Lt. Colonels Ralph and Susan Bukiewicz, Central officers currently serving in the territory as Secretary for Personnel and Officer Resource and Development Department Secretary, respectively, are appointed as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, USA Southern Territory. They will take up their new appointments with the rank of colonel effective July 1, 2017.


Colonels Bradford and Heidi Bailey, Central officers currently serving as Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the USA Southern Territory, are appointed as territorial leaders in the Central. Colonel Bradford Bailey is appointed as Territorial Commander and Colonel Heidi Bailey as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. They will take up their new appointments with the rank of commissioner—Colonel Heidi Bailey on July 1, 2017, and Colonel Bradford Bailey on July 2—succeeding Commissioners Paul R. and Carol Seiler who will be retiring.  


As a symbolic act, the launch of The Whole World Mobilizing, the international Salvation Army initiative to encourage and enable Salvationists and friends to engage more closely with their communities, could not have sent a clearer message. The event was not a gathering in; it was a sending out: a time of vibrant worship that spilled from International Headquarters (IHQ) onto the streets of central London where passers-by were swept along by a wave of joy and praise. Interviewed by IHQ employee Andrew Yates (a soldier at Bromley Temple Corps), General André Cox said the initiative follows in the footsteps of the international prayer and Bible reading programs linked to the Boundless International Congress in 2015. In a way, he …

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INTERNATIONAL Volunteer Day, the United Nations-mandated observance day which “celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism”, takes place annually on December 5. This year, the world leader of The Salvation Army, General André Cox, has recorded a brief video to thank people from all walks of life who freely give their time and expertise to support the international church and charity’s work. “While on this day we think of you,” says the General, “we recognize that you have been thinking of others all year.” His message mentions some of the ways in which The Salvation Army’s thousands of volunteers have been serving: from fundraising to supporting refugees, and from assisting on street pastor teams to serving meals. “You are a …

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The Salvation Army in New Zealand is on standby to provide assistance to people affected by the 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck northeast of Christchurch in the early hours of Monday, November14. Two people are known to have lost their lives in the disaster, which caused damage to homes and infrastructure. Some roads in rural parts of South Island are impassable. Salvation Army personnel are prepared to go wherever the regional emergency management group needs them. The Salvation Army has been providing food to workers at the civil defense emergency management headquarters near Wellington, and assistance was provided to area evacuees Along with many businesses in Wellington, the Army’s territorial headquarters was closed on Monday to allow structural engineers to check …

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A congress led by General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox was held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Salvation Army restarting its ministry in Russia in July 1991 after the fall of communism. The Army originally began working in Russia in 1910 but had to cease operations in 1923. People gathered from around the country to meet in Rostov-on-Don, more than 600 miles south of Moscow, to worship and hear God’s message. Some came from as far east as Vladivostok, a distance of more than 4,000 miles. The congress theme was based on Joshua 3:5 (NIV): “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” The opening celebration concert set a joyful atmosphere as the many …

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General André Cox has approved the official opening of Salvation Army operations on the island of Madagascar off Africa’s east coast. This development brings the total number of countries in which The Salvation Army is officially registered to 128. The decision came after prolonged exploration into the feasibility of extending the Army’s work to the island. The work will develop under the supervision of the Zimbabwe Territory. Majors Jean and Flore Kiala, officers of the Democratic Republic of Congo Territory, have been appointed to lead the work assisted by Madagascan Salvationists Andriamananony and Annick Rasahoby. Sunday meetings have been taking place on the island for several months,  women’s ministries is making a great impact, and Salvation Army personnel are involved …

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The Salvation Army in Haiti is providing food and support to people who have been forced from their homes by Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean in a decade. The full extent of the disaster is only now becoming clear, with more than 400 people known to have lost their lives. Much of the country’s south is still unreachable because the strong winds and heavy rain have damaged and destroyed roads and bridges. The continuing path of Hurricane Matthew also is making it difficult to fly in supplies.  An initial sum of $20,000 has been provided through International Headquarters in London to purchase rice, oil, meat, beans and other basic food items for distribution to some of …

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The Salvation Army is mobilizing emergency response personnel and supplies after Hurricane Matthew, the most powerful Caribbean storm in almost a decade, caused widespread flooding, flattened homes and trees, and left a trail of destruction in Haiti. “We are initiating a response to meet basic urgent needs. As we continue to assess, gather information and fully grasp the scope of this devastating situation, we know for certain there is already significant need for food, clean water, and shelter. We humbly ask the American public to consider supporting our efforts through prayer and monetary donations,” said Lt. Colonel Thomas Bowers, director for The Salvation Army World Service Office (SAWSO) in Alexandria, Va. Flooding and mudslides remain a serious concern throughout the …

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The Salvation Army in Haiti is assessing the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew and putting in place plans to help some of the thousands of people who’ve been forced from their homes. Winds of 145 miles per hour, accompanied by heavy rain and storm surges, have brought devastation across much of the country. The greatest need is funding to provide food and drink to people in temporary shelters. Southern Haiti was particularly badly hit. In Fonds-des-Negres, a Salvation Army school was among several buildings to lose their roofs. The local corps (church) was damaged by a falling tree and the area has suffered significant flooding. In Aquin, a Salvation Army school that was sheltering people whose homes were at risk …

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