World Church

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 leaders in Bangladesh host first autism awareness event

Adventist leaders in Bangladesh host first autism awareness event

Adventist church leaders in Bangladesh organized a union-wide campaign to celebrate World Autism Day on April 2. Students and staff from Adventist schools across the country, as well as leaders from the Bangladesh Adventist Union Mission (BAUM) in...

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Adventist Church President offers condolences, asks for prayer

Adventist Church President offers condolences, asks for prayer

It is with great sadness that we have learned of a tragic "drive-by" shooting that has taken place outside our Seventh-day Adventist Church in Quetta, Pakistan, on Sunday evening, April 15, 2018.  The 18-year-old son of one of our...

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Statement regarding suspected terrorist attack on Adventist Church in Pakistan

Statement regarding suspected terrorist attack on Adventist Church in Pakistan

On Sunday evening, April 15, suspected terrorists opened fire in front of the Quetta Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pakistan, killing two and injuring eight. One of those killed was the 18-year old son of an Adventist church...

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Adventist missionary killed in Papua, Indonesia

Adventist missionary killed in Papua, Indonesia

Berni Fallery Kunu, a 24-year old health worker, serving as part of a two-man team in a remote area of the Star Mountain regency in Papua, Indonesia, was killed on March 29, 2018. Kunu was a medical missionary serving with Adventist Aviation...

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Adventist University of the Philippines scores a record 100% national exam passing rate for seventh year

Adventist University of the Philippines scores a record 100% national exam passing rate for seventh year

Adventist students in the Philippines are continuing to make headlines for their professional examination results. For the seventh year in a row, students from the Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) earned a 100% passing rate in the...

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Adventist tops national physician licensure exam in Philippines

Adventist tops national physician licensure exam in Philippines

A Seventh-day Adventist medical student has earned the top spot on the Philippines Physician Licensure exam according to the March 15 results released by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Jerald Pelayo is the fourth Adventist medical...

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