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2013 HIGH COUNCIL Pages 8 â€“ 13
FROM THE EDITOR
4. PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers and From the archives – ten years on 5.– 7. & 14.
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How the High Council elects a General 10. – 13. FEATURE A call to prayer for the High Council 15. BIBLE STUDY How do we respond? 16. – 19.
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FROM THE EDITOR
TIME TO PRAY WE’RE not alone – within the last few months various denominations have received new leaders. Pope Francis was elected by the Papal Conclave on 13 March, just over a week later Justin Welby was enthroned as Archbishop of Canterbury and in May the Baptist Union of Great Britain appointed the Rev Lynn Green as General Secretary. Although from different denominations, each has the responsibility of spiritual leadership in challenging times. Pope Francis leads 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide. On a comparatively smaller scale the General of The Salvation Army leads a membership in 126 countries. Pope Francis was elected by the Papal Conclave, the General is elected by the High Council – both behind closed doors. The Catholics wait for white smoke and Salvationists wait for an announcement. In this issue we feature pictures of the membership of the 2013 High Council (see pages 10 to 13) and, in a message from Chief of the Staff Commissioner André Cox, we are called upon to take an active role in the election of the next General by praying for the High Council. On pages 8 and 9 General John Larsson (Retired) opens up a window on what happens at a High Council. A leader’s influence extends far and wide. I was interested in the way Pope Francis launched into his role. World media were quick to report that he shunned a chauffeurdriven limousine in favour of a ride on a minibus. Since then he has made strong pronouncements on all sorts of subjects. Clearly he is a man with a heart for the poor. In his inaugural Mass he called upon global leaders to defend the poor and weak. He warned against the cult of money that brings misery to millions and the culture of waste as ‘stealing from the table of the poor and hungry’. More recently he visited migrants on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa who
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had fled Africa for Europe, many risking their lives by travelling in small boats. He warned against the culture of wellbeing, which leads people to think only of themselves and makes them insensitive to the cries of others. As Salvationists, we will pray for the High Council members and their responsibility to elect the 20th General, who will need to be God’s man or woman for the needs of today. It’s not just about an international leader for the membership, but for everyone linked to The Salvation Army worldwide through the vast network of health, education and social welfare programmes. Where lowly spirits meet Instant in prayer, All at one mercy seat, One plea to share, With thee we intercede, Leader of those who lead, Heart of our Army’s need, Make us thy care. (SASB 648)
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THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS WELBY AND FRANCIS TO WORK ON ANTI-POVERTY INITIATIVE
SPIRITUAL CARE OF ELDERLY ‘NEEDS MORE ATTENTION’
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is in talks with Pope Francis about a new initiative that would link the Anglican Communion with the Vatican in the fight against poverty… It is understood that the plan, which emerged from meetings between Archbishop Welby and the Pope in June, will focus on how both churches can work together to help relieve those trapped in poverty across the world. The two church leaders will study how the churches can extend active care to those in need while at the same time speaking out more clearly together to challenge governments and international authorities.............
The spiritual needs of elderly people should be ‘taken far more seriously’ by churches, which should also ‘affirm and nurture’ their distinctive contribution, according to the Right Rev Bruce Cameron, former Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, and chair of Faith in Older People. Interviewed… at the fifth International Conference on Ageing and Spirituality… he said: ‘The Church must be an inter-generational community.’ With many churches now having few children and young people, there was often a strong drive to attract families with youngsters, but such efforts should not mean neglecting the needs of ‘those of mature age’, who formed the majority of many congregations. ‘There is an inter-generational challenge: how can the maturity and wisdom of older people be a resource for the whole church?’.......................
ARCHBISHOP: ‘BE TRANSFORMATIVE’
‘Don’t be useful, be transformative.’ That was the message of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, in his address to the Methodist Conference… ‘I hope and pray that, like me, you dread being useful,’ he said. ‘We want to be the revolutionary, societytransforming, extraordinary Church of God.’ Methodist Recorder
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ANIMALS AND RELIGION: DO THEY BENEFIT? A new research project is to examine whether animals benefit or suffer because of religion. Inspired by 19th-century Baptist minister Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s claim that a person could not be a true Christian if his dog or cat were not the better off for it, the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics (OCAE) will explore whether religious traditions are animal-friendly.............................................. Methodist Recorder
FROM THE ARCHIVES – TEN YEARS ON Turning back the clock PEOPLE came dressed in old-style Army uniforms for a Saturday evening programme at NORWICH MILE CROSS that celebrated the Army’s traditions and heritage. The event, led by former corps officers Lieut-Colonel and Mrs Malcolm and Una Snell, looked back at the pre-Army days of The Christian Mission and featured an informal singalong. Lieut-Colonel Snell led Sunday morning worship. – F. M. News in ‘Salvationist’ dated 19 July 2003
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NEWS Unveiling of logo builds 150th anniversary congress momentum IHQ AFTER a selection process lasting several months, the official logo for The Salvation Army’s 2015 International Congress can now be revealed. Designed by Kim Hansen and Jan Aasmann Størksen from Norway, the logo will become a familiar sight in the lead-up to the Congress, which is being held in London to mark the Army’s 150th anniversary. The logo comprises interwoven shapes, each of which resembles a dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit. International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff Commissioner William Cochrane explains: ‘We are a holiness movement and this congress will express that from the outset. Additionally, the interlocking shapes in the traditional Salvation Army colours of yellow, red and blue imply the unity that is ours through our diversity. The Salvation Army is at work in 126 countries around the world, yet we are one.’ When the multicoloured elements are combined, they form a star, which is a prominent symbol on the Salvation Army flag. The outer part of the logo forms a circular shape, which is reminiscent of the earth. This ties in with the congress theme Boundless – The Whole World Redeeming, with the logo’s shape reinforcing the Salvationist’s desire to see the entire world won for God. International Congress Co-ordinator LieutColonel Eddie Hobgood adds: ‘This circular shape, which has no beginning nor ending, reminds us of the words “eternal”, “never-ending”, “limitless” and “boundless”. God’s love, his salvation and his grace are indeed boundless and worthy of our acknowledgement and celebration during the course of our
five days together in London.’ The logo was selected by the International Congress Planning and Advisory Council, working with international leadership, from approximately 40 sub-
missions from around the Salvation Army world. The 2015 International Congress will take place in London from 1 to 5 July 2015. For the latest news follow
@Boundless2015 on Twitter. The congress logo can be downloaded from www.boundless 2015.org/boundless/logo. It is available in English, French and Spanish. – A. R.
guest Peter Shreeves, former Spurs and Wales football manager, who shared some interesting anecdotes.
The evening came to a close with everyone joining the guests in a finale of ‘Crown Him With Many Crowns’. – M. Q.
