A New Beginning For The Salvation Army In Haiti

April 05, 2011
Kara Langford | Kara_Langford@car.salvationarmy.org

HAITI – The new divisional headquarters for The Salvation Army Haiti was dedicated on April 2 with a spirited program and ribbon cutting. Nearly 15 months after the January 2010 earthquake, the event celebrated both what the Army means to Haiti and what the future holds for the Army and the communities it serves.

Officers, soldiers, community leaders, and friends of the Army gathered with special guests Colonels William and Sue Harfoot, Territorial Leaders from the USA West, and Lieutenant-Colonels Sydney and Trypheme McKenzie, Secretary for Personnel and League of Mercy Secretary for the Caribbean Territory.

The president of the Protestant federation was present to offer his prayers and thanks for the work of the Army in responding to the needs of the Haitian people. Lt. Colonel Sydney McKenzie challenged Salvationists to accept the new building as a gift from God and make it a place of prayer and ministry. Colonel Harfoot offered the final address and dedicated the new building as, “a place where the Holy Spirit plans for and with us to transform the spirit of Haiti to make its people and its country better.”

After the ribbon-cutting, attendees were invited into the new building for tours and refreshments.

The USA Western Territory donated the funds for the purchase of the new building and surrounding land that will allow for the construction of a conference center, apartments for DHQ officer staff, and a warehouse. The relocation of DHQ to the Santo neighborhood will allow for the Delmas 2 compound to be maximized for programming and services.

Photos of the new headquarters and the dedication ceremony are available at: http://sahaiti.smugmug.com/Other/New-DHQ/15882701_45nuC#1239545693_Kqswk

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