New General

As a lifelong Salvationist, I feel the only thing I could blog about today is yesterday’s announcement that Commissioner Andre Cox has been elected as the 20th general of the Salvation Army.General Andre Cox

In this last week, 117 senior leaders within the Salvation Army from all over the world met in the Renaissance Hotel at London Heathrow as the High Council, to make the important and historic decision on who would become the next international leader of the Salvation Army.

On being announced as The Salvation Army’s 20th General, the new international leader told more than 10,000 people from around the world watching via a live webcast that he was thankful to God but aware of the ‘awesome task that has been placed upon our shoulders’. He continued: ‘I pray that The Salvation Army will be known for being a force for good in the world … that The Salvation Army will be a force for positive change and transformation in the communities in which we serve … [and] that Salvationists will live up to the spiritual values we proclaim.’

I’m sure I’ve not been alone this last week, as I like many Salvationists around the globe, spent time in prayer for the High Council, praying that they would be directed by God to elect His choice of leader. I pray that as General Cox takes up his new position, he will help give our Army direction for the future, a future with Christ at the centre and one where we can see a positive impact being made in local communities around the world. God bless General Cox.

For more information on this news item you can go to the Salvation Army website: http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/news/mr030813 or at the High Council specific pages: http://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/highcouncil2013

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