Ten years gone but not forgotten n The Salvation Army remembers Sept. 11, 2011. BY KAREN GLEASON Sept. 11 falls on a Sunday this year, and throughout the U.S., The Salvation Army will hold services of remembrance, recalling not only the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 but also the valiant service given by Salvation Army volunteers following the disaster, particularly at New York City’s (NYC) “ground zero,” the World Trade Center site. Among the first agencies to arrive at ground zero after the attacks, The Salvation Army was the last to leave when operations formally ended there nine months later. The Army’s response to 9/11 came to be known as
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“Operation: Compassion Under Fire,” during which the Army provided food, hydration, supplies, grief counseling, financial assistance, referrals and more to hundreds of thousands of emergency workers, families of victims and others impacted by the terrorist attacks. Activities in the East General Linda Bond, The Salvation Army’s international leader, will be the guest speaker at the American Bible Society meeting on Sept. 9 in NYC, which includes a “Gathering of 9/11 Commemoration.” The New York Staff band will also be there. For members of the 9/11 community not invited or unable to attend the national 9/11 NOT FORGOTTEN, page 7
A Salvation Army officer at ground zero speaks with a recovery worker following 9/11.
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WYI 2011: ‘Undignified’
September 2, 2011 • Vol. 29, No. 14
n Annual Western Youth Institute takes a new, “undignified” approach.
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NEW CADETS REPORT TO CRESTMONT n Crestmont now houses one of the largest combined cadet bodies in the world. BY BRIAN SAUNDERS, MAJOR The air buzzed with excitement on Aug. 16, when the 61 members of the Proclaimers of Christ Session of cadets moved into the campus of the College for Officer Training at Crestmont in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “Wow, we are really here!” exclaimed Cadet Larry Groenleer of Lihue, Hawaii. Moving vans, U-Hauls and corps vans lined the parking lot as the cadets unloaded their belongings and found their new accommodations. Just as quickly, second-year cadets arrived to lend a hand. “We were on campus maybe five minutes before two second years were standing in
The Proclaimers of the Resurrection Session
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East gets shaken and drenched n Army mobilized in wake of temblor and hurricane BY ERICA ANDREWS On the heels of the unusual magnitude 5.8 Virginia earthquake Aug. 23, which sent shockwaves as far away as South Carolina and Maine, Hurricane Irene made landfall in North Carolina Aug. 27 and continued up the Eastern Seaboard claiming at least 45 lives, forcing 10,000 flight cancelations and leaving millions without power. The Salvation Army damage assessment teams are working
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throughout North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware providing mass feeding of evacuees and assistance to fire, rescue, police and other emergency response personnel. Major George Hood, national community relations and development secretary, said although he is “cautiously optimistic” that the damage reports aren’t as bad as previously thought, he knows there still remains more work to do. “It is critical that we provide the base of support for damage assessment teams, Salvation Army volunteers distributing meals talk to a rescue personnel and survivors,” local resident in North Carolina. HURRICANE, page 3
BY CHRIS TOY Arriving from across the Western Territory, 220 delegates aged 16-25 gathered at the Golden State Division’s Camp Redwood Glen on Aug. 6-12 for the 2011 Western Youth Institute (WYI). Captains Roy and Paula Wild, territorial youth secretaries’ and Jim Sparks, territorial youth leadership development director, put on the event, which had a theme of “Undignified” and focused on the parable of the prodigal son. Guest speaker Craig Bowler shared the parable and how people today can relate to each character in it. During the first evening program, Captain Joanne Louangamath, Cascade associate divisional youth secretary, spoke on grace. “How often do we just stop and think about the grace that God gives us freely?” Louangamath asked. “We deserve to die in our sins but God sees us as perfect and holy if we accept his forgiveness.” Bowler wondered, “How goes it with
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NEWS BRIEFS OF THE WEST
“…man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). MODESTO, CALIF.— Karen The Modesto Red Shield Corps has a new Gleason basketball court, boxing Editor ring, fitness equipment and paint in several rooms—worth over $130,000—thanks to the Andrew Toti Foundation, Ceres Rotary, 24-Hour Fitness and others. The corps entered its makeover project in Dan Costa’s Valley Apprentice Contest, competing against four other local non-profits. Although it didn’t come in first, the Red Shield was still a winner with its facility improvements and the addition of several new advisory council members. Captains Martin and Tory Ross are corps officers. PORTLAND, ORE.—The Gateway Business Association selected Portland City Council Commissioner Amanda Fritz as the “2011 Gateway Citizen of the Year” for her commitment “to the Gateway community, advancing its commercial, economic, financial, industrial, safety and civic interests.” Fritz is an active soldier at the Portland Tabernacle Corps. She will receive the award on Sept. 10. Check out her website at amanda2012.com. PASADENA, CALIF.—The Pasadena Tabernacle Corps partnered with 100,000 Homes, Project HOUSED Pasadena, Fuller Seminary, Housing Works and others to assist homeless persons in securing permanent housing. The corps provided a home base for meetings and training. For three days, 90 volunteers canvassed the streets from 4-6 a.m., reaching 131 chronically homeless persons. The project now enters its second phase—to engage people with services and housing. One person is already in permanent housing, according to Patrick Riley, director of social services at the corps. Read the full story at newfrontierpublications.org/nf/?p=1716. NEVADA CITY, CALIF.—Majors Doug and Colleen Riley, Del Oro divisional leaders, welcomed over 400 people to Camp Del Oro on Aug. 20 for Divisional Family Day. Guest speaker Major Don Sheppard—Grass Valley (Calif.) corps officer—led Bible studies that underscored Del Oro’s discipleship theme for the next year: “A season to GROW…deeper in Christ (God’s Word, relationships, obedience and worship).” Family games provided entertainment in the afternoon. The camp concluded with an all-age family worship celebration on the lawn. WESTERN TERRITORY—The following officers are slated to attend The Salvation Army’s International College for Officers in London: Session 216— Captain John Stennett, Jan. 9–March 4, 2013; Session 217—Captain Daniel Freeman, April 10–June 3, 2013; Session 218—Major Mary Norton, July 17– Sept. 9, 2013; and Session 219— Major Brian Saunders, Oct. 16–Dec. 9, 2013.
