November 2023

Official Engagements

Commissioners Mark (Territorial Commander) and Julie Campbell (Territorial President of Women’s Ministries)

23 Oct – 5 November: Furlough

11-12 November: Opening new Queenstown Corps building

14 November: Global Leadership Summit, THQ

15 November: Spiritual Day, BCM

18 November: Retirement Service – Majors Ivan & Glenda Bezzant, Hutt City Corps

19 November: Miramar Corps

21 November: 1-year Officer Review, BCM

24 November: Visit to Central Division – Cuba Street Corps, Petone Corps Plant

25 November: Central 7’s, Evans Bay

26 November: Woodville Corps

Colonel Gerry Walker (Chief Secretary)

21 November: 1 Year Officer Review – Afternoon tea, Leader to Leader Forum and Dinner

Lt-Colonel Liz Gainsford (Territorial Secretary for Spiritual Life Development)

21 November: 1 Year Officer Review – Afternoon tea, Leader to Leader Forum and Dinner

Gazette

Promotion to Glory: Major Ivan Medland was promoted to Glory on 26 September 2023 from Hawkes Bay Hospital, Hastings, aged 96 years. Ivan entered The Salvation Army Training College from New Plymouth Corps in 1950 as a cadet in the ‘Standard Bearers’ session. Please support Major Ivan’s children, Commissioner Yvonne Westrupp, Judith, Brian, Adrienne, Major Graham Medland and grandson Captain Jordan Westrupp, and other family members in your prayers in this time of grief and loss.  

Pamela Wood, the sister of Lt Colonel Don Hennessey, was promoted to Glory from Christchurch, on 13 October 2023. We ask you to uphold Lt Colonels Don and Lorna Hennessey and other extended family members in your prayers during this time of grief and loss. 

Bereavement: Susan Du Toit, the mother of Auxiliary Captain Tiana Henderson, passed away unexpectedly in South Africa on 14 October 2023, aged 85 years. A service celebrating Susan’s life will be held in South Africa in the coming weeks. We ask you to uphold Auxiliary Captains Tiana and Neil Henderson and their extended family in your prayers at this time of grief and loss. 

Birth: Captain Jessica Bezzant has given birth to a baby girl, Indigo Hannah Ally Bezzant. Indigo was born on the 26th September 2023 weighing 7lb 9oz (3.6kgs). May God bless Captains Jess and Nathan Bezzant and Elisha, Summer, Josiah, Azariah and Judah as they welcome Indigo into their family. 

First time grandparents: Congratulations to Aux Captains Neil and Tiana Henderson on the safe arrival of their first grandchild, Lucy Adrielle Henderson-Williams born on 8 September 2023, weighing 9lb 52oz (4.32 kgs). We join with her parents Alex and Nandi Henderson-Williams as they celebrate the birth of Lucy, and pray God’s blessing on them all.  

Congratulations are extended to Captains Doug and Janet Newman on the safe arrival of their first grandchild, Zachary Reginald Grayson Newman. Zachary was born in Auckland on 13 October 2023, weighing 8lb 587oz (3.89 kgs). We join with his parents Benjamin and Kathryn Newman, and grandparents Captains Doug and Janet Newman, as they celebrate the birth of Zachary, and pray God’s blessing on them all. 

Marriage 

We congratulate Captain Visa Kaurasi on her marriage to Asesela Sadole on Friday 29 September 2023 at Lautoka, Fiji. Visa will continue her service as an officer under the territorial policy for Single Spouse Officership. We pray God’s blessing on Captain Visa Kaurasi and Asesela as they commence life together as a married couple. 

International Service Appointment: Effective 1 October 2023: Lt Colonel Elsi Sarimin has been appointed as Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries (Territorial Women’s Ministries Coordinator) THQ-Mission Section.  
 

Effective 1 February 2024: Lt Colonel Jennifer Groves’ appointment as Private Secretary to the Chief of the Staff, International Headquarters, will be concluding on 31 January 2024. Jennifer will be returning to New Zealand to take up new appointment responsibilities, with an appointment to be advised.  

Promotion: 

Effective 18 October 2023: We congratulate Captain Douglas Newman and Captain Janet Newman on their promotion to Major. We thank Captains Doug and Janet Newman for their faithful service and pray God’s blessing on them. 

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