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Be Careful What You Pray For
n 1990, my wife and I were corps officers in Peterborough, England. The city was thriving and the corps was more than holding its own with vibrant music sections, a strong local leadership team and healthy Sunday meeting attendances. All seemed the way it should be! While visiting in the hospital one afternoon, a patient sharing a room with one of our soldiers asked to speak with me. “We need The Salvation Army out in the Ortons where I live,” he said. The Ortons is a housing estate on the outskirts of the city, about eight kilometres from the Army citadel. The patient, an elderly man, was persistent and indicated that he would even help find an appropriate meeting place for our worship services if we would agree to come. I must confess that planting a corps in the Ortons or anywhere else was the furthest thing from my mind. We were still trying to find our way around the city, learn the language (or at least understand the different accents) and get to know our people. I smiled at the English patient, prayed with him and promised to give his suggestion careful thought. Little did I realize the extraordinary events that would take place over the next few months, leading to new
life for the Army and the Kingdom. I soon discovered that a retired envoy from Liverpool had recently moved to the Ortons where, unbeknownst to us or the corps members, she had begun a music group with children in the neighbourhood. In addition, several soldiers and adherents from the corps lived on the estate and were asking for ministry opportunities. And out of the blue, a city councillor called asking if The Salvation Army would take over the management of a newly constructed community centre located in the Ortons. It was evident that a simple prayer in a hospital was being answered. I recount this story because I have great admiration and respect for men and women who are called and gifted by God to plant new churches. The Army is blessed with such people. In this issue of Salvationist, we highlight those who are presently involved in planting new corps or simply exploring the possibility. You will sense their energy and enthusiasm for the task. You will also learn that it is not always an easy road to travel. The journey can be long and lonely before one begins to see fruit for one’s labour. History indicates that more church plants fail than succeed. In the United Kingdom, the Ortons corps plant was spearheaded by a layperson named Rita, who worked as an executive secretary during the day. In her spare time she was the team leader of a group of 10 laypersons who served the Ortons community where they lived. The team was supported by the corps in Peterborough with prayers, finances and other expressions of practical assistance. Today, the Ortons is a corps with its own identity and recognition in the community and wider Salvation Army. Here in our territory, opportunities abound for us to plant new corps or launch new ministries in the communities where we live. Perhaps we should make this a matter of prayer. But be prepared. God may just give us a job to do.
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Rebuilding Lives After a massive earthquake devastated much of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, The Salvation Army moved quickly to offer support and assistance PHOTOS BY JEREMY WATT, Web Producer
t 4:53 p.m. on January 12, a powerful earthquake shook Haiti, with its epicentre 25 kilometres outside of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. This was followed by approximately 33 aftershocks, 14 of which were also strong enough to cause considerable damage. The earthquake caused extensive damage to buildings and significant loss of life. The International Red Cross estimated that about three million people were affected by the quake. Haitian Interior Minister Paul Antoine Bien-Aimé anticipated on January 15 that the disaster would claim between 100,000 and 200,000 lives. By January 18, Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive announced that over 70,000 bodies had been buried in mass graves. With its local presence in the country, The Salvation Army responded immediately to the disaster. Although severely suffering from the effects of the earthquake, local Salvationists were fully mobilized in
reaching out to help others. The initial response was aimed at helping people survive. This life-saving effort concentrated on getting food, water and shelter to as many people as possible and involved more than 700 Salvation Army personnel from Haiti. In addition to $100,000 immediately pledged for Haiti relief by the Canada and Bermuda Territory, a Canadian team, comprised of Brian Burditt, territorial director of world missions, Major Rick Shirran, territorial emergency disaster services director, and Jeremy Watt, web producer, THQ public relations and development, travelled to Haiti to assist with relief efforts and participate in long-term planning. As well, Major (Dr) Dawn Howse, a Canadian doctor, has been assigned to Haiti to provide emergency medical treatment. In co-operation with Salvation Army teams from the United States and the United Kingdom, 7,000 Haitians were
given a five-day supply of food on January 18 and hundreds more, including infants and orphans, received medical care from Salvation Army doctors. A 14-person medical team provided care to hundreds, suturing wounds and treating broken bones. At the Army’s orphanage, two doctors and a nurse were able to administer formula and oral electrolyte solution to dozens of orphans left with nothing following the earthquake. Once the emergency situation becomes stabilized, Salvation Army teams will turn their attention to the long task of recovery and rebuilding. However, this will be some time in occurring as urgent lifesaving needs require the full attention of all available Salvation Army emergency personnel. In the photos that follow, you will see the Army in action as it responded quickly and efficiently to serve suffering humanity. Salvationist I March 2010 I 5
Above: Salvation Army personnel work tirelessly to address peopleâ€™s needs
Above: Even in the midst of destruction, children find hope and possibilities
Left: The Salvation Army assists with the delivery of food and medical supplies
Residents of Port-au-Prince rely on relief agencies to supply food
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Right: Through a united Salvation Army effort, thousands of Haitians receive food
Below: With thousands dead, many children have been left orphaned
A view of the temporary homes in a soccer arena for which The Salvation Army has taken responsibility
A doctor moves quickly to treat an injured child at a Salvation Army clinic
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AROUND THE TERRITORY
Chilliwack Puts Hunger in Centre of Hope Puts on the Ritz the Penalty Box The Chilliwack Bruins hockey club partnered with the community food bank in Chilliwack, B.C., in a program called Put Hunger in the Penalty Box. From the end of November until mid-January, the team offered a two-for-one ticket voucher for home games for those who made donations to the food bank. Other local businesses also contributed to the effort, providing convenient drop-off locations. On December 11, the Bruins invited the community to fill a truck with food at a home game. They called it Fill the Ford night and invited fans to bring donations to the Prospera Centre. “Last year, the food bank in Chilliwack served more than 4,700 families in the community,” says Tim Bohr, community relations co-ordinator. “Each of these needy families would have gone hungry without the generous support and kindness of our community.” Players and volunteers help sort donated food as part of Chilliwack’s Put Hunger in the Penalty Box food drive
Timbrels Help Build Community in Halifax Jean Dignard, a long-time timbrelist at Spryfield Community Church, Halifax, decided to put a new spin on an old form of ministry. She invited some Christians who were new to the Army to join her in forming a timbrel brigade. She encouraged younger women to try it, using new routines and contemporary music. The group seems to be growing as well. “In January, four new women joined the brigade,” reports Lieutenant Rob Jeffery, corps officer.
