20th September 2016
Major Geoff Freind – Incident in Malawi
The Salvation Army is deeply saddened and greatly concerned for the well-being of Major Geoff Freind who whilst in Malawi was violently assaulted on the weekend. Geoff has been transferred to South Africa for intensive support and his current condition is listed as critical.
The Salvation Army feels the distress and anguish of Geoff’s immediate and extended family as he is much loved and respected as a family man, friend and as a Salvation Army Officer for 34 years. Over these 34 years, Geoff and his wife Lyn have served in ministry in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and most recently Western Australia.
Geoff has dedicated his life to his ministry of faith and service and this has impacted many people in many walks of life. Geoff is a well-known personality, energetic and warm by nature, drawn to people evidenced by his network of support right across Perth. This was also displayed through his “Hotel Ministry” where he thrived on engaging with people in conversation seeking to offer words of encouragement and support.
Geoff was motivated to write about many of the real life stories that he has encountered over his years of service. His three books, ‘Enjoy the Journey’, ‘A Great Journey’ and ‘Thank you for the Journey’ exactly captured Geoff’s passion and heart.
In January of this year, Major Geoff Freind commenced an itinerant speaking ministry in the developing world. He has been engaged with activities for most of 2016 and has visited countries in South East Asia and Africa. In September 2016, he travelled to Malawi for speaking engagements, and it was here that he was assaulted and suffered the serious injuries that have necessitated his hospitalisation in Johannesburg.
Geoff is under intensive care and the immediate family have just arrived. Once the family have been briefed by the medical specialists then further information will be released.
Media contact: Warren Palmer - 0417 909 964 (The Salvation Army)
Media Statement by the Freind Family
We appreciate the concern for our family situation at this time, but ask for privacy as we deal with the serious medical condition being faced by Geoff.
We value the support extended towards our family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with our beloved father, husband and friend.
The Freind family ask for your co-operation in respecting our privacy at this point in time.
The family will not be making any media appearances or further statements at this time.