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'Life-changing hope' the hallmark of General's visit to USA Southern Territory

'Life-changing hope' the hallmark of General's visit to USA Southern Territory

'Life-changing hope' the hallmark of General's visit to USA Southern Territory

8 May 2016

General André Cox shares how The Salvation Army provides both hope and healing at The Salvation Army Annual Civic Dinner in Augusta, Georgia. Photo: Dave Haas.

Lieut-Colonel Allen Satterlee

A “mind-blowng” tour of The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Augusta, Georgia, featured in a short visit by General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox (World President of Women’s Ministries) to The Salvation Army’s USA Southern Territory.

Supported by territorial leaders Commissioners Donald and Debora Bell, divisional leaders Majors Charles and Paula Powell, with territorial and divisional staff, the international leaders brought blessing and challenge.

Augusta’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center and nearby Center of Hope make a major impact for God and for The Salvation Army. There is a thriving corps that provides vital ministry through the recreational and educational programs of the Kroc Center. The Center of Hope, with its soup kitchen, family assistance and overnight housing, reaches out to people in their most desperate moments. It was fitting that the international leaders were guests for the annual civic dinner.

Speaking of the need for hope, General Cox said: “Life is not always smooth sailing, but if we lose hope, we lose everything. Temporal things will always disappoint. But our hope is not conditional on our present life. Having faith in God does not shield us from the difficulties in life, but it doesn’t change the fact that God never fails us. We rejoice that many people who encounter Christ through the ministry of The Salvation Army ... will find a life-changing hope.”

At Florida’s Tampa Citadel Corps, Lieutenants Ben and Annie Bridges hosted the international leaders as they conducted Sunday’s holiness meeting. The theme “Holy in Every Part” was woven into each aspect of the meeting which included music and sacred dance. General Cox, calling the congregation to a life of holiness, said: “We are to be salt and light in the world. Sadly, the world is impacting the Church and the Army rather than the other way around. But if God is in complete control of our hearts, it will show ... We require a revolution in our souls.”

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