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Mirroring its first anniversary celebration theme, Puttin’ on the Ritz, staff and clients at the Centre of Hope in London, Ont., marked its fifth by dressing up and enjoying delicious food and local entertainment. Centre staff put in extra effort to ensure that no detail was left unattended. The result was a spectacular evening. Cloggers, timbrel players and the Centre of Hope choir provided the entertainment. A “roast” of Major Neil Lewis, centre director, added a lighter touch. “It acknowledged our admiration for the man who steers our ship,” says Dajana Turkovic, office co-ordinator.
Cloggers provide entertainment at the London Centre of Hope’s fifth anniversary celebration
“Smart” Technology Enhances Booth College The Salvation Army’s William and Catherine Booth College, Winnipeg, unveiled plaques in December, recognizing the contribution of the Winnipeg Foundation to projects worth almost $98,000. These projects enhance the college’s ability to make an impact on the lives of its students and the community. Dr Donald Burke, president of Booth College, welcomed Richard Frost, CEO of the Winnipeg Foundation, to the campus to officially open the new film viewing lab and the social work interaction lab. The grant from the foundation also provided funds to install “Smart” technology in every classroom on campus. This new technology, complete with interactive screens that display web pages, videos and presentations, allows for the manipulation of data in ways that engage students. Faculty and students view the introduction of the “Smart” technology as a significant enhancement to their teaching and learning environment. In his remarks, Dr Burke expressed the gratitude of Booth College to the Winnipeg Foundation for its support. From left, Richard Frost and Dr Donald Burke officially unveil the plaque recognizing the Winnipeg Foundation’s contribution to Booth College
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Winnipeg Southlands Brings the Love of Christ to Neighbours At Southlands Community Church, Winnipeg, small group participants were encouraged to show the love of Christ through community ministry projects. Last fall they used 40 Days of Community, a program developed by Saddleback Community Church, to discover biblical principles of community as well as enrich relationships within the church body and the surrounding neighbourhood. As a result, corps groups were inspired to connect with their neighbours in meaningful ways. One group handed out Bibles in their area, another went on a prayer walk that resulted in a woman coming
into the corps to thank the group for their prayers. A third small group took
Small group members at Southlands CC
on home renovation projects for those in need. “Through reaching out together, lives were changed—both within the congregation and in the community,” says Captain Justin Bradbury, corps officer. At the conclusion of the 40 days, Southlands held a celebration Sunday. Instead of a sermon, they used an “open mike” format, allowing members of the congregation to share the impact that the experience had on their lives. Many stated that they had received blessings, growing deeper in relationships through their small group. They described their groups as places where they felt loved and were able to work together in unity and purpose.
Honouring a Shining High Point Evangelism Conference Life in Deer Lake Inspires Outreach The four illuminated crosses from the former St. John’s College for Officer Training have been re-installed on the steeple above the corps building in Deer Lake, N.L. The crosses were donated in memory of Major Catherine Spence who died in 2002. When the college closed in 2006, the crosses were removed from the site and relocated to Deer Lake, which was Major Spence’s home. They are now in place at the corps and were rededicated in December 2009. The crosses are visible from most of the town as well as from the nearby TransCanada Highway. Major Spence was a member of the Lightbringers Session, which is how Major Betty Ann Pike, corps officer, summarizes her life: “She radiated love and affection wherever she went. To have the crosses now radiating light not only reminds us of Catherine, but also brings comfort and warmth to the community.”
Rededicated crosses are a beacon of hope in Deer Lake, N.L.
“Sometimes we need to gather together to consider how we can reach out to others,” says Lieutenant Alison Lublink, corps officer, High Point Community Church, Victoria. “The Go For Souls weekend was an uplifting and challenging time for all who attended.” Driven by the desire to share the gospel in their community, members of High Point sponsored the conference in November. The event featured High Point’s Pat Humble, speak- Highlights of the Go For Souls conference included a ing on social justice, Tasha Saturday evening concert featuring Addison Lacasse and Chooi on child soldiers, Cassie Marsh and Roger Figueiredo, corps sergeant major, on using music as a tool for outreach. Figueiredo is also part of the 401 Band from Montreal, musical guests for the weekend. They, along with local musician Addison Lacasse, performed in concert for conference delegates on the Saturday night. Guest speaker Michael Collins, associate pastor, Cariboo Hill Temple, Burnaby, B.C., shared what it means to live out the Christian faith and fight for souls in the urban Canadian context. His direct and honest approach ignited passion in the participants to seek God’s will and express it in daily living. “Go For Souls was a thought-provoking conference that inspired in me a greater desire to help those who are lost,” concluded Cassie Marsh, Crossfire Kids leader, High Point Community Church. Salvationist I March 2010 I 9
The Gospel of Connectedness
Christian community emerges from believers who purposely become a welcoming and inclusive fellowship BY COMMISSIONER WILLIAM W. FRANCIS
Postmodern culture has become disillusioned with the institutionalized church. Many disheartened people long to be linked with authentic, hospitable believers. They yearn for a community where they are accepted at face value, for a place where people are real and open, and able to fully express their desire for God. They look for a place where church is a way of life, a true family of believers. Can the 21st-century Salvation Army provide genuine, loving community for people today? Can we be that safe place where people experience acceptance and the liberty to share from their hearts? Can we be God’s light in the darkness of our communities? People want to connect relationally. As God’s Church, as God’s Army, we are called to reach out to all in the name of Christ. We are called to embrace one another, to become community for one another. The Apostle Paul instructs us to “Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just
Can The Salvation Army be a safe place where people experience acceptance and the liberty to share from their hearts?
