International: Salvation Army to expand to 127th country
General André Cox has announced that he has given approval for the work of The Salvation Army to be officially commenced in Slovakia, with effect from 1 September 2015, making it the 127th country in which The Salvation Army has a recognised legal presence.
Interest was first shown in having The Salvation Army work in Slovakia in the summer of 2013 when it became evident that there was a great need for a ministry among the Roma communities – very much the marginalised people of Slovakia. Some existing Christian congregations were already undertaking extensive community programmes and expressed an interest in being aligned with The Salvation Army, as their forms of worship and doctrines are akin to the Army's.
The Salvation Army was registered as a Civic Association in Slovakia in August 2014, and its work began to develop under the supervision of The Netherlands and Czech Republic Territory, with emphasis on ministry within the Roma community and a learning programme to integrate three existing church congregations into a Salvation Army structure.