Elsewhere in the world
LONDON—Representing Salvation Army training work in 61 territories and commands, 125 delegates met in April for the Called and Commissioned Conference on the training of cadets. This was the fifth such gathering; the last occurred in 2001.
“While we are a large global organization it is important that we work closely together,” said Chief of the Staff Commissioner Andre Cox. “This conference is an ideal place…to determine some of the non-negotiables and essential elements that must be included in the training of future Salvation Army leaders.”
POLAND—Germany and Lithuania Divisional Headquarters announced that the Starachowice church in Poland will be elevated to corps status due to its congregation development, program growth and increase in volunteer involvement.
Bozena Olszewska will serve as regional sergeant in-charge of Starachowice.
From Warsaw Review
AUSTRALIA—A fisherman in Perth, Mark McKay, landed what may be the biggest blue marlin caught in Western Australian waters. The fish weighed almost 783 pounds. McKay donated the fillets to The Salvation Army in Northbridge to feed the homeless.
The largest fish previously recorded in Australia weighed almost 750 pounds.
BANGLADESH—At least 200 people died during the collapse of an eight-story commercial building in Savar. Since the training college is less than a mile away, Salvation Army officers and cadets responded quickly. Some of the bodies were left out while rescuers searched for survivors, so the Salvationists sprinkled “blessing powder” on the bodies to deter insects and prevent infection.
The government asked a Salvation Army team to provide medicine to a local clinic and hospitals. International Headquarters sent an initial $3,000 for medical supplies and food. Donations may be made at salvationarmy.org.
CANADA—Governor General David Johnston helped serve lunch and spoke with staff at The Salvation Army’s Pembroke Community Church, Ontario, on April 23 during National Volunteer Week.
“Those who give of their time, talent and resources create a better country because they believe that it can and should be done,” Johnston said. They deserve not just our thanks, but also our recognition.”
The soup kitchen serves over 6,000 people a year.