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East-Central Africa

Map of East-Central Africa Division

The East-Central Africa Division is comprised of 11 countries. Amid a population of about 307 million, the Seventh-day Adventist Church counts more than 2.5 million members worshiping at more than 11,000 churches.

This division is home to the Adventist University of Africa in Kenya, which provides theological training to pastors across the continent. It also operates several other universities and many secondary schools.

The church in Rwanda has more than half a million members and is well regarded in the community. Rwandans are required to perform community service for basic country development on the last Saturday of each month, but the government allows Adventists to perform these duties on Sunday instead to accommodate Sabbath-observance.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency has major operations throughout the division.

Kenyan long-distance runner Abel Kirui, an Adventist Church member, won the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

One year later – Rwanda’s 100,000 newest Adventists

One year later – Rwanda’s 100,000 newest Adventists

History was written in Rwanda in 2016 as 100,135 people were baptized into the Adventist Church. At the core of this unprecedented effort was a 2,227-site evangelistic campaign that ran from May...

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We baptized 20,000—Now what?

We baptized 20,000—Now what?

Over 400 pastors and church leaders gathered at the University of Eastern Africa Baraton in Kenya a few days ago for a five-day pastors’ convention sponsored by the Church's West Kenya Union region...

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In a first, 25 deaf people are baptized in Burundi

In a first, 25 deaf people are baptized in Burundi

Twenty-five deaf people were baptized in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s first deaf baptisms in Burundi as church members step up efforts to share the gospel with the hearing impaired across East...

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19,000 receive free Adventist medical care in Kenya

19,000 receive free Adventist medical care in Kenya

More than 19,000 people received free medical treatment during a two-week evangelistic series in Kenya as local Seventh-day Adventists embraced Christ’s method of meeting people’s physical and...

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In Kenya, Adventists pray for 400,000 baptisms this year

In Kenya, Adventists pray for 400,000 baptisms this year

More than 4,000 evangelistic meetings are being held across Kenya as part of a Total Member Involvement initiative that church members are praying will result in 400,000 baptisms this year. The large...

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Adventist students in Kenya celebrate Sabbath victory

Adventist students in Kenya celebrate Sabbath victory

A five-year-long legal battle for the right to keep Sabbath has ended in a landmark victory for Seventh-day Adventist students in Kenya. The country’s top appeals court ruled last week that the...

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