by Commissioner William A. Bamford

Greetings, Friends!

Great things are happening around the territory! Lives are being transformed. Communities are impacted. New and innovative ways to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination” are abundant. Stay tuned to this Good News format for mission updates on a regular basis. It will be such a blessing to share these with you in the days ahead.

1 Peter 1:2 reminds us to seek “the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood”.  It is my prayer that The Salvation Army may continue to seek, preach and live His sanctifying work of holiness as we journey Together With One Accord.  The Scriptures call us to individual as well as corporate holiness – personally, yet together. This verse also calls us to ‘obedience to Jesus Christ’ as His holy people.

What is that holy obedience calling you to be or to do in the coming days? How can our personal and corporate ministry be guided by holy obedience? Is there new outreach or response to which God is calling you? Are you experiencing the joy of corporate worship and service? What personal vision is God laying on your heart as you seek His face in godly obedience?

I would share with you that the Lord has laid three areas of focus on my spirit for 2023: Congregation, Community and Candidates. I ask that you join me in prayer for the holy obedience of each of us in these areas as we seek to reflect God’s character and do His will. ‘TOGETHER IN HOLINESS’