Salvation Army Celebrates Centenary in Cuba
General Peddle enrolls 100 new soldiers.
International leaders General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle testified to what God is doing in the here-and-now and gave thanks for His faithfulness over 100 years of Christian ministry on the Caribbean island of Cuba in August. The General exhorted Cuba’s Salvation Army officers and cadets to be aware of the "urgency of the message of the gospel" in modern-day Cuba and to "walk with God in sincere obedience."
Highlights of the weekend meetings included the president of the Cuban Council of Churches. The strains of a 100-voice choir led fittingly to the mass enrollment of 100 new soldiers from across the country, including four medical school students from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Saturday morning commenced with a march of witness through Havana’s streets, while the international leaders—accompanied by Latin America North territorial leaders Commissioners Tito and Martha Paredes—attended a fruitful meeting chaired by Mrs. Caridad Diego Bello, the head of the Office for Religious Affairs of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. All parties expressed their desire to work together for the purpose of improving living conditions of the Cuban people, both materially and spiritually.
Later, local Salvationists presented a varied sample of Cuban traditional culture in their continuing worship and thanksgiving. Poetry and dance were featured, as was the launch of a new book, “The Miracle of The Salvation Army in Cuba,” which records key moments in a century of ministry from early Jamaican pioneers to the present.
A holiness meeting on Sunday concluded the weekend, during which the General invited more than 1,000 congregants to meditate on the need to get closer to God, pray for purity of heart and become "the kind of person God wants us to be." This, said the General, will be the way in which the Army is “transformed into an effective force – when sharing the good news of the gospel with those around us.”
Based on a report by Captain José Morrilla
Courtesy of The Salvation Army International Headquarters