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 stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

Adventists stage anti-abuse campaigns throughout South America

Thousands of Seventh-day Adventists took to the streets as activists against abuse in scores of cities throughout South America last Saturday.The church’s campaign “Breaking the Silence” brought...

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In Brazil, Adventists demonstrate Christian hospitality

In Brazil, Adventists demonstrate Christian hospitality

Seventh-day Adventist young people in Rio de Janeiro demonstrated Christian hospitality this week when they offered 170 Catholic youth in town for World Youth Day a place to stay.The Italian Catholics...

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Religious freedom celebration in Brazil highlights peaceful co-existence

Religious freedom celebration in Brazil highlights peaceful co-existence

Top regional leaders of 20 faith groups pledged to continue advocating for religious freedom in Brazil during a weekend festival sponsored by the now 120-year-old International Religious Liberty...

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In Brazil’s capital, Adventist prayer walk brings thousands to congress building

In Brazil’s capital, Adventist prayer walk brings thousands to congress building

Moving – literally – to bring hope to the big cities of the South American Division, a group of 7,000 Seventh-day Adventists and friends gathered in the Brazilian capital for a March 10 prayer walk....

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Videoconferences gaining popularity in the Americas

Videoconferences gaining popularity in the Americas

In a move signaling growing commitment to conferencing technology, Seventh-day Adventist leaders at the church’s Inter-American Division headquarters last week connected with thousands of church...

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In Brazil, church diplomat promotes religious freedom with state governor

In Brazil, church diplomat promotes religious freedom with state governor

São Paulo state governor Geraldo Alckmin welcomed the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s top public affairs leader Monday, five months ahead of a large-scale celebration of religious liberty the church...

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