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Southern Asia-Pacific

Map of Southern Asia-Pacific Division

The Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD) includes the southeast Asian countries of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as Pakistan. The region has a population of more than 950 million.

The Adventist Church in this division counts more than 1.1 million members, making it the fifth largest division worldwide. The Philippines and Indonesia provide the majority of this division’s members.

The Adventist Church in the region operates 875 primary schools, 92 secondary schools, and 13 colleges and universities. It also operates 18 hospitals and clinics.

Two major publishing houses supply literature to some 5,000 literature evangelists.

Vegetarian restaurants near major shopping areas in several countries enable members to share a more healthful way of life to their neighbors.

A resurging Cambodia has benefited the Adventist Church there with growth in recent years. Membership in Vietnam has also grown steadily since the Adventist Church received official registration in the country in 2008.  

The division is also home to the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, which is a graduate degree institution serving the world church in Asia.

Adventist group seeks to help end child marriage in Bangladesh

Adventist group seeks to help end child marriage in Bangladesh

With 65 percent of its girls married before the age of 18, Bangladesh has been identified as having the world’s highest rate of child marriages for girls younger than 15, according to the 2016 World...

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Health and family seminar in Malaysia exemplifies Total Member Involvement

Health and family seminar in Malaysia exemplifies Total Member Involvement

Noldy Sakul, stewardship director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s regional headquarters, couldn't believe the number of people who responded to his altar call the evening of August 26. He spoke...

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Training expands for substance abuse prevention program in Southeast Asia

Training expands for substance abuse prevention program in Southeast Asia

Global drug and tobacco usage has long been a focus of groups such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Recent statistics such as those from the 2015 UNODC World Drug Report show...

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Saw Samuel Elected President of Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Saw Samuel Elected President of Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Saw Samuel, who was elected president of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division on Tuesday, said he would seek new ways to reach the many Buddhists and Muslims in his region even as he sought wisdom from...

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Message from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division

We have been greatly touched and encouraged by the outpouring of prayers and support from so many throughout the challenging times leading up to and after the passing of our former president Pastor...

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Leonard Asoy, Southern Asia-Pacific Division president, succumbs to rare bone marrow disease

Leonard Asoy, Southern Asia-Pacific Division president, succumbs to rare bone marrow disease

Leonardo R. Asoy, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD), passed away at age 56 at approximately 8:35 p.m. (PHT) on January 12, 2016 at the Adventist...

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