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Canada (and beyond)—The War College has added General John Gowans (Ret.) and Colonel Earl Robinson to its Board of Reference. They join General Shaw Clifton, General Eva Burrows (Ret.), Commissioner Phil Needham, Commissioner Wesley Harris, Colonel Don Copple, Chick Yuill, Stacey Campbell, Wesley Campbell and Dr. David Demian in providing spiritual cover and counsel to the campuses of The War College.
Developed by The Salvation Army’s 614 Ministry, The War College is a primitive Salvationist, 12-month residential training school that equips warriors to win the world for Christ. Campuses are located in Vancouver, British Columbia and in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Ottawa: The Salvation Army in Canada is supporting parliamentary motion 153, brought by MP Joy Smith (St. Paul-Kidonan), that condemns the trafficking of women and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and develops a comprehensive strategy to combat the trafficking of persons worldwide.
Trafficking is one of the Army’s major international concerns. The Salvation Army believes that the sale and purchase of human beings for commercial sexual exploitation or any other reason is wrong and a detriment not only to those involved but also to society in general.
Philippines—The Salvation Army continued to assist people recovering from the cumulative impact of four typhoons that hit the country over a period of 10 weeks from September 25 to December 9. Typhoon Durian caused extensive damage and is the country’s worst natural disaster since the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.
Durian hit in late November, killing more than 1,000 people as high winds and floods triggered landslides in central Albay province. As many as 100,000 were displaced and many people in the region are still without food, water and electricity. Around 120,000 people are still sheltering in evacuation centers in Albay due to the destruction of their homes.
The Salvation Army relief team coordinated with government disaster organizations that assigned three areas to the Army. A large amount of the relief aid went to areas that had received no help at all.
Local funding is now depleted and an appeal is out for further assistance and donations to support the continuing relief effort. Donations may be sent to International Headquarters or made securely online at www.salvationarmy.org, marked for the South Pacific and East Asia Disaster Fund.