Into Africa festival is a fundraising hit STAINES THE ninth annual Into Africa concert proved to be an enjoyable and entertaining event raising £2,400 for The Kenya Trust. Project manager Cadet Richard Bradbury relayed interesting feedback about the projects in Kenya and musical guests and a football presentation all added to the excitement of the evening. Ascot Brass was in sparkling form with its opening item ‘Lightbringer’. The ensemble also played ‘Spirit Of Africa’, ‘Down To The River To Pray’, ‘Let Everything Praise’ and ‘Cwm Rhondda’. Only Altos Allowed (pictured), a group of past and present international staff songsters, followed with two lovely contrasting numbers, ‘Praise His Holy Name’ and ‘I Need Your Love’. The singers were accompanied by Joan Spencer (piano), Nicola Redhead (cornet), Tony Cox (bass) and Simon Jenkins (percussion). Jared Littlewood (vocal, Winton) provided further highlights with ‘Where’er You Walk’ and ‘I’ll Walk With God’. The evening, compèred by Songster Leader Samantha Turner, continued with a presentation of trophies to the Stainash football club for their success in the Christian Football League. Youth and veteran managers Anthony Kerslake and Russell Miller were supported by
Army expressions join together SWINDON WORSHIP leader, singer, songwriter and activist Andy Flannagan gave two performances at the first venture for Swindon Mission Group. The group comprises Swindon Citadel, Swindon Gorse Hill, Booth House Lifehouse and Gloucester House Addictions Rehabilitation Centre. During the afternoon residents and staff from Gloucester House and the Lifehouse joined together at the sports café at Booth House. Andy presented a number of songs and shared aspects of his Christian journey. Andy is keen to ensure his music and message reach those who might not normally attend a Christian concert. Captain Chris Hall (Swindon Gorse Hill and Chaplain, Booth House) commented: ‘Andy chose his songs with great sensitivity. His explanation of how the songs related to his own Christian experience really helped the residents to connect with them.’ In the evening, Andy presented another programme at Swindon Gorse Hill, where an appreciative audience was moved not just by the music but also by Andy’s heart for social justice. Captain Stephen Oliver (Swindon Citadel and Chaplain, Gloucester House) commented: ‘The four Salvation Army expressions in Swindon are committed to working together and it has been great that all four have been able to participate today.’ – S. O. Salvationist 27 July 2013
NEWS During YP anniversary weekend at Cannock one young person attempts to follow footprints in flour based around the message from Job 23; the previous day the young people participated in a talent evening, with 14 new people attending the corps for the first time
WEEK 22 Monday 29 July Acts 17 – Paul’s missionary journey takes him to Thessalonica, Berea and Athens O Why do you think the Jews were jealous (v5)? O How can the noble character of the Bereans (v11) be acquired today? O At the Aeropagus (v22) Paul began his message with something familiar to the members. How could this example be used in witness today? MPs tackle homelessness issues head on in a charity football game against a team of residents from Booth House Lifehouse, London; the 11 MPs and parliamentarians lost 5-1 in the match aimed at raising the issue of homelessness and celebrating the achievements of service users
NEWCASTLE CITY TEMPLE: The songsters led Sunday evening worship in Trinity church, Gosforth, singing ‘Psalm 150’ and ‘Mid All The Traffic’. Tracey Phillipson, Adrian Sutton and Songster Sergeant Heather Stubbs brought the Bible messages and Bill and Pat Ions intercessory prayers. – B. I.
DERSINGHAM: Norfolk Fellowship Brass presented a concert in St Nicholas church, for Snettisham Corps. The band played ‘Salvation’s Song’ and ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ and there were trombone, cornet, clarinet and vocal solos. The evening raised £260 for The Big Collection. – M. J.
Tuesday 30 July Acts 18 – Paul encourages the churches in Corinth, Ephesus, Antioch and Galatia O v2 helps to date Paul’s travels O News about Jews being expelled from Rome brings understanding to Paul’s letter to the Romans O Paul was a tentmaker (v3) O If you try to witness and are opposed (v6), do you leave the matter with God and move on? O Paul stayed for some time in Corinth (v11) Wednesday 31 July Acts 19 – Paul spends considerable time in Ephesus. There was resistance to the gospel O vv13–17: what can be learnt about using the name of Jesus? O Were the people worried about their beliefs, or their incomes (vv 23–27)? Thursday 1 August Acts 20 – Paul continues his travels through Macedonia and Greece and revives a dead man O Paul changed his plans (v3) O A short but amazing story (vv7–12) demonstrating how God was using Paul powerfully Friday 2 August Acts 21 – Paul finally returns to Jerusalem and, after being greeted, is arrested O v13: compared to v3 in the preceding chapter, why do you think Paul was so unconcerned about the threat levels this time? O vv24 and 39: despite becoming a Christian, it is clear that Paul was still a Jew Driffield brass and vocal group presented a musical evening in Wetwang Methodist church as part of the church’s 49th anniversary celebrations; the musicians are pictured with some church members
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children’s story and a united singing company from Edinburgh Gorgie and Edinburgh City sang ‘Celebrate’. A Bible reading by Major Margaret Mein and the singing of ‘Master,
Speak!’ by Edinburgh City Songsters preceded the TC’s message. He challenged the congregation to move for ward as a strong Army with a passion for Christ and focus on mission.
In the afternoon, a capacity congregation greeted the commissioners at Bo’ness. The meeting included a prayer time prepared by members of the corps and a time of worship led by a group from Livingston. Divisional Youth Officer Lieutenant Gavin Friday led the congregation in an action song and the composite band from West Lothian area played ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’. Commissioner Marianne Adams, speaking from Acts 2, encouraged the congregation to develop healthy habits as the first Christians did, including giving time to fellowship with one another and sharing with others what we have in Christ for the purpose of furthering his Kingdom. – K. R.
Senior showcase raises money for anti-human trafficking
and other members participated, highlighting the positive mission
impact of adult and family ministries. – E. M.
