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INSIDE THIS WEEK
Holiday club brings in new people Pill PAGE 5
Community event attracts Alpha members Cheltenham PAGE 8
PLUS LOTS MORE!
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PAPERS War Cry y THAT’S ITE, Anne Wafula Strike recalls her Paralympic experience
FIGHTING FOR HEARTS AND SOULS
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BIBLE CONTAINING ELVIS’S SCRIBBLES THE auction room could be all shook up when a Bible which belonged to Elvis Presley GOES UP goes up for sale in Stockport next week. Whoever wants FOR SALE the book may have to pay it. more than £20,000 £20 000 for it
writes PHILIP HALCROW
According to auctioneers Omega, the book was given to the King of Rock’n’Roll in 1957 by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes as a present Turn to page 3
Q BACK WITH A BANG – THE PREMIERSHIP RUGBY SEASON BEGINS
Q AUCTION TO SELL ELVIS’S NOTE-FILLED BIBLE
Q WHEELCHAIR RACER ANNE WAFULA STRIKE LOOKS BACK TO THE 2004 PARALYMPICS
Q NEW SERIES: TOP 10 FAVOURITE BIBLE STORIES Q BUMPER BUNDLE OF STATIONERY TO WIN
Q LIFE LESSONS AS CHILDREN GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Q PATCH’S PALS WITH NAUGHTY NORMAN
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS LONGER OPENING HOURS WOULD AFFECT CHURCHES Extended trading on Sundays diminishes the special character of Sundays and the opportunities to invest in one’s family, community and spiritual life… Increased consumer choice and flexibility always comes at a cost and it is often paid by the poorest members of society, who feel obliged to work on Sundays. It may look like a social benefit but is really a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The Rev Rhiannon Jones, quoted in The Independent
PIONEER OF FRESH EXPRESSIONS
William Booth was born into poverty yet a Queen attended his funeral; he became a minister of the Methodist New Connexion yet he felt called to a wider fresh expression of ministry… By 1865 he had founded the Christian Revival Society in London’s East End. Because of the vast poverty on the area, it evolved into a refuge and soup kitchen for poor and needy people… The Anglican Church was very hostile to the activities of The Salvation Army. Many disliked the fact that it gave women equal status to men. Despite great opposition, no one could deny its compassion for the sufferings of this world. Eventually The Salvation Army was seen to be a great asset to society and William Booth was highly respected. The Rev Patrick Slattery writing in the Methodist Recorder
WOMEN BISHOPS: A LOT OF GROUND FOR THE SYNOD TO MAKE UP
Consultations over women bishops have been progressing slowly… Legislation to permit women to enter the episcopate is due to return to the General Synod at an extraordinary meeting in November. Before then, the House of Bishops has to decide what provision for traditionalists it will put in the final draft legislation, if any. Church Times
VATICAN PAPER CALLS FOR SALE OF BALD BARBIE
The Vatican’s official newspaper has given its seal of approval to a bald version of the popular Barbie doll, designed for children who lose their hair following chemotherapy… ‘Beautiful and Bald Barbie’ comes with wigs, hats and headscarves. The Catholic Herald
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ROM about age 10 to 13 years old, I rode a death-trap bicycle all around Lurgan and the surrounding villages, where my friends lived. The RUC (as the police were then designated) must have had their hands full with more serious crime as I was never apprehended for riding without a modicum of common sense! The brake leavers were just for show; to apply the brakes I had to pull on a central metal rod that should have been linked across the handlebars to the leavers â€“ but wasnâ€™t. The tyres were worn, the brakes were worn and, once or twice, the tarmac was wornâ€Ś on my hands and knees! But then came a wonderful present from my parents: a brand new Dawes Debonair racing bicycle. It had ten gears, brakes that worked like a dream and
LETTERS Page 11
THE YEAR OF JUBILEE
Hadleighâ€™s golden legacy Pages 12 & 13
Jacob Page 17
STEPHEN PEARSON, MANAGING EDITOR
ANNOUNCEMENTS Army people, engagements and caption competition results Page 19
Pages 20 â€“ 23
FEATURE Hope does not disappoint Page 18
Godâ€™s way with me Pages 14 & 15
a frame that was so light I could lift the whole thing off the ground with my little finger. Iâ€™m fairly sure I was a popular boy before then, but I certainly was after that. If I had been a mercenary type, I could have charged a shilling (or maybe two) to let my pals have a ride around the â€˜big greenâ€™ â€“ one minute at most on that wonderful machine. However, I was reluctant to let all but my best friends loose on my precious Debonair. Also, I was very aware that it was definitely a proper road bike that wouldnâ€™t fare well if ridden over rough terrain â€“ such as can be found at the Olympic Mountain Bike course on Hadleigh Farm. I donâ€™t suppose even our remarkably far-sighted Founder could have foreseen that his purchase of land at Hadleigh in Essex would one day result in the Olympic Games coming to The Salvation Army. And what a success it was! On our centre spread this week Brian Nichols reports on what he describes as â€˜Hadleighâ€™s golden legacyâ€™. Brian reveals that the success of the Armyâ€™s involvement in the venture had much to do with â€˜prayers from around the worldâ€™ that â€˜shrouded the event, while, on site, for several months, Christians were attracted to the weekly joint Salvation Army and More than Gold prayer meetingâ€™. Major John Warner talks about the next links in the chain â€“ future plans for the Armyâ€™s farmland and its employees. A word in season on this important legacy comes from Hadleighâ€™s corps officer, Major David Woodman, who says: â€˜The profile of the Army and Hadleigh Temple has been raised and our comfortable routines have been challenged. God has done a new thing in our midst and we have glimpsed the possibilities for even more.â€™ Possibilities that require everyone to step up a gear.
