SALVATIONIST ESSENTIAL READING FOR EVERYONE LINKED TO THE SALVATION ARMY www.salvationarmy.org.uk/salvationist 13 October 2012 No 1368 Price 60p
INSIDE THIS WEEK
Disciples of the Cross are publicly recognised and Proclaimers of the Resurrection welcomed back William Booth College PAGE 4
Chief of the Staff announces change of territorial leadership IHQ PAGE 5
PLUS LOTS MORE!
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PAPERS War Cry THE
FIGHTING FOR HEARTS AND SOULS
10 Things to Spot at …
Army fights against human trafficking
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Kids Alive! – formerly The Young Soldier – Issue No 6818
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20p/25c Library picture posed by model
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Q BIN THERE DONE THAT WITH THE T-SHIRT – THE ARMY’S RECYCLING SCHEME Q THE HEARTACHE OF ABORTION
NO NEED TO BE BOARD WITH LIFE writes NIGEL BOVEY
Q CZECHING OUT PRAGUE CORPS
The ‘Jesus’ – as fans call it – should have been run last month, but the sea was more millpond than Turn to page 3
Q TOP TEN FAVOURITE BIBLE STORIES CONTINUES Q TERRIFIC TOP CAT DVDS TO BE WON
e of Bay – hom Croyde Surf Classic us the Jes
TIME and tide wait for no one. So this weekend surfers are rushing to the beach to battle for prizes in the Jesus Surf Classic. The annual event – celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – is a ﬁrm favourite in the surﬁng calendar. Top surfers will be rocking up to the North Devon resort of Croyde to take on each other and the elements. But sometimes the elements don’t want to play.
Q ‘ICE AGE LIVE! A MAMMOTH ADVENTURE’ TOURS THE UK
Get Yourselves Seen
Q PATCH’S PALS WITH OLIVE FORRUTHERS
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS EINSTEIN’S ‘GOD LETTER’ FOR AUCTION AT £2 MILLION
A letter handwritten by Albert Einstein expressing his views on religion, is to be sold on eBay… with an opening bid of $3 million (£1.9 million). Known as the ‘God Letter’, it offers insights into Einstein’s private thoughts about religion, God and tribalism. He wrote… ‘The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.’
THE MYSTERY OF GOD
It was a crisp, cold day; there was plenty of ice underfoot and decorating the hedges and walls… I looked across the landscape and found that I couldn’t see everything clearly; in some places a white mist was shrouding the houses and trees… the mist lent [the view] a serenity and peacefulness. And I realised that for me, at least, faith is like this. In an inexplicable way mystery actually enhances beauty and there is no need to struggle to understand everything: the Trinity, the Last Coming, even the problem of evil. All these are best left unfathomable. The Tablet
The Daily Telegraph
ITALIAN PRIEST FOUND WITH GUN ON A FERRY
An Italian priest who was found carrying a gun during a security check has told police he had been given it ‘during a confession’ and could reveal no details. The 33-year-old priest… said that he could not ‘betray the confessional box’… Eventually he told police that it had been handed to him by a ‘70-year-old parishioner’ who had asked him to get rid of it and he had planned to throw it into the sea mid-voyage.
Perhaps the C of E should take a leaf out of the Acts of the Apostles (1:24– 26): put the episcopal names in a mitre, shake it thoroughly, say a prayer and pull out the winner.
The Catholic Herald
David Ashton, in a letter to The Times
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Ancient and modern
I ‘One birthday I gave my granddaughter a sketchbook, crayons, pencils and paints. Months passed by and then I asked if she ever used her sketchbook. “Oh, my yes,” came the reply, “I use that to ﬁnd my hidden talents”.’ (Mrs General Janet Wiseman)
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KNOW it’s probably untrendy, but I’m not much of a one for updating Jesus just for the sake of it. What I mean is, he remains capable of inﬂuencing lives without needing me to portray him as some cool dude who, were he to appear on earth in 2012, would wear a baseball cap back-to-front and spend half his time texting people. (He might, for all I know, but it’s not how I see him.) For my money, the Jesus of the Gospels is sufﬁcient insofar as he told stories in the idiom of his day and one would have to be pretty dense not to realise their modern equivalents. I’m happy to leave things there, much preferring applied spiritual logic to anything which smacks of caricature. Having said that, even I realise God is up-to-speed. Not for nothing is he called
‘I Am’ as opposed to ‘I have been’ or ‘I might be, one day, if only I could catch up’. The dazzlingly fast wonders of technology will never outpace God or take him by surprise – I Am trumps iPod any day. I make this point to highlight the fact that Salvationist is going digital. Despite being neither technophobe (anti) nor technophile (geeky), I regard it as a good thing. Salvationist will soon be appearing via apps on iPads and androids and will be available for downloading. Do rest assured, though, that the paper copies loved by readers from Hartlepool to Helsinki are not under threat. Rather, we are enhancing our armoury, that we might better serve the present age. The Salvationist team will endeavour to respect and retain the best of the past while staking our rightful claim in a modern marketplace. I am reminded of something the comedian Victoria Wood said when she reluctantly embarked on an aerobics course: ‘If God had meant us to wear Lycra, he would have painted us all purple.’ Similarly, the late, great football manager Brian Clough (a purist with a penchant for on-the-ground passing): ‘If God had meant us to play football in the air, he would have put grass in the sky.’ Tongue-in-cheek comments, I realise, but both quite revealing in terms of latent prejudice – Wood against exercise and Clough against inelegant play. Interestingly, both claim God as their advocate. As Saint Marher put it, in 1225: ‘And te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet’ – or, time and tide wait for no man. Bearing that in mind, we might want to check any latent prejudices we carry – especially if we carry them in God’s name – and realise the digital revolution is laden with potential The Salvation Army would do well to explore and exploit. MAJOR STEPHEN POXON, EDITOR
Joy in The Salvation Army
Army people, engagements, tribute and picture caption competition
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NEWS Pictures: COR VAN DER WOUDE
Disciples of the Cross are publicly recognised and Proclaimers of the Resurrection welcomed back William Booth College AN international flavour permeated celebration meetings to publicly recognise cadets of the Disciples of the Cross Session led by Territorial Commander Commissioner André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, supported by Chief Secretary Colonel David Hinton and Colonel Sylvia Hinton. International guests included Commissioner John Wainwright (Kenya East) and Commissioners Torben and Deise Eliasen (IHQ). Regent Hall Band provided pre-meeting music setting the tone for an occasion characterised by thanksgiving and praise. Enthusiastic worship preceded the entry of the Disciples of the Cross Session as Cadet Claire Whybrow – the first female flag carrier in peacetime – made her way to the front of a packed assembly hall, to be met by the Territorial Commander and the new college Principal, Lieut-Colonel Anthony Cotterill. Photographs of the cadets, their names and home corps were displayed on large screens. In handing the meeting over to the TC, Territorial Candidates Director Major Mark Herbert pointed out that, between them, the session stood to offer in excess of 800 years’ service to the Army. Solemn moments ensued as the territorial leaders conducted the installation of Lieut-Colonel Anthony Cotterill and LieutColonel Gillian Cotterill as Principal and Assistant Principal, respectively. The TC encouraged the congregation to join in prayer for the colonels in their new responsibilities and said: ‘Theirs is a significant responsibility, but one full of potential.’ Testimonies were shared by Cadets Emma Heal, Heidie Bradbury and Luke Reading, under the respective headings of Invited, Astounded and Determined. Cadet Heal told how the Lord spoke to her when she participated in a nativity play at the age of 14, gently reminding her that if he could use Mary, the mother of Christ, he could also use her in his service. Distance learning cadet Heidie Bradbury, presently living in Nairobi, testified to the Lord’s faithfulness in her life, having led her from Denmark to meet her husband in Latvia, then to work for the Army in Zambia and to be the mother of children born in Africa and England! Cadet Luke Reading testified to God’s enabling power in his life, referring to the fact that his corps officer, Major Peter Mylechreest, had been waiting
for Luke to come to speak to him about entering the college. Regent Hall Band and the WBC music group provided sensitive and appropriate music for worship throughout, before the sessional song ‘Disciples Of The Cross’, words and music by Captain Matt Spencer (New Addington), was sung to heartfelt appreciation by the congregation. The newly installed Principal brought a Bible message emphasising the qualities of a disciple: teachability, humility and Christcentred Salvationism, inviting people to step out from the crowd and follow Jesus. A number made their way to the mercy seat. On Sunday morning the assembly hall rang to music from Chatham Band as friends and family gathered to welcome the new session. Vibrant worship – a feature of the whole weekend – led to testimonies from Cadets Darron Boulton and Sarah Pitts. Darron spoke with humour and warmth about aspects of his upbringing and how at the age of 11 he was first led to ask about the love of God at the school Jesus Club. Years later, he noticed Salvationists packing bags in a supermarket and was led to The Salvation Army. Cadet Pitts shared tears as she testified to the presence of God in leading her through the trauma of losing two babies during pregnancy, and the way in which the Lord had used that experience to bring comfort to others. Cadets’ children, led and choreographed by Phyllis Vickers (Sutton) and her helpers, brought the house down with ‘Hey, Hey, You’re Disciples!’ By way of contrast, Chatham Band stilled the moment beautifully with a tender rendition of Dean Goffin’s ‘The Light Of The World’. This added to the joy the children had brought to the meeting by creating an atmosphere of reflection. Major Anne Read (THQ) enhanced this atmosphere by offering prayers for victims of human trafficking to mark anti-human trafficking day. The Territorial Commander delivered a Bible message in which he stressed the availability of power to those who are called to serve the Lord. He explained that commitment should be a response of love and one of reliance upon God. As piano music gently carried the TC’s words to his listeners, people went forward to the mercy seat.
