I rarely get to visit our work in Bermuda but this year we had the privilege of traveling there twice. The setting is wonderful – not tropical, but certainly sub-tropical.
This time it was a combined visit for our NAB meeting, the farewell to the TC and a visit of the CSS/Bermuda Congress.
We did manage to arrive just as Tropical storm Jerry was approaching the island but the storm was not severe and our plans went off as intended.
So here’s a few photos to sum up our trip, which proved to be very profitable.
The population of Bermuda is just under 70,000 and there are 100 churches on the island. The Salvation Army is one of the denominations We had a good review and an opportunity to see some of our buildings. It was a great experience for the review team and for us, we enjoyed reconnecting with friends of old.
We were able to visit North Street and St. George’s corps as well as DHQ, of course, and the emergency shelter and harbour light.
Wendy had the privilege of attending the officer’s retreat for the Bermuda division. The setting, of course, is hard to beat, especially in February. The location is wonderful sitting of the beach and with Bermuda’s pink sand it makes it refreshing. Missing the two storms that rolled through Toronto while we were away didn’t hurt either!
Bermuda is a tax haven, has 900 business registered there (at least on paper) and is very expensive to live on. So you can imagine that the poor of Bermuda are very poor! And because the government has no pension provision, the workforce has many seniors in it. People can’t afford to retire so they live multi-generationally to support each other.
The next blog post will show a bit more of the island and our work there.