Trial by fire n Salvation Army responds to liquidpropane tanker train fire. BY KEITH STONER Lt. John Morrow, Roseville (Calif.) corps officer, responded swiftly on Aug. 23 to the liquid-propane tanker train fire in Lincoln, northeast of Sacramento, ensuring that The Salvation Army was among the first to arrive at the incident command center. Assessing the situation, Morrow immediately called for an emergency disaster services (EDS) mobile canteen. The Auburn EDS canteen was deployed and was soon distributing refreshments and drinks to emergency responders and local residents. By evening, volunteers had served over 650 meals to some of the 3,800 displaced residents evacuated from their
Lt. John Morrow (r) speaks to a displaced resident.
homes as a precaution against the possible catastrophe of a 30,000 to 90,000 gallon propane explosion in the heart of downtown Lincoln. Supported by staff and Roseville Advisory Board Chair Joe Newton, Morrow worked late into the night liaising with emergency officials and community leaders. After serving an early morning breakfast, volunteers continued providing refreshments throughout the day, including a hot midday meal. Donations from Raley’s, Lowe’s and other local stores helped maintain a steady supply of much
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needed hydration to those exposed to the mid to high 90-degree heat. “This is like a trial by fire,” said Morrow, as he faced his first experience of coordinating staff, preparing meals and working with the many different emergency disaster relief officials. “It was a pleasure and honor to help others and be a listening ear to the many families who, suddenly and unexpectedly, found themselves barred from their own homes. It was a privilege to witness for the Lord in such a practical way.”
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Walkers in Anchorage bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. Photo by Jenni Ragland
Alaskans ‘walk to raise awareness’ n Event highlights trafficking and slavery issues in Alaska. Last January, Stephanie Freeman, a young Salvationist from Anchorage, Alaska, attended the “Time to be Holy” youth conference in Canada. Here she felt God directing her to take a bold step—to do something to bring awareness to the far-reaching impact of modern day slavery and human trafficking. With encouragement and support from family and friends, Freeman organized “A Walk to Raise Awareness.” The walk drew significant interest, with more than 60 participants including representatives from the mayor’s office, Anchorage corps members and concerned citizens. The youngest participant was 4 years old. Following the walk, a resource fair provided additional information along with free samples of fair trade products including chocolate and coffee, donated by local Kaladi Brothers Coffee. “Although most people are aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding trafficking and slavery,” said Freeman, “they also mistakenly believe the issue impacts only impoverished, third world countries.” Statistics show that trafficking and slavery know no boundaries. The 2011 U.S. Trafficking In Persons report estimates that more than 27 million people around the world are victims of slavery, with over 100,000 victims in the United States. In Alaska, a significant issue is the number of Native Alaskan teens that become enslaved in prostitution. Additionally, when consumers purchase items like chocolate or coffee, they need to be conscientious, making sure their dollars aren’t supporting the slave labor. Creating awareness is a great first step in addressing this issue, but like Freeman, people need to step forward boldly and take part in ending this tragedy against humankind.
Five junior soldiers and three soldiers were enrolled recently at the Laura Corps., Marshall Islands, Junior soldiers: Heniu Ceaser, Stacyann Ceaser, Journal Irujiman, Merrysia Irujiman, Akki Kenibar; Senior soldiers: Toring Irujiman, Neitan Irujiman, Arcy Clement. Officers present at the enrollment were A/ Captains Virginia and Mioshi Anwot, Captain Bob Steiner and Divisional Commander Major Edward Hill. Photo by George Rodriguera
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Hood said in a press release. In advance of the hurricane, National Commander Commissioner William Roberts declared it a national disaster, spurring Salvation Army personnel—along with 370 canteens—into strategic staging locations between the Carolinas and New England. Although the storm didn’t have the devastation that forecasters predicted, it did cause the worst flooding that Vermont has seen in a century. Flooding in Atlantic Beach, N.C. “We prepared for the worst and we Photo courtesy of National Headquarters got the worst in central and southern Vermont,” Gov. Peter Shumlin told the Huffington Post. “We have extraordinary infrastructure damage.” This damage included the loss of at least three historic covered bridges and hundreds of road closures, causing the state to be declared a federal disaster area. By the time the storm reached New York, it was downgraded to a tropical storm and its winds weakened to 65 mph. Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered 370,000 residents to evacuate homes in low-lying areas to ensure their safety. The Salvation Army is also serving those affected by Hurricane Irene in Puerto Rico. Nearly 800,000 residents of Puerto Rico are without power and Salvation Army shelters continue to be available in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas and St. Croix. In the Bahamas, an emergency operations center was established in Kingston, where the Army is distributing food and water supplies. Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) and bottled water were shipped to the Turks and Caicos. To donate to The Salvation Army’s hurricane response, text “STORM” to 80888 to give $10, visit salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
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WYI 2011 Lisa Guerrero performs at the Oxnard Salsa Festival. Photo by Michael Cabezas
A WYI delegate participates in the thrift store fashion show.
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your soul?” challenging delegates to really be concerned with each other’s spiritual well-being. Michael Collins spoke about forgiveness on the second night. Many young people came forward and wrote on a board the name of the person they needed to forgive or seek forgiveness from. At the end, the board was wiped clean because forgiving means forgetting and moving on. Vengeance belongs to the Lord. Our job is to forgive as God has forgiven us. Forgiveness costs us our dignity. On the third night, guest speaker Mike Yankowski explained how God gave him a vision to purposefully live homeless for five months in order to gain an understanding what homeless life is all about. Without food, money or any luxuries he set out, traveling to different states trying to survive and see through the eyes of those who have nothing. Yankowski discovered that even the smallest gesture of kindness or help could change a person’s day, week, or even their life. The message that night was simple: Look to the
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needs of others more than your own needs. The fourth night featured a game show: Silent Chapel. Each cabin competed in a fun, “undignified” challenge, while remaining silent in order to win. At the end of the week delegates participated in service projects including garden work at local farms, litter clean up at the beach, and serving meals at senior facilities. After their day of service, delegate enjoyed a thrift store fashion show. Using clothes from thrift stores, they took to the catwalk showing off their finds and competing for various awards like “Least expensive outfit,” “Nerd chic” and “Can’t be put in a category.” At the final meeting there were no projector screens or loudspeakers—just a bare chapel to remind delegates that, after the initial high has passed, they will take home only what they learned and the new commitments they made. Captain Roy Wild urged everyone to continue to fan into flame the Spirit of God that was in each person’s heart. Read the full story for each day online at Saynetwork.com/ wyi; view each meeting’s video at: SAdropbox.com.