Commissioners receive traditional Scottish welcome EAST SCOTLAND T ER R I T O R I A L leaders Commissioners Clive and Marianne Adams were given a truly Scottish welcome at Bennochy parish church as Andrew Howe (Edinburgh Gorgie) piped them in. Corps folk from the Kingdom of Fife and Perth attended the Saturday evening meeting, marking the territorial leaders’ first visit to the division. Divisional Commander Lieut-Colonel Carol Bailey welcomed the congregation and young people from Cowdenbeath led a time of prayer. Commissioner Marianne Adams reminded the congregation that the Lord has called everyone to be with the people and reach out to them as the Holy Spirit sets their hearts aflame to rekindle their passion. Pip Chisholm (Kirkcaldy) gave an honest testimony and a composite band from Fife, a singing group from Glenrothes and Dunfermline Songsters contributed items. The Territorial Commander encouraged the congregation to go forward, using Joshua’s story to remind them that God’s power is to be depended on and of their need to go deeper with God, allowing his power to enable them. Edinburgh Gorgie hosted the Sunday morning meeting. The corps band’s playing of ‘The Kingdom Triumphant’ provided a rousing welcome for the commissioners. The Kelly family (Edinburgh City) offered prayers of thanksgiving and asked for wisdom for Salvation Army leadership in the territory and around the globe. Commissioner Marianne Adams spoke about never losing that feeling of being amazed by grace and the presence of Jesus Christ who wants to be part of our lives. Divisional Children’s Officer Ian Midwinter presented the
NOTTINGHAM WILLIAM BOOTH MEMORIAL HALLS THE adult and family ministries weekend featured a senior showcase including arts and crafts, model engine building, flower arranging, story writing, poetry, songwriting, portrait and landscape painting, photography and music. The event raised more than £200. Friendship Club Secretary Barbara Whalley and Home League Secretary Pauline Mitchell led Sunday meetings
Refurbished building enables youth and children’s ministry COLCHESTER MOUNT ZION A NEWLY refurbished building gifted to the Army almost 20 years ago will serve as a youth and children’s venue, opening up this ministry to the corps. No 1 on the roll Dennis Pratley cut the ribbon with Robin Mitchell, a fourth-generation member of the corps. Colchester
MP Sir Bob Russell attended the event and is pictured with corps officer Major Pauline O’Driscoll. – P. O. Salvationist 27 July 2013
How the High Council elects a General by General John Larsson (Retired)
N Monday 29 July 2013 the High Council of The Salvation Army will convene to elect the Army’s 20th General. The Council will meet at the Renaissance Hotel, near Heathrow, the traditional venue of Sunbury Court being unavailable because it is being extensively refurbished. The High Council comprises all active commissioners, all territorial commanders irrespective of rank and all territorial presidents of women’s ministries. With 117 members – 62 women and 55 men – the 2013 High Council will be the largest to date. PRELIMINARIES After electing a President to guide its deliberations, the first task of the High Council will be to establish the way it will work. The Council will review the Orders of Procedure used by the previous High Council, which distils into some 70 numbered paragraphs the accrued wisdom and experience of all past councils. After reviewing the document and making any amendments it feels necessary, the 2013 High Council will formally adopt the revised version as its own Orders of Procedure.
A High Council is an exercise of spiritual discernment and time is therefore set aside for worship, reflection and prayer. Even before the High Council officially opens on the Monday morning, the members will spend the Sunday together in worship and intensive prayer. Their collective prayer will be that at the end of the process they might be able to echo the words of the Council of Jerusalem: ‘It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us…’ (Acts 15:28). Time is also set aside for discussions about the challenges and opportunities that the Army faces. Clarifying the issues the next General will have to grapple with helps to clarify the kind of leader the Army needs. NOMINATIONS The High Council then moves to the nomination stage. Every member has the privilege of nominating someone to be a candidate for General. The only criterion laid down is that the person nominated must be an officer. That means that about 17,000 persons are eligible to be nominated. But on past precedent the forthcoming High Council is likely to nominate persons from within its own membership.
Only those who are nominated by three or more members are deemed to have been nominated. Those who accept nomination become candidates – and it is from this panel of candidates that the High Council will be called to elect the next General. At this stage, the High Council adjourns for a full day to enable the candidates and spouses to prepare written answers to the questions that the Council has prepared. Candidates also work on their speeches. QUESTIONS AND SPEECHES When the Council begins its deliberations again, candidates and spouses read out their answers to the questions. Through the process of questions and answers, the High Council seeks to get to know the candidates at greater depth and to learn more about their leadership style, their personalities and their views on subjects related to the Army and its ministry. Each candidate then gives a speech. No parameters regarding subject matter or length are laid down but speeches usually deal with the candidate’s vision for the Army if elected General and last between 10 and 15 minutes.
General Edward Higgins was elected at the first High Council, in 1929
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ELECTION After the questions and speeches, the election itself begins. In the hush of the council chamber, each member in turn receives a voting paper from the President and in a secluded area places a tick/check against one of the names on the paper before putting it in a ballot box. The other members engage in prayer. The process is unhurried and can take up to an hour for each ballot. After the voting has been completed the tellers count the votes. The Salvation Army Act 1980 – by which the High Council is governed – stipulates a) that in the first three ballots a candidate must get the vote of more than two thirds of the members present to be elected b) that from the fourth ballot onwards a candidate need only receive the votes of more than half the members present c) that the candidate who gets the fewest votes in each ballot must drop out until only two candidates remain. The balloting continues until one of the candidates reaches the required number of votes. CLOSING MOMENTS What happens next is of the greatest significance. However protracted the election process and however close the result, it is in the tradition of High Councils that the moment the new General is elected all members immediately give their full support to that person. Any differences of opinion there might have been before that time are swept away and the corporate decision of the body is accepted by all as the expression of the will of God. Then comes the moment when the doors of the council chamber are thrown open and, in a ceremony that will be webcast, the President presents the new General to the Salvationist family around the world. From every heart rises the cry: ‘May God bless our General!’
Following the 1963 High Council General Elect Commissioner Frederick Coutts gives an interview
KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HIGH COUNCIL NEWS
International news releases will be issued from time to time during the course of the High Council and will be available on the International Headquarters website
For the latest information visit www. salvationarmy.org/HighCouncil2013 O A Twitter feed, @HighCouncil2013 has been set up O Also a Facebook page, www. facebook.com/HighCouncil2013 O
