A parade in Nairobi City Stadium on Saturday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Salvation Army's establishment in Kenya.
A parade in Nairobi City Stadium on Saturday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Salvation Army's establishment in Kenya. Over 10,000 people, mainly Salvation Army members and their families, attended the youth demonstration in the stadium, at which the guest of honour was the Army's Chief of Staff and second-in-command, Commissioner Arnold Brown.
The Salvation Army has taken its missionary, social and medical work to 75 countries in its hundred years' history. Among the officers attending the parade were representatives of the Salvation Army in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, the United States and Zaire.
SYNOPSIS: In Nairobi City Stadium, hundreds of young people took part in a parade on Saturday, to mark fifty years of the Salvation Army in Kenya.
Guest of honour at the celebrations was Commissioner Arnold Brown, Chief of Staff and second in command of the International Salvation Army. He had come to Nairobi from the Army's headquarters in London for the occasion. More than ten thousand people, mainly Salvation Army members at their families, packed the stadium for the parade.
Commissioner Brown is responsible for directing the operations of what the Salvation Army calls its "thin red line" of 25-thousand officers in 75 countries. The Army was founded over a hundred years ago by William Booth to bring Christianity and practical help to the poor in the slums of Victorian London. In the years since then it has adapted its role to the needs of developing as well as industrial societies.
The uniform and military style of the Salvation Army makes it well known wherever it operates - at the parade there were Brigadiers, Colonels, Majors and Captains from Ghana, Nigeria, Rhodesia, Uganda, Zaire and the United States.
The Salvation Army is first and foremost a religious organisation, but wherever it operates, it aims to seek out and tackle social problems and improve conditions of life. In Africa, it has placed its emphasis on education and medical care. Its concern for the needs of the young and infirm was underlined as the officers sat down to watch a demonstration football match played by crippled children, perhaps a fitting symbol of the army's continuing work after 50 years in Kenya.