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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.

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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Online evangelism from Brazil connects with young audience

Online evangelism from Brazil connects with young audience

Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders in South America say a new method of interactive, online evangelism is connecting with young adults worldwide.Called “Countdown,” the prophecy series was broadcast...

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In South America, Publishing council recognizes role of Adventist editors

In South America, Publishing council recognizes role of Adventist editors

Seventh-day Adventist editors at two church-run publishing houses in South America are integrating their communication ministry. More than 40 editors from the Sao Paulo-based Brazil Publishing House...

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New Adventist medical school in Peru is denomination’s fifth

New Adventist medical school in Peru is denomination’s fifth

The Seventh-day Adventist Church today inaugurated a medical school in Peru, the first Adventist school of medicine in the Northwestern region of South America.Church leaders said the School of Human...

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South America’s public relations training gets ultra-local

South America’s public relations training gets ultra-local

Corporate communication training usually pulls together directors from the upper echelons of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Last month, a broadcasted advisory for the Communication department here...

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