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Major Jane Kimberley, editor of Salvationist magazine in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, speaks to the co-ordinator of the Army’s international congress, Lt-Colonel Eddie Hobgood, about what to expect at the event in London, England, next year Lt-Col Eddie Hobgood is the co-ordinator of the Boundless Congress

How’s the planning going for Boundless? There’s a buzz starting to generate with more activity in the congress mailbox and more traffic on the website. In the past few months, the performance groups have been selected and notified. We are now waiting for their responses. Every kind of variety that you can think of in The Salvation Army is going to be reflected at the congress. One of the things that General André Cox (The Salvation Army’s world leader) has said to the groups is we don’t want you to come and be a clone of the International Staff Band or International Staff Songsters, as wonderful as they are. We want you to be true to your culture. So, whatever the music, whatever the dress—not everyone needs to be in navy blue!—we want to see the colours of your country, a truly international Salvation Army. When we march down The Mall (a main thoroughfare running towards Buckingham Palace), we want the world to see how diverse the Army is. 14 • September 2014 • Salvationist

Tell me more about this march down The Mall. I know that a lot of people in the United Kingdom will have been at ISB120, the International Staff Band’s 120th anniversary, and the 1990 congress. I’ve seen video footage of both of those and they looked absolutely extraordinary. Thousands of Salvationists and friends lined The Mall cheering and applauding as they saw and heard the bands. It’s going to be that kind of thing because most of the delegates will be there, with thousands of tourists as well. What about the history of the Army? All the programs will have bits and pieces of history, but it’s not going to be an observance only of the past. Our buzz words are “commemorate the past, celebrate what God’s doing today and innovate for tomorrow.” In the exhibition hall, there will be a magnificent historical display, which we’re calling the Boundless Experience. It will be a significant creation as you walk through 150 years of Salvation Army history. We

are in the process of partnering with Getty Images—they’ve uncovered some images we don’t believe anybody has seen in more than a hundred years. They have shown us some amazing photographs that have just knocked our socks off! In the afternoons, we are going to be doing East End and Abney Park tours. We are going to train some guides for the walkabouts, so history will be a significant part of the five days. Can you give us a little taste of what we might expect? Imagine an arena filled with 16,000 people and, at one end, a giant wall of video screens. We want to say we’re in the 21st century and technology has advanced so much since the last congress. The screens will be able to change to reflect what the speaker is saying so you can see and hear what’s happening. We’re hoping to have quite a few massed groups. Can you picture the arena filled with 500 timbrellists or a youth chorus of 750? With technology we are able to teach people all over the world a song;

Salvationist - September 2014  
Salvationist - September 2014