FAITH IN ACTION 03 APRIL 2021 | Issue 6764 | $1.50
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Love Your Neighbour Last weekend one of the neighbours in our street organised a street barbeque in our local park. We had a good turn-out, and it was lovely to see the various ages and ethnicities gathered together and enjoying the afternoon sun. Most of the neighbours have lived in our street for years, but a few are newcomers. We all agreed that we should make more of an effort to meet socially, and we planned various events we might host in the park. I came away from the gathering with the warm fuzzies of a pleasant time together, but also a wistful nostalgia for the camaraderie and togetherness that I had experienced during my childhood and, for that matter, my children’s childhoods, as we have had the privilege of living in wonderfully social and caring neighbourhoods. Sadly, due to the busyness and hurry of life today, much of our neighbourhood social interactions have been reduced to a wave and hello as we pick up mail and bins at the top of the driveway. The get-togethers of the past—‘potluck’ dinner, lunch, afternoon tea, supper and any other occasion we could think of—have been replaced with responsibilities and Netflix. In Firezone on page 12, Vanessa Singh writes about the importance of pausing this Easter and allowing the tension between the remembrance of Christ’s death on Easter Friday and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday. She says ‘the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb’. This is a powerful image of entering into the reflective, restful, contemplative place of rest where we can pause and meet with Christ. This Easter as I pause to remember and celebrate, I am going to gather with my family and come away with Christ to pause and rest with him. I am also going to interact with my neighbours and prioritise those whom I should love as myself. Vivienne Hill Editor
Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue. God´s voice in response to mine is its most essential part. Andrew Murray
Romans 6:9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. Rōma 6:9 E mātau ana hoki tātou, ka ara nei a te Karaiti i te hunga mate, heoi anō ōna matenga; kāhore he kīngitanga o te mate ki a ia ā mua tonu atu.
or his anger is but for a moment, his favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’ (Psalm 30:5). In the early morning hours of a beautiful spring day my middle son was born at home. At the same time across the road my neighbour took his last breath. The cycle of life and death played out on our little street that night as our two families experienced the weeping endured for the night; but joy only came to our family in the morning as my son’s small cries announced his safe arrival. Our dark night was vastly different to our neighbours’. The agony and pain I endured worked within me to bring forth a welcome and greatly anticipated event. Our neighbours’ dark night would continue for months, years, as the impact of losing a much-loved family member was realised. The Hebrew understanding of the word ‘endure’ in Psalm 30:5 means ‘a guest who comes to stay for the night’. Sorrow comes to stay often as an uninvited and unwelcome guest. It can come unannounced with no intimation of a leaving date, and the dark night stretches out with no morning in sight. Every Easter we look at the dark night experienced by Jesus and the dark night experienced by the disciples. Jesus knew his mission. He knew the outcome was an agonising death; but it says in Hebrews 12:2b, ‘…For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God’. Jesus knew that the result
of that dark, horrible night was a joy so profound, so transformative that it was unthinkable for him not to experience it, because it was crucial for humankind. What a very different night it was for the disciples who did not experience the agonies of Christ, but they saw their hopes and dreams, their reputations and futures disappear as the first rays of sun came up that morning after Christ’s death. There was no joy, no enlightened understanding of what had taken place, they were left with what looked like broken promises and misguided dreams. The beauty of being ‘in Christ’ is no matter whether we are experiencing a life-giving dark night or life-taking dark night, Christ triumphs over all sorrow, all pain, all death. There is nothing we experience in our lives that Christ does not promise to redeem. It says in Romans 8:28, ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose’. No matter what the dark night may be for you, know that because Christ endured his dark night, the joy-filled morning is promised to us all. Just like the disciples realised that what looked like death and defeat was actually the salvation of the world. There is the promise of joy in the morning. He does not leave you without a plan, without a purpose, without hope. BY VIVIENNE HILL
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SALLIEOFTHEWEEK Elaine Flanagan (Sydenham Corps)
Elaine Flanagan is one of our key volunteers at Sydenham, Christchurch. Although Elaine’s primary ministry is within our Community House and Foodbank, she is also a passionate helper with our children’s programme, women’s events and anywhere else she can get involved and lend a hand. Elaine has easily given 15–20 hours a week in voluntary service within The Salvation Army over the last ten years. She is compassionate, creative, selfless and loyal. Elaine will go beyond what is expected, motivated by her love for God and her love for people. She is warm, encouraging and generous. Elaine is a significant contributor to the culture of our corps and Community House, 1 What heavy exemplifying whanaungatanga and manaakitanga, ensuring our spaces metal band provide places of belonging and became the safety for all, and we are first to perform beyond grateful to and for her. (Written by live in each Tracy Boon)
of the seven continents?
4 What astronomical term is used when the Moon is closest to Earth? 5 How many people were saved in Noah’s Ark? Answers on page 22
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On Friday 12 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with New Zealand’s church leaders to discuss the need for substantial, ‘transformative’ change within issues such as social wellbeing, housing and the nation’s pandemic response. Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Housing Minister Megan Woods were also in attendance. The Salvation Army was represented by Territorial Commander Commissioner Mark Campbell and Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit (SPPU) Director Lt-Colonel Ian Hutson. The Prime Minister expressed her gratitude for the churches’ involvement in the pandemic response, saying the Government could not have managed the crisis
2 Who invented the three-point seat belt? 3 ‘The Boat Race’ takes place between crews from which two UK universities?
NZ Church Leaders Meet with PM
When it comes to dropping ‘Easter Eggs’ in films, Disney is the master. Here are five little shout-outs to other Disney films which appear in some of their biggest titles. 1. In Big Hero 6 (2014), a statue of Prince Hans from Frozen (2013) is accidentally demolished by Baymax—oh no… 2. Speaking of Frozen, if you watch Anna’s opening musical number carefully, you’ll spot Rapunzel and Eugene from Tangled (2010) in the crowd. 3. Nani from Lilo and Stitch (2002) has a poster of Mulan on her bedroom wall. 4. In The Lion King (1994), Zazu jokes about how Scar would make a nice throw rug. Well, guess who the throw rug in Hercules (1997) uncannily resembles … 5. There are more than 1000 ‘Hidden Mickeys’ in the Disney film catalogue. You can find the iconic Mickey Mouse shape disguised everywhere from bubbles to Dalmatian spots.
Drama Cousins (PG) Directed by Ainsley Gardiner & Briar Grace-Smith Cousins is a beautiful film about the ties that bind a family to both whānau and whenua. Mata, placed in an orphanage after her mother supposedly dies, is united with her whānau on her iwi’s land and quickly becomes integral to a close, three-way bond she shares with cousins Missy and Makareta. But, having been legally adopted by an uncaring and exploitative guardian, she is taken to the city, and again separated from her whānau. All three cousins journey separately for many years, each taking on different challenges. Only Missy remains on the land. This film has a richness of place and people, with the whenua almost a character in its own right, as it calls each of the cousins home— whether they like it or not. Patricia Grace’s novel has been adapted by her daughter-in-law Briar Grace-Smith, who also stars as Makareta. It is a gem. (Reviewed by Louise Parry)
without their contributions. ‘She thanked us profusely,’ Ian says. Commissioner Mark Campbell was one of the leaders asked to speak on the topic of ‘Welfare, Income and Wellbeing’, while SPPU’s recent State of the Nation 2021 report was referenced multiple times throughout the meeting. ‘The other churches wanted our voice to be amongst them, and I suspect it’s because of The Salvation Army’s reputation and also the State of the Nation report,’ Ian says.
