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• World leaders visit Kenya East

The international leaders salute Kenyan Salvationists gathered for the centenary celebrations.

 As part of their journey to Kenya to commemorate a century of Salvation Army service in the country, world leaders General Lyndon Buckingham and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham returned to Nairobi from the Kenya West Territory and continued the celebrations in the Kenya East Territory from 26 February.

Their itinerary included visits to special needs schools in Thika town, Officers’ Councils and rallies and celebration meetings at Ulinzi Sports Complex.

A highlight of their visit was the Centennial Women’s Ministries Rally on 2 March. Led by Colonel Anne Kiama, Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, the rally was “a vibrant tapestry of music, prayer and empowerment,” wrote Baraka Mutisya, Assistant Editor of War Cry in the territory.

“Simultaneously, the men’s rally echoed with fervent prayers and impassioned calls to action by Territorial Commander Colonel Daniel Kiama.”

Almost 250 soldiers were enrolled during the event.

250 enrolments

Thousands gathered for the holiness meeting, march-past and celebration on 3 March, the pinnacle of the centenary celebrations. General Buckingham enrolled almost 250 new soldiers and then delivered a stirring message of hope and renewal.

“The presence of guests, including Kenyan President Dr William Ruto and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, underscored the significance of the occasion,” wrote Baraka. “President Ruto’s heartfelt address resonated with themes of unity, compassion and service, reaffirming the government’s commitment to supporting organisations like The Salvation Army in its mission to uplift the nation.

“For a century, through trials and triumphs, The Salvation Army has remained a beacon of hope, illuminating the path to a brighter, more compassionate world.”

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