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Jun21WedCommissioning event marked by "feeling of Pentecost." June 21, 2017
Any Salvation Army commissioning is a celebration of God’s amazing grace, as men and women respond to the invitation to give themselves as officers in The Salvation Army. This year's event in The Netherlands, Czech Republic and Slovakia Territory was particularly noteworthy, however, as it included the commissioning of the first officers from Slovakia, Lieutenants Roman and Darina Farkašovi and Lieutenants Albín and Adriana Vágaiovi. What makes this all the more remarkable is that the Army officially "opened fire" in Slovakia less than two years ago, in September 2015.
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Taking place two weeks after Pentecost Sunday, there was a feeling of Pentecost throughout the weekend. Not only were four languages heard in all the meetings (Dutch, Czech, Slovak and English), but the Holy Spirit clearly moved among the congregation. With 14 new lieutenants (four from Slovakia, five from the Czech Republic and five from The Netherlands) on the platform, Territorial Commander Commissioner Hans van Vliet gave a passionate challenge for people to consider the call of Christ. The mercy seat was lined several times as people of all ages responded and knelt in prayer and dedication.
All four of the new officers were featured in the film about Slovakia that was produced last year by IHQ Communications. The film can be seen at sar.my/skfilm.