Hot Cross Buns Dough 1 cup milk 1½ tsp dry yeast ¼ cup sugar 50g butter
The group also considered the role of churches in the ongoing Covid-19 response (including the rollout of vaccinations) and the nationwide housing crisis.
3 cup flour
Ian believes this annual meeting with the Prime Minister is a great opportunity for the churches to use their shared values and influence to spotlight the issues they are observing in their communities. ‘Everyone felt it was really worthwhile.’
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
Zest of 1 orange
½ tsp salt 1 cup raisins and/ or sultanas
½ Tbsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp ground cloves 1 tsp ground allspice
‘In My Place Condemned He Stood’—this Easter front cover put Christ in the limelight, appearing in the April 13 1895 edition of War Cry.
Piping Crosses Flour
Source: The Heritage Centre & Archives at the Ploughman Resource Centre, Booth College of Mission
¼ cup sugar
Water Dash of vanilla essence (if desired) Syrup Glaze Juice of 1 orange
Yeast starter: Heat milk gently in a saucepan or microwave until tepid but not scalding (overheating kills the yeast). Add sugar and yeast, gently whisk. Set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes or until yeast has activated and the mixture is frothy. Melt butter in a small bowl, add orange zest and set aside. Making the buns: Mix together flour and generous amounts of spices, salt and dried fruit. Once yeast has activated, add cooled butter and mix gently but thoroughly. Make a well in the centre of the dry mixture and pour in wet ingredients. Bring the mix together until a shaggy dough forms, then turn out onto a wellfloured bench top and knead for 5–10 minutes and form into a ball. Coat the interior of a large bowl in a thin layer of neutral oil, place dough inside and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave in a warm place to rise for 1.5 hours or until it has doubled in size. Check every half hour. Preheat the oven to 180° fan bake, or 200° on bake. Punch dough down and knead for 5 minutes, then form into 12 balls. Place balls onto a baking paper-covered tray and cover with a damp tea towel. Leave the buns to proof (settle) for 15 minutes. Mix equal parts flour and water for the cross—add water slowly so the mix is smooth, not runny. Add vanilla if desired. Once buns have risen, pipe crosses on top, then bake for approximately 15 minutes. Carefully heat sugar and orange juice in a small saucepan until sugar has dissolved, then boil for around 5 minutes. When the buns are fully cooked and have coloured, remove from the oven. Immediately take a pastry brush or spoon and apply glaze. Best served warm or toasted with butter.
Source: Annelies Berends/supplied recipe.
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The Covid-19 lockdown saw a silver lining for the homeless community in Nelson, with the pandemic fast-tracking the growth of the Housing First programme run by The Salvation Army, The Male Room and Te Piki Oranga. BY BETHANY SLAUGHTER
omeless people are often asked to become ‘housing ready’—to work through addiction or behavioural issues—before being able to access accommodation. ‘But, of course, when you don’t have accommodation, then it’s quite hard to work on these issues,’ Housing First Team Leader Jaap Noteboom points out. Enter Housing First—an international concept which focuses on getting people off the streets and into accommodation, where they are more likely to address other underlying issues in their lives, rather than the opposite way around. Housing First was launched in the Nelson area in late 2019, as a partnership between The Salvation Army (as the lead agency), The Male Room and Te Piki Oranga. The Male Room is a not-for-profit organisation which primarily supports male survivors of sexual abuse and has a property in Nelson that provides food and counselling. Te Piki Oranga is a kaupapa Māori primary health provider which offers physical and mental health and addictions support. While many programmes were halted or slowed down by last year’s Covid-19 lockdowns, Housing First experienced unexpected acceleration. Jaap joined as the programme’s team leader in February 2020, just in advance of the nationwide lockdown in March. ‘At that stage, I got a phone call from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asking me to get the homeless people off the street, into safe accommodation.’ Housing First asked for 20 motel units. By year’s end, they were looking after 74 people across 58 units. ‘The initial contract was for 20 people in the first year, and 30 in the second year. But all of a sudden, it just ballooned,’ explains Envoy Ros Vercoe (Director of Nelson Tasman Bays Community Ministries). ‘Jaap and I assessed over 100 people in that lockdown period.’ Initially, they borrowed staff members from organisations such as the District Health Board (DHB) to do health checks. Then, in addition to recruiting a mental health worker to their staff, The Male Room seconded an outreach worker, while Te Piki Oranga seconded an AOD (Alcohol and Other Drugs) specialist worker. Soon, the Nelson Tasman Civil Defence came knocking, and contributed by organising 11 caravans in Neale Park and an additional 10 places at the Brook Motor Camp. They also provided sleeping bags and meals. 03 APRIL 2021 WarCry 7
HUD have been so impressed by the success of the programme’s first year in Nelson that their contract has already been extended—to house 50 people through Housing First and 24 through Rapid Re-Housing (which is accessible to people who have been homeless for less than a year). Strangely enough, in many ways the lockdown has proved to be a blessing in disguise for Housing First, fast-tracking their early impact and providing a clearer picture of the homeless problem in Nelson. ‘The waiting list is still around 25—there are still 25 people out there sleeping in cars, on couches or in the night shelter who don’t have a place where they can go,’ Jaap says. ‘We have a far better understanding of what the real issues are in Nelson.’ ‘We have good relationships that have been developed quite quickly,’ Ros agrees. ‘We were really thrown in the deep end, but in terms of the networking that was created as a result of Covid-19, [that] really assisted Housing First in a big way—and, as a result, the whānau as well.’
Housing first, then support Housing First is accessible to anyone who has either been homeless for a year or has had four episodes of homelessness over the past three years; has high and complex needs, particularly severe mental health and/or addiction issues; and is willing to accept a weekly visit from a support worker. The level of support they offer each person varies from simple tasks, like helping to shop for groceries, to more intensive case work. ‘We have clients who need far more than a weekly visit, and we have clients who probably only need a, “Good morning, how are you?”,’ Jaap explains. ‘It’s not a onesize-fits-all.’ There is also a strong collaborative relationship with The Salvation Army’s Community Ministries, of which many of the whānau have been long-term clients. ‘If they’re needing any food support, or anything like that, then we can certainly be assisting in that regard,’ Ros says. ‘We have a drop-in at Community Ministries as well, three days a week, so they’re welcome to come in for a cup of coffee and a chat.’ Their early development of connections with other organisations has meant they can outsource support to relevant services, where needed. Nelson Marlborough Health have also made funding available for Māori residents to complete a Hauora Direct health assessment, which has enabled medical care ranging from dental procedures to receiving treatment for life-threatening diseases. 8 WarCry 03 APRIL 2021
NELSON NEEDS TO BE AWARE THAT THIS IS THE EXTENT OF THE HOMELESS ISSUE WE HAVE HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY. Many of their Housing First whānau have expressed their desire to deal with their AOD issues, which has led to another encouraging step of growth: starting their own Housing First AOD programme to capitalise on people’s commitment to change right now. ‘The waiting list for the District Health Board is so long that now they have decided and agreed with one of our partners, Te Piki Oranga, to start our own AOD programme, and we hope to start it by the end of this month,’ Jaap explains. In terms of individual stories, the programme has already seen 12 people moved to private and social housing. Some people have found employment again. Two people were referred into detox and rehab. ‘One has completed it, and he’s still in Christchurch, sober,’ Jaap says. ‘One has relapsed—he’s now back in Nelson, but is really keen on being part of our AOD programme.’ Given they knew they would be working with complex needs, the Housing First team anticipated they would be dealing with complex incidents. They are thrilled to have been proven wrong. ‘On the whole, we have been really surprised with the lack of incidents and the lack of the severity of incidents,’ Ros says. ‘The team is so responsive and so good at anticipating issues.’ Sometimes they have been forced to ask people to leave the motels, but they always keep the door open for the person to continue receiving support. The team’s intention is always to model: ‘What would Jesus do?’ ‘We try to be really fair, but also firm with them … We always try to find this balance between truth and grace,’ Jaap says. ‘Most of them have been on the streets for more than five years, so it’s not an overnight fix. We need to be in there for the long haul to support them.’