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A CALL TO PRAYER FOR THE HIGH COUNCIL IN these pages of Salvationist, you have the photographs of each person who qualifies for attendance at the 18th High Council. Hopefully this visualisation will enable readers to pray for each person. This is the greatest need as the High Council prepares to gather. There is always a temptation to speculate about the possible outcome. However, we need Salvationists and friends to pray that the leaders who gather to elect the 20th General will be guided and directed by God throughout the election process. As members of this High Council, we need to approach the task ahead with fear and trembling, acknowledging our weakness and realising that
we cannot rely on human wisdom alone to try and understand who God wants to lead the Army forward. I believe that God has decided the outcome already. Each member will need to seek, to discern and to understand God’s will clearly in these important days. A High Council is a deeply spiritual exercise and one in which we, as members, all need to engage in a true spirit of prayer. As members we will be asking that God will grant to each of us open and discerning hearts. Please pray with us that this will be so. – Chief of the Staff Commissioner André Cox
The Chief of the Staff Comr André Cox 12 July 1954
Comr Silvia Cox 18 November 1955
Comr William Roberts 26 February 1946
Comr Nancy Roberts 27 October 1943
Comr Mfon Akpan 21 July 1949
Comr Ime Akpan 8 November 1953
Comr James Knaggs 5 December 1950
Comr Carolyn Knaggs 19 September 1951
Comr Vinece Chigariro 7 March 1954
Comr M. C. James 20 October 1954
Comr Susamma James 1 March 1961
Comr Barry Swanson 22 April 1950
Comr Sue Swanson 13 August 1950
Comr M. Y. Emmanuel 8 May 1951
Comr T. Regina Chandra Bai 3 March 1955
Comr Debora Bell 6 February 1956
Comr Donald Bell 12 October 1949
Comr K. V. Lahase 1 November 1949
Comr Kusum Lahase 7 June 1949
Comr Dick Krommenhoek 18 June 1952
Comr Vibeke Krommenhoek 27 November 1956
Comr Jolene Hodder 30 July 1961
Comr Kenneth Hodder 16 June 1958
Comr William Cochrane 7 September 1954
Comr Jorge Ferreira 24 June 1953
Comr Adelina Ferreira 19 September 1955
Comr Caroline Seiler 6 April 1952
Comr Paul Seiler 23 May 1951
Comr Madeleine Ngwanga 25 November 1955
Comr Hans van Vliet 17 July 1952
Comr Aylene Finger 17 April 1953
Comr Judith Hedgren 14 February 1949
Comr Steven Hedgren 7 March 1950
Comr Oscar Sanchez 21 November 1956
Comr Ana Rosa Sanchez 12 June 1960
Comr Irene Induruwage 29 November 1955
Comr Malcolm Induruwage 24 September 1950
Comr Park, Man-hee 11 August 1947
Comr Kim, Keum-nyeo 13 June 1951
Comr James Condon 29 November 1949
Comr Jan Condon 25 January 1947
Comr Joash Malabi 17 May 1955
Comr Florence Malabi 26 June 1964
Comr Clive Adams 5 January 1957
Comr Marianne Adams 10 February 1960
Comr Marie Willermark 18 June 1954
Comr Dorita Wainwright 19 October 1951
Comr John Wainwright 13 March 1951
Comr Alistair Herring 4 March 1951
Comr Astrid Herring 29 October 1951
Comr Rosalie Peddle 17 January 1956
Comr Brian Peddle 8 August 1957
Comr Barbara Jeffrey 1 July 1946
Comr David Jeffrey 2 August 1951
Comr Franz Boschung 21 February 1949
Comr Hanny Boschung 7 April 1950
Comr Eva Marseille 18 June 1952
Comr Gerrit Marseille 8 June 1951
Comr Thalitha Langa 1 September 1950
Comr Marja Vliet 9 May 1951
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Comr William Langa 1 July 1949
Comr Torben Eliasen 28 November 1960
Comr Deise Eliasen 22 February 1966
Comr Bimla Charan 5 July 1956
Comr Samuel Charan 1 April 1953
Comr Keiko Katsuchi 30 June 1947
Comr Jiro Katsuchi 3 May 1949
Comr Joan Parker 16 January 1952
Comr Michael Parker 28 July 1950
Comr Catherine Nyagah 3 September 1959
Comr Henry Nyagah 21 February 1954
Comr Birgitte Brekke 17 September 1954
Comr Lalzamlova 1 February 1962
Comr Nu-i 23 February 1963
Comr Onal Castor 20 July 1955
Comr Edmane Castor 1 October 1957
Comr Gillian Downer 18 March 1954
Comr Floyd Tidd 11 March 1961
Comr Tracey Tidd 9 January 1961
Col Kenneth Johnson 10 August 1956
Col Paula Johnson 23 November 1962
Col Susan McMillan 20 October 1954
Col Martha Paredes 3 June 1955
Col Tito Paredes 14 August 1955
Col AngĂŠlique Lukau 1 September 1954
Col Joseph Lukau 18 September 1953
Col Lalngaihawmi 1 January 1954
Col Massimo Paone 8 June 1952
Col Jane Paone 17 December 1958
Col Grace Chepkurui 15 May 1955
Col Stephen Chepkurui 22 February 1958
Col Charles Swansbury 7 December 1952
Col Denise Swansbury 9 November 1953
Col Moses Wandulu 5 August 1960
Col Sarah Wandulu 30 August 1964
Col Anne-Dore Naud 26 November 1959
Col Patrick Naud 15 March 1958
Col T. Keraham Vijayakumar 17 April 1953
Col Thumati Vijayakumar 10 June 1949
Col Lynette Rowe 13 February 1952
Col Lindsay Rowe 21 September 1951
Col Ricardo Bouzigues 12 September 1952
Col Sonia Bouzigues 12 November 1954
Col Alfonsine Zola 2 January 1957
Col Ambroise Zola 6 September 1952
Col Benjamin Mnyampi 1 March 1954
Col Grace Mnyampi 6 March 1963
Col Eva Kleman 6 September 1960
Col Johnny Kleman 29 July 1959
Col Chris Webb 1 March 1955
Col Neil Webb 6 September 1958
Col David Welander 20 May 1961
Col Lisbeth Welander 29 November 1963
Col Robyn Maxwell 14 February 1960
Col Wayne Maxwell 31 May 1958
Col Bronwyn Buckingham 21 June 1965
Col Lyndon Buckingham 13 February 1962
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS Salvation Army in San Francisco offers support to passengers from crash-landing USA WESTERN AFTER the crash-landing of an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport, The Salvation Army had a key supporting role in providing help to responders, survivors and affected families. Flight 214, en route from Seoul, suffered significant damage on impact. The incident killed three people and injured nearly 200. Salvation Army teams from around the Greater San Francisco area were called on to provide translation support and emotional care at the airport and at the hospitals where survivors were taken. The Army continued to support this effort in close co-ordination with the National Transportation Safety Board and local, state and federal authorities to determine how best to meet the needs of passengers and their families. Salvation Army volunteers also offered emotional support and provided Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin translation for ease in communication. This included accompanying passengers to hospital and optometry visits to help care for basic health needs, such as replacing prescription spectacles. ‘Serving as language support is a unique role for a Salvation Army Disaster Services team,’ explained Disaster Co-ordinator Major Wayne Froderberg. ‘However, the opportunity demonstrates our ability to provide compassion and aid in more than one language.’ The Salvation Army set up a special clothing room as part of a family assistance centre, created to help assess and meet the immediate needs of Flight 214 passengers. 14
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The clothing room allowed passengers to select items of clothing and basic essentials to provide comfort while they were housed in the Bay Area. The Salvation Army made arrangements to supply luggage for passengers to help manage their belongings. Clothing and items were also available for children and young people, in addition to toys and games to help ease the tension of the stressful situation. ‘New underwear, socks and hygiene kits are a luxury when you have lost everything,’ said Programme Co-ordinator Claire Dunmore. ‘What a privilege to be able to provide such basic supplies and know that comfort and relief has been given to so many families and children!’ Divisional Commander LieutColonel Stephen Smith called Salvationists and friends to prayer. ‘The Salvation Army is deeply saddened by this tragic event,’ he said. ‘Please continue to pray for everyone affected by this crash.’ For more updates on The Salvation Army’s response to the Asiana flight 214 crash, visit www.TSAGoldenState.org, w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / S a l v a t i o n A r m y S F or follow @SalvationArmySF on Twitter. – A. R.
