• World leaders visit Latvia
General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World President of Women’s Ministries) recently visited the Baltic country of Latvia to join The Salvation Army’s 100-year anniversary celebrations.
“Our visit to Latvia leaves us with a deep appreciation for God’s faithfulness and great praise for our people, especially our officers, soldiers and adherents,” General Peddle wrote on his Facebook page.
“Over the past few days, we have heard stories that span 100 years. We have listened to people who have been a part of historical events which impacted the Salvation Army in a profound way.”
The General wrote about meeting Captain Arija Bergmane, now in her 90s, who recounted events from 1940 when the work of the Army was stopped and property was seized. Salvationists were dispersed, left to meet in secret, joining only for ‘birthday parties’, which became prayer and praise meetings. (The Red Army invaded Latvia in June 1940 and the country was incorporated into the Soviet Union.)
“In 1990, through miraculous events and the faith-filled hearts of the Bergmane family, along with the support of the Sweden Territory, the Army re-opened and reclaimed its buildings,” shared General Peddle.
“Today a thriving expression of the Army engages with Latvian society. It is a story worthy of the praise of all Salvationists.”
During the celebration weekend, the world leaders ordained and commissioned four officers and worshipped and prayed with Salvationists and friends.
The Salvation Army in Latvia shares the gospel through many corps and centres. The work also includes supporting those who are homeless, especially women and children; and supporting Ukrainian refugees.
“We are thanking God for our Salvation Army in Latvia,” said General Peddle. “Please pray for them and for the nation.”