others - The Salvation Army

JUNE 2015
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ABOVE: Despite enduring the horrors of civil war in Sierra Leone, Ed Conteh’s life reflects a deep-seated joy.
Cultivating a culture of caring is the aim of
Others Week this month
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A Salvation Army program is giving young
people living in challenging circumstances
hope for employment
The newly formed Sydney Salvation Brass has hit
the ground running with a busy schedule
Earle Ivers will be more than a mere spectator at
the Boundless international congress in London
next month
The Salvation Army | WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder
International Headquarters, 101 Queen Victoria street London EC4P 4EP | André Cox, General
Australia Eastern Territory, 140 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000 | James Condon, Commissioner, Territorial Commander
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All Bible references are quoted from the New International Version unless otherwise stated.
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The power of one word
t was Christmas Eve. According
to an extract from one of the
many biographies about his
extraordinary life, General
William Booth, the founder of The
Salvation Army, was in poor health.
He had become an invalid and his
eyesight was failing.
Booth’s deteriorating condition
meant that he was unable to attend
an upcoming Army congress. It
was suggested that, in lieu of his
absence, he should send a telegram
to be read at the opening of the
congress. It would be a tremendous
encouragement to the many soldiers
of The Salvation Army who would be
in attendance, after their many hours
of ministering to so many throughout
the Christmas holidays and the cold
winter months. Booth agreed to
do so.
In communicating by telegram,
you paid for each word sent. Knowing
that Salvation Army funds were
limited and desiring not to use any
Desperate world crying out for acts
of love, grace and mercy
SCOTT SIMPSON, Managing Editor
more money than necessary, Booth
decided to send a one-word message.
He searched his mind and reviewed
his years of ministry, looking for the
one word that would summarise his
life, the mission of the Army, and
encourage Salvationists to continue in
their service.
A few weeks later, as thousands
of Salvationists gathered for the
congress, it was announced that
General Booth, because of his failing
health, would not be in attendance.
An atmosphere of disappointment
descended on the convention hall.
It was then announced that Booth,
anticipating his absence, had sent a
message to be read at the opening
of the first session. A hush settled
over the congress. The telegram was
opened and the one-word message
proclaimed: Others!
At least, that’s how this particular
biographer tells the story. There are
many, even with the Army, who claim
that while it is a rousing tale, it actually
never happened; that the telegram
never existed and the story is simply a
myth that over the years has developed
legendary status.
But that’s not the point. Regardless
of whether or not Booth sent the
telegram, there’s no doubting that
“others” was a philosophy that he
Over cover story in this issue of
Pipeline focuses on others, or, to be
accurate, Others Week. It’s an initiative
of the Australia Eastern Territory’s
Salvos Caring team. In today’s society,
people are busier than ever. The
challenge of Others Week is to channel
some of that busyness into caring for
others. It’s what Salvationists do, or at
least should do.
More than a century after his death,
General William Booth would be
satisfied to know that a philosophy of
“others” continues to drive the ministry
of the organisation he founded.
Commissioner James Condon is Territorial Commander
of the Australia Eastern Territory
rime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that
more people will die at sea unless tougher
action on people smugglers is taken across
South East Asia and North Africa, amid
increasingly desperate diplomatic efforts to confront
the deepening crisis in the region.
I read the story of a 14-year-old boy from
Bangladesh who was snatched by people traffickers
and forced onto a boat. The next few weeks were a
nightmare for him. He almost starved to death, he saw
relatives being killed and then he was forced to jump
overboard after being attacked.
Fortunately he survived and was plucked from the
sea to safety. He said his desire was to return home to
his mother.
A report stated that he was among 900 migrants
who were saved in one day in the latest crisis due to
Thailand’s move to clamp down on people smuggling
and trafficking routes.
Thousands of abandoned people have arrived
in Indonesia and Malaysia in recent weeks and
thousands more are supposed to be stranded at sea.
Survivors have reported that many people were either
drowned or killed in the violence on board the boats.
Where is justice and mercy for these boat people?
Where are the strangers being welcomed?
In Matthew chapter 25 and verse 35 we read: “For I
was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was
thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a
stranger and you invited me in.”
Jesus here instances certain works of mercy which
may be performed during our earthly pilgrimage as
examples of the kind of acts which he deems worthy
of eternal reward.
They are proofs of self-denial, sympathy, charity,
justice. These attitudes demonstrate that those who
carry out their works have something of God in
them and the works are seen as works of love, grace
and mercy.
God the Judge will ask not what we have felt or
thought but what we have done or left undone in our
dealing with others.
Over the week of 14-21 June, The Salvation Army
in this territory will celebrate an initiative of our Salvos
Caring team – OTHERS Week.
It is a week set aside for us to intentionally focus
on not only thinking of others, but doing something
about it.
During OTHERS Week may our focus be on
others as we ask ourselves: “What can I do? How
can I be involved?”
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integrity | articles of faith
articles of faith | integrity
Doctrine for today
We believe that in the person of
Jesus Christ the Divine and human
natures are united, so that he is
truly and properly God and truly
and properly man.
(The fourth doctrine of The Salvation Army)
ho is this man?”
No question is
more central
to the Gospels. The question
appears throughout the Gospel
Jesus’ enemies asked the
question. The Pharisees and
teachers of the law who were
in Capernaum witnessed Jesus
forgiving the sins of the paralytic
man prior to healing him. They
“began thinking to themselves,
‘Who is this fellow who speaks
blasphemy?’” (Luke 5:17, 21).
Jesus’ disciples asked the
question. After Jesus calmed
the storm on the Sea of Galilee,
his disciples “were terrified and
asked each other ‘Who is this?
Even the wind and the waves
obey him!’” (Mark 4:41).
The crowds cramming
the Jerusalem streets on the
Sunday before Passover asked
the question. As the throngs
hailed Jesus riding on a donkey,
Matthew records: “When Jesus
entered Jerusalem, the whole
city was stirred and asked:
“Who is this?”’ (Matthew 21:10).
The crucial turning point of
the Gospel story hinges on this
About five months before his
triumphal entry into Jerusalem,
Jesus sat down with his disciples
at the foot of Mount Hermon
near Caesarea Philippi. He asked
them: “‘Who do people say that
I am?”’ After listening to their
responses, he turned and asked:
“‘But what about you? Who do
you say I am?”’ (Matthew 16:1320; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-22).
Predictably, Peter answered
first, and with the right answer:
“‘You are the Christ, the Son of
the living God”’ (Matthew 16:16
New Living Translation). From
that pivotal moment on, “Jesus
began to explain to his disciples
that he must go to Jerusalem
and suffer many things ...”
(Matthew 16:21).
John makes it clear that
resolving the question of Jesus’
identity is the primary purpose
for writing his Gospel: “But
these are written that you may
believe that Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God, and that by
believing you may have life in his
name” (John 20:31).
Jesus has always been a
controversial figure. Unlike all
other historic notables, the
debate about Jesus of Nazareth
does not focus on his teaching
or actions, but on his identity.
Jesus’ teaching and actions
compel us to progress from
understanding his teaching to
recognising the essence of his
being – his divinity.
In Jesus, divinity takes
on humanity; he is “truly and
properly God and truly and
properly man”. While other great
thinkers and achievers generate
an abundance of “good views”,
Jesus alone is “good news”.
Jesus is God incarnate.
Jesus was a man like no
other. He taught the fatherhood
of God and at the same time
asserted his equality with God.
Jesus maintained that “all things
have been committed to me by
my Father. No one knows the
Son except the Father, and no
one knows the Father except the
Son ...” (Matthew 11:27).
At the conclusion of the final
Passover meal (the Seder) with
his disciples, Jesus comforts
his followers. After declaring:
“‘If you really know me, you will
know my Father as well”’, Philip
questioned: “‘Lord, show us the
Father and that will be enough
for us.”’ Jesus answered: “‘Don’t
you know me, Philip, even after
I have been among you such
a long time? Anyone who has
seen me has seen the Father.
How can you say, ‘Show us the
Father’?”’ (John 14:7-9).
The Salvation Army
Handbook of Doctrine (HOD)
succinctly answers the timeless
question ‘Who is this man?’
“In the person of Jesus Christ
the two natures are full and
indivisibly united. Jesus in his
divine nature is one with God the
Father and in his human nature
is one with us. Jesus reveals God
to us (John 14:9)” (HOD, p86).
John concisely clarifies the
distinctiveness of Jesus: “In the
beginning was the Word, and
the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. He was with God
in the beginning” (John 1:1, 2).
Underscoring this theological
truth, Jesus’ own words and
actions revealed that he was
When the disciples of John
the Baptist questioned: ‘“Are
you the one who is to come,
or should we expect someone
else?”’, Jesus replied: ‘“Go back
and report to John what you
have seen and heard: the blind
receive sight, the lame walk,
those who have leprosy are
cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead
are raised, and the good news is
proclaimed to the poor”’ (Luke
Isaiah looked forward to the
day of the Messiah’s coming: “In
that day the deaf will hear the
words of the scroll, and out of
gloom and darkness the eyes of
the blind will see” (Isaiah 29:18).
Later the prophet described the
year of the Lord’s favour: “The
Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is
on me, because the Lord has
anointed me to proclaim good
news to the poor. He has sent
me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom
for the captives and release from
darkness for the prisoners, to
proclaim the year of the Lord’s
favour and the day of vengeance
of our God, to comfort all who
mourn” (Isaiah 61:1, 2).
Jesus paused after reading
these verses from Isaiah in his
home synagogue in Nazareth.
He rolled up the scroll, gave
it back to the attendant, sat
down and proclaimed: “‘Today
this scripture is fulfilled in
your hearing”’ (Luke 4:21). The
Mashiach – the Lord’s anointed
Messiah – the Son of God and
Son of Man, had come.
The glory of the celestial God
is seen in his Son, the human
God-man, Jesus. In the face of
Jesus, we experience “... >>>
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soul food
Soul Food
M y fa vour i te ve r se
“There’s a child here with f ive loaves and two
f ish, but what good is that?” – John 6:9
ifferent Bible verses have
been significant for me at
various times of my life.
When I entered officer training, I
held on to Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear for
I am with you ... I will strengthen you
and help you; I will uphold you with my
righteous right hand.”
1 Peter 5:10 sustained me during
my cancer journey: “After you have
suffered a little while, God himself will
restore you and make you strong, firm
and steadfast.”
For the past 10 months, however,
the story of the child with a few loaves
and fish has been on my mind.
Since June last year I have been
living in the Netherlands – a beautiful
country, with warm, welcoming people
and great flowers, bread, cheese and
ice-cream! The challenge for me is
that everything is in Dutch (this should
not have been a surprise!).
Answering emails, photocopying,
navigating around the computer,
meetings, worship, shopping, social
conversations and reading – all of
these things are no longer easy.
Many times I find myself unable
to understand, communicate or
contribute. The freedom in ministry
I once enjoyed has been severely
I now find myself feeling like a
small, helpless child. It seems like I
have only a few small things in my
hands to offer – and what I have in
my hands is totally inadequate for the
people, situations, ministry and tasks I
am facing. My thoughts often echo the
disciple’s words in this story – what
good is that?
I am thankful that the story does
not end with those words!
The willingness of a small
child to give up his certain lunch
resulted in thousands being fed.
Small, inadequate offerings,
placed in the hands of Jesus can
accomplish miraculous feats. This
brings me comfort and hope.
If I am willing to place everything
I have in his hands – as limited as
that offering seems – he can do
abundantly more than I think or
imagine. The Lord of the harvest
can take it, break it and use it to
“feed” many.
Thank you, Jesus – help me to
trust and not doubt what you can and
will do!
Jesus, “who, being in very nature
God, did not consider equality with
God something to be used to his own
advantage; rather, he made himself
nothing by taking the very nature of a
servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a
man, he humbled himself by becoming
obedient to death – even death on a
cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8).
Jesus was fully human. He
experienced all characteristics of
the human condition, including
temptation. The writer to the Hebrews
underscores this amazing maxim:
“Therefore, since we have a great high
priest ... Jesus the Son of God, let us
hold firmly to the faith we profess.
For we do not have a high priest who
is unable to feel sympathy for our
weaknesses, but we have one who has
been tempted in every way, just as we
are – yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:14,
15). Jesus was joyful (John 15:9-11);
Jesus loved (John 11:3-5); Jesus was
hungry (Mark 11:12); Jesus became
angry (John 2:15, 16), and Jesus wept
– for his friends (John 11:35), over his
enemies (Luke 19:41) and for himself
(Hebrews 5:7).
Jesus was also humorous. While
it is not recorded that Jesus laughed,
the allusion to attempting to remove
a splinter from another’s eye, while a
beam protrudes from one’s one eye
(Matthew 7:4), and the reference to
straining out a gnat, yet swallowing
a camel (Matthew 23:24), are packed
with humour.
The magnificent, resplendent
reality is that Jesus is our human
brother and our divine Saviour. To this
we joyfully respond – Hallelujah!
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the light of the knowledge of God’s
glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2
Corinthians 4:6).
Jesus voluntarily and temporarily gave
up some of his divine attributes while
on earth. This is known as kenosis,
from the Greek word for emptiness
κένωσις, kénōsis.
It refers to the “self-emptying” of
Christ’s human will and becoming
entirely receptive to God’s divine will.
For example, the most obvious
kenosis was Christ’s temporary laying
aside of the divine characteristic of
omnipresence – the ability to be
present in all places at all times. As a
human being, Jesus was never in two
places at the same time.
Paul clearly describes the divine
and human dimensions of Christ
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feature | farewell service
farewell service | feature
Accolades flow for
'servants of God'
olonels Richard and Janet Munn were
honoured for their two years' service to
The Salvation Army's Australia Eastern
Territory during an emotional farewell
service at Hurstville Corps on Sunday 3 May.
Colonel Richard has been serving as the
territory's Chief Secretary while Colonel Janet has
been the School for Officer Training Principal.
They have been appointed to the USA Eastern
Territory – Richard as Territorial Secretary for
Theology and Christian Ethics and Janet as
Principal for the College for Officer Training. They
will begin their new roles on 1 July.
With emotion stirring in his voice, the Territorial
Commander, Commissioner James Condon,
spoke candidly of his working relationship with the
Munns and praised them for their contribution to
the territory.
