The two corps in the border city of El Paso, Texas met Sunday, June 27 to witness the public handing over from Western Territory care to Southern Territory care-a period since 1921 when the Western Territory was formed said Western Chief Secretary Colonel William Harfoot. This special arrangement had been authorized by the USA Commander Evangeline Booth. Prior to this El Paso had been part of the Texas Division. The one year “loan” turned out to be almost 90 years! watch now
Colonel Harfoot in his pre Ceremony devotional used Paul’s words to the young church by saying the Salvationists of El Paso must ‘press on, looking forward.’ He went on to say that in our earthly life, for many the number of years ahead are shorter than the number of years that have gone on by. In our Spiritual life and relationship with God, the number of days and years ahead are unlimited-they cannot be counted. The number of years ahead for The Salvation Army in El Paso are limitless, and cannot be counted. We must look forward to the future, we must press on. What that means is that we must pray on. Everything about us as Salvationists begins with prayer. It begins with our own personal relationship with our Heavenly Father as we face the future. We must pray forward.
Salvationists, be faithful in prayer. Be faithful in your relationships with the Lord.
The Salvation Army is an army of action. We pray, and we are always ready for action. That’s why we are called an Army! The transfer from the West to the South is a measure of how wonderful The Salvation Army is around the world.
Colonel Harfoot then called the two farewelling officers, Major Delgado and Captain Bottjen to the platform along with South West Divisional Commanders L t. Colonels Doug and Rhode Danielson, and Majors Brian and Loretta Gilliam, Divisional Secretary for Program, Texas. The outgoing corps officers were each presented with a plaque inscribed with the historical transfer after 89 years in the Western Territory to the South officially at midnight on Wednesday, June 30.. watch now
Major Brian Gilliam then responded with the statement that Texas just got bigger! He then prayed for the rich Salvation Army heritage in El Paso with all that has been accomplished for the Kingdom. We expect greater things in the future with the resources God has blessed us with. We acknowledge all the hard work of Major Delgado and Captains Bottjen, wishing them well in their new appointments. Special blessings on the two new officer couples coming to the Temple and Citadel corps. May the Salvationists in El Paso dream big dreams and venture out in faith boldly. You are a God of the impossibilities. Thank you for this opportunity to bring El Paso into the Texas Division again.
By: Chris Priest
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