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DUBAI—The first meeting of the brand new Salvation Army Dubai Fellowship happened Oct. 14. It was an informal gathering with a hot meal served after the service. Attendees convened at the Norwegians Seamans Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Majors Mark and Tracy Bearcroft are the corps officers.
From The Salvation Army Dubai on Facebook
ABU DHABI—Rev. Andrew Thompson, formerly the vicar of the Anglican Church in Kuwait, spearheaded the opening of The Salvation Army Abu Dhabi Corps, securing room for the church in the Anglican compound.
Salvationists in Abu Dhabi are smaller in number partially due to new day/time changes, making it difficult for camp laborers to attend due to little transportation.
The arrival of Corps Officers Majors Mark and Tracy Bearcroft caused growth and stability, with the congregation averaging around 35 each week.
From Abu Dhabi Corps on Facebook
BERMUDA—The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Bermuda recently received assistance from a local hotel. The Fairmont Hamilton Princess held a clothing and household item drive to benefit the Army.
“We chose to work with The Salvation Army as the organization has been an integral part of the community in Bermuda for more than 100 years,” said hotel manager Len Czarnecki.
In one day, the hotel collected 141 pounds of clothing.
“It was an amazing day,” said Major Shawn Critch, divisional commander, Bermuda Division. “The generosity of the community was beyond our expectations.”
NEW ZEALAND—From Nov. 6-13, Wattie’s food stores will partner with Hoyts, EVENT, Reading, and independent cinemas across New Zealand for the 20th “Wattie’s Cans Film Festival.”
Wattie’s—one of the largest food producers of packaged fruit, vegetables, sauces, baby foods, dressings and pet foods in New Zealand—organizes the event inviting the public to swap a can of food for a movie ticket. Wattie’s then matches each donated can. All proceeds go to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. To date, over 1 million cans of food have been donated to the Army through the festival.
From The Salvation Army New Zealand on Facebook
CANADA—Corps Officers Lts. Brian and June Bobolo, Estevan Community Church, Saskatchewan, mobilized the food bank program, taking the food van into neighborhoods two or three times a week.
“Estevan has a large transient community,” June Bobolo said. “[Many] come here seeking jobs, but when they arrive it’s very difficult to find a place to live.”
Serving 10-20 homeless people per week, the program tracks those served to ensure no one is missed. Food is also delivered to seniors and shut-ins who do not have access to the Army’s food bank.