BBC to feature the General, Salvationist story

Listen April 26 to a program celebrating The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary.

Salvationists and friends from around the world can listen to General André Cox preach on BBC national radio on April 26, as part of a Sunday Worship program celebrating The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary.

The live BBC Radio 4 broadcast from Sunderland Millfield Corps will also feature music from the International Staff Songsters and Bible readings, prayers and testimonies shared by Salvationists and representatives of local Salvation Army centers, including Southwick Community Project and Swan Lodge Lifehouse.

The broadcast will begin just after midnight Pacific Standard Time, and can be heard live online via the BBC iPlayer and for 30 days following air.  

The program will reveal how The Salvation Army came to be as part of the love story of William Booth and Catherine Mumford, explaining that when the couple met and fell in love in 1852, “so started a love story not only for each other, but also for the disadvantaged and downtrodden which would overflow across the world.”

It will note: “Within days of their first meeting William and Catherine were writing love letters to each other. William was determined to be a Christian preacher and evangelist and Catherine was not only wholeheartedly behind him, she effectively helped to mould the man he became… Initially the Booths did not plan to create a church but a ‘movement’ of people who, once converted to the Christian faith, would go back to their own congregations, or join an established church. Very quickly, though, it became clear that this movement was developing its own personality and distinctiveness.

“The Salvation Army today is still officially a movement although now it is also an established Protestant evangelical denomination with deep roots in both big conurbations and smaller towns right across the world.”

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