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.

ADRA Philippines first to respond in severely damaged towns after Typhoon Koppu

ADRA Philippines first to respond in severely damaged towns after Typhoon Koppu

Oct 22, 2015

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the Philippines is delivering its emergency response to those in the north Luzon region affected by...

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Adventists respond as Super Typhoon Koppu batters the Philippines

Adventists respond as Super Typhoon Koppu batters the Philippines

Oct 19, 2015

As Typhoon Koppu continues to drench the northern Philippines, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency of the Philippines (ADRA-Philippines) has...

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Adventist church in Myanmar trains community service workers

Adventist church in Myanmar trains community service workers

Oct 14, 2015

Following the recent relief operations in flood-affected areas in Myanmar, the Adventist church headquarters in the country conducted session 1 of...

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Adventist youth in Sri Lanka focus on special needs children

Adventist youth in Sri Lanka focus on special needs children

Oct 14, 2015

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...

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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

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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