As Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda over these recent weeks, and especially these last few days, I have watched The Salvation Army respond to the current emergency as COVID-19 spreads. These are days in which I have seen an army mobilized to serve following government direction and public health guidelines, this Army has chosen to find ways to connect with its community and congregations. Living out a God inspired mission, to share the love of Jesus, meet human needs, and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. In a time of uncertainty and concern, this Army, rooted in a hope that does not disappoint, marches into our communities, bringing expressions of hope, where it is needed most. I commend again our frontline workers, who continue to faithfully stand with and serve some of our most vulnerable in these new days. Thank you for the commitment you continue to demonstrate in your sacrificial service to those that look to The Salvation Army, in life’s challenging moments. Over the most recent days, we have seen government leaders declare states of emergency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Today as Territorial Commander, I respond to the government declarations and current reality that we all face declaring that The Salvation Army moves to a position of mobilization for territorial emergency response readiness. To Slavation Army officers, soldiers, employees, and volunteers, you are this Mobilized Salvation Army. It is in times like these that we mobilize, we show up and serve. Assisting those who need us most. Let me ask you to prepare and be response ready, to the call before us. For those who are experiencing illness or symptoms, or in self-isolation, I ask you to remain home and follow the directions provided to you by the health unit. For those unable to actively serve directly in community, your active engagement and prayerful support, is greatly valued. We will exercise the appropriate cautions, be responsible, cooperative with our various levels of government, and guided by public health, stand alongside our communities, bringing hope and help. As a mobilized Salvation Army, we mobilize first and foremost as a movement of prayer. Let us move forward on our knees with prayer and fasting, we call upon God to what only he can do. We pray for the governments of Canada and Bermuda as they continue to guide and lead their citizens during these most difficult days. We pray for the safety of our healthcare professionals that includes doctors, nurses and volunteers and support staff. We pray for wisdom for scientists as they seek to find a cure or vaccine. We pray for the protection of Salvation Army frontline workers such as those serving in our social service units, our long term care facilities shelters and community and family services operations. We pray for those who are fearful and anxious during these days. Days of uncertainty that they would find a calming and peace that God can provide. We pray for children and youth that may not understand what is happening and pray that God give wisdom to their parents and caregivers as they provide answers. As a mobilized army all officers should consider themselves active respondents, available and actively engaged in leading where needed. As a mobilized army we will continue to serve those who are in our care. I express again a word of appreciation to our dedicated staff who make this possible. As a mobilized army we will engage with our communities including local health units noting the availability of our facilities. We will consider the need and the opportunity to provide food delivery for vulnerable people including seniors in our communities. As a mobilized army, we stand prepared to be a listening ear for those who need someone to talk to prepare to offer a prayer. These are stressful times for many let us check in regularly with members of our congregations and our communities. As a mobilized army we will ensure local health and emergency management authorities are aware of our preparedness and how to contact The Salvation Army at all times. Together, we are The Salvation Army mobilized for such a time as this. To share the love of Jesus to meet human needs and be a transforming influence in our communities. May God bless you God bless The Salvation Army God bless Canada and Bermuda in these days.