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.

Volunteer constructed school opens in Uruguay

Volunteer constructed school opens in Uruguay

Not long ago, the Barros Blancos Seventh-day Adventist School, in Uruguay, was on the verge of closing its doors for good. Due to mounting financial challenges, the Adventist Church leadership felt that several schools needed to be closed, and...

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Brazilian girl sings daddy back to health

Brazilian girl sings daddy back to health

Little Carine Cardoso de Oliveira thought Sunday was a wonderful day. The 4-year-old girl went out with her parents to a shopping center in Salvador, Brazil. Mother looked for a blender to make fruit juice. Father bought slices of chocolate cake for...

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Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Adventist youth around the world deliberately missed out on hearing a sermon on Saturday, March 17, choosing instead to “Be The Sermon” in celebration of Global Youth Day 2018 Thousands of young Adventists ran water and food drives in their...

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Adventist Church in Bolivia mobilizes to help those affected by the floods

Adventist Church in Bolivia mobilizes to help those affected by the floods

Heavy rains in recent weeks have caused flooding in several areas and municipalities of Bolivia. For this reason, the government declared a state of emergency, to take the necessary measures and attend to all families affected by floods and...

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Teacher travels 391 miles to gather food for their students

Teacher travels 391 miles to gather food for their students

Acts of love in which you have to sacrifice something are harder and harder to fine. However, this was not the case for Diego Daniel Encinas, a teacher at the Jazy Porá School in Puerto Iguzaú, Argentina.  After a project did not happen,...

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400 workers equipped to disciple

400 workers equipped to disciple

More than 400 Central Papua Conference (CPC) pastors, ministers, Bible workers, volunteers, teachers and health workers gathered at the Mt Diamond Adventist Secondary School outside Port Moresby for Orientation and Training Week, January 21-28. With...

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