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NEWS Mission team brings Brazilian flavour IHQ YOUNG Salvationists from Brazil brought a splash of South American colour and rhythm to London as they danced at IHQ. The 36 young people – members of the Brazil Territory’s mission team to the London 2012 Olympic Games – were shown around IHQ and met General Linda Bond before presenting two dance routines in the public café. The Brazil Territory is just one of a large number of territories to have sent mission teams to take part in More than Gold activities, using events linked to the Olympics and Paralympics to spread the gospel message and raise awareness of issues such as human trafficking. Also in London for the first week of the Games were teams from the Australia Eastern and Southern, Denmark, France and Belgium, Korea, India Northern and USA
Western Territories as well as a group from Birmingham Citadel. Some teams headed home as the Olympics entered their second week, but reinforcements arrived from Canada and Bermuda, Germany and Lithuania, The Netherlands and Czech Republic, Norway, Iceland and The Faeroes, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary and USA
Southern and Western. Another team from Australia Eastern is visiting for the Paralympic Games. The mission teams are taking part in a variety of ways. Some are supporting programmes at corps and centres – particularly those involving young people in sport-based activities. Others are distributing water and special
Army projects benefit from lost property Sale THE corps received thousands of items of lost property from Transport for London to raise money for corps funds and the Annual Appeal. The lost property – collected on the underground and buses by Transport for London (TfL) – was donated to the Library Theatre Company, Manchester, for use in the production Manchester Lines. The play, set in a lost property office, uses the lost property as props. TfL donated the items to the theatre company on the condition that after the production they were forwarded to The Salvation Army. ‘We’ve put the items to great use already,’ says Rachel Steward, the corps community manager. ‘A group of young people from Sale are going to Chikankata in Zambia to volunteer at the hospital and in the community. There were a large number of crutches in the set that can be used in the hospital.’
editions of Kids Alive! and The War Cry or talking to people at a number of United Nationssupplied giant ‘gift boxes’ which draw people’s attention to the ongoing issue of human trafficking. Two of the corps involved – Stepney and Stratford – are within a short walk of the Olympic Park. Other locations are in various parts of London and southeast England. For the Brazilian team members, the experience gained during London 2012 will be particularly valuable in the coming years as Brazil hosts the Fifa World Cup in 2014 and then Rio de Janeiro hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016. To see the Brazilian team members dancing in the IHQ café, visit the Army’s international website (sar.my /brazildance). – K. S.
Corps celebration weekend Other items will be put to good use closer to home at a sale in October and in the corps charity shop. ‘We are always on the lookout for unwanted items which can be sold,’ says corps officer Major Aubrey Draycott. ‘Through the donation of these goods we will be able to continue supporting people within our community.’ Rachel is pictured with Major Draycott receiving the items from stage manager Jamie Byron (centre). – A. R.
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Camberwell: Some of the Brazilian mission team – who visited the territory to support the Army’s Olympic outreach – visited the corps to share worship with the Spanishspeaking congregation who meet every Sunday morning. The group were joined by their divisional commander from Rio, who acted as translator, and Commissioners Torben and Deise Eliasen, (Americas and Caribbean Zone, IHQ). – P. N.
Cwm THE corps marked 112 years of work and witness with a celebration weekend that started with a bangers and mash fellowship evening. Celebrations continued in the Sunday meetings, led by corps leader Territorial Envoy Jo Walters, which focused on the ministry of the corps. As well as recognising the work of the leaders and members of the music sections, two new musicians were commissioned. – J. W.
NEWS Festival fundraiser Norwich Mile Cross A SUMMER festival organised by Singing Company Leader Kirsty Little was the first event of its kind for a number of years. The timbrelists started the evening with ‘Shine Down’, followed by a film clip for the helping-hand scheme, Growing Hope. Soloists included Alan Williams (cornet), Bram Cross (vocal, Stowmarket) and Louise Brookes (piano, Ipswich Citadel). The All For One clapping ensemble performed a High School Musical song with an Olympic theme. Former corps member Claire Whybrow (Peterborough Citadel) challenged the capacity congregation when she spoke of her work with the Army in Malawi. The evening raised more than £467 for Growing Hope and to support Claire as she enters William Booth College. – G. P.
Olympic ministry during women’s marathon IHQ THOUSANDS of people from around the world were impacted by The Salvation Army during the women’s Olympic marathon. IHQ was right at the heart of it, with runners passing the building six times during the race.
Army supports survivors after gunman attacks Sikh temple USA Central A TEAM from The Salvation Army was quickly on the scene after a gunman killed six people before losing his own life at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Oak Creek Corps is less than a mile from the temple, which enabled a quick response. The Waukesha Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) team was on the scene within 30 minutes. Because there was no clear motive for the shooting, the scene was treated as a domestic terrorism incident, with investigators from several agencies and emergency services converging quickly on the site. The
Army provided food, drink and emotional and spiritual support to responders and survivors. Army spokesperson Stan Kelley said: ‘We have been able to help many people. Now the authorities have the situation under control, feeding and hydration will continue as long as needed. The Salvation Army’s EDS team will be able to set up a centre for spiritual and emotional care for anyone who needs help.’ – A. R.
Holiday club brings in new people Pill YPSM Luanne Gibbons led the Olympic-themed On Your Marks holiday club, based on significant events in Jesus’ life from Mark’s Gospel. Sixty enthusiastic young people attended each day and took part in singing, handicrafts, Bible stories and a prizegiving. The club attracted 20 young people to sign up to the new Kids Alive! programme. – P. B. Almost four hours before the marathon began, people arrived outside IHQ looking for a prime viewing spot. Soon a team of 20 officers and headquarters staff were in action. Throughout the day, near the main entrance to IHQ, free cups of water were distributed to spectators, race officials, police and Olympic volunteers. Face-painting attracted many people.
Lieut-Colonel Carolynne Chung gives a cup of water to a marathon spectator outside IHQ
Inside the building, special editions of The War Cry and Kids Alive! were distributed and Olympic-inspired displays in the café area and on the ground floor proved popular. Of particular interest was information regarding the Army’s hosting of the Olympic Mountain Bike event at Hadleigh Farm. Salvation Army team members reported having many positive conversations with people from a number of countries. The message of Jesus was
shared, information about The Salvation Army provided and emotional and physical needs met. As part of the overall More than Gold Christian ministry during the Olympic Games, five water distribution stations were set up by the Army along the women’s marathon route. To capture a little of the atmosphere during the marathon view the UKT Video Production Unit’s online film (sar.my /ihqwmmar). – A. R.
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NEWS Pre-Olympic prom Enfield THE hype and excitement of the Olympics arrived early when the band and guest vocal quartet Ffortissimo celebrated with preceremony proms at Broxbourne Civic Centre. The band opened with ‘Olympic Fanfare’ and the Olympic theme flowed throughout the evening. Deputy Bandmaster Andrew Justice brought a trombone solo and the ‘Torchbearers’ march had an added flavour when Olympic Torchbearer Major Val Mylechreest (THQ) ran onto the platform holding the Torch for all to see. Ffortissimo began their selection of songs with the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’, a beautiful rendition of ‘The Lamb’ and an a cappella rendition of ‘Uptown Girl’. Major James Williams (THQ) compèred the evening, which ended with the traditional prom piece, ‘Pomp And Circumstance’. – A. P.