Community learnings Jaap recalls one of the first times they took the whānau out to Rabbit Island, a local beach area and iconic day trip for Nelson
locals. Despite being only 20 minutes’ drive from the city centre, many of them hadn’t had the opportunity to visit in 20 years. ‘As soon as other people were approaching, a few became really anxious and were walking quite fast back to our staff. They were not used to interacting with other people. ‘When we take them out now, they are quite happy and can be far more social.’ The Housing First team sees the benefit of these trips as going far beyond the face value of an excursion; it is about introducing the normality of a social outing which they have missed out on for so long. Having two-way interaction with their community is especially important in light of the oftenignorant attitudes towards the homeless.
‘THESE PEOPLE ARE FANTASTIC PEOPLE … THEIR STORIES AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM ARE REALLY WORTHWHILE LISTENING TO.’ ‘There’s actually a fine line between being homeless or having a home. There are people who … through trauma, have ended up in this place. And there have been people who never felt they had a chance and now, finally, at least have a place they can call their own,’ Jaap affirms. ‘These people are fantastic people. Most of them have some challenging behaviours, [but] their stories and what happened to them are really worthwhile listening to.’ Last year, a host of complaints were submitted from people in the neighbourhood surrounding one of the motels. They wrote letters to the Prime Minister, Housing Minister and local MPs to voice their unhappiness about having homeless people living in their local area. Housing First held a community meeting in September and through a ‘heated’ conversation, they discussed what could be done to mitigate the issues raised. Pre-Christmas, they followed up with the community via survey and the majority reported that the issues have been solved. Encouragingly, many now expressed their support for Housing First. ‘I think there’s a growing awareness in our society that these people are human beings, who need to be treated as human
THE TEAM’S INTENTION IS ALWAYS TO MODEL: ‘WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?’ beings, and also need a fair chance to be able to make something out of their lives. It’s not an easy fix. Yes, there will be instances,’ Jaap says. ‘But, overall, it’s going in the right direction and people can see that it makes a change in Nelson.’ Going forward, Jaap, Ros and the Housing First team have begun to envision the next step of how to transition out of motels and into a more sustainable form of accommodation. A key takeaway has been that the whānau would prefer to stick together, rather than be housed in standalone homes. ‘Quite a few [of them] are really well-supported by their own peer support network, and whilst they are homeless as well, it’s not necessarily unhelpful support,’ Jaap explains. ‘Isolating them in a house in a community would not be a good idea, so what we are exploring at the moment is, “How can we co-locate them, a bit like what we do now with motels?” ‘That’s a concept that really speaks to the majority of them.’ In a country with concerning rates of homelessness and a social housing register which continues to climb every quarter, the purpose of Housing First fits snugly into the objectives outlined in The Salvation Army’s mission statement. ‘Caring for people and transforming lives, that’s a lot of what Housing First is about,’ Ros says. ‘To actually be providing them really intensive support like this and to be seeing the changes in these people is phenomenal.’ And when it comes to reforming society, Housing First is not just about seeing positive change in the lives of the homeless community—it is also about listening to and learning from their experiences to better educate the rest of society. ‘We didn’t really know the extent of the problem and now we’re more aware … Nelson needs to be aware that this is the extent of the homeless issue we have here in our community, which a lot of people probably have no clue about.’ The Housing First team would like to acknowledge previous Nelson Tasman Bays corps officer, Captain Kenneth Walker, for initiating and leading the Army’s application for this project.
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Rebuilding Trust After Betrayal Betrayal is an ugly experience. When the rug is pulled out from underneath you, it can take a long time to rebuild trust. Even in the best relationships, it’s likely we will all experience some degree of betrayal. Have you learned that a family member was keeping something from you? A partner has cheated on you? A friend has gone against their word? Are they seeking your forgiveness and you are struggling to overcome the hurt? If it feels like you cannot fathom trusting them again, it is possible to make the relationship whole again. 1. Find your own self-worth first. Don’t shift your inclination to blame yourself or believe this was something you caused. 2. Trust yourself. Certainly, when the other person is being abusive, then abandoning the relationship is necessary. But in other cases, it takes considerable strength to work through a problem instead of leaving. Release the fear that you will be duped, hurt or fooled again.
ARE THEY A PERSON OF INTEGRITY? IS THIS AN ISOLATED INCIDENT, OR EMBLEMATIC OF THEIR CHARACTER AND ACTIONS?
3. T ransparency is king. Don’t downplay your feelings; be honest. Ask them everything you need to know. Don’t leave anything to your imagination, or risk finding out later and dredging up the hurt all over again. 4. H ave respect and listen without interrupting. Be objective. Both of your perspectives are valid. Be ready for them to raise long-held, deep-set hurts or resentments (and to apologise for them). 5. Assess the current state of your relationship. Is their apology sincere? Are they a person of integrity? Is this an isolated incident, or emblematic of their character and actions? Do you believe they will act in your best interests, and you can commit to doing the same? Be willing to make sacrifices. This is the time for you to redefine your relationship and set its new course. 6. D on’t let the betrayal isolate you as you work through it. Betrayals can turn a close supporter into a source of stress, so seek another confidant to recoup that support. It may be wise to seek individual (or partner/group) counselling.
other person will do the same. Don’t weaponise the betrayal— once you have forgiven them, don’t use it as a strategy to win future arguments. Don’t let betrayal embitter you. Know your worth and remember that forgiveness is key to your own emotional freedom. Forgiveness doesn’t mean you brush past the event as though nothing has happened or nothing needs to change; it means you accept the situation and find the strength to move past it while leaving blame, regret and hurt behind.
WHAT IF YOU ARE THE ONE TRYING TO REPAIR THE TRUST? Apologise sincerely. Simply saying ‘it won’t happen again’ isn’t enough. Be there when you say you’ll be there. Share your feelings. Don’t withhold information.
7. F orgive the whole person, rather than the mistake. Focus on the characteristics you love about them instead of dwelling solely on the betrayal.
Don’t deceive, manipulate or go back on what you have committed to do for the other person.
8. B e patient. Prepare to work through a range of feelings. Keep the promises you have made and have faith that the
Source: psychologytoday.com, breakthroughpsychologyprogram.com
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…HE DOES CARE, SO WE SHOULD ALWAYS FIRST BRING OUR WORRIES TO GOD. IT’S A CHALLENGING REMINDER.
