World Church

Southern Asia-Pacific

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.

Saw Samuel Elected President of Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Saw Samuel Elected President of Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Mar 22, 2016

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...

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Message from the Southern Asia-Pacific Division

Feb 02, 2016

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...

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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

Jan 12, 2016

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...

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Adventist nursing school in the Philippines tops national exam

Adventist nursing school in the Philippines tops national exam

Jan 12, 2016

Mountain View College's (MVC) School of Nursing in Bukidnon, Philippines was recognized as the seventh top nursing school in the nation with its...

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Adventist mission aviation still a vital need in the 10/40 Window

Adventist mission aviation still a vital need in the 10/40 Window

Dec 15, 2015

Normally, when you need to replace something, you save up, make a quick trip to the store, find what you need, pay for it and bring it home. It’s a...

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Thousands celebrate 50 years of Adventist education in eastern Indonesia

Thousands celebrate 50 years of Adventist education in eastern Indonesia

Oct 27, 2015

On Thursday, October 15 around 7 p.m. in Manado, Indonesia time, international audiences on-site and via web stream watched history unfold through...

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