The General and Commissioner Peddle visit Asbury University and USA National Headquarters
General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, The Salvation Army’s international leaders, traveled to the United States to visit Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky—which has a long history of Salvation Army links—and USA National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Recently appointed Asbury President Dr. Kevin Brown invited the General to speak at a student chapel service. Before the service, the Peddles met informally with members of the Salvation Army Student Fellowship under the leadership of Majors Paul and Alma Cain.
The General said he heard about Asbury all his life and was excited to finally visit this “special place.” The students asked questions about the General’s social media presence, his ability to have free time, preparing for God’s calling and the importance of music and the arts. Peddle emphasized the importance of using social media for positive, encouraging communication and explained that he is able to communicate instantly to tens of thousands of people with a tweet or Instagram posting.
“God doesn’t just want to hug you, but to send you,” the General said in the student chapel, as he spoke on the theme “Separated and Sent.” He said the Asbury students were separated—or set apart—for a purpose: to be sent into this world. He used the biblical example of Joseph, who relied on God to answer Pharoah’s questions. Peddle said God “will do miraculous things with separated and sent people.”
The Salvation Army Student Fellowship Band and Songsters provided music during the chapel.
The Peddles also visited USA National Headquarters (NHQ), where, during a chapel led by National Commander Commissioner David Hudson, Commissioner Rosalie Peddle talked about The Salvation Army’s worldwide ministry.
The General spoke from his heart about the varied elements of Salvation Army mission he has witnessed during his travels. He gave thanks for all the employees and staff locally, nationally and internationally, praising their hard work and dedication to the Army’s mission.
The international leaders met with NHQ officers, answering questions about some of the challenges facing the international Salvation Army, including church persecution and leadership issues, such as the importance of encouraging and supporting women to become leaders.
Report by Lt. Colonel Dean Hinson and Major Jason Swain