Majors Millie and Stephen French have emerged from retirement to run the Salvation Army in Williams Lake.

Majors Millie and Stephen French have emerged from retirement to run the Salvation Army in Williams Lake.

Williams Lake Salvation Army under new leadership

Majors Stephen French and Millie French have been assigned to run the Salvation Army in Williams Lake.

They are brand new to a lot of things because they have been retired for 11 years, said Major Stephen French who along with his wife Major Millie French have been assigned to run the Salvation Army in Williams Lake.

With 48 years of ministry each, the two have worked between Vancouver and Newfoundland, and in Guyana, South America.

Williams Lake isn’t the first place to draw them out of retirement.

In the past they spent four months helping out in Kamloops and two and a half years in Abbotsford.

“We’ve agreed to come here for a year while they find a replacement,” Stephen said.

They have been retired and retreaded, Millie added.

Stephen arrived here on July 15 and Millie on Aug. 14.

Williams Lake has already charmed the majors.

“It’s absolutely beautiful and reminds me of back home in Newfoundland — the friendly people, fresh air, and quiet spaces,” Stephen said. “So far nobody has road raged us.”

It’s so peaceful compared to the Lower Mainland, Millie said.

They are also pleased with the quality of the staff and volunteers.

“They are second to none,” Stephen said. “Here we have met some of the most dedicated people we’ve met in our entire ministry. They come back on days off to finish up some tasks. That’s says something right there.”

As for the people using the SA’s services, Stephen said it never ceases to amaze him how friendly people are, no matter what is on their outer shell.

“The more we help and love the more we get out of it,” he said.

Millie and Stephen have spent their entire ministry career working as a team.

They see things from a different perspective and that bodes well, Stephen said.

As they settle in to their role, they said they plan to maintain the work that’s already in place.

“We thank God for sending us here. The call came from the Salvation Army to come to Williams Lake, but we believe God called us,” they said.

 

 

Just Posted

Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
One death, 60 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The death is connected to the outbreak at Spring Valley long-term care in Kelowna

(File photo)
Firearms investigation on Winger Road the result of increased gang activity: RCMP

When police attempted to stop a vehicle, it sped away

Shearwater is located in the Great Bear Rainforest on the West Coast of B.C. (Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association photo)
Heiltsuk Nation buys historic Shearwater Resort and Marina

Chief Marilyn Slett said Heiltsuk Nation has always valued its relationship with the company

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Brian Peach rescues ducklings from a storm drain in Smithers May 12. (Lauren L’Orsa video screen shot)
VIDEO: Smithers neighbours rescue ducklings from storm drain

Momma and babies made it safely back to the creek that runs behind Turner Way

Signage for ICBC, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, is shown in Victoria, B.C., on February 6, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
$150 refunds issued to eligible customers following ICBC’s switch to ‘enhanced care’

Savings amassed from the insurance policy change will lead to one-time rebates for close to 4 million customers

Police investigate a fatal 2011 shooting in a strip mall across from Central City Shopping Centre, which was deemed a gang hit. The Mayor’s Gang Task Force zeroed in on ways to reduce gang involvement and activity. (File photo)
COVID-19 could be a cause in public nature of B.C. gang violence: expert

Martin Bouchard says the pandemic has changed people’s routines and they aren’t getting out of their homes often, which could play a role in the brazen nature of shootings

Most Read