Wanderers acknowledge officer Bolton South A MATCH-DAY car park operated by The Salvation Army has raised almost £100,000 for corps in the area. For the past 12 years the window and door manufacturer Heritage Somerfield Group has donated the 150-space car park to the Army on match day. Before outreach centre officer Captain Darren Cox left to take up a new appointment in Australia Southern Territory he received a shirt and football signed by Bolton Wanderers players in recognition of the times he has manned the car-park gates during the past ten years. – S. M.
Children enjoy fun and worship
Cradley Heath: Some 150 people joined Olympic Torchbearer Jessica Gripton and lined the streets of Cradley Heath to ring bells for three minutes to herald the start of the Olympics. Afterwards participants were invited back to the corps for breakfast. – L. H. Alice Rushton celebrates her 100th birthday at Oldham Roundthorn and is pictured with corps officers Lieutenants Ian and Wendy Hall and Karen Rees. During the morning meeting she challenged everyone to continue the good work and spoke of her life as a Christian
Stanford-le-Hope Corps holds an Olympic weekend celebration with a strawberry tea and fête; the weekend raised £160 for corps funds and many new contacts were made, resulting in the celebration becoming a bimonthly event in order to reach out to the community
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Heckmondwike FUN, games and worship were enjoyed by the corps when Kids Alive! Editor Justin Reeves led the YP anniversary. The weekend began with a praise party which involved worship, games, teaching and Justin showing off a special talent. The theme for Sunday worship – In God’s Hands – reminded people that great things are accomplished when gifts and talents are placed in God’s hands. The meeting concluded with a reflective and moving dance by the corps youth to ‘I’m In His Hands’. – S. F.
Walthamstow parent-and-toddler group enjoys an Olympic party that included making torches
NEWS Players experience Salvation Army bands
YP band celebrates centenary
Coventry City THE YP band centenary weekend was a grand celebration with special guests Derick Kane (Bexleyheath) and former corps member Christian Marklew (Consett). Derick led the weekend’s meetings and on Sunday Christian played a euphonium duet with Micah Parsons. On Saturday evening there was a reunion of former band members. The varied programme included a premiere performance of a composition written for the occasion by Retired Bandmaster Bram Jacobs –‘Coventry City Young People’s Band Centenary March’. Bram assisted on the bass drum. – C. B.
Peterhead Corps hosts a songs of praise meeting – bringing together Christians from various churches – to mark the 51st annual Scottish Week; Longfield and Old Deer Church Choirs and the united Fraserburgh and Peterhead Bands accompanied the enthusiastic congregational singing
At Lavenham Rob Holmes displays the Community Care trophy and certificate he received from the 1st Lavenham Scout Troop in recognition of his work as chairman of the village hall
Ottery St Mary Over-60 Club and visitors enjoy a visit from Olympic Torchbearer Alf Parsons, who spoke about the history of the Torch
Hull SALVATIONISTS and local brass players joined together for an evening of Christian music-making and fellowship for the second annual open band practice. Under the leadership of Bandmaster Richard Phillips (Kettering), some players experienced an Army band practice for the first time. Players and spectators were not disappointed with the variety of music, as Richard took the band through wellknown Army classics such as ‘Star Lake’ and ‘The Canadian’, and his own march, ‘Satcol 100’. Sharing from his musical expertise, Richard challenged the band to play each piece with fresh eyes, seeing what could be achieved with real attention to the detail. His Bible reading and personal testimony formed a challenging message, linked to his own composition, ‘Lord, With My All I Part’. – C. D. Dunfermline: After running a drop-in from the community flat on a tower block estate, the corps was invited to run a children’s holiday club. On three consecutive mornings children enjoyed crafts and games and learnt about three Olympic values – respect, excellence and friendship. – C. S.
Some of the participants who took part in an all-age Olympics at a park display their medals when they return to the hall at Southampton Shirley for pizza and ice-cream
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NEWS Helicopter visits Llantwit Fardre THE children at the Aviation-themed Bible club had a big surprise when a police helicopter landed in a field by the community centre. The children spoke to the air support crew about flying the helicopter and many sat in the pilot’s seat and tried out the headgear. Each day up to 140 children enjoyed a variety of activities, which included crafts, worship rally, sports and Bible study. – P. C.
Community event attracts Alpha members Cheltenham THE corps hosted the free Live In The Park community event at Pittville Park. Cheltenham Community Gospel Choir, Kevin Costa and the Coffee Beans and many local artists, including the headlining act Folk On, provided music. The corps illustrated The Salvation Army’s work around the world, particularly the Salvation Army International Development (UK) Watershed project which provides clean, safe drinking water in developing countries. Families were encouraged to contribute to a large mural featuring the importance of clean water. A team of face-painters transformed children into a vast array of animals and characters and
more than 400 free cups of tea and coffee were served. Corps officer Captain Steve Smith said: ‘We wanted to get out into the community and show that Christians are people who love to have fun and have a great deal to give and share. We really want people to see the vibrancy
Bedlington Corps joins with St Cuthbert’s Church at the start of the Olympics when the main church bell was rung accompanied by individual bell-ringers
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of the Christian faith and The Salvation Army.’ They also distributed special editions of Army papers to hundreds of families in the park, along with information about corps activities and invitations to an Alpha course – four people even signed up on the day. – A. R.
Fellowship band at flower show South-Western THE divisional fellowship band participated at the Taunton Flower Show by playing for eight hours on Friday and Saturday, either in small groups or as a full ensemble in the main bandstand. On Friday evening the band went to Tiverton to present a concert at St Peter’s church together with Culm Valley Crusade Choir. The programme included a joint contribution by the band and choir, ‘In This Quiet Moment’. More than £1,300 was raised to be shared between the corps and Street Pastors. Bandmaster Norman Cassells was interviewed by BBC Points West reporter Imogen Sellers. – S. W.
