Dear friends,

Even as officers, Salvationists and friends gather this week for the territorial INSPIRE Conference and Congress in Toronto, we are acutely aware that elsewhere in the Army world tragedy has unfolded. 

International Headquarters has informed us that a van carrying 15 officers, a two-year-old child and a soldier from the Nigeria Territory was travelling home from Officers Councils’ when they became involved in a horrific accident. The van carrying the Salvationists was crushed between two tractor trailers. 

Tragically, up to 11 officers, a soldier and a child have lost their lives. Three more officers remain in the hospital and one in ICU. Most of the officers were from one division.

Commissioner Daniel and Tracey Kasuso, territorial leaders in the Nigeria Territory, have expressed their deep sorrow and are fervently praying for God’s protection over those who remain.

Commissioners Kelly and Donna Igleheart, chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries in the Malawi Territory, who were guest speakers at the Nigeria Territory Officers’ Councils, have pledged their financial support in the burial of the officers and replacement of the van, which belonged to the children’s home.

Please join Tracey and me in prayer as we keep the loved ones of those lost close to our hearts in these days. May God comfort the bereaved and give peace to those suffering this great loss in the Nigeria Territory.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

God bless you as you join in prayer.

Commissioners Floyd and Tracey Tidd
Territorial Leaders


On Wednesday, October 18, 2023, Rose Amer said:

Oh Lord, please come through and have your mighty hand upon those who survived. Bring them your everlasting peace and for the ones who are mourning the loss of their loved ones, their pastors and their family members, bring your comfort to them. I pray in your mighty name Jesus! Amen

On Sunday, July 9, 2023, Juanita Cuff said:

As I leave for church this morning, my mind skips to Nigeria with the families who have lost loved ones in that terrible accident that took the lives of those servants of God on their journey back to their homes after attending Officer’s Councils. I will continue to pray for those in hospital. To all the families who are grieving, know that God is very near and will uphold you and strengthen you. May the peace that passeth all understanding be yours as you carry on. You will meet them again in the place God has prepared for those who love Him and serve Him here.

On Friday, July 7, 2023, Arlene Holland said:

Heavenly Father, even in our grief we praise You, trust in You, knowing You will work all things for Your glory. I give You our hearts of brokenness as we share the loss, of Your anointed ones. Father hold the family’s, the family of Salvationist’s who are in shock, and longing for friends and loved ones. I ask You to raise up and scatter the enemy, confuse his plans . Hide Your people from evil. Be glorified in our worship, and praise. We love You and will never stop serving You. I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ. The Name ubove every name. And declare… every knee will bow, every tongue confess Jesus Christ is Lord. To the glory of God. Amen

On Monday, July 3, 2023, Margaret Hancock said:

Very sad to hear this news. I will be praying for the friends and family’s of those who have been promoted to glory. God be with you till we meet again, safe in the arms of Jesus. Dear Heavenly Father please be with the friends and family’s of these dear people who are now with you. Wrap your arms around them all and comfort them as they grieve their loved ones. That you will be with them and help them to cope with their loss thank you Lord amen 🙏

On Friday, June 30, 2023, Bonnie Costello said:

So sorry to hear of this great loss of precious souls working for God's Kingdom.I offer prayers and condolences to all families involved and pray also for this territorial loss. Sending love for such a sad time as this.❤️🍁

On Friday, June 30, 2023, Ella Hiscock said:

We will be praying for the Families who are grieving at this time of such tragedy.May God Bless and Comfort You. Praying for the Territorial Leaders.of that Wonderful Country.

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