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    Complete Surrender

    Cadet Patrick Penton had to give up everything to pursue his passion for officership. January 22, 2021 by Ken Ramstead
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    (Above) “God has blessed me, so much more than I ever deserved,” says Cdt Patrick Penton

    Patrick Penton was at the airport on the way home to Canada when it hit him.

    “Everything that was home for the last 14 years—all was gone. I had to surrender my old life and depend on God.”

    First Encounter
    Penton was born in Bishop’s Falls, N.L. His mother and grandfather were Salvationists, but she’d married a Roman Catholic and left the church.

    One evening, the Salvation Army corps in Bishop’s Falls held a concert, and his grandfather asked the 10-year-old if he wanted to attend.

    “That was the first time I’d really heard the gospel preached,” Penton remembers. “And that was also my first introduction to The Salvation Army.”

    Cat Out of the Bag
    Unbeknownst to his parents, Penton started to attend Army church services.

    “I sensed I might get in trouble with my parents, so I didn’t go inside,” he recalls. “Instead, I would stand under the window and experience worship that way. If you talk to any of the older soldiers today, they’d tell you they remember my little head bobbing up and down at the window.”

    Eventually, Penton did enter, and a couple of years later he stood up one Sunday and shared his testimony.

    Of course, in a small town, news leaked out.

    “We were shopping the next day and someone told my parents, ‘You must be very proud of your son.’ That’s when the secret got out.”

    Change of Direction
    Penton’s father forbade him to attend Army services, but he continued. Matters came to a head one Sunday when Penton was caught sneaking into the house after a late-evening service.

    “I was in big trouble,” he recalls.

    The situation at home became difficult but, eventually, Penton’s father relented, and his mother even started to attend Army services with her son.

    “From that time on,” he says, “there was a change of direction in our family life.”

    “You Should Be There”
    Now a soldier, Penton realized officership was in his future.

    “I had many preaching engagements during high school,” he says, “and it just felt right behind the pulpit. Seeing people coming to know the Lord, seeing the Spirit moving among his people, confirmed to me that this was the decision I needed to make.”

    Penton attended William and Catherine Booth College in Winnipeg—now Booth University College—and planned to attend the College for Officer Training (CFOT) immediately upon graduation.

    But a year of travel turned into 14 when he secured a job with the Korean department of education.

    Throughout that time, he was involved in ministry, leading English congregations and even leading worship at The Salvation Army’s Korea International Corps.

    One morning at 3 a.m., Penton’s phone buzzed him out of sleep. It was a call from Canadian friends who were attending the Army’s international Boundless Congress, which took place in London, England, in 2015.

    “It was as if I heard something in my mind saying, ‘You should be there.’ ”

    “I Need to Go Home”
    Penton made the decision to return to Canada.

    “I had my work. I was travelling on speaking engagements three to four times a year. Everything seemed to be perfect.”

    But when Penton prayed that year, peace did not come to him as it had every year before. “That’s when I knew I had a decision to make.”

    In 2018, Penton called Major Terence Hale, territorial children and youth secretary and assistant secretary for candidates, and told him, ‘This is where God is leading me. I need to enter the 2019 Messengers of Grace Session. I need to go home.’ ”

    The interview process went smoothly, and Penton started at the CFOT in the fall of 2019.

    A Passion for People
    Penton had a wonderful first semester, though it took him a while to reacquaint himself with Canadian culture. “For instance, I had to get used to not bowing to everyone I’d meet!”

    At the end of the year, Cadet Penton was asked to take on a field-based appointment, and he is now the corps officer in Glovertown and Charlottetown, N.L.

    Cadet Penton still has his CFOT responsibilities on top of his corps duties, but he would not have it any other way.

    “God has blessed me, so much more than I ever deserved,” he says. “But that can’t compare to the joy I receive when I see someone changed by the power of God.”

    Comment

    On Sunday, January 31, 2021, Mildred Miller said:

    Patrick I am so glad you are the Cadet for Charlottetown and Glovertown, I had the opportunity to set under your ministry in both places this past fall and have to say you blessed me over and over. Looking forward to coming back this summer,God Bless you as you continue to work for him, Blessings

     

    On Sunday, January 31, 2021, Beverley Denty said:

    We are so lucky to have you here in Glovertown .

     

    On Friday, January 29, 2021, Melvin Moss said:

    Keep the Army Flag Flying. We had an Outpost in Portland NL.For over 100 years, it finally got closed. Not even a Farewell Service. Portland Outpost was started in the early 1900's by the late Brigadier Wallace Pikes Father.Henry Pike, outpost from Musgravetown /Lethbridge.Main reason for closing, lack of interest. I'll go wherever you want to to go Lord.I'll do whatever you want me to do.Sad to say, these commitments are often broken. BLESSINGS TO YOU MY FRIEND.

