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    General Calls for "Tsunami of Prayer" on Sunday, April 19 to Combat Worldwide Effects of COVID-19

    General Brian Peddle's international call to prayer. April 15, 2020
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    International News, COVID-19

    A Message From Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd:

    The world is facing an unprecedented crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Salvation Army is responding with practical assistance—through our food banks, shelters, social services programs, church fellowships and other ministries. But we are also called to pray.

    General Brian Peddle has designated this Sunday, April 19 as a special day of prayer. More details and resources can be found in article below. It’s an opportunity to intercede on behalf of those who are suffering illness or mourning loss, uplift our health-care workers and front-line response teams, pray for our country’s leaders and express our hope for a swift end to the pandemic.

    Please join us this Sunday for our online territorial meeting at as we continue to share in worship. Let’s commit to this important day of prayer as we seek God’s comfort, courage and strength in these difficult days.

    Portraits of Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd, territorial leaders, smiling

    Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd
    Territorial Leaders

    General Brian Peddle has called the international Salvation Army to pray on Sunday April 19, 2020 for the effects that the coronavirus pandemic is having around the world. Setting aside the day for intentional focused prayer, The Salvation Army’s international leader shares a clear message in his video introduction to what he calls "a praying Army", saying: "I believe that things happen when people pray."

    The General recognizes that, while international calls to prayer are usually acted on through corporate worship, the isolation that most people are having to follow means this day of prayer will have to be followed through in terms of personal commitment.
    A resource to aid times of prayer (individually or for use in prayer groups and video worship times) before, during and after the Day of Prayer has been made available on the International Headquarters website, at The virtual prayer room includes creative activities, reflection on Bible passages and prompts for prayer.
    "Following Easter," the General says, "we often hear sermons about the road to Emmaus, when Jesus came alongside and walked with the disciples. I want our hearts to “burn within us” because we are enjoying his presence through prayer."
    He asks that, wherever people are in the world, they use sunrise as a time to pray for the worldwide ministry of The Salvation Army and for the people of the world as they deal with this unprecedented pandemic.
    Starting with the south Pacific nation of Samoa, Salvationists and friends are called to rise with the light, setting off a "tsunami of prayer" that will sweep across Australasia, through Asia, over Africa and Europe and then on to North and South America, only coming to a halt as it reaches Hawaii, back in the Pacific Ocean.
    The General shares a number of specific prayer topics: for people who have lost family members; for those who are alone, isolated and afraid; for many who have very little during this time of isolation; for families whose futures seem uncertain.
    He also calls for prayer to support "the army of essential workers who are holding us up" and challenges people to "pray with urgency that God's mighty hand will hold back and stop COVID-19."
    Finally, the General calls for people worldwide to pray for "healing and hope in our communities", leaning on the words of Psalm 91, with its reminder that God is "my refuge and strength, my fortress in whom I trust".
    He concludes: "I invite you to join me on my Facebook page and, in a few words, make a comment – tell me that you've prayed, share your confidence in God and, yes, leave a prayer request.

    "God help us to be faithful. Help us to be a praying Army."

    Call to prayer over coronavirus: Sunday 19 April 2020 from Salvation Army IHQ on Vimeo.


    On Monday, April 20, 2020, Elizabeth Vickery said:

    Growing up In Holland during WW2, I have many memories, but the most important of all was my mother claiming the promises in Psalm 91. God protected us then, so I know that I can with confidence still claim that payer psalm for my family, my corps, for my beloved Army, and the many Christians with whom we have one thing in common, " God is still on His throne, and He is still in control.


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, CARMEN IVETTE ORTIZ said:

    En la union esta la fuerza, triste cuando no se reconoce que esta presente y atento a nuestras oraciones. Jeremias 23:23 esta presente y Dios cercano de ti.

    Dejar todas vuestra ansiedad a Cristo, se preocupa por ti. 1 Pedro 5:7. No nos dejemos rendir, sigamos adelante.

    Cuando me preguntan como estas hoy respondo: Bendecida o En pie de guerra. Al enemigo de mi alma no le gusta ninguna de las dos respuestas. Sabe en quién he confiado y alabo de corazón. Coro dice: Bendito sea Jehová la roca Por toda la eternidad Mi escudero y mi refugio Eres tu bendito Jehová En tu palabra yo confiaré y mi esperanza y confianza en ti tendrè. Oh gloria, gloria aleluya. Amén, amén, amén. 😷🏠🛐


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Capt. Anne-Marie and Claude Dagenais said:

    We join in prayer! We are praying that God bring peace and healing in many hearts who are suffering right now. Seigneur aide les gens à trouver refuge en toi!


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Marvin Youden said:

    I have been praying today at intervals, specifically for the points in the General's Call to Prayer. May God work during these unprecedented times to speak afresh to His people and through them to speak clearly to the world.


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Major Evelyn Amos said:

    Is the Lord trying to tell us something. We have gone far away from Him. It is time for us to draw closer? Getting back to family, and more prayer, as a family. I am praying that things will get back to normal, and we will be changed for the better.


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, james zaborsky said:

    Grea masige gratis serves i heard 🎚❤️


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Gilles Gagné said:

    Dieu est bon, et j'ai la foi que si tout les enfants de Dieu du monde se mettre à prier, Dieu va mettre un frein à ce covide19 à cause de ses enfants. Oui je prie pour tout les besoins que le Général à mentionné et plus encore, et merci pour tout l'aide et les services que l'Armée du Salut apporte. Dieu vous bénisse.


    On Sunday, April 19, 2020, Larry Williams said:

    Claiming the promises of 2 Chronicles 7:14. Oh God hear our prayers, forgive our sins and heal Your lands


    On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Thomas Tibbo said:

    Prayer indeed is the greatest thing we can do today and every day .By going with the sun we are putting God first in our day .Remember when we put God first things change .I pray that this situation we find ourselves change but let us remember the lessons thought during this time .So let Sunday be a TGIF kind of day . Today God Is First And let it be that way every day God bless


    On Friday, April 17, 2020, Capt Oudaovanh Sombounkhanh said:

    We Pray and agree with you in Jesus name.


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