Young people at Colchester Citadel enjoy a light lunch during a Sunday Olympic Fun Day to which they invited friends and neighbours
A family attending Luton’s summer holiday Stay and Play session meet a bearded dragon at a live reptile show
Harlow Band plays for the Christian Boaters Fellowship on the canal at Ware; during the songs of praise-style meeting two waterways pastors were commissioned
Learning through football Hastings Temple MORE than 45 children attended Champions holiday club and took part in crafts, games, challenges and singing (see picture). They discovered that the race of life starts with one small step to follow Jesus. At the end of the week, families were invited to a Sunday celebration meeting, races and a barbecue. The following week at Downs Farm Plant, 36 under-10s and 19 over-10s signed up for football coaching and games. Other activities included a visit by the Fire Service, which sent two FA coaches to teach the young people about road safety, fire safety and personnel safety. The week finished with a visit by Australian More than Gold mission team members who
were visiting the UK during the Olympics. They led the last football session and finished with a mini-league. On Sunday the team led morning worship during which many people responded to God. – W. W.
Blackpool Citadel corps officer Major Ian Harris presents the Mayor (Councillor Sylvia Taylor) with the Army’s ‘Portraits’ book, which includes pictures of the Army’s work in Blackpool; the Mayor, pictured with Mayoress Julia Massey, is an adherent member at the corps and a strong supporter of its community work
Young people encouraged to run the race Leigh-on-Sea AN exciting sports-themed family meeting concluded the weeklong Go For Gold holiday club. The congregation were invited to wear sportsgear and
corps officer Major John Carmichael embraced the dress code and arrived as an injured athlete with a wheelchair and crutches. More than 20 young people attended the club which focused on the story of Paul and running the Christian race. The young people were all encouraged to start the race with Jesus beside them as their coach. – P. J.
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NEWS Fun day success Nottingham Aspley MORE than 200 people attended an Olympicnic fun day at Melbourne Park organised by the corps mission team. Leaflets were sent out to schools inviting families from the community to bring along a picnic and join in the games to try and win a medal. A grant from Nottingham City Council was used to hire a bouncy castle, an inflatable boating lake and gladiators. â€“ M. E.
Holiday club fun Cradley Heath MORE than 45 children celebrated the success of Team GB and learnt how God chose young people in Bible days to do important tasks for him. The holiday club week concluded with Fun Olympics to which parents were invited. The children are pictured with club leader Hilary Crowhurst. â€“ L. H.
The residents at Edward Alsop Court Lifehouse, London, get into the spirit of the Olynpic Games during a visit from the Australia Eastern Territory mission team; they kicked off the weekend by watching the Opening Ceremony and competitive spirits ran high during the quiz, football, pool and Wii tournaments
Gwen Biddy cuts the ribbon, assisted by Aberystwyth corps officer Major Ray Hobbins and youngest corps member Christopher Thompson, marking the reopening of the hall following refurbishment; the corps now has bilingual signs to show its commitment to the Welsh-speaking community
Fakenham Corps welcomes friends from Briston, Dereham and Snettisham for a fellowship barbecue and a time of worship and singing; there were many laughs and more than 70 people congregated to share inspiring and challenging words of testimony
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Q Rediscover the doctrines FOLLOWING the ‘Change or die’ discussion of recent weeks and Cliff Howes’ reply that ‘We need to rediscover ourselves’, let me tell you of a formula that our officers came up with about six months ago. As there were new people in the corps who intended to go through classes with a view to becoming soldiers or adherent members, the officers decided to have three home Bible study groups each week – two run by a retired officer and the other run by the recruiting sergeant. These were very informal and other members of the corps were invited. My
wife and I were just two other members in one of these groups. We were given Chick Yuill’s Battle Orders, which I had not used before. After the first couple of weeks, I thought that – having been a soldier for most of my life – I didn’t need to look again at the doctrines. But an inner voice told me I needed this. I can honestly say that the experience was well worth the hour or so each week we committed ourselves to the course. We still join others at our weekly home Bible study group and presently we are studying Hosea. Even if, like me, you are a lifelong Salvationist, and have not read our doctrines for a while, then get your officer to organise a study group and rediscover yourself. Brian Camplin, Morecambe
Q Elitism must go I READ with interest Colonel Hubert Boardman’s letter (Salvationist 4 August) about being all-inclusive and I couldn’t agree more. However, I wonder if the reason we don’t have the personal dynamics we would wish to see in our corps is actually found in the colonel’s letter. The idea of ‘belonging and membership’ is not acceptable in our culture today. To see anybody as not the same quality as another is just not biblical – and as for the term ‘silly billy’! When we look at the Gospels I see that the great crowd that followed Jesus were the sick, the lame – perhaps even the silly billy – and yet Jesus ministered to them all, and I doubt whether those simple fishermen would have been considered worthy of membership by the religious folk of the day. If we really are to be inclusive we have to start seeing that everyone has something to give and get rid of any elitism that might exist. Catherine Wyles, Major, Glasgow
Q We must make disciples SHEONAGH Brook-Smith (Salvationist 18 August) takes a sledgehammer to the proverbial nut when she refers to the lost theology of calling that has crept into the Church, including some of our corps. I remember a few years back being explicitly told that officership is the ‘highest calling’ within The Salvation Army. Is that really the case? When we explore the Scriptures we see something far more compelling. Part of the beautiful, explosive message of Jesus is that by following him, by obeying his ‘call’ we are in fact finding a new identity (see 2 Corinthians 5:17). That identity carries with it the command, the vocation if you like, to make disciples: apprentices of Jesus who also make apprentices, who also make apprentices, and so on. This is one of the reasons why I’m convinced that anyone who becomes a Christian is a full-time minister. Whatever you do, whether you are a student, unemployed, a doctor, a church pastor, an electrician, etc, the call is equal: apprentice yourself to Jesus and lead others to do the same. At corps level we need seriously to address how – rather than rallying a solely officership-style campaign – we prayerfully walk with young people as they struggle to follow Christ in all aspects of their lives. We need to be pouring our lives into them as fellow disciples, teaching them how to respond to what God is saying and what they can do about it. This, of course, raises the questions: Am I doing this myself? Am I actually making sure that I’m tuning into God’s wavelength and listening to and doing what Jesus says? The fact that some corps might not be having the vocation conversation with young people points to an underlying lack of discipleship at a bigger scale. May we all rediscover this calling for ourselves and then walk with those people who need to do likewise. Craig Gaudion, Liverpool WRITE TO SALVATIONIST (LETTERS) 101 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BN or email firstname.lastname@example.org – readers sending letters by email should include their name, full rank if applicable and full postal address
