By Wayne Allen
Mark and Elizabeth Ferreira, leaders of The Salvation Army Portsmouth Corps, announced earlier this week they have been reassigned to Hempstead, New York, to be trained for service in rehabilitation ministries.
“Our new assignment is to the Hempstead, New York, Adult Rehabilitation Center of the Salvation Army. There we will be training to serve in the rehabilitation ministries of the Salvation Army,” Ferreira said.
He said working in rehabilitation ministries is a specialized work and is something he and his wife had always been interested in.
“We’ve always thought that was the type of work we ultimately wanted to do. So, we had indicated to Salvation Army leadership, that was our interest and if we ever had to leave Portsmouth that would be the only reason we would want to,” Ferreira said. “They (Salvation Army) had a need for our abilities, so they decided to move us into that area of ministry.”
He said it’s to early to know who will be coming in as leadership of the Portsmouth Corps.
“In all probability we will be receiving newly ordained lieutenants of the Salvation Army. We anticipate finding out on June 8 when the outgoing class is ordained and given first assignments,” Ferreira said.
In March, the Portsmouth Corps hosted Salvation Army cadets from the Salvation Army Missionary Training School to receive a hands-on experience.
When asked if one of the cadets that were in Portsmouth for training in March could be assigned to the Portsmouth Corps, Ferreira said, “it absolutely could be, half of that crew is about to be ordained and so it could be some of them, which would be very exciting to see them return to the community.”
Ferreira said whoever is assigned will come with fresh ideas and energy.
“They’ll have a lot of good things to do here and we anticipate they will be able to pick up where we left off,” Ferreira said.
Ferreira said that over the years Portsmouth has become home for him and his family.
“It will be very, very difficult to leave Portsmouth. This has been home for five years and is the only home we’ve had as a family. Our kids were born here and is a special place to us,” Ferreira said. “We’ve got fantastic friends and important work going on here, but we trust Gods leading for our ministry and for the future of the Salvation Army in Portsmouth.”
Ferreira said one of the things he would miss the most is the Portsmouth community.
“For somebody like myself who was raised on the east coast, moving to southern Ohio and finding a community full of people who care, who are accepting and who have made us feel right at home. This is a fantastic area to live and a wonderful place to have a family and I don’t think that’s something that’s easily replaced,” he said.
Ferreira said their farewell Sunday will be June 22 and they will report to their new position on June 25.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.