     

    On Friday, January 29, 2021, Major. Phyllis Fudge said:

    Patrick, We are so proud of you. Always sense from your Booth college days, that you would be of to Training college shortly. We give thanks to God for you allowing Him to direct your plans for your life journey. We are hearing wonderful reports of your ministry in your appointment. Praying God’s continuous blessing upon you. Larry & Phyllis

     

    On Friday, January 29, 2021, Gwen and Robert said:

    These two retired officers have been blessed by reading your story!

     

    On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Wendy Brace said:

    This beautiful man of God I am proud to call my brother. It has been one of the most rewarding things in my life to watch God lead him and minister to His people through Patrick. Our family has been transformed and blessed and all through the power of God.

     

    On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Andre Togo said:

    It is an inspiring journey and a noble decision to serve the Lord. Your passion for souls will surely lead many to give their lives to Christ and dedicate themselves to His cause. Rest assured of our prayerful support, my brother.

     

    On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Captain. SunghoLee In Korea territory. said:

    I will bless and pray for all of your journeys. I'll look forward to seeing you someday.

     

    On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Loreta Carbonell said:

    I am so proud of you Patrick! Since Booth College days I've always felt that you will be a good officer. Your life is a blessing. Greetings from the Philippines

     

    On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Major Siluva Raju Marpu IWT Mumbai said:

    My best friend in Christ. I am very much blessed and strengthened by reading your amazing testimony. There is no any doubt that you're going to be utilised by God in a wonderful way for attracting and bringing many more young people to the feet of Jesus to live and serve for Him in the Salvation Army through your sincere and tremendous services. Looking forward for more inspirational testimonies and messages in the days ahead. God bless your ministry

     

    On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Ella Hiscock said:

    Lorne and myself enjoyed two of your meetings in Glovertown and Charlottetown.God is using you.

     

    On Wednesday, January 27, 2021, Betty Cunningham said:

    It did not surprise me when I read that Patrick had enrolled to become an officer. Growing up in the Bishop's Falls Corps, I had often heard of this young boy, Patrick Penton, who said that one day he would be a Salvation Army officer. I'm surprised ut took so long. May God richly bless, Patrick.

     

    On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Shirley Watkins said:

    How wonderful to have you in the Glovertown and Charlottetown Corps. Just hearing and reading your testimony, God had his hand on your life from day one. I listen to the past few services on line. Wow, it been amazing. May you be bless in the Lord.

     

    On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, Goldie Parsons said:

    My officer told me about you! She told me shes very proud of you! I have only a couple of your services but I can tell you are a child of God! Keep being an inspiration to others

     

    On Monday, January 25, 2021, Robbie said:

    Inspiring, thanks for sharing

     

    On Monday, January 25, 2021, Lynne McDormand said:

    Patrick. When Ella and I met you at The Army Next Congress 2000 in Atlanta you were just an unsure about travelling young fella. Just look where God has taken you!!!!!! We were talking about you last night in our prayer time and womdering how you are doing. Take care. Keep following Him. Love in Christ. Joyfully Lynne.

     

    On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Pearl said:

    Blessings Patrick. You are an inspiration to all who know you. Truly Called of God and Chosen to spread His gospel. Love and prayers.

     

    On Sunday, January 24, 2021, Maxine & George Payne said:

    What a blessing you are ! We love you Patrick, always did , always will, We are going to try and get down to your church when we can, we will let you know . Blessings to you my friend . ❤️❤️❤️

     

    On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Robert bursey said:

    God bless you as you minister to the people.we heard you and your mom sing in bishop falls last summer.done an awsome job.we enjoy yourselves on line god bless

     

    On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Norman Keats said:

    May God richly bless you my friend. You are a brave young man.

     

    On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Joyce Yetman said:

    What a amazing testimony. So glad God sent you to our Corps, your ministry is such a blessing, I know that God will use you where He has placed you. God Bless

     

    On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Patsy Penton said:

    My precious son. He prayed his mom into the Kingdom. He is such a blessing to his family and we’re are so very proud of him. ❤️❤️

     

    On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Florence Brenton said:

    Patrick you are such a blessing, I am so proud of how far you have become in Gods kingdom,thank you for sharing, God bless you my friend

     

    On Saturday, January 23, 2021, Natalia said:

    Wow, thank you for sharing. Natalia DeBoer

     

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