he Toronto Star recently carried an article entitled “The Gospel of Connectedness.” It was not a religious commentary. The journalist described how seemingly random lives are essentially connected. We are unavoidably linked because we live in community. In his book Life Together, renowned German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, makes a distinction between spiritual and human community. He explains that “human love is directed to the other person for his own sake, spiritual love loves him for Christ’s sake.” Spiritual community is not something that happens naturally. Our spiritual “connectedness” must be intentionally developed to bring people together beneficially. The gospel is filled 10 I March 2010 I Salvationist
with appeals for relationship building. For the Christian, community is not simply a matter of where we live but a mind-set, an ethos. Christian community emerges from believers who purposely become a welcoming and inclusive fellowship. The foundation of Christian community is the triune God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Trinitarian theology informs our understanding of spiritual community. One God, embodying the co-existence of three Persons co-equal in power and glory, yet one in the richness and beauty of life itself, serves as the divine model of community. God calls us to live under his kingly rule on earth. Community is created as we share the love of Christ with one another.
as Christ loved us …” (Ephesians 5:1-2). “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,” said the Apostle John. “… If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:11-12). The Army’s motto of Heart to God, Hand to Man reminds us that we are all in this together. We are the community of believers. As with Jesus, may we always recognize the potential in all people, looking beyond shortcomings and seeing goodness and beauty in everyone. As we move into this Lenten season, let us focus on spiritual community, remembering that we are all God’s children. We are all seeking the same Saviour. Commissioner William W. Francis is the territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory.
Across the Canadian plains, The Salvation Army is strengthening communities through its prison ministries, family outreach and spiritual programming FAST FACTS:
Mjrs Verna and Junior Hynes
From the DC’s Desk: The new Prairie Division, with its headquarters in Winnipeg, represents a comprehensive expression of a wide variety of Salvation Army ministries and services. The Army’s mission is effectively being carried out across the widespread, colourful prairies of this great country in a multiplicity of ways by dedicated and competent officers, lay Salvationists, employees and volunteers. This vast geographic area includes the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and a northwestern portion of Ontario. It takes in three major cities as well as a significant number of rural communities spread out in all directions of the compass. People’s lives are being touched day after day. Every week in our corps/ churches and social services centres, the gospel of Jesus is being preached. Young and old are being discipled in their faith. Needy families are being helped. Homeless persons are being sheltered, fed, supported and encouraged to feel at home among us. The elderly are receiving the highest quality of personal care. Mentally and physically challenged
• Covering 1,825,986 square kilometres, the Prairie Division serves Canadians in three provinces • In July 2009, as a result of territorial restructuring, the Prairie Division was formed to oversee ministry units in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario. The two regions, Saskatchewan and Manitoba/Northwest Ontario, each have their own area commander •T he Salvation Army has been in Winnipeg since 1886, in Regina since 1895, and in Saskatoon since 1905 •T here are 35 ministry units in the division, including long-term care homes, youth services (including teen parenting support) and correctional and justice services. Twenty-three corps operate community and family services, 18 corps have thrift stores • E mergency disaster services operate six community response vehicles in the division and spent a significant amount persons are being guided and coached towards a better quality of life. Lowincome families are finding a welcoming place to purchase needed items with dignity and respect. And through the excellent work of our public relations and development department, more supporters are choosing to partner with us in these meaningful ministries. We are working together towards “Giving Hope Today” and sharing the best news about hope for eternity through Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. Please pray for and with us to this end. —Major Junior Hynes Divisional Commander Courage in Adversity Grace Haven in Regina is a home for 16and 17-year-old pregnant and parenting young women who do not have family to
of time assisting with the Red River floods in the spring of 2009 •W ithin Winnipeg there is a mix of both divisional and territorial units, as William and Catherine Booth College, the College for Officer Training and the Ethics Centre are all located there, along with national recycling operations and regional accounting • F our Salvation Army chaplains minister at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg •T he divisional camp, Beaver Creek Camp, is located just outside of Saskatoon • L ast year 600,000 meals were served to people in communities in the division •T here are 63 officers in the Prairie Division, with an additional 15 serving in territorial appointments. There are also two cadets serving in corps leadership •T he Booth Centre in Winnipeg recently opened an isolation unit to assist homeless who may become sick with the H1N1 flu
live with. Most of the teens who come to Grace Haven are at risk of having their children removed from their care by child welfare services, but The Salvation Army is a safe environment where young women can gain confidence in their ability to parent. Life-skills programming includes lessons on healthy relationships, domestic abuse, appropriate play and toys, and shaken baby syndrome. Staff members make sure the girls are going to school, connect them with resources and liaise with their social workers. There is an emphasis on the girls’ strengths as well as opportunity to help them with their weaknesses. “These young women refuse to give up and give in. This is an amazing skill for life, because when they face adversity, they continue to move forward,” says Lieutenant Lynda Wakelin, executive director. Gemma House is a place where 12to 15-year-old girls who have emotional troubles or behavioural difficulties can live Salvationist I March 2010 I 11
DIVISIONAL SPOTLIGHT might need a meal or a warm drink. TIMS Night is popular at the corps. Meadow Lake does not have a Tim Hortons, so it is “imported” by The Salvation Army and served at this Bible study/support group/prayer meeting hybrid. “This Is My Story” (TIMS) is a chance for people to tell their stories and receive discipling and encouragement. Coffee is also served at Sally Ann’s Coffee Nook, a coffee shop at the front of the thrift store. People pay a donation of 25 cents for fair trade coffee, and have a place where they can settle their minds and meet new friends. Members of the corps in Meadow Lake, Sask., engage in evening outreach activities
Neighbours Helping Neighbours Cadets Jeff and Graciela Arkell spend Mondays and Tuesdays studying at the College for Officers’ Training in Winnipeg and the rest of their time as corps officer and community and family services officer in Portage La Prairie, Man. Portage La Prairie is a city of about 13,000 people located in the central plains, one hour west of Winnipeg. Tree planting, farming, agriculture and the world’s largest CocaCola can are all found there. “Because of our previous studies at Booth College and our experiences working for The Salvation Army in Canada and Panama, CFOT approached us about taking on a corps as part of our second year of training,” explains Cadet Jeff Arkell. “This type of flexible training is very hands-on and busy, but one of the benefits is that we get to enjoy two worlds.” The corps’ food bank is very active and staffed by volunteers. Tables are set up in the gym so that people can socialize, build relationships and have coffee while they wait for their food. Once a month, a dietician from the regional health authority
for four to six months. Girls living at the facility are at risk of gang involvement, human trafficking and prostitution. Life at Gemma House aims to educate and protect them from exploitation. The program can accommodate six girls at a time, and they usually come through foster care or group homes. The girls are in school during the day, but there are planned activities in the evenings, including teaching modules on life skills, health, relationships and dealing with stress. In addition to swimming and exercises at a local recreation centre, the girls participate in activities in the community such as trips to the library or science centre. The girls are also connected to a church youth group in the city. “The girls have been through a lot of emotional trauma, but you can see their desperation for love as well as their amazing compassion and forgiveness. We want to help them smooth out their rough edges without breaking their spirits,” says Lieutenant Wakelin.
