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General 2018

During his visit, the General Andre Cox will meet with state officials, representatives of several Chambers of Commerce and state ambassadors in order to talk about how The Salvation Army can serve and be more useful to local community.
The General will also visit several The Salvation Army Centre in Riga – day care centre “Patvērums” Riga Social Centre and Riga churches. Everyone is welcome to take part in a public meeting on 18th April at 6pm in Riga.
General André Cox was born in 1954 whilst his Salvation Army officer parents were serving in Zimbabwe. The fact that the General was born in Africa to an English father and Swiss mother makes him feel very much at home when working in different cultural settings.
He was commissioned as an officer (pastor) 38 years ago. During his officership he together with his wife Sylvia Cox have had appointments and done ministry in Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Finland and Estonia, South Africa and the United Kingdom with the Republic of Ireland.
His ministry have deepened General André’s belief that:
‘Although it is not by our works that we are saved, what we have received and believe must translate into our everyday lives. We cannot escape the reality and the inseparable link between belief and behaviour. The two must go hand in hand if our Christian witness is to be authentic and meaningful. If it is true that we belong to God, that we are building for his Kingdom for eternity by sharing the truth of the gospel then it must also be reflected in our daily living.’
He was elected the 20th General of The Salvation Army on 3 August 2013. General Cox shares his ministry with his wife, Commissioner Silvia Cox, who is the World President of Women’s Ministries.
The General of the Salvation Army is the international leader of the Salvation Army whose main task is to inspire and encourage Salvationists, as well as to set vision for the future.
The General has said:
I dream of a committed, effective and joyful Army, rooted and confident in the word of God and on its knees.
I dream of an Army that truly reflects the mind of Jesus in our commitment to the poor and the marginalised.
I dream of an Army that practices what it preaches from the top leadership down, an Army that is a visible and living example of Kingdom values.
I dream of an Army that values its youth where our young people feel that they have a voice.
I dream of an Army with strong relevant and streamlined administrative structures and a much more effective use of our financial and material resources.
I dream of an Army where all cultures are equally accepted and celebrated through the spiritual ties that bind us all together.
I dream of an Army that shuns the dependency culture.
This year, with this message the General Andre Cox has visited India and several countries in Africa, including, Zimbabwe. Just before his visit to Latvia, the General will visit Finland and Estonia and will continue the visit in Sweden. The General Andre Cox is the 6th general who has visited Latvia.
Everyone is welcome to join the public meeting where the General will preach in Riga, Bruninieku Street 10a on 18th April 2018 at 6pm.