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The Sunday afternoon meeting’s theme of Partners In The Kingdom was clearly demonstrated as the Proclaimers of the Resurrection Session entered the assembly hall with distance learning cadets and cadets from France and Belgium Territory. The French and Belgian cadets in particular received a warm welcome. Pictures of the cadets were on display as each went forward to salute the Territorial Commander and the Principal. The sessional song ‘Risen King’ emphasised confidence in the risen Christ, which was then illustrated by testimonies from Cadets Annmarie Gifford and Mark Read. Cadet Gifford spoke about her summer placement at Faith House, London, reaching out to people who were invisible to society but not to God. Cadet Read spoke about finding the presence of God in unexpected places during his summer placement at Campbeltown. Once again, the children stole the show with lively worship songs introduced and led by Cadets Nick Ward and Shelley Drake and a story narrated and directed by Captain Chris Baldwin (WBC) which made the point that the children of cadets are very much a part of the Army’s mission too. Lieut-Colonel Gillian Cotterill opened God’s word to speak about the fact that everyone has a part to play in mission. She referred to those who had served as games makers when the Olympics and Paralympics were in London, citing Captain Steve Dutfield (WBC) and Major Gillian Jackson (SISTAD) as examples of people who had worked behind the scenes for the greater good. In response to an appeal, people knelt at the mercy seat. The weekend concluded as it had begun, on a note of fervent praise. The Principal led the congregation in singing ‘To God Be The Glory’ before pronouncing the benediction, including prayers for both sessions and the ongoing ministry of the staff and cadets at the college. – S. J. P.
NEWS General appoints new Chief of the Staff IHQ THE General has announced changes of senior leadership that will involve the Office of the Chief of the Staff. The changes will take effect on 1 February 2013. Commissioner Barry Swanson, presently serving at International Headquarters as Chief of the Staff, and Commissioner Sue Swanson as World President of Women’s Ministries, are appointed to the leadership of the USA Eastern Territory. Commissioner Barry Swanson is appointed as Territorial Commander and Commissioner Sue Swanson as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. The General expressed deep gratitude to Commissioner Barry Swanson for his strong support as Chief and said that he and Commissioner Sue Swanson, as valued team members and exemplary leaders, have given sterling service at IHQ and throughout the Army world. After consultation with a
number of senior leaders, the General decided to appoint Commissioner André Cox as Chief of the Staff and Commissioner Silvia Cox as World President of Women’s Ministries. The commissioners are experienced leaders who served in various appointments in Europe and Africa before being appointed as leaders of the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. – A. R.
Chief of the Staff announces change of territorial leadership IHQ CHIEF of the Staff Commissioner Barry Swanson has announced that Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams,
presently serving as territorial leaders of Norway, Iceland and the Færoes, are appointed leaders of the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. Commissioner Clive Adams is appointed as Territorial Commander and Commissioner Marianne Adams as Territorial President of Women’s Ministries. The appointments will take effect on 1 February 2013.
Army work ofﬁcially commences in Greenland
Corps folk and friends aid mission Zambia DIVISIONAL Envoy Stuart Gay distributed baby clothes, medication and toys on a visit to Chikankata Mission Hospital. Blackpool South and friends of the corps donated the items, including baby weighing scales and hand-knitted baby cardigans and dolls. At the Bio-Science College he saw the new classrooms being built, and visited the Dundu Village Health Post, operated by Dundu Corps. Stuart is pictured with corps officer Major Shadrick Munyama at Matero, where he led worship. – S. G.
Forward! Europe Congress bulletin
Halifax: During September more than £600 was raised for the Watershed project through a sponsored walk and a coffee morning. This was part of an ongoing fundraising programme started by the late Rachel Marshall. – L. H.
Czech Republic THE three Congress meetings at the Forward! Europe Congress in Prague from 12 to 14 October will be live streamed from the Europe web page. Visit www .salvationarmy.org/ihqforward europe to watch the Congress
and the interactive live text commentary running alongside the video. Anyone can follow @ ForwardEurope on Twitter for up-to-date information and delegates can share their congress experience using #ForwardEurope. Visit www .twitter.com/forwardeurope for the Twitter account or sar .my/fwdfb to visit the Facebook page. – A. R.
Denmark THE General has given approval to the opening of Salvation Army work in Greenland, bringing the number of countries in which the Army officially operates to 125. Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark. The Army’s work in Greenland will be under the supervision of the territory. In December 2011 Territorial Commander Colonel Birgitte Brekke was invited to visit Greenland to explore the potential for Salvation Army work there. The colonel, along with Chief Secretary LieutColonel Henrik Andersen, visited Greenland in January, subsequently filing a report to IHQ recommending the commencement of Army work without delay. The report – which indicated strong encouragement from government, church and community bodies – was carefully studied by the International Management Council, under the chairmanship of the General, and approval was given to proceed. Lieutenants Magnus and Petura Haraldsen were commissioned by the General during her visit to Denmark in May and they, along with their sons Dánial and Andrias, took up residence in Nuuk in August. Please pray for God’s blessing upon the Army’s ministry in Greenland. – A. R.
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NEWS Follow-up to Big Collection Newcastle City Temple WHEN all the teams completed the Big Collection, the corps went to the city centre to thank people for their generosity, raise the profile of the Army and spread the gospel. On a busy Saturday the emergency service trailer was sited in a main shopping street. Corps folk, led by corps officer Major Antony Mugford and Captain Howard Russell (DHQ), served far in excess of 200 cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate – all free. A number of the customers could not believe it and were generous in their words of appreciation. Many copies of Kids Alive! and Salvation Army balloons were given to children and hundreds of copies of The War Cry were given away along with pamphlets outlining the
work and beliefs of the Army. Corps members received good feedback through many conversations. – B. I.
Pupils engage in work experience
Oldham Roundthorn’s Harvest celebrations include energetic barn and line dancing; funds raised from the evening went towards the Big Collection
Woodhouse YEAR ten pupils enjoyed a taste of adult working life when they spent ten days in a mock business environment. The work experience project – created by the corps with Handsworth Grange Community Sports College and supported by Red
Fellowship, study and relaxation Yorkshire COBER HILL, Scarborough, was once again the retreat venue for the Salvation Army Medical Fellowship (SAMF) weekend. Delegates enjoyed a time of fellowship, study and relaxation led by Commissioner Shona Forsyth, who shared experiences of service in Latin America North, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga and IHQ. During the fellowship evening Major Ron Smith (East Midlands DHQ) kept delegates
amused with illusions and gave Christian encouragement. During Sunday worship based on John 21, the commissioner spoke about people she had met during her officer service and said: ‘The greatest competitor
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of devotion to Jesus is service to him.’ SAMF is for active and retired healthcare and care workers. To find out more call 0113 387 7658 or email ann.radford @salvationarmy.org.uk
Tape Central, Sheffield Hallam University and businesses – was designed to help young people gain business skills and opportunities for future employment. The pupils joined a pilot digital media business and took up the role of media consultants in which they met real clients. Through the experience they learnt interview, team building, IT and leadership skills as well as gaining an insight into The Salvation Army. – G. L.
