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Southern Africa-Indian Ocean

Map of Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division

 

The Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division (SID) is the newest of the world church’s regions, covering much of Africa and island nations in the Indian Ocean.

More than 150 million people live in this division, and there are more than 3.5 million Seventh-day Adventist Church members. That is a ratio of about one Adventist for every 72 people.

There are five educational institutions in this division: Helderberg College in South Africa, Mozambique Adventist Seminary, Rusangu University in Zambia, Solusi University in Zimbabwe and Zurcher Adventist University in Madagascar.

The Adventist Church has many missionaries and healthcare institutions in the division. Maluti Adventist Hospital in Lesotho has about 150 patient beds and sees on average 200 patients per day. The ophthalmology unit provides eye care for the eastern half of Lesotho, serving a population of about 1 million.

There is also a large Adventist literature operation in many parts of this region. In Zambia, which has more than 800,000 Adventist Church members, the Adventist Press has been supplying Christian books to sellers for more than 20 years.

Power of a testimony

Power of a testimony

I was born into a Sunday-keeping family in Milange, a town located just 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Mozambique’s border with Malawi. My introduction to the Seventh-day Adventist Church came through a...

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Adopted at a funeral

Adopted at a funeral

Mourners gathered for the funeral of the young mother at the Seventh-day Adventist church in Milange, a town just 2 miles (3 kilometers) from Mozambique’s border with Malawi. The woman had died of...

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Adventist youth march against drug abuse

Adventist youth march against drug abuse

Hundreds of youth from the Chitungwiza Seventh-day Adventist Youth Federation, in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe, recently took to the streets and marched against rampant drug misuse by young people within...

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Record 1,000 sites to host evangelistic meetings in Zambia’s capital

Record 1,000 sites to host evangelistic meetings in Zambia’s capital

Seventh-day Adventist leaders are planning a milestone evangelistic campaign in Zambia’s capital, Lusaka, that they hope will energize church members across the African country as well as in faraway...

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Malawi medical missionary says love is the best medicine

Malawi medical missionary says love is the best medicine

A 30-year-old woman was admitted to Blantyre Adventist Hospital in Malawi with a bad case of pneumonia. When she didn’t get better with antibiotics, missionary physician Tiffany Priester ordered an...

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Religious freedom takes center stage in Madagascar at Adventist-sponsored festival

Religious freedom takes center stage in Madagascar at Adventist-sponsored festival

More than 17,000 people rallied last week in a sports arena in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, to pledge their support for religious liberty. The day-long “Festival of Religious Freedom,”...

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