World Church

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean

Map of Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean

Magnifying Glass View Larger

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.

ADRA helps provide school meals for students during hunger crisis

ADRA helps provide school meals for students during hunger crisis

More than 50,000 students across Southern Africa are receiving much needed school meals to encourage increased school enrollment and attendance, thanks to a partnership project known as the El Nino...

Read more


Bride price, divorce, and leadership in African families

Bride price, divorce, and leadership in African families

The Adventist Pan-African Conference on Dynamic Family Relations, a milestone event that brought together the three Seventh-day Adventist Division on the African subcontinent concluded with an...

Read more


Polygamy, dual career marriages, and African culture among topics at groundbreaking conference in Kenya

Polygamy, dual career marriages, and African culture among topics at groundbreaking conference in Kenya

In another first for the Family Ministries Department of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, three African divisions, or world regions, came together from March 1-3, 2018 to discuss relevant and...

Read more


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...

Read more


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...

Read more


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...

Read more


List Icon
Our beliefs

Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

Read more