World Church

South American

Map of 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 share hope at Brazilian plane crash funeral

Adventists share hope at Brazilian plane crash funeral

Seventh-day Adventists joined tens of thousands of people at Brazil's Chapecoense stadium to mourn those killed in the crash of a soccer team’s airplane, and to share their hope in the resurrection at...

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In Brazil, prestigious scientific journal “Nature Communications” focuses on Adventist lifestyle

In Brazil, prestigious scientific journal “Nature Communications” focuses on Adventist lifestyle

The relationship between an intestinal bacteria and its possible effects on diabetes was published in a national scientific article, which featured the dietary habits of Seventh-day Adventists in...

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In South America, Adventist humanitarians provide educational, psychological and financial support to nearly 5,500 refugees

In South America, Adventist humanitarians provide educational, psychological and financial support to nearly 5,500 refugees

World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, has special meaning for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). As of March, approximately 100,000 refugees have benefited from the agency’s...

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Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

The South American country of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:58 p.m. Saturday, killing at least 413 people and injuring more than 2,500. The...

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Thousands of Adventists respond to the Zika virus in Brazil

Thousands of Adventists respond to the Zika virus in Brazil

As global alarm grows about the Zika virus, hundreds of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in one of the most affected countries, Brazil, decided to respond with their hands and feet. The Adventist...

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Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

An up-and-coming soccer goalkeeper has stirred up a storm in Brazil’s sporting world by announcing that he would no longer play matches scheduled from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Carlos Vítor...

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