General joins Taiwan celebration

The Salvation Army reaches 50th anniversary of the recommencement of work in Taiwan.

By Norm Beckett, Major – 

A a typhoon could not stop Salvationists and friends from celebrating the 50th anniversary of the recommencement of The Salvation Army in Taiwan, under the leadership of General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, world president of women’s ministries. The weather cleared for Sunday meetings at Sun Moon Lake, in the center of the island nation.

In the holiness meeting, the General enrolled five senior soldiers.

In his Bible message, focusing on “One Army serving in self-denial,” Cox said that believers should live their lives as exampled by Christ. While the world emphasizes people insisting on claiming personal “rights,” he said, “we need to be countercultural. We should not admit to the tendency that is within ourselves to be self-centered.”

He referred to John the Baptist, who said of himself concerning Jesus: “I must decrease, he must increase!”

A number of people responded to the challenge to lead Christlike lives.

In the second meeting of the celebration, Silvia Cox challenged the congregation: “We have a future by doing something now—faith without action is useless.” Referring to the step of faith the Israelites had taken by crossing the River Jordan, she encouraged everyone present to “step into the future,” adding: “We need to be personally ready by the power of God to go into the future.”

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