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The General and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle lead anniversary celebrations in Kuwait

The General and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle lead anniversary celebrations in Kuwait

The General and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle lead anniversary celebrations in Kuwait

19 October 2018

General Brian Peddle enrolled 13 junior soldiers during his visit to Kuwait to celebrate The Salvation Army's 10th anniversary in the region.

By Majors Stewart and Heather Grinsted

General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, World President of Women’s Ministries, were guests of honour in Kuwait recently to celebrate 10 years of Salvation Army ministry in the Middle East.

The international leaders were warmly welcomed in Kuwait.

Several delegates travelled from other countries that make up The Salvation Army’s Middle East Region – Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

The General and Commissioner Peddle led councils for local leaders and officers from around the Middle East on the Friday morning, giving a worldwide perspective of the Salvation Army and sharing in a time of refreshment and fellowship.

The international leaders moved on to a warm welcome at the National Evangelical Church compound. A public welcome and celebration then took place in a united service with The Lighthouse Church.

Senior Pastor Gerald Golbeck welcomed the international leaders before the congregation joined in praise and worship, with musical accompaniment provided by The Lighthouse Church praise team and Kuwait Brass Band.

In her message, Commissioner Peddle explored the biblical foundation for declaring the glory of the Lord, saying that each person should reflect God’s glory where he or she lives.

The General was presented with his own ghutra or kufiya headscarf.

On Saturday morning Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, daughter-in-law of the Emir of Kuwait, HH Sheikh Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, had made it possible for the General and Commissioner Peddle to tour the American Cultural Centre, which she created and directs.


The visitors were able to see the Islamic art collection but also what could be called the spiritual birthplace of Christianity in Kuwait, as the centre is on a site occupied more than a century before by Dutch Reformed Church missionaries.

The party then moved to host a lunchtime reception for 60 people, both Kuwaiti and expatriate, including embassy staff, senior church leaders, lawyers and lay people. The guests were representative of many people who have helped The Salvation Army’s development in Kuwait.

All who attended received a small gift of Salvation Army tea, and a cup and saucer candle with the tag, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle” (Francis of Assisi).

The General was presented with his own ghutra or kufiya headscarf.


Praise and worship


A Salvation Army-style praise and celebration meeting followed in The Lighthouse Church. The meeting included a youth praise band, brass band, children’s flag-waving welcome, prayer, preaching and challenge.

The General enrolled 13 junior soldiers, the first time he had done this since taking on his new role.

In his Bible message, the General affirmed that The Salvation Army is part of God’s mission in the Middle East, sharing the light of Jesus in the world.

On Sunday the General and Commissioner Peddle viewed the Booth House social care program. Praise, music and drama were provided by residents from seven African nations.

Majors Grinsted are the Regional Leaders in the Middle East Region.

 

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