Listen, I am standing at the door, knocking:
if you hear my voice and open the door,
I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me.

Revelation 3:20
For me, one of the most powerful Christmas images is the one of Joseph and Mary standing outside the Inn asking for a room only to be told there is NO ROOM. If only the Inn Keeper had realised who it was that was asking for a room, the long awaited Messiah, would the answer have been different?
Jesus still stands at our door knocking. He comes as a beggar asking for help, a sick child asking for healing, or a beaten women asking for protection. He comes to us in every person we will meet. As long as there are people, Christ will walk the earth as your neighbour.

That is the great blessing and seriousness of the Christmas experience. Christ is standing at the door; he lives in the form of a human being among us. Do you want to close the door or open it? Like the ancient Inn Keeper you also face today the challenge of the question, “Do you have any room for me?”

The message of the Book of Revelation reminds us that while we respond to Christ today we also continue to wait for the return of Christ when He will indeed “make all things new”. Rev 21:5

As you celebrate the birth and coming of the Christ Child this year may you also rejoice in the fact that He is coming again to release ‘the captives’, ‘to give sight to the blind’, ‘to bring hope to the hopeless’, and ‘to proclaim the Joy and Peace of the Father’.

I pray that this Christmas Season you may know His presence in a new and real way throughout all aspect of your life and ministry. With every blessing,

Colonel Ian Swan
Territorial Commander

The Salvation Army In Zambia

The Salvation Army was raised to evangelise - to tell people the good news of Jesus Christ. It is an integral part of the Christian Church, although distinctive in government and practice. In 1922 emigrants from villages of the   Zambezi River working in a mine near Hurungwe were converted.They carried home the message to their chief, and established meeting places in their villages. Two years later, commandant Kunzwi Shava and Lieutenant Paul Shumba were appointed to command the new opening. The Zambia Division in the Rhodesia Territory became the Zambia Command in 1966. In 1988, the Malawi Division was transfrered from Zimbabwe Territory to form the new Zambia and Malawi Territory. The Zambia and Malawi Territory became Zambia Territory on 1 October 2002 when Malawi became an independent region.


Our Mission

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.