New officers for The Salvation Army…and new officers for the Alberta Northern Territories Division! It was a great evening of celebration – and a time of serious dedication as the Prayer Warriors were ordained and commissioned.
Lieutenant David Bond spoke to on behalf of his session and reflected on the experience of training.
The name is Destiny – that is the theme of the Congress, but the hit of the night was the story of David and Goliath. The illustration of wearing the King’s armour was brought to life as the General pulled a young boy from the crowd to wear his uniform jacket! No sense in trusting in that, says the General – trust only in God.
Lots of good music, colour, lights and young people featured as the Congress began. We’re off to a great start.
It was a delight to hear from The General today. General Clifton gave us an update on The Salvation Army’s progress from a global perspective. The first thing to note is that we are hardly white, western, or “british” anymore. TSA is now in 121 countries with our entry into United Arab Eremites. We have also recently begun work in; Greece, Kuwait, Nepal, Burundi and our work in China now is in 60 locations.
One of the largest Salvation Army Territories is now Pakistan – an Islamic Republic! Fifty percent of Salvation Army soldiers are in Africa! In the Caribbean 60% of our soldiers are in Haiti.
TSA continues to grow around the world and it does so by the strength of individuals. The General referred to the power of ONE.
He also reminded us of the power of looking after the children – and told the story of William Booth’s strategy to win the hearts of India – he did so by emphasizing children to ministry. Today the India East Territory is a financially independent territory and is pioneering the work in Mongolia.
It has been a very good day – and a reminder of the unique nature of The Army and the quiet way in which the Gospel is delivered…by the power of ONE.