The work of The Salvation Army commenced in Burma in 1915 under the administration of India. Thirteen years later, it became a separate command. Despite restrictions on the entry of officers and lay workers from overseas, Myanmar Salvationists continued to develop our services in the nation, particularly in Upper Myanmar.
Throughout the years, we have established a network of social services to meet a range of needs in our community. Our programmes reach out to children who require care, communities living in the rural villages and other needy segments in our society. Our spiritual ministry also reaches out to people and provides counsel to those in the region.
The Myanmar Region comes under the direction of a Regional Officer and its four districts come under the leadership of District Officers. Two Burmese districts are in Lower Myanmar, with headquarters in Yangon and Mandalay and two Mizo districts are located in Upper Myanmar with headquarters in Kalaymyo and Khampat. There is also a School for Officer Training in Yangon which has facilities for training future officers of the Salvation Army.
In 1994, the Myanmar Region became part of the Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory. The Territory's highest-ranking officer is Territorial Commander, Colonel Rodney Walters and he is supported by Chief Secretary, Lieutenant-Colonel Garth Niemand, while Territorial President of Women's Ministries, Colonel Wendy Waltersis supported by Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries, Lieutenant-Colonel Patricia Niemand. Their positions are appointed by the International Headquarters in London.
The Salvation Army is structured in a military pattern with leadership vested in the General from the International Headquarters. While the chain of command extends from the General, through the Chief of Staff, into overseas departments, actual administration is vested in the territories and their individual community units.