and encourage health students...

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Former leader of the Adventist Church in South America dies at 75

Former leader of the Adventist Church in South America dies at 75

May 05, 2015

Ruy Nagel, former president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, died on May 1 at the age of 75, in Porto-Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul,...

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Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

Aug 29, 2013

Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists took to the streets as activists against abuse in scores of cities throughout South America last Saturday. The...

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In Brazil, Adventists demonstrate Christian hospitality

In Brazil, Adventists demonstrate Christian hospitality

Aug 01, 2013

Seventh-day Adventist young people in Rio de Janeiro demonstrated Christian hospitality this week when they offered 170 Catholic youth in town for...

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Religious freedom celebration in Brazil highlights peaceful co-existence

Religious freedom celebration in Brazil highlights peaceful co-existence

May 28, 2013

Top regional leaders of 20 faith groups pledged to continue advocating for religious freedom in Brazil during a weekend festival sponsored by the now...

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In Brazil’s capital, Adventist prayer walk brings thousands to congress building

In Brazil’s capital, Adventist prayer walk brings thousands to congress building

Mar 15, 2013

Moving – literally – to bring hope to the big cities of the South American Division, a group of 7,000 Seventh-day Adventists and friends gathered in...

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