Meadow Lake was the first appointment for Majors Peter and Karen Eason in 1986, and two and a half years ago, they returned. “It was surreal to come back after all of these years,” explains Major Peter Eason, corps officer. “We discovered that there were very few people left; most of them being quite elderly. We have a passion for the poor and the marginalized, so we decided to go look for them.” In talking with other pastors in the community, the Easons realized that there were many who were reaching out to young families and people of means, so the corps decided to minister to those who wander the streets, live in the bush, have addictions issues or couch-surf from house to house without ever finding a home. They started a Friday-night street ministry and drop-in, where people come for a devotional, games and laughter from 9 p.m. until midnight. At some point in the night, a van is packed up in order to search the bushes and the streets for people who
Night Out at TIMS Three hours north of Saskatoon, Meadow Lake, Sask., is a city of 5,000 people, nearly half of whom are First Nations and Métis. Logging, agriculture and mining are prominent industries, and hunting, fishing and trapping are prevalent in the Meadow Lake provincial park and surrounding area. The corps in Meadow Lake has existed for 73 years, and it is The Salvation Army’s only representation in northwest Saskatchewan. Although officially named a city in November 2009, Meadow Lake is a small community where everybody knows each other. “Small town ministry is incarnational ministry,” explains Major Karen Eason, corps officer. “It is rewarding and demanding at the same time.”
The ministry at Portage la Prairie, Man., focuses on neighbours helping neighbours
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Corrections staff, volunteers and CFOT staff and cadets in the Headingley Correctional Centre chapel after distributing Christmas sunshine bags
demonstrates how to prepare meals with some of the food that clients receive in their food hamper and give samples. The corps also has a community services program where people who are charged and convicted can work off their fines through volunteer placements at the corps and in the community. Some people pack food or do bread pickups for the food bank while others sort toys for Christmas or do yard work, but all feel they are working together to give back to the community. Neighbours Helping Neighbours is a partnership between The Salvation Army and Manitoba Hydro. People who come to the Army for help can qualify for relief assistance to ensure their hydro is not cut off. The women’s group incorporates professional women from the community. “When we have contact with the nurses and social workers who our clients and corps members see, we invite them to the women’s group,” explains Cadet Graciela Arkell. “The group gives women in our community the chance to break down the barriers between workers and clients and just be women in fellowship.” In addition to leading corps activities such as prayer meetings, Sunday school, youth outings, Bible studies, monthly fellowship lunches and a Friday-night coffee house, the Arkells record a weekly radio program, which includes a selection of Salvation Army and other Christian music and a spiritual reflection. Letting Grace and Faith Balance the Scales The Salvation Army’s correctional and justice services in Winnipeg is multidimensional, but the core ministry is chaplaincy in correctional facilities. A Salvation
Army chaplain leads chapel services and Bible studies on a weekly basis at Stony Mountain (the federal prison), Headingley (the provincial prison), Rockwood (a minimum security prison) and Remand Centre (where people are waiting for court). Chaplaincy services are also offered elsewhere when requested. In addition to formal programming, visitation and counselling for inmates is offered, as well as support for staff. “It is interesting to see how spiritually open inmates are, and how spiritually open the corrections system is,” says Dianna Bussey, director. Along with spiritual services and listening ears, chaplains accept material requests, such as shoes or clothes, for someone about to exit the system. The corps in Winnipeg offer support through volunteers and donating needed items. Correctional and justice services has an office at the law courts building that offers people a trusted place to get answers and support. Sometimes the chaplain sits with family members during court proceedings or helps people connect with resources such as lawyers. The Salvation Army also assists offenders in reconnecting with their families and communities in the difficult transition back to life after prison. Other Programs Include: • Diversion programs are a partnership with Manitoba Justice–Prosecutions, who refer people with certain criminal charges to The Salvation Army. Those who accept responsibility for their crime can complete a diversion program and have their charge dismissed. • The Positive Lifestyle Program teaches life skills such as stress management, assertiveness and conflict management to those who have summary
charges, which could include shoplifting, mischief, fraud or joyriding. • The Anger Management Program is for those with charges such as assault or road rage. • The Prostitution Offender Program is for people charged for trying to buy sex. • The Prostitution Diversion Program is for those charged with selling sex. It involves a three-day stay in a camp setting where Salvation Army staff build relationships with the women, men and transgendered people involved. • The Fine Option and Community Service Work Program is a contract with Manitoba Corrections. The Salvation Army is the Community Resource Centre for the core area of Winnipeg, meaning that people who have been given fines of community hours for Criminal Code offences can register with the Army to receive a placement where they can work their community hours. Some placements are at Booth Centre or Weetamah Corps, while others are at partner community centres and food banks. Sometimes these sites are so pleased with the volunteer work that they hire the offenders after their community hours are completed. The Salvation Army’s correctional and justice services has a reputation with the government for motivating, supporting and encouraging people who have been part of the justice system. “Staff in our office are always conscious of not judging and not making people feel like criminals,” says Bussey. “We show grace and have faith that people really can change.” Salvationist I March 2010 I 13
Worship in Spirit and Truth Five ways to cultivate a deeper connection with your Creator BY MAJOR DAVID IVANY Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you.
even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out” (Romans 12:1-2 The Message).
he poet Kabir states: “The fish in the water that is thirsty needs professional counselling.” Though we search everywhere for God, the good news is that he has already revealed himself to us—in Jesus, through his written Word, in nature and by his Spirit. The fact that God is ever-present often causes us to overlook him. It is incumbent upon us to respond to these revelations if we are to live healthy, holy lives. Human beings are made to worship. They are made with a capacity to know God, and to enjoy him forever. For the Christian, worship is a vital connection.
