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 church headquarters in Bangladesh builds community connections through employee impact.

Adventist church headquarters in Bangladesh builds community connections through employee impact.

Adventist leaders in the predominantly Muslim country of Bangladesh are looking back on 2017 with gratitude to God for His leading in their community work this year. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) and other non-profit groups have...

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Philippines prays for record 120,000 baptisms or more

Philippines prays for record 120,000 baptisms or more

Inspired by the largest baptism in church history in Rwanda, Seventh-day Adventists in the Philippines are prayerfully preparing for a new record during a Total Member Involvement evangelistic campaign in 2018. The official goal is to baptize an...

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Large-scale Adventist meetings draw over 2,000 in Pakistan

Large-scale Adventist meetings draw over 2,000 in Pakistan

Over the past year, Adventists leaders and members have initiated a large-scale, sustainable evangelistic effort in Pakistan. The event culminated in a 3-day evangelistic series that took place from October 26-28. This marks a change for the...

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Adventists among humanitarian groups providing aid to Rohingya refugees

Adventists among humanitarian groups providing aid to Rohingya refugees

The flood-ravaged country of Bangladesh continues to generate headlines worldwide and Seventh-day Adventists are part of the ongoing story. Since May, the country has experienced what government officials deem to be the worst flooding in 40 years....

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Over 1,000 flock to Adventist churches in Cambodia for free medical care

Over 1,000 flock to Adventist churches in Cambodia for free medical care

As part of an overall community plan, Adventists from the Battambang Seventh-day Adventist church in northwest Cambodia offered free medical care to over 1,000 people during five days in partnership with a medical team from Loma Linda, located in...

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Adventist youth volunteers clean a popular zoo in Thailand

Adventist youth volunteers clean a popular zoo in Thailand

A group of Adventist youth recently volunteered at a famous zoo in Thailand to raise awareness for last month’s World Environment Day. The Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo—also known as Korat Zoo—is an approximately 200-acre establishment in Korat, Thailand,...

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