Sterling’s Farewell Hanover, August 9th, 2020 - Message for Hanover Corps

 

Greetings:

 

It’s disappointing that Covid-19 prevents me from visiting the Hanover Corps in person to participate in Sterling’s farewell; but I wanted to send a special message to everyone.

 

One of the realities of being a Salvation Army officer is that you commit yourself to a life on the road....being uprooted is part of being a soldier in the Army on the Move.  Appointments can be anywhere in Canada and often take officers far away from their families.

 

Families understand the sacrifice that is made when their loved one commits his life to do God’s work.  But I believe that God’s answer to families’ sacrifice is that He enables us to expand our definition of family; to include not only those who are related by blood, but also members of our community.

 

The Hanover Corps has been Sterling’s expanded family over the past nine years; a spiritual family when he needed the closeness of a brother or sister or father or mother in Christ. 

 

On behalf of our family, my kids David and Alexandra who have visited often and experienced your welcoming arms; our brother in New Brunswick and his family, I thank each of you for being Sterling’s Christian Family during his appointment in Hanover; for accepting him into your hearts; for watching over him, when he needed to be cared for; for being there for him, when he needed your fellowship;   for surrounding him with a blanket of spiritual love that gave him strength.  I know as he ministers at the Acton Corps, you will keep him in your prayers.

 

I believe Sterling’s legacy for the Salvation Army in Hanover is found in this passage of scripture: “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be people of courage; be strong; Do everything in love.” (1st Corinthians 16:13-14). 

 

Blessings and gratitude to each of you.

Barbara Snelgrove