TESTIFY! Peter Lobb works as the Mission Support Centre Coordinator for Southern Division. He has learned that no matter how tough the circumstances, God’s plan is always revealed. I was born in Dunedin, the eldest of three kids. Mum and Dad were very active soldiers, so the Army has always been a big part of my life. The hall that I was dedicated in was the same hall I later got married in. Over the years, you naturally transition out of going to church because that’s what your parents do, to this is something I want to invest in for myself. I remember driving to church one Sunday (I must have been six or seven) and my parents were talking about what it means to be a Christian and if that was something I wanted. I remember saying ‘yes’. Easter camps and youth councils—certainly as a younger person—were also key moments in my Christian journey. During my studies, I was doing a placement on a farm. The farmer was really abusive, so I rang the institute and they said, ‘if you leave the farm, you may be throwing your education away’. At that moment, that’s what I was prepared to do. But those difficult times were the shaping of God’s plan for me. Out of that came another work experience opportunity, and, once I graduated, I worked for them for five years. My go-to verse has always been 1 Peter 5:7: ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’. It proves true every time—he does care, so we should always first bring our worries to God. It’s a challenging reminder. My wife Michaela’s parents were officers in Dunedin, which is how we first met. We have an 18-month-old, whose name is Oakley. We’re pet lovers—we have a boxer named Maddy, a staffy named Ella and a couple of cats. My hobbies are classic cars and being in the outdoors, but my family is my pride and joy. We
moved to Christchurch after lockdown in May. That was a tough, prayerfully considered decision. I worked for The Salvation Army prior to moving, but I didn’t have an Army job to come to. In that small period when I wasn’t working for the Army, it felt like a limb had been cut off. It gave me a lot of perspective about where my passion lies. I heard about the Mission Support Centre Coordinator role through my grandma, who received a communication to officers. My job interview was on my birthday, funnily enough. The role is a perfect amalgamation of my previous experience in bulk warehouse work and Community Ministries. I enjoy it because I get to see people in all of the different centres. Being out on the road is cool; it’s quite a buzz to be part of, and I view any work within the Army as a ministry opportunity.
Last year was a tough year, full of unknowns, but everything fell into place. Our house sold three days before the lockdown. Within eight days of arriving in Christchurch, during a pandemic when people were struggling to find work, we went to an open home and the owners offered me a job, which was followed by another job offer from Westpac the next day (where I worked for six months prior to starting my current role). The Rolleston Corps Plant is down the road from the house we purchased. In Dunedin, we had been part of their new evening service, and so we feel God has called us to be part of something different here too. We are only four or five weeks into going to Rolleston; coming out of ministry in Dunedin, we want to allow ourselves time as a family. We’re looking forward to finding our groove and settling into our new church community and jobs.
We love to share people’s faith stories. If you’d like to talk to us about sharing your story in War Cry, please email us today: warcry@ salvationarmy.org.nz. 03 APRIL 2021 WarCry 11
BY VANESSA SINGH
Easter Saturday sits between the death of Christ remembered on Easter Friday and the resurrection celebration of Sunday. But what about Holy Saturday? Holy Saturday is the Saturday over Easter weekend—the day between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It’s called Holy Saturday by a bunch of churches around the world because it’s a day set apart (that’s the Holy part) from other Saturdays (that’s the Saturday part). We generally just call it Saturday … or one of the middle days of Easter Camp … or another day off school … or the day before we get our Easter eggs. But what if we started thinking about it in a different way? We often hear lots about Good Friday, the day Jesus walked his way up the hill after being tried and beaten and the day he died on the cross. And we often hear lots about Easter Sunday, the day Jesus miraculously got up and walked out of the tomb he was put in a few days earlier. Saturday seems a bit of a non-event in that regard as nothing really happens. And that’s the point. Nothing happens. Friday would have been a massive shock for people. There would have been so much noise and anger and protesting and grieving and disbelief. And Sunday would have been a massive celebration for people. There would have been so much noise and rejoicing and talking and smiling and letting everybody know. And Saturday … well, that would have been a massive let-down. There would have been so much quiet, so much disappointment, so much uncertainty, not a lot of talking but a lot of crying and waiting and anxiety. Holy Saturday can be described in these words: the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb. Sometimes we’re in a rush to get to the resurrection. It’s way more happy, hopeful and exciting. Almost every song that talks about the Easter story has a final verse like, ‘Then on the third at break of dawn the Son of heaven rose again’, or, ‘See the stone is rolled away, behold the empty tomb’, or, ‘Then came the morning that sealed the promise, your buried body began to breathe’, and it’s like we have this need to rush to the final verse and the resurrection part because that’s where all the hope and happy is. But the crucifixion is as crucial to the full story of hope and redemption of Easter as the resurrection. Someone died for you. Someone literally died for you. Jesus could have saved us a million different ways but the great plan of redemption meant someone was
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put in your place, took on your full shame and buried that for you. It wasn’t just a click of the fingers or a Control Z on a keyboard, it was someone choosing to go through immense pain and complete separation from his own Father to ensure we are never separated again. And he would still choose to die if you were the only person on earth that needed saving. That’s worth pausing for. Even Jesus did.
Holy Saturday is often considered the most calm and quiet day of the year (in the Church calendar). It’s a day of rest, of pausing, of reflecting and acknowledging. It’s also often considered the second sabbath (day of rest). The first sabbath was when God created the heavens and the earth, and then on the seventh day rested. And Holy Saturday is six days after Palm Sunday—the Sunday Jesus entered Jerusalem and basically announced (quite humbly, though) to everyone that, ‘Yeah, I really am who I’ve always said I am, I’ve come to be your king’. And seven days later, his body rests in the tomb—the ‘second sabbath’. While Christ lay in the tomb, the early followers sat and mourned. Thankfully, now, we wait in faith, in hope and anticipation of the resurrection when we celebrate this time! We know the full hope revealed in Easter—we know Sunday is coming. How good is it that we have a God who knows and isn’t afraid of the discomfort, sadness and the disappointment of this world, while also providing us the hope, comfort and reassurance we need to get through it. Joy is always sweeter after sadness. Light always looks brighter after some darkness. Acknowledging and pausing in the heaviness and significance of Good Friday and Holy Saturday makes Easter Sunday so much more joyful. God is still God in the heaviness. In the confusion. In the uncertainty. In the darkness. In the anxious times. And God is still God in the good times. In the joy. In the celebrating. In the highs. God sits with us in that tension, in the journey. We don’t always need to rush to the good parts, but we can hold on to hope knowing God is with us through all things and has made a way through it. Why not pause this Easter and sit in that tension with Jesus— acknowledging what he did for you on the Friday as well as the Sunday? Let’s not rush to the final verse too soon, without considering the first one. 03 APRIL 2021 WarCry 13
The Easter Connection to Whakaaria Mai BY CAPTAIN HANA SEDDON,NGĀPUHI, TE RARAWA, NGĀI TE RANGI, NGĀTI RANGINUI
‘Whakaaria Mai’ has become a well-loved hīmene (hymn), sung throughout Aotearoa. This hīmene has a special whakapapa, taking us back to the story of the death and resurrection of Īhu Karaiti—Jesus Christ. Across four accounts of the Easter story, there are at least six women involved in the discovery of an empty tomb and able to give ‘eyewitness testimony’ to the risen Christ (Matt. 27, 28; Mark 16; Luke 23, 24; John 19, 20). One of these women is Mary, the wife of Clopas. Teeks singing ‘Whakaaria Mai’, Offering Project promotional image by Thom Productions.
