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APPENDIX 5:  Transcript  of  interview  with  Estelle  Blake  (Christian,  Female)   Interviewed  in  Rome,  Italy   12  March  2016     I’m  Estelle  Blake,  a  member  of  The  Salvation  Army  –  fully  ordained.  My  title  is  Major   Estelle  Blake  but  I  prefer  Estelle  –  because  ‘major’  was  given  to  me  after  I  was  named   ‘Estelle’!  My  title  is,  at  the  moment,  the  National  Coordinator  for  Anti  Human   Trafficking  and  Green  Light  Project  Ministries  here  within  the  Italy  and  Greece   Command.  I  am  the  Associate  Officer  at  Rome  Corps  [church],  but  in  about  three  weeks   I  will  be  the  Commanding  Officer  also  at  Florence  Corps,  with  the  additional  national   appointment.  So  yes,  it’s  a  long  badge  title!  In  Italian,  it’s  even  longer.     So  you’re  a  Christian  and  a  Salvationist  –  how  long  have  you  been  a  Christian?     I  became  a  Christian  when  I  was  seven  years  old.  My  parents  were  Salvation  Army   officers,  but  that  didn’t  mean  automatically  becoming  a  person  of  faith.  People  always   ask  if  I’m  religious,  and  I  say  ‘yes  –  about  my  football  team  but  not  about  my  faith’.  I   became  a  Christian  because  I  felt  that  was  the  right  thing  to  do  as  a  child.  I  knelt  at  a   Salvation  Army  drum,  because  they  were  at  an  outpost,  and  we  didn’t  have  a  mercy   seat  [the  focus  of  prayer  in  a  Salvation  Army  church],  so  my  mum  put  a  drum  down  and   that  became  our  mercy  seat.  I  gave  my  heart  to  Jesus  then.  So  that’s  40  years  ago,   which  seems  an  awful  long  time!  God’s  Spirit  took  over  me  when  I  was  a  young  person.   I  wanted  to  leave  The  Salvation  Army  ’cause  I  was  bored  with  it  –  which  is  hard  when   your  parents  are  officers.  But  because  of  the  people  they  were,  they  were  usually  in   charge  of  the  big  Salvation  Army  corps.  But  they  encouraged  me  to  go  off  and  discover.   They  were  more  concerned  about  me  being  a  person  of  faith  than  they  were  about   Salvationism.  And  God  clearly  told  me  to  get  back  to  the  Army,  because  it  would  never   change  while  I  was  out  of  it.  So  I  went  back  and  then  one  day  went  to  a  summer  school   when  I  was  about  18.  God  clearly  spoke  to  me  at  the  summer  school  and  said  ‘Estelle,   it’s  time  for  you  to  take  it  even  further’.  And  after  a  week  of  fighting,  I  went  forward  for   officership.     So  I’ve  now  been  an  ordained  officer  since  1992  –  this  year  it’s  24  years!  –  and  I’ve   done  my  officership  between  Italy  and  the  UK.  Strangely  enough,  all  my  officership  in   the  UK  has  always  been  London-­‐based  –  not  because  I  asked  to  be  in  London.  And  all   my  officership  in  Italy  has  been  in  the  south,  up  until  now.  I’ve  always  been  further   south  than  Rome,  in  places  that  most  people  have  just  heard  about.  I  came  to  Italy   because  God  clearly  called  me  to  Italy.  I  speak  Italian,  but  Italian  that  could  probably  be   better.  But  people  say  my  Italian  is  good  enough  –  it’s  great.  Actually,  Italians  always   tell  me  my  Italian  is  great.  So  that’s  who  I  am.  I’m  here.     My  involvement  with  prostitution  and  anti-­‐trafficking  is  entirely  because  of  The   Salvation  Army.  In  2002  when  I  left  Italy  the  first  time,  I  was  appointed  to  The  Salvation   Army’s  Faith  House  project  in  Kings  Cross  [London].  I  had  never  asked  to  do  that   appointment.  I  ended  up  being  there  11  years.  So  it  was  quite  an  intriguing  time  to  be   there.  As  a  result,  because  of  other  people,  I  returned  to  Italy  and  am  now  serving  in   this  role.  

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Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...

Putting Your Faith in Social Media  

Research findings regarding the social media expression of people of faith. By David Giles, Web and Social Media Manager at The Salvation Ar...