Made for Worship The Church is rediscovering that worship is not restricted to place or time. We do not disparage corporate worship on a Sunday in a building or in a small house group. Rather, in the tradition of Brother Lawrence—who experienced God as intimately while washing pots in the kitchen as he did in the sanctuary—we aspire to: “Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
Revelation and Response In Scripture we read of responses to God’s activity—Noah builds an altar, Abraham bows down, Moses takes off his shoes, the Three Wise Men worship and give gifts. In response to a wise and knowing Creator, the Apostle Paul instructs: “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walkingaround life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without
1. Breathe. Make a practice of taking long, deep breaths, especially when stressed or disconcerted. We can’t live without breathing. It’s a gift. We ourselves are “God-breathed.” Acknowledge God’s presence in your breath. Breathe out short, repetitive prayers that connect your deep desires with God’s Spirit. 2. Be thankful. List 10 things for which you are grateful. You can journal or list in your mind wherever you may be. Then make a list of another 10, and then another 10.
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The following practices can guide and change us in personal worship:
Theologian David Steindl-Rast says, “Happiness does not make us thankful, but thankfulness brings us happiness.” Your list will reflect your uniqueness. 3. Talk to God. You can even do it out loud. We remember things we say out loud (good news for this Baby Boomer). It may feel silly, but let God into your daily decisions and activities. Stop and say, “God, help me,” “God, I give you this challenge,” or “God, let me see you in this person, this situation.” 4. Connect with nature and beauty. Go for a walk, buy some flowers or go to an art gallery. Sense the Creator, his creation and the creative abilities of others. 5. Listen to music. This may be an obvious one, but be creative—God is not restricted to specific genres. He is not bound by style. In worshipping we position ourselves to better perceive God’s revelation. As we yearn for him, may he open the eyes of our hearts. May our spirit’s connection to him continue to transform us in spirit and truth. Major David Ivany is a spiritual director and THQ pastoral services officer.
Youth & Outreach Pastor, London Citadel, Ontario Responsibilities: We seek an enthusiastic, energized team player with excellent relational and organizational skills to join our pastoral team to grow a strong youth ministry through hands-on leadership, building healthy relationships, and relevant and dynamic programming; to contribute to the spiritual development of London Citadel youth by mentoring, discipling, encouraging, and modeling Christian attitudes and behaviours. Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a minimum of two years post-secondary education and a minimum of one year of proven experience working with and providing programs for youth with a good understanding of youth culture and needs. Participation in London Citadel as an active member would be expected. Salary/Grade: Position grade 10. Schedule will vary according to program needs, including evenings and weekends. For a full description of this employment opportunity, visit londoncitadel.ca. Interested applicants must respond in writing by March 15, 2010, to Major Jamie Braund at Jamie_Braund@can.salvationarmy.org
100th Anniversary Celebration Yorkminster & Earlscourt Citadels
Homecoming Weekend May 1 & 2, 2010 Special Guests: Colonels Robert & Gwenyth Redhead Soloist—Jane Brill (UK) Gala Dinner & Festival—May 1, 2010 Sunday Worship—May 2, 2010 (advance purchase required for dinner)
The General leads Brengle celebrations and holiness teaching BY Warren L. Maye and Linda D. Johnson
eneral Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton, international leaders, joined Salvationists from the U.S.A. Eastern Territory in Boston, Massachusetts, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the sanctification experience of Samuel Logan Brengle, who went on to become one of The Salvation Army’s foremost teachers of holiness. About 100 Salvation Army soldiers, officers and cadets from around the territory huddled on the snow-covered ground of Boston Common in sub-zero temperatures to witness a dramatic re-enactment of the testimony of Samuel Logan Brengle, who experienced sanctification there 125 years ago. “On January 9, 1885, at nine o’clock in the morning, God sanctified my soul!” said actor Taylor Darden as the young Brengle. As Commissioner Lawrence R. Moretz, territorial commander, U.S.A. Eastern Territory, and a brass ensemble led the singing of Thou Christ of Burning, Cleansing Flame, the phrase “Send the fire!” became the prayer of the waiting host gathered for the meeting. “Our hearts are burning,” said General Clifton, “burning with the excitement of what God can do with the least of his children, the humblest seeking soul.” The Holiness Ablaze: Living Examples weekend in Boston included a Holiness Institute for soldiers from Friday to Sunday, an All New England Holiness Rally on Sunday evening, and a Holiness Symposium for officers on Monday, led by the General. As a presenter, Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory, talked about international trends influencing holiness teaching. Brengle’s story was also dramatically retold through Lt-Colonel Eddie Hobgood’s musical, Brengle: My Life’s Ambition, directed by Carol Jaudes.