On the Road to Emmaus Later that same resurrection day, two of Jesus’ followers went to Emmaus. One of these travellers was named ‘Cleopas’ (Luke 24:18). It’s likely he was the same person called ‘Clopas’ in John 19:25. According to many Bible scholars, it is likely that the same Mary, wife of Clopas, who was present at Christ’s crucifixion was the unnamed second traveller on the road to Emmaus. As Jesus joined these travellers, their hearts burned as he carefully unveiled to them the revelation of himself throughout the Scriptures. Yet they still did not recognise who he was! When they reached Emmaus, they made an invitation to Jesus— ‘Abide with us’ (Luke 24:29, NKJV). He accepted their invitation and broke bread with them. It was in this setting that their eyes were finally opened, and they understood who they were engaging with. Before Jesus ascended into Heaven forty days later, Jesus’ shared his ōhākī (his final words) with his disciples. Jesus asked his followers to take his message of hope to all peoples, to all nations. The hīmene ‘Whakaaria Mai’ is an example of the connections between many different languages and cultures, through the lyrics of the hymn and the message of hope it conveys. The easily recognised tune of ‘Whakaaria Mai’ is based on a traditional Swedish melody used for a poem written by Carl Boberg in 1885. The poem was translated from Swedish into German and then into Russian. A British Methodist missionary (and Salvationist in his youth!), Stuart K Hine heard the song when he was in the Ukraine in 1931. Hine was inspired to create the English paraphrase that we know as ‘How Great Thou Art’. The song became popular in many English-speaking countries because it was sung during the worldwide Billy Graham Crusades. Many assume that the words of ‘Whakaaria Mai’ are the Māori translation of ‘How Great Thou Art’. However, it is actually from another hymn called ‘Abide With Me’; a hymn inspired by the invitation to Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Scottish-born Anglican minister, Henry Francis Lyte, was a gifted poet, and finished composing ‘Abide With Me’ in 1847, 14 WarCry 03 APRIL 2021
just a few weeks before his death at the age of 54. The song is usually sung to the ‘Eventide’ tune, written by William Henry Monk for Lyte’s hymn in 1861.
New Zealand Connection The same year Monk was writing that tune, across in Aotearoa, Bishop William Williams (Church Missionary Society) ordained influential Māori leader, Reverend Tāmihana Huata (Ngāti Mihi, Ngāti Kahungunu) as an Anglican deacon in the Diocese of Waiapu. His son Reverend Hemi Pititi Huata later carried on his father’s legacy when he was ordained an Anglican priest in 1898. Carrying a third generation of Anglican leadership in Waiapu, Reverend Canon Te Kenana Wiremu Te Tau Huata (Ngāti Kahungunu) was a priest and chaplain to the New Zealand 28th Battalion (Māori Battalion) during World War II. He was awarded a Military Cross for service in Italy and a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1991. A prolific composer, Canon Wi Te Tau Huata wrote many well-known songs as he travelled across the country, such as ‘Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi’. Together with Rev Rimu Hamiora ‘Sam’ Ringiihu, he wrote the song ‘Whakaaria Mai’ in 1959. They brought together a Māori paraphrase of a verse of ‘Abide With Me’, with the tune from ‘How Great Thou Art’. As Sir Howard Morrison’s mentors during his time at Te Aute College, they later gave permission for Morrison to perform the song at the Royal Variety Performance in 1981. ‘Whakaaria Mai’ soon became a number one single and remained in Aotearoa New Zealand charts for 19 weeks. This beloved song, with its connections to the Easter story, has become a familiar favourite in churches, homes and marae
MANY ASSUME THAT THE WORDS OF ‘WHAKAARIA MAI’ ARE THE MĀORI TRANSLATION OF ‘HOW GREAT THOU ART’. HOWEVER, IT IS ACTUALLY FROM ANOTHER HYMN CALLED ‘ABIDE WITH ME’; A HYMN INSPIRED BY THE INVITATION TO JESUS ON THE ROAD TO EMMAUS. all around the country. Over time, The Salvation Army has also come to embrace this hīmene as waiata and te reo Māori are finally being normalised across Aotearoa. A stunning example of this was in July 2018, during a pōwhiri in which 70 Salvation Army leaders from the Northern Division were welcomed onto Te Tii Marae in Waitangi. As the kuia started the hīmene ‘Whakaaria Mai’, she was visibly moved as she began to hear all 70 leaders join her in the song—with four-part harmonies, of course! ‘Whakaaria Mai’ is also one of many hīmene and waiata sung at the ‘Worship at Waitangi’ event, now hosted by The Salvation Army at Te Tii Marae in early February each year.
The Offering Project In 2019, the Offering Project, led by Murray Thom and Tim Harper, included the song ‘Whakaaria Mai’. It was recorded in a beautiful rendition by Hollie Smith and Teeks (Ngāpuhi, Ngāi te Rangi, Ngāti Ranginui). Teeks also chose to perform this hīmene as a tribute to his grandfather, who was an archbishop in the church and Teeks’ ‘greatest role model’. Just a few weeks before
Verse from Abide With Me (SASB 670) Hold thou thy cross before my closing eyes Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies Heaven's morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me
the Offering Project album was released, this song also became an offering for the victims of the terror attacks in Ōtautahi (Christchurch). This beautiful song takes us back to the journey of a man and, most likely woman on the road to Emmaus. While they didn’t immediately realise the power and beauty of the One they were journeying with, their curiosity and hospitality led to a lifechanging revelation. There is so much that could be learned from that story and the power of breaking bread with one another now, as we learn to see the image of God in each other. Over time, the creative hope and generosity of many poets, musicians, ministers and leaders have combined in ‘Whakaaria Mai’ to present us with a powerful message and a beautiful sound. It has been woven together in a single song that is still ministering between cultures and languages and is still providing light in the darkness.