“Here we have two servants of God marked
by prayer and holiness who’ve contributed so
much to the territory. I hold special memories
of significant moments of the past two years,”
Commissioner Condon said.
Tears welled in Colonel Janet’s eyes as
she spoke candidly about her journey from
disorientation, when she first arrived in Australia, to
experiencing a season of enrichment.
“I experienced God’s grace here in new ways,"
she said. "I’ve been challenged in my personal
growth, had my worldview enlarged and changed,
and I’ve discovered a larger family in Christ.”
Colonel Janet outlined how God challenged
her to empty herself in an act of surrender – as
Jesus did when he came to earth in human form –
when she arrived in Australia. She then encouraged
everyone to do the same. Colonel Janet also gave
a dramatic scripture presentation from the book of
Colonel Richard thanked Commissioner
Condon for being his mentor over the past two
“Esteemed special thanks to our leaders,
Commissioners James and Jan Condon,” he said.
“God’s gift to this territory for this season and
God’s gift for Janet and me … it’s been a profound
privilege to serve with you."
A heartfelt and passionate appreciation message
was given by Hawkesbury City Corps Officer,
Lieutenant Nicola Poore.
She spoke honestly about the influence Colonel
Janet had over her life while studying at the School
For Officer Training.
The Salvation Army’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian
Minnett, reflected on working with Colonel Richard
and the pastoral role he brought to the territorial
headquarters office.
“I have found you to be a passionate man
of God, ready to pray, preach and pastor at a
moment's notice in any situation. You have cared
for me personally and I have really appreciated
your pastor’s heart,” Ian said.
Ian also presented gifts to the Munns, including
Bondi tourist T-shirts and Australia-themed travel
coffee mugs.
Hurstville Band, the Sydney Staff Songsters and
a worship group, led by SFOT Assistant Training
Principal Major Deborah Robinson, all performed a
number of moving worship songs.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Colonel Richard Munn displays his Aussie
T-shirt; Colonel Janet Munn gives her inspiring Scripture presentation; The
Munns being prayed for during the service; Colonel Munn and Commissioner
James Condon share a heartfelt moment at the Mercy Seat; Commissioner Jan
Condon expresses her gratitude before leading the congregation in song.
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feature | farewell letter
farewell letter | feature
LEFT: Colonel Richard Munn speaks at a Commissioning service during his tenure as Chief Secretary.
Colonel Munn, who has returned to the US, has delivered a heartfelt final message to the territory.
conference, Pipeline and creative School for
Officer Training off-site training modules, we have
a deserved reputation for thinking forward and
doing what is necessary to finish the job.
Beloved colleagues, I am urging confidence in
this venture.
The writer to the Hebrews captures it well
in reference to the Exodus: “We have come to
share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the
confidence we had at first” (3:14).
I am exhorting this beautiful territory towards
confidence in:
The supremacy of Christ;
The power of the gospel unto salvation;
The authority of Scripture;
The integrity of Army mission;
The legacy of our territory.
We are part of a team, so to speak. In Australia,
are used to cheering on Swans, Eels, Wallabies and
Wanderers. What might our team be? The Sydney
Servants? The Brisbane Brigade? The Canberra
I want to suggest Australia East United. What
a team name!
Beloved colleagues, please keep this going,
onward, forward, together ... united. Australia
Eastern is a vibrant witness to the rest of the
Army world.
Be assured of our prayers, cheers and intense
interest from the United States eastern seaboard.
“Go forth in peace, and be of good courage,
Hold fast to that which is good.
Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit
And the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Be with you and remain with you forever.”
Until we meet again,
Colonel Richard Munn,
Chief Secretary
(aka “our Pommie chief, Munnsie”.)
Beloved Australia Eastern Territory,
fter two swift years our Australian adventure
is coming to a close. On 1 July, we begin
new appointments in our home USA
Eastern Territory; Janet as Principal for the College
for Officer Training, and I will serve as Territorial
Secretary for Theology and Christian Ethics. Both
are beautiful appointments, for which we thank
God. In total, it will be exactly seven years since we
departed from “home”.
How we will miss Australia Eastern, forever
imprinted upon our hearts. Thank you for every
gracious expression of generosity and hospitality
during our days here.
What a season of learning this has been; Janet
in the environment of cadet training and higher
education and for me, great swathes of learning
from colleagues and senior leaders who oversee
every facet of a territory pulsing with energy and
life. This has often taken me to the “end of my
hoarded resources”, and then, of course, in the
words of the hymn writer, “the Fathers full giving
only began; as my labours increased, then He sent
more strength”.
Under Christ we can be proud of our innovative
and progressive territory. The Salvation Army’s
worldwide Thursday morning prayer meeting
originated here; One Army One Mission began
here, the 7 Mission Priorities began here and
Freedom Language began here. And now, Forward
Together, an unfolding, precedent-setting, longrange strategic plan with quite breathtaking
content and structure.
With our Oasis, Streetlevel, temples and
congress halls, Salvos Stores, Salvos Legal, Salvos
Housing, Salvos Women and Just Men, Aged Care
Plus, Employment Plus, flying padres, refugee
work, recovery work, traditional and contemporary
communities of faith, the Thought Matters
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feature | others week
others week | feature
Lieut-Colonel Simone
Robertson heads up
Salvos Caring.
THERS Week (14-21 June) is an initiative
(Territorial Salvos Caring Coordinator)
was excited as I watched the Forward
Together live stream where Commissioner
James Condon outlined The Salvation
Army’s new strategic mission for the
Australia Eastern Territory.
He highlighted four main focus areas –
Transforming Lives, Healthy Faith Communities,
Unified Mission Expressions and Courageous
Forward Together is all about us, as The
Salvation Army, helping others spiritually,
emotionally, intellectually and physically. We
want everyone to know and feel the love of God
in their lives.
However, the 21st-century Western world is
busy. Everyone seems to be time-poor – even
those who have retired from paid work say that
they are busier than ever. But what are we busy
doing and why are we so busy doing it?
Busyness doesn’t necessarily translate into
productiveness, fulfilment, satisfaction, helpfulness,
kindness, generosity and friendliness. And caring
for or loving others around us – our family, friends,
workmates, bus drivers, supermarket employees,
neighbours – is often overlooked.
So what are we busy doing? Is it focused on us
and our needs or is it targeted towards God and
other people? And why are we busy doing what we
are doing? Is it just to make our own life better by
paying the bills, increasing our comfort levels and
having fun or does it involve developing our love
for God and our heartfelt desire to help others?
Salvationists – or Salvos as we like to call ourselves
– are not immune from the busyness of this world.
Actually, I am sold out to busyness, but not as the
world defines it. I am totally committed to living
out Matthew 22:37-39: “Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord
your God with all your passion and prayer and
intelligence’.” This is the most important, the first
on any list. But there is a second to set alongside
it: “Love others as well as you love yourself” (The
Caring Salvos are busy loving God with every
fibre of their being. We want to spend time with
him, we want to communicate with him and we
want to learn from him. Jesus Christ shouts it to us
– be busy getting to know God the Father, Son and
Holy Spirit. Be busy with God – listening, learning,
asking and growing more like him.
And out of this God-focused busyness springs
the God-directed action to love others as we love
ourselves. If we are to effectively help and love
others we must allow God to build into us so that
we have a healthy, strong, humble respect and love
for ourselves.
Caring for others is God’s idea. He models it.
He does it. Jesus Christ died for us and he lives
with us now. God is always reaching out to build
us up and he desperately wants us to do all we can
for others.
Paul, in Galatians 6:3, urges us to “Stoop down
and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share
their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law ...”
(The Message). In Galatians 6:10, he says: “Right
now, therefore, every time we get the chance,
let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the
people closest to us in the community of faith”
(The Message).
A week of kindness
I know this is what God wants me to do,
however, in our busy society it is not easy. I am
continually looking for creative ways to get beyond
the world’s busyness so I can bring the love, peace
and joy of Jesus to others through practical caring.
In the Salvos Caring workbook Soul Companions,
Jonathan Browning writes: “Loving God and loving
our neighbour may very well be at the heart of
the Christian faith but loving our neighbour is
becoming increasingly difficult to live out. The fruit
of this difficulty is an increasingly alienated, divisive
and isolated society.
“Loneliness and anxiety are all too real and for
many of us any sense of a common and shared
humanity is nothing more than a lofty ideal. We
just don’t know each other, let alone live in a way
of being able to express and reveal the love of God
with one another. But in our heart of hearts we
know that loving God and loving our neighbour
as ourselves is indeed the hope of our world.
Imagine for a moment what our society might
look like if a wave of holy love was unleased upon
the world. Why, it may just be like the days of the
early Church where the observation from the
wider community was, ‘Look how they love one
Wow, what a world that would be – Salvo
volunteers, staff, adherents, soldiers and officers
focusing on our relationship with God that leads to
us reaching out to help and build up others. I can
see lives and communities transformed.
This is a busyness that makes a world of
difference to us and to others. 
of Salvos Caring, a ministry intentionally
focused on caring for others in a practical way. It
is an opportunity for people to make a deliberate
decision to carry out acts of kindness to friends,
neighbours, work colleagues or anyone they are in
contact with.
“OTHERS Week exists to inspire and celebrate
what’s already happening in The Salvation Army,"
says Lieutenant-Colonel Simone Robertson, Salvos
Caring Coordinator. "It’s the DNA of The Salvation
Army. It’s a chance to not be self-focused but to
use who we are to reach out to others.”
Acts of kindness include, and are not limited
to, buying someone a coffee, making a meal,
mowing a lawn and taking someone to a doctor’s
There will be a virtual launch across the
Australia Eastern Territory to start OTHERS Week.
Throughout the week, people will be encouraged
to participate in daily photo challenges. They can
also share their stories by posting photos and
captions of their acts of kindness on Salvos Caring
social media channels.
Post your photo and caption on Facebook
(facebook.com/salvoscaring), Instagram
(instagram.com/salvoscaring) or Twitter (twitter.
com/salvoscaring) and include the #ichooseothers
hashtag (for more hashtag options, see breakout
box). Or email your photo and caption to salvos.
[email protected] and the Salvos
Caring team will post your story on its social media
– Esther Pinn
Sunday, 14 July – #Belonging
Monday, 15, July – #Joy
Tuesday, 16 July – #Tasting
Wednesday, 17 July – #Feeling
Thursday, 18 July – #Seeing
Friday, 19 July – #Experiences
Saturday, 20 July – #Gratitude
Sunday, 21 July – #Friendship
New Testament references on the theme of
reaching out to others:
John 13:34-35, Romans 12:10, Romans 13:8, 2
Corinthians 13:11, Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 4:2, 1
Thessalonians 4:9, 2 Thessalonians 1:3, Hebrews
10:24, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 John 3:11, 1 John
3:23, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:11-12, 2 John 1:5.
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feature | others week
others week | feature
Communities of
n the lead-up to Others Week, Freddy Choo,
Manager – Retail and Marketing, Salvos
Stores, has encouraged store managers
throughout the territory to dress mannequins
in their display windows to represent the wide
spectrum of both donors and customers who are
part of Salvos Stores.
“Donors who have more can donate more, so
our customers have a larger range of products to
choose from to meet their needs,” said Mr Choo.
“To me, Salvos Stores is contributing to Others
Week with what we have in our hands. This is the
‘brick’ that we bring to rebuild the ruined wall of
Jerusalem. This is symbolic of working together
and the rebuilding the wall is a picture of reestablishing strength.
“We have individuals and families in our
communities whose walls have cracked and fallen
away. Others Week highlights their needs and
propels us into action. We always get involved
in Others Week because, as Jesus talks about in
Matthew 25, our lives are all about others.”
Captain Belinda Atherton-Northcott, Greater
West Divisional Mission Support Officer, and her
team are building the profile of Salvos Caring and
assisting people to see the broad range of caring
opportunities available to everyone as part of
overall mission.
As Others Week approaches, the team is
working on an “Acts of Kindness” campaign.
“As part of this, we are producing a ‘pass it on’
card for people to give to others when they do an
act of kindness for them,” says Captain AthertonNorthcott. “The card states that the person has
been blessed by a Salvos Caring act of kindness,
and also contains the local corps contact numbers
and Facebook page details.
“This makes it easier for people to do
something for others in the community and link
them back to the corps. We’re starting with simple
acts of kindness and hope to build from there. It’s
sowing a seed.”
The Auburn Corps in western Sydney has launched
an “Others” team that will operate throughout the
year, going into the community and serving people
in practical ways.
“We both strongly believe that in whichever
community we worship, we are called to reach out
into that community,” says Major Robbin Moulds,
Auburn Corps Officer.
“We began our team soon after the home of
a lady in the community burned down. We pulled
together a team to help and from that, created
the Others team,” says Major Moulds. “The whole
church is part of it. When there’s a need, everyone
receives an ‘others alert’ – an email outlining what
is needed, and then people respond.”
At Life Community Church in Brisbane, the focus is
on acts of kindness throughout the year.
“Our ‘Acts of Kindness’ initiative is just getting
off the ground, but people are really responding,”
says Captain Bronwyn Barkmeyer, Corps Officer.
“For example, someone identified a woman
who has a debilitating illness, young children and is
in need of help. We are sending around a team to
do some repairs on the house, clean up the garden
and build a sandpit for the kids.
“We have also had initial meetings with the local
high school chaplain and principal about having
some of our young guys from the corps assisting
with the school sporting teams. It looks as though
this will go ahead with the basketball team.
“We also did a morning tea at a local school
to thank the teachers for what they do in our
community and are planning to occasionally make
cupcakes and slices for local businesses.”
At Lismore Corps in North NSW, changes are
taking place. “For some years now our corps has
been focusing on being a safe place for everyone,
building a healthy community, and making
disciples through relationships,” says Captain
Jennifer Reeves, Lismore Corps Officer.
“The journey has been about finding ways to
make room for real relationships in our busy lives.
It’s not a tangible journey but it is leading to deeper
connections with people and long-lasting faith
Salvos Stores
journeys. It’s all about investing in others.”
manager Freddy
Fran, who attends the corps, is an example
Choo is getting
of giving to others. She seeks opportunities to
his staff behind
pray with people, invites family and friends to
the Others
events that will help them grow spiritually, and
encourages those who are down.
