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South American Division

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.

Adventists prepare themselves for days of prayer

Adventists prepare themselves for days of prayer

Maribel Aguilar was devastated when she was diagnosed with cancer. For the first time, she opened her heart to God. “I begged Him to help me defeat this cancer and to give me the opportunity to live....

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Adventists organize aid for victims of disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil

Adventists organize aid for victims of disaster in Brumadinho, Brazil

On Friday, January 25, a large mining dam burst in Brumadinho, Brazil, flooding nearby offices and homes with wastewater and trapping cars and people under a sea of mud and sludge. The state fire...

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Mail Company issues commemorative stamps for the 60th  anniversary of Pathfinders in Brazil

Mail Company issues commemorative stamps for the 60th anniversary of Pathfinders in Brazil

Correios, a Brazilian mailing company, launched eight exclusive stamps for participants of the 5th South American Pathfinder Camporee recently held in Barretos, Sao Paulo. The series commemorates the...

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Museum uses 50 thousand items to tell Pathfinders’ history

Museum uses 50 thousand items to tell Pathfinders’ history

One of the main attractions at the fifth South American Pathfinder Camporee is a special booth dedicated to Pathfinder Club history. Thanks to donations from 56 countries, a collection of more than 50...

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After five years, South American Pathfinders once again crowd the arena in Barretos

After five years, South American Pathfinders once again crowd the arena in Barretos

It’s been nearly five years since the last South American Pathfinder Camporee.  Now, once again a sea of tents was erected in Parque do Peão, in Barretos in preparation for a deluge of Pathfinders....

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Together with the Pathfinders, the author gives a missionary book in Brazil

Together with the Pathfinders, the author gives a missionary book in Brazil

Camporee gives Pathfinders many learning opportunities and is the perfect place for them to share what they’ve learned with the community around them. This is just what club members from Brazil and...

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