Whakaaria mai tōu rīpeka ki au Tiaho mai rā roto i te pō Hei kona au titiro atu ai Ora, mate, hei au koe noho ai
Translation Show your cross to me Let it shine there in the darkness To there I will be looking In life, in death, let me rest in thee
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Resurrection Life: The General’s Easter Message 2021 The Easter story resonates with life and hope, and how we desperately need these in our world today. Through the years of the Old Testament, we clung to the hope in the prophesies of a Messiah. Through the silence of the years between the Old and New testaments, we clung to the hope that God had not forgotten his people or his promises. Then that hope took on flesh and blood in the person of Jesus and we witnessed for ourselves that God had remembered the cries of his people, confirming that our hope was not in vain. We witness a Jesus who taught and modelled forgiveness and love, who partied with tax collectors, dined with sinners, spoke with women of dubious morals, condemning no one. We see for ourselves a glorious mixture of grace and truth. We are caught in awe and wonder as Jesus turned water into wine, gave sight to the blind, made the lame walk, cast out demons, healed the leper, controlled the wind and waves, and we see for ourselves the inexhaustible power of God. On Good Friday it appeared as though hope had gone as the life flowed out of Jesus’ body. This irresistible man of captivating parables, insightful teaching and miracles, with the ability to impact the very fabric of society and people to the utmost depths of their being, was killed on a cross and placed in a tomb. It looked and felt like someone had turned out the light and put a lid on our hope. Then something truly remarkable, life-transforming and world-changing happened:
the stone was rolled away, the graveclothes left in a pile—because Jesus was alive! The light was more glorious than ever, and our hope found new heights. Easter is not simply a remembrance of something that happened in the past—but as we celebrate it we remind ourselves that the resurrection life is to be an everyday experience. The pandemic we are experiencing makes it feel, at times, similar to Good Friday—as though the light has been turned off and a lid put on our hope. There are many circumstances in life that may cause us to feel like that— natural disasters, illness, unemployment, divorce, drug addiction, bankruptcy, domestic violence, racism. The life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ remind us that God is with us in every circumstance, that he is bigger and more powerful than any circumstance, and that God specialises in the miraculous and the impossible. When we have given up on ourselves, God still believes in us. When we feel like we are unloved, God shows us Jesus. When we feel like we have made the biggest mistake of our lives, Jesus provides forgiveness. When we are suffocating in the darkness, God shines the light of his presence. When we are despairing, Jesus provides hope. You see this resurrection life is a full, abundant, complete and whole life. This resurrection life is a new life, because it is life in Christ and, as such, is free from condemnation. This resurrection life starts the minute we accept Christ as Saviour and continues for all eternity. This resurrection life is dynamic, because the power of God is unleashed in us. The change starts on the inside and transforms how we view everything. On that first Easter morning the disciples were still experiencing Roman occupation and all that came with it, but the realisation that Jesus was alive and that every promise had been fulfilled changed everything. They now had an eternal view, they understood that sin and death had been conquered, that the Kingdom was indeed a spiritual Kingdom and that God reigned supreme over everything. Such understanding would change how they viewed and responded to life in this world because the glorious light of Christ shone in their lives and the hope of eternity was secured. They would never be the same again—just as we will never be the same again if we claim that same resurrection power. May God bless you as you celebrate the risen Christ. Amen. BRIAN PEDDLE, GENERAL
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The Salvation Army Begins Work in Country Number 132 General Brian Peddle has announced that Bulgaria has become the 132nd country in which The Salvation Army is officially at work. The country became part of the Eastern Europe Territory, under territorial leaders Colonels Cheralynne and Kelvin Pethybridge, on 9 March 2021. The work is headed up by Captain Eduard Lebedev (Regional Leader, Bulgaria) and Captain Inna Lebedeva (Regional Director of Family Ministries, Bulgaria), who are originally from Russia and Moldova respectively. They are supported by Swedish officer Lieutenant Erik Johansson and Captain Kathleen Johansson, an Australian—officially designated as Pioneer Team Members. ‘The Salvation Army’ in Bulgarian—a Slavic language which is written using Cyrillic characters—is ‘Армията на спасението’. A Bulgarian Salvation Army Red Shield has already been designed and registered. Although lockdown and other restrictions have made life far from easy, the new Salvation Army ministry is already beginning to have an influence. Partnerships have been started with local Christian fellowships, particularly Amazing Grace Church, which has a longstanding relationship with several families who live in a slum area on the outskirts of Sofia. During Amazing Grace Church's Christmas distribution of clothes and food, The Salvation Army was able to come alongside and support with small gifts for the children. A number of individuals have been helped with simple food parcels and contact has been made with two Salvationists living in different parts of Bulgaria. Home visits have been possible in the teams’ quarters and in other people's homes, and the Soldier’s Covenant/Articles of War has been translated into Bulgarian. The pioneering officers have also made contact with several local churches in Sofia as well as forming relationships with representatives from an embassy and other influential organisations, all to ensure that people know about The Salvation Army’s presence in Bulgaria and are aware of its mission. The Johanssons arrived in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, in September 2020 and were joined by Captains Lebedev and Lebedeva and their five children in January 2021. All four officers had actually received their appointments in April 2020 from Colonel Jostein Nielsen, who was then commander of Eastern Europe Territory. For Colonel Nielsen, a Norwegian officer, Salvation Army ministry starting in Bulgaria is literally a dream come true! As divisional commander for Moldova, he took part in the celebrations in St Petersburg, Russia, in 2006 which recognised the 15th anniversary of Salvation Army ministry recommencing in Eastern Europe and then growing behind the former Iron
Curtain. At that congress, a Bulgarian flag had been presented to recognise a country in which it was believed The Salvation Army would eventually ‘open fire’. Back in Norway nine years later, having just received an appointment to return to Eastern Europe, Jostein had a vivid dream in which he saw a Salvation Army brass band playing in Bulgaria. Later that year, now living in Chisinau, the Moldovan capital, he received a phone call out of the blue from Geir Joesendal, a friend of his brother, who was staying nearby. When the two men met and the potential of expanding into Bulgaria came up in conversation, Geir revealed that he had properties and contacts in the country and that he would be willing to provide assistance. Jostein felt that God was opening a door and, after discussion with his territorial leaders, a year later he was in Sofia, talking to a representative from the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance who told him: ‘Where have you been so long? We have been waiting for you for 20 years!’ In 2019, registration was granted for The Salvation Army to begin work in Bulgaria and, even though lockdown and a worldwide pandemic have caused delays, the prayers from a 15th anniversary congress held almost 15 years ago are now being answered. The General says: ‘I am delighted to welcome Bulgaria into the worldwide Salvation Army family. In these days of difficulty, it is fantastic to see God answer prayers made in faith so many years ago in creating this opportunity. God bless Captains Lebedev and Lebedeva, God bless Captain and Lieutenant Johansson and God bless The Salvation Army in Bulgaria.’ REPORT BY IHQ COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 03 APRIL 2021 WarCry 17
The Pastoral Committee In two previous editions of War Cry, we presented both the Territorial Governance Board members and the Territorial Management Board members. The third group to come out of the governance and management reshuffle is the Pastoral Committee. The Pastoral Committee has been created to monitor and minister to the spiritual life of the territory, as well as advising territorial leaders on the quality and development of this. The committee will be used as a platform to discuss any spiritual matters of The Salvation Army, holding our people in prayer and considering how The Salvation Army operates as a spiritual movement. The Pastoral Committee members are: Commissioner Mark Campbell, Commissioner Julie Campbell, Colonel Gerry Walker, Colonel Heather Rodwell, Lt-Colonel Allan Clark, Lt-Colonel Michelle Collins, Major Ian Gainsford, Captain David Daly, Captain Mere Gataurua, Captain Bryant Richards, Captain Pauleen Richards, Captain Karen Schischka, Envoy Anihera Carroll and Kate Geddes.
