Fifty delegates from every division across the Canada and Bermuda Territory joined together for the officer information weekend held in October at the College for Officer Training (CFOT) in Winnipeg.

The weekend opened with a welcome dinner, followed by a time of worship led by Major Shona Pike, secretary for candidates, and a message from Major Jamie Braund, principal, CFOT. The evening concluded with a fellowship time with the cadets currently in training at the college.

On Saturday, delegates attended information sessions that offered an overview of Salvation Army officership, as well as insight into the current training model at CFOT. Following these sessions, the cadets led a time of worship and Cadet Colleen Gleadall shared her testimony, highlighting her personal call to officership. Major Glenys Pilgrim, director of personnel, CFOT, spoke from John 6, the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Major Pilgrim urged delegates to offer all that they had, as the boy in the story did, knowing that God would use all that was given for his kingdom.

Delegates enjoy a meal together at the officership information weekend

The weekend concluded with a covenant service led by Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle, territorial leaders. As the service commenced, delegates were reminded that God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things for his kingdom. Testimonies were given by delegates Stephanie Sawchuk, Prairie Division, and Jeremy Hennessay, Ontario Great Lakes Division, who both shared how God had moved in a miraculous way in their lives and revealed his plan for them to serve as Salvation Army officers.

Commissioner Brian Peddle encouraged delegates to take time and listen to God whispering their names. He reminded everyone present that we will only hear God if we know him and that we know him by being in a relationship with him. He then invited delegates to reflect on and respond to God's call as it had been revealed to them over the weekend.

Delegates responded by signing covenant cards, committing themselves to be obedient to God's will for their lives.

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