The Salvation Army has expressed its condolences to the people of Namibia following the death of the country’s President Hage Geingob early on Sunday the 4th of February.

Namibia is one of the countries served by The Salvation Army’s Southern Africa Territory.

Territorial Commander, Commissioner Torben Eliasen, said: “President Geingob has served the people of Namibia with distinction. Although we are saddened by his passing away, we celebrate and give thanks for his life.

“We find words in Psalm 46 to be appropriate at this time: ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.’

“We pray for comfort and peace to the entire family and nation. We pray that the Lord will continue to embrace and be with the family.”

President Geingob was elected President of Namibia in 2014 and was serving his second term in this office at the time of his death.

“Salvationists in Southern Africa join me in prayer for the people of Namibia and in particular for the soldiers of The Salvation Army in that country, that they will be comforted in their time of mourning,” Commissioner Eliasen said.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination.

The Southern Africa Territory of The Salvation Army encompasses four countries – South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland – and the island of St Helena. Its officers, soldiers and full-time employees provide their spiritual and community services through approximately 230 corps (churches), societies and outposts, as well as through schools, hospitals, institutions for children, street children, the elderly, men and abused women, and daycare, goodwill, rehabilitation and social centres

In the photo: The late President of Namibia Dr. Hage G. Geingob.