At Bangor Captain Carole Tucker presents Primary Sergeant Daphne Magee with a certiﬁcate in recognition of 24 years’ faithful service
NEWS Territorial leaders visit
Fellowship band’s short tour East Kent AS part of a two-day tour the London North-East Fellowship Band presented a programme at Deal which included ‘Montreal Citadel’ and ‘Bandology’. The next morning nearly two hundred onlookers listened to the band at Broadstairs bandstand. During the interval band members spoke with people who were enjoying the programme. After a welcome tea at Margate, the last concert commenced with the march ‘Danforth Citadel’ and included ‘Prelude On Finlandia’, ‘Last Spring’ and ‘The Blessing’. During the tour solo items were contributed by guest vocalist Enid Weaver, Keith Johnston and Max Weaver (both cornet) and John Ferdinand (euphonium). – J. F.
Otley: Harvest celebrations led by former corps officers Majors Freda and Ted Benneyworth began with a festival by Bradford Citadel Band and Songsters whose contributions included ‘I Surrender All’ and ‘Lord Of The Harvest’ respectively. The capacity congregation appreciated their clear presentation of the gospel. – W. K.
Winton: Majors Adrian and Beverly Stringer (West Midlands DHQ) led Harvest weekend meetings. Following the evening meeting there was a ploughman’s supper. The produce was given to families in need and the vegetables were prepared as soup and distributed to older people and taken on the evening meal-run for homeless people. – G. T.
Stephen Kane (Bexleyheath), Iain Parkhouse (Croydon) and Simon Birkett and Derick Kane (both THQ) delight Worthing Retired Musicians Fellowship with euphonium quartets; Ira Thomas (THQ) sang, played the piano and provided spiritual food for thought for the large audience
South and Mid Wales TERRITORIAL leaders Commissioners André and Silvia Cox visited the division to install Major Derek Jones as Divisional Commander and Major Susan Jones as Divisional Director for Women’s Ministries and Divisional Director for Personnel. The afternoon officers meeting at Llanelli included testimonies by Lieutenant Emily Jordan (Ammanford) and Territorial Envoy Sara Browning (Pontypool), who spoke about the privilege of ministry. The territorial and divisional leaders were applauded as they marched into the evening meeting, which included contributions by the divisional youth chorus and Swansea Band. The divisional leaders knelt at the mercy seat to affirm their desire to be obedient to Christ in their ministry. The DC reminded the congregation to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus. On Sunday, when the territorial leaders were welcomed at Cardiff Canton, the TC spoke about the need to grow in Christ. Later they visited the new homelessness project for young adults at Northlands Lifehouse, Cardiff, and met Regional Manager Nick Redmore and Centre Manager Sally Anthony. – D. J.
Retired Home League Treasurer Ethel Bee from Harpenden spends her 100th birthday surrounded by friends and family at the care home where she lives
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NEWS Bands unite for centenary celebrations Govan THE YP band centenary weekend commenced with a meal for past and present members where David Wilson, a former member and current helper, along with former leaders, Alex Williams and Ronald McNeil, shared memories of their involvement with the band. On Saturday the band was joined by its counterparts from Bellshill, Clydebank and Kilbirnie. Each band presented a short programme and former band leader Graham Dow shared stories and thoughts about his time as leader. Abbey McCoy, Natalie Ferguson and Callum Gibb gave their debut performances with the band. In the second half of the programme, the bands formed a 68-strong massed band conducted by David Catherwood (Belfast Temple). The massed band played ‘Vanguard’ and two of David’s compositions, ‘Lord Of Creation’ and ‘Bliss’ before closing the festival with ‘Lifeline’, written and conducted by Assistant YP Band Leader Adam Moore. Thankfulness was the theme of the Sunday meeting where David Catherwood gave a thought-provoking testimony before the YP band played his arrangement of ‘As The Deer’. Major Elwyn Harries (DHQ) preached from 1 Thessalonians and wowed the congregation with some conjuring tricks. Later the YP band members performed items with their families, bringing blessing and hilarity in equal measure. The singing company and songsters supported with ‘Jesus Reigns’ and ‘The Christian Mission’. At the conclusion of the meeting, the corps band and former YP band members joined with the present YP band to play ‘Young Campaigners’ and ‘Down The Street’. – A. M.
Ireland Divisional Youth Band’s visit to Bangor brings encouragement and blessing
Woodhorn Church ﬂower festival includes an exhibit by Newbigginby-the-Sea corps members Lilian McMillan and Muriel Gray; on Sunday the band accompanied songs of praise at the church
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New members share their testimony Skewen THREE people who recently made commitments at the corps held a music evening entitled Three Friends Through Music For God, raising £236 for the Watershed project. Alan Sleet (saxophone), Derek Jones (guitar) and Jamie Jones (cornet) each led a segment of the meeting. Corps officer Major Gordon Atter gave some insight into the Watershed project, accompanied by a presentation illustrating the work to provide clean water in Africa. – S. L.
NEWS Academies celebrate outstanding results Poole THE AIM Community, a Salvation Army education project, celebrated outstanding results in GCSE courses at academies in the area. In September 2011 the project (formerly RockSchool) ran performing arts courses at St Aldhelm’s Academy, which at that time was a low-achieving school. Students and staff made a huge effort over two terms and the 100 per cent pass rate included several BTEC Level 2 Performing Arts Diplomas. This level of success contributed to the academy’s overall pass rate being increased by 25 per cent. Vice Principal Allen Bird said: ‘AIM Community has transformed attitudes towards learning with some of our most challenging young people and has secured good outcomes with the performing arts programme.’ The project’s work with The Bishop of Winchester Academy, Bournemouth, resulted in every pupil gaining GCSEs in a variety of music qualifications. Vice Principal Paul Holman said the most rewarding outcomes were found in student engagement, relationship building and the gaining of self-confidence. – R. N.
Bikes to Brighton Brighton A TEAM of 12 cyclists battled the London to Brighton cycling challenge, raising more than £2,500. The team set off from Streatham, South London, with 2,000 other cyclists and travelled through Mitcham, Carshalton, Chipstead, Banstead and Haywards Heath, finally arriving at the Brighton seafront having cycled 54 miles. Between them they are raising money for Salvation Army Sports Ministries, recycles at Booth House, Swindon, Harrow building fund, Deptford Corps kids club and Anti-Human Trafficking. Laura Milner raised £1,293 for Harrow Corps building fund, where her mum is corps officer.
Wimbledon JOY was the theme for the meeting when Raynes Park Outreach Centre and New Malden Corps met with the host corps. Lieutenant Emma Scott (Raynes Park) illustrated to the many children in the packed hall that true joy cannot be suppressed and Major Philip Garnham (Raynes Park) challenged everyone to overflow with joy. Puppets assisted with the choruses and the congregation sang in English and Korean. Members of Raynes Park Worship Band accompanied the singing and corps officer Lieutenant Annette Wicks brought the message reminding people of the joy given by the Holy Spirit. – R. F.
Competitors Sarah-Jane Alley, Wendy Stanbury and Laura Milner are pictured celebrating their arrival in Brighton. Email the fundraising events
team at challenge@salvationarmy .org.uk or call 020 7367 4819 if you would like to take part in a cycle ride or another event to raise funds for The Salvation Army. – L. S.
New children attend Middlesbrough Pallister Park LIVE WIRES! outreach group enjoyed On Your Marks holiday club with activities including crazy games, Bible stories and sportsmen and women sharing their experiences. During a mini-Olympics family night the children were encouraged to be strong and stick to God’s way. In the closing ceremony, team prizes were presented and all the athletes received a trophy. As a result of these events 16 new children have started to attend Live Wires! – A. A.