Denver Red Shield kicks off fall season n Center holds youth rally and welcomes a former Denver Broncos player. BY RON McKINNEY, CAPTAIN The Denver Red Shield held a “Super Hero of the Bible Back to School” youth rally on Aug. 14, kicking off its fall programs. With attendance of 158 at Sunday school—133 children and 25 adults—the event featured a memory verse from Prov. 3:5, the story of David and Goliath, a group sing-along and the debut of a new puppet ministry. The corps plans to follow the rally with a 10-week Sunday school contest where students will earn points, which they can redeem for toys and prizes. Rally preparation began on Thursday, Aug. 11 with an Evangelistic Neighborhood Campaign, when a team including Red Shield Corps members and the 18-member Glen Erie National Evangelistic Team distributed more than 200 flyers advertising the Sunday event to the community. Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith visited the Red Shield on Aug. 18 to show support for the center’s “Disciples” 2011-2012 football program. Currently, Red Shield members ages 6-14 participate in Police Activities League football throughout Metro Denver. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Red Shield’s
This is the largest session of cadets in almost 20 years, and we praise God calling each of these individuals into the ranks of the Army. —MAJOR TIM FOLEY, TRAINING PRINCIPAL
L-R: Ex NFL running back Marques Brigham, Captain Ron McKinney and former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith Photo by Roberta McKinney
Disciples 1941 city championship team. Smith spoke regarding desire, attitude and what it takes to be a winner in life as well as football. He and other NFL alumni have agreed to participate at the Red Shield’s 70th anniversary Neighborhood Rally on Sept. 1.
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front of us with dollies asking if they could help us unload,” said Proclaimer Megan Young. For the college staff, this was no ordinary annual move-in day. “This is a historic day,” said Major Timothy Foley, training principal. “This is the largest session of cadets in almost 20 years, and we praise God calling each of these individuals into the ranks of the Army.” The rest of the College for Officer Training staff echoed the sentiments. “What a blessing to see so many cadets,” said Major Cindy Foley, director of campus services. “We look forward to serving with them as they prepare for full time ministry as officers.” The new cadets are excited and ready to
begin their training. “To have seen the obstacles that God has moved from my own life so that I am able to be here amazes me every day,” said Cadet Darla Malone. “Each morning I find myself praising God for the blessing of allowing me to here.” The 61 members of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection Session join the 45-strong Friends of Christ Session at Crestmont for the 22 months of residential training before being commissioned as officers, making this one of the largest combined cadet bodies in the world. The public Welcome Meeting for the Proclaimers of the Resurrection will be held at the Ambassador Theatre in Pasadena, Calif., on Sept. 10.
Salsa anyone? n Television personality enters a dance competition to raise funds for her corps. BY BUFFY LINCOLN Lisa Guerrero trained five weeks with a professional to prepare for the annual Salsa Festival in Oxnard, Calif., which took place on July 31. A longstanding member of the Oxnard/Port Hueneme Corps, she was dancing not only for the trophy, but also to raise money to support the corps’ Free Medical and Dental Clinic. “Lisa’s commitment goes beyond salsa dancing. She also put her name and money to our annual golf tournament for the last few years. We are blessed to have her,” Corps Officer Major Eric Lo said. Guerrero, the chief investigative correspondent for “Inside Edition,” is an awardwinning broadcaster, actress and mosaic artist. As a member of the Oxnard Corps with a background full of Salvation Army history and service, she had no problem designating a charity to support. “Both sides of my family have deep roots with The Salvation Army going back several generations from my dad’s family—Walter Coles—from England and my mother’s family—Lucy Guerrero—from Chile. So when the Oxnard Salsa Festival asked me to compete for my favorite charity, there was no doubt that I would choose The Salvation Army’s Free Medical and Dental Clinic in Oxnard,” Guerrero said. Each year the contest features dancers representing six area non-profit organizations. Due to the large number of non-profit groups, they are on a rotation cycle; this year the Oxnard Corps had its turn. Guerrero placed in both categories: 1st in technical and 2nd in people’s choice— determined by votes and the donations each dancer received. She raised over $13,500.
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WESTERN MUSIC INSTITUTE 2011 n Spiritual counseling enhances music education at WMI.
CAN I GET AWITNESS? of the Richard Phillips Chorus, directed by Songster Leader Ken Lyons (Seattle Temple Corps), a delegate or faculty member gave a short testimony. Called “gospel shots,” these testimonies typically included a Bible verse, a description of its effect on the presenter, and an explanation of that person’s walk in Christ. “Sometime it’s easy to get caught up in the fundamentals of music,” said delegate Grace Sheppard. “But the way [Lyons] constantly provided a time to stop, hear
BY MEJEE LUTCHER “Onward, forward, shout aloud, ‘Hosanna!’ Christ is captain of the mighty throng!” William Sherwin’s words to “Sound the Battle Cry” resounded through the Pasadena Tabernacle (Calif.) Corps chapel during Western Music Institute’s (WMI) final concert on Aug. 13, as delegates, staff and guests lifted their voices in praise. Even in this simple congregational song, it was clear that the group had WATT SCHOLARSHIP: devoted hours of rehearsal Audriana Moody (Hanford Corps) to making this an excellent performance. PRAISE & WORSHIP: Held at Camp Mt. Crags Adrian Carillo (Long Beach Citadel Corps) in Calabasas, Calif., the 10-day territorial music WMI BAND institute included delegates Cornet: Jennifer Crowell (Portland Corps); from all 10 Western Jeremy Morrison (Salem Kroc Center) divisions. The assembly Horn: Alex Moxley (Salem Kroc Center) included 123 students and Baritone: Jonah Perine (San Diego Citadel Corps) 53 staff, for a total of 176 Bass Trombone: Andrew Sholin (Pasadena strong. Tabernacle Corps) This year’s camp had Tuba: Matthew Hall (El Cajon Corps) bittersweet moments. “Major Percussion: Sam Fowler (Seattle Temple Corps) Terry Camsey began the Western Music Institute 35 years ago,” said Neil Smith, WMI CHORUS territorial music secretary. Soprano: Audriana Moody (Hanford Corps); “It was with sadness that Jess Thompson (England) we learned of his sudden Alto: Amanda Wennstig (Seattle Temple Corps); promotion to Glory just Grace Sheppard (Grass Valley Corps) a few weeks before this Tenor: Andrew Sholin (Pasadena Tabernacle Corps); year’s event. He was a great Zane Morris (Salem Kroc Center) encourager and supporter of Bass: Oscar deLangen (Seattle Temple Corps) WMI. We were thrilled to be able to acknowledge Major CRESTMONT AWARD Beryl Camsey during our 1st place: Seattle Temple Corps Final Festival.” 2nd place: Salem Kroc Center Although rehearsal was 3rd place: San Diego Citadel Corps vital to preparing for soloist night and the mid-week and STILLWELL AWARD final concerts, music was 1st place: Amanda Wennstig (Seattle Temple Corps) not the only subject studied. 2nd place: Alex Moxley (Salem Kroc Center) Each day during meetings 3rd place: Jennifer Crowell (Portland Tabernacle Corps)
WMI 2011 Awards
Nampa, Idaho, 1st annual music day camp: Class of 2011 Photo by Erica Steven
Make a joyful noise!
n First annual music camp offers corps a new dimension.