March 27 & 28, 2010 Special Guests:
Commissioners William & Marilyn Francis
Saturday March 27
5:30 p.m. Celebration Dinner at Peterborough Naval Association 24 Whitlaw St., Peterborough, ON Tickets: Children 0-5 yrs Free, Ages 6-12 $7.50, Ages 13 & over $15.00 (Limited Tickets Available)
Sunday March 28
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship Service 3:00 p.m. Musicale of Praise & Worship Followed By Light Lunch & Cake Cutting At Peterborough Temple, Corner of Simcoe & Aylmer St. For tickets Contact david Weddell (705) 657-8401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the salvation Army, 125th Anniversary Peterborough temple, 219 simcoe st., Peterborough, ON k9H 2H6
You are invited by Majors Woody & Sharon Hale
16-day PILGRIMAGE in the Lands of the Bible
Tour Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey Cruise to the Greek Islands ● Visit Greece Visit Israel for 9 days
October 19 – November 3, 2010 Visit www.creativeventures.ca E-mail email@example.com Call 905-440-4378 REGISTRATIONS COMING IN NOW! Salvationist I March 2010 I 15
When healing Jairus’ daughter, Jesus deliberately kept the crowds at bay BY MAJOR RAY HARRIS
rom the moment Jesus was approached by Jairus, the crowd grew in anticipation. Jairus was a leader of the synagogue. He also had a 12-year-old daughter who was dying. The urgency of his request, however, was interrupted by a woman who had been hemorrhaging for 12 years. Jesus healed her body and her place in the community, but his response to Jairus was delayed. The journey resumed, and they reached the home where Jairus’ daughter lay. “When [Jesus] came to the house, he did not let anyone enter with him, except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother” (Read Luke 8:40-56 NRSV). At the moment of its greatest expectation, the crowd was excluded. We don’t know what Jesus said, but his words must have jarred them. They had come to know Jesus as a public figure. They listened to him teach from a boat; they watched him respond with amazement to a Roman centurion. This same crowd had just observed how Jesus drew a woman from anonymity into the public space. So it seemed fitting that they follow Jesus into the house of Jairus. But Jesus refused their admission. This was a moment just for the parents and selected disciples. This most public Saviour protected a family’s privacy. It’s instructive to read through Luke’s Gospel with an eye to issues of privacy. When Jesus prayed, he sought to be alone (see Luke 4:42; 6:12). When the apostles returned from a time of ministry, “he took them with him and withdrew privately” (9:10). In another moment of teaching with his disciples, “Jesus said to them privately …” (10:23). Yet Jesus also taught and healed publicly. He was crucified in a public space. And his Spirit creates a public Church. Paradoxically, this most public Jesus creates moments and spaces needing privacy. Early on in life, I learned some of the public dimensions of Christian faith. My father played trombone in the old Hamilton Citadel Band in Ontario. On Sunday nights I ran alongside my dad as the band marched up James Street. I learned that our faith belonged in the streets of the city. Years later, as a Salvation 16 I March 2010 I Salvationist
Christ Resurrects the Daughter of Jairus, Friedrich Overbeck, 1815
Army officer, I also learned that there were important private dimensions to Christian faith. Conversations that took place in a hospital room or with cadets in my office, had confidential dimensions. There have been times when it was necessary to close the door and keep others out. Some situations are made public with a little laughter. When my wife and I worked with others to establish the first corps in Fort McMurray, Alta., various leaders were invited to the opening of the building. At one point in the weekend we invited them to our home for a snack. Just before leaving I put on my Salvation Army uniform cap. Our five-year-old son looked at me and innocently asked, “Dad, what’s that on your head?” Our good friend, Commissioner John Waldron, simply smiled. Unfortunately, the erosion of necessary privacy is having disastrous consequences in our time. Cellphones, Facebook, Twitter and the tools of the Internet have effectively wiped out the notion of privacy. Some of this has obviously been helpful in what can be “cultures of secrecy.” But our desire to have 15 minutes of fame can
also destroy the integrity of privacy, and human lives with it. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has expressed his own convictions on this matter: “A world without strong networks of family and community is a world of strangers. It fails to answer to our need for recognition, emotional intimacy, the ‘listening other.’ In such a world people do strange things. They proclaim their principles on T-shirts. They wear designer labels on the outside. They confess not in the privacy of the confessional but in the publicity of Oprah Winfrey-style television programs…. The distinction between public and private becomes blurred … [and] life takes on the culture of public spectacle” (The Home We Build Together, emphasis mine). Jesus refused to turn this moment with Jairus and his family into a public spectacle. Making clear the lines between public and private is an act of compassion. It’s a clarity much needed in our time. Major Ray Harris is a retired Salvation Army officer. He enjoys watching Corner Gas reruns and running in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park.
MINISTRY IN ACTION
For the children of divorced or separated families, The Salvation Army’s Supervised Access Program provides a safe haven by Ken Ramstead, Editor, Faith & Friends and Foi & Vie
The Supervised Access Centre staff: (top row, from left) Alice Wannan, Annette Lougheed, Derrick Green, Jennifer Wilson-Daily and Susan Williams; (bottom row) Andrea Tenant and Alesha Doran
divorce or separation is traumatic for any family, but when children are involved, it becomes particularly heart-wrenching. All too often, they become pawns in custody battles or divorce settlements. Visitations can be particularly stressful. “Children can be traumatized so easily,” says Derrick Green, program co-ordinator of the Grey-Bruce Supervised Access Centre in Owen Sound, Ont. “They need contact with both parents, but they also need to be insulated from the adult conflicts that might exist. That’s where we come in.” Birth of a Centre In the early 1990s, Ontario’s
Ministry of the Attorney General recognized a need for a supervised, neutral setting where parents in custody or access disputes could visit with their children. A pilot project was so successful that the Supervised Access Program was expanded throughout the province. The Salvation Army’s Owen Sound facility was part of that first wave of expansion in June 2000, and it was joined a year later by a sister facility in Walkerton, Ont. A third in Wiarton, Ont., has just opened. How did The Salvation Army get involved? “Our facility already had a reputation as being one of the leading day-
cares in the area,” Green says. “As well, The Salvation Army in Owen Sound has always been socially active. People here have a heart for whatever needs to be done, and they look for ways to do it.” With community support, the Owen Sound proposal was accepted by the government and the Grey-Bruce Supervised Access Centre was born. Safe and Sound The centre offers families safe contact with their children in a supportive, conflict-free daycare environment. Onsite visits and exchanges are monitored by the centre’s trained staff who provide reports to lawyers and courts
when requested. A minimum of two staff members are on duty at all times. Arrival times for parents are staggered at 15-minute intervals and at separate entrances. Staff are not only equipped with two-way radios but have panic-alarm pendants that can trigger a police response. They are also trained in non-violent crisis intervention, first aid and other specialized procedures specific to supervised visitation services. Cameras and other videorecording equipment are prohibited. The centre is provided with restraining and probation orders, and made aware of any health issues, drug or alcohol concerns, or allegations of physical abuse. “It’s a very structured program, and for good reason,” says Green. “Parents can drop their children off, secure in the knowledge that they are safe.” Filling a Need To date, close to 400 families have passed through the doors of the Supervised Access Centre. Green says it’s difficult to measure success in a program such as this, and not just because of confidentiality and legal concerns. Some parents feel pressured by the courts to use the centre and they react with hostility. “What those parents don’t realize,” says Green, “is that without the centre, they would have no option but to drop off and pick up their children in less child-friendly environments, such as coffee shops or even police stations. “On the other hand, dozens of parents have told us how much they appreciate our courtesy and professionalism, not to mention our faith base and spiritual values, which are behind everything we do. They know that we fill a very important need.” Salvationist I March 2010 I 17
The Sunday Morning Worship Blues Imagine you are a corps officer and a new family is attending Sunday morning worship. You’re glad they are worshipping at your corps, but they always cause a disturbance. The children run wild during the congregational singing. The parents’ cellphones ring constantly during your sermons. Some of the long-time members of the congregation have complained, but the family doesn’t seem to notice or care. Do you stage an intervention with this family or endure the complaints and be grateful that your corps is experiencing growth?
