General André Cox has called for prayers for the unfolding situation in Brussels, Belgium, where terrorist attacks at the airport and Maelbeek Metro Station have led to at least 34 fatalities, with many more people injured. The General asks Salvationists and friends to pray for victims of the attacks, the emergency services, politicians and the perpetrators.
Colonel Daniel Naud (Territorial Commander, France and Belgium Territory) is at The Salvation Army's Belgium Regional Headquarters in Brussels, having travelled there by train from Paris this morning before the attacks took place. He reports: 'It is extremely difficult to move within the capital city at the moment. We hear constantly police cars moving at very high speed ... It is difficult to know precisely what is going on.'
The Salvation Army's annual general meeting which was due to be held in Brussels has been postponed. Colonel Naud says the Brussels authorities have been contacted and offered whatever help, such as food or shelter, the Army can provide.
Majors Mike and Ruth Stannett are regional leaders for Belgium and also The Salvation Army's Officers for EU Affairs. Major Mike says he is grateful for the thoughts and prayers being offered across the world. He explains: 'As the day unfolds and security is either tightened or lifted in due course, we will then have a better idea how this may affect our daily running. The main issue for Salvation Army staff will be how they get home and how to collect children from school.' All public transport has been stopped, and people are being advised not to travel.