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South American

With a population of 315 million, the South American Division (SAD) has more than 2 million members and 10,600 churches. The division includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, with adjacent islands in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

This region has a strong collaborative spirit in working together in church projects and initiatives for outreach and service.

Brazil is the membership powerhouse of this division, and it has the largest Adventist Church membership of any country. Brazil’s national “Christmas Mutirão” campaign in the past five years collected nearly 30 tons of food, toys and clothes in eight countries of South America. The annual initiative is endorsed by numerous A-list celebrities, including soccer icon Pelé.

Peru also has a high member-to-population ratio, one of the highest for a large country.

The Adventist Church operates two medical schools in this division – in Argentina and Peru.

The division has 13 colleges and universities, five of which are in Brazil and three of which are in Argentina.

Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

Powerful earthquake in Ecuador kills 413, injures more than 2,500

Apr 19, 2016

The South American country of Ecuador has declared a state of emergency after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck at 6:58 p.m. Saturday, killing at...

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Thousands of Adventists respond to the Zika virus in Brazil

Thousands of Adventists respond to the Zika virus in Brazil

Mar 07, 2016

As global alarm grows about the Zika virus, hundreds of thousands of Seventh-day Adventists in one of the most affected countries, Brazil, decided to...

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Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

Goalkeeper stuns Brazil’s sporting world by refusing to play on Sabbath

Jan 28, 2016

An up-and-coming soccer goalkeeper has stirred up a storm in Brazil’s sporting world by announcing that he would no longer play matches scheduled...

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Brazilian Adventists launch unique networking group for political and civic leaders

Brazilian Adventists launch unique networking group for political and civic leaders

Dec 15, 2015

An international networking association for Seventh-day Adventists in public office is expanding, with the Brazilian launch of a regional chapter of...

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ADRA Brazil responds to the worst environmental disaster in Minas Gerais

ADRA Brazil responds to the worst environmental disaster in Minas Gerais

Nov 25, 2015

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Brazil has mobilized efforts to help meet the needs of more than a quarter of a million people...

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Brazilian businessman’s desire to watch soccer leads to baptism

Brazilian businessman’s desire to watch soccer leads to baptism

Nov 12, 2015

Brazilian businessman Robel Gonçalves wanted to subscribe to Sky cable television to watch soccer games.His wife, lawyer Gleyscler Belussi, resisted,...

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