Elsewhere in the World
CANADA—Captains Paul and Lisa Trickett, corps officers at Metrotown Citadel in Burnaby, B.C., began Games Night for families last fall. The program has since morphed into a single mothers’ ministry, with word-of-mouth driving attendance from 20 to 60 women.
Besides games, attendees receive other assistance including prayer and information on legal aid. By request, an English-as-a-second-language Bible study started.
So far, six mothers have become Christians and 10 children have become junior soldiers.
SCOTLAND—General Linda Bond attended “Changing Minds,” the Roots Scotland conference in Edinburgh, where a record number of people approached the mercy seat.
“We are called for the people nobody wants!” the General said. “Connecting people with Jesus—that’s our roots!”
At Junction 6:8, the Roots kids’ program, the theme was the challenge of Micah 6:8: To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God (NIV), which can be viewed as a “life junction” for decision-making.
FIJI—Salvation Army personnel worked in flood-ravaged Fiji as the island braced itself for a tropical storm. A state of natural disaster was declared for the country’s western area after heavy flooding killed four people and forced thousands into evacuation centers.
The Salvation Army in New Zealand launched an appeal to raise funds for financial assistance (visit secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp).
Western Territory officers Commissioners Don and Debi Bell are territorial leaders for the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory.
UNITED KINGDOM—The long-running BBC radio program “Sounds of the 60s” recently featured The Salvation Army’s pop group, the Joystrings, which formed in 1963 to bring the Christian message to the youth of that time. They became famous in the U.K. with “It’s an Open Secret,” reaching the U.K.’s top 20. The group has been described as the first contemporary Christian music artists.
For more information, visit joystrings.co.uk.
GEORGIA—The Salvation Army provided ongoing emergency assistance after floods cost five people their lives and destroyed crops and livestock.
Army personnel supplied food, bottled water and cleaning supplies. Because transporting heavy goods was difficult, they could deliver only small food packages of rice, sugar and oil.
Captain Oleg Murzanov worked with the local government in Lagodekhi and The Salvation Army’s International Emergency Services sent the country an initial sum of $8,000.
From an international news report