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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.

Indian State of Kerala Sees Worst Flooding in Nearly a Century

Indian State of Kerala Sees Worst Flooding in Nearly a Century

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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

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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 Adventists ran water and food drives in their...

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Disowned Nepali teen wins souls through volleyball

Disowned Nepali teen wins souls through volleyball

At the beginning of a Bible school that I taught in Nepal, I asked the students to introduce themselves and to share their backgrounds. Man Bahadur Rai told a story that I will never forget. An only son, Man grew up in a rural village near Nepal’s...

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New wellness center declared a miracle in India

New wellness center declared a miracle in India

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Ted Wilson makes lightning visit to Nepal

Ted Wilson makes lightning visit to Nepal

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