Commissioner Rosalie Peddle

Hello October! Can you believe it’s here already? The General and I have been on the go — non-stop it seems. God has plans that need attending to, and we’re flying full speed ahead! Are you ready?

FASTEN YOUR SEATBELTS

As we’ve travelled to Kuwait and Northern Ireland in the past few weeks, and settled in to our flights, I’ve been again and again struck by the announcement: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts…’ Sometimes just a reminder, but a couple of times, a stern warning when passengers were side-tracked with whatever might have gotten their attention away from their safety.

But there’s a reason for it: The breakneck speeds, the possible turbulence, maybe a rough landing. So, I’m here to make that overhead announcement: Fasten your seatbelts! We’re in for a ride!

On take-off

Seatbelt sign

‘If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast,’ (Psalm 139:9-10).

During take-off, settling down and fastening my seat belt allows me to enjoy the view that unfolds beneath me; sprawling city skylines, lush green countryside and great desert landscapes— they’ve captivated my attention during recent flights. I am also privileged to have a panoramic view of women’s ministries within the international Salvation Army. And let me tell you, the view is both breath-taking and inspiring!

Every day I thank God for the women who are working hard to provide programme, finance, education, life skills, counselling and fellowship opportunities to equip and empower women so they can make a better life for themselves and their families.

I also celebrate the new appointments of Colonel Hagar Amponsah (Ghana), Lieut-Colonel Mary Mkami (Liberia), and Lieut-Colonel Anne Kiama (Tanzania) as they join our worldwide Women’s Ministries team.

But let’s not stop to enjoy the view for too long. There is so much more work to be done as God calls us to move forward in deeper commitment to his mission.

Turbulence in the air

‘The Lord will keep you from all harm —he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore,’ (Psalm 121:7-8).

Brace yourselves —we could be in for a bumpy ride!

The needs of women and girls all around the world are staggering. There will be resistance and bumps along the way as we work to undermine the bonds of poverty, to overcome all forms of abuse and to elevate and empower women.

But even in turbulent times, we know we have nothing to fear! Seatbelts fastened: God’s got this! The safest place in all the world is in the will of God —and I take comfort in knowing that no matter what, we’re right in the middle of that will.

On landing

As I touch down in a new, unfamiliar country, I am assured by Deuteronomy 31:8 and the promise that the Lord himself goes before us and will be with us —he will never leave us! We’ve no reason to be afraid or discouraged! And I’m standing on that promise, for myself, for The General —and for all of you! All in God’s hands —and for His Glory!

PRAYER

My thoughts and prayers have been with many of you over these past weeks, as I have followed the challenges you have faced in your part of the world on social media.

  • Continued prayers for Indonesia
  • For the teams responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael
  • For the people of Venezuela; nearly two million people have fled the country’s economic and political crisis since 2015

TRANSFORMING EVENTS

And we know God is on the move, working in each of these places through the hands and hearts of his people, who are serving to make a difference in the lives of those affected by tragedy and loss.  God has also been moving in my own heart, stirring my soul and speaking words of life and hope over me, as was experienced during our recent IHQ Officers Councils.

So as I sit secure in my seat, watching the world rush by outside the plane window, I am reminded that in the midst of the blur, the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). 

The seatbelt reminder serves a purpose, to lead us to still and quiet moments, where we can experience the Lord’s presence, peace, and love. Secure in Him, we can then hit the ground running to minister to the needs of this world.  Won’t you join me in making the most of the seatbelt moments God provides. Allow the blessing and assurance of His presence to comfort you as you prepare to move in your own corners of the world.

God bless you!

Commissioner Rosalie Peddle