Corps Officer Major Brenda Hathorn broke new ground for the Nampa (Idaho) Corps this summer when she instituted its first ever music day camp. The camp took place at the corps July 11-15. Cascade Divisional Music Director Cheri Gilden assisted with percussion and choir, and volunteers taught keyboard, guitar and theory. The week concluded with a concert for families and friends. A T.L. Williams grant allowed the corps to initiate this program for children of low-income parents who cannot afford music lessons. The grant enabled the corps to purchase 14 keyboards, which means the program will continue year-round, with community volunteers providing instruction on instruments. The corps also plans to add voice lessons. The music program provides a link between the youth center and the corps as through it parents discover the heart and mission of The Salvation Army.
Left to right: Jesus Nkunku, Jonathan Opina, Rebekah Norton and Oscar de Langen rehearse setionals at WMI. Photo by Mejee Lutcher
the Word and a little testimony really made our mission as a group of Salvation Army singers clear.” Special guests Nick and Roberta Simmons-Smith, Southern territorial music secretary and creative arts director, respectively, participated in everything from special performances and group leadership to even attending cabin devotions. Audriana Moody (Hanford Corps) recalled the couple talking about “putting full trust into God” during one devotional time. “It is so encouraging to see the wealth of talent the Lord has showered upon the West,” said Roberta Simmons-Smith, “and to see the commitment the young people have in offering these gifts back to God.” Acts 1:8, the theme verse for the week, states: But when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, you will receive power. This made a lasting impression on many
delegates and corresponded with the message of the Simmons-Smiths. “Nick taught us to practice singing, not so we can be better than everyone else, but so that we may be able to witness effectively out to the crowd,” said Jesus Nkunku (Concord Corps). “I used to sing for me and me only, but WMI opened my eyes and showed me that we must witness.” While the music education was important at WMI, so was spiritual counseling. Sam Fowler (Seattle Temple Corps) remembered Nick SimmonsSmith telling them, “People have invested in you; now you need to go and invest in somebody else.” “WMI 2011 was again a great success,” said Smith. “Not only did our young people learn lots about being a disciplined musician, but they also had time to enjoy fellowship with one another and learn about God’s plan for their lives.”
A summer of service n Young people in the Western Territory’s Service Corps challenged both to bless and be blessed. BY MEGAN McQUADE On June 13, the Western Territory deployed its Service Corps participants—31 young people—to various locations around the world for an eightweek, short-term mission trip. This year, teams of six traveled to the Dominican Republic, South Africa, the Philippines and Billings, Mont./Virgin Islands. One team of seven served the first half of their summer in southeast Alaska and the second half in the emerging Bayview/Hunter’s Point Ministry of San Francisco. All teams worked alongside local Salvation Army ministry efforts. Their service included leading weekly corps programs, hosting vacation Bible school, painting corps facilities, and providing music lessons to youth. Team leaders were Ruben Cordero from the Whittier Corps (Dominican Republic), Kaylena Charpentier from Phoenix Citadel (Philippines), Elizabeth Gross from Leeward Kroc Center (Billings/ Virgin Islands), Nancy Tuttle from the Grass Valley Corps (Alaska/San Francisco), and Cynthia Garcia from the Whittier Corps (South Africa). A week before their departure, team members attended a weeklong orientation where they were challenged not only to be a blessing to their hosts but also to allow themselves to be blessed. Each team rose to the challenge. Souls were saved and hearts returned home. After only one week at its location, one team
The Service Corps team serving in the Dominican Republic Photo by Ruben Cordero
made it into the local newspaper for outstanding service. As for “being blessed,” Service Corps team members shared their personal reflections. “Every day here has been such a blessing,” said Carmen Ross (Modesto Red Shield, Team Dominican Republic), “and I seriously feel myself growing in Christ more and more each day.” “We just finished leading our second church service since we’ve been here in St. Croix and let me just say that God is good!” said Jamie Taba (Kauluwela Corps, Team Billings/Virgin Islands). “It’s only been a little over a week and hearts are changing,” said Jennifer Crowell (Portland Tabernacle, Team Alaska/San Francisco), “especially mine!”
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Eastern European Territory celebrates 20 years of ministry
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n Officer recalls time spent in the Ukraine. BY WESLEY SUNDIN, MAJOR Western Territory officers Majors Wesley and Ruth Sundin served four years, 1993-1997, in the former Soviet Union, opening The Salvation Army’s work there. Recently, they returned to Kiev, Ukraine, for the 20th Anniversary Congress of the Eastern European Territory. The Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Sue Swanson are
As I looked out the plane porthole to the tarmac upon arriving in welcomed with a traditional eastern European bread and Kiev, Ukraine, in 1993, I could see soldiers brandishing submachine guns. salt greeting. Photo courtesy of International Headquarters Darkness and an oppressive heaviness greeted me as I entered the Kiev terminal building. people to meetings from one bus stop to another. Then “So this is Kiev, where I am to spend the next four years of my life? I think he would get on a bus going the other direction and do I want to go home.” These were my thoughts as my wife, Ruth, and I initially the very same thing. Because of his boldness, he had took up our new overseas appointment. a flourishing corps. In fact, wherever Mark and Lydia Fast forward to late May 2011. We arrived at a very modern Kiev airport were corps officers, their corps grew from the many for the 20th Anniversary Congress of the Eastern European Territory (EET). souls saved through their witness. We spent the next five days reacquainting ourselves with our former soldiers Captain Victor Stasiuk was one of the young men in Kiev and the country of Moldova. This visit with them felt like heaven. we discipled in the (then) newly opened work in While the news that the corps we opened in Kiev had closed years earlier Moldova. Now married, he stood on the stage during broke our hearts, we learned that many of our corps people had transferred the celebration, receiving a flag for the opening of his to another in the city and were still faithful to the Lord and The Salvation own corps in Ukraine. Army. The Oslo Temple brass ensemble played for the I ran into one of our young soldiers from the Levobresnev Corps located meetings and the Chief of the Staff gave the message. on the Left Bank of the Dnieper River in Kiev. He met me with a huge smile Meeting after meeting, the altars filled up with soldiers and a hug and shared that his young son would be installed as a junior seeking a deeper walk with God and new people soldier that very Sunday of the Congress. We were both proud of God’s receiving salvation. continued work in the former Soviet Union countries. Watching the commissioning of six new cadets was Two of the first soldiers we enrolled in Chisinau, Moldova, were Lydia just as exciting as witnessing the new converts. Many and Mark Prisazhnaya. Years ago, before meeting us, Lydia had seen a Salvationists here are still waiting to enter the training vision of The Salvation Army. We were encouraged to see Lydia—now college but space, time and money are not available for widowed—still carrying on strong for the Lord. Mark had helped open the them. second corps by way of his own unique style of evangelism. He would hop Make an online donation to support the work in the on a bus going through his area of town, preaching the gospel and inviting Eastern European Territory at salvationarmy.org.