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Q A missed opportunity WE live in retirement in Germany and therefore do not always get to see the letters page of Salvationist, so sometimes it is too late to make any meaningful comment. However, the history of subjects raised is always of interest and important in the overall context. I am grateful to Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr for responding to Major Malcolm Watkins’ letter (Salvationist 22 September) but a little mystiﬁed why he didn’t explain the reasons why we did not offer ofﬁcers for military chaplaincy between 1918 and 2011. As a young boy during or just after the Second World War, I remember a Salvation Army chaplain coming to my home corps (Harwich) but am happy to be corrected on this. However, in the mid-eighties I was serving as a staff ofﬁcer in the MoD when this very subject was raised by one of my colleagues, who knew that I was a Salvationist. He informed me that, statistically, every church was entitled to send a minister into the Chaplains’ Department for each 800 servicemen of that particular denomination. He said The Salvation Army was so entitled and had been invited to do so, but had declined the invitation. It seemed somewhat strange to me that we should refuse the opportunity to minister to our own. I would agree with Lieut-Colonel Barr that ‘the pastoral work of Red Shield Defence Services is to some extent
Q Proud of Barking ON a recent Sunday, the presence of a uniform as I ﬂicked through the God channels on television took my eye under the heading ‘Youth Forum for Barking and Dagenham’. Assembled representatives of various religious, political and voluntary groups, along with interested members of the public, displayed an enthusiastic pursuit of the problems in that area. However, what gave me a sense of
facilitated by our “standing outside the military chain of command” but it is military chaplains within the structure who have prime pastoral responsibility for the care of soldiers and their families’. However, to my mind we missed a golden opportunity for all those years to have prime pastoral responsibility for our own by not allowing Salvationist chaplains. I am also happy to agree with the colonel’s ﬁnal comment that RSDS serves the service community through the distinctive ministry of hospitality and pastoral care provided. My wife and I are very grateful for the support and ministry of Red Shield ofﬁcers over 35 years of service without which we might not remain Salvationists today. Fred Cullingford, Lieut-Colonel RA (Retired)
Q Harvey – not Hunt THE letter written by Henry Goodall (Salvationist 7 July) indicated the ofﬁcer standing ﬁrst left back row is Hunt. This is incorrect. He is Frederick Harvey who later became a commissioner. To my knowledge we’ve never had an ofﬁcer with the surname of Hunt serving in Singapore. My wife and I read Salvationist with much interest and proﬁt. God bless you. A. A. Lim, Commissioner, Singapore
pride and conﬁdence in today’s Booth’s Army was the chairmanship of the group and the input of corps ofﬁcer Major Nigel Schultz together with the corps youth leader, whose group had taken some 40 young people from the area to Sunbury Court. Thank you, major, for your signiﬁcant contribution to making this such a high quality programme dealing with the problems in your community; this spoke so well of the Army in your area. Malcolm High, Major, Tunstall
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Q Confusing colours WHEN my corps collected for the Big Collection outside a large supermarket, I was given a collecting tin coloured red with a green label. Members of the public were asking the question, especially to those not in uniform: ‘Who are you collecting for?’ Whatever happened to the smiling Salvationist portrait on our labels from past years? Even the Red Shield is now recognised by most people who are so willing to give their money to The Salvation Army. Neither do I understand ‘the Big Collection’ – it could be anything. Please give The Salvation Army its true identity, showing our colours: yellow, red and blue. Barbara Black, Harlow Q Secretary for Communications LieutColonel Marion Drew (THQ) responds: ‘The Salvation Army took advice from marketing professionals on how to revitalise the look of our materials for an eye-catching appeal that would hold attention for as long as it takes to encourage giving, whether in response to a collector with a tin or to an envelope arriving at home. The colours chosen were those recommended to us as being most likely today to hold attention and reach across generations. The name change was part of the advice given to us – we do more than one collection a year. We have discovered that there is still a wide gap in Salvationists’ understanding of our ministry in social service centres, therefore the name change was identiﬁed as a means to encourage us all to appreciate that we are part of something much bigger than our own corps. However we wish to refer to it and however we choose to do it, it is a collection.’
Q Write to Salvationist (Letters), 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN or email email@example.com
HEARTS ON FIRE
Fit for Mission by Territorial Commander Commissioner André Cox
E see evidence that God is speaking to this territory but we have to ask ourselves: are we listening? There is a danger that we can be so comfortable within our daily routines that we function in automatic mode. While there is evidence of a spiritual awakening in some areas, unless we fan the flames we could miss the revival that is desperately needed. The psalmist said: ‘I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes. I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands’ (Psalm 119:58–60 New International Version). Coming to this territory, I have noticed many things of great quality and programmes with great promise – yet it remains evident we still fail when it comes to joining the dots and understanding how everything we do connects to strengthen the overall mission. Despite everything we have and everything we do, we are clearly not effective in our core mission of winning souls. On the contrary, we are in danger of allowing the power of external funders and the prevailing political climate to set our agenda in some respects. Einstein is quoted as saying: ‘Insanity is
doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ In the coming months we are going to take a long, hard look at how we operate so that we ensure our fitness for mission. In this process we want to create thinking space and opportunities to pray and speak truth about where we stand. This is an opportunity for us to reflect on our priorities and our effectiveness in facilitating transformation in people’s lives – and to examine our effectiveness in developing our own personal relationships with Jesus. It is clear that we will also need to take a long, hard look at our administrative structures. A key focus of the Fit for Mission review will be on identifying how to improve effectiveness and reduce overheads. The review will, however, go much further as there are critical aspects integrated with this which need to be addressed to ensure we resource our mission – and deliver! A steering group has been formed, which will be predominantly lay driven. This is a statement of intent and an indication of a culture change within the territory. The group will reflect on some of the following issues and questions: Q A stronger mission and programme
focus from DHQ/THQ teams. How can we better ‘save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity’? Q How do we redress the imbalance between external funding and personal giving by Salvationists, to ensure robust funding? Q How can we reduce the burden of administration, eliminate duplications and unnecessary bureaucracy so that we ‘keep the main thing the main thing’? Q What needs to be done to ensure that back office functions and administration structures are effective and efficient? How can we provide excellence in our administrative processes while reducing our overheads? Q What needs to be done in order to improve the service mentality and sense of team for those in administrative positions? How do we develop a culture that engenders openness, trust and empowerment? Q What do we need to do to strengthen accountability and honesty when addressing issues of concern? These are just some of the questions and issues that will start the process. There will be many more things to explore as the process gains momentum. It is clear to me that the Fit for Mission review is far more than the umpteenth attempt at reducing overheads and bureaucracy. The work done in the previous administrative review has given a sound basis as a starting point and I am grateful for the contributions that were made. However, the time has come for us to do further work that will enable us to look at the bigger picture and not just administration. The priority will focus on how to make our frontline mission truly effective. Change is never easy and rarely welcomed, but this represents a wonderful opportunity for us to think about what God is calling us to be and do. I ask Salvationists to uphold this process in prayer, to get involved and to contribute towards shaping the way forward, so that we can truly be the people God is calling us to be. Q Q Please share your concerns, comments, suggestions and hopes for the future of this territory. Email either fitformission@salvationarmy .org.uk or fit4mission@salvationarmy .org.uk or write to Fit for Mission c/o the Territorial Commander, The Salvation Army, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN.
