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Southern-Asia Pacific

The Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD) includes the southeast Asian countries of Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam, as well as Pakistan. The region has a population of more than 950 million.

The Adventist Church in this division counts more than 1.1 million members, making it the fifth largest division worldwide. The Philippines and Indonesia provide the majority of this division’s members.

The Adventist Church in the region operates 875 primary schools, 92 secondary schools, and 13 colleges and universities. It also operates 18 hospitals and clinics.

Two major publishing houses supply literature to some 5,000 literature evangelists.

Vegetarian restaurants near major shopping areas in several countries enable members to share a more healthful way of life to their neighbors.

A resurging Cambodia has benefited the Adventist Church there with growth in recent years. Membership in Vietnam has also grown steadily since the Adventist Church received official registration in the country in 2008.  

The division is also home to the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, which is a graduate degree institution serving the world church in Asia.

100 Days of Prayer gives birth to Southern Asia-Pacific Division prayer network

100 Days of Prayer gives birth to Southern Asia-Pacific Division prayer network

To embrace the prayer revival brought about by the 100 Days of Prayer initiative, the Southern-Asia Pacific Division (SSD) Adventist Youth Ministries (AYM) Committee has voted for the organization of...

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Jiang Say church gets government recognition

Jiang Say church gets government recognition

There are approximately 1,443 Seventh-day Adventists in the southeast Asian nation of Laos, out of a population of 7,123,205. While very small in numbers, the dedication of church members in the...

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ADRA responds after Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in Bangladesh

ADRA responds after Cyclone Amphan wreaks havoc in Bangladesh

Amphan, the most powerful cyclone to hit Bangladesh this year with wind speeds of 160 kph (100 mph), made landfall on May 20 along the city’s coastal and southwestern districts. Thousands of houses...

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ADRA provides learning solutions in Myanmar, despite closed schools

ADRA provides learning solutions in Myanmar, despite closed schools

When the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in March, many of the schools and vocational education centers the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is partnering with were closed in order to...

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Amid Covid-19, small boy helps Bangkok prepare to meet God

Amid Covid-19, small boy helps Bangkok prepare to meet God

My 6-year-old son, Asher, approached me in our home in Bangkok, Thailand. “Mom, I want to hand out flyers to people,” he said. I wasn’t sure what he meant. After some questioning, I figured out that...

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Reading Holy Bible

Adventist Youth Embrace Bible Memorization Challenge

As they look for ways to provide young people of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD) with a worthwhile lockdown activity in addition to the 100 Days of Prayer, the SSD regional Adventist Youth...

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