Speaking from his home in London, following the temporary closure of the movement’s international headquarters, General Brian Peddle (World Leader of The Salvation Army) says:
“The prevailing message from International Headquarters is that Salvationists follow advice, observe all the protocols but remain connected to others in need and continue to serve in [Jesus’] name as far as possible.
I am delighted to be leading an Army that understands social distancing but also understands that we do not need to be antisocial.
Each day, I am reading stories of innovation, creativity and I catch glimpses of Salvationists with their sleeves rolled up. Obviously, there is a renewal to the Call to Mission and the emphasis on what it means to be Battle-Ready Now.
I am, by the grace of God, already predisposed to having a heart that wants to respond. It makes me a responder to global and local tragedies – loss of life, economic hardships, food insecurity and injustice. Many of our people and those we serve are already destitute; hanging by a thread, losing hope and afraid. Thank you to every corps and centre who is finding ways to serve and respond.
I have often used the phrase “we are all in this together” but today it seems to take on new meaning. I’m working from my home today – no travel – using the internet to join with you, pray along with you and celebrate that God still comes alongside. God bless The Salvation Army….
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