India Northern Territory women's rallies
IN one month (8 February – 9 March 2016), Home League rallies took place in 22 different locations across northern India. Under the leadership of Colonel Prema Varughese, Territorial President of Women’s Ministries (TPWM) and Lieut-Colonel M. Rachel, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries (TSWM), nearly 5,000 women attended (3,136 seniors and 1,843 juniors). 149 new members were enrolled and many people rededicated their lives to the Lord.
The Bible messages were based on the international women’s ministries theme of the year, ‘Joyfully His’ (John 15:11). Five women who recited this scripture individually each received a Salvation Army Song Book in Hindi as an encouragement gift. Song Books, along with Bibles in both Hindi and English, were also presented to women who had raised ‘Helping Hand’ funds. The women became honorary 'queens' and 'princesses' for the day!
Four vulnerable girls from the Batala, Gurdaspur, Jallandhar Divisions received ₹5,000 each during the series of rallies, in order to help with their day-to-day life.
Recognising the increasingly important role of technology, five divisions (Angul, Bareilly, Dera Baba Nanak, Moradabad and Pathankot) were given computers and Gurdaspur Division was presented with a printer, procured from India Northern Territory Women’s Ministries funds.
55 ‘Silver Star’ mothers were honoured with the Home League pins by the TPWM and TSWM during the rally. The Silver Star Fellowship recognises the valuable role performed by parents and other significant figures who have been instrumental in newly-commissioned Salvation Army officers entering full time ministry.