Salvation Army have been celebrating the installation of Major
David Jackson as leader of The Salvation Army throughout Ireland
which took place on Saturday August 6.
Major Jackson has been
a Salvation Army Officer for 29 years ministering at churches
across England, working with young people and he has just
completed a three-year appointment at The Salvation Army's
International Headquarters Personnel Department.
Vic Poke, Chief Secretary of The Salvation Army in the UK and
Republic of Ireland conducted the installation ceremony at a
lively welcome meeting on Saturday evening at Belfast Temple
Salvation Army Corps.
Majors Warren and Denise Parkinson, who
have come to minister at Sydenham Corps, all the way from
Australia, and Majors Jim and Anna Benson who will be
ministering at Ballymena and Ballymoney Corps were also
"As Leader of The Salvation Army in Ireland, I want
to encourage the great work that has been, and is being
accomplished in our Churches and Social Centres across Ireland
at this time," said Major Jackson.
"I trust that we might see
future growth, not just numerical, but a deepening spiritual
growth within our churches and one which would be evident to all
who turn to The Salvation Army for whatever reason through-out
"I also want to bring a verse of scripture before
the people of The Ireland Division, its Proverbs chapter 3,
where we are encouraged to trust in the Lord. These words have
been a source of encouragement to me as I have endeavoured to
live out my Christian life. Ihave learnt to trust more in God
and less in myself and to allow Him to lead me, as I trust He
will continue to do in this new appointment".
Army touches thousands of lives each year through its 20
churches which are engaged in a range of community programmes,
and its eight social centres which provide accommodation and
support for those who are homeless or no longer feel able to
Over the next few weeks blue 'Belief in Action'
envelopes will be dropped through doors as part of The Salvation
Army's Annual Appeal to raise vital funds for the charities
social and community work.
For further information on any
aspect of The Salvation Army's work contact Divisional
Headquarters at 028 9067 5008 or log onto