GENERAL Linda Bond encouraged Salvationists to make a commitment to go deeper in their relationship with God during Commitment Sunday meetings at Romford Corps (church) in the UK Territory with the Republic of Ireland.
Divisional Commander Major Norman Ord welcomed the General before the young people of FOJ (Friends of Jesus) gave their own special greeting.
The Deputy Mayor and Mayoress of Havering, Councillor and Mrs Eric Munday, were present and the General presented an Indian shawl to the Deputy Mayoress, before asking all gathered to pray for the Army in the six Indian territories.
The General enrolled Emeka (Chuck) and Ade Echedom as senior soldiers. Originally from Nigeria, they moved to Romford a year ago with their young son, Emmanuel, and found their spiritual home at The Salvation Army. During the ceremony the couple knelt at the mercy seat to sign their Soldiers Covenant before the congregation enthusiastically welcomed the two 'newest soldiers in The Salvation Army'. Chuck gave his testimony, which he began and ended by singing of his love for his Lord and Saviour.
Following the General's powerful message about obedience to God as 'a personal response and a heartfelt choice' many people went forward to kneel and sign their commitment cards.
On Sunday afternoon Salvationists from two neighbouring corps, Barking and Harold Hill, and members of a local Methodist church joined the congregation. Graham Knock, who had been welcomed as an adherent member at Harold Hill that morning, and Cadet Rodney Bean each testified to their experience of God's transforming power and his guidance in their lives.
Worship throughout the day was led by the corps officer, Major David Evans, and enriched by the Romford Corps music sections and the ALOVE choir, a contemporary worship band from Barking.
The General's powerful preaching brought inspiration and challenge. She gave special encouragement to the young people present.
At the conclusion of both meetings the General stood at the door and greeted everyone personally.
Report by Lieut-Colonel Jayne Roberts