“People are giving themselves to others in lots
of simple and beautiful ways,” says Captain Reeves.
“It’s nothing organised but shows a culture of
change that is growing, capturing people’s hearts
one by one.”
“Others Week is like a normal week for us,” says
Peter Alward, Territorial General Manager, Property.
“In order for our team to support Salvation Army
‘frontline’ services, all of our team volunteer at
Sydney Streetlevel Mission once a month. Our
team is very supportive and wants to be involved.”
Rockdale Corps in Sydney’s east regularly
reaches out to people in the community, especially
those who are lonely, connected to the corps
through ministries, are facing particular hardships,
or just need a safe and caring place to go.
“Salvos Caring and focusing on others is an
integral part of what we do,” says Major Romona
Kinder, Rockdale Corps Officer. “It’s woven through
the corps.”
For Others Week and Salvos Caring resources,
go to toolkit.salvos.org.au/missionteam 
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feature | refugee week
refugee week | feature
friend – prominent in the trade
unions – stopped me in the street
a few months ago to tell me he had
become a Christian. He was raised in
a Salvation Army family, doing all the usual things
like junior band and junior soldiers, but lost interest
in his teens – now 40 years ago – and went in a
different direction.
His news was an answer to prayer. We had
talked often about Christian things during our
newspaper journalist and trade union leader
discussions over the years. He believed in God, but
that was about it. Now he had taken the crucial
step to Christ.
While I was delighted with his news, it was the
“how” he came to his decision that enthralled me.
My friend, Paul, has always had a big heart
for people suffering injustice. To his trade
union activist credentials, he had added legal
That brought him in contact with refugee
families in the past couple of years. He was
compelled to help refugees trapped in Africa
reunite with family in Australia.
It was through the refugees that he discovered
Christ. And herein lies a lesson for us all.
What impressed him the most about the
refugees he was able to bring to Australia was their
joy and their “overflowing gratitude” to God. How
could this be, he wondered. They had been to
hell and back. They were entitled, he thought, to
question God.
But they had no complaints about the horrors
faced in their homeland. They didn’t blame God for
any of it. They just thanked God – continually – for
his goodness to them.
Intrigued, he attended an African refugee
church to try to understand how they could be so
thankful in circumstances others would regard as
tribulation. It was in their church – a church full of
praise and thanksgiving – that he found Jesus. It
was through their joy that he saw his Lord.
That brings us to Edward Conteh (pictured left),
a refugee from Sierra Leone.
Edward was born in the northern village of Makeni,
200km from the capital, Freetown, in 1970. He
lived with his parents, six brothers and sisters and
six step-brothers and sisters. Life was pretty >>>
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feature | refugee week
refugee week | feature
God gives us the
strength in our
experiences. He has
brought us here
[Sydney] for his purpose
to spread the Good
News of his kindness.
good. They were a middle-class family, freely
able to attend school and university.
Early in his life, Edward’s family moved to
Freetown. At university, Edward studied printing
technology and social welfare. After study, he
worked in a bank to save money for a printing
The outbreak of civil war in 1991 interrupted
Edward’s plan. Over the next 10 years, up to
300,000 people would be massacred and 2.5
million forced to flee their homes for refugee
camps in neighbouring countries.
Edward was among those forced to escape
to stay alive.
In Freetown, his wife, Beola, was a known
activist. Her life was constantly in danger. By
association, Edward was also a target.
Beola was attacked and badly beaten. She
and Edward were told that for their own safety,
they needed to leave Freetown and find safe
refuge somewhere else. They were on a death
They travelled by boat under the cover of
darkness to a landing spot just over the border
in Guinea. From there, they walked for up to four
weeks to a United Nations refugee camp.
There were others from Sierra Leone on the
walk. “It was like the Hebrew exodus from Egypt,”
Edward says.
It was dangerous. Guinea soldiers were always
on the lookout in the hope of turning around the
refugees. They could be killed at any time.
Edward and Beola reached the UN camp,
living in a tent for the next 10 years. Thousands of
refugees shared the camp compound.
Looking to improve their life, Edward and Beola
tried to integrate into the Guinea population. They
attended a church outside the camp. Somebody
at the church told them that Beola’s aunt had
successfully settled in Australia.
They started a search for her. She was living in
Sydney. Through lengthy negotiation with the UN,
Australian Immigration and The Salvation Army's
Auburn Corps in western Sydney – especially
Salvos Legal head Luke Geary – Beola made
contact with her aunt.
In 2009, Edward and Beola arrived in Sydney,
met at the airport by then-Auburn Corps Officer
Captain Nesan Kistan and other corps members.
They attended an Auburn meeting to thank
everybody for their assistance – and to especially
thank God. In the same year, they became
Salvation Army soldiers.
They hadn’t even heard of The Salvation Army
until the Sydney link surfaced.
Edward is now concierge at an Auburn complex
that houses the local corps, the Greater West
Division headquarters and assorted Salvation Army
services. Beola works in aged care. She still suffers
from the injuries she received in the Freetown
But, like the refugees who turned around the
life of my friend Paul, Edward is grateful to God for
his deliverance.
Edward and I sat together at his busy
concierge’s desk for almost two hours chatting
about his journey since Freetown.
Our conversation was often interrupted as
Edward expertly dealt with enquiries from dozens
of people who called in for assistance.
There were also diversions as Edward broke
from our discussion thread to remind me that
this was more about God’s goodness than his
(Edward’s) eventful life.
Edward wanted me to understand that just like
Old Testament character Job, he did not blame
God for losing his livelihood and family, nor did he
(Edward) blame God for his travails.
“God is not a bad person. God gives us the
strength in our experiences,” Edward says. “He has
brought us here [Sydney] for his purpose to spread
the Good News of his kindness.”
He wanted me to understand that just as only
one leper of 10 Jesus healed returned to thank
him, he (Edward) associated with the one leper.
“We came on a journey [from Sierra Leone]. We
thank God with all our heart for delivering us to
this place [Australia].
“We celebrate with great joy and gratitude for
what God has done and is still doing for us.”
That is the attitude that led my friend Paul to
find his Lord. There is a lesson there for us all. 
Edward Conteh
and his wife
Beola have
found a spiritual
home at Auburn
Salvation Army.
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feature | refugee week
refugee week | feature
Jesus was a refugee
have never been a refugee. Most of us
haven’t. There are times when we’ve “had”
to leave home, but usually it is to further our
education, take a job, get married or because
our parents told us it was time.
Often many of us feel a restlessness and it feels
like we are on a constant quest for “home”.
But the facts remain that most of us have
never been driven from our home or from our
hometown, or from our homeland because of
warfare or famine.
Most of us have never been driven away
because of our ethnicity or our politics or our
religion; we have never been forced out or forced
underground because we were a threat to those in
Yet, millions of people are refugees. According
to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there were
at the end of 2012, 15.4 million refugees – people
who had fled their country because of war or
persecution. In addition, there were 28.8 million
internally displaced people uprooted from their
homes but still living in their own country.
In 2012, 23,000 people per day left their homes
due to violence or persecution. Pakistan hosts
the most refugees of any country at 1.6 million.
One out of four refugees worldwide is from
Afghanistan. About 46 per cent of refugees are
under 18 and 48 per cent are women and girls.
Jesus, the Son of God, was a refugee early in
his life. Just like refugees today, he and his family
were at risk because they were perceived to be
a threat to someone’s power. Herod, the Roman
Empire-supported ruler of the province of Judea,
was threatened by news that a “new king” had
been born (Matthew 2:13-23).
Jesus’ earthy father Joseph was warned in a
dream to take the baby Jesus and his mother Mary
to Egypt. They became refugees.
Perhaps the most important thing we can learn
from this story is that God is with those who are
Refugees today can be encouraged that Jesus
was a refugee. The people of God need to support
them, to stand with and for them; to pray for them
and help them in any way.
God is with them. We, as the people of God,
1. Contact your local council. Explore
opportunities to partner with refugee
awareness activities.
2. Identify refugee community groups
and invite a refugee community leader
to attend a Sunday service and share
their story.
3. Highlight the UN report concerning
refugees in your newsletter/internal
4. Preach on Jesus the Refugee.
5. Prayer night for the plight of refugees.
6. Support local refugee community
groups financially.
should be with them, too. Although I mentioned
earlier that many of us have never been refugees in
this world, we are in a spiritual sense.
Jesus said that if we are to follow him, then we
have to take up our cross. We have to be willing to
lose our life if we are going to find it. We are to live
in ways of love and grace that run counter to the
flow of the world.
If we live that way, we will find that we don’t
really feel “at home”. Others will feel threatened
and, likely, there will be persecution of some kind.
God’s people are wanderers in this world –
pilgrims who have a home that we take with us
wherever we go. Our home is with God because
God has chosen to make his home with us.
Captain Nesan Kistan
Multicultural Director
Australia Eastern Territory
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feature | going 4 gold
going 4 gold | feature
ABOVE: Going 4 Gold coordinator Jason Poutawa, with Major Robbin Moulds and Captain Karen Flemming.
ecuring the future of young Australians
away from the cycles of welfare
dependency and long-term unemployment
is the primary goal of a new Salvation Army
program, Going 4 Gold.
The program, launched last September and
running in partnership with The Salvation Army,
its Employment Plus service, and McDonald’s
Australia, aims to provide a safe, secure and
supported pathway to permanent employment
through coaching and support services.
Through the program, Employment Plus and
Salvos Youth Services recruit suitable candidates
aged between 17 and 23 and match them with a
McDonald’s restaurant to work 30 hours a week for
six months.
Salvation Army youth workers then connect
with the young people and provide regular
mentoring, employment coaching and support.
“This holistic and supported model that the
three partners have developed hopes to eventually
achieve ‘one person, one job, once a year’,” says
Jason Poutawa, the Salvos Youth Foundation
Territorial Coordinator who oversees Going 4 Gold.
“This translates to as many McDonald’s
restaurants as possible, each giving one person
a job every year and changing their lives through
meaningful employment and training.”
In 2012, McDonald’s Australia invited The Salvation
Army to a youth employment forum and asked
how they could make a difference. John Harris,
Salvos Youth Foundation Territorial Coordinator
at the time, worked with Employment Plus and
McDonald’s to develop the idea and concept for
Going 4 Gold.
The trial for this program started in March 2013,
with the first young person, Emily, beginning work
at McDonald’s in Lake Haven on the NSW Central
Coast. In October 2013, another eight people were
given jobs in Western Sydney and Wollongong,
with two additional placements in February 2014.
Between March and May 2014, 12 more places
were added, including two in Canberra and five in
“Emily is still working at Lake Haven McDonald’s
on the Central Coast and doing well,” says Jason.
Raylee McLeod, McDonald’s Licensee, Lake
Haven, is supportive of the program and the
impact it has had on Emily.
“Going 4 Gold is a great partnership for young
people unable to get work in other circumstances
to come and use a very structured and supportive
process to get some skill sets,” she says.
“I hope that Emily will stay with us and develop
her career. Her confidence in herself and ability
to handle her finances and start to build a life for
herself has changed dramatically.”
Angelo Salamakis, McDonald’s Licensee in Mt
Druitt, western Sydney, believes Going 4 Gold
has brought out the best in James, one of the
program’s early clients.
“James is outstanding now,” he says. “The crew
really love working with him and he’s become a
real team player in our establishment.
“I hope that James will stay with us but I know
through the program that we’ve provided with The
Salvation Army, that he will succeed in life.”
James is also grateful for the opportunity Going
4 Gold has given him.
“There have been a couple of challenges, but
the managers have been there to help me out
and I have more confidence knowing someone in
the workplace had my back and genuinely cared
about what was going on,” he says. “It’s a real
door-opener, a real opportunity, so I see big things
happening for me.”
Of the 22 candidates, 18 remain in employment
and 95 per cent of the candidates reached three
months of employment.
“We support them for the six months, and
then the young people and their managers at
McDonald’s take it from there,” explains Jason.
“Some of the young people may choose to leave,
others to stay on a part or full-time basis, and
some may be offered traineeships.”
In the Australia Eastern Territory, Jason and his
team are identifying 10 areas where young people
are most in need of employment. In partnership
with McDonald’s Australia, five employment
positions in those areas will then be offered –
twice a year.
The overall target group for the program
will continue to be youth from vulnerable
circumstances, including those who have
experienced homelessness and those who “fall
through the cracks” of government programs.
The clients must also: be an Employment Plus
client, have stable housing, demonstrate stability in
alcohol and other drug use and have no pending
legal matters before a court.
“What makes a great Going 4 Gold candidate is
their attitude and willingness to learn,” says Jason.
"Once a young person has been recruited
and attended Employment Plus information and
preparation sessions, they meet the restaurant
manager and are employed within seven days.
“For the next six months of their employment,
Salvation Army youth workers help young
people process and adjust to the change in their
lifestyle to encompass work and continue on the
employment pathway.”
Kerri-Ann Nattrass from Salvation Army
Youthlink, works with young people on the
program. “In our coaching sessions we work
through any issues the person might be going
through,” she says. “The different modules we
study also allows them to discuss any challenges.”
The store manager and the young person
also spend time together for feedback and
performance reviews. The final stage of the
program is evaluating the young person’s progress
and determining ongoing support.
“Our vision of a national perspective is bigger
than our resources, but through strategic planning,
guidance and vision, we are praying that we can
grow this program, and these opportunities, for the
young people we support.”
More information at goo.gl/nlWnI6
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feature | salvation brass
salvation brass | feature
ewly formed band Sydney Salvation
Brass made their mark with two debut
performances to coincide with the
100th anniversary of the Anzac landing
at Gallipoli.
Under the leadership of bandmaster Major Keith
Hampton, the band featured in Blacktown City
Corps’ Anzac Tribute Concert on 19 April, and then
took part in the Anzac Day march in Sydney’s city
centre on 25 April.
Major Hampton said it was an honour for the
band to begin this new ministry at a time when
Australians were recognising a landmark event in
its history.
“It was special for Sydney Salvation Brass and,
of course, very special for our returned diggers
and families whose loved ones gave the supreme
sacrifice for our freedom and generations to
come,” said Major Hampton.
About 200 people attended the tribute concert
to hear Blacktown City Corps band and timbrels
perform in conjunction with Sydney Salvation
Blacktown City band opened with On High,
Flow Gently, Sweet Afton, The Day of the Lord and
Let There be Praise.
