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Southern Asia

Southern Asia Division

The Southern Asia Division (SUD) is comprised of four countries: Bhutan, India, the Maldives and Nepal. It has more than 4,000 churches in a population of about 1.2 billion.

Hope TV India started in 2008 in the southeastern city of Chennai. This is the first Adventist television channel in the country and is broadcast 24/7. Hope Channel programs are available in Hindi, Tamil, English, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu.

India has the largest membership of this division. The Adventist Church in this country operates six educational entities and 12 health institutions.

Church structure began to grow around clinics and hospitals founded by early missionaries. Today this is still the case in many areas in this division. In Nepal, Scheer Memorial Hospital is a major regional healthcare institution in Banepa, just outside of Kathmandu. The country recently adopted a secular constitution, which expanded religious freedom.

Many supporting ministries of the Adventist Church also operate institutions.  Asian Aid School for the Blind in Bobbili, Andhra Pradesh, enrolls about 100 students, many of whom are orphans.

ADRA Australia assisting in Nepal following deadly floods

ADRA Australia assisting in Nepal following deadly floods

Sep 11, 2014

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is establishing two temporary health camps in Western Nepal to assist some of the 180,000 people still...

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In India, Adventists seek inquiry after local members reconvert to Hinduism

In India, Adventists seek inquiry after local members reconvert to Hinduism

Sep 02, 2014

Adventist leaders have appealed to Indian authorities to investigate the possible forced reconversion of Seventh-day Adventists to Hinduism in a...

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In Nepal, one small step for Adventist Church

In Nepal, one small step for Adventist Church

Sep 17, 2013

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s work in the Central Asian country of Nepal this month was recognized as a denominational “mission,” a move up from...

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In India, Adventist humanitarians poised to assist flood victims

In India, Adventist humanitarians poised to assist flood victims

Jun 25, 2013

Seventh-day Adventist humanitarians in northern India are monitoring needs and preparing emergency relief in the wake of an unprecedented monsoon...

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In India, new orphanage on horizon for Adventist supporting ministry

In India, new orphanage on horizon for Adventist supporting ministry

Dec 19, 2011

Less than half of India’s children get an education. Many are orphans who live in extreme poverty in the country’s slums. One Seventh-day Adventist...

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In northern India, ADRA distributes supplies in wake of widespread flooding

Oct 04, 2011

The humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is responding in the wake of monsoon rains that have flooded wide stretches of northern...

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