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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.

Adventist Church president leads thousands in massive Brazilian outreach

Adventist Church president leads thousands in massive Brazilian outreach

Before the start of a massive March 24 evangelistic outreach in São Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, Pastor Ted N.C. Wilson, General Conference president, had encouraging words: “Everyone can be part of...

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In Peru, 20,000 youth outreach event delivers community service, evangelism support

In Peru, 20,000 youth outreach event delivers community service, evangelism support

Some 20,000 Seventh-day Adventist Peruvian youth committed a week or more of their summer vacation for service projects and evangelism outreach in Lima last month in one of the largest mass-scale...

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Remembrance: Monnier, 59, leaves legacy of mission service

Remembrance: Monnier, 59, leaves legacy of mission service

Eric Monnier, 59, a Seventh-day Adventist missionary whose work spurred church growth in South America in the 1970s and 80s, died January 22 in Collonges-sous-Salève, France, following a battle with...

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In Ecuador, ADRA assisting indigenous families living near volcano

In Ecuador, ADRA assisting indigenous families living near volcano

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency last month distributed disposable facemasks and eye solution to an estimated 4,500 families living near an active volcano in Ecuador.Local officials...

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South America to send four pastors to Middle East

South America to send four pastors to Middle East

The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s South American Division voted last month to send four pastors to the denomination’s newly created Greater Middle East Union, an action that symbolizes how the...

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In South America, leaders offer preview of 'The Great Hope' distribution

In South America, leaders offer preview of 'The Great Hope' distribution

Hundreds of South America Seventh-day Adventist leaders and their spouses spent a recent Saturday morning distributing copies of The Great Hope.The missionary sharing book is a modern-language version...

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