Parramatta Salvationist Madeline Muir sang
The Prayer and Cadet Paul Farthing then shared
his testimony. The corps band finished with The
Dam Busters march, accompanied by a visual
presentation of Anzac servicemen and women.
Parramatta Corps chaplain Warren Freeman
"It was special for Sydney
Salvation Brass and, of
course, very special for our
returned Diggers and families
whose loved ones gave the
supreme sacrifice."
Neil Hide leads The Salvation Army
contingent through the streets of
Sydney on the Anzac Day march.
then gave Anzac Day reflections, followed by
performances of traditional Anzac pieces – The
Ode, The Last Post and Reveille.
Sydney Salvation Brass took the stage to
perform Emblem of the Army. During this
performance, Australia Eastern Territory Chief
Secretary, Colonel Richard Munn, dedicated the
Sydney Salvation Brass flag. The band continued its
musical segment with There Will be God, Pack Up
and I Vow to Thee my Country.
Sydney Salvation Brass deputy bandmaster
Norm Short played a flugelhorn solo in Share my
Yoke and then Madeline sang He’s Always Been
Faithful. They finished the night with Barrie Gott’s
arrangement of Power in the Blood.
At the Anzac Day march, Sydney Salvation Brass
were accompanied by the Blacktown City and
Sydney Congress Hall timbrel brigades. Territorial
Commander Commissioner James Condon and
Colonel Munn led The Salvation Army contingent.
BELOW: An Anzac image displayed
LEFT: Commissioner James Condon
was part of the march.
BELOW LEFT: Colonel Richard
Munn and bandmaster Major Keith
Hampton with the Sydney Salvation
Brass band.
on the wall of a building during the
dawn service in Sydney.
boundless | feature
Key congress role for piano man
ABOVE: Boundless will be a special occasion for Majors Earle and Chris Ivers,
with Earle invited to play the piano at some congress events.
nergetic North NSW Divisional
Commander, Major Earle Ivers, has been
invited to play piano at some of the
morning prayer meetings, including on
Founder’s Day, at the international gathering to
celebrate 150 years of The Salvation Army.
“It will be a privilege, especially to play for the
prayer meeting on Founder’s Day,” he told Pipeline.
Major Ivers will also be involved in a reunion of
overseas officers who attended the International
College for Officers in London in 2012.
He will attend the congress with wife Chris,
parents Trevor and Lyn Ivers (Capricorn Region
Corps) and sister and brother-in-law Captains
Sharilyn and Jeffrey Bush (Rural Chaplains, Dubbo).
“Having attended the last international congress
in Atlanta [United States], I have fond memories
of the experience,” he says. “The blessing and
encouragement of that time motivates my
attendance at another international congress.
“The fact that this congress is in London, where
it all began for The Salvation Army 150 years ago,
is another good reason to attend. History can be
motivational in itself. It is good to see where we
have come from.
“These are milestone moments and it is good
to share in them.”
Major Ivers said visiting other countries
on short-term mission trips had given him an
appreciation of the international Army. That
experience, he expected, would be expanded by
attending Boundless.
“The congress will be the greatest expression of
the internationalism of the Army,” he says. “There
will be a great diversity of expression and, yet, a
great unity, as well. That will be something unique.
“At Atlanta, it was humbling to sit with officers
from all around the world, to hear of their lives
and ministry, knowing that we share the same
covenant. It will be wonderful to meet with many
of these officers again.”
The most significant aspect of Boundless,
however, will be its spiritual impact, he says.
“I am expecting, above all else, a blessing from
the Holy Spirit. This is an important gathering for
The Salvation Army. But, at the core of all things, it
is not about us. It is about God.
“My prayer is that God will be glorified and
that his people will be renewed as a result of the
“We can celebrate 150 years and have a great
time together. But if we are not found literally
on our knees thanking God for our heritage and
seeking his will for our future, then we will have
lost something somewhere.”
Majors Earle and Chris will also spend some
time touring Britain, especially Scotland – the
home of her family. 
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reflection | religion and politics
religion and politics | reflection
The common good
hy are we so ready to criticise
and complain about governments
and their leaders? Broken
promises? Vote buying? Waste?
Incompetence? Cronyism? Corruption? Abuse of
power? There are lots of reasons for dissent, even
Fussing and fuming about governments may
be fashionable but, like it or not, governments are
indispensable for creating societies that provide
opportunities for equity and fairness. And unless
political decision-makers are guided by social
justice consciences, developing a more just society
is impossible.
Consider the importance of the work of our
governments. Our “social contract” includes:
Provision: education, health care,
Protection: police and courts, fire, safety
standards, social security;
Policy: immigration, employment, taxation,
economic development.
Every society has some kind of governance
structure. Leadership may be vested in dictators,
monarchs, theocrats, democratically elected
representatives or Marxist ideologues. Some lean
to the right and others to the left. The pendulum
can swing between too much government and
too little. But wherever there is a country or a
collective social structure, political leaders
wield power.
So what are our choices? More criticism?
Giving up? Or is it possible to envision
governments and their power as allies in achieving
God’s vision for creation? Can The Salvation Army
find points of connection and use its organisational
collateral to influence government leaders to
adopt policies that lead to the common good?
Can The Salvation Army find points of
connection and use its organisational
collateral to influence government
leaders to adopt policies that lead to
the common good?
in the media and distributed to decision-makers.
In a number of instances, issues raised in the
report have resulted in effective government
action. The changed policies have resulted in
improvements for the poorest and most vulnerable
across the nation.
Salvation Army leaders in New Zealand have acted
on the challenge. They have a track record of
advocating with their government to achieve a
shared vision.
Over his 30 years of ministry, Major Campbell
Roberts dreamed of finding effective ways to share
the gospel while shaping the direction of social
and economic policies impacting the lives of New
Zealand’s most vulnerable people.
In 2003, the dream became reality with his
appointment to establish a unit to engage public
policy. Over the past 10 years, the Social Policy
and Parliamentary Unit housed in New Zealand’s
most-deprived neighbourhood has worked with
influential leaders and organisations to change the
social and economic agenda of the nation.
A key publication of the unit is the annual
Salvation Army State of the Nation. The report
examines crucial areas of public policy: the state
of New Zealand’s children, the fairness of work
and incomes policies, the adequate provision of
housing, improving criminal justice policies and
national progress in reducing social hazards.
State of the Nation has become a cornerstone
document in New Zealand. Influential with political
leaders and parties, the analysis is widely reported
The New Zealand experience shows us there can
be alignment between the vision of a Christian
church and social service agency and the
responsibility of the state.
The resolve here is not to be naive. There are
times to oppose a government’s policies and
practices. However, there are also times when
the well-being of a society and its citizens can
be best served when the affairs of the state and
the affairs of faith intersect. Everyone benefits
when they augment each other for the sake of the
common good.
There is more collaboration to pursue. Consider
the massive realm of climate change and concern
for the environment. God’s first creation command
was to be stewards of the environment. The moral
responsibility of government includes passing on
a sustainable world to future generations. Here’s
a case where religious questions can lead to
political answers and political questions can lead to
religious answers. Across the globe, we have work
to do together that is still unfinished.
This article appears courtesy of Salvationist
magazine (Canada and Bermuda Territory).
Dr James Read and Dr
Don Posterski work for the
International Social Justice
Commission, The Salvation
Army’s voice to advocate for
human dignity and social justice
with the world’s poor and
oppressed. Visit salvationarmy.
org/isjc for more information.
Their new book, When Justice
is the Measure, is available from
The Trade (thetrade.salvos.org.
au) for $17.50. For the e-book,
visit amazon.ca.
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ntervention in times of
crisis has always been
part of The Salvation
Army’s ethos. The Army’s
founder, William Booth, was
firmly convinced that one of
the best ways of preventing
people sliding into despair and
hopelessness was to establish
programs to help them before
they reached that stage.
In his book, In Darkest
England And The Way
Out, Booth dealt with the
hopelessness of women caught
up in prostitution. He wrote:
“The state of hopelessness and
despair in which these girls live
continually, makes them reckless
of consequences, and large
numbers commit suicide who
are never heard of.”
In 1982, as The Salvation
Army celebrated a centenary
of ministry in Sydney, a small
committee from the Army’s
Sydney Congress Hall suggested
setting up a program that would
be ongoing. The next year,
following a suggestion from
corps member Alan Staines, a
24-hour Salvation Army crisis
phone service was established.
Alan would oversee it, supported
by volunteers from Congress
Hall and Dee Why Corps.
By late 1984, high demand
on the service saw the Sydney
East and Illawarra Division come
on board to fund and support it.
Following representation
from Alan, the NSW Government
offered a three-storey complex,
formerly the Crown Street
Women’s Hospital, in Surry Hills,
as a base for the service. In July
1986, it became the new home
for Salvo Care Line.
The service was also introduced
in Brisbane in 1989, closely
followed by the Queensland’s
Sunshine Coast where it was
sponsored by The Salvation
Army’s Nambour Corps.
In response to the alarming
statistics of youth suicide and
homelessness, government
funding was secured and Salvo
Youth Line, a national telephone
service, was opened in January
1989 by then-Prime Minister Bob
In November 1997, Yvonne
Dewar was appointed as
manager and brought with her
a high degree of dedication
and training as a counsellor.
Following her address to a major
Sydney Rotary club, a sum of
$1.5 million was promised by
the club, with a further $60,000
being donated for a training
hall by the Proud Foundation.
In March 2006, the Army’s
Australia Eastern Territorial
Commander, Commissioner Les
Strong, officially opened the new
complex in the inner Sydney
suburb of Five Dock, debt-free.
The service has been well
supported by Christian media
outlets such as radio station
103.2. During the 32 years Salvo
Care Line has been operational,
it has only been off-line for one
hour – while the service was
moved from Surry Hills to Five
Since Salvo Care Line
commenced its operations
a number of other phone
counselling services have
entered the field and offer online
counselling services as well,
adding a new dimension to this
emergency help area.
As the result of an in-depth
and ongoing review of all
programs, The Salvation Army
has come to the conclusion
that while Salvo Care Line has
met a crucial need and served
the community well, it is time
to close this service and turn
attention to other areas of
human need.
The closure of programs
has often been part of Salvation
Army philosophy.
In Victorian times, many
working in match-making
suffered from the fumes of
dangerous chemicals. To address
the problem, The Salvation Army
established a clean, airy factory
that produced safety matches
made from safe materials.
As a result, conditions in the
whole industry were improved
and the use of dangerous
chemicals to make matches was
made illegal.
Having proved a point, the
Army closed the factory. 
TOP: Alan Staines in 1989 with Prime Minister
Bob Hawke (centre) and radio personality John
Laws (left), who both provided influential
support for Salvo Youth Line.
ABOVE: Salvo Care Line’s Ron Pankhurst
conducts a training seminar for counsellors.
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Far From The Madding Crowd
t’s not hard to knock down a big
evil building that’s telling everyone
the world’s going to end,” George
Clooney tells his audience. “The
hard part is trying to work out what to build
in its place.” When all the plot devices and
special effects fade that, in a nutshell, is the
question that drives Disney’s new children’s
film, Tomorrowland. What should become
the guiding light for the world’s future?
Clooney stars as Frank Walker, a man
who as a child followed a hidden path
to another dimension and a secret city.
Tomorrowland is the metropolis where all
of the world’s geniuses have been escaping
to for more than a century to build a better
future for humanity. But a dark cloud threatens to obscure
their dream. Enter Casey Newton, the daughter of a soonto-be-unemployed NASA engineer.
Casey lives in a world that seems increasingly given
over to pessimism. When she catches a glimpse of
Tomorrowland, she will do anything to realise its bright
promise for herself – including interrupting Frank’s forced
retirement. But they soon discover that the world will
literally be destroyed by its pessimism in just a few short
days. If there is any hope of defeating the forces of fatalism,
it will have to arise from the “can do” attitude Casey offers
a bleak world. Her worldview is neatly summarised by a
favourite family fable she repeats back to her father:
Casey: “There are two wolves and they are always
fighting. One is darkness and despair and the other is hope
and light. Which one wins?”
Dad: “The one you feed the most.”
It’s a beautiful summary of our ability to become the
engineers of our own defeat or triumph – but it’s also
not the first time I’ve heard it. My earliest
recollection of this parable was from the
pages of a biography of Hudson Taylor,
the founder of the Inland Mission to China.
He recalls an encounter with an ageing
Christian convert who used it to describe the
battle going on in his heart between sin and
holiness. In that case the “white dog” was
his redeemed spirit struggling with a sinful
nature. However, in Tomorrowland that
noble role has been taken over by Disney’s
human potential. As the story progresses
it also becomes clear the “black dog” is
now anyone who predicts a grim future
for humanity, particularly those that end in
apocalyptic destruction. It’s a switch that
places every Christian prophet in a villainous position.
On the surface, Tomorrowland is an enjoyable romp
that encourages children to not be swamped by the dire
predictions that darken the news. However, its optimism
for the future is based on humanity’s ability to rise above its
problems. Yet 5000 years of written history is still to provide
a single example of a civilisation that has risen above the
problems of the human heart.
Christian hope, by contrast, is tied to something greater
than our determination. We have the word of the Creator
himself, who promises that he will not only renew us from
within, but rescue us from the destruction we’re bringing
down on ourselves: “We have this hope as an anchor for the
soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind
the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our
behalf,” (Hebrews 6:19-20).
And behind that curtain lies an eternal city more
beautiful and fulfilling than any of Disney’s digital artists
might conceive.
ritten in a culture that had not
yet forgotten God, English
period dramas have so much
to say to a generation of
men and women today who are generally
attracted to love stories for all of the wrong
reasons. Far From The Madding Crowd is no
Carey Mulligan stars as Thomas Hardy’s
heroine, Bathsheba Everdene, a proud
beauty with a strong independent streak
labouring in the rural Wessex of 19th century
England. There she meets the stolid and
dependable small-hold farmer Gabriel
Oak who, smitten, proposes in the most
direct and unromantic manner imaginable.
However, Bathsheba lives up to her aunt’s description of
being, “far too wild” for matrimony: “I don’t want a husband.
I’d hate to be some man’s property ... [and] I do not feel
what would justify me in accepting your offer.”