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Brian Nichols reports from Hadleigh, where the London 2012 O
OR the past couple of years ‘Hadleigh’ plus ‘The Salvation Army’ has added up to ‘Olympics’, because the London 2012 Mountain Bike event was scheduled to take place on the Army’s land at Hadleigh Farm. The event – on the last weekend of the Olympics – had a great impact on local Salvationists and those further afield, including the Swiss mission team who were allocated to Hadleigh Temple Corps for nine days. In the week leading up to the event, the young Swiss team helped run the corps Champions’ Challenge holiday club, which attracted approximately thirty children. The youngsters enjoyed crafts, games and a plethora of other activities and when asked after the event what they liked best, they responded: ‘All of it!’ At the farm, the team also ran Lifelines – an extended ‘pause for thought’ for trainees at Hadleigh Training Centre. Lieut-Colonel Ivor Telfer (THQ), chair of the Army’s Olympic Task Force, said: ‘London 2012 has been the best Olympics for The Salvation Army ever and anywhere – and that’s not counting an event being staged on Army land.’ The Mountain Bike event is the first Olympic event to be held on land owned by the
work. People are so friendly and I’m really pleased we’ve not had to get into our riot gear.’ The training centre was transformed into a VIP reception. Providing great views over the course, the Army was able to say thank you to donors, supporters, local dignitaries and the press. A hit with visitors at last year’s test event, Salvation Army bands – Salvation Brass, Proclamation Youth Brass, Hadleigh Temple Band and a trombone group from Bromley Corps – witnessed through music. Some 20,000 Olympics fans – relaxed, cheerful and bedecked in their country’s flags – were greeted and directed by Olympic Games Makers each day. As the roads to the farm were closed to the public, those who chose not to walk or cycle were bussed from two park-and-ride centres or Leigh-on-Sea station to a makeshift station in one of the fields. Visitors could also walk from the rail station through the Proclamation farmland. The training centre’s Youth Brass public tearoom is close to the bus plays for BBC Essex station and walking route. Staff catered to members of the public as well as at the VIP reception and people Co-ordinator Avril Betts-Brown. came to catch a glimpse of the course from The ambience at the Olympic event was the terrace or to watch TV coverage from the very positive and friendly. ‘It’s really good comfort of the centre’s sofas. here,’ one police officer commented. ‘The Meanwhile, the Swiss and centre atmosphere is great and we are enjoying our
Church. However, in being hosted by the Army, it came with a proviso: no alcohol to be served on the land. This decision attracted praise from the press, the local authority and police. The local populace, too, congratulated the Army on standing by its principles. Prayers from around the world shrouded the event, while, on site, for several months, Christians were attracted to the weekly joint Salvation Army and More than Gold prayer meeting – led by centre chaplain Major Neville Andrews and local More than Gold
Olympic Mountain Bike event took place on Salvation Army land chaplaincy teams engaged visitors or, on the approach to the venue, distributed water and special copies of The War Cry and Kids Alive! Many visitors were from overseas, so making contact was a challenge. Although, calling out ‘Good morning!’ in a variety of languages was a useful tactic. A major boost to the Army’s publicity was the live broadcast of BBC Essex’s Sunday Breakfast programme from the training centre. There were seven interviews with members of The Salvation Army and staff, including territorial leaders Commissioners André and Silvia Cox, and Colonel Telfer presented the Sunday morning reflection. The concluding community songs of praise at Hadleigh Temple, which included the screening of the Closing Ceremony and a free buffet, attracted a full hall. The Swiss mission team, who led the previous Sunday evening meeting, featured strongly in the celebration. Two members showed their unusual gifts being used for God – Jérôme Grandet demonstrated beatbox and Sylvain Ramseier, a student circus performer, presented an acrobatic routine on suspended straps. Olympic Torchbearer Bandsman John Willson shared how he had turned down huge sums of money for his torch because
and a number of recreation trails providing opportunities for orienteering, cross-country running, sculptured landscaping and wildlife habitat enhancement. ‘There will be new mission and fundraising opportunities too. A new building Commissioners will comprise a restaurant staffed André and Silvia by training centre trainees, Cox meet silver medalist Nino mission offices providing Schurter of opportunities for gap-year Switzerland students and a family intervention and counselling centre. Trainees will be given employment opportunities at the new venue.’ The enthusiasm of the Swiss mission team and their willingness to turn their hand to anything with full commitment has set the bar high. Their legacy to the corps is an impetus to do more. Corps officer Major David Woodman concludes: ‘The corps has impetus to do more for sports evangelism. responded positively to the buzz of He prays the Hadleigh Olympic event will be excitement of the Olympics. The profile of a similar turning point for the people of the the Army and Hadleigh Temple has been town. raised and our comfortable routines have Hadleigh 2012 Project Manager Major been challenged. God has done a new John Warner describes Hadleigh’s Olympic thing in our midst and we have glimpsed the Legacy: ‘In practical terms, Essex County possibilities for even more.’ Q Council will contribute neighbouring land from Hadleigh Country Park and there will be redevelopment of dilapidated buildings Q Brian is Corps Press Representative, and the formation of a new visitor hub, allHadleigh Temple, and a volunteer age, all-skill level cycling trails, cycle hire evangelist at Hadleigh Farm he believes it belongs to the community. A similar story was told by Salvationist Torchbearer Ian Richards (Worthing) who participated in the 1980 Olympics. He describes that time as ‘a turning point’ – an
MAJOR DAVID OALANG, THE PHILIPPINES The major is humbled at the privilege the Army has given him to attend the International College for Officers. He feels that God has brought him to London for ‘such a time as this’. The youngest of five children, he credits his mother as the person who brought him to The Salvation Army; she was a faithful home league member.
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‘God saved him from serious injury and he realised that God had a different road for him to follow’ Their family home was adjacent to the corps, and he says: ‘I could hear the officer preaching when I was washing dishes!’ God watched over his young life. He used his talent in music to glorify God and to assist the Army to collect money for the Red Shield Appeal. He is thankful because God’s grace kept him through his adolescent years. Following graduation from high school, he attended college. It was a difficult time because he had very little money for college fees, so he decided to join a secular band to earn some extra income. During this time the temptation to drift away from God was great. He had an opportunity to travel abroad with the band, but something happened to prevent this; he was hit by
a bus while riding a bicycle and found himself in hospital. He says: ‘This incident caused me to make a U-turn back to God.’ It also caused damage to his right hand, which made it difficult to play the guitar. David stopped playing in the band and became a youth leader at his corps. God saved him from serious injury and he realised that God had a different road for him to follow. David entered the training college in 1993 in the Messengers of Hope Session and was commissioned in 1995. He married Lieutenant Elsa Aquino in May 1995. He says: ‘She is the best life partner for me!’ Together they share in ministry as divisional leaders.
