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World leaders get the full Indian experience

World leaders get the full Indian experience

World leaders get the full Indian experience

12 February 2020

General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, The Salvation Army’s world leaders, received a warm welcome in the India Northern Territory.

The Salvation Army’s world leaders experienced a week of celebration, joy, encouragement, love, transformation and blessing when they visited the India Northern Territory recently.

General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World President of Women’s Ministries) were blessed through meeting the people and enjoyed the hospitality, traditional food and the joyous colours of the culture.
 
Over the week, the Peddles visited Salvation Army schools in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, Batala and the Mac Robert Hospital in Dhariwal, Punjab, as well as conducting several large public meetings.

Students at one school presented cultural programs such as dances, singing and dramatic presentations, and were delighted when the Peddles joined in with the dancing.
 
“I am supposed to speak words of encouragement,” declared Commissioner Peddle, “but today you are the biggest encouragement to us.” She advised the students to trust in the Lord, never give up and always aim higher. The General told them: “Always remember that God will take care of you.”
 
At The Salvation Army school in Batala, the General inaugurated a new basketball court before playing a game with the school team.

The Peddles also spent time visiting the hospital wards at Mac Robert, bringing words of encouragement to patients and staff.
 
A march of witness took place before a joy-filled children’s and youth congress, which was attended by more than 2000 young people. Members of the congregation particularly appreciated the Peddles inviting children to sit in the seats they vacated when they stood to preach.
 
The young people were reminded to do three things when they faced difficulties: flee from temptations, follow God, and fight for what is right. After the Bible message, more than 600 young seekers moved to the mercy seat and signed decision cards to show that they wanted to follow Jesus.
 
More than 2000 women attended their own congress, where the presence of the Holy Spirit was felt as testimonies were shared. Commissioner Peddle’s Bible message demonstrated how women can be powerful witnesses to God if they have a strong faith. At least 350 people were inspired to kneel at the mercy seat.
 
In public meetings, at least 7000 Salvationists received their international leaders with applause and loud cries of “Hallelujah!”. Referring to his Call to Mission, the General challenged Salvationists and friends to be ready, to be engaged and to take responsibility for fulfilling God’s mission.
 
“What does God require from us?” asked the General. “He requires us to be his people today and every day.”
 
This challenge reached many hearts, leading 700 people to kneel at the mercy seat. More people rededicated their lives to God during the Sunday holiness meeting, where the international leaders called on The Salvation Army to fulfil God’s mission.
 
Report compiled from contributions by Archana Masih, Major Suresh Masih and Major Amrik Masih

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