No, don’t intervene. Let’s welcome everyone, even if it makes us uncomfortable. Salvation Army worship has always been a bit chaotic. BY MAJOR KAREN HOEFT I have been invited to comment on a hypothetical situation that I have dubbed “The Sunday Morning Worship Blues.” We have a new family who doesn’t understand the unwritten, unspoken rules that govern the congregation so that everyone can have a pleasant worship experience. These rules seem simple enough: children should not run in the aisles and cellphones should remain off. At least those are the rules we will tell you for now. When you break another one, don’t worry … we’ll let you know. Sunday morning, all across our territory, Christians gather to celebrate the good news of Jesus. We gather as communities of believers with many styles, forms and distinctions. Historically, The Salvation Army’s distinct characteristics were not just our uniforms and brass bands but our ability to “sacralize the secular” (Diane Winston, Red-Hot and Righteous). Much to the dismay of other denominations, the Army was able to provide an atmosphere that was both welcoming and familiar to those who didn’t fit in to more traditional worship services. We took what was common 18 I March 2010 I Salvationist
in the world and used it to promote the gospel message. Usually this came with lots of noise, movement, music and theatrics, both from the leaders and from the congregation. The sounds of Salvation Army worship were a cacophony of music, shouts of joy, dynamic preaching, loud hallelujahs, shocking testimonials, halls filled with laughter and mercy seats lined with weeping sinners. Silence was rarely, if ever, found in a Salvation Army meeting. This was not an accident, but intentional. The mission was to bring the gospel message to the people in a way they could understand it. If they never came in the doors then they might never hear the message and be transformed by it. Early Salvationists believed that it was the gospel message, not the meeting, that would transform people. Has The Salvation Army changed since then? Have we adopted the unwritten rules that we once avoided? Have we scripted the sounds, so that only “acceptable” ones are allowed? Who decides what sounds enhance worship and which detract from worship? Is a child’s laughter and tendency to be rambunctious good or bad? Cellphones, texting, reading e-mails on a Blackberry—or the use of any electronic device for that matter—what gets the thumbs up or thumbs down? The Sunday Morning Worship Blues has been sung before and we’ll sing it again. Who writes the rules, who changes the rules, and why? Many say those who have been there the longest, since it is “their” congregation. Others say the leader or tradition or whoever has the most power. As a corps officer I have heard the Sunday Morning Worship Blues many times: at corps council meetings, at visioning meetings, at one-on-one chats. My own journey has been one of intentionally leading to create an environment where anyone could feel welcome, familiar and comfortable. This is done first by example. I have to be OK with sounds and movement and maybe people
POINT COUNTERPOINT not giving me their full attention. (Maybe that text message or phone call really was more important than what I had to say!) I’d rather invite attention than command it. Children are easily engaged, but are tough critics. They get easily distracted because they’re kids. They love music, they love to move and they love noise. A congregation full of children teaches us all about sound and life and joy. I think Jesus understood this. We need the children; they are our lifeblood. Babies, crying and all, are a gift of new life. Toddlers, learning to walk and run, show growth. Youth asking questions, challenging the status quo, keep us thinking. Strangers coming in teach us about hospitality and help us not to get too set in our ways. Lives being transformed breathe the spirit of life back into our communities of faith. I believe we need to work together to create environments where a mother doesn’t have to cringe every two minutes from the “looks” hurled her way when her baby cries out, where kids can be free to make a little noise and move around, where a family who comes in to hear how the gospel message is relevant to their lives will stay long enough to not just hear the message but be transformed by it. What would I do in this situation? I would invite everyone to participate in the community of faith—from the youngest to the oldest, from the seekers to the stalwarts of the faith. We all need each other! We can truly see transformation of the heart—all hearts—and not just outward conformation to a set of unwritten rules about worship. Major Karen Hoeft is assistant executive director and community relations at Winnipeg Booth Centre.
Yes, but there are more subtle ways to let them know. Ultimately, respect for the Word of God and the whole congregation must take precedence. BY CAPTAIN ROB KERR Life in community always brings with it a tension between the needs of the individual and what is best for the group. The challenge is finding the right balance between the two. In society this balance is regulated with laws, but in the life of a Christian congregation, the balance is governed by love. This is where it gets tricky, because when we deal with each other in love we don’t want to hurt or offend anyone. It gets even more complicated when we are dealing with a new individual or family. We want them to feel loved, we want to encourage them and help them grow spiritually. The issue at hand is: Do the needs of the individual (in this case a family) supersede the needs of the group as a whole?
