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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.

Pastor finds a church "ready" in a city he dreamed about

Pastor finds a church "ready" in a city he dreamed about

One night Pastor Vilson de Souza Lima had dream. He dreamed  there was an Adventist church in the city of Alvorada do Sul, in northern Paraná, Brazil. The dream was so vivid that he felt he needed to...

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Students plant tree seedlings to strengthen the environment

Students plant tree seedlings to strengthen the environment

Students at Posse Adventist School in Goiás, Brazil, recently planted more than 300 Ipê tree seedlings on the school campus as part of the “Sustainable School” project, an initiative of the Adventist...

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Church member encourages 165 people to study Sabbath School Lesson

Church member encourages 165 people to study Sabbath School Lesson

Helping people meet Jesus goes beyond an invitation to go to Sabbath morning worship services. It is necessary to bring our neighbors to a deep knowledge of the Word of God, so they may have the...

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Girl forgoes birthday gifts to help children with cancer

Girl forgoes birthday gifts to help children with cancer

Is there a minimum age to exercise solidarity? The generous initiative of 7-year-old Maria Fernanda is evidence there is not. The little girl chose to celebrate her birthday by having a party with her...

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Volunteers support Venezuelan families in Maranhão

Volunteers support Venezuelan families in Maranhão

“The resident alien who lives with you will be treated as a native of the land. Love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. ” This advice from Leviticus 19:34 was given to the Hebrews,...

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City Hall changes Independence Parade start time to accommodate Pathfinders

City Hall changes Independence Parade start time to accommodate Pathfinders

Brazilian Independence Day is celebrated on September 7. This national holiday is marked by public celebrations in small and large cities all around the country. In Carlos Chagas, in eastern Minas...

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