Army provides assistance to flood victims in Alberta CANADA AND BERMUDA THE Salvation Army served 11,500 meals, supplied clean drinking water and provided emotional and spiritual support to more than 870 evacuees following severe flooding in Calgary, Alberta. The relief efforts centred on High River, where floodwaters were pumped away as residents returned to pick up the pieces of their lives. Food, hydration and a listening ear were welcome relief to the townsfolk. ‘The Salvation Army is exactly what we need,’ said High River resident Doreen, whose house was inundated and deemed unsafe, but which is ultimately reparable. In High River, The Salvation Army’s food bank, thrift store and office space suffered significant damage. The only salvageable items were metal clothing racks from the store. It is expected that it will be months before the facility can be reopened. In this community of 13,000, The Salvation Army provided the only food bank and family services. The Army felt it was
Salvationists sing and pray for Nelson Mandela SOUTHERN AFRICA OFFICERS sang and prayed outside the hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, where former president Nelson Mandela was being treated. The group – which included territorial leaders Commissioners William and Thalitha Langa – lifted up Nelson Mandela in prayer, with Chief Secretary Lieut-Colonel Robert Donaldson asking God to ‘bless the former president and his family’. The officers sang ‘In Thee O Lord Do I Put My Trust’ after laying flowers at the hospital gates. The Territorial Commander addressed a group of onlookers and media, explaining that The Salvation Army wanted to show its support for the Mandela family and to assure them of the prayers of Salvationists. He paid tribute to Mr Mandela’s struggle to bring freedom and peace to South Africa. The Chief Secretary called out to God in prayer, saying: ‘You have the future in your hands. You have the future of this nation in your hands.’ The officers then sang a traditional African hymn, before returning to a leaders conference in Johannesburg. – A. R.
critical to resume these services as soon as possible and placed a temporary trailer unit in its church car park to serve as a food and clothing distribution centre. A key role for the Army was to lend support on buses as residents toured their flood-hit neighbourhood, as well as at the rodeo grounds and airport as they registered to find out the condition of their homes. Numerous emotional and spiritual care personnel were deployed, who also roved streets to support residents as they cleaned out from the destruction. The Salvation Army met needs as they arose. At the request of the local authorities, a Community Response Unit was deployed to Exshaw, a hamlet 90 kilometres west of Calgary. For the next 10 days, lunch was provided to 60 evacuees and volunteers. President of the High River Downtown Business Association Linda Sojer expressed her sincere gratitude for the Army’s support during those difficult days. In Medicine Hat, 170 homes were evacuated and it is anticipated that 40 to 50 of them will be uninhabitable long-term. Salvation Army personnel at the evacuation centre arranged accommodation and provided clothing vouchers and gift cards. In Calgary, The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope reopened after being flooded. Initially, the lift was inoperable, preventing some residents and staff from returning. Basement areas, which were damaged by the waters, underwent significant repairs. The Salvation Army was allowed access to its Thrift Store and Community and Family Services (food bank), which suffered extensive damage. Both properties required considerable cleaning and repair before services could resume. In Nanton, Salvation Army officers and volunteers provided food, hydration and emotional and spiritual care to more than 700 people a day. – A. R.
How do we respond? The second in a three-part series entitled Food Poverty by Dr Helen Cameron
AST week we looked at changes to the benefits system and how they might increase the numbers of people approaching us for practical assistance. This week we examine how we respond, focusing on the issues of stewardship and hospitality. WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY? It is difficult to plan for a change in what the public expect from us when we don’t know how big the problem will be. Corps already providing food parcels will probably be looking again at the resources they use in this ministry. For some, the most appropriate response will be to refer people to organisations who are in a better position to help. The Food Poverty Toolkit (available from DHQ) highlights the risks of an inappropriate response. It is difficult to be realistic and generous. We certainly cannot take responsibility for this problem alone. We need to know what others are doing, and – where possible – work with them. However, this situation is also an opportunity for generosity and making the best use of the resources we have. We may be able to open our doors to people we would not otherwise have met and show them what we value about belonging to the Army. Even a conversation that ends with referring someone to another source of help can be a means of grace. Given that so many other agencies are over-stretched, a listening ear may be the most valuable thing we can provide. Identifying and training people to listen is a vital part of any response. Read Luke 15:28–32. The older son is angry with his father. He believes the father has been generous with his wayward brother but tight-fisted with him. The father reminds him that everything on the farm will come to him one day.
In church life there can be a tension between wanting to hand over our resources for future generations and making generous use of them today. Getting the balance between risk and caution is a theme Jesus returns to in other parables – for example, the parable of the stewards in Luke 19:11–27. All that we have comes from God and he expects us to be wise stewards. The father listens to both sons. He lets them explain the situation as they see it and responds to them with generous love. HOW WILL WE WELCOME OUR NEIGHBOUR IN NEED? If we are going to regard the people who approach us for help as a neighbour in need, we have to think about how we will receive them.
JESUS... BREAKS DOWN THE BARRIERS AND ACCEPTS PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE
What counts as hospitality varies from one culture to another. In one gospel story, Jesus suggests that it would be good hospitality to enable guests to wash their feet after walking along dusty roads in sandals. We have different ideas today about appropriate hospitality. What things would a stranger notice first on entering your hall? Who would they be likely to meet and how would they be made welcome? In the past it was common for Salvationists to be thanked by veterans
for the cup of tea they received during the war. It is amazing that these simple acts of hospitality stayed with people for the rest of their lives. We can underestimate the value of hospitality, but it says to people that they are welcome for who they are, rather than the need they wish to present. Read Luke 15:18–24. The younger son is humiliated to return home penniless. He has his story prepared; he does not know what his father’s reaction will be. The father sees him coming, recognises him immediately, embraces him and restores his dignity – all before he feeds him. In the Gospels, food is used as a symbol of fellowship. In many stories where Jesus shares meals with people, we learn how he first breaks down barriers and accepts people for who they are. A further example is the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1–10. PRAYER SUBJECTS O People in our corps who have to make decisions about how resources are used O Those who exercise the ministry of hospitality in our corps O A renewed thankfulness for the hospitality we have received
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8. 1. & 2. JOHN HICKMAN, JOSIE HALL Adherent members CRADLEY HEATH JOHN was born into a Christian family and attended the Methodist Church for many years. Six years ago he was invited to a band concert at the corps and a short while later The Salvation Army became his spiritual home. He testified that in spite of life’s ups and downs he’s still praising the Lord. Josie began attending Sunday school with her daughter, Philippa, who was dedicated to God last year. They actively participate in Sunday worship and Messy Church. Josie has arranged fundraising activities for The Big Collection at her place of work. John and Josie were welcomed as adherent members by corps officer Captain Liz Hancock. – L. H. 3. KATY DAVIES, JASMINE PELZER Junior soldiers MAESTEG KATY and Jasmine were enrolled by corps officer Major John Pugh. After the enrolment they played a duet on the trumpet and trombone. They are pictured with Majors John and Ann Pugh. – J. P. 4. & 5. ANGELA HITT, HELEN MORGAN Adherent members TORQUAY ANGELA attended the Army as a young person. She was reminded of this when a fellow bowling club member turned out to be a Salvationist. Together with her friend Helen she decided to find a 16
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7. church and eventually came to the Army. Angela and Helen were welcomed into the fellowship as adherent members. – K. B. 6. DAVID BOLTON, LEIGH BOLTON Soldiers READING CENTRAL DAVID and Leigh were enrolled exactly four years after the promotion to Glory of Helena Turner. Helena was a classroom assistant and had looked after David and Leigh’s children and was influential in attracting the family to the corps. They became adherent members last year and decided to make a further commitment. They were enrolled by corps officer Major Iain Hudson. – P. B. 7. & 8. KATIE KILFORD, CHLOE SMITH, KATY SALARISHVILI Soldiers HEDGE END FAMILY and friends came to support Katie, Chloe and Katy as they were enrolled as soldiers. They are pictured with corps officers Captains Ian and Louise Davis. Katie was raised in a Christian family who joined the corps three years ago. After some searching, she decided this commitment was her way of expressing her desire to follow Jesus. Chloe hadn’t heard of The Salvation Army until she met her husband, Matthew, who introduced her to the Army and to faith. Katy grew up hearing stories about Jesus and witnessing what a Christian life looks like with her family in Georgia and now in Southampton. Katy testified to having a personal relationship with Jesus and wanting to live a life that speaks for him. – I. D.
