President of Estonia and First Lady of Poland witness The Salvation Army at work

Estonia’s President Kersti Kaljulaid made an informal visit to The Salvation Army Narva Corps as part of a program in which she met with several active community groups in the northeastern city. At the time, the corps was hosting its weekly Alpha Course, an interactive introduction to the basics of the Christian faith. The President took time to speak with the participants.  

Corps Officers Majors Mihail and Liudmila Baglai welcomed Kaljulaid. During the 40-minute visit, Mihail Baglai gave the President a souvenir of Salvation Army items handmade by the corps’ fellowship group. The President reciprocated, presenting her own gift and signing the corps’ visitors book. In a private meeting, the Baglais detailed the Army’s extensive community work in Narva.

“We are proud that the President chose to visit the corps, and we believe this to be a fitting recognition of the very full program of community and evangelical work undertaken by the Narva Corps,” Mihail Baglai said.

The event followed a special training day in the capital, Tallinn, when people from across the country gathered to learn about The Salvation Army’s background, roots and beliefs, and to think about the present and future of The Salvation Army in Estonia.

Meanwhile, in Poland, the country’s First Lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, endorsed Salvation Army ministry during a fundraising event in Warsaw. She visited The Salvation Army’s stall at the annual International Charity Bazaar, put on by the country’s Spouses of Heads of Mission organization.

The First Lady thanked Salvation Army staff and volunteers for their “great ministry in 2018 for the poor people of Poland…as you do always.” She also asked about the diverse programs being implemented by The Salvation Army in the country, including a summer camp planned for children and young people next year.

“It was a great encouragement for us that Agata Kornhauser-Duda chose to spend time with us talking about The Salvation Army and our mission here in Poland,” said Warsaw Praga-Północ Corps Officer Lieutenant Oleh Samoilenko. “She was excited about the many ways that we are sharing the gospel and meeting human needs without discrimination here, and in our growth in the country since she first met us in 2016.”

From an IHQ Communications report

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