World Church

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.

Venezuela: Adventist Church celebrates 100 years

Venezuela: Adventist Church celebrates 100 years

Aug 19, 2010

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Session Attendee bicycles from Brazil to Atlanta

Session Attendee bicycles from Brazil to Atlanta

Jun 24, 2010

Few people can say they've visited more than a couple countries in less than a year, but one Seventh-day Adventist has bicycled across eleven since...

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In South America, continent-wide outreach takes message, magazine to community

May 17, 2010

Hundreds of Seventh-day Adventists in South America took to the streets Saturday in the latest continent-wide outreach campaign, promoting health...

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South American Adventists among denomination's communication leaders

South American Adventists among denomination's communication leaders

Apr 01, 2010

For years, any gauge of local media in the central Brazilian state of Goiás would indicate the Seventh-day Adventist Church hardly existed. Mention...

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Church Chat: Strategies for advancing ministry in South America

Church Chat: Strategies for advancing ministry in South America

Mar 23, 2010

"Move the strategy along, go ahead," says Erton Köhler, snapping his fingers to emphasize immediate action. The president of the...

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Four Adventists among dead in Chile earthquake

Four Adventists among dead in Chile earthquake

Mar 08, 2010

Four Seventh-day Adventist church members in Chile are confirmed dead in the wake of the magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck the southern part of...

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