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.

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

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ADRA assisting flood victims in Mexico, Cambodia

ADRA assisting flood victims in Mexico, Cambodia

Oct 07, 2013

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is assisting those affected by flooding in Latin America and Southeast Asia by providing food and shelter...

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In Pakistan, Adventist sentenced to life imprisonment for alleged blasphemy

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A court in Pakistan this month sentenced a Seventh-day Adventist man to life in prison for allegedly defaming the Prophet Muhammad in a case that...

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Adventists part of response in Bangladesh factory collapse disaster

Adventists part of response in Bangladesh factory collapse disaster

Apr 30, 2013

Seventh-day Adventists were some of the first responders to a commercial factory building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, that has captured...

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In Pakistan, mob burns homes in anti-Christian violence

In Pakistan, mob burns homes in anti-Christian violence

Mar 12, 2013

Residents of a Christian community in eastern Pakistan, among them Seventh-day Adventists, are reeling after a mob torched their homes and businesses...

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Wilson affirms Indonesia president’s religious freedom commitment

Wilson affirms Indonesia president’s religious freedom commitment

Feb 19, 2013

In a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Seventh-day Adventist Church president Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson affirmed the nation’s...

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