Elsewhere in the world
SWITZERLAND—The Salvation Army’s annual Family and Sports Days took place June 16-17 at the Sports Centre Grien in Lyss. Besides providing time for relaxation and family fun, the event offered the opportunity to participate in a football or volleyball tournament.
UKRAINE—In June, the Kirovograd Corps held a festival to mark the International Day for Protection of Children. Children from the neighborhood, a local organization for children with disabilities, and a local orphanage attended.
The celebration included games and competitions with the children and their parents and guardians, and concluded with gifts and ice cream. Corps staff members invited all the children and their parents or guardians to the Sunday program.
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THE PHILIPPINES—Chief of Staff Commissioner Barry C. Swanson and World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue Swanson led the 75th anniversary celebrations of The Salvation Army in The Philippines.
Nearly 500 youth attended the youth congress kickoff.
Saturday afternoon included a praise party in the park subsequent to medical teams dispensing free medication and health advice.
The Sunday service included enrollment of 150 senior soldiers, a dance by residents of Bethany Children’s Home, and 75 officers reading Scripture in six Filipino languages.
From Lt. Colonel Robyn Clinch
U.K.—Hoping to encourage people to return to The Salvation Army, the Morriston Corps formed a community band consisting of present and past corps members. Bandmaster Lyndon Kervin anticipated that corps non-attendees would be comfortable in an informal setting. He and Derek Brown, band secretary, assembled a large group.
The musicians gave a concert, presenting swing and film music with pieces from The Great Escape and Saving Private Ryan, then contrasted those numbers with “The Pearl” and “Sing Hosannah.”
ITALY—Chief of Staff Commissioner Barry C. Swanson and World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Sue Swanson joined the Italy and Greece Command in Rome to celebrate 125 years of Salvation Army ministry in Italy.
Congress events included a concert in St. Peter’s Square featuring the France and Belgium Territorial Band, workshops, an open-air meeting, a women’s rally and a concert at the Waldensian Church.
From Lt. Colonel Daniel Naud