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Major Anne Read and Andrew Wileman tell Salvationist about their roles as freedom fighters
T is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery’ (Galatians 5:1 New International Version). This biblical mandate is at the heart of The Salvation Army’s response to victims of human trafficking and in this territory, we are well placed to help individuals on their road to recovery and to play a part in the restoration of their dignity and freedom. In England and Wales The Salvation Army manages the government contract for Adult Human Trafficking Victim Care Co-ordination under Article 12 of the
Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (ECAT). Our specialist support programme, managed by a highly skilled team, is run in partnership with a range of subcontractors around England and Wales and is designed to: Q preserve the dignity of victims Q protect them and care for them in safe accommodation and Q provide access to confidential clientbased support including legal advice, healthcare and counselling. The Salvation Army has held the
Journeying with victims The experience of a volunteer driver WHEN my daughters were a lot younger someone bought them a book about being long-term friends and short-while friends. My experience of helping to provide transport for victims of trafficking has reminded me of this book, as for just a few hours we become short-while friends to those we transport in our car to a safe haven. The trust they place in us is unbelievable, after all they’ve been through. I’ve tried to put myself into their situation and I wonder just how scary it must be to be passed from one person to another. In my experience, I become their friend for a little while, even when language is a barrier. Some are able to share their tragic stories with us, but for others that is impossible. We may never hear the end of their stories but it is a great privilege to be able to play a small part in the Army’s ministry to victims of human trafficking. Q For reasons of safety and confidentiality the author of this report must remain anonymous
contract with the Ministry of Justice since July 2011 and during the first six months of the contract, the Army and 12 partner organisations supported 190 individuals (112 female and 78 male). Q 43 per cent of those referred to the Army had been trafficked for labour exploitation Q 45 per cent had been trafficked for sexual exploitation Q One individual was referred to the service after being trafficked for the purposes of organ removal Q The remainder had been forced to work in domestic servitude and take part in criminal activities Q We have supported individuals from more than 40 different countries. These words are typical of the responses received from victims who have been found, released and supported: ‘Just knowing I was safe. No one could come in at all. I think that was the best thing that could ever happen to me.’ DRIVING HOME THE CAMPAIGN The Salvation Army provides a 24-7 facility to transport rescued victims to safe accommodation across England and Wales. The Army is always looking for drivers and chaperones who might be able to help in the valuable ministry of relocating a victim of trafficking to a safe place. Might you be able to help in this way?
A survivor’s tale: Mike’s story WHEN the financial crisis kicked in, I lost my job. I began sleeping rough. Two weeks later, some men came up to me and offered me a place to live and a job. I thought it was a good opportunity. They showed me where I was going to live. Basically, it was just a dirty old shed with hardly any space to move. I was told I would be sharing with someone else. At the beginning it was OK – the alternative was sleeping on the street. I would start work at 7 am and get back to the shed at around 9 pm. I was knocking on doors, asking people if they wanted work done – patios, driveways, that sort of thing. Initially, it was interesting and better than having no work, but I realised pretty soon that taking the job wasn’t the best decision I’d ever made! I wasn’t treated as badly as the rest – they only hit me once. Everyone was afraid and others got beaten up. I can’t remember why I was hit, but I was punched in the head – maybe I didn’t get enough work one day. They’d collect us in vans and take us to buy food. If you didn’t return to the van in time, they’d hit you – we were really frightened. I was so exhausted I’d just buy a microwave meal – sometimes I’d fall asleep before I had a chance to eat. I knew I had to eat to stay fit, but I still lost weight. We’d work six days a week. On Sundays, we were made to clean up the yard where the shed was kept. After that, I mostly just slept. Sometimes I was expected to look after the kids on Sundays. I didn’t mind that because it sort of gave me a family. It was my little escape. The other guys were all right, but the only one I really talked to was my roommate. We weren’t allowed out of the yard so we’d just speak over the fence. Some of them had been on drugs or were addicted to alcohol. One person tried to escape, but he was beaten up with a spanner. We were too scared to leave. Suddenly, one day, the police raided the yard. I was just about to have a sleep when we got a knock on the door. It was
DEVELOPING DIVISIONAL SUPPORT Perhaps your corps, centre or division would consider running events or hosting speakers to highlight the issues of human trafficking. Would you consider inviting a speaker and organising support in these ways? DEMANDING CHANGE The ALOVE team at THQ runs an excellent ‘Cut it Out’ campaign, which encourages corps to lobby and protest regarding the advertising of sexual services in newspapers. You can help by contacting us to ask for help and advice in organising action at local level. DOWNLOADING RESOURCES The Ministry of Justice is presently considering proposals for a new mobile
the police, asking for our ID. I thought someone on the site must have done something. After about an hour I was told about trafficking. I was so confused; I didn’t know what was going on. I was in shock. When I arrived at the top of the road I met doctors and people from The Salvation Army and Red Cross. They gave us medical and dental checks and blood tests. When I looked around, I realised how ill everyone looked – really skinny, really unwell. It was horrible. I was frightened because I knew I didn’t want to go back. Two days later I realised how bad things were – I was so glad to be out. I gave a police statement, for use in court. The Salvation Army found me emergency accommodation at a safe house. The first two months someone met me every day to find out how I was doing. I went to the doctor and I had counselling. They made sure everything was fine. For a whole month I didn’t leave the safe house. I was too frightened. Indoors I was happy, but I felt unsafe outside. When I managed to walk to the nearby shop, I got back and needed to lie down. Outside, every time there was a sound of a van or 4x4 vehicle I’d jump out of my skin because I thought it was my captors. Now, I realise I can’t let them win. I could have stayed inside for a year, but I forced myself to venture outside. I am still nervous about being outdoors but I am really happy. I’ve started some voluntary work two days a week. It’s a great feeling. I don’t want to go anywhere near groundwork, but I’d like to find a job in an office. Now I live in a housing association flat, but I’d like to find a flat of my own. I’m also hoping to go on holiday – I think I deserve it. Maybe an all-inclusive holiday to Spain! On reflection, I’m angry about what happened to me but I really want to forget it and move on with my life. As time goes on I remember the camp more clearly – I’m writing a diary and it’s really helping. I don’t read it back, but getting the words and feelings down on the page makes me feel better. Maybe one day I’ll read it. Q Q Mike [not his real name] was interviewed by Salvation Army personnel
phone app that will help people detect and recognise the signs of trafficking.
ANTI-SLAVERY DAY – 18 OCTOBER
DIVINE INTERVENTION Please pray for this critical ministry as The Salvation Army continues to battle against human trafficking. DETAILS If you would like further information, or if you wish to volunteer your services, please contact the anti-trafficking general inquiry line on 0844 264 0035 or visit www .salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/ trafficking or email AHT@ salvationarmy.org.uk
Anti-Slavery Day was established in 2010 to provide a focal point for raising awareness about the many people in the UK and around the world who continue to be trapped in modern slavery. Slavery exists today despite the fact that it is banned in most of the countries where it is practised. People are sold like objects, forced to work for little or no pay. Salvationists are asked to use 18 October as a day of prayer for those trapped by the evil of human trafficking.
