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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.

No Shoes, No Parents

No Shoes, No Parents

Antonio is 21 years old and very brave. He goes five days a week to the crowded Tacumbu prison in Paraguay’s capital, Asunción, to give Bible studies to 11 inmates. But Antonio wasn’t always so...

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Adventist volunteers deliver food to parents in pediatric hospital

Adventist volunteers deliver food to parents in pediatric hospital

While some children live happily with their parents, others sleep in a hospital ward. Many have been in these hospital’s for years. Their parents visit them as much as possible, for as long as...

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Ted Wilson appeals to 52,000 to have beautiful feet in Peru

Ted Wilson appeals to 52,000 to have beautiful feet in Peru

Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson urged 52,000 people packed into a sports stadium to always have “beautiful feet” after many of them spent an afternoon distributing 2 million...

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Peru’s parliamentary speaker honors Ted Wilson

Peru’s parliamentary speaker honors Ted Wilson

Peru’s parliamentary speaker presented Seventh-day Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson with an official certificate for making a positive contribution to Peruvian society, and Wilson...

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Project focuses on education to reduce violence

Project focuses on education to reduce violence

Recently, in Curitiba Brazil, the “Child Disarmament” campaign aimed to take hundreds of violent toys from the hands of young people.  On April 15, students from the Centennial Adventist College...

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Man is baptized after finding DVD “The Great Conflict” in the garbage

Man is baptized after finding DVD “The Great Conflict” in the garbage

This is the story of Antonio Soto, 58, a man who, for 19 years, studied the Bible with a DVD he found in the trash. "I worked in a cleaning company, in the San Joaquin district of Santiago, Chile, and...

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