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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.

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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Floating Church leads more than 200 people to baptism

Floating Church leads more than 200 people to baptism

Raimundo Andrade is a 66-year-old farmer living in Itapuru, 231 kilometers from Manaus, Brazil. This community can only be reached by traveling the river, and it was there that the Floating Church...

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Maranhão approves State Day of Caleb Mission

Maranhão approves State Day of Caleb Mission

On November 19th, the Official Gazette of the State of Maranhão, Brazil, published the approval of a law that establishes the last Saturday of July as State Day of the Caleb Mission. Law number 10,948...

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Adventist student wins medal at Astronomy Olympics

Adventist student wins medal at Astronomy Olympics

Diogo Rodrigues da Silva (14), a student at Esteio Adventist Academy in Rio Grande do Sul, was among the three winners of the Brazilian Astronomy and Astronautics Olympiad (OBA). The test, for...

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At the depth of despair, Marcelo found freedom in Christ

At the depth of despair, Marcelo found freedom in Christ

The Apostle Peter’s sermon, recorded in Acts chapter 2, took place in a context with an impressive manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The three thousand who converted on that day lead us to reflect on...

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