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East-Central Africa

The East-Central Africa Division is comprised of 11 countries. Amid a population of about 307 million, the Seventh-day Adventist Church counts more than 2.5 million members worshiping at more than 11,000 churches.

This division is home to the Adventist University of Africa in Kenya, which provides theological training to pastors across the continent. It also operates several other universities and many secondary schools.

The church in Rwanda has more than half a million members and is well regarded in the community. Rwandans are required to perform community service for basic country development on the last Saturday of each month, but the government allows Adventists to perform these duties on Sunday instead to accommodate Sabbath-observance.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency has major operations throughout the division.

Kenyan long-distance runner Abel Kirui, an Adventist Church member, won the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Judge refuses to work on Sabbath if appointed as Kenya's chief justice

Judge refuses to work on Sabbath if appointed as Kenya's chief justice

Sep 07, 2016

A judge being vetted for the post of chief justice of Kenya’s Supreme Court said he is a faithful Seventh-day Adventist who will not work on Sabbath...

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First Ellen White symposium held in Africa

First Ellen White symposium held in Africa

Aug 05, 2016

Nearly 200 people from across Africa gathered in Kenya for the continent’s first Gift of Prophecy Symposium on the life and teachings of Seventh-day...

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Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters in Juba open doors for refugees

Seventh-day Adventist Headquarters in Juba open doors for refugees

Jul 18, 2016

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church in South Sudan hosted more than 10,000 refugees as the world’s youngest country faces civil unrest. After the war...

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Hope after horror. Refugees can have a future

Hope after horror. Refugees can have a future

Jun 16, 2016

Nobody chooses to be a refugee. War, persecution, oppressive regimes – there are many reasons why there are currently 60 million displaced persons or...

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Historic evangelism meetings in Rwanda yield 97,344 baptisms

Historic evangelism meetings in Rwanda yield 97,344 baptisms

Jun 02, 2016

A record breaking 97,344 people in Rwanda committed themselves to Christ and joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church through baptism as a result of...

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Nearly 30,000 baptized halfway through Rwanda’s evangelistic meetings

Nearly 30,000 baptized halfway through Rwanda’s evangelistic meetings

May 24, 2016

Nearly 30,000 people have been baptized partway through a Seventh-day Adventist evangelistic series in Rwanda, putting the local church on course to...

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