Retired General Eva Burrows, who served as world leader of The Salvation Army from 1986 to 1993 was promoted to Glory last night (Friday 20th March 2015) in Melbourne.
General Eva Burrows was born in Newcastle, Australia, in 1929, to Salvation Army Officer parents and was one of nine children. She studied English and History at The University of Queensland before beginning her training as a Salvation Army Officer in 1951.
In the 1970s General Eva became the leader of the Salvation Army’s Social Services for Women in the UK. After three years as Territorial Commander in Sri Lanka, General Eva returned to the UK and took up a post in Scotland, before returning to Australia in the early 1980s and was made General in 1986.
During her life General Eva was very active in working to improve social services and help the most vulnerable people in every community. She was instrumental in making great strides in providing social services, particularly in Scotland and as a result there are a number of Salvation Army centres named after her. Right up until her death she worked at The Salvation Army 614 Project in Melbourne supports people experiencing homelessness.
Territorial Commander for the UK and the Republic of Ireland, Commissioner Clive Adams, said: “We thank God for the Life of the truly inspirational General Eva Burrows. Thanks to her passionate dedication to welfare reform which has helped to shape The Salvation Army many lives across the world lives have been changed, particularly in this territory.
“I join Salvationists around the world in remembering a leader who has made an incredible difference. The legacy of her work will continue to live on across the world.”