Q Major Read is Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator, THQ Q Andrew is Assistant Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator, THQ
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Joy in The Salvation Army Major Charles Durman thinks we should be pleasantly surprised by joy
NE Army, One Mission, One Message. That is the word on the street and it is good thinking but I can’t help reflecting on how we portray that message. I remember an anecdote concerning the funny man Groucho Marx, who, one day, exiting a lift, met a clergyman. The clergyman came up to him, put out his hand and said: ‘I want to thank you for all the joy you’ve put into the world.’ Groucho shook hands and replied: ‘Reverend, I want to thank you for all the joy you’ve taken out of it.’ For too long Christianity has been seen as a killjoy religion. The poet Swinburne wrote: ‘Thou hast conquered, O pale Galilean, and the world has grown grey from thy breath.’ Too often we take ourselves too seriously, or we are caught up in the seriousness of the message and the consequences of sin that we forget the joy of Jesus who said: ‘I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete’ (John 15:11 all quotations from New International Version). Jesus also expressed his disapproval of those who portrayed faith as a gloomy business: ‘When you fast, do not look sombre as the hypocrites do’
(Matthew 6:16) and instead encouraged happy optimism: ‘Take heart! I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). We need to recapture the joy of Christianity. I know that life is not always happy. I know there are times when sadness and testing come to us – when we have to rely on the strength of the joy hidden within. However, the idea that joy is just an underlying source of strength to help us through testing times smacks to me of gritting our teeth and getting through life, instead of living it to the full. I used to spend my holidays at Surrenden, the Army’s holiday home – now a conference centre – in India South Eastern. On the wall of my room was the slogan ‘Not somehow but triumphantly’. The Christian life is not to be endured with gritted teeth and a reluctant determination to be joyful even if we don’t feel it! Jesus also said: ‘Blessed are you who weep now, you will laugh’ (Luke 6:21). If life is lived triumphantly there will inevitably be times when that joy needs to bubble to the surface. At Lérins, in France, there is a Cistercian monastery housing a 12th-century crucifix called The Smiling Christ. I realise there is no scriptural
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warrant for saying Christ smiled while he was on the cross but I like the idea that in the midst of the worst life has to offer, the knowledge of what God has in store for us can bring a smile to our faces. Laughter is, indeed, God’s therapy. Let us then be thankful that, when the gates of Heaven swing open, mixed with the celestial music there is the unmistakable sound of celestial laughter. The Fellowship of Merry Christians in America advocate that at Easter God had the last laugh over death and sin and we should celebrate that fact by holding a Holy Humour Sunday to celebrate the Resurrection. I wish I had discovered that concept when I was a corps officer because as Christians we have the greatest reason of all to be happy and to present the good news joyfully. So why do some Christians tend more towards being miserable than cheerful? In 1965 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Michael Ramsey, said he had never seen a gloomy Salvationist. We might sometimes be tempted to disprove his kind words! If we possess the joy of the Lord, the joy of having our sins forgiven, then our faces should show it. I do not advocate fixed smiles or any false bonhomie. I simply recommend joy as a useful weapon in our Salvationist armoury as we reach out to souls who are struggling under the weight of life. Q Q Major Durman is Administrator, Cambria House Lifehouse, London
Doing the most good The second of two studies on Haggai by Major Nigel Gotobed
HE first chapter of Haggai invites the post-exilic remnant of Israel to reassess their priorities and give careful thought to their ways (1:7). Spending less time on self and a greater priority on God would enable the rebuilding of the Temple. The people not only listened to the sermon, but also put the words into action. The Lord gave them a clear message through the prophet Haggai. Although the rebuilt Temple appeared inferior to the incredible beauty of Solomon’s – destroyed some 66 years earlier – the splendour of the new would surpass that of the old. They need not fear; God would be with them (2:4). Throughout the ages, God encourages his people not to fear (see Exodus 14:14; Psalm 121; Isaiah 41:10). We also have continual assurances from Christ himself (for example, Matthew 28:20). In this we are reminded that the presence of the Holy Spirit is a vital part of God’s covenant with his people, for he is an abiding gift to them. His presence enables fear to be removed from their situations. The same Holy Spirit is the motivational empowering of God in the lives of today’s believers – thus enabling
great things to be done in Jesus’ name. The people returned to God and he promised to bless their efforts. Now it was time to work! Prayer, Bible study and worship are three essentials of Salvation Army ministry. Alongside these is the call to go out and do what God has called us to do – breaking down the obstacle of lethargy at the same time. God wants to change the world through us, the Body of Christ; the
the desire of all nations will fill it with his glory and he will rule upon his throne as Prince of Peace. The glory of this temple will surpass the glory of the former. We are often reminded that Christ has no hands but ours to do his work. However, work alone never made men holy. Haggai’s third message (2:10–19) reminds us that a people defiled by disobedience can be purified and blessed by obedience. Making his point through ritual law, Haggai shows how easy it is for contamination and defilement to ruin the Temple (v14), thus making all they subsequently offered defiled. In essence, Haggai says, service does not make us holy; ‘show’ will not bring us to salvation, however good it is and however professional it may appear. Holy living can be achieved only when God’s people are fully immersed in and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Haggai reminded the people of God that holiness is not transferable. Although the disobedience of the Jews caused God’s blessings to be withheld, their obedience would ultimately release his blessing (vv18 and 19). Despite the huge task ahead of them, the people laid the Temple foundations. Immediately, God blessed them as they set out in faith – long before the structure was complete. In Prayer Evangelism evangelist Ed Silvoso writes: ‘In a journey of a thousand miles, the most important step is the first. Nothing else can happen until that first step is taken.’ Haggai’s call and challenge is: ‘Let’s continue to do God’s will, let’s do it God’s way’ (see Matthew 16:13–18) and God will bless his Church abundantly. May all we do be an expression of that experience. Each one of us is chosen by God (Haggai 2:23). When you are down, remind yourself of that realisation. Q
‘God wants to change the world through us, the Body of Christ’
saved need to be seen with the unsaved. The time has come to take courage and work (Haggai 2:4). At a Roots conference Andy Hawthorne from The Message Trust said: ‘There are enough resources in the Church already to bring about revival.’ The Lord can act any time he chooses – in his time (Hebrews 12:26 and 27) – and so the words ‘in a little while’ (2:6 New International Version) are not limited to the immediacy of their historical context. God will shake the nations with his judgment (2:6–9) – words that speak of present judgment on evil nations and of future judgment during the last days. Jesus will build the temple of God in Heaven and
FOR REFLECTION ‘You were born an original, don’t die a copy’ (Anon). A PRAYER I would be thy holy temple, Sacred and indwelt by thee; Naught then could stain my commission, ’Tis thy divine charge to me. (SASB 786) Q Major Gotobed is Divisional Director for Evangelism, Northern
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NEW COMMITMENTS Luke Edmonds Jonathan Lister Soldiers
Karen Mitchell Jess Mitchell
Caralyn Newbury Hayley Gould Adherent members HASTINGS TEMPLE KAREN, Jess and Hayley have attended the corps for sixteen months and Caralyn has belonged to the youth group for three years. All four have been involved in the community choir at Downs Farm Plant and were welcomed as adherent members by corps officer Major Angela Bailey. Caralyn and Karen both sealed their commitment to serve God in the Army when at the ‘I’ll Fight’ Congress. Jess testified to being a more caring person since accepting Jesus. Hayley had been searching for God and once she found him she realised he had always been there. – G. B.
Alison Spencer Soldier Jodie Elliott Adherent member SHIPLEY ALISON and Jodie are both active in the corps music sections and help with the young children. Alison has a Salvationist background and is the first soldier for many years to have come through the young people’s ministry. Jodie was attracted to the Army through J-zone, the young people’s midweek activity. Corps officer Major Reg Melton enrolled Alison as a soldier and welcomed Jodie as an adherent member. – R. M.
Louise Ogden Jordan Adetdyinbo Junior soldiers STOCKPORT CITADEL CORPS officer Lieutenant Wendy Ferguson-Smith enrolled Louise and Jordan as junior soldiers. Louise has attended the corps for a year and enjoys worshipping with her Salvationist grandparents. Jordan’s mum began attending the parent-and-toddler group with Jordan’s younger brother and as a family they worship regularly at the corps. – J. F-S.
DUNSTABLE LUKE and Jonathan have attended the Army since they were babies and were supported by their prayer partners during their enrolment. Luke was inspired at the Belfast Temple Summer School when he realised the truth that nothing can separate him from God’s love. His grandfather, Captain Brian Edmonds, enrolled him and the next day Luke left for Manchester Openshaw Outreach Centre to join ALOVE’s Essential programme. Jonathan enjoyed being a junior soldier and testified that although becoming a senior soldier was the next natural step, it was not one he had taken lightly. He aspires to keep God at the centre of his life. He was enrolled by corps officer Major Carol Evans and requested the song ‘The Power Of Your Love’. – J. B.
Angela Webster Soldier BURTON UPON TRENT ANGELA committed her life to Jesus 20 years ago and the Scripture verse ‘Be still and know that I am God’ has been of great comfort to her. She has put her faith into action in her role as a care worker. She first came to the Army at a songs of praise meeting and was made to feel very welcome. Two years ago she became an adherent member and felt that soldiership was a positive move forward. She was enrolled by corps officer Major Jane Morris. – K. A.
Ray Cooper Joyce Cooper Adherent members BURTON UPON TRENT WHEN Ray and Joyce learnt that their neighbour helped with the corps luncheon club and attended the Evergreens, they started to attend these groups. They had always been church members and wanted to be involved in a worshipping community close to where they lived. A move to a new housing complex led to them attending other meetings at the corps. Corps officer Major Jane Morris welcomed Ray and Joyce as adherent members. – K. A.
Daniel Joy Junior soldier
Abigail Bennett Junior soldier DUNDEE CENTRAL IN a well-attended meeting, Abigail was enrolled as a junior soldier by Majors Barbara and Harry Wilson. She was supported by her whole family in her new walk with the Lord and joined in singing with the singing company. – A. M.
