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Countries

Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Bangladesh
Myanmar
Laos
Thailand
Cambodia
Vietnam
Timor-Leste
Singapore
Indonesia
Brunei
Philippines
Malaysia
Pakistan Sri Lanka Bangladesh Myanmar Laos Thailand Cambodia Vietnam Timor-Leste Singapore Indonesia Brunei Philippines Malaysia Bay of Bengal South China Sea South Pacific Division Northern Asia-Pacific Division Euro-Asia Division Southern Asia Division Greater Middle East Union Mission

Laos

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The Adventist church in Laos has four churches and over 1,900 active members. Even when after Communism and under a restrictive government, hundreds of Sabbath-keepers are worshipping God and in 2009, the first local Laotian pastor was ordained to the Ministry.

When Laos came under Communist control, only two Adventist churches were miraculously saved, but God continued His Global Mission work in this country. Although the present government is still restrictive, hundreds of Sabbath-keepers are worshipping God, and pastors from other Christian churches have been baptized to the Seventh-day Adventist faith. In 2009, the first local Laotian pastor was ordained to the Ministry. 

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh consists of a delta of many rivers. During the monsoon season, rivers disappear and the land becomes a great sea. About a third of the country gets flooded annually during the monsoon season, which hampers economic growth and development.

This country has four main religions, but 85 percent of the people are Muslims, making it the second largest Muslim country in the world. The Adventist Church has been growing in this strictly governed Muslim country with new churches, new schools built with philanthropic funding, and funding from other sources.

The Adventist Church in Bangladesh operates the Bangladesh Adventist Seminary and College and airs truth-filled programs through short-wave radio frequency via the Adventist World Radio. The ADRA in Bangladesh actively assists the people affected by constant flooding in the country.

The mission of the Adventist church headquarters in Bangladesh is "proclaiming God's everlasting gospel through administrative and departmental initiatives with participation of church members."

 

Brunei

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The Nation of Brunei is located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, southeast Asia. This small, wealthy economy is a mixture of foreign and domestic entrepreneurship, government regulation, welfare measures, and village tradition.

Christianity in Brunei is only about 10% of the population. Its practices and teachings are strictly contained and interreligious relations are banned.

Brunei is part of the territory of SSD. 

Cambodia

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After Pol Pot’s death, Cambodia began a painful journey toward recovery from years of war, torture, and corruption. During the war, ADRA’s refugee camps in neighboring Thailand helped train pastors for the revival of our church work in Cambodia.

In December 2004, 14 Khmers were ordained to the gospel ministry. Today there are ordained SDA Khmer pastors in this region. With the help of the Global Mission Pioneers, ADRA and Adventist Frontier Missionaries, the Adventist church has entered a new era of missions in Cambodia – new churches have been built, schools have been established, camp meetings have been held. 

Indonesia

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Indonesia, a republic island of the southern Asia-Pacific region, constitutes most of the Malay Archipelago. Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country. Although the islands are home to more than 100 ethnic groups, most Indonesians are mixed with malay origins and practice Islam. Muslims make up 87 percent of the population, making Indonesia the largest Islamic country in the world. This poses a great challenge for the Adventist Church in advancing its evangelistic mission. However, due to the strong programs of Global Mission, radio and television, Internet evangelism with its Bible Study on-line, and printed materials, work on this predominantly Muslim country continues to advance. The Hope Channel Indonesia is now the making and is expected to reach millions of Indonesians with the everlasting message in their own tongue.

Two union headquarters offices administer the work in Indonesia – East Indonesia Union Conference with head office in Manado, and West Indonesia Union Mission in Jakarta.

Malaysia

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A land of perpetual summer, Malaysia abounds with mountains, white beaches, rain forests, and natural resources. The work of the Adventist church in Malaysia is divided among three missions: Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Brunei and Sarawak. This country has strict laws concerning the conversion of Muslims. Brunei is the biggest challenge. The Publishing Ministries Department is successfully experimenting with a new way of training Global Mission Pioneers. Penang Adventist Hospital has gained world recognition as a medical institution. The Adventist Church in Malaysia continues to defy seemingly insurmountable barriers to evangelism by employing various ways like health expositions, nutrition programs, and other programs. 

