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19 November 2004 10:23 AM GMT

MAJOR ANNE KRISTINE HERJE ADMITTED TO ORDER OF THE FOUNDER IN HAITI

Author: International News


MAJOR ANNE KRISTINE HERJE ADMITTED TO ORDER OF THE FOUNDER IN HAITI

MAJOR ANNE KRISTINE HERJE, a Norwegian officer who has served for 30 years in the Caribbean – the past 16 in Haiti – was admitted to the Order of the Founder in her retirement meeting, held at Port-au-Prince Central Corps, Haiti. Territorial Commander Colonel John Matear presented the award – The Salvation Army's highest honour – on behalf of the General.

Major Herje served in Curacao, Suriname and Jamaica – and for a time in her home territory – before returning to the Caribbean to serve as administrator at La Maison du Bonheur Children's Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The many expressions of appreciation for the major's outstanding service included tributes from some of the people who have benefited from her love and care while growing up in the home and who, as a result of the educational opportunities given, are now pursuing professional careers. In a meeting filled with thanksgiving, and some sadness at the knowledge that the major would soon be returning to Norway, the children from La Maison du Bonheur sang a powerful tribute.

In addition to her work with young people in the children's home, the major has also developed a significant programme of support for families in the community. All of this was recognised in the wording of the citation which accompanied her admission to the Order of the Founder. It paid tribute to her 'outstanding missionary service as a Salvation Army officer, particularly in Haiti for 16 years ... characterised by compassion, courage and selfless devotion to the many children and families who have benefited immeasurably from her care and been inspired by her example'.

Major Herje has been the beneficiary of other awards, including The Salvation Army's Certificate in Recognition of Exceptional Service. She has also been honoured by her home country of Norway where her work and ministry enjoy national recognition. In Haiti her courage and devotion have been particularly highlighted during times of political and social unrest when she has remained in her appointment, concerned only for the welfare of those in her care.

In his Bible message the territorial commander referred to Galatians 5:6: 'The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love' (New International Version). He said that Major Herje's life and ministry exemplified this truth and challenged the congregation members to ensure their faith was expressed in loving action.

Major Rosemarie Haefeli and Major Emma Zimmerman, former colleagues who had served in Haiti and who themselves are recipients of the Order of the Founder, were present to contribute to the thanksgiving.

 

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brief description: Major Anne Kristine Herje with children from La Maison du Bonheur Children's Home, Haiti
 
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brief description: Colonel John Matear admits Major Anne Kristine Herje to the Order of the Founder
 



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