MAJOR GENE HOGG, USA SOUTHERN The major’s childhood was a challenging one. He was homeless, along with his parents and three siblings, until he was eight years old. They lived in his father’s
‘He did not know who Jesus was, but as the officer gave an altar call Gene knew he wanted the love that Jesus had to give him. That night he accepted Christ’ email@example.com
‘I touch eternity every day, knowing that through the power of Christ and the influence of the Army, I am affecting the course of history one life at a time’ car in the southern part of America. In addition to these challenges, his father – who was an artist – was an alcoholic. During a Sunday night service at The Salvation Army in Memphis, Tennessee, Gene found something he didn’t have before. He did not know who Jesus was, but as the officer gave an altar call Gene knew he wanted the love that Jesus had to give him. That night he accepted Christ, and his search was over for someone who would really love him. After he came to faith, he attended all the meetings and youth programmes he could at Memphis Southside Corps. He also went to summer camp at Paradise Valley in Kentucky. It was during these years – at the age of 13 – that he felt called to be a Salvation Army officer. Gene entered the training college in 1983 from Savannah, Georgia, as a member of the Guardians of the Truth Session. One day during training he met the woman he knew he was going to marry – although Rebecca didn’t know that at the time! But he won her heart, and they married in 1985. They have a six-year-old daughter, Kimberly. His face glows when he talks about her. The major testifies about what is his greatest joy as an officer: ‘I touch eternity every day, knowing that through the power of Christ and the influence of the Army, I am affecting the course of history one life at a time.’ The major presently serves as Area Commander, Fort Lauderdale Area Command, Florida.
MAJOR SUNDARA BAI SELVAM, INDIA SOUTH EASTERN Major Sundara grew up in a family of six children, of which she is the second daughter. She attended the Salvation Army corps at Thenguvilai in the Kulasekharam Division. Very early in her life Sundara had a desire to become a Salvation Army officer. However, that changed after she finished her education. Because of her love of sports and the accomplishments she attained through them, she became a police officer. Soon after this decision she was faced with a medical problem with her eye, and lost her sight. She wondered if this
‘She dedicated herself to the ministry God had called her to’ was a result of her decision not to be a Salvation Army officer. So, once again, she dedicated herself to the ministry God had called her to. She received healing for her eye problem and committed her way to the Lord. Sundara made application for the training college and was accepted as a cadet. She was commissioned as an officer in 1984 as a member of the Guardians of the Truth Session. During her time at the training college God gave her a life partner, Yacob. Together they are beginning their 29th year of service. They have three children, all of whom have completed their nursing education and are now employed. The major is presently serving as District Officer for Women’s Ministries, Erode District. Q
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THE YEAR OF JUBILEE
Celebrations by Territorial President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Silvia Cox
HAT an amazing sight it was to witness the crowds who turned out in great numbers to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee weekend in June! The capital teemed with people who arrived, not only from all corners of the United Kingdom, but also from around the world. It was a very special time of celebration, which of course is one of the characteristic features of a jubilee year. Most of us enjoy times of celebration. This year The Salvation Army has had its share of these, starting with Roots in Scotland, the ‘I’ll Fight’ Congress at the Royal Albert Hall, led by General Linda Bond, the United In Mission Conference at Swanwick, the African Praise meetings at Milton Keynes and, of course, the commissioning weekend. All these events were times of celebration and fellowship between people from various parts of the territory and overseas. We thank God that the celebrations will continue, with more territorial and divisional events planned. There is no doubt that celebrations are
important. It is natural to want to share significant events in our lives with loved ones and friends – birthdays, weddings and other family reunions, for example. These are all good reasons for getting together for a party. National and international events, such as the Olympic and Paralympic Games also provide a platform for celebration. The Bible underlines the important role celebration plays. In the Old Testament,
assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times’ (all quotations New International Version). Within the New Testament, Luke 15 records three stories told by Jesus, about the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. On each occasion that which was lost was found and times of celebration followed: ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep’ (v6); ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin’ (v9); ‘Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found’ (vv23 and 24). Luke 15:10 points to the deeper meaning behind each of these stories: ‘In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’ There are celebrations in Heaven for each person who turns – or returns – to God. In the Book of Revelation there are descriptions of reunions with lots of singing and cheering for the King of kings. ‘I heard every creature in Heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honour and glory and power for ever and ever!” (5:13). We too may look forward to a heavenly destination and join in singing the words of Charles Hutchison Gabriel (SASB 179): When with the ransomed in Glory His face I at last shall see, ’Twill be my joy through the ages To sing of his love for me.
‘The Bible underlines the important role celebration plays. In the Old Testament, God appointed some specific celebrations, feasts and festivals’
God appointed some specific celebrations, feasts and festivals, including Passover, the feast of unleavened bread, the feast of first fruits, the feast of weeks and the feast of trumpets. We read in Leviticus 23:4: ‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred
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How marvellous! How wonderful! And my song shall ever be: How marvellous! How wonderful Is my Saviour’s love for me! Actually there is no need to wait for Heaven; we can start celebrating on earth! Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, the Kingdom of God is already here.