New writer for Words of Life n The Salvation Army’s devotional book has a fresh voice and a new look. Words of Life—The Salvation Army’s international daily devotional book— Major Drew Ruthven (International Emergency Services) and Uganda Command headquarters introduces a staff examine damaged crops. Photo courtesy of International Headquarters new writer with its January Major Bev Ivany to April 2012 edition. The book, published every four months, will mand headquarters and International also make some design changes, giving it n The Salvation Army in Uganda Emergency Services visited villages in the a fresh, new look. supplies water and food during Namutumba district near Mbale to assess Major Bev Ivany, from Canada, brings drought. the needs of 4,000 families and to arrange a fresh style to this daily devotional for the supply of food and sanitation book. Each week, Words of Life will The Salvation Army in Uganda goods. Boreholes will be drilled to ensure include three daily devotions from the responded to the drought crisis developwater is available to the most needy of Old Testament, two from the New ing in the country, where people across families, even as the drought takes a Testament, with Psalms and Proverbs the Horn of Africa are dying due to lack greater hold. featured on Saturdays and a Salvation of food and water. The most urgent need is for water in Army song or hymn each Sunday. The In central eastern Uganda, thousands devotions offer one main idea aimed at of families have had poor harvests for the two medical clinics. Mothers have been bringing an inspirational moment to the past five years, due to either too little rain bringing malnourished children into the clinics, but more than 80 have died this readers’ day—drawing them closer to or—at other times—because so much year alone. A water bore for the main God. rain fell that floods destroyed the crops. clinic will help to boost survival rates. Each entry includes the Scripture The Salvation Army has been distributThe message from the Uganda reading and a short devotional thought. ing food to needy families in the area, Command and International Emergency Over the next three years, every book including a distribution to 680 families Services is simple: please pray for the of the Bible will be covered under the after recent landslides in a mountainous situation and support this work in any themes of faith, hope and love. region. way possible. “The purpose of Words of Life is In some areas The Salvation Army is Donate online to The Salvation Army’s to inspire and encourage Christians the only non-governmental organization Africa Disaster Fund at salvationarmy.org. through Scripture,” said Ivany. “The providing food. From International Emergency Services Staff from The Salvation Army’s comDEVOTIONAL, page 8
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SCOTLAND—Scotland won soccer’s Homeless World Cup recently in Paris, defeating Mexico 4-3 in the final. Three members of the successful team participated in a rehabilitation program at The Salvation Army’s William Hunter Lifehouse in Glasgow. “The guys have shown real determination and have worked hard at The Salvation Army to rebuild their lives and get healthy,” said Ron Senior, Lifehouse center manager. The Homeless World Cup (homelessworldcup.org) uses soccer to energize homeless people to change their lives. The first tournament in 2003 welcomed 18 nations; now it’s grown to include 64 teams from 53 countries. From salvationarmy.org.uk AUSTRALIA—Kate Ellis, federal minister for employment participation, commended The Salvation Army Employment Plus (TSAEP) in Marrickville, New South Wales, for its innovative solutions for long-term unemployment. “The Salvation Army Employment Plus initiative is a great example of how a range of human service teams can help disadvantaged jobseekers,” she said at the launch of TSAEP Research Project and Connections Plus model in July. The project provides comprehensive support services to jobseekers including specialist support, with access to training, health, legal services and housing, to help people move into employment. From WARCRY/au , Aug. 13, 2011 SINGAPORE—This summer, the “Great Singapore Search” attracted 81 Salvationist youth for service and friendly competition. They formed teams, performed a task and then solved clues to find the next location and activity. They could also enter a photo competition, judged by Territorial Commander Colonel Gillian Downer and Territorial Youth and Candidates’ Secretary Captain Zane Haupt. At the event’s conclusion, 140 people attended a combined youth service. Major Ruth Pascoe, William Booth Corps commanding officer, spoke on “Age Old Foundations,” quoting William Booth and emphasizing our mission of “getting people saved and keeping them saved and then getting someone else saved.” From War Cry, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Territory, Aug. 2011 issue PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG)—The Salvation Army was one of four recipients of funds from the Malaysian Association of PNG. The annual charity event started over 10 years ago with the association raising funds through various means—including the Malaysian Business Council Charity Golf events—to assist various charity organizations throughout PNG. Captain Bernard Kila, public relations officer, accepted the check for just over $9,000 and Major Philip Maxwell thanked the association after the presentation. Other recipients were the 9-Mile Clinic, the Canossian Sisters and Hope (PNG). From Tokaut, May-June, 2011 CANADA—For the second year, The Salvation Army Moncton Community and Family Services, New Brunswick, entered a rowing team in the Greater Moncton Dragon Boat Festival. The team of 24 rowers and 12 volunteers raised more than $2,000, while the Army’s mobile canteen served refreshments. The funds helped send children from low-income families to summer camp, covering camp registration, transportation and meals, and providing sleeping bags, toiletries and clothing. From Salvationist, Sept. 2011
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Brigadier Marie Pearl Anderson was promoted to Glory July 20 from Henderson, Nev. Anderson was born April 19, 1917, in Cheyenne, Wyo., where her parents were envoys at the Cheyenne Corps. When the family relocated to Pueblo, Colo., they became active in the Pueblo Corps. Anderson participated in many Salvationist youth groups and activities. After graduating from Pueblo’s Central High School in 1935, Anderson enrolled at the School for Officer Training in San Francisco. She was commissioned with the World for God Session and took her first appointment in Casper, Wyo. She later served throughout the Western Territory with a final appointment in the territorial commander’s office before her retirement in 1982. One of Anderson’s favorite responsibilities was directing the Booth Home in Anchorage, Alaska, in the early 1960s. While there, she survived the earthquake of 1964—the second largest in the world and the largest in the U.S., according to records. After retirement, Anderson pursued a passion for traveling, journeying throughout Europe and the U.S. On one trip she visited the Holy Land and spent Christmas Day in Jerusalem. In 2005, Anderson moved to Henderson, Nev., to be closer to family. Anderson is survived by her nieces, Susan Smith and Nancy Anderson, and great-niece, Allison Johnson. The Henderson Corps held a memorial service on July 30. Corps Officer Major William Cobb officiated.
Captain Arrie B. Purdell was promoted to Glory Aug. 7, from Ponce de Leon, Fla. Arrie Ferrell was born March 25, 1933, in Gadsden County, Fla. As a single mother of three daughters, she worked as a carhop in San Diego to provide for them. In 1958 she met John Purdell, a new manager trainee at the restaurant. The couple wed in 1960. Arrie Purdell accepted Christ during an A. Wetherall Johnson Bible Study Fellowship in October 1967. The following month four of her now seven children made commitments to Christ, and in early December, John Purdell did as well. The family then joined the Community Bible Church in Glendale, Calif. Twelve years later, in 1979, a neighbor invited the Purdells to watch a children’s skit at The Salvation Army Burbank (Calif.) Corps. They instantly fell in love with the Army. The couple entered full time service with The Salvation Army in November 1979. After two months of training at the Pasadena Tabernacle (Calif.) Corps, they served as auxiliary captains at the El Centro (Calif.) Corps. In June 1981, they moved to the San Fernando Valley Corps, remaining there for nine years. They transferred to the Eastern Territory’s Northeast Ohio Division in 1990 where John served as divisional evangelist and Arrie as senior services secretary. Two years later they relocated to the Dover/ New Philadelphia Corps. In 1995 the Purdells transferred back to the Santa Maria (Calif.) Corps in the Western Territory, serving there until their retirement in 1997.