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HARLOW DANIEL started attending the corps when his parents transferred from Ware. He is involved in the juniors and is learning to play an instrument so he can join the YP band. Daniel’s grandparents, Majors Beverley and John Joy, enrolled him. In his interview-style testimony, Daniel shared how he had asked Jesus into his heart. He had memorised the junior soldier’s promise and also invited the congregation to join in his favourite chorus, ‘I Don’t Want To March With The Infantry’. – P. H.
Paul Winter Soldier
Marion Hill Adherent member
WINTON PAUL was supported by his family and friends, with his grandad, Colour Sergeant Norman Winter (Stockton), proudly holding the corps flag. Paul testified to the support he has received over the years from his family, friends and section leaders who encouraged him through the junior sections. He also witnessed to the influence youth camps had on his life and his future. He was enrolled by corps officer Major Paul Johnson. – G. T.
TORQUAY MARION visited the hall to donate some items and stayed for the coffee morning. After a long absence from the Army, she accepted an invitation to the meetings and has attended ever since. She testified to having found a real sense of friendship in the corps. Corps officer Major Ken Bartlett welcomed Marion as an adherent member. – K. B.
Deborah Field Adherent member
Paul Blood Soldier SUDBURY PAUL has been a Christian for a number of years and decided to commit to soldiership. He attends the corps with his wife, Judith, and his children, Bethany and Kieren. In his testimony he spoke about wanting to follow Jesus more closely. He was enrolled by corps officer Major Tom Crozier. – J. C.
MOLD OUTREACH centre officer Captain Graham Lumm welcomed Deborah as an adherent member. Deborah expressed her testimony through a montage of photographs which movingly highlighted her life’s journey and how God directed her. – G. L.
Tony Sutton Soldier Brian Sneddon Adherent member CHELTENHAM BRIAN had a Christian background and attended chapel regularly. When he lived in Milton Keynes he and his wife went to the corps. After being widowed, he moved to Bourton-on-the-Water and was invited to Cheltenham where he has been encouraged by members’ testimonies. Corps officer Captain Steven Smith welcomed Brian as an adherent member. – R. G.
Marcia Wesley Julia Farrant
Freda White Iris Allard Adherent members Theresa Maleary Adherent member THORNABY THERESA was invited to the corps after the birth of her son, who was dedicated to God earlier in the year. Divisional Commander Major Darrell Thomas welcomed Theresa as an adherent member. – C. H.
Katy Woodhouse Lucy Pepperrell Junior soldiers BEXLEYHEATH COUSINS Katy and Lucy spoke about their love for God and their excitement at making a commitment. Corps officers Captains Louise and Paul Wood enrolled Katy and Lucy as junior soldiers. They were supported by family and friends. – P. W.
HAVERHILL TONY was contacted by corps officer Major Sidney Pinches during literature evangelism and became an adherent member. Later he felt God calling him to soldiership. He testified to the way in which God had led him to The Salvation Army and confirmed that he had now found his spiritual home. Before relocating to Suffolk, Marcia attended an Anglican church in Yorkshire. After moving into sheltered housing, she found that The Salvation Army was just next door. She started to attend the luncheon club and Sunday meetings and decided to make the Army her place of worship. Julia had a Salvation Army background and confirmed her desire to be part of the fellowship. Freda was looking for a place of worship and after attending the Army she knew this was where she wanted to be. She is now also involved in the luncheon club, as is Iris who was contacted by the corps officer during literature evangelism. Since becoming a regular worshipper, she has experienced a real sense of God’s presence. Corps officer Major Georgina Pinches enrolled Tony as a soldier and welcomed Marcia, Julia, Freda and Iris as adherent members. – S. P.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE The following appointments and promotions, decided upon by the General, have been announced by the Chief of the Staff: Effective 1 January 2013: Commissioners Joash and Florence Malabi (currently Territorial Commander and Territorial President of Women’s Ministries, Kenya West) to be International Secretary for Africa and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries – Africa, IHQ. They succeed Commissioners Amos and Rosemary Makina who will be retiring from active service. Commissioners Kenneth and Jolene Hodder, (currently International Secretary for Personnel and Associate International Secretary for Personnel, IHQ) to be TC and TPWM, Kenya West Territory. Commissioner John Wainwright (currently TC, Kenya East) to be International Auditor, Business Administration Department, IHQ. Commissioner Vinece Chigariro (currently TC and TPWM, Zimbabwe) to be TC and TPWM, Kenya East. Colonels Henry and Catherine Nyagah (currently TC and TPWM, Malawi) to be TC and TPWM, Zimbabwe. They will take up their new appointments with the rank of commissioner; Colonel Catherine Nyagah on 1 January 2013 and Colonel Henry Nyagah on 2 January 2013. Colonels Moses and Sarah Wandulu (currently TC and TPWM, Uganda) to be TC and TPWM, Malawi. Colonels Benjamin and Grace Mnyampi (currently Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries, Kenya West) to be TC and TPWM, Uganda. Majors Johnstone and Linnet Wolayo (currently serving in Kenya West) to be CS and TSWM of that territory, with the rank of lieut-colonel. Lieut-Colonels Nahashon and Zipporah Njiru (currently serving in Kenya East) to be CS and TSWM of that territory. They succeed Colonels Gabriel and Monica Kathuri who will receive new appointments. Colonels Michael and Joan Parker (currently CS and TSWM, Indonesia) to be TC and TPWM of that territory. They will take up their new appointments with the rank of commissioner; Colonel Joan Parker on 3 January 2013 and Colonel Michael Parker on 4 January 2013. They succeed Commissioners Basuki and Marie Kartodarsono who will be retiring from active service. Lieut-Colonels Jones and Mariyam Kasaedja (currently serving in Indonesia) to be CS and TSWM of that territory. Effective 1 February: Commissioners Barry and Sue Swanson (currently Chief of the Staff and World President of Women’s Ministries) to be TC and TPWM, USA Eastern. Commissioners André and Silvia Cox (currently TC and TPWM, United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland) to be Chief of the Staff and WPWM. Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams (currently TC and TPWM, Norway, Iceland and The Færoes) to be TC and TPWM, United
Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland. Commissioners Dick and Vibeke Krommenhoek (currently TC and TPWM, Finland and Estonia) to be TC and TPWM, Norway, Iceland and The Færoes. Colonels Johnny and Eva Kleman (currently CS and TSWM, Sweden and Latvia) to be TC and TPWM, Finland and Estonia. Lieut-Colonels Daniel and Rebecca Sjogren (currently serving in USA Central) to be CS and TSWM, Sweden and Latvia. Lieut-Colonels Kong Chew (Bob) and Teoh Gim Leng (Wendy) Lee (currently CS and TSWM, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar) to be CS and TSWM, The Philippines. They succeed LieutColonels Ronald and Robyn Clinch who will be taking up appointments in their home territory of Australia Southern. Lieut-Colonels Lyndon and Bronwyn Buckingham (currently serving in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga) to be CS and TSWM, Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar. Lieut-Colonels Neil and Christine Webb (currently CS and TSWM, Papua New Guinea) to be TC and TPWM of that territory, with the rank of colonel. They succeed Commissioner Andrew Kalai who will be retiring from active service. Lieut-Colonel Miriam Gluyas (currently serving in Australia Eastern) to be CS and TSWM, Papua New Guinea. Major Hannelise Tvedt (currently serving in United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland) to be CS and TSWM, The Netherlands and Czech Republic, with the rank of colonel. She succeeds Colonels Pieter and Alida Dijkstra who will be retiring from active service. The General has decided that the Spain and Portugal Commands shall be combined; LieutColonels Gordon and Susan Daly (currently Officer Commanding and Command President of
ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL LINDA BOND: Czech Republic (All Europe Congress), Th 11 Oct Sun 14; UK, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, Sat 20; ICO, Tu 23; USA Southern, Wed 24 - Sun 28; Canada and Bermuda, Mon 29 Sun 4 Nov; ICO, Sun 11 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER BARRY SWANSON) AND COMMISSIONER SUE SWANSON: ICO, Tu 30 Oct; France and Belgium, Fri 2 Nov Sun 4 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: Czech Republic (All Europe Congress), Th 11 Oct Mon 15; Cenotaph, Whitehall (Remembrance Sunday), Sun 11 Nov THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: Czech Republic (All Europe Congress), Th 11 Oct - Mon 15; The Booth House Lifehouse, Grimsby (opening), Wed 24; Springfield Lodge
