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 youth in Sri Lanka focus on special needs children

Adventist youth in Sri Lanka focus on special needs children

Twenty year-old Gobi Krishana and eighteen year-old Mohan Raj are among the One-Year-in-Mission (OYIM) volunteers for the Adventist church in Sri Lanka. They're used to leading out in compassion...

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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

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 Adventist International School (TAIS) in Dili can’t wait...

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New race and religion laws in Myanmar draw international attention

New race and religion laws in Myanmar draw international attention

Four race and religion bills recently signed into law in Myanmar are generating international concern and could impact not only minority groups but also Christians in the country. Known as the Race...

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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

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 recently attended an Adventist-sponsored, six day health...

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Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

Adventists in Myanmar continue relief work as flood devastation worsens

As monsoon rains continue in flood-devastated Myanmar, Adventists throughout the country are responding to the overwhelming needs. Current national news reports indicate the death toll has passed 100...

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Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

Myanmar floods damage 32 Adventist churches; Adventists assist flood victims

This week Adventists in Myanmar continue their assessment and relief activities in the flood-affected western areas of the country. Six weeks of heavy rainfall combined with high winds and rain from a...

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