But this is, of course, only the first 15 minutes of what
is a very fast-moving film. A sad disaster and a surprise
inheritance ensue, leading to a reversal of fortunes that sees
Bathsheba rise to the level of an estate owner and Gabriel
sink to the rank of a shepherd in her employ.
What follows is a tale of blighted lives and broken halves
as Gabriel, the gentleman farmer William Boldwood, the
dashing Sergeant Francis Troy and, above all, Bathsheba
seek to discover what place love will occupy in their
respective worlds.
Bathsheba is a character who might appeal strongly to
the “power woman” of the present century – the mistress of
her own estate, a confident negotiator with men twice her
age, the centre of universal admiration, and the one who
makes all the decisions in regards to relationships. However,
that would be to miss Hardy’s inherent
criticism of a woman who fails to consider
her real needs or her effect on others:
Bathsheba: “I shouldn’t mind being a
bride at a wedding, if I could be one without
having a husband. But since a woman can’t
show off in that way by herself, I shan’t
marry – at least yet.”
Gabriel: “Upon my heart and soul, I
don’t know what a maid can say stupider
than that.”
Of course, this sort of judgment wins
Gabriel no points with Bathsheba, but it
proves true nonetheless. The heroine comes
to realise that a wedding is more than a
social occasion and a husband more than a
support to her vanity. In fact, the right sort of man will not
hinder her but complete her. Yet, also like many women
today, she only comes to understand what the right sort
of man might be like by first directing her attentions to the
wrong kind.
However, true to his name, Gabriel provides Bathsheba
with a clear message regarding God’s true plan for men and
women. He never shirks from telling Bathsheba the truth,
however painful or injurious it may be to his own cause, but
he girds this frankness with the promise: “I’ll always be there
for you.”
If he gainsays her decisions it is only for her good. And
though he leads her forward by word and example, he
doesn’t seek to dominate her as some of the men in her life
have. Rather, when Bathsheba finally surrenders her will to
him, he leads in a way that points her to a standard higher
than her own comfort or wishes:
Bathsheba: “Tell me what to do, Gabriel.”
Gabriel: “Do what is right.”
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Keeping the Army spirit alive
ABOVE: Presenters Linbert Spencer and Captain Kerry Coke share a lighter moment during the filming of the One
Army video, as Major Janet Robson, Commissioner Margaret Sutherland and Commissioner Robert Street watch.
s a boy growing up in a small village
north of London, Robert Street knelt
at the mercy seat of his local Salvation
Army corps. The building had previously
been a cow shed. Many members of that Stotfold
Corps often recalled hearing William Booth,
founder of The Salvation Army, preach in London’s
East End.
“Those who spoke of the founder did so with a
passion for ‘others’ and left me in no doubt that the
Army’s main mission was to the unsaved,” he says.
“Some soldiers had attended his funeral in London
in August 1912, when the traffic had come to a halt,
with tens and tens of thousands of people wanting
to be part of the occasion – a massive expression
of faith and thanksgiving.”
The stories and enthusiasm resonated with the
young Robert Street. “I think I caught something of
the Army spirit without knowing it,” he says.
That spirit has never left him.
“The verse ‘to whom much is given, from him
much will be required’ (Luke 12:48) laid on my
heart,” he says. “I felt if I didn’t respond to what
was a definite call to officership, who else could
I expect to respond? I felt in debt to God, and
wanted to serve him out of love.”
After serving as a Salvation Army officer for 44
years, Commissioner Robert Street retired from
active service in 2013. A prolific author, he penned
Called to Be God’s People, based on 12 calls to The
Salvation Army that emerged from the International
Spiritual Life Commission in the late 1990s, which
he chaired.
“In effect, it’s based on helping us understand
our spiritual life,” Commissioner Street says. “If I
have any gift it’s that I’m able to express things
clearly and in uncomplicated ways.”
He put this gift to use with the release of One
Army, an international teaching guide detailing the
nature and purpose of The Salvation Army.
“This resource is designed to unite Salvationists
worldwide and help them and others understand
its mission and message in clear global terms,” says
Commissioner Street, who has personally seen the
Army at work in 50 countries. “It covers what the
Army is called to be, what it should be and how it
expresses itself as part of the universal church.”
The guide contains 13 booklets, beginning
with an introduction, “One Life,” about one Army
serving one God in one life. The next 12 booklets
relate to one Army and a specific subject, from “In
Calling” to “In Christ” or “In Covenant,” and each
has a corresponding video for reinforcement.
Captain Nick Coke, of the United Kingdom with
the Republic of Ireland Territory, developed a youth
component for each section, and Commissioner
Margaret Sutherland wrote the leader’s manual.
“Young people are not only the future of
The Salvation Army but they are a very real and
important part of the movement now,” Captain
Coke says. “If we can equip a generation of young
people to live by the values of God’s kingdom and
do that through local Salvation Army corps in 126
countries worldwide, what a wonderful, worldchanging event that could be.”
General Linda Bond, former world leader of The
Salvation Army, first asked Commissioner Street to
look at providing a teaching resource for the Army
world. A taskforce developed the idea, and Street
built a team of contributors. The resource is being
translated into 20 languages, and people in various
areas have reviewed each booklet for international
“We want to ensure Salvationists throughout
the world have the same opportunity to learn what
we declare, and at the same time help people learn
what isn’t part of the Army,” Commissioner Street
says. “It can be used in Sunday worship as the basis
of the meeting, or in midweek home discussion
groups, in soldiers classes or for adherents or
anyone inquiring about the Army.”
According to Major Svetlana Sharova, the Elista
Corps – in Kalmykia Republic, Russia, a largely
Buddhist region isolated from other corps – is
using the One Army teaching resources.
“The first booklet, “One Life”, was presented to
a group of young adults at a seminar last year, and
then the themes of the book were used in home
groups studies,” Major Sharova says. “The leader of
one home group was very pleased with the results
and the home group members were inspired by
the teaching.”
Commissioner Street hopes the corresponding
website salvationarmy.org/onearmy will promote
interaction, “to truly become international and truly
one Army”.
This article appears courtesy of New Frontier
Publications (USA Western Territory)
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A Girl With a Mind of Her Own –
The story of Gisele Gowans
ommissioner Gisele Gowans is
a familiar face to thousands of
Salvationists worldwide who know her
as one half of The Salvation Army’s
global leadership team between 1999
and 2002. Few, however, know very
much about this quiet woman who
stood by John Gowans’ side for so
many years.
Following a series of interviews
with the commissioner, Cathy Le
Feurve has pieced together Gisele’s
fascinating story.
Written in a light yet thoughtful
style, A Girl With a Mind of Her Own
also contains a foreword by General
John Larsson and many previously
unseen photographs from Gisele’s
personal collection.
A Girl With a Mind of Her Own is
available from The Trade (thetrade.
salvos.org.au) for $19.95.
Christian Warfare in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe
hristian Warfare in
Rhodesia-Zimbabwe, by
Norman Murdoch, examines the
history of The Salvation Army
in Rhodesia-Zimbabwe and its
relationships with the state and
the rest of the church.
In particular, it examines
parallels between events of the
first Chimurenga, a rising against
European occupation in 189697, and the second Chimurenga
in the 1970s, the civil war that
led to majority rule.
At the time of the first rising,
The Salvation Army was barely
established in the country;
by the second, it was part of
the establishment. The book
explores the enmeshment
of this Christian mission in
the institutions of white rule
and the painful process of
disentanglement necessary by
the late 20th century. Stories
of martyrdom and colonial
mythology are set in the
carefully researched context
of ecumenical relations and
The Salvation Army’s largely
unknown and seldom accessible
internal politics.
“This is a fascinating, wellresearched history,” says
Commissioner Stuart Mungate,
a retired Salvation Army leader
from Zimbabwe.
“Telling the truth about the
past can still be a hard thing
to do, but Norman Murdoch
has made an excellent attempt
to lay out the truth about
the relationships between
missionaries, the settler regime,
and the Shona and Ndebele
peoples. I recommend this
candid and helpful book.”
Christian Warfare in
Rhodesia-Zimbabwe is available
from wipfandstock.com
This month, we are asking everyone to head over to mySalvos to sign the
#UpForSchool petition. The Salvation Army has pledged its support to one of the
biggest petitions in history, demanding that world leaders take immediate action to
give every child an opportunity for a school education. Head to my.salvos.org.au/
upforschool to make your voice heard and stand up for children across the globe.
The Salvos Striders will be gathering on the Gold Coast early next month for
the Gold Coast Marathon. The Striders will be joined by six young people from
Papua New Guinea who are running the marathon as part of the “Hope and a
Future” project. The program helps young adults from PNG to develop along four
key pillars – faith, fitness, education and leadership. In addition to participating
in the marathon the Hope and a Future team will also attend Salvation Army
conferences and receive training from key leaders. To learn more about how
you can support them, go to my.salvos.org.au/hope-and-a-future
mySalvos is also a great place to read incredible transformation stories,
including that of Phil Gilbey who has been able to find freedom while living
at the Montrose Aged Care Plus Centre in Balmain. Having spent much of
his life struggling with addictions, Phil says the 12 years he has spent living at
Montrose are the best of his life. You can read about his incredible journey
at my.salvos.org.au/news/2015/05/14/the-magic-of-montrose
To get Salvation Army updates in your social media feed, “like”
mySalvos on Facebook and follow @mySalvos on Twitter.
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Our people marked by
prayer and holiness.
Our people in every
place sharing Jesus.
Corps healthy
and multiplying.
Our people equipped and
empowered to serve the world.
Our people passionate about
bringing children to Jesus.
Youth trained and sent out to
frontline mission.
Significant increase of new
soldiers and officers.
One Army, One Mission, One Message
Character Calling Capacity
The Salvation Army is committed to providing a safe place for all children and the vulnerable in our
care. Let me state in the strongest terms our no tolerance approach to any form of child abuse or,
indeed, the abuse of the vulnerable.
I also want to reaffirm our commitment to persons who suffered sexual abuse in a Salvation Army
corps or children’s home. If you were abused, please tell us. You will be received with compassion and
a careful restorative process will be followed.
If you feel you need to make a complaint, please contact us at our Professional Standards Office.
Phone: 02 92669781
Email:[email protected]
The Salvation Army
PO Box A435
Sydney South 1235
Commissioner James Condon
Territorial Commander
The Salvation Army
Australia Eastern Territory
his month, the Inala
Salvation Army is celebrating
the first anniversary of “Breakfast
Connections”, a community event that
has replaced traditional Sunday morning
Bible study life groups on Thursday
nights now act as the corps’ main form of
teaching and worship.
The corps hosts a community breakfast
each Sunday morning, with many people
staying on afterwards to continue their
conversations. One Sunday a month,
Captain Lincoln Stevens, Inala Corps
Officer, leads a celebration segment during
the breakfast where everyone celebrates the
positive changes and steps forward made
by different community members. Captain
Stevens also shows video clips and gives
a short, relevant and appropriate message
based on the clip.
“Since starting our new way of doing
church through Breakfast Connections, we
have seen a steady increase in the number
of people from our community attending,”
said Captain Stevens.
“We went from 20 regular Salvationists
up to between 50-70 unchurched people
each Sunday morning for breakfast, and
now we are averaging 100-plus people every
“This is what we wanted to do – sit
among non-Christian people from the
community, do life with them, and link
them to God through the corps.
“God gave us this vision for church,
taking us back to the early days of The
Salvation Army, and to Acts chapter two,
and he has supplied all our needs for this
Local shops and businesses donate
much of the food and equipment needed
for the breakfast, or sell items to the
corps for greatly reduced prices. The corps
also receives regular donations from the
“The purchase of some food items
was still a concern for the corps in terms
of long-term cost, but we trusted God
with that,” said Captain Stevens. “A local
businessman has found out what we are
doing for our community and is very
passionate about it. He now covers all the
costs associated with the breakfast and
wants to do more for us, so we are working
on some ideas at present which is very
People from both the corps and
community are volunteering their time
to help.
Inala breakfast on a roll
Inala Salvation
Army’s Breakfast
Connections has
continued to grow
throughout the
first 12 months,
with volunteers
and members of
the community
supporting the
“Parents are also bringing their children to
help out and experience serving others,” said
Captain Stevens. “We have seen this touch
several peoples’ lives.”
has not had a drink in months. He is now
very involved with the corps and recently
came to me, said he wanted to follow Jesus,
and I led him through the Salvation prayer.
“One young man, a refugee, came to
us as a TAFE student for his community
service work experience. He now comes
In the past year, the Stevens’ and others
to the breakfast each Sunday, dressed in
from the corps have developed some good
relationships with people from the community superheroes costumes, and does balloon
sculpture and face painting for the kids.
and have seen lives change.
“We’ve had people ask us why we care and We also had a family from the breakfast
march with us on Anzac Day.”
why we do this,” Captain Stevens said. “We
Inala Corps will soon be starting
also had one man tell us he loved coming to
Mainly Music, with many mothers from
the breakfast because ‘You Salvos want to sit
the breakfast already expressing an interest
down and talk with us’.”
The breakfast also provides an opportunity to be involved.
“We are really looking forward to
for the corps to connect the community to
other activities and events and link them with making even more connections through
this and ultimately seeing more come
the corps.
along to Thursday nights,” Captain Stevens
“So far we have had three people start
coming to Home League and seven to life
“Recently we had our biggest breakfast
group/church of a Thursday night, and one
attendance – 127. God is good! We just
guy has just accepted Jesus as his Lord and
had to be obedient. To God be the glory.”
Saviour,” Captain Stevens said.
- Simone Worthing
“Another guy had a drinking problem but
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Salvos use expo to beef up rural support
Men’s Connect group launched in Caboolture
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eef Australia 2015, Australia’s
national beef exposition, has provided
a platform for The Salvation Army to raise
awareness of its rural services and accept
donations for the national Salvos Rural
A trade fair, conference, seminars,
tour and cooking demonstrations were
part of the triennial exposition, held in
Rockhampton from 4-9 May.
The Salvation Army ran a stand at
the exposition, featuring information on
services including rural chaplaincy and the
Outback Flying Service. Two Salvation
Army-produced DVDs were also available
– Braver, Stronger, Wiser, which focuses on
helping rural people in particular recognise
and work through depression, and Still
Standing, which shows how people affected
by crisis or disaster are assisted.
