Sunday 28th June 2015
As Salvationists from around the world begin to gather in London for the Boundless2015 Congress (150 years of the Salvation Army celebrations) we had our own experience of what ‘worship’ is like in the Salvation Army of Zimbabwe. We are fortunate at Kettering Corps to have quite a number of soldiers who originate from Zimbabwe and they took charge of the morning service on this day.
The meeting started with a PowerPoint presentation of a rural corps in Zimbabwe. Showing some photos of the weekly activities and local officers and giving us a taste of their style of worship. As the meeting progressed, the group sang songs in ‘Shona’ their native language. We had testimonies from Juilius, who told us that it was not unusual in Zimbabwe for the congregation to start singing if they think you have spoken too long. He went on to tell us about how his fellow Salvationists had supported him through a time after he’d had an accident at work, and with no family living close and no quick way of telling them about his accident, his corps members had been ‘his family’ through this difficult time for him. Bonnie told the congregation how his faith had, after 7 years of waiting, finally been rewarded when he was granted a Visa to join his family in the UK, and it was his family who sang during the offering, once again bringing a blessing as they sang ‘How Great is our God’. We were also treated to a timbrel display, before Best brought the message for the morning.
Thank you Gladys and the rest of your team for all the work that went into this meeting and for showing us a little of the enthusiasm and energy that is obviously central to worship in the Salvation Army of Zimbabwe.