Women Empowered at Blue Mountain Adventure Centre The Salvation Army Blue Mountain Adventure Centre (BMAC) hosted its first-ever Empower Women’s Adventure Camp from 5 to 8 March. Twelve women spent four days caving, on high ropes, rock-climbing, white-water rafting, trekking, abseiling and connecting with one another. The participants all agreed it was an empowering and fulfilling time. ‘With the support of family, new friends and the wonderful BMAC staff, you can do it. It was a lifetime of learning and memories in three days,’ says Ana, who overcame mobility issues to successfully participate in the camp. Washi agrees, saying, ‘I learned that I had underestimated myself when it came to physical activities. I discovered layers of confidence I had put aside.’ Marion shares that she learned ‘how to look after me mentally, challenge myself physically and know that I can inspire others too. I am still talking about the camp with different people daily.’ The campers also attended devotions, shared stories and undertook adventure-based learning, which helped the women trust each other and grow. Charlotte says that her main take-away from the camp was ‘to not underestimate the power of people coming together in God's name to share experiences, food and life—it creates a special connection between people and is something I will not forget.’ A foundational member of BMAC, Margaret-Ann Baken, says, ‘I was excited to be going to a “special to-my-heart” place 18 WarCry 03 APRIL 2021
… God spoke to me through one of the Bible readings, so I have taken that away.’ The camp empowered the women spiritually, emotionally and physically. ‘God is raising up strong, capable women to encourage and build each other up. They are all over New Zealand and they will be game-changers in faith,’ says Zoe, one of the camp participants. Empower Women’s Adventure Camp is happening again from November 12–15 2021. Register at women.salvationarmy.org.nz/EmpowerWomen
Embracing the territory-wide call to prayer for 2021 is one way we can agree to engage more deliberately in praying together. We will make room for this in the normal rhythms of our corps meetings and centre life, resulting in prayer being as natural as breathing. Prayer has many forms and includes both speaking and listening, being still and being on the move, waiting and pursuing. Our deliberate intent this year is to explore ways to infuse prayer into everything, with the expectation that we will find ourselves greatly enriched by doing so. The corps Sunday meeting is a foundation place for our life together. Is it possible that even in our Sunday meetings, being in prayer together often takes the form of one person speaking a random selection of thoughts, seemingly without much forethought? The end result is a failing to bring those gathered into any sense of being in the presence of God. Conversely, when we lead in prayer where clear preparation of mind and heart is evident, it’s a much richer, deeper experience. While spontaneous, extemporary prayer always has its place, if this is the only form of prayer exercised when we gather, something essential is missing. The call to make room, come aside and come together in prayer is an invitation to re-examine our prayer life personally and corporately. This will be a courageous conversation to have, so here are some starter questions: • What is the prayer life like within our corps and centre? • What steps could we take to deepen and strengthen what’s already happening? • Who are the people in our midst who can help us to grow in our life in prayer? By Colonel Heather Rodwell
THE WORD ‘HOSANNA’ LITERALLY MEANS, ‘GOD SAVE US’. Palm Sunday through to Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a period I really look forward to each year, because it reminds me again of the sacrifice and price paid by Jesus Christ for all of creation. Matthew 21 has traditionally been called the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It describes the two disciples going ahead to a village to find a donkey and colt, as predicted by Jesus and the Old Testament. As Jesus entered the city, crowds spread their cloaks before him, while others laid cut branches on the road. Then in verse 9 it says: ‘The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”’ The word ‘Hosanna’ literally means, ‘God save us’. These people were acknowledging Jesus as the Messiah, as the one who would save the people of Israel. They saw him as their Saviour, they just did not know at that point what this meant. They did not realise that in just a few days he would be crucified for the sins of the world. They did not understand about the atoning death of Jesus, that through his death our sins would be forgiven and we would have eternal life. Not even the disciples fully understood this, despite all that Jesus had taught them. But still this crowd welcomed him as their Messiah, and they cried out to him: ‘God save us!’ It is interesting that many would say ‘Hosanna’, then a few days later would say ‘Crucify him!’ Hosanna is a prayer of total dependence on God. It says, ‘God, I can’t save myself; I need you in my life. I need you to be my Messiah. I need you to be my Saviour.’ This is where your relationship with God begins, by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour, and this is how it continues day-by-day. We should never get to the point where we don’t believe we need him to save us—not only from our sins, but also from ourselves and from the situations we go through. Right now, some of you are struggling with situations that you cannot fix in your own strength; you need his help. Ask for it. Some of you, and maybe you have been a believer for a long time, are struggling with sins and self-defeating habits that have haunted you for years. Make this your prayer: ‘God save me’. I am not just talking about the initial salvation experience; I am talking about everyday Christian living. This must be our prayer: ‘God save me from my sins, from myself, from the situations I am facing. I cannot make it without you.’ Commissioner Mark Campbell Territorial Commander 03 APRIL 2021 WarCry 19
Easter is a time of reflection within the Christian context. Colonel Heather Rodwell suggests we pause and ask ourselves contemplative questions as we enter into the celebration and memorial aspects of the Easter season. Have I ever truly lived the darkness of Easter Saturday— the horror of Friday unmediated by the gift of Sunday? Hopes shattered, choked by grief and torturing regrets Agonised in the remembering of the unthinkable The Pure One pulverised The Sinless One criminalised The mystery of the upper room where Jesus took the cup and bread The hallowed hush that filled the space with such intensity that even the most hardened felt the departure to the olive grove There was a divine appointment to be kept Important Mysterious Overwhelming Now a distant memory It’s over—the end Powers dressed in religious robes have won the day Authorities have buckled at the knees The sentence handed down succumbing to the call for blood He who spoke of love All I feel is hate Bereft Stripped bare Bewildered Afraid If you’ve ever needed to sit at the bedside of someone you love lying motionless, watching anxiously for a sign—any sign—that would ignite a flicker of hope that they are returning to consciousness, you’ll understand
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something of what Jesus’ closest friends experienced on Easter Saturday. Saturday was their darkest day, as if the horrors of the previous 24 hours had not been enough. Unlike us, Jesus’ closest friends had no idea that far from ending, his story was just beginning. It’s possible to move glibly through the re-enactment or recall the passion events as if we’re recounting a favourite story that just happens to be the cornerstone of our faith. Yet what we really need to do is experience deeply the agony of those hours if we are to fully experience the joy of resurrection morning. Imagine the women who had no idea that within a few hours they would play a leading role in the proclamation of the resurrection. The past couple of years of their lives had brought them incredible pleasure and fulfilment, having been befriended by Jesus. They had discovered favour, dignity and worth that had previously been denied them. In Jesus’ company they’d been accepted and included; they felt safe and valued. Like a big brother protector, Jesus came to their defence if anyone dared to slight them or threaten them in any way. These same women had watched in horror when Jesus was brutally arrested, shackled like a common criminal and faced the torment of his accusers. They had felt the helplessness of being unable to be any protection to him, as he faced the full force of evil and injustice as an innocent man. Undeterred by the danger that lurked in the shadows on that dark day, determinedly they followed him to the cross, scarcely able to believe what was occurring before their eyes. And now it was the Sabbath. Evil had done its work. There was no light of day. Just the agonising wait until it was possible to execute one final act of love for the one who was their love. This was a thread of hope they would have clung to, knowing that there was yet his body to prepare for final burial. They would make it their mission to
ensure that the wounds, viciously inflicted upon him, would be soothed by the anointing of their oils and ointments. They prepared strips of linen for wrapping gently around the torn skin to draw it together and bring dignity to the one who had given dignity to them. Although numb with disbelief, this final act of loving that still waited for completion was something to cling to as the Sabbath hours passed with excruciating slowness.
Push pause, close your eyes and watch the viciousness of the Roman soldiers play out before your eyes. Listen as the crucifixion takes place. What is your response? Allow yourself to feel the depth of grief and heartache that Jesus’ friends and followers felt on that first Easter Saturday. What are your questions? Read the poem ‘Easter Questions’—read it slowly. Recall something of your own life experience which sent you on a terrifying rollercoaster because of the extremity of the situation you were facing. How does that story end? What’s your current experience of agony and anguish? What’s your current experience of joy and delight? John’s Gospel provides us with a wonderfully warm and redemptive account when the unexpected chapter of Christ’s resurrection is unveiled. John places Mary Magdalene at the centre of this account; a woman whose devotion to Jesus saw her first at the tomb the
IMAGINE THE WOMEN WHO HAD NO IDEA THAT WITHIN A FEW HOURS THEY WOULD PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN THE PROCLAMATION OF THE RESURRECTION.
