Sad News: General Bond to Retire.

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Today shock waves reverberated around The Salvation Army world when the news of the sudden retirement of its General, Linda Bond was announced. Many expressed sadness and confusion along with many, many questions.

(The Official News Link: http://news.salvationarmy.org.uk/announcement-retirement-general-linda-bond )

I believe as an Army we should refrain from idle speculation and avoid the winds of gossip and instead lift up our leadership and General Bond in prayer. If we are truly One Army, then we ought to come together as one Army and bathe this sudden transition in prayer. Though many hearts are burdened and saddened with questions, may our mission and our purpose never waver! We are an Army of Holiness and if we are truly sanctified people then we have placed our trust fully on God in the midst of often turbulent news.

I, personally was honored to hear General Linda Bond preach the word of Christ, and I felt His Holy Spirit fall upon His people. I was challenged and blessed by her ministry, and though I am but a lowly corps officer I felt God’s empowering words flow through her messages.

General Linda Bond has left a lasting impact on this Army, though her leadership was cut a year short, I am confident in the One who appointed her through the Army leadership located around the world. I also pray for whatever lies ahead for General Bond as she heads into retirement, knowing that the Lord is truly not finished with her yet.

May God continue to Bless The Salvation Army, it’s ministry and mission around the world…and may we ever be diligent in proclaiming Christ in everything we do!

God Bless you General Bond, and we will continue to lift you up in our prayers as you move into retirement!

***Update: please read a follow-up to this article on this blog regarding the High Council and dates of initial proceedings: https://scottstrissel.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/electing-a-new-general-of-the-salvation-army/

General Linda Bond official photo 2011 - blue_0

 

A CALL TO A MONTH OF PRAYER: https://scottstrissel.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/general-election-an-officers-perspective-and-a-call-to-a-month-of-prayer/

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12 Replies to “Sad News: General Bond to Retire.”

  1. Well said Scott. Our prayers should lift her up for whatever the reasons. We do not need to know the whys. It is enough to know that this decision did not happen overnight even though it feels like that. May God bless General Bond through the next chapter of her life.

  2. Beautifully stated. I vote for you as our next General…oh I’m not on the High Council.

  3. Thanks for this, I believe you have stated the very feelings of my own heart very well!

  4. It is in God’s hands, in God’s timing. The Salvation Army is marching along.

  5. General Bond has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people. I was an atheist and through her ministry
    I found Christ and my life has been changed for ever. May the International Salvation Army hold her up in prayer…..
    that she will know the Holy Spirits anointing upon her life every moment of each day.
    Beloved General Bond……God bless you ABUNDANTLY..

  6. A virtuous woman of God. I admired her unifying communications to the army world, making it one army

  7. We trained with Linda Bond. Our thoughts and prayers are with her during these days. It was a tough decision but God will bless this Army. His grace will suffice. God raised us up and zhe is not through with us.

  8. How about the fact that this General was incompetent and way out of her depth.

  9. When Linda Bond was Territorial leader her in Eastern Australuia, she carried all before her in charismatic sway. The seven mission priorities and the call for 24/7 prayer movements will long be remembered as her legacy to an advancy Army. I just knew she was annointed into the Generalship before the election. Blessings, Ken Beer Major (Retired)

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