9. ELEANOR SKIPPER, MICHAEL SKIPPER Soldiers BRISTON SPIRITUAL mentor Major Noel Baker enrolled Eleanor and Michael as soldiers. More than 70 people came to support them. Michael testified to knowing Jesus and Eleanor pledged to work hard for the Kingdom. – G. M. 10. BILL BRAITHWAITE Adherent member CLITHEROE BILL began attending the corps after helping with the Christmas toy appeal. During the meeting he was supported by his wife and two sons (pictured with Bill) who were attending for the first time. He testified to his love for the Bible and described how it is changing him. – E. S. 11. BARBARA BRAMWELL Adherent member LEADGATE SEVERAL years ago Barbara was invited by a Salvationist friend to music and drama rehearsals and found herself on a journey back to the Lord. She testified to the warm welcome she received from the corps family. Corps officer Major Eric Pearce welcomed Barbara as an adherent member. She is pictured with Majors Eric and Carol Pearce. – D. P. 12. KEITH LANG, ELAINE MEADHAM Adherent members FILEY THE two newest adherent members to be welcomed into the fellowship are pictured with corps officer Major Susan Robinson. Elaine went to
the corps on Good Friday last year and enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. She soon realised the Army is where God wanted her to be and decided to make a commitment. Keith has attended for several years and felt it was the right time to make a commitment. – S. R. 13. BEN JAMES, HANNAH WOOD, KIMBERLEY FRAZER, HOLLIE MAYCOCK, CHARLIE RICHARDSON Junior soldiers SUNDERLAND MILLFIELD FIVE junior soldiers were supported by their parents and grandparents as they were enrolled by corps officer Major Stephen Naylor. The enrolments were hugely encouraging for the corps. – E. F. 14. CAROL BRAZIER Adherent member CHELMSFORD CAROL spoke beautifully about her faith and thanked God for watching over her. Corps officer Major Mark Sawyer welcomed Carol as an adherent member and as she knelt at the mercy seat the congregation sang her favourite song ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’. Carol was originally invited to the home league when she met a home league member on a bus. – E. W. 15. ELLIE-MAY JOHNSON Junior soldier IPSWICH CITADEL DIVISIONAL Children’s Officer Major Michelle Woodhouse enrolled Ellie-May as a junior soldier during YP celebration Sunday. Ellie-May said that becoming a junior soldier was the right thing to do and a way to learn more about God. – D. S.
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19. 16. PAT ROBERTS, ANDREW CUTLER, GEORGIA MARRIOT LODGE, LYNDSEY YOUNG, BRENDA KELLY Soldiers ERYL HUGHES, RACHAEL HOWE Adherent members ROCK FERRY PAT was invited to attend the corps by Lyndsey, her neighbour. She became an adherent member but felt that she needed to fully commit her life to the Lord by becoming a soldier. In spite of having a serious illness she has placed her trust in God for healing. Andrew grew up through the YP sections and as he prepares to go to college he felt he should become a senior soldier. He has joined the band and songsters and helps at Jam club. He thanked the corps folk for their support and asked for their prayers for the future. Georgia first attended Derby Central Corps where she was a member of the YP sections, but moved to Rock Ferry with her family. She testified to the love and support she had received from the corps family. Lyndsey joined the fellowship after her daughter attended The Ultimate Church Visit. She became an adherent member but decided that she needed to take a further step and become a soldier. Brenda first attended the corps when her son was a member of the B-P sections and Sabac. After many years she accepted an invitation to attend again. She works in the charity shop and after time as an adherent member has made a full commitment to soldiership. She says her life has been transformed. Eryl attended the lunch club with his partner. When she died and his circumstances drastically changed, he found a welcome and 18
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friendship at the corps. He testified that the corps is a ‘magical’ place to belong to. Rachael attended the meetings for several years before making the decision to become an adherent member. The new soldiers and adherent members are pictured with corps officers Majors Malcolm and Linda Routledge and Songster Colour Sergeant Gwyneth Rea. – P. D. 17. BOB WILLIAMS, PETER SEKULA Soldiers LIMAVADY CORPS members were pleased to receive Bob and Peter into the fellowship as soldiers and continue to be thankful for people wanting to commit their lives to God and serve him at the outreach centre. – J. A. 18. PAT ROBINSON Adherent member VERWOOD PAT first came to the corps to support a Salvationist she was caring for professionally. She became eager to learn more about Scripture and decided to make a commitment. Corps leader Territorial Envoy John Charlton welcomed Pat as an adherent member. – J. C. 19. MICHAEL PIKE Adherent member TIVERTON MICHAEL gave a moving testimony as he told his story about leaving the Army 30 years ago and the Lord speaking to him when he attended the enrolment of a friend last year. People gathered around Michael in prayer at the mercy seat as he was welcomed into the fellowship as an adherent member. – D. B.
20. LEWIS BENNETT, ETHAN SMITH, JODIE WOODHOUSE Junior soldiers CHATHAM SURROUNDED by family and friends, Lewis, Ethan and Jodie were enrolled as junior soldiers by corps officer Major Alec Still on Junior Soldiers Day of Renewal. The three children were joined by sixteen junior soldiers to sign and renew their promises accompanied by their prayer partners. – M. S.
Lyons, Gabrielle read her promise aloud and knelt at the mercy seat to sign it. – M. H. 23. LOUISE KERR Soldier BELFAST NORTH HAVING left the corps after she grew up there, Louise testified that, while her faith never left her, she felt that God – through a series of events – led her back to the Army. Along with her two sons, Louise has settled in the corps and decided to make a commitment. She says that she experiences God’s peace through his unconditional love. – L. K.
21. GEMMA SMITHERHAM Adherent member HAYLE AFTER growing up in the corps and spending some time away, Gemma returned to the Army with her daughter, attending the parent-and-toddler group. Gemma became involved in corps life, started to attend Sunday worship and decided to make a commitment as an adherent member. Gemma is pictured with Major Jean Lyons. – M. B.
24. LINDSEY WALLER Adherent member KATHIE WALLER Junior soldier HAMILTON THE corps fellowship was pleased to welcome Lindsey as an adherent member on the same day her daughter Kathie was enrolled as a junior soldier. They are pictured with corps officer Major Dieter Zimmerer. – D. Z.