ALLOW YOURSELF TO FEEL THE DEPTH OF GRIEF AND HEARTACHE THAT JESUS’ FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS FELT ON THAT FIRST EASTER SATURDAY. morning after the Sabbath. Having lived through the nightmare of the last few days, we can imagine her shock and horror at discovering the tomb is empty. Mercifully this event has an ending that is divinely orchestrated. We read in John 20 from verse 11 how Jesus makes an appearance to Mary which continues to be told to this day. Although numerous other accounts of Jesus’ appearing would occur, this one stands out as the first. On each subsequent occasion as Jesus reappears to others, we see that the gospel writers draw our attention to how Jesus appeared in time and place in very personalised ways to those who needed to see him. (His appearance to Thomas later in John 20 is an example of this.) To the very end, we are assured that Christ has compassion on those he loves. Christ still lives in resurrection power, now interceding for us at the right hand of the Father (Romans 8:34). He is the Cornerstone who provides for us certainty and courage in our times of deepest need. Let us pray: Thank you living Lord Jesus who for the joy set before you endured the cross, suffering its shame in order to demonstrate to us the immensity of God’s love for all of creation. Help us in our dark hours to cling to what you have revealed to us through your servant life, suffering death and glorious resurrection. Amen.
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OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENTS Commissioners Mark (Territorial Commander) and Julie Campbell (Territorial President of Women’s Ministries) 4 April: Easter Sunday, Kilbirnie Corps, Central Division 7 April: Emergency Services Response Team, BCM 8–11 April: Territorial Governance Board visit, Northern Division 13–14 April: Rotoroa Island trust meeting, Rotoroa Island Colonel Gerry Walker (Chief Secretary) 8–11 April: Territorial Governance Board visit, Northern Division 14 April: Spiritual Day, Fiji (online) Colonel Heather Rodwell (Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries and Spiritual Life Development) 1–4 April: Tauranga Corps 8–9 April: Territorial Governance Board visit, Northern Division 14 April: Spiritual Day, Fiji (online)
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Promotion to Glory: Major Coral Nicolson, on 8 March 2021 from Waimarie Home and Hospital Remuera, Auckland, aged 100 years. Coral Trenwith Brooks was born in Australia on 11 May 1920 to officer parents. Coral entered Training College on 20 March 1942 as a cadet in the Steadfast Session. Coral was commissioned on 26 October 1942, and appointed as assistant officer in the Karori Corps. Over the next eight years Coral served as assistant officer, Dannevirke Corps (1943), Foxton Corps (1943) and Island Bay Corps (1945). Following that as a Captain at Dunedin City Corps (1945), Brooklyn Corps, with an additional appointment to the Training College as education officer (1946), assistant officer, Dannevirke Corps (1948), then Papakura Corps (1948) and Waitara Corps (1950). Coral married Second Lieutenant James (Jim) Nicolson on 5 April 1950 and joined him at the Motueka Corps. For the next 18 years Coral and Jim were the corps officers at Taumarunui (1952), Woodville (1953), Levin (1954), Ōtāhuhu (1956), Dunedin South (1958), Greymouth (1960), Oamaru (1962), then as majors in Sydenham (1966), Whangārei (1968) and Tauranga (1970). In 1972, Coral and Jim were appointed as matron and manager to Epsom Lodge, Auckland, then Rotoroa Island in 1975. It was whilst in this appointment that Jim was promoted to Glory on 1 June 1977. In August 1977, Coral was appointed as divisional secretary to the Northern Division, and then in 1979 as assistant officer to the Railton Hotel, Auckland, and it is from this appointment that Coral retired on 11 May 1980. We honour Major Coral Nicolson for her 38 years of active officership and her ongoing faithful service in retirement. Coral carried on playing her own piano at the rest home in continued service to her Lord until after her 100th birthday. Please uphold Coral’s daughters Carolyn (Australia), Brenda (NZ) and Margaret (UK) and the extended family members in prayers at this time of grief and loss. Well done faithful and ‘Steadfast’ servant of Jesus! Appointment: Effective immediately: Captain Mere Gataurua, Divisional Secretary for Community Ministries, Midland Division. We pray that God will continue to bless Mere in this new appointment. Effective immediately: Captain Saimone Gataurua, Divisional Spiritual Life Development and Prayer Secretary. We pray that God will continue to bless Saimone in this new appointment. Effective immediately: Majors Denise and Stephen Crump, Corps Officers, Tauranga Corps (Appointment in Retirement). Effective immediately: Captain Corryn Vemoa, Assistant Officer, Tauranga Corps. Effective immediately: Lieutenant Francis Vemoa is without appointment. Please uphold the above officers in prayer in the days ahead. Appointment Conclusion: Major Bruce Tong, Divisional Spiritual Life Development and Prayer Secretary, Midland Division. We thank Bruce for his service in this appointment and pray God’s blessing on him. First-time Grandparent: Congratulations are extended to Captain Gabriel Choi and Daniel In on the safe arrival of their first grandchild, Ayla Haru Choi. Ayla was born 9 March 2021, in London, weighing 6lb 4oz (2.9kg). We join with the parents Sarah In and Samuel Choi, and grandparents Captain Gabriel Choi and Daniel In, as they celebrate the birth of Ayla, and pray God’s blessing on them all.
Quiz Answers: 1 Metallica, 2 Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin, 3 Oxford and Cambridge, 4 Perigee, 5 Eight (Genesis 7:13).
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Easter French Toast
Over the Easter break, why not try out this recipe for Easter French Toast and treat your family to a special brekky?
‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith— and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift from God.’ Ephesians 2:8
You will need … • 2 eggs • ½ cup milk • 1 tsp vanilla extract • 60g butter • 4 hot cross buns, halved • Sliced banana, to serve • Blueberries, to serve • Maple syrup, to serve Step by Step … 1. In a large, shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla. 2. Dip halved hot cross buns into egg mixture, turning to coat. 3. Heat butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Cook buns in two batches for 2–3 minutes on each side, until golden. 4. Serve buns topped with banana and blueberries. Drizzle with maple syrup. Source: countdown.co.nz
What do you think of when you think of grace?
Answer these Easter-themed questions to find the hidden letters (in the orange boxes), then unscramble them to form the final word in this Bible verse from Matthew 28:6.
Grace is when your parents let you off from doing your chores for a night so that you can finish off your big homework assignment which you left until the last minute.
The most famous Easter creature might be a rabbit, but this animal was important on Palm Sunday: D — — — — Y
Grace is when your big sister forgives you for accidentally breaking one of her toys, because she knows you didn’t really mean to do it.
This year, Easter occurs in which month? A — — — L This important symbol is piped onto an Easter food (which is best eaten toasted with butter!): C — — — S Jesus wore a crown of these as he carried the cross: T — — — — S On which day was Jesus resurrected? T — — — D ‘He is not here; he has — — — — — , just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.’ (Matthew 28:6) There are TEN Easter eggs (in different colours) hidden on this page. Can you find them all? This isn't one of the ten!
Grace is when you pray for that person in your life who really gets on your nerves, but you choose to love them as your neighbour anyway. Grace is God sending his only Son to die for us on a cross, taking the weight of our sin, so that we could experience the greatest forgiveness. Grace is receiving favour that we don’t deserve, and it’s written all over the Easter story. I WONDER...
Is there a time when someone has shown grace to you? How did it make you feel? 03 APRIL 2021 WarCry 23
‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11:28–30
Inside this edition: Joy Comes in the Morning // Housing Complex // Resurrection Life: The General's Easter Message 2021 // Easter Question...
Published on Mar 24, 2021
Inside this edition: Joy Comes in the Morning // Housing Complex // Resurrection Life: The General's Easter Message 2021 // Easter Question...