Because the Purdells did not live near a Salvation Army corps after retirement in Ponce de Leon, a local community church in their town held a service on Aug. 7. A family memorial is planned for October. Major Lois Annette Brooks, 82, was promoted to Glory Aug. 6, from Yakima, Wash. Lois Annette Williams was born March 23, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minn., to John and Annette Williams. After graduating from Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, she moved to California and became a soldier at The Salvation Army San Diego Temple Corps. She married Leslie Brooks, whom she met at the corps, in 1959. The couple had three children: Rick, Kathy and Mark. After serving as faithful soldiers in San Diego, the Brooks opened the Army’s work in Escondido, Calif., as auxiliary captains. They served there for over nine years, during that time becoming full captains. The Brooks served as active officers for 27 years plus three years in postretirement. Their appointments were in California, Colorado, Washington, New Mexico, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon and included five Hispanic corps: Hollywood, Calif., where they opened the ministry; Los Angeles Red Shield; San Francisco Mission Corps; and Grandview and Yakima, Wash. Although Brooks did not speak Spanish, she loved working in the Hispanic community. During Sunday meetings, children would sit with her and translate the service. After retirement in 1993, the Brooks
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settled in Beaverton, Ore., later moving to Yakima, Wash., to be near family. Lois Brooks is survived by her husband, Les; daughter, Major Kathy (Maynard) Sargent; son, Mark (Heather) Brooks; sister, Jane Casey; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Yakima Corps held a celebration of life on Aug. 13. Major Maynard Sargent officiated.
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readings are not cumbersome. They’re simply an opportunity for people to get into the habit of starting their day with God.” Words of Life is available in Salvation Army trade stores and in some Christian bookstores. Because of its international audience, Ivany avoids using North American terminology and anecdotes. “The books also have guest writers who represent a variety of countries as we try to relate to people around the world,” Ivany said. “The benefit of it being an international publication is that on any given day, you know that other Salvationists and Christians are reading the same words as you and sharing in that intimate way with God. That connects and unifies us.” Having written more than 100 articles for Salvation Army publications and three books—Kid Talk, Teen Talk and Mentorship: A Guide for Developing Healthy Mentoring Relationships—Ivany comes to this appointment hoping to encourage people to “take time with the Father daily as you meditate upon his Word. Ask Jesus to interpret his Word and speak to your heart. And open yourself to the Spirit as he brings inspiration.” From the article, “Words to Inspire and Encourage,” by Julia Hosking Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center San Diego, CA
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The Corps Ministry Director (CMD) is responsible for the fulfillment of The Salvation Army’s (S.A.’s) mission. The CMD should have three or more years of experience with planning, implementation and oversight of day-to-day ministry and programs associated with a corps. The CMD must be a uniform-wearing Salvationist, experienced in leading worship services, biblical teaching and preaching, outreach, soldier development, pastoral care and overall congregational life. The CMD must have successful experience in supervising and managing a professional ministry staff and volunteers and able to work independently. The CMD recruits and trains participants for musical and dramatic presentations and directs them in worship ministry. The CMD should have experience developing and managing budgets. Proficiency with web and publishing software is preferred. A bachelor’s degree in a ministry related field is preferred, but not required. Salary: DOEE, 40 hrs/wk, full benefits. Please send resume to: email@example.com
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General Bond calls Salvation Army to prayer n Salvationists asked to pray for peace and victims of sex trade trafficking. General Linda Bond called The Salvation Army to pray for peace and for victims of sex trade trafficking. A Sunday in September has been set aside for each prayer focus—the fifth annual dedicated prayer observance.
Dressed in full uniform, Salvation Army Captain Todd Mason takes the inaugural ride down the Augusta Kroc Center’s 190-foot waterslide. Courtesy Salvation Army USA blog
Newest Kroc Center opens in Augusta
The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Augusta, Ga., opened in early August after seven years of planning and developing the 100,000-square-foot facility. Over 9,000 guests visited on opening day, Aug. 6, entertained by a Salvation Army band in the impressive Franklynn Hall Arts and Worship Center, autograph signings by Augusta Green Jackets team members, and even free massages. The day ended with a performance by local band Cowboy Mouth and a fireworks show timed to traditional Salvation Army brass band music. In the first full day of operation, 1,004 memberships were sold representing 2,374 members. “Our grand opening far exceeded my expectations,” said Captain Todd Mason, Kroc Center and area administrator. “After planning for so long and after our team had put so much work and heart into this
project since its beginning, it was an amazing feeling and a beautiful sight to behold. It was fun, it was filled with laughter, learning and depth and with over 9,000 guests coming onto the campus that day, my heart was blessed.” The massive structure, which sits on 17 acres in historic Harrisburg, boasts a spectacular pool and water slide, gymnasiums and fitness centers, recreational rooms for kids and adults, an amphitheater and banquet hall. It provides facilities, programs and services that encourage positive life-changing experiences for children and adults, strengthen families, and enrich the lives of seniors. “I was reminded over and over again of this wonderful gift from Joan Kroc and the blessing the Lord has bestowed upon the greater Augusta area because of that gift,” Mason said. From blog.salvationarmy.usa
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the international Salvation Army is encouraged to respond to a Call to Prayer for Peace, focusing on the Bible verse: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt. 5:9 NIV). A week later, on Sept. 25, Salvationists and friends are called to pray for victims of sex trade trafficking, with the theme verse: “I have come that they may have life” (John 10:10).