TO PONDER Q When did you last celebrate the King of kings? Q When was the last time your congregation celebrated the return of one ‘lost’ person to God? Q
Jacob Captain Scott Linnett concludes a three-part series on Old Testament patriarchs
STUDY PASSAGE: GENESIS 35:1–15
AVING deceived his aged father Isaac in order to receive the blessing intended for his elder twin Esau, Jacob spent 20 years living far away with his uncle Laban’s family. There Jacob took two wives, who – together with their two maids – bore him many children. Though blessed with a large family, great wealth and a sizeable household, the time came for Jacob to return to Canaan and face the brother he had previously aggrieved. Their reunion featured reconciliation, to Jacob’s profound relief, after which God instructed him to settle at Bethel. Bethel was a highly significant location for Jacob. It was there during his first night away from home, fleeing from Esau, that the Lord stood beside him – promising to remain with him wherever he went, confirming that one day he would return to his household (Genesis 28:15). It is therefore a place of divine presence and promise, offering hope for a future even in the midst of painful personal disorientation. Jacob the young fugitive had nothing; now, two decades on, he had accumulated many possessions – including foreign idols. Rachel, Jacob’s wife, is described as
stealing Laban’s household gods upon departure (Genesis 31:19) and it is clear that these were carried throughout the journey. It is surprising that Jacob – who met with angels (32:1), prayed earnestly to the Lord (32:9-12), wrestled with God (32:24-30) and had his prayers for fraternal reconciliation answered – permitted any such retention of idols. However, before arriving at Bethel, these were finally disposed of and the household instructed to ‘purify yourselves, and
There was no façade, no pretence, no denial of deep feelings or hurt – rather, a freedom to express emotion and, alongside others, formally mark an important event for that community. Only Jacob had previously travelled to Bethel, yet the entire household was able to participate in that place – all having heard Jacob’s compelling testimony about the God who there ‘answered me in my day of distress and has been with me wherever I have gone’ (Genesis 35:3). It was there that the Lord first stood and spoke with Jacob, and appeared to him on his return, declaring: ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name’ (Genesis 35:10). This change of name is symbolic and was accompanied by a recapitulation of some covenantal promises first made to Abraham – namely, numerous descendants dwelling in an inherited land. Jacob’s response was to construct an altar upon which he poured out his offering. Bethel means ‘house of God’, and parallels can be drawn with attending a house of God today: a shedding of distractions and idols, reverent worship, the abiding presence of God, authentic and open fellowship in all circumstances, divine promise and hope, offerings as gratitude to God and receiving a new name. Albert Orsborn, following bereavement, wrote the words, ‘And my new name is thine, a child of God am I’ (SASB 59) that have echoed through Army halls and resonated in hearts over decades. Worship at God’s house can allow a transformation of Jesus’ disciples through the work of his Holy Spirit. It is the same God on whom Elijah called at Mount Carmel: ‘O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel’, who sent fire from Heaven, with the resulting declaration: ‘The Lord indeed is God’ (1 Kings 18:36-39), and who ended three years of drought with heavy rain. Take more time to consider Bethel – then and now – perhaps referring to Orsborn’s words. More than this, emulate Elijah in calling on God to demonstrate his power and provision through your witness. The Christ of burning, cleansing flame waits to crown the offering laid on his altar! Allow him to do just that. Respond again to his call. Know life abundant as a temple of his Holy Spirit: be Bethel! Q
‘The Lord stood beside him – promising to remain with him wherever he went’
change your clothes’ (35:2 all quotations from New Revised Standard Version). The importance of preparing oneself to approach the holy presence of God was wholly understood and undertaken. All of life’s experiences belong at Bethel – including the marking of bereavement, as when Deborah – Rebekah’s nurse – was buried there (Genesis 35:8). The fact that the tree under which she was placed was named ‘oak of weeping’ indicates that sorrow and grief were openly shared.
Q Captain Linnett is corps officer, Llanelli
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Hope does not disappoint Lucy Cooper reports on signs of hope
HE Salvation Army’s historic soup, soap and salvation ethos means people have been encountering Jesus as a direct result of the Army’s words and actions since 1865. In 2008, HOPE began life as a movement that aimed to mobilise the whole Church for a whole year to reach the whole nation through mission in words and action. By the end of HOPE 08, 1,500 areas had witnessed encouraging developments in united community mission. Denominational leaders across the country felt that God wanted more to be done under the banner of HOPE, so HOPE was relaunched in 2010.
took part in HOPE 08 and have since developed concepts of community outreach.
ENCOMPASSED BY HOPE This dimension of mission includes and encourages joint praise celebrations, fun days, gardening, street evangelism, community church plants, give-aways, healing teams, acts of kindness, street clean-ups, sports ministries, children’s clubs and many more innovative opportunities for churches to join forces. Roy Crowne, Executive Director of HOPE says: ‘It is a joy to see the Church working together and forming partnerships with the police, councils and all kinds of local groups to make a difference in their towns, villages and cities.’
HOPE IN HASTINGS In Ore, Hastings, The Salvation Army is working to bless a deprived community. Prompted by HOPE 08, members of Hastings Temple Corps began providing food parcels for people in need, a monthly children’s club and advice to those who asked. Soon many people came to rely on the volunteers for assistance. Territorial Envoy Wendy Watkins enthused: ‘We just wanted to serve and bless people living on the estate a mile away from our hall.’ Now, a monthly Messy Church-style gathering called Family Fusion brings together around eighty people from the community on Saturdays, encouraging young families to take part in arts and crafts and enjoy stories told through puppetry. There are meetings for contemporary worship, Bible studies and a community choir. Wendy continues: ‘People trust us and know us now. We have seen people transformed, but there is still so much need. We feel part of HOPE and, as such, are encouraged to think about how we can reach out with God’s love in a relevant way.’
AN ARMY OF HOPE The Salvation Army is one of HOPE’s partners. Territorial Evangelism Secretary, Major Drew McCombe, confirms: ‘The aim of HOPE, to promote mission in word and action, is at the heart of The Salvation Army’s DNA. We are pleased to collaborate with this initiative to bring hope and transformation to communities and individuals in Christ’s name.’ Here are two examples of corps that
HOPE IN THE FOREST In 2006 the Army restarted its work in the Forest of Dean after more than 40 years’ absence and now runs a fresh expression of church in the heart of the community of Littledean. It began in outreach unit officer Captain Vivienne Prescott’s living room, but partnership with a United Reformed church provided a venue for meetings. The group made connections with the
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local primary school and began running a choir and a kids’ outreach club. Vivienne says: ‘As participants in HOPE 08 we decided that we wanted to make more impact on the neediest people in our community. There was nothing in terms of an official Army presence in Littledean, but God brought people together.’ Building on existing school connections, the team began providing dinners for children, as many parents whose children receive free school meals in term time struggle to provide dinners in the school holidays. Connections with families developed and the Schools Community Support Worker now refers families who need particular help to The Salvation Army. There’s a dinner and homework club and kids’ church with lots of non-churched children taking part. Family support work has developed too. ‘We go to court, hospital appointments or meetings with parents and in this way the church is filling gaps that the social services can’t fill,’ Vivienne says. Projects like these are developing throughout the country, linked through HOPE, as churches work together in mission, doing more together in words and action. HOPE is holding a national weekend of prayer and fasting from 7 to 9 September. Salvationists are invited to join in prayer with churches of all denominations, praying for our nation – building towards a year of mission in 2014. Visit www. hopetogether.org.uk to find out more or write to Hope, 8a Market Place, Rugby CV21 3DU or call 01788 542782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Q QLucy is Communications Co-ordinator, HOPE
ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED RS Major John Randle, HLS Major Sylvia Randle, Winton; BM David Henderson, Clydebank. WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Golden: Tom and Mrs Brenda Green, Oldham Roundthorn (1 September); Majors John and Sheila Harris (15 September); BM Derek and CT Mrs Joyce Harpum, Gillingham (15 September); Peter and Songster Mrs Rosemary Curle, (15 September), Bandsman George and Songster Mrs Mary Hunt (22 September), all Gloucester. DEDICATED TO GOD Mia Louise, daughter of Josh and Gemma McKay, at Woodford by Cadet Samantha Davies; Leah Rae, daughter of Mark and Nicola Brooks, at Staines by Major Christine Perkins; Alﬁe Brian Andrew, son of Adam Palmer and Kerry Bowers, at Camborne by Lieutenant Andy Toby. BEREAVED Songster Brenda Baker and Edna Mitchell of their mother Vera Baker, all Margate; Elizabeth Holmes of her husband Ken, Margaret Holmes of her son, Royston Holmes of his brother, all Castleford; HLS Doris Dawson, Carlisle, of her husband Rtd CS Kenneth Dawson; Kenneth Prowen, Worthing, of his wife Margaret, Rtd SL Michael Babb, Brighton Congress Hall, of his sister; B/Sec David Blakey, Consett, of his father Alan.
RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: Colonel Sidney Gauntlett, Bournemouth (90 on 8 September). PROMOTED TO GLORY Songster Phyllis Donaldson, Lurgan; Ernie Sharpley, Poole; May Anderson, Oldham Roundthorn.
ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL LINDA BOND: Ghana, Wed 29 Aug - Sun 2 Sep (revised dates); International College for Soldiers, Sun 16; Sunbury Court (General’s Consultative Council), Mon 24 Th 27 THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER BARRY SWANSON) AND COMMISSIONER SUE SWANSON: International College for Soldiers, Mon Tu 18 Sep**; Sunbury Court (General’s Consultative Council), Mon 24 - Th 27 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER ANDRÉ COX) AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: Preston, Sat Sun 2 Sep; London North-East (installation of divisional leaders), Mon 3; House of Lords, Th 6; South and Mid Wales (installation of divisional leaders and divisional welcome to territorial leaders), Sat Sun 9; South-Western (divisional welcome to territorial leaders), Th 13; London Central (divisional welcome to territorial
CORRECTION The maiden name of Major Violet Smart, whose retirement from active service appeared in the 18 August issue, is Garrod and not Garrad as Salvationist was informed.
leaders and candidates farewell), Sun 16; Bognor Regis (New Horizons), Wed 19 - Fri 21; Northlands Lifehouse, Cardiff (opening), Wed 26; William Booth College (welcome to cadets), Sat Sun 30 THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: South London Retired Officers Fellowship, Fri 7 Sep; Southsea, Sun 9; Bognor Regis (New Horizons), Fri 14 - Sun 16; William Booth College (welcome to cadets), Sat Sun 30 Commissioners Alistair and Astrid Herring: Australia Southern, Sat 1 Sep - Sun 9 Commissioners Amos and Rosemary Makina: Kenya West, Tu 28 Aug - Mon 3 Sep; Malawi, Fri 14 - Sat 22 Commissioners Robert and Janet Street: Portugal, Mon 17 Sep - Wed 19 **husband will not accompany
PICTURE CAPTION COMPETITION RESULTS On 11 August Salvationist asked readers for captions for this picture of Leicester South corps officer Major Chris Herbert who received a soaking when he was locked in the stocks at the corps community fun day. Here is a selection of the best suggestions: Q When soaked, drip dry only! – Diana Bennetts, Tiverton. Q When the charity shop manager asked me to check the stocks I didn’t know this was what she meant! – Ray Saunders, Cardiff. QI would give a decision but as you can see my hands are tied – Gordon Archer, Belfast. QWe all need a few moments in our lives to take stock – Janet Stone, Luton. QI told him this would happen if he didn’t shorten his sermons! – Ken Lucas, Llanelli
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BOOK OF THE WEEK Lieut-Colonel Alan Bateman reviews Boundless Salvation: The Shorter Writings Of William Booth edited by Andrew Eason and Roger Green William Booth is remembered for his visionary schemes to counter social evils and the creative energy to turn those visions into successful projects through The Salvation Army. What is less well known is that Booth was a prolific writer. His articles, published by The Christian Mission and The Salvation Army, edited and collated by Eason and Green, provide us with captivating glimpses of ‘the best of Booth’. We are presented with profound insights into the heart, mind and soul of this great Victorian. We become privy to details unearthed in artefacts and archives of which few Salvationists would have knowledge. The initial chapter, Origins And Early Days, is a masterpiece – succinct and revelatory, even to Army historians. Chapters two to six are devoted to five issues at the heart of Booth’s theology and pastoral concern: salvation, holiness, female ministry, mission and relationship to the Church. These issues remain relevant in modern ecclesiology. Influenced by Methodism and transatlantic revivalism, Booth’s Army was saturated in a theology of redemption, the
QUOTE If you want to wipe away the tears of men, if you want to stanch the bleeding wounds of the human heart… if you want to make the world into paradise again, you can only do it by taking the world back to God.
conversion and sanctification of the masses being his principal objective. Booth latched on to the growing missionary work in evidence globally and believed this was a sign that the Kingdom of Heaven was being established on earth as a prelude to Christ’s return. Hence the note of urgency and passion permeating virtually everything he said and did. Booth was influenced by John Wesley’s desire to avoid sectarianism. He wanted his mission to be an evangelistic agency working alongside existing congregations. However, his strong centralised leadership became a key factor in the transformation of The Salvation Army into an independent denomination. There is one must-read chapter that is worthy of a review all on its own: Female Ministry. The insight we gain here, especially the intimate and moving – and rare – insight into the marriage of William and Catherine, reveals the U-turn in William’s thinking regarding the place of women in the life of the Army. Only the most industrious and dedicated researcher would be able to access most of the material in this book. The motivation of producing this volume in time to commemorate the centenary of William’s Booth’s promotion to Glory has resulted in a valuable addition to our treasury of Salvation Army history. Q Boundless Salvation is published by Peter Lang and is available from www.amazon.co.uk
BIBLE VERSE For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Taken from Boundless Salvation
(John 3:16 New International Version)
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A sign in the sky over Clunderwen, West Wales. Picture: LINDA LEWIS
SONG O boundless salvation! deep ocean of love, O fulness of mercy, Christ brought from above, The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free, Now flowing for all men, come, roll over me! William Booth (SASB 298)