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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The Salvation Army in Italy is making plans to respond to the earthquake on August 24, 2016, that brought devastation to the area around the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto, about 150 kilometers northeast of Rome. At least 240 people are known to have been killed in the quake, with many more yet to be accounted for. There is not a Salvation Army corps (church) in the vicinity, but consideration is being given as to how best to assist people who have lost everything. Lt. Colonel Massimo Tursi, officer commanding of The Salvation Army’s Italy and Greece Command, says the organization’s status in Italy does not allow them to go in with rescue teams. “We are looking for …

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Territorial Commander Commissioner Paul R. Seiler shares the following changes of appointments: Effective October 1, 2016, Major Evie Diaz, currently serving as Divisional Commander in the Kansas and Western Missouri Division, is appointed as Assistant Chief Secretary (Administration) at International Headquarters (IHQ) with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Effective November 1, 2016, Majors Phillip and Deslea Maxwell, officers of the Australia East Territory currently serving at IHQ, are appointed to the Kansas and Western Missouri Division. Major Phillip Maxwell is appointed as Divisional Commander, and Major Deslea Maxwell is appointed as Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries.


On behalf of the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Paul R. Seiler, it is my privilege to share with you information regarding appointments and promotions, effective June 29, 2016: Northern Division Lt. Colonel Lonneal Richardson, Divisional Commander Lt. Colonel Patty Richardson, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries Midland Division Major Dan Jennings, Divisional Commander, with promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel Major Dorene Jennings, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries, with promotion to the rank of Lt. Colonel Wisconsin & Upper Michigan Division Major Steven Merritt, Divisional Commander Major Christine Merritt, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries Retirement Effective September 1, 2016 (Furlough July & August 2016) Lt. Colonel Robert Thomson Lt. Colonel Nancy Thomson


London, 25 February 2016/IHQ/ – THE Salvation Army in Fiji is continuing its ministry to help people affected by Cyclone Winston – the strongest ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. The disaster has affected 90 per cent of Fiji’s approximately 900,000 population. At least 42 people are known to have been killed, with that figure expected to rise when contact is made with remote communities. Aerial images show that some villages have been completely destroyed, with reports of serious damage and destruction of schools, clinics and two hospitals. Four days after the cyclone struck, Fiji’s two largest islands – Viti Levu (where The Salvation Army’s divisional headquarters is based) and Venua Levu – were still largely without electricity and many …

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