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Women’s Ministries, Portugal) to be OC and CPWM, Spain and Portugal. Lieut-Colonels Luis and Aida Castillo (currently OC and CPWM, Spain) will be retiring from active service. Effective 1 March: Colonel Birgitte Brekke (currently TC, Denmark) to be International Secretary for Europe, IHQ, with the rank of commissioner. She succeeds Commissioner Robert Street who will be retiring from active service. Commissioner Dorita Wainwright (currently TPWM, Kenya East) to be Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries – Europe. She succeeds Commissioner Janet Street who will be retiring from active service. Lieut-Colonels Knud David and Lisbeth Welander (currently serving in The Philippines) to be TC and TPWM, Denmark, with the rank of colonel. MARRIAGE Bandsman/Songster Graham Mercer to Bandswoman/Songster Christine Dunn at Driffield by Lieut-Colonel Ronald Smith. WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Diamond: Norman and Mrs Margaret Bond, Doncaster (25 October); Bandsman Eric and S/Reservist Mrs Gwen Collett, Chelmsford (25 October). Golden: Graeme and Mrs Gwyneth Halliburton, Newark (20 October). BEREAVED Major Andrea Vertigan, Wetherby, and Joanne Pryke of their mother Evelyn Newman; Sheila Allen, Staines, of her sister Sally Day; Bandsman Dennis Bright, Weymouth, of his wife S/Reservist Eunice Bright, Bandsman Colin Bright, Branksome, Bandsman Dudley Bright, Lifehouse (opening), London, Th 25; Penarth, Sat Sun 28; Cenotaph, Whitehall (Remembrance Sunday), Sun 11 Nov Commissioner William Cochrane: International Social Justice Commission and USA Eastern, Tu 23 Oct - Fri 26 Commissioners Lalkiamlova and Lalhlimpuii: India South Eastern (Conference of Leaders), Sat 6 Oct - Sat 13 Commissioners Robert and Janet Street: Czech Republic (Central and Eastern European Conference and All Europe Congress), Tu 9 Oct Sun 14 International Staff Songsters: Hawick, Sat Sun 21 Oct International Staff Band: Nottingham William Booth Memorial Halls, Sat Sun 28 Oct
ON THE AIR BBC Radio Wiltshire (103.5 and 104.3 FM): Soul and Inspiration (6 am) will include Trowbridge Band on Sunday 14 October.
ANNOUNCEMENTS Regent Hall, and SL Julian Bright, Peterborough Citadel, of their mother.
retirement. She accompanied her husband on most of his administrative travels, which included visits to remote centres of work in the Third World.
PROMOTED TO GLORY Cynthia Dixon, Harlow; Sylvia Baldwin, Staines; Rtd BM Donald Jackson, Morecambe; Rtd BM Graham Veal, Abertillery.
Her daughters, Heather Hetherington, Toronto, Beverley Davies, Oxford, UK, and family members will be sustained by prayers from around the Army world. We thank God for the life of Mrs General Jean Brown and for the impact of her ministry in the name of Christ on so many people throughout the world.
THE Chief of the Staff has announced that Mrs General Jean Brown was promoted to Glory from Toronto Grace Hospital, Canada, peacefully on Thursday 20 September aged 97 years. Jean Barclay was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, where her parents were appointed as Salvation Army officers. She entered The Salvation Army College for Officer Training, Toronto, in 1937 and after commissioning held corps appointments. She is remembered wherever The Salvation Army operates as an inspiring and concerned leader who was encouraging in attitude and deeply sympathetic to the needs of those to whom she ministered. Her sacrificial dedication was shown throughout 74 years of officership. Always gracious in manner, she maintained a spiritual sensitivity and consistently demonstrated the high principles she enunciated. In 1939 she married Lieutenant Arnold Brown and they served together for 42 years before
OFFICIAL GAZETTE UK Territory RETIREMENTS FROM ACTIVE SERVICE Effective 1 October: Major Andrew Cox out of Chelmsford in 1980 and last appointment Divisional Director for Evangelism, London South-East. Major Robert Hart out of Dartford in 1993 and last appointment Deal. Major Michael Leonard with Major Sheila Leonard (née Pritchard) out of Seaham Harbour in 1996 and last appointment Horden. ANDRÉ COX, Commissioner, Territorial Commander.
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TRIBUTE SONGSTER MRS PHYLLIS DONALDSON, LURGAN PHYLLIS was a fourthgeneration Salvationist at Portadown. For the past 30 years she and her husband, Bernard, were active soldiers at Lurgan. In earlier years Phyllis taught in Sunday school and was a songster. Devoted to the Army and her family, she particularly enjoyed being with her grandson Daniel and was delighted at his recent enrolment as a junior soldier. She was similarly proud of her two daughters, Karen and Lesley-Ann, and how they are using their gifts through the Army in Lurgan and America, respectively, to glorify God. During her long illness, Phyllis’s faith in God continued to grow. She was always surrounded by books of prayer and encouragement that her many friends brought her, and read them constantly. She was promoted to Glory at the age of 62. – G. W.
COMING SOON! Salvationist is going digital. As well as being available as a newspaper, the paper that is essential reading for everyone linked to The Salvation Army will soon be available via an app. Salvationist Editor Major Stephen Poxon explains: ‘Just by downloading a free app onto an Apple or android smartphone or tablet, our tech-savvy readers will be able to get all the benefits of Salvationist in a format that is truly mobile and modern.’
AFTER the balloon launch at New Horizons, Kids Alive! mascot Patch the Dog goes on a walkabout to meet people, including territorial leaders Commissioners André and Silvia Cox. Send your suggested captions for this picture by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Picture caption competition’, or by post to Salvationist, 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN. A selection of the best captions will be printed in Salvationist next month.
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A COMPILATION OF TRUE GEMS Bandmaster Andrew Mackereth (Nuneaton) reviews From The Heart – Reflective Music By Kenneth Downie played by the International Staff Band This latest compilation album from the International Staff Band brings together 14 of the finest devotional works by composer Kenneth Downie. While Ken is first to admit that not all of these pieces are ‘Army’, there is a deep vein of spirituality running through them all. Make no mistake, this is a deeply personal offering. Ken provides an illuminating insight to the thought processes and origins of each piece in a modest, conversational style through his excellent programme notes. In reading these, we are given a rare insight into the immensely sophisticated, yet subtly vulnerable mind of a true Christian gentleman. This is a disc of many highlights but the inclusion of three arrangements that have been featured widely by the ISB will be very well received. Each of the melodies is a true gem of Salvation Army tradition and heritage in its own right and each is handled with great skill and delicacy. ‘In The Love Of Jesus’ was originally written for Hendon Band and is an exquisite setting of the William Hammond iconic song of the same name. Arranging an established favourite melody like this is somewhat akin to giving the Mona Lisa a touch-up but
Ken manages it magnificently. ‘Stars Of The Morning’, written as an encouragement to Dutch friends after a deep personal tragedy, brings a message of hope through the words behind the melody: ‘They shall shine in their beauty, bright gems for his crown.’ George Marshall’s ‘Harton Lea’ is the melody at the centre of the arrangement, ‘The Joy Of Loving Hearts’. There are no heavy pieces to skip over; each track forms a perfect bridge to the next, and so on for well over an hour. In addition to the talent of the present staff band, Ken is able to draw upon two cornet greats: Philip Cobb and David Daws. Philip is soloist in ‘Oasis’, an original melody set in an evocative reverie of peace and tranquillity. Formerly ISB principal cornet, David is featured in ‘Healing Waters’, a setting of the Albert Orsborn classic song and was originally featured on the Golden Slippers recording of 1998. This is devotional music and I cannot praise it highly enough. It provides an excellent background to personal devotions and, played in the car, has an amazingly calming effect on one’s driving. Buy this recording; it might save your licence! I have reviewed a lot of CDs and this is by far my favourite.
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Bilton-in-Ainsty, North Yorkshire. Picture: KEN SILLENCE