The Army’s flying padre, Lieutenant
Simon Steele, Lieutenants John and Karen
Jackson, rural chaplains and Longreach
Corps Officers, and Majors Cheralynne
and Kelvin Pethybridge, the Army’s
Central and North Queensland divisional
leaders, were among those serving on the
stand throughout the week.
“Everyone and everything related to
the beef industry is at the exposition so
it’s a great opportunity for us to let people
know that we are here to help,” said Jan
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ABOVE: Flying padre Lieutenant Simon Steele at the Salvation Army stand at Beef
Australia 2015, held in Rockhampton.
Maxwell, regional fundraising co-ordinator
for the Central and North Queensland
Division. “So many people are in real trouble
with the drought; they are losing properties
and there’s an increasing suicide rate, so we
want them to know how we can assist.”
Lieut John Jackson said the focus of
the stand was to let people know that “all
manner” of support is available to people
through The Salvation Army, especially
practical assistance.
“We’re trying to let people on the land
know that they are not out there on their
own,” he said. “We are here for them and
relevant, meaningful support is available.”
– Simone Worthing
Safe from the Start a finalist in industry awards
he Salvation Army Safe from the Start project has
been chosen as a finalist in the Organisation category for the
2015 HESTA Community Sector Awards.
Safe from the Start is an early-intervention, evidence-based
project that aims to raise awareness of the effects on children aged
from birth to five years who witness family violence and abuse. The
program also offers resources and training to those working with
children and their families to assist with healing and recovery for
The project originated in Tasmania, Australia Southern Territory.
It has grown into a national project across both territories with more
than 1000 workers having attended Safe from the Start training.
More than 750 resource kits have been also distributed throughout
Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and the United
The HESTA Community Sector Awards are presented by
HESTA – an industry super fund for health and community services
– and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS).
The awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy
and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to
the services of this sector. They are also intended to raise community
awareness of the need for all members of our community to
share the responsibility of working towards a more inclusive,
compassionate and effective society.
The award recognises an organisation which has made an
outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia, through the
development and/or provision of a high quality and innovative
program, project or specific service.
“This award recognises and confirms The Salvation Army’s
strong position of ensuring that children are safe and precious
and the great support the project has received from local corps
and Doorways centres in both [Australia] territories,” said Nell
Kuilenburg, Development Manager, Tasmania Division, whose
passion for social justice, background in domestic violence, and
experience working with children in women’s refuges, formed the
catalyst for the project.
The awards dinner will be held on 25 June at the Sydney
Town Hall.
For more information on Safe from the Start, go to
en’s Connect, a group that provides a friendly game
of pinball, darts or pool, computers, a place to relax and
people to chat with is now available for men in the Caboolture area.
Men’s Connect meets every Wednesday morning from 9am to
12.30pm in the new ministry centre (former Caboolture Citadel)
and is open to men of all ages and backgrounds.
“We have a men’s group that meets in the evenings but, after
doing some research and holding discussions with other community
organisations, it became clear that there wasn’t a lot available for
men in the community on Wednesdays,” said Major Bruce Ellicott,
Caboolture Corps Officer.
“We had done some minor alterations and freshening up in the
ministry centre and it was too good a space not to use fully. Local
men now have a place to go during the week to meet with others,
use the facilities, have a chat and enjoy a good cup of coffee.
“The ministry centre is now being used every day of the week.”
An anonymous donor provided two pinball machines for the
centre, a lady in the corps donated money for the pool table, and the
darts boards and other supplies have also been donated.
Men from both the corps and community have been attending
the group. “We’ve had a few new people each week so far, which is
pretty exciting,” said Major Ellicott.
“They are finding plenty of common ground with each other,
settling in well and getting used to us.
“Of course, our long-term goal is to connect them with the corps
and lead them to Christ, but we are now just building relationships
ABOVE: Corps member Danny Matthews and Major Bruce Ellicott
at the Men’s Connect group. Photo courtesy Caboolture News.
and giving them a place to go.
“The group is also open to our volunteers and community service
workers who have dropped in for a coffee and chat as well.”
Caboolture Corps member, Danny Matthews, sees the Men’s
Connect as a place where men can relax and have something to do.
“It’s really needed in this area and something we’ve been talking
about for a while,” he said. “The idea is to provide a place where men
can try something new, meet others, or just take time out.”
– Simone Worthing
Salvos bring relief to storm-hit Hunter region
he Salvation Army’s Emergency Services have been on
the ground assisting those affected by the destructive storms in
NSW last month. The Hunter region was hit the hardest with many
homes damaged or lost due to the storms.
When Pipeline went to print, about 500 Salvation Army
volunteers had prepared more than 6000 meals for NSW SES and
Fire Rescue NSW personnel and in five Salvation Army evacuation
centres in Dungog, Raymond Terrace, Green Hills, Nelson’s Bay,
Medowie and Cessnock.
“I would like to thank all our Salvation Army Emergency
Services volunteers for their dedication, time and expertise. They
have been a blessing not just to the Army but to the communities
they have helped,” said Hans Schryver, Newcastle and Central NSW
Salvation Army Emergency Services Divisional Coordinator.
Since the storms hit, recovery centres in Raymond Terrace,
Cessnock, Dungong and Wyong have been established to assist
those affected. Hampers and vouchers have been distributed to help
those in need and 21 pallets of food were delivered to the cut-off
community of Gillieston Heights in the Hunter region. An extra 40
pallets of food have also been donated by corporate donors through
Thanks to the generosity of Australians, $325,000 was raised
through The Daily Telegraph NSW Storm Appeal and given to the
Army to assist with their recovery services.
“To the corporate sponsors, we thank you for the donations that
you have provided,” Mr Schryver said.
The Salvation Army has also launched an appeal to support
those affected by the floods. To donate to the appeal, call 13
SALVOS or online at salvos.org,au/nswstorm
ABOVE: Hampers are distributed to members of the community
whose properties were affected by the severe storms which hit the
Hunter Region last month.
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he Salvation Army’s School For
Leadership Conference and Training
Centre at Stanmore, in Sydney’s inner-west,
was officially renamed at a special launch on
7 May.
Now known as Stanmore House,
this facility has been re-purposed to offer
conferences, retreats and training events at
an affordable rate. Prior to the name change,
the centre’s main focus was facilitating
training courses.
“Tonight is a celebration ... I’d like to
celebrate the work that has gone on here for
many, many years,” said Stanmore House
Director, Major Raewyn Grigg.
The Salvation Army has owned and
occupied Stanmore House since 1900. The
certificate of title was issued to Herbert
Henry Booth, son of the Army’s founder,
General William Booth and the property
was valued at 3000 pounds.
Stanmore House opened as a rescue
house for marginalised women. In 1924
it was re-named as the “Girl’s Industrial
Home, The Harbour” and in 1945 it became
a hostel for young business women and
female students, known as “The Lodge”.
In 1969, Stanmore House was a
children’s home for boys and girls before
becoming the Army’s training college for
officers in 1988. The training college is now
located at Bexley North.
“I would say that some of the best days
of my life were being here – teaching and
ABOVE: Sydney Salvation Brass band plays outside Stanmore House at the re-naming launch
in Sydney last month.
preaching,” said Major Peter Farthing,
Principal of Booth College at the launch
Territorial Commander, Commissioner
James Condon, also spoke fondly of the
Stanmore House ministry and shared his
memories of finding peace and tranquillity
at this centre.
“You are welcome to use this place. It
is an oasis, a sanctuary, right in the heart of
Sydney,” said Commissioner Condon.
ABOVE: Guests mingle during the launch at Stanmore House.
Similarly, the Army’s School For Youth
Leadership in Berkeley Vale, on the NSW
Central Coast, changed its name to Salvos
Discipleship School in November last year.
“We felt that we wanted a name that
best reflected the school’s mission – what
is consistently produced,” said Salvos
Discipleship School Director, Major
Andrew Humphreys.
“Sure, students do go on to become
youth workers, officers, missionaries and
leaders but common to all those things
is the foundation of discipleship that is
paramount at the school.”
Along with a new name, a new training
course was introduced. Young people, aged
between 18 and 28 now complete a ninemonth course called Furnace. The course
equips young people with the discipleship
skills they need for ministry.
“We would encourage any young adult
who wants a life-changing experience that
sets a lifelong foundation, to ask God if the
school is for them. It’s a nine-month God
experience that’s not for the faint-hearted,”
said Major Humphreys.
For further information about Salvos
Discipleship School, go to boothcollege.
edu.au/discipleship or email [email protected]
For prices and bookings at Stanmore
House, contact stanmorehouse.
[email protected] or go to
- Esther Pinn
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Service honours those bereaved by suicide
Soundpoint event a celebration of youth
he annual Youth Week event at
Soundpoint attracted members of the
Goodna community, passers-by, clients and
their families, in a positive celebration of
young people.
The popular event, held on 16 April, was
part of Soundpoint’s National Youth Week
celebrations, and focused on the theme “It
starts with us”.
Soundpoint – The Salvation Army and
Sony Foundation Youth and Community
Centre in Goodna, west of Brisbane, began
the day hosting a youth forum, run by the
Ipswich City Council (ICC).
“This forum focused on youth
unemployment,” said Nathan Drury,
Soundpoint Youth Activities Worker.
“The ICC provided a facilitator, invited
young people, different agencies and a panel
of members of parliament including Ipswich
Mayor Paul Pisasale, two State MPs and a
local councillor.
“It was a productive time for the
youth to ask questions, bring up issues and
participate in discussions.”
The youth celebration event started at
2pm, with a jumping castle, rides, sausage
sizzle, slushies and entertainment attracting
children, and adults, of all ages.
The day also showcased different
services available to youth and their
families in the area, that work together with
Soundpoint and refer clients to each other
for the best possible outcome. These services
included Ipswich Community Youth
Service, Boystown, Headspace Ipswich,
ABOVE: More than 350 people attended the Soundpoint youth day.
The Base Youth Agency and Tedd Noffs
The headline band, “Bullhorn”,
entertained the crowd with their “nu-wave
brass band” and their sound of funk, soul,
hip-hop, jazz, reggae and dance music.
The varied and energetic live
performances from the Street Dreams
dance crews, students from Forest Lake
High Schools who attend “Sound Lounge”
at Forest Lake Salvos, and a resident
rapper, continued the positive and upbeat
atmosphere of the celebration.
“Around 350 people came through the
afternoon, including many in cars pulling
over to watch the concerts,” Nathan said.
“A lot of young people and families we
connect with through Street Dreams came,
as well as many people we hadn’t connected
with before who responded to our letterbox
“The main focus of the day was to
celebrate everything about young people
and the positive impact they can have in the
community. We also wanted to provide a
way for them to have free and fun activities
in a safe environment.
“It’s a soft approach in drawing people
to Soundpoint, to let them know that we
are here, what we’re about and what we,
and other agencies, offer to support young
people in our community.”
The ICC proudly supports the Youth
Week event at Soundpoint.
– Simone Worthing
Fighting Mac biography presented to family
he most comprehensive biography
of William “Fighting Mac” McKenzie,
the Gallipoli chaplain highly respected by
the Anzacs, is now in the keeping of his
family and of his church, The Salvation
Author Dr Daniel Reynaud presented
The Man the Anzacs Revered to McKenzie’s
great-grandson and to The Salvation Army
last month. Stephen Hansen, whose mother,
Olga, was the daughter of McKenzie’s son,
Donald, accepted the book on behalf of
the family. Susan Petterson represented the
McKenzie became the most famous
Anzac by the end of the war even though
he stood for “almost everything the typical
digger loved to hate,” says Reynaud,
associate professor of history at Avondale.
“He railed against booze, brothels, betting
and bad language, and he ran frequent
evangelistic campaigns for the Anzacs where
he forcefully appealed to them to become
Christians. But the soldiers just about
worshipped him.”
The Scottish-born Salvation Army
officer served at Gallipoli – he received the
Military Cross for his actions at the Battle
of Lone Pine – and on the Western Front as
chaplain of the Australian Imperial Force’s
4th Battalion. “His tireless energy on the
soldiers’ behalf earned their respect, while
his charismatic personality and integrity of
character won their love,” says Reynaud.
ABOVE: Daniel Reynaud presents a copy of
his book, The Man the Anzacs Revered,
to William McKenzie’s great-grandson
Stephen Hansen and partner Josephine
Bibby. Photo: Etienne Reynaud
he lives of friends and family
who have lost loved ones to suicide
were honoured at The Salvation
Army’s Hope For Life Healing and
Remembrance service on 8 May.
The hall was packed at the Army’s
territorial headquarters in Sydney as those
bereaved by suicide celebrated both the life
and death of their loved ones.
Yvonne Collis, who lost her husband
Gary to suicide in 2008 knows too well the
pain, grief and stigma that exists around
suicide. At the service she expressed her
appreciation to Envoy Alan Staines, who
started the Hope for Life program, for
giving her the opportunity to honour her
“Somebody finally wanted to define my
husband by the way he lived his life, rather
than by the way he died. And it was so nice
to talk about the way he died as well as the
way he lived,” she said.
Year 11 student Bianca Holmes also
celebrated her sister Zoe’s life, sharing that
Zoe had made a huge impact on her. While
Bianca said she lost her best friend six years
ago, through this experience she has gained
a desire to give back to her local community.
She is doing a welfare course at TAFE with
the intention to become a disability care
“I never talk about Zoe in past tense
as long as I still remember and love her. I
believe she is still with me here today,” said
ABC television presenter and long-term
supporter of Hope For Life, John Cleary,
was the master of ceremonies at the service.
The Australia Eastern Territory Chief
Secretary, Colonel Richard Munn, shared
from the Bible and explained how Jesus
understood grief, highlighting the story
where Jesus wept after losing his friend
Lazarus. “Jesus is acquainted with grief. He
joins in our sorrow with empathy,” Colonel
Munn said.
Envoy Staines explained the dual
purpose of the National LifeKeeper
Memory Quilt, which was launched in
2009, and the five states quilts, which
were unveiled in 2012. The quilts offer an
avenue for those who died by suicide to be
honoured and to also create awareness about
the stigmas surrounding suicide.
Envoy Staines then called upon those at
the service to help create awareness about
suicide and remove the stereotypes that exist
around this mental health issue.