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September 2, 2011 New Frontier
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Excellence in management and effective board governance are standards of today’s non-profit world. Even though we are clearly “advisory” Dick in our makeup, it is essential that our Hagerty community advisory organizations Advisory board create and adhere to standards that member will make efficient and effective local Salvation Army programs succeed. In working with many ministry boards that are “policy” rather than “advisory,” I have struggled to come up with clear guidelines and standards that make our advisory role effective, while maintaining the policy and executive integrity of the Army hierarchy. In the process of mentoring young officers and advisory boards/councils, I have developed a comprehensive set of attributes that I believe serve as a standard of excellence for all of our advisory organizations. The attributes of a great advisory board/council The advisory board... 1. Clearly understands its “advisory” role. The board also understands that The Salvation Army is first of all an evangelical church, and then a great social agency. This social ministry of the Army is the sole area of board focus. 2. Comes alongside the local corps officer, respecting the officer’s role as the CEO while strengthening the areas where the officer needs support. 3. Takes the lead and responsibility for financial integrity at the local level in approval of budgeting, adoption of new social programs and monitoring of existing programs. 4. Elects a chair and board officers who are willing and able to manage the board, maintain integrity of the Army in the community, closely monitor and review finance and programs while leaving management expressly in the hands of the local officer in charge. 5. Clearly defines the role of new members including recruiting, orientation, committee assignments and making the member an active part of the local work of the Army. The board holds clear expectations of each member to give financial support and other input as needed. 6. Works as a team with the officer and staff to fully accomplish the social ministries of the community. The board develops written policy and strategy for it to follow and maintain. 7. Organizes the board into effective working committees that meet regularly and report directly to the board for full board action. 8. Has great meetings. Meetings must start and end on time. The chairman and the officer must not dominate the meeting time. Reporting should be brief, and input and dialogue from all members must be encouraged. 9. Is accountable for the legal, financial and program efficiencies, and avoids conflicts of interest. The board continually evaluates itself for effectiveness, and encourages inactive members to become active, step aside, or accept an honorary or emeritus role so others may join. 10. Pursues excellence by keeping board members forward looking, focused on outcome and results. The board must discipline itself as to attendance, participation and activity, and demand that board members fully utilize his/her community relationships to further the image and promote the work of the Army. Expect excellence! Remember that the board represents the continued face of The Salvation Army to the community. Officers will come and they will go, but the advisory board will remain the constant within the community. When I meet with boards and/or officers to talk about effective board work, I always begin with this document. I believe that it is the essential standard for the effective advisory role in the community. I hope that we adopt some standards such as these to measure the effectiveness of all of our advisory organizations. Dick Hagerty has served on the Modesto (Calif.) Advisory Board since 1971—twice chairing it for a total of five years—and the National Advisory Board, currently as the only acting emeritus member. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss community or advisory board topics, including topics to address in this column.
Proclaimers of the Resurrection What we need in The Salvation Army are Proclaimers of the Resurrection. This is a great session name that establishes a strong prophetic hope for the Western Territory. We all need to be proclaimers of the resurrection. With boldness, our ministries James declare our mission of healing, helping and giving hope. There’s resurrection Knaggs evidence in the lives of the many Commissioner who are supported, encouraged and stabilized with the support of our service to God. We do so in the name of Jesus and in the hope that all the people we meet will receive God’s love for their very own and experience the resurrection of their own lives as a result. It’s here in the witness of those who come to faith that the proclamation of the resurrection takes on flesh and becomes convincing. It is in this sequence that the plan of God for the world takes focus and becomes an increasing reality among us. We are The Salvation Army. Our message and our lifestyles promote this resurrection certainty for all
and for today. This message speaks of living above our circumstances and rising beyond our oppressors and difficulties to new heights of living and loving—just as God designed for us. In this resurrection hope we see marriages reconciled, addictions dropped, hopes renewed and aimlessness made right with purpose. These are all components of the resurrection we proclaim. Let us then proclaim it from the rooftops and from our workstations, our dinner tables and places of recreation and leisure. Let us leave no ear without the sounds of salvation for all and no eye without the image of a resurrected Lord with love for all. Will you be a proclaimer of the resurrection? Your life is proclaiming something right now. It might as well be through the loving power of our heavenly Father and filled with his joy, peace and everlasting hope. Then let us march side by side with these newly accepted cadets whose session name becomes one of the banners of our generation: Proclaimers of the Resurrection. Hallelujah!
God’s boiling point I was born into a low-income family. My sister and I were introduced to The Salvation Army and received Christ as our Savior at the Linda age of 7. Almost immediately, I Manhardt felt the call to Major missionary service. You may ask, “How does a 7-year-old child receive the call?” I remember locking myself in the bathroom and crawling up on the sink. I sat and gazed into the mirror as I sang the choruses to the Lord that I had learned at the corps. In my 7-year-old mind, I imagined that I was singing to the “natives” who were about to boil me in a big black pot. As they heard my
song, I envisioned them coming to Jesus and kneeling around the pot in prayer. My daydream ended there, but I must have assumed that they repented and freed me from the fire! Was this the result of too many politically incorrect Saturday morning cartoons? I think not. I believe it was the power of the Holy Spirit capturing the imagination of a young child—placing a call upon my heart in a way that I could understand. From this point on, I held the quiet, firm belief that God had a plan for my life and he would make it come about. Though my situation sometimes seemed hopeless, I carried this special knowledge in my heart. I thank God for every adverse
situation that has come my way, for he has used each one to prepare me for service. I praise him that I was raised in an inner-city cultural context that was not my own. As a result, I instinctively know how to be an “acceptable outsider”—existing and ministering in a foreign context with the ability to love and fully embrace the people I find. See how God prepares those he chooses? What has God planned to do with you? Do you find yourself facing difficult circumstances? Allow him to use those circumstances to mold and make you into the person that he can use for the specific task he selected for you before your birth. Dream. Hope. Believe. He is faithful. God is powerful in “impossible” circumstances!
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The second in the series of CDs featuring John Larsson playing piano arrangements of songs from the Gowans and Larsson musicals is available. The CD highlights music from two of their most influential works: Jesus Folk and Spirit! A Latino version of Spirit! was recently launched by the Southern California Division. Many of the 32 songs featured are well known—ten of them made it into the current edition of The Salvation Army Song Book. “The lyrics of these songs,” writes General Larsson (Ret.), “have become part of the mental furniture of thousands of Salvationists, often without them knowing that they originated in one of these two musicals.” Favorites include “He came to give us life in all its fullness,” “You know I love you,” “Ask, ask, ask and it shall be given,” “Burning, burning” and “To be like Jesus.” The CD comes with a booklet containing the song words written by General John Gowans (Ret). The first CD in the series, featuring music from Take-over Bid and Hosea, was released by SP&S last year and has been one of its best selling recordings since. John Larsson plays Jesus Folk and Spirit! is available from the territorial resource department, online at shop.salvationarmy. org. Visit johnlarsson.com for further information and sample tracks.