22. GABRIELLE RUDKIN Junior soldier COLCHESTER CITADEL GABRIELLE looked forward to being enrolled as a junior soldier on her seventh birthday. Wearing the major’s epaulettes during the meeting, she led her favourite song ‘Our God Is A Great Big God’. Corps officer Major David House, using Psalm 139, explained that even though he and others knew Gabrielle well, God knew much more about her. Supported by her grandmother Jacqui
25. KELVIN COX Adherent member BEDFORD CONGRESS HALL KELVIN, who has lived near the corps building all his life, started attending about four years ago. In his testimony, he acknowledged how much his life has changed since going to the Army and finding faith in Jesus. Kelvin testified that he loves praising Jesus and feels more confident since finding the friendly fellowship and a spiritual home. – I. L.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE PALACE VISIT OBandsman Douglas and Margaret Macdonald, Rutherglen, and Lieutenant Lisa Cunningham, Glenrothes, received invitations to a garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED Bob Hayman, HLS Major Zena Peppiatt, Cardiff Canton OOSCS Valerie Humphries, Sittingbourne
Maureen Fisher (80 on 2 August)
PROMOTED TO GLORY Mavis Dartnall-Smith from Stafford on 17 July ORay Dorey, Boscombe OAux-Captain
TRIBUTES MRS MAJOR EILEEN WILLIS
CYS Kyle Mortimer to Songster Sarah Ramsay at Sittingbourne by Lieutenant Xander Coleman
WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES Diamond: OGeorge and Betty Whittaker, Oldham Roundthorn (25 July) OAlbert and CT Olive Brake, Shrewsbury (8 August) OJim and Dot Price, Northampton East (10 August) Golden: OBandsman Les and Maureen Anderton, Blackburn (14 August) DEDICATED TO GOD Abigail, daughter of John and Lesley Robinson, at Carlisle by Captain Mark Sellers
BEREAVED OSylvia Milner of her husband Albert; Yvonne Jemmett of her husband Gordon, both Sittingbourne OBandsman Robert Hall of his father Wesley; Brian Usher of his sister Marie Higgins, both Staple Hill RETIRED OFFICERS Birthday congratulations: OMajor Dorothy Caddy (80 on 1 August) OMrs Major Stephanie Perry (90 on 2 August)
A THIRD-GENERATION Salvationist, Eileen Moore was born in 1923, the eldest of three children. Her younger brother Bramwell became a lieut-colonel; her sister Brenda is a Salvationist at Wellingborough. Eileen’s home corps of Eastbourne Citadel was dear to her heart throughout her life. When she was 16 wartime evacuation took the family to Guildford, where Eileen worked at the telephone exchange. Sadly, the following year her mother was killed in a direct bombing of their house. She met her beloved husband Albert – who was promoted to Glory in 2010 – when visiting a friend at nearby Rothwell Corps. They married in 1945. Soon afterwards Albert was posted to India on military service. Their first son, Roger, was born while he was away and their second son, David, after his return. An expert homemaker and fine cook, Eileen dedicated herself to her husband and family. Her strong faith and commitment were also demonstrated in the corps at Rothwell, where Albert had become CSM. Responding to the call to officership, the couple entered the 1956 Faithful Session at the training college, leaving their sons with grandparents – the common practice at that time. Throughout her life Eileen remained true to her sessional name. She fully shared corps leadership in all aspects of ministry with her husband, becoming well loved and respected – the one balancing the other. Corps ministry took them to Taunton, Pill, Bristol Kingswood, Whitehaven, Wigan, Manchester Openshaw, Hove, L’Islet, Salisbury and Bromley. Eileen had a quiet but
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strong and effective influence on those to whom she ministered. Albert’s transfer to the Public Relations Department in 1975 did not mean Eileen taking a back seat – far from it! As always, she was a supportive wife, using her many administrative and organisational skills to allow her husband to concentrate on contacting donors in his own very effective way. In retirement they moved to Northampton to be near family and her quiet but effective influence continued. She assisted with the over-60 club at Northampton Central and led meetings with Albert at the corps and beyond. Eileen was a rounded personality and retirement allowed her to indulge her interest in football (especially Manchester United), snooker and tennis, which she watched enthusiastically on television. She watched her favourite team play on the day of the accident that led to her promotion to Glory. She loved being close to her sons and their families, was intensely interested in every aspect of their lives and was never shy in giving advice. A much-loved friend, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is sadly missed by family and friends alike – all comforted by the knowledge of a life spent in God’s service. – D. W.
RETIRED CORPS SECRETARY MRS WILMA FLETT, RETIRED BANDMASTER DAVID FLETT, WICK WILMA AND DAVID were promoted to Glory within four weeks of each other. Wilma’s sudden death shocked the corps and the community because she had not been ill. She had cared for David through many years of his failing health. They are now together with the Lord. Both were born into Salvationist families – David in 1943 and Wilma, a sixth-generation Salvationist, in 1946. They grew up in the corps and married in 1966, spending almost 50 years together. Wilma was corps secretary for more than 30 years, carrying out her responsibilities diligently. A tireless worker, she was also a songster, timbrel leader and confidante to many. David held the position of YP band leader before becoming CSM and bandmaster. He nurtured many young people, musically and
spiritually, over the years and his tenor voice brought blessing on many occasions. The couple were stalwarts at Wick all their lives and their passing has left a great void in the corps. They leave a son Bruce, daughter Mary and three grandchildren, who brought them so much blessing. – M. G.
MRS PHYLLIS WILLIAMS, EXETER TEMPLE PHYLLIS was born in 1923 and grew up through the YP activities at Torquay, where she later met her husband Pete. They continued to serve in the corps – Phyllis as a songster and YP worker – before transferring to Exeter Temple in 1979 with their three children. Phyllis had a great love for family and friends and was happiest with a house full of people. She and Pete also had a love for young people and often welcomed students into their home. After her husband’s death Phyllis kept in touch with people by telephone and cards. Her wonderful smile and caring nature demonstrated her Christian love for others. – A. C.
ERNEST SKINNER, HEREFORD ERNEST was born on the Isle of Sheppey in 1922. He was married to Barbara for 66 years and had three children. During the Second World War he served in North Africa and Italy. Ernest soldiered at several corps, including Yeovil and Warminster, before moving with his family to Hereford in 1954. He served in the sections until the last few years, after which ill-health and nursing Barbara until her promotion to Glory in 2012 prevented him from doing so. His funeral service was conducted by his grandson, Major Shaun Skinner. – S. S.
DON MIDDLETON, EASTBOURNE CITADEL DON was born in Maesteg to officer parents. After their appointment to Southend Citadel he married his first wife Janet and started his career in banking. Don held
various local officer positions, including bandmaster. In retirement he worked at London SouthEast DHQ and in 2002 married Hazel from Eastbourne Citadel. This became his corps, where he gave valued service. He was also a member of the South London Fellowship Band. A loving family man, Don is sadly missed after bravely losing his short battle with cancer. He always gave of his best and derived great pleasure and blessing on whichever path his service to the Lord took him. – H. M.
COLIN SPRINGATE, GILLINGHAM BORN to Salvationist parents in Gillingham in 1939, Colin sought the Saviour at an early age. He married his sweetheart, Maureen. As corps cadet guardian he influenced countless young people, many of whom have gone on to ministries of their own. Colin treasured the Scriptures and – using his Spirit-given gift of communication and humour – simply loved speaking about Jesus. Whether in his watch repair business or in Army activity, he was ready to testify. He continued his ministry around the division and as chair of the local Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship, until recent months. His family and the wider Christian community thank God for this lovely husband, brother, teacher, mentor and inspiration. – J. M.
