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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.

Adventist volunteers provide care to pilgrims in Minas Gerais

Adventist volunteers provide care to pilgrims in Minas Gerais

Every year, Catholic pilgrims leave their homes throughout Minas Gerais, Brazil, to walk to the city of Romaria for one of the greatest religious festivities in the state, which takes place on August...

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Children learn about healthy eating benefits during holiday

Children learn about healthy eating benefits during holiday

Giovanna, 6 years old, did not like fruits or vegetables when she arrived to attend the Christian Holiday School in Bahia, Brazil. She just wanted to eat sweets, pizza and other goodies. However,...

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Tennessee Pathfinders win Oshkosh theme song contest

Tennessee Pathfinders win Oshkosh theme song contest

Roger and Ariel Lantigua, brothers from the Bowman Hills Pathfinder Club in Cleveland, Tennessee, won the theme song contest for the 2019 Chosen International Pathfinder Camporee. Event organizers...

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Adventists make Três Rios residents aware of effects of child sexual violence

Adventists make Três Rios residents aware of effects of child sexual violence

The Breaking the Silence campaign, organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America, took place in the community of Três Rios, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 4th. It...

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Single mother presented with a renovated house

Single mother presented with a renovated house

Nilda Santos da Silva, 51, is a single mother of five children. For 13 years she has lived in a small house with two rooms—a kitchen and bedroom—in Jardim Colombo on the west side of São Paulo. She...

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Adventist University will participate in Pan American Games Lima 2019

Adventist University will participate in Pan American Games Lima 2019

The Universidad Peruana Unión (UPeU) signed an inter-institutional collaboration agreement with the Special Project for the Preparation and Development of the 2019 XVIII Pan American Games and Sixth...

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