Myanmar

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Myanmar, also known as the country of the golden pagodas, has a population that is eighty-nine percent Buddhist. But Christian, Hindu and Spiritual Nat religions are also present. The Military Government restricts, for security reasons, public evangelism, but young people are responding to the challenge of mission. The 1000 Missionary Movement, Myanmar Frontier Mission, and Global Mission are training volunteers for this cause. Youth camps have been conducted successfully despite restrictions and have paved the way for building stronger spiritual foundations for the young people to become more enthusiastic in evangelistic outreaches. Tribal groups have been entered through evangelism and many have been won to the Adventist faith. Myanmar has slowly regained from the devastating floods in 2008 that killed more than 200,000 people.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Myanmar focuses on three core values –growth, unity and the quality of life that is complete in Him. The church operates Myanmar Adventist Seminary, an active Adventist World Studio, growing church plants and active members.

The mission statement of the church in Myanmar is that “The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Myanmar is building bridges of hope by focusing on three core values –growth, unity and the quality of life that is complete in Him.”

Pakistan

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Pakistan is the second largest Muslim country after Indonesia. Pakistan is a democratic parliamentary with Islam as the state religion.

Through an action made by the church in 2012, SSD was to take the administrative oversight of Pakistan Union Mission in its operations from the Trans European Division (TED). This transfer, culturally, was believed to cause better services by SSD as it also oversees Bangladesh Union Mission and the Sri Lanka attached mission.

There are more than 100 Adventist churches in Pakistan and a membership of over 15,000. 

Philippines

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The Philippines is a country of 7,100 islands and islets. Luzon is the largest of the main islands. The country’s capital, the seat of the Philippine government, and the North Philippine Union Conference (NPUC) headquarters are located here. The Adventist University of the Philippines, two other colleges, and strings of high schools and grade schools; Manila Adventist Medical Center are the pride of NPUC plus two other hospitals. The Philippine Publishing House, Southern Asia-Pacific Division headquarters, the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, and the 1000 Missionary Movement are located within Luzon.

The Visayas is composed of several islands in the Central Philippines. Cebu, the oldest city in the Philippines, the “Queen City of the South” takes pride in the City of Mactan, where Lapu-lapu, a native warrier repulsed and killed Magellan who came to discover the island for King Philip II of Spain. Central Philippine Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is located here.

And Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. South Philippine Union Conference (SPUC) is situated on this island group which encompasses Mindanao and the Sulu Archipelago. Late, the Hope Channel-Philippine headquarters was established here in order to serve the whole country through television. Mountain View College, South Philippine Adventist College, and four hospitals augment the evangelistic work in the island along with other church-operated institutions.

Organized in 1917 as Philippine Union Mission to oversee the Lord’s work in the whole archipelago, the Adventist Church in the Philippines was bifurcated in 1951 into North and South Philippine Unions. Because of further expansion, the South was later divided into two, the South and Central Philippine Union Missions. Thus from the original single parent body, three unions now administer the work in the entire country. Serving the three unions in various ministries and capabilities are over 500 ordained pastors, 100 plus regular ministerial workers, more than 2,000 teachers and a host of office staff members. The church also operates four colleges and a university and a number of church schools, hospitals and is home to the Adventist International Institute for Advanced Studies. The Philippine Publishing House and the 1000 Missionary Movement are located within Luzon.

NPUM

The North Philippine Union Mission exists to make ready a people for the soon coming of the Lord. To accomplish this task, this institution is urgently committed to:

PREACH vigorously the everlasting gospel of salvation..."to every nation, tribe, kindred, tongue and people...";

EXHORT people to give glory to God..."and worship Him that made heaven, earth and the sea, and the fountain of waters...";

TEACH people..."to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus..."; and

PROVIDE an environment..."for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till all come in the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

SPUC

Preparing people for heaven by loving, teaching, and training them to work for Jesus Christ.