BANDSMAN IVOR THOMAS, STAINES BORN in 1930, Ivor was a lifelong Salvationist and committed bandsman. Previously held positions include songster leader at Southall and assistant band secretary at Staines. Last April, Ivor received an award for 68 years’ service as a bandsman. He was an enthusiastic annual appeal collector and also sold The War Cry each week in Egham. Married to Doreen for more than 60 years, Ivor was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be forever missed by his family. He is remembered by friends as a true Christian gentleman – admired and respected
by everyone who came in contact with him – and as someone who showed God’s love in the way he lived his life. – J. O.
RECRUITING SERGEANT MRS PHYLLIS DOUST, LYE A CARING person from a very young age, Phyllis Hill became an officer from the Ambassadors Session in 1951. Her first appointments were to a home for unmarried mothers in Bideford and Dewdown House in Weston-super-Mare. At one home – being the youngest officer – she was expected to ask for food at the local fish market, which she stubbornly refused to do because she didn’t like the idea of begging. After training as a midwife at The Mother’s Hospital, she became assistant and then officer-in-charge at Birmingham Lyncroft House. When poor health ended her officership, she worked for the local authority in Dudley and became recruiting sergeant. She later married Major Ron Doust and they enjoyed many years together. – C. G.
SONGSTER MRS GLADYS FIELD, HALIFAX GLADYS was born in Leeds in 1922. After the family moved to Halifax in 1927, she became involved in the Army Sunday school and then the senior sections. She married Syd in 1947. They had two sons, Andrew and Martyn. Moves to Barnsley and Bradford Citadel allowed her to make new friends. She and Syd enjoyed going to big Army events around the UK. After Syd’s death a few years ago Gladys returned to Halifax because of transport problems and once again became fully involved with various activities. Very much respected and loved by many, her love for the Lord was outstanding and sincere. Family and friends believe that she is now with the Lord. – K. Y. Please note that soldiers’ tributes submitted for publication should be no longer than 120 words. Good quality pictures will be included with tributes. Salvationist 27 July 2013
LETTERS IDENTITY CRISIS?
I RECENTLY received from The Salvation Army’s Marketing and Fundraising Department an invitation to attend the Celebrating Christmas event taking place in the Royal Albert Hall later this year. I have read the invitation letter and the accompanying booking form very carefully and I am disturbed and saddened that nowhere in either document is the Army identified as a Christian church or a Christian organisation of any description. The mailshot makes reference to ‘renowned entertainers’ who will be taking part and could in fact be an invitation to almost any kind of Christmas show or entertainment. In the multicultural, multi-faith and faithless society in which we live today, is it not more important than ever that we clearly and publicly identify who and what we are and the very reason for our existence? Can someone please explain why it is necessary to exclude from the Army’s new corporate image and house style any mention of our Christian credentials?
LOVELY memories were stirred when reading Major Catherine Wyles’ letter ‘I thank God for Army holidays’ (Salvationist 13 July) but I do just wish she had mentioned her mum, Major Kath Dolling, whose articles often appeared in the Army papers – blessing and entertaining at the same time. I, too, am a child of Salvation Army holidays at Gwydyr and, yes, we did have fun. Kath used to go round the circle on the beach making sure she had asked everybody how they were and she was such a good listener. One of the highlights of being on holiday with the Dollings, besides the noise and laughter, was Mrs Dolling’s high-heeled shoes. She loved those shoes! I have heard it said that those holidays were too full of Army talk, but we so looked forward to our visit every year to Gwydyr. If I remember correctly, we had to get our applications in on 1 January. One year, we went with our three children a week too early and thought it was a joke when the major said: ‘You shouldn’t be here this week. You’re not booked in until next week!’ We crowded into a little maisonette behind Gwydyr house and I can’t remember where or how
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COMMISSIONING WAS GREAT, BUT NOT THE VENUE I WOULD like to say how great an occasion it was as we celebrated the new officers of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection being commissioned! These occasions are so special in the Army and it was great to see so many of the Army family coming together. What a witness as well to see thousands of Salvationists gathering in this way and being able to share with many more who viewed the commissioning via the live webcast! A special touch was that as he commissioned each new lieutenant, Territorial Commander Commissioner Clive Adams also shared a unique Bible verse with them. I do have to say though that for many the edge was taken off the event with the unsuitability of the venue. While Westminster Central Hall is a lovely building – and I have great memories of corps cadet rallies, etc, in days gone by – it really is not a good venue by today’s standards. Access is not good for disabled people (I believe you 22
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the five of us managed to sleep in the maisonette which my mum and dad – Bill and Ninpha Snape – had booked as they had been too late in applying to get into Gwydyr. I have thought of it often in recent years and would like to apologise to the Sunday school teachers and thank them for their patience and understanding with Gwydyr House children who were not always the best behaved. In all, as a child and then as an adult with my own children, I must have been to Gwydyr more than 20 times, adding up to more than half a year of my life! I thank God for the officers who cooked not only breakfast and an evening meal, but also a midday meal, and, as Catherine said, a little something to eat before we went to bed. I have so much to thank God for, and high on my list is the fun, joy and excitement of going to the holiday homes of a bygone era. Many years ago, somebody saw a need and met it and it made a difference to hundreds of people’s lives. A seed was sown and it grew and became fruitful. Hallelujah! Sandra Dalziel, Major, London
have to negotiate several steps before getting to the lift) and in the balcony area there are steep concrete steps with no handrail. The biggest problem was the lack of adequate airconditioning, which, in sweltering temperatures, caused difficulty and discomfort. Are there not other venues that would be more suitable? I pray God’s blessing and the anointing of his power, presence and peace on all the new lieutenants as they take up their appointments. God bless them! Richard Durrant, Major, Bourne
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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. (Psalm 139: 17)
Sunday From sinking sand he lifted me; With tender hand he lifted me; From shades of night to plains of light, O praise his name, he lifted me! (SASB 339)
blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. (Isaiah 35:1)
flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out. (Isaiah 48:21)
Numberless as the sands of the seashore, Numberless as the sands of the shore! Oh what a sight ’twill be When the ransomed host we see, As numberless as the sands of the seashore! (SASB 908)
‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland… I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen.’ (Isaiah 43:19 and 20)
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and
They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water
Friday ‘Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.’ (Matthew 7:26)
Praying around the world… Mozambique Mozambican converts returning from South Africa pioneered the Army’s evangelistic endeavours in Mozambique in 1916. The territory, led by Colonels Ambroise and Alfonsine Zola, comprises 51 officers, 20 employees, 41 corps, 59 outposts, 50 adult literacy projects, 3,769 soldiers and 1,437 junior soldiers. Pray for God’s guidance in leading the territory forward. Prayers are also solicited for members of the High Council as they prepare to elect the next General.
Jordan. Picture: ROBERT TURLEY