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East-Central Africa

Map of East-Central Africa Division

East-Central Africa

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.

Seventh-day Adventist World Church president sends letter of encouragement to members in Burundi

Seventh-day Adventist World Church president sends letter of encouragement to members in Burundi

Editors note: Since May of 2019, the Adventist Church members in Burundi have endured ongoing persecution from the countries government. On October 24, the president of the Burundi Union Mission,...

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Seventh-day Adventist Church initiates global prayer campaign #Pray4Burundi

Seventh-day Adventist Church initiates global prayer campaign #Pray4Burundi

On October 24, Burundi Union President, Lamec Barishinga, was arrested on his way to meetings at the East-Central African division offices in Nairobi, Kenya. This arrest is the latest in an escalating...

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Searching in 13 Churches

Searching in 13 Churches

Mary John Ijaa never realized that it could be so hard to find a church. She grew up attending worship services in a major Christian denomination in what is now South Sudan. But she didn’t feel...

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Seventh-day Adventist World Church President writes letter to Adventist members in Burundi

Seventh-day Adventist World Church President writes letter to Adventist members in Burundi

Editor’s Note: According to the East-Central Africa Division (ECD), this morning, October 24, Burundi Union President, Lamec Barishinga was arrested on his way to the ECD year-end meetings in Nairobi,...

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Seventh-day Adventist World Church President, Ted N.C. Wilson,  encourages members in Burundi

Seventh-day Adventist World Church President, Ted N.C. Wilson, encourages members in Burundi

Dear Esteemed Brothers and Sisters in Burundi, Again, it is a privilege to share with you scriptural and Spirit of Prophecy encouragement since you are part of our world family of the Seventh-day...

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Rwandan President, along with President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, inaugurates new Adventist medical school in East Africa

Rwandan President, along with President of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, inaugurates new Adventist medical school in East Africa

His Excellency Paul Kagame, the president of the Republic of Rwanda, and Ted N.C. Wilson, president of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church, recently unveiled the new East-Central Africa...

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