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Army International Leaders Give Thanks and Share COVID-19 Thoughts and Responses in Revealing Video Interview

In an exclusive video interview released on 5 June, General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (World President of Women’s Ministries) speak openly and passionately about lockdown and the challenges and opportunities presented by The Salvation Army’s COVID-19 response. They also reflect on what might be the ‘next normal’ for The Salvation Army.

The General acknowledges the blessing of donors amid the uncertainty surrounding the start of lockdown. The international leaders share how transitioning to an online, working-from-home model has enabled IHQ’s work in supporting The Salvation Army around the world to continue, despite the workforce being unable to come together physically.

Looking ahead to what the leaders describe as the ‘next normal’, the General considers that ‘maybe there is an opportunity here as we’ve pressed the pause button… what are we going to do now with the ministry opportunities we’ve added to our profile [during COVID-19]. And how are we going to safeguard those in the future?’

Commissioner Rosalie wraps up the 35-minute interview with an impassioned and unambiguous ‘thank you’ to the international Salvation Army world. The General echoes this in his conclusion, adding a clarion challenge to Salvationists: ‘We have to be an outward-facing Army.’