A four-candle ritual ceremony followed,
led by Envoy Staines, representing the grief,
courage and the memories of the bereaved
by suicide. The last candle exists to help
leave a lasting memory of those lost to
suicide. The bereaved by suicide were then
invited to come forward and light a candle
to honour their loved ones and receive a rose
in their memory.
Everyone at the service was given
a Hope For Life resource kit. The pack
contained resources for the bereaved by
suicide to use to help create awareness
about the stigmas of suicide including a
Hope For Life Champion pin. The pin
is for individuals to wear to help initiate
conversation about suicide.
- Esther Pinn
TOP: Family and friends bereaved by suicide take part in the Hope For Life service on 8 May. ABOVE: Colonel Richard Munn (left) speaks at
the Healing and Remembrance service. Alan Staines (right) the founder of Hope for Life. Photos: Adam Hollingworth
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orps Officer Captain Craig Harlum enrolled four new soldiers
and accepted one adherent on Easter Sunday.
Captain Harlum enrolled Ketia and Teanna Browne as junior
soldiers, father and son Richard and Phillip Hodson as senior
soldiers, and accepted Nola Hodson as an adherent.
“We are delighted to see the generations being enrolled and to
see our corps growing,” said Corps Officer Captain Katie Harlum.
ommissioners James and Jan Condon, territorial
leaders, officially opened the new Salvation Army centre in
Bundaberg on Saturday 9 May.
More than 200 people attended the opening, including North
Queensland divisional leaders, Majors Kelvin and Cheralynne
Pethybridge, Bundaberg Corps Officers, Captains Chris and Melissa
Millard, divisional officers, corps members and many from the local
After a Welcome to Country, Mayor of Bundaberg, Mal Forman,
expressed his gratitude to The Salvation Army for their work in the
local community. “I see The Salvation Army as ‘Christianity with its
sleeves rolled up’,” he said.
Commissioner Jan read from the Scriptures before
Commissioner James gave his message, speaking on “What is the
Church?”. He encouraged those gathered to “watch for the new
thing I am going to do”, quoting from Isaiah 43:10, before unveiling
the plaque on the new building.
A time capsule was on display during the opening, which had
been placed behind the foundation stone after renovations of the
previous citadel in Targo Street in 1967. Three foundation stones
from that citadel are now mounted in front of the new centre.
“The new hall seats 250, there is a proper kitchen, Salvos
Connect, a playground and land for further development in the
future,” said Captain Chris Millard, Bundaberg Corps Officer with
members of the
Salvation Army’s
Lockyer Valley
Corps - Richard
(far left), Nola and
Phillip Hodson
with junior soldiers
Teanna (top right)
and Ketia. Photo:
Jim Nicholls,
courtesy of The
Valley Weekender.
ABOVE: The new corps building at Bundaberg.
his wife, Captain Melissa.
“We are out of the main street, where we were for nearly 100
years, surrounded by businesses, and are now out in the suburbs
surrounded by houses, people and community. We are set up and
ready for our ministries to grow.
“Together with the corps, we are excited to see what God will do
in and through The Salvation Army in our community in the future.”
uring chapel at Bethany Aged Care Plus Centre in Port
Macquarie, Trish Pollett was accepted as an adherent by
chaplain Major Christine Atkinson. The ceremony took place
in front of a congregation made up of centre residents and their
Trish is a valued member of the Bethany family, she loves the
Lord and attends devotions and chapel on a regular basis. She sees
Bethany and The Salvation Army as her spiritual home, expressing
a desire to belong and be a part of the family of God as well as a
member of the Army.
Atkinson. Commissioner Ian Cutmore is holding the flag.
ommissioner Jan Condon
oversaw the enrolment of two
senior soldiers and three junior
soldiers, and the acceptance of an
adherent during the celebration
service to mark the opening of the
corps building at Bundaberg last
Alister Dodd and Doug
Greenslade signed their Soldier’s
Covenants, while Madalyn Millard,
Oshearna Till and Dwyiet Johnson
are the new junior soldiers. Grace
Page made her own commitment to
God and the corps by becoming an
(Bethany Aged Care Plus Centre)
ABOVE: Trish Pollett is accepted as an adherent by Major Christine
ajor Bryce Davies, Brisbane Streetlevel Mission team
leader, accepted Jacqui Cronin as an adherent last month.
Jacqui is a graduate from Brisbane Recovery Services
(Moonyah) and has been volunteering at Streetlevel for a few
months. “She loves the Salvos and the way God has broken
through into her life, setting her free and giving her purpose and
hope,” said Major Davies.
LEFT: Major Bryce
LEFT: Commissioner Jan Condon accepts Grace
Page as an adherent. ABOVE: Commissioner
Davies accepts
Jacqui Cronin as
an adherent.
orps Officer Captain Sharon Sandercock-Brown enrolled six
junior soldiers - Alex Parker, Erica Bishop, Kiara Bust, Lucas
Rudd, Mollie Ainsworth and Zachariah Perry - on Sunday 19 April.
“It was very evident that they all loved Jesus and wanted to learn
more about what it meant to be a junior soldier and what they could
do to serve him,” said Carissa Ainsworth, Youth and Children’s
Ministries Coordinator at the corps, referring to the junior soldier
classes each young person undertook.
“In front of a packed congregation, they made their junior
soldier promises and declared that Jesus was their best friend ever.”
Condon enrols Alister Dodd and Doug
Greenslade as soldiers.
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ABOVE: Left to Right: The new junior soldiers: Zachariah Perry, Lucas
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he relief operations underway can loosely
be separated into urban and rural projects.
Broadly speaking, the urban ministry – in
Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur – is centred around
camps for displaced people, including camp-management
roles and the provision of food and water. In rural areas,
The Salvation Army is supplying food and shelter to
remote communities in Ramechhap and Sindhupalchok
Districts and around Ghorka.
One truck of relief items has made its way to Nepal
from the India Eastern Territory, including 700 12-litre
boxes of water and 130 boxes of noodles, each of which
contains 48 packets. So far the Nepal relief team has
distributed about 150 boxes of water and 40 boxes of
noodles. These items are mainly used for the camps The
Salvation Army is involved in and for small scattered
shelters. Another truck with 300 tarpaulins for shelter is
on its way from Kolkata.
The relief team has provided food assistance to more
than 700 households in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur
and Sindhupalchok. The food parcel typically consists
of rice, dhal (lentils), oil and salt. Another distribution
planned for Ramechhap will provide food parcels to 280
additional households.
Through partners, The Salvation Army has also been
able to secure tarpaulins, distributing 131 so far. Another
70 are already assigned for distribution.
Shelter remains a major concern, especially with
the monsoon season approaching. One thousand highquality, weatherproof tents have been ordered in Pakistan
and, thanks to assistance from the international logistics
company UPS, they will be transported to Nepal shortly.
It has been possible to source food items locally, which is
the ideal solution.
The Salvation Army has been asked to take on the
responsibility of managing a number of camps. So far it
has been allocated four camps (two of which have now
been closed) but it is still providing support including
food, shelter and non-food items to another two. The
team has been asked to oversee another camp which
needs assistance, which team members will visit to assess
the needs.
A new project is being undertaken in the far north of
Ghorka, where 8000 people need food and shelter. It will
be implemented in cooperation with MountainChild, a
local non-governmental organisation (NGO) which has
access to the helicopters needed to reach some of the most
remote areas.
In Sindhupalchok, food has already been distributed
– along with some non-food items such as solar lamps –
but plans are being put in place to provide shelter to 1000
The Salvation Army continues to carry out its
response as part of the bigger humanitarian operation and
is, therefore, making an effort to coordinate on national
as well as district levels. It is registered as the main relief
agency in certain VDCs (village development councils)
and attends eight of the clusters organised by the United
Nations to ensure effective cooperation and coordination.
ABOVE: General André Cox signs the petition supporting the right of
every child to an education.
TOP: Salvation Army representatives survey a street
blocked due to the collapse of a building in the Nepalese
capital of Kathmandu.
he Salvation Army has pledged its support to one of
the biggest petitions in history – #UpForSchool – demanding
that world leaders take immediate action to give every child an
opportunity for a school education.
Salvationists and friends of The Salvation Army are being
invited to join the five million people who have already signed the
petition, among them the Army’s world leader, General André Cox.
The Army’s signatures will be presented on Friday 3 July during the
main session of the Boundless International Congress.
There are still 58 million children around the world who cannot
attend school for a variety of reasons. Now, through #UpForSchool,
young people, non-governmental organisations, civil society, teachers,
faith-based organisations and more than 100 of the world’s leading
businesses are uniting to make a call for action.
“The greatest resource in the world today is not oil, gold or
money ... it’s the millions of young people whose potential is yet to
be realised,” said General Cox. “We need to empower them, support
them and engage with them. School provides a route out of poverty,
and good education is vital if every child is to have the opportunity
to reach his or her full potential.”
General Cox is urging each Salvation Army territory, region
and command around the world to encourage its members, officers,
employees, staff and others – including children over the age of
seven – to sign the petition.
The #UpForSchool campaign is organised by a global coalition
called A World at School (www.aworldatschool.org), co-founded
by Sarah Brown, the wife of former British prime minister Gordon
Brown. The coalition brings together NGOs, teachers, businesses,
civil society groups and faith communities around the world to
work together to get every child into school.
The #UpForSchool petition, including all the signatures
collected by The Salvation Army, will be presented by Gordon
Brown – in his role as United Nations Special Envoy for
Global Education – to world leaders at the United Nations in
September 2015.
To sign the petition, go to www.salvationarmy.org/upforschool.
ABOVE: Captain Kathy Crombie (far right) helps
distribute solar lamps and other essentials to members of a
camp in Kathmandu.
The international response team in Nepal consists
of: Damaris Frick (International Headquarters), Colonel
Carol Telfer (Pakistan), Captain MacDonald Chandi
(Pakistan), Australia Eastern Territory officer Captain
Kathy Crombie (International Social Justice Commission)
and Captain Vanlaltluanga Pachuau (India Eastern
African documentaries to premiere at Boundless
wo documentaries will be premiered at the Boundless
Film Festival during The Salvation Army’s 150th anniversary
celebrations in London next month.
The International Headquarters Communications Section has
teamed with SAVN.TV (Salvation Army Vision Network) – a
ministry of The Salvation Army’s USA Western Territory – to
produce the documentaries.
The feature film of the festival is Homecoming Africa, a
20-minute documentary that tells the story of General André
Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox (World President of Women’s
Ministries) – the Army’s international leaders – as seen through the
eyes of Salvationists in Zimbabwe, the General’s birthplace. It was
shot during the 2014 Easter Congress in Gweru, Zimbabwe.
Ethembeni – A Place of Hope is a short film that captures the love,
grace and empathy of this very special Salvation Army children’s
home in Johannesburg, South Africa. The film was shot on location
in 2014.
SAVN.TV and IHQ Communications have released a preview
at youtu.be/X4cqdunEZIg. For the Boundless Film Festival
schedule go to boundless2015.org/boundless/film_festival
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aymond George
Charter was promoted
to glory on 27 March,
aged 81, in Gosford.
After a private cremation,
a Thanksgiving Service
was conducted at The Salvation Army,
Woodport Village, which was led by Major
Stan Evans. This service was held on 8
April, which would have been Raymond’s
82nd birthday.
The Salvation Army flag was carried
in, as Ray lived by the meaning of the flag
[the red on the flag represents the blood of
Christ; the blue border stands for purity;
and the yellow star in the centre signifies the
fire of the Holy Spirit. The flag is a symbol
of the Army’s war against sin and social
The family tribute was presented by
Valmai Lucas (sister-in-law) and Psalm
121 was read by Major Kevin Hentzschel
(brother-in-law). The song How Great Thou
Art was sung after the Bible reading. Major
Evans concluded the service with a message
of comfort and hope.
Ray was born on 8 April 1933 and grew
up in Gilgai, 10km south of Inverell. He
attended school in Gilgai, as well as the
Salvation Army in Gilgai and Inverell.
He was brought up in a Christian
home, and learned early to love and serve
the Lord Jesus Christ. Ray accepted Jesus
as his saviour early in his life and remained
faithful, as a soldier of The Salvation Army,
until the Lord called him home.
When Ray finished school, he worked
at Gardiners Hardware Store in Inverell.
Later he moved to Sydney, to gain more
experience, and gained employment at
Bebarfalds, a home furnishings store.
In Sydney he attended the Bankstown
Corps and joined the band in the percussion
section. He enjoyed beating the drum for
the Lord as a witness to his faith. Ray
confidently spoke of God’s love in open-air
meetings, which were held at Bankstown
Railway Station.
While at Bankstown Corps he met
Janice Hentzschel and they married on
23 April, 1960. Ray and Janice had two
children. The family continued their faithful
soldiership at Bankstown Corps until they
moved to the NSW Central Coast.
After the move they began to attend
Gosford Corps, finally moving to The
Salvation Army Woodport Village in their
retirement years.
Ray and Janice served as soldiers of the
Gosford Corps until ill health prevented
them from attending the corps, so they then
worshipped at the chapel of the retirement
Ray trusted people, and expected to be
trusted also. Through difficult times in his
life Ray’s faith never wavered.
Well done good and faithful servant.
olin Ring was
promoted to glory on
11 February, aged 83 years,
in Gympie.
A Thanksgiving Service
of Col’s life was held at
Gympie Corps, led by Major Brian Smith,
on 18 February, highlighting the faithful
service he had given to The Salvation Army
over his lifetime.
A family tribute was given by his son,
Douglas, and Samara Carruthers spoke
for the grandchildren who supported her,
followed by a corps tribute by bandmaster
Howard McLachlan.
The local band, in which he served for
about 40 years, accompanied the singing of
Blessed Assurance, Safe in the Arms of Jesus and
I’ll Follow Thee, which, as pointed out by his
son, was the song that led Col to a decision
to follow Christ many years earlier.
Major Smith spoke of the promises of
Jesus that Col lived out and trusted as he
served him faithfully in the Gympie Corps
for more than 65 years. Undertaker Coman
Reynolds, for whom Col had worked for
many years, paid a personal tribute to him
about his integrity and calmness in stressful
situations, before singing Danny Boy while
rose petals were sprinkled on the coffin.
