29 April 2016

GENERAL André Cox told Salvationists from the Southwest Division of the USA Western Territory that they were 'born to be mobilised'. His words of challenge came during a 'Beyond Boundless' divisional soldiers rally in Phoenix, Arizona, that was held after the conclusion of the National Advisory Organizations Conference in the same city, at which the General and Commissioner Silvia Cox (World President of Women's Ministries) had been special guests.

The international visitors, USA National leaders Commissioners David and Barbara Jeffrey, territorial leaders Commissioners James and Carolyn Knaggs and almost 1,500 Salvationists from across the division were welcomed by divisional commander Lieut-Colonel Joe Posillico. The colonel's personal mobilisation was hindered – though not stopped – by his broken foot! Music support was provided by the USA Western Territory Staff Band.

The diversity of the division was celebrated from the beginning through opening prayers in English, Korean and Spanish. One of the highlights of the meeting was the triple enrolment of 44 junior soldiers, 35 senior soldiers and 14 adherents from corps across the division.

Giving her testimony, Commissioner Cox shared the outreach ministry at International Headquarters (IHQ) that involves women officers – including the commissioner herself – offering to pray for passers-by outside IHQ. One day a complication forced them to find a different starting time but that, she explained, opened the door for a lady who desperately needed prayer. 'Because of the change of time we could meet her and the officer who spoke to her was facing a similar crisis in her family,' said the commissioner. 'God knows everything. When we believe, we are there at the right time and in the right place.'

Picking up on the theme of the rally, 'Beyond Boundless', the General recalled the Boundless International Congress from July 2015. 'It was not about patting ourselves on the back,' he said, 'but giving glory to God for what he has done through the Army. I am amazed what God has done through his imperfect Salvation Army. But have we become complacent, too ready to enjoy ourselves in comfortable halls? An Army confined to barracks does not make sense. We were born to be mobilised, to bring change and transformation. 

'Where The Salvation Army is growing it is out in the community, visible. That’s what we were designed to be. God knows our feelings of inadequacy as well as the difficulties. But in the messiness, dangers, uncertainty and problems God reveals himself to us and grants us the grace to continue to stand.'

Evidence of the Holy Spirit’s movement came in the free and ready movement of people to the mercy seat at the close of the meeting.

Report by Lieut-Colonel Allen Satterlee

Tags: Americas and Caribbean, The General