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Salvation Army world leader to visit Island

(from left to right) Calvin Ming, Major Frank Pittman, and Brian Fubler announce the "Boundless Bermuda Congress". Welcoming to Bermuda for the first time, General, Andre' Cox and Commisioner, Silvia Cox. (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

The Salvation Army’s world leader will be on the Island for a congress to mark the 150th anniversary of the organisation.

General Andre Cox, along with his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, the world president of women’s ministries, will be at the “Boundless Bermuda” event from November 12 to 15 at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club.

Making the announcement at a press conference yesterday, Major Frank Pittman, divisional commander, said: “We hold a congress celebration every other year but this year’s congress is particularly significant. The Salvation Army is active in 127 countries, so to have the world leader come to Bermuda is quite an honour and exciting for us.”

The Salvation Army began its work in East London by founder William Booth, and was celebrated as an international movement in England in July at London’s O2 Arena.

Gathering at the event were 15,000 Salvationists, including 66 from Bermuda.

The congress will officially launch on the steps of City Hall at noon on November 12.

“There is something for everyone and we will be placing special attention on the youth during our Boundless celebration on the grounds of City Hall and a Youth Bash at North Street Citadel,” said representative Brian Fubler.

A march on Front Street and worship service will also take place. Representative Calvin Ming called for people to come forward with old photographs of family members or events of The Salvation Army in Bermuda.

“We would like the Bermuda public to come celebrate and worship with us,” he said.

• For more information call the Salvation Army’s divisional headquarters at 292 0601 or visit its website at www.salvationarmy.co/bermuda/