Heritage, in large part it’s what defines us. But as Salvationists our identity in Christ is even more central—and what makes us family. The Boundless Joy Anniversary Celebration this was replete with testimonies of the joy found in following Jesus and highlighted how God has used people to achieve great things in the territory’s 130 year history. Featuring Commissioners Kenneth G. and Jolene K. Hodder, Kenya West territorial leaders, the event also incorporated an international perspective and foreshadowed the International Congress. A powerful keynote session focusing on God’s goodness opened with music by the Chicago Staff Band (CSB) which anchored the weekend and at the meeting’s end premiered Illumniate, a sparkling, complex composition written by Andrew Wainwright for the Congress …

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The Salvation Army’s Caribbean Territory is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, where the Army launched its work in that part of the world in 1887. It’s comprised of 16 countries and has almost 250 active officers (pastors) plus more than 75 retired officers. The territory’s Training College (seminary) for officers is also located in Kingston. More than 11,000 senior soldiers, 3,700 junior soldiers and 1,900 adherents attend 129 corps (churches) and 42 outposts throughout the territory, and more than 1,000 people are employed in 166 schools educating thousands of children and 59 social service institutions, including feeding centers, clinics, homes and shelters. Languages in which the gospel is preached include Creole, Dutch, English, French and Surinamese in the countries of Antigua, …

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Salvation Army Bible-reading challenge impacts lives, communities In support of her commitment to The Salvation Army’s international Boundless Bible-reading challenge for 2015, Thelma Jefferson has been attending a weekly Bible study group at the Keokuk, Iowa, Corps (church). “You can learn more from other people,” said the long-time soldier (member) of the corps. “Being in the group helps me better understand each week’s reading, as do the questions about the scripture passages in the Boundless study guide.” She added, “It makes me feel good about myself as I learn how to live in Christ day by day.” Thelma’s daughter, Donna Jefferson, a soldier who’s attended the corps since childhood, also signed up for the  Boundless challenge and study group, where …

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Bandmaster Harold Burgmayer will be taking the position of the Territorial Music and Gospel Arts Secretary, effective August 3, 2015. Colonel Jeffrey Smith will take the additional responsibility of Executive Officer of the Chicago Staff Band, effective August 1, 2015.


by Kersten Rieder In the early stages of planning for Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming, The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary international congress, General André Cox challenged the congress team to ensure that kids would be a visible part of the celebration. As a result, Boundless Kids is about enabling children and families to engage with the congress experience together. Children will receive Boundless Kids bags with goodies and an activity booklet that bring topics from the main sessions alive in age-appropriate ways. Whether you are there for all five days or just a few, your child can collect a bag from the information point. “Our energetic team will get children involved in storytelling, singing, drama and dancing,” said Rob Moye, …

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by Jared McKiernan The Salvation Army’s international congress, Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming, will kick off July 1 with the opening rally, “A Joyful Army” at the O2 Arena in East London. The session will commemorate the joyful manner in which The Salvation Army has spread the gospel over the past 150 years and challenge those in attendance to carry forward that mission. With over 15,000 attendees expected, it figures to set the tone for the entire five-day congress. “The purpose is to have a ‘celebration of joy,’” said Lt. Colonel Allan Hofer, chief secretary for the Switzerland, Austria and Hungary Territory, who is planning the opening session. “We will tell the story of how God calls people first to …

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by Erica Andrews In a theater meant to hold 4,000 people, nearly 12,000 Salvationists came from every corner of the country and squeezed between the aisles, fidgeting to fit in the seats and on any available floor space. General André Cox had returned to Zimbabwe, his birthplace. The International Headquarters communications section and the Western Territory’s SAVN.tv partnered to capture the scene and produce a documentary, “Homecoming Africa,” about the General and Commissioner Silvia Cox’s journey to Zimbabwe to be premiered in a first-ever Salvation Army film festival at Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming. Three screens at the O2’s Cineworld—the second-largest cinema operator in the United Kingdom—will host Salvation Army films July 2-3, during the Army’s 150th anniversary congress. “Some …

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by Jared McKiernan As Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming draws near, thousands of delegates prepare for the trek overseas to London’s O2 Arena. The five-day congress will feature an array of culturally diverse celebrations and events for all in attendance—from the opening rally to the grand march down The Mall. But those not in London for the festivities can still join in. Here are three ways:   Create a prayer video Officers will gather from around the world on June 30 for International Officers Councils. During the worship service, themed “Every Knee Shall Bow,” officers will be called to an important time of intercession. You can join them in prayer via the giant video screen. Simply use your camera, video …

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