general shaw clifton has announced official approval to expand the mission into Nepal. To carry out that expansion, Majors Lalsangliana and Lalnunsangi of India Eastern Territory have been appointed Extension Officer and Associate Extension Officer, effective from April 15, 2009.
The question of whether The Salvation Army could become established in Nepal, one of the Himalayan Kingdoms that has recently become a democracy, has been under serious scrutiny since 2005. The Salvation Army’s India Eastern Territory has been sending officers and soldiers to explore this possibility for the past few years.
In 2007, Captain Richard Vanlalnghaka and his wife were appointed to carry out further exploration and remained in the country for a year. A Salvation Army fellowship of around 20 members have been meeting regularly under the Army flag ever since. That same year Commissioner Lalkiamlova and Colonel Dick Krommenhoek visited Nepal and were convinced that it would be possible to commence work there in the not too distant future.
Commissioners Lalkiamlova and Lalhlimpuii, together with a delegation from the India Eastern Territory headed by the Chief Secretary, again visited the country in 2008. That trip ultimately resulted in Commissioner Lalkiamlova recommending to the General that the Army should become officially established within Nepal as soon as possible.
Majors Lalsangliana and Lalnunsangi will be stationed in Khatmandu, which is the capital city of Nepal. Although a separate country, Nepal will initially remain an official part of the India Eastern Territory.
Prayers for Majors Lalsangliana and Lalnunsangi are welcomed as they nurture and expand the Army’s mission in this new land.