Singapore

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Singapore, a leading center of commerce, is home to the Southeast Asia Union Mission and the Singapore Mission office headquarters. A unique mixture of different races, languages, businesses, and religions gives this island city-state a unique atmosphere of tolerance. The church’s challenge is secularism. The Adventist church in Singapore is constantly experimenting with different evangelistic approaches – public meetings, radio, and health and wellness programs. The AWR-Asia regional headquarters was located in Singapore until mid-2009 when it was moved to the neighbor-island of Batam in Indonesia.

The Southeast Asia Union Mission headquarters oversees church affairs in the country territories of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Malaysia , Thailand and Singapore. The Singapore Mission office oversees 7 churches with 2,800 members. It also operates the San Yu High School. Singapore was once home to the church’s Far Eastern Division and Asia-Pacific Division.

Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka, a tear-shaped island off the Southern tip of India, has sandy beaches and high hills of tea plantations. Ethnic fighting has hindered economic growth. Only 15 percent of the population is Christian. Buddhism and Hindusim present strong resistance to change. Global Mission pioneers continue to spread the good news of salvation. With a strong leadership, Sri Lanka Mission (SLM), an attached mission field of SSD, continues to fulfill the mission of the church. SLM has a publishing house, a college and a hospital to help propagate the church’s evangelistic programs.

The Adventist church in Sri Lanka oversees 37 churches with more than 3,000 members. It operates the Lakpahana Adventist Hospital and a few educational institutions there.

The Adventist church in Sri Lanka operates through its mission headquarters the Adventist International School in Negombo, Lakeside Adventist Hospital, Lakpahana Adventist College and Seminary, Lakpahana Publishing house and an Adventist High School in Kandana. There are over 30 Adventist churches with more than 3,000 members. 

Thailand

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Thailand has a long tradition of political independence. The people love their king and show friendliness and acceptance of people from outside of the country. But they are slow to change from their predominantly Buddhist customs and culture. Education receives high priority in the Mission’s outreach. Adventists in Thailand take pride in Southeast Asia Union Mission’s tertiary institution – Mission College, now Asia Pacific International University (APIU) – located in Muak Lek, Saraburi Province. Officially opened in 2003, APIU has received Thai university accreditation. Bangkok is also home to the ADRA-Asia office.

Adventists in Thailand take pride in Southeast Asia Union Missions' tertiary institution – Mission College, now Asia Pacific International University (APIU) – located in Muak Lek, Saraburi Province.

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

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East Timor, officially the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is a small country in southeast Asia. Dili is the capital. It was an overseas province of Portugal from 1914 until 1975 and was annexed by Indonesia in 1976. East Timor voted for independence in 1999 and achieved full independence in 2002. The population is predominantly Catholic. The Adventist work started small with the SSD headquarters attaching it as its field. The fast growth of membership necessitated the SSD leadership to designate officers and directors to steer the work in this country.

The church in Timor Leste operates a mission office in the capital city of Dili with 1 church and a membership of 480. 

Vietnam

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War and a Communist government have presented many difficulties to our faithful church members in Vietnam. ADRA has always had a strong presence. The government very recently gave official recognition to the Adventists as a Church in Vietnam. The church’s evangelistic work, though restricted, has been making disciples of faithful church members. Also, there are many Sabbath-keeping Adventists whose name are not on church records but adherents to the messages received through the Adventist World Radio (AWR).

The church operates a mission office in Vietnam and oversees 13 churches with over 10,000 members. The church’s evangelistic work, though restricted, has been making disciples of faithful church members. Also, there are many Sabbath-keeping Adventists whose names are not on church records but adherents to the messages received through the Adventist World Radio (AWR).