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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.

Volunteers collect 18 tons of food for people affected by rains in Rio

Volunteers collect 18 tons of food for people affected by rains in Rio

People affected by storms in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, recently received food baskets provided by volunteers of Doctors of Hope (Doutores de Esperança), along with the Adventist Development and Relief...

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ADRA Argentina responds to the flood in Formosa

ADRA Argentina responds to the flood in Formosa

The whole neighborhood is under water," said Gendarmerie squad leader Cristian Ariel Robles, "that's why all the neighbors are here, in the boxes. They know each other and they help each other a bit....

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Venezuelan natives migrate to Santarém, Brazil in search of quality of life

Venezuelan natives migrate to Santarém, Brazil in search of quality of life

Those who circulate daily around the Santarém bus station, in downtown streets and neighborhoods have noticed men, women and children speaking an unknown language.  Women draw attention with their...

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Peruvian Union University celebrates 100 years with reading campaign

Peruvian Union University celebrates 100 years with reading campaign

The “Peru Does Read” campaign has been designed by the Peruvian Union University (PUU) to celebrate 100 years of the institution. That is why it was launched with the objective to promote and...

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Paraguay’s vice-president takes Bible verse to heart

Paraguay’s vice-president takes Bible verse to heart

Paraguay’s vice president pledged to make justice, mercy, and humility a part of his work and personal life after reading about Christ-like leadership in an Andrews Study Bible presented by...

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Support Center for families with autistic kids opens in Porto Alegre

Support Center for families with autistic kids opens in Porto Alegre

Members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of Jardim Lindoia, in Porto Alegre, Brail, recently started the “Support Center for Families of Autistics Kids,” a space created to bring together those who...

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