London, June 6, 2017 – CAPTAIN Ashish Pawar, whose Southwark Corps (church) hall is five minutes’ walk from the scene of the terrorist attack on London Bridge, has been describing the ‘blessing’ of being able to help people affected by the incident. Seven people were killed and 48 injured when three men attacked members of the public using a van and knives. When Captain Pawar heard about the attack on Saturday evening, his first thought was: “We need to do something.” He and his wife, Captain Sandra Pawar, opened the hall and laid out some beds for people who were unable to get to their homes or hotels. Seven people stayed the night, joined on occasion by others who needed to …

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The General Responds to Manchester Attack, Calling Salvationists to Share Peace London, May, 23, 2017/IHQ/ – GENERAL André Cox has published a statement in response to the terrorist attack on a concert in Manchester, England, in which at least 22 people were killed. It is thought that many of the victims, at a concert by American singer Ariana Grande, were in their teens. In his message to Salvationists and friends, the General writes: ‘My heart breaks for all who were affected in Manchester – and for the many, many people who find their everyday lives blighted by fear because of the acts of a few misguided people who grotesquely misrepresent the faith they claim to follow.’ He offers the reminder that …

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With drought causing suffering across Africa, The Salvation Army is engaged in practical responses and is also calling on Salvationists and friends to support a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. This special focus, on Sunday, May 21, 2017, is supported by churches and groups including World Vision, the World Council of Churches and the World Evangelical Alliance. Famine has been declared in areas of South Sudan, with Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen on the brink of famine. More than 20 million people are at risk of starvation in these four countries alone, but The Salvation Army knows through its relief work in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Zambia and other countries that the problem is far more widespread. Globally, millions more suffer …

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The Salvation Army has been an active member of the Religious Alliance Against Pornography ( RAAP) for many years. We have participated in several campaigns over the years in concert with RAAP. RAAP is now sponsoring two free Webinars in May 2017.


The General’s Easter Video Message 2017 Now Available The General’s Easter video message for 2017 is now available to watch and share online. The video–adapted from his full Easter message–can be watched and shared on the General’s Facebook page (sar.my/genfb) and a high-definition version is also available to watch or download from vimeo.com/salvationarmyihq/geneaster2017. To help engage with a truly international audience, optional subtitles (closed captions) are available in Czech, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Georgian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Sinhala and Spanish. The message encourages people to turn away from materialism and rely on Jesus. It includes a challenge from the General to remember–and help–people who are suffering, particularly those in east Africa who are facing severe drought. Information …

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INTERNATIONAL APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS On behalf of the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, it is my privilege to share with you information regarding international appointments and promotions decided by the General. EFFECTIVE 1 SEPTEMBER 2017 COLONELS DAVID AND SHARRON HUDSON, officers of the USA Western Territory currently serving respectively as National Chief Secretary and National Secretary for Women’s Ministries, USA National Headquarters are appointed as the national leaders of The Salvation Army in the United States of America. Colonel David Hudson is appointed as National Commander, and Colonel Sharon Hudson as National President of Women’s Ministries. They will take up their new appointment responsibilities with the rank of commissioner, Colonel David Hudson on 1 September and Colonel Sharron Hudson …

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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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