Friday, May 3, 2013

The Salvation Army History of Canada - How it all Began


The Salvation Army began in Canada in 1882, when Jack Addie, an eighteen-year-old, emigrated from England to Canada. Jack was a convert through the ministry of The Salvation Army. He met Joe Ludgate in London, Ontario and then began the work of the Salvos.

In usual Salvation Army fashion, the ministry began with an open-air meeting, followed by indoor meetings. It  only took a few weeks before they were enrolling 50 soldiers, and the work of The Salvation Army in Canada had begun. 15th July of 1882, U.S.A. Headquarters sent Major Thomas Moore to support the new work that had begun. By that time (6 months after Jack and Joe had started), there were already 11 corps meeting together.

In 1896, Bermuda unfurled The Salvation Army flag and joined the Canadian Territory in its work.

No doubt by the hand of God, The Salvation Army in Canada now has over 300 corps (churches), and around 70,000 soldiers and adherents in its movement. With the help of over 9,000 employees there are 5 hospitals, scores of rehabilitation centres, mental health services, residential services for the homeless, correctional and justice services and loads more.

See some Salvation Army Global Statistics here.

Find more on The Salvation Army Canada:

* The Salvation Army Canada
* The Salvation Army - International Website
SAWiki - Canada
* Wikipedia - The Salvation Army - Canada
* Christianity in Action: The International History of The Salvation Army - Henry Gariepy

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