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September 2, 2011 New Frontier
To the one whom God has gifted May I remind you of something you already knew? That is, after all, my specialty! We all have our gifts. Whether or not we realize it, God has distributed his good Sharon gifts freely and generously among his people. Robertson How could it be other- Lt. Colonel wise? Every good thing bestowed, and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of his will he brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be as it were the first fruits among his creatures (James 1:17-18 NAS). We are his special creation, designed to exemplify to a skeptical world the quality of his work. How could we possibly believe that he is unable to provide us with what is needed to fit us for his purposes? Sadly, the concept of “giftedness” has become distorted through popular usage into something almost unrecognizable as the inevitable consequence of being born into the family of God. We tend to think of the one who has outstanding natural talents as being “gifted,” while the rest of us make do with whatever humble abilities we may possess. That is not a scriptural interpretation. Talents are wonderful things! They are indeed gifts from God. They are not, however, the most important gifts he bestows; nor are the things we commonly call “spiritual gifts,” special gifts given to God’s favorite children. As Paul made clear in Romans 12:6-8 (NIV), We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully and reaffirms in I Corinthians 12:4-6, There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. God doesn’t play favorites. The gifts God has given to you or to me are no less important, no less to be valued and used than those gifts more publicly recognized; God gives to each of his children gifts according to his choosing, not that we might receive honor and acclaim, but that we might share in the privilege of accomplishing his holy and
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eternal purposes. All comfy now? Good, now we can get to the tough part! Can there be too much of a good thing? Can a person be “too gifted”? Actually, no. God doesn’t pamper and spoil his children by giving us too much, but we can certainly be guilty of spoiling his gifts by misusing them. Consider, for example: A man or woman is gifted with what it takes to become a strong, effective leader. The individual has the personal charisma, the eloquence, the assertiveness, the ability to influence others. A highly successful ministry is founded. God be praised, many may be persuaded to follow Christ. Is it possible for that leader to be seduced by his or her own popularity, to seek and find satisfaction in the success of the ministry, rather than in the honor of being allowed to be in God’s service? Can success go to the head of even one who is committed to Christ? Or can one who is gifted in providing a service—one who is gifted in hospitality, for example—become so wrapped up in performing that service that greater satisfaction comes from the recognition and thanks of those served than from the awareness that a need is fulfilled through obedient service before the Lord? Or, though we say the right things when someone compliments us, verbalizing the commendable staple plea, “Give God the praise, not me,” do we secretly embrace the praise as our own, and plan how our next effort will be even more commendable? Or can we decry (or even deny) the gifts we are given, or perhaps even envy the gifts God has chosen to give others? If God gives us the heart and mind to write a note of condolence, do we trivialize that gift by envying the one who can put together a persuasive treatise on ministering to the grief-stricken? Do we fail to recognize that God gives us our own personal gifts and abilities because those gifts and abilities are precisely what he needs in this moment—and in moments to come? These things happen; they must not be allowed to happen. When we come to think of those things, those abilities or characteristics God gives us, as being somehow due to our own merit, we disrupt God’s intent for their use. Thank God for his good gifts. May we use them in accordance with his purposes. After all, for the one committed to the service of God, for the one whom God gifted through adoption as his own, there should be but one ambition: May Jesus Christ be praised!
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Often we find ourselves confronted by challenges we try to surmount only to be forced to recognize that what we tried wasn’t working. We all regularly face such challenges—a relationship gone sour, a test at school with a very low grade, an essay filled with red marks, a column for a newspaper lost somewhere in a computer just as it’s finished, a marriage with disappearing intimacy, job performance rated poor, a serious injury to an athlete caused by carelessness, unexpected data that fails in an expensive laboratory experiment, investments that led only to significant loss—and so Robert on through the exigencies of life. Docter A muddy puddle of negativity splashes our brains and souls with such words as stupid, failure, incompetent, dumb, ineffectual, hopeless, inept— Editor-In-Chief and anything else we can hit ourselves with during high moments of low self-doubt. Starting over is not an indictment of past failures. No! Heroes start over. Starting over indicates a strong will to pursue a goal in different ways—to learn and thus profit from that which had seemed to fail. There’s some considerable challenge in starting over. It takes strength of will to overcome negative affect patterns that stimulate self-condemnation. Those who fail to accept the challenge, who continue this fear-based resistance, also fail to grow. Life demands growth in each of its phases. There is never a time when we are excused from the responsibility of growing. Life is a series of endings and beginnings. We are confronted by different choices as we move from childhood through adolescence and into adulthood. We catch differing values, beliefs and attitudes from our parents. They establish many boundaries. They give us widely varying degrees of freedom. From this we assume “roles” in life. Gerald and Marianne Corey, in their book I Never Knew I Had a Choice, examine role choices that become the motivation or the resistance to accepting new challenges in life. They identify significantly different gender roles. They suggest that “the stereotypical male is cool, detached, objective, rational, worldly, competitive and strong.” Many who seek the stereotype as their model choose to suppress feelings, which they consider feminine. This man is emotionally unavailable, aggressive, denies his fears, zealously protects his inner self, is rigid in his labeling of others. I can’t guess how many stereotypical males live in this culture. This guy lives by rules about how masculine men are. They are swayed by sound bites and sign words. They refuse to grow beyond the dimensions they’ve assigned themselves in their role. I think they need to start over. They caught these behaviors early and began to form their identity at the conclusion of the adolescent period. Now they’re stuck. The Coreys state that they pay a price for this. He “loses a sense of himself because of his concern with being the way he thinks he should be as a male.” They don’t know how to love or be loved. They hide, hungering for affection, but without the will to begin anew—to start over, in life. They also identify female stereotypes that identify women as “warm, expressive, and nurturing. They are expected to be kind, thoughtful and caring. They are not aggressive or independent. They are emotional and intuitive” as well as “passive and submissive. They prefer relationships over professional accomplishments.” Women who fit the stereotype also pay a price. They box themselves in with the limited boundaries of this role. “Women and men need to remain open to each other and be willing to change their attitudes...releasing themselves from stereotypical roles.” Breaking the stereotype demands starting over in terms of self-image, roles, and decisionmaking. The culture is changing. With the entry of massive numbers of women into the work place and assuming non-traditional roles, we find the male beginning to assume more of the responsibilities formerly assigned females. It’s almost as if the cultural change forced us to start over in all aspects of our life Mid-life, that period of life which I consider the adolescence of adulthood, presents its own challenge. Time is measured differently with computations providing answers related to the amount of time I have left instead of measuring my time from birth to mid-life. Gender roles shift. Females become more assertive, less nurturing, more outside the home than within it. At mid-life we tend to put aside long-ssought dreams. Males assume a more nurturing role, and reveal more feeling. We are required to start over building a new sense of self and to form a new identity at each major developmental crisis. Psychologist Eric Ericson describes the final developmental crisis as “integrity vs. despair” and suggests that the major challenge of this last developmental period is “to be through having been.” I see this as completeness vs. faithlessness with the challenge of living a complete life instead of living a life of despair. For some the aches, pains and pills of this period are very severe and limiting. It’s possible easily to slip into despair. The best way to avoid this is through a strengthened faith and a strong support system. Age need not be a factor in seeking to start over, to find life and hope through increased spirituality.
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