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South American Division

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.

National missionary project unites adults and children in Paraguay

National missionary project unites adults and children in Paraguay

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Volunteers create 'solidarity tent' to help needy people

Volunteers create 'solidarity tent' to help needy people

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Church partners with City Hall and manufactures lab coats for health professionals

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Members of the Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Campo Novo do Parecis, located in the western part of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state, recently came up with a different way to thank health system...

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Feliz7Play launches Brazil's first Christian music web series

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Blending drama, music, and faith, a new video web series asks and answers the spiritual question of how Christian living applies to daily life. Bequadro (“Natural”) is the latest addition to the Feli...

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Bill approved that guarantees religious freedom during pandemic in São Paulo

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In June, Adventist state deputy Damaris Moura passed an amendment that guarantees religious conscientious objection to students and civil servants in the Brazilian state of São Paulo.  The text is...

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