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.

Long-awaited Adventist school set to open in East Timor with 32 students

Long-awaited Adventist school set to open in East Timor with 32 students

Sep 28, 2015

For some children, the start of a school year is a dreaded time as they leave behind their summer fun. However, students at the new Timor-Leste...

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New race and religion laws in Myanmar draw international attention

New race and religion laws in Myanmar draw international attention

Sep 24, 2015

Four race and religion bills recently signed into law in Myanmar are generating international concern and could impact not only minority groups but...

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Adventist health expo in Laos introduces 22 participants to a new life

Adventist health expo in Laos introduces 22 participants to a new life

Sep 15, 2015

Imagine taking a seminar to learn a few health tips and instead finding a whole new way of life. This is exactly what happened to 22 people who...

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Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

Aug 17, 2015

As monsoon rains continue in flood-devastated Myanmar, Adventists throughout the country are responding to the overwhelming needs. Current national...

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Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

Aug 04, 2015

This week Adventists in Myanmar continue their assessment and relief activities in the flood-affected western areas of the country. Six weeks of...

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6 Newcomers Among 13 Division Presidents

6 Newcomers Among 13 Division Presidents

Jul 07, 2015

General Conference (GC) session delegates elected six new presidents to the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 13 world divisions and kept seven...

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