Salvation Army work to begin in Gabon
General André Cox approved the official opening of Salvation Army operations in the west African country of Gabon.
With the official opening of work July 1, Gabon will become the 129th country in which The Salvation Army has an officially recognized presence. Located on the Atlantic coast of central Africa, Gabon has a population of just under 2 million people.
In 2005 an interest developed in having some expression of Salvation Army ministry in Gabon—with oversight given from the Congo (Brazzaville) Territory—and permission was given for the possibilities to be investigated. Procedures for gaining legal recognition in a country can take a long time, and it is only now that a constitution has been developed that is acceptable both to the government of Gabon and to The Salvation Army. The General approved the constitution early in 2018, and the government has now indicated its agreement and approval, making it possible to plant the Army flag in Gabon soil.
With a budget for the first three years of operation approved, and officers identified to lead the new work—Captains Alexis and Irma Zola, officers of the Congo (Brazzaville) Territory—the way is now clear for the Army’s work to be developed.
International Secretary for Africa Commissioner Benjamin Mnyampi and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries Commissioner Grace Mnyampi will preside over the official launch of the work July 1 in the country’s capital city Libreville.