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Southern Asia Division

The Southern Asia Division (SUD) is comprised of four countries: Bhutan, India, the Maldives and Nepal. It has more than 4,000 churches in a population of about 1.2 billion.

Hope TV India started in 2008 in the southeastern city of Chennai. This is the first Adventist television channel in the country and is broadcast 24/7. Hope Channel programs are available in Hindi, Tamil, English, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu.

India has the largest membership of this division. The Adventist Church in this country operates six educational entities and 12 health institutions.

Church structure began to grow around clinics and hospitals founded by early missionaries. Today this is still the case in many areas in this division. In Nepal, Scheer Memorial Hospital is a major regional healthcare institution in Banepa, just outside of Kathmandu. The country recently adopted a secular constitution, which expanded religious freedom.

Many supporting ministries of the Adventist Church also operate institutions.  Asian Aid School for the Blind in Bobbili, Andhra Pradesh, enrolls about 100 students, many of whom are orphans.

Twelve-classroom building dedicated in India

Twelve-classroom building dedicated in India

One year after breaking ground at the Khunti Seventh-day Adventist School in India, the large 12-classroom Elementary Education Center (EEC) on campus is complete. The school has an enrollment of...

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Food, shelter, and non-food items remain a high need as survivors of Cyclone Fani try to regain normalcy

Food, shelter, and non-food items remain a high need as survivors of Cyclone Fani try to regain normalcy

INDIA  Since tropical Cyclone Fani made landfall in the Odisha State of India on May 3, many people have been grappling with water shortages and power cuts. The cyclone has also been blamed for the...

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Millions affected as Cyclone Fani hits India and Bangladesh, ADRA readies response

Millions affected as Cyclone Fani hits India and Bangladesh, ADRA readies response

After making landfall in the eastern state of Odisha, India, Cyclone Fani continued its path northeast of Bangladesh on Saturday, May 4, destroying thousands of households and leaving towns submerged...

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Indian State of Kerala Sees Worst Flooding in Nearly a Century

Indian State of Kerala Sees Worst Flooding in Nearly a Century

Severe floods affected the South Indian state of Kerala due to unusually heavy rainfall during the monsoon season this year. The August 2018 flood is the worst witnessed in the region in nearly a...

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Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

Eyes for India team bring sight to the blind in Barabanki, Uttar Pradesh

It Is Written’s Eyes For India team was recently invited to a Hindu temple to open the eyes of blind people. From Jan. 3-17, 2018, the medical team conducted cataract eye surgeries in the remote...

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Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Young people organize food and water drives for Global Youth Day 2018

Adventist youth around the world deliberately missed out on hearing a sermon on Saturday, March 17, choosing instead to “Be The Sermon” in celebration of Global Youth Day 2018 Thousands of young...

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