Col was born in Eumundi, on
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, and spent his
younger years there and at Mitchelton, in
Brisbane’s north-west, where he first became
involved in The Salvation Army.
In 1951 he married Alma Brown,
of Gympie, and they had three children
– Douglas, Beverley and Gavin. This
led to seven grandchildren and 12 greatgrandchildren.
While he held leadership positions
of Young People’s Sergeant Major, Corps
Sergeant Major and Recruiting Sergeant
over many years, he also served faithfully
in other ministries such as the band, hotel
visitation, street ministry, Red Shield Appeal
and serving tea and coffee during floods and
other emergencies.
With failing health, Col was admitted
to the Cooinda Nursing Home, Gympie, in
October last year. During his Thanksgiving
local news
to glory
Service, recognition was made to the
nursing staff for the care they had provided
during his stay.
Col was a man of integrity, well known
and highly respected throughout the
community and ever-ready to help anyone
in need. He carried out his duties faithfully
and will be sadly missed by his supportive
family and friends.
Rehabilitation Centre (SELAH), Glen
Haven, Gold Coast Temple, Bowral,
Public Relations Department, SAMIS
Development, Booth College, Salvation
Army International Development Office
and THQ Personnel Department.
At this time, we remember Kelly’s
parents, Heather and Jim Mulligan and her
sister, Linda, and her family.
ajor Kelly
Patricia Mulligan
was promoted to glory, after
a long battle with cancer, on
15 April, in Sydney.
A Thanksgiving Service
of her life was held at Dulwich Hill Corps,
conducted by Major Ray Allen, with Corps
Officer Major Stephen Briggs offering the
Kelly organised the Order of Service,
having her close friends participate. Major
Heather Rose brought the scripture
reading and Captain Carole Smith read the
message from the Territorial Commander,
Commissioner James Condon. Kelly’s
younger sister, Linda, spoke of Kelly’s
enthusiasm as a child and her courage over
the past 18 months.
Major Kim Hawke gave an insight into
Kelly’s care and concern for missionary
officers and her three visits to Zimbabwe.
Kelly visited the Hawkes (Majors David
and Kim and their young family) to offer
friendship and brought considered gifts for
the family.
Major Elaine Spence, on behalf of
Dulwich Hill Corps, spoke of Kelly’s
involvement in the corps and Kelly’s care for
providing transport for a number of ladies
to the meetings. Emphasis was made of
Kelly’s attention to detail, whether in public
relations, SAMIS development or with
students at Booth College.
During the time of Kelly’s illness, a
number of people provided transport, and
visited both at home and in hospital.
At the crematorium, Major Stephen
Briggs offered prayer and Captain Carole
Smith brought the scripture reading.
Major Mavis Humphries gave further
insight into Kelly’s care for missionary
officers, as well as the children’s book Kelly
had published.
Kelly entered The Salvation Army
Training College from Granville Corps
in 1987 and her first appointment
was to Winderradeen House. Further
appointments were at the Central Coast
aurel Pink was
promoted to glory,
from her home in Campsie,
on 30 March, aged 91. Her
daughter Rhondda was at
her bedside.
The funeral service was conducted by
the Campsie Corps Officers, Majors Bruce
and Glenys Domrow, on Tuesday 7 April
at Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. Two of
Laurel’s favourite songs were sung, My Jesus
I love Thee and Blessed Assurance. One of
Laurel’s favourite scriptures, Isaiah 35:1-10,
was read and a eulogy was given by Envoy
Frank Pink.
The message
and committal were presented by Major
Bruce Domrow. At the conclusion of
the service the release of white doves was
performed (outside the
chapel) with symbolic dignity.
A celebration of Laurel’s life was then
conducted at Campsie Salvation Army
Citadel, led by Major Glenys. The band
provided music for three of Laurel’s best
loved songs – There’s a Land that is Fairer
than Day, In Heavenly Love Abiding and
When the Roll is Called Up Yonder. Prayer
and a Bible reading from John 14: 1-6 and
27, were given by Major Bruce.
Envoy Frank Pink presented a tribute
and then Laurel’s daughters, Robyn and
Rhondda, along with the six grandchildren,
touched on family remembrances. A vocal
duet was sung by music director Howard
Morton and bandmaster Glendon
Hanna while a pictorial slide presentation of
Laurel’s life was shown.
A corps tribute was given by Major
Margaret Redmond before Major Glenys
gave an inspirational message and Major
Bruce presented a prayer and benediction.
Laurel Edna Wiegold was born at
Macksville on the NSW north coast on 27
June 1923 to Harry and Alice Wiegold. In
1937 Harry retired and the family moved to
Taree where Laurel linked with the Baptist
Church and involved herself in many church
activities during her teenage years.
Laurel became interested in The
Salvation Army through a workmate
and was enrolled as a soldier on her 20th
birthday at Taree Corps.
Some of Laurel’s employment included
caring for sick folk. She also worked as a
machinist in the Wingham slipper factory.
Laurel joined the Australian Land Army
in 1943 until the war ended in 1945. This
involved heavy work in the fruit orchards
at Branxton and Batlow and harvesting of
potatoes and tomatoes at Goologong and
After the war, Laurel felt God’s call to
officership and in March 1948 she entered
the Training College at Petersham as a
member of The King’s Messengers. Her first
appointment was at Gunnedah, where
she met Captain Frank Pink, who was the
Corps Officer at nearby Quirindi.
Laurel and Frank were married in July
1950 at Taree and returned to Frank’s new
appointment at Temora, where daughter
Robyn was born. Other appointments
included Leeton, Hillside (Rockhampton),
where Rhondda was born, followed by
Ballina and Tingha.
Laurel’s ongoing health problems
flared up at Tingha in 1959 and she
reluctantly relinquished her officership
in 1960. In spite of this, Laurel’s
unshakeable faith in God and her strong
love and loyalty for The Salvation Army
were untarnished and she continued
serving God in the Army.
Laurel and Frank made the decision
to be commissioned as Envoys and give
voluntary service where needed.
Over the next two decdes, they
served in this capacity at Inverell and
then at Bondi Junction (Waverley)
before transferring to Campsie Corps.
At Campsie, with a new lease of life after
a major heart operation in 1979, Laurel
became leader of the Campsie Ladies
Evening Fellowship and managed the
Home League card table.
In 1984, a request came from
Botany to take over the Home League
leadership, a role she filled for the next
28 years.
Laurel was a silent achiever, seldom
giving verbal expression to her faith
and principles. She maintained that
actions speak louder than words. She
loved a challenge because it gave her the
opportunity to prove it could be done.
Her love for The Salvation Army’s
old choruses was strong. She believed
they expressed
great but simple truths – testimony,
prayer, resolution and
Laurel’s testimony would be wrapped
up in the line of the song: “On Christ the
solid rock I stand, all other ground is
sinking sand.”
Laurel will be missed by family and
friends, but her example will live on.
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janet munn | opinion
Power for others
“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” - George Orwell, Animal Farm
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hether it’s the bully
in the playground
or the multinational
exploiting labourers, the misuse
of power brings misery. Likewise,
whether it’s an older brother
protecting his younger sister from
that playground bully or the Bill
and Melinda Gates Foundation
investing millions of dollars
worldwide in health, sanitation,
economic empowerment and
education – the right use of
power brings welcome relief.
The Salvation Army’s
international position statement
on power states: “[Power] is a
means by which [people] achieve
some of the world’s most positive
goods and some of the world’s
most horrifying evils”.
World Environment Day is on
5 June. The theme for 2015 is
how the well-being of humanity,
the environment and economies
ultimately depends on the
responsible management of the
planet’s natural resources. In other
words, it’s a day to consider how
the powerful are handling nature’s
World Refugee Day is 20
June and is an opportunity to
raise awareness about the issues
affecting refugees and celebrate
the positive contributions made by
refugees to Australian society. In
other words, it’s a day to reflect on
how the powerful are treating the
vulnerable, and to value the less
powerful among us.
Social scientists have noted
that there are two primary
motivations in the use of power
– self-interest, and its opposite,
socially responsible conduct.
It has been demonstrated that
individuals who are communally
oriented are more likely to use
their power in socially responsible
ways. In contrast, individuals who
are not communally oriented are
more likely to use their power in
self-serving ways.
Because that older brother
cares about his little sister (being
communally oriented) he is willing
to exert his power on her behalf,
to conduct himself in a socially
responsible, not self-serving way.
Because the world and its
citizens matter to Bill and Melinda
Gates, they don’t use the power
of their massive wealth in selfserving ways but in ways that are
communally oriented – powerful,
intelligent, strategic generosity for
the sake of others less powerful.
Did you know that the skills
most important to obtaining
power and leading effectively
– such as empathy, social
intelligence, and attentiveness
to the needs of others – tend to
deteriorate once a person has
power? In fact, “once people
assume positions of power,
they’re likely to act more selfishly,
impulsively, and aggressively, and
they have a harder time seeing
the world from other people’s
points of view” (greatergood.
power_paradox). Further,
individuals whose power increased
experienced a decrease in distress
and compassion when confronted
with the suffering of others.
In light of all this, what should
our response be to the plight of
refugees? To the displaced? How
can we act in socially responsible
ways on behalf of those less
powerful than we are? To what
degree have we, as individuals
and as nations, lost our sense
of compassion at the suffering
of others?
Jesus Christ, for the sake of
others, not only surrendered his
life to the powers that desired to
murder him, but in his living he
identified with the oppressed and
their need for justice. Similarly,
the right use of power by
followers of Jesus must include
an unequivocal commitment to
the struggle on the side of the
oppressed. Jesus, the all-powerful
God incarnate, showed himself
to be profoundly communally
oriented and lived and died in a
socially responsible way – for the
sake of others.
He did something for humanity
that we are powerless to do for
ourselves. We follow his example
not only by rightly exercising
the power we have (and we all
have some), but in identifying
with the poor, the vulnerable, the
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f r o m t h e c o a l fa c e
local news
Effective 1 April: Major Leanne Duncan, Divisional Mission and
Resource Director – Corps, South Queensland Division.
Effective 1 May: Colonel Geanette Seymour (ret.), Territorial
Leadership Executive Assistant, Office of the Territorial
Commander; Lieut-Colonel Graham Durston (ret.), Secretary for
Ecumenical Relations, Officer of the Territorial Commander.
Effective 4 May: Lieutenant Vanessa Hunt, Assistant Corps Officer,
Petersham Corps.
Effective 7 May: Major Darrell Slater, Divisional Residential
Appeal Coordinator, Sydney East and Illawarra Division.
Effective 6 July: Captains Paul and Christy Kurth, Corps Officers,
Broken Hill Corps and Managers, Broken Hill Social Programs,
The Greater West Division; Lieutenants Philip and Donna
Sutcliffe, Corps Officers, Forster/Tuncurry Corps, Newcastle and
Central NSW Division.
Effective 9 July: Lieutenant Matt Ryan, Assistant to the
Manager, William Booth Recovery Centre, Sydney East and
Illawarra Division; Lieutenant Kate Ryan, Assistant to the
Manager, William Booth Recovery Centre, Sydney East and
Illawarra Division; Captain Marilyn Smith, Centre Support
Manager, Macquarie Lodge Aged Care Plus Centre, Program
Administration; Captain Gary Smith, Chaplain, Weeroona Aged
Care Plus (pro-tem), Program Administration.
Captain Harold Fanshawe of his mother, Rose Fanshawe on 2
May. Lieutenant Bronwyn Burnett of her mother, Joan Moon
on 14 May. Major Peter Pearson of his father, Phillip Pearson on
18 May.
Lieutenants Myf and Peter Evans on 10 May.
Major Elvina Olive Baker on 6 May; Major Joy Everitt on 8 May.
Major Keith Cook on 1 June; Envoy Ron Petterson on 1 June;
Major Jacqui McGrath on 1 August.
31 MAY – 6 JUNE
Maitland City Corps, Newcastle Worship and Community Centre,
Northlakes Corps, Port Stephens Corps, Raymond Terrace Corps,
Singleton Corps, all NSW; Officers 5-Year Review (1-4); Youth
Councils, North NSW and ACT and South NSW divisions (5-8).
7-13 JUNE
Taree Corps, Tuggerah Lakes Corps, Umina Beach Corps,
Wellington Corps, Westlakes Corps, Dooralong Transformation
Centre, all NSW; Recovery Services Network Meeting (9-11).
14-20 JUNE
Newcastle Doorways Community Welfare Centre, Sal’s By The
Lake, Oasis Youth Centre, Wyong, North NSW Divisional
Headquarters, all NSW; Salvos Youth and Accommodation
Support Services; OTHERS Week (14-21); Newcastle and Central
NSW Division Officers Fellowship (15-18); Central and North
Queensland Division Officers Fellowship (15-18); Sydney Staff
Songsters, Parramatta (20-21).
21-27 JUNE
North NSW Division Chaplains, Armidale Corps, Ballina Corps,
Barraba Corps, Bingara Corps, Casino Corps, Coffs Harbour
Corps, all NSW.
28 JUNE – 4 JULY
Glen Innes Corps, Grafton Corps, Gunnedah Corps, Hope House
– Gunnedah, Inverell Corps, Kempsey, all NSW; ACT and South
NSW Division Snow Mission (29 June-12 July); International
Congress, London (1-5).
5-11 JULY
Lismore Corps, Maclean Corps, Moree Corps, Nambucca River
Corps, Narrabri Corps, Port Macquarie Corps, all NSW; EQUIP
QLD (5-11); National NAIDOC Week (5-12).
Collaroy: Tues 2 June – Officer Five Year Review
*Bexley North: Fri 5 June – Administrative Lecture, second year
cadets, School For Officer Training
Jindabyne: Sat 6-Sun 7 June – Youth Councils, ACT and South
NSW Division
Bexley North: Thu 11 June – School For Officer Training
retreat day
Proserpine: Mon 15-Thu 18 June – Divisional Officers Fellowship,
Central and North Queensland Division
Sydney: Mon 22 June – Presentation of Fellows certificates
Sydney: Thu 25 June – Service recognition morning tea, territorial
* Commissioner James Condon only
# Commissioner Jan Condon only
NOTE: There are no engagements for either Colonel Richard
Munn or Lieut-Colonel Mark Campbell during June.