Obviously, if this type of disruption happens once, or even once in a while, we should be able to accept the disruption and encourage and support this new family. But when the disruption becomes chronic it is the responsibility of the corps officer to consider the needs of the group as well as the individual. Taking action to curtail such disruptions does not necessarily mean direct confrontation with the family. In fact, I would suggest that be the last resort. There needs to be opportunity for the family to adjust their own behaviour first. The first step a corps officer needs to take is to look at the situation, determine what kind of support this family needs and then ask: How can we support this family, address the disruptions and allow them to maintain their dignity? In the case of noisy children, are we providing nursery resources? Do parents know about them? Do they know they are available for their children, too, and not just for the “members”? Perhaps the person who is in charge of the nursery could introduce herself, explain what happens in the nursery or children’s program and encourage them to attend. Cellphones can also be addressed in a proactive way. It is easy for anyone to forget to turn off their cellphone on any given Sunday. Rather than get annoyed that they forgot, make every effort to help them remember. Put a reminder in the bulletin or on the announcement slides before the service. Since some people don’t arrive in time to see the announcements or read the bulletin (if they are rushing in at the last minute they are likely flustered and more likely to forget to turn off their phone), remind them again before the message. Helping the family to learn what is disruptive to the group allows them to make their own adjustments. If these types of efforts don’t work, then what? Do we let the family disrupt the service in the name of love and compassion? If so, what message does that convey? Some would argue it demonstrates unconditional love and selfless giving by the congregation—and it does—but if the corps officer allows it to become the norm, the officer is also conveying the message that the service is not really that important. Movie theatres don’t tolerate cellphones or crying babies during the show. Is the Word of God less important than a movie? If we believe that the message preached is the Word of God and the preacher is the ordained messenger of God, then we must give it our full attention and we need to make sure everyone understands that. I believe that Satan would like nothing better than for our worship services to be disorganized and full of disruptions because then nobody would hear the Word of God and certainly wouldn’t take it seriously. We must take worship and preaching seriously. If the officer knows and believes that, I don’t see how he or she could possibly allow a continual disruption of the service. Should the officer risk losing this family by dealing directly with the disruptive behaviour? If every other means of addressing the situation has been exhausted, then yes. A corps officer’s responsibility is to ensure that the Word of God is preached in such a way as to be received and understood. This takes more than just diligent sermon preparation. It requires worship that points people to our Lord and requires an environment that is without distraction or disruption (to the best of our ability). We have this responsibility to the entire congregation. To do anything less would be negligent to the Word of God, our calling and our people. Captain Rob Kerr is the corps officer at Scarborough Citadel in Toronto. Salvationist I March 2010 I 19
A Time to Plant
Salvationist pastors gather at Renov8 church planting congress to dream together BY JAMES WATSON
rom November 17-20, 2009, officers and lay leaders representing Salvation Army congregations across the territory attended Renov8, a church planting congress in Calgary that included delegates from over 30 denominations. Church Planting Canada has held a national congress in different parts of the country every two years since 1997. This network of leaders desires to “see every neighbourhood transformed through the presence of multiplying, missional communities.” The Salvation Army has been an influential partner in this network at both the national and regional levels. While the 2009 congress attracted a total of 724 registrants, the real work of Church Planting Canada happens in the regional networks 20 I March 2010 I Salvationist
where denominational and congregational leaders work together to provide ministry training and resources out of a common partnership in the gospel. This congress was designated a “mission critical” event as The Salvation Army has always been a movement that has sought to do whatever it takes to reach the “whosoever”—church planting is part of our mission. Themes included joining in God’s mission and taking seriously the cultural, social and spiritual issues present in the neighbourhoods around us. Speakers from Australia (Michael Frost), England (Juliet Kilpin and Stuart Murray) and Montreal (Glenn Smith) acknowledged the challenges of ministering in societies that are
increasingly secular. They also expressed a common hope, that congregations humbly serving their communities can effectively develop relationships, initiate conversations about Jesus and contribute to transformation. One speaker who provoked a standing ovation was Wagdi Iskander, a one-time Sudanese refugee and former Muslim who now pastors an Edmonton church. His conversion was a dramatic one that, in many ways, mirrored the story of Saul in the Book of Acts. He challenged all participants to consider that loving sacrifice is necessary to effective mission. We asked Army leaders who attended Renov8 about their hopes, plans and challenges. They have shared their hearts in the write-ups below. Some are experienced church planters, others are passionate about revitalizing congregations, and still others are just at the dreaming stage. As you read their stories, think about your own context. God may be calling you to build the Kingdom in your own unique way. James Watson is the consultant for church planting and congregational revitalization in the Corps Ministries Department. Visit churchplantingcanada.ca and thecongress.ca to learn more about Renov8.
The Planters Major Mark Wagner
multiply it in our hands for his own glory. We have the bread of life. We should really share it. What is a fledgling church like Westsong doing starting another church? We are following the missio Dei—the mission of God. It doesn’t take many people to form a plant team: perhaps 10 or 12. But it does take a lot of passion for mission and a vision for what God can do in a new neighbourhood. It may take a re-alignment of your core values. Where do you spend most of your time at church? Where do you think God wants you to spend your time? Maybe God is calling you to join a plant team and reach out to a new neighbourhood with his good news. I believe we can turn around the Army’s decreasing numbers. I believe we can grow as quickly in the 21st century as we did in the 19th―if our hearts beat in time with the missional heart of God.
Jesus asked his followers to feed 5,000 people. They didn’t have many resources, just five loaves and two fish. But they gave what they had to him
Westsong Community Church, Victoria
In the 1880s, Commissioner Elijah Cadman went to York in the north of England. There, over the course of the decade, he planted eight new corps and several other “smaller places.” I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast between that fact and the reality that in 1992 the Canada and Bermuda Territory had 404 corps but today has only 311. What is going on? Has our sense of mission evaporated? It has not. The mission of the Army pulsates incessantly below the surface. It keeps rhythm with the heart of God. It finds its echo in the hearts of church planters. These Kingdom harvesters see the need for new expressions of the Army to crop up in every city and neighbourhood in Canada. And they are doing something about it. The recent church planting congress in Calgary brought together hundreds of Christians who are passionate about starting new worshipping communities. They see opportunities to start outposts of the Kingdom in houses, abandoned church buildings, movie theatres and malls. At Westsong Community Church in Victoria, we meet in the theatre of a local middle school. When planting Richmond Hill Community Church in Ontario, we met in the cafeteria of a high school. In both cases, we started with a small but fantastic group of people whose commitment to mission forged them into lean, mean fighting teams. Today Westsong has gathered another group of people who have a passion to plant in the rural town of Metchosin, B.C., made up of 5,000 people living just west of Victoria. How will we do it? One time Jesus asked his followers to feed 5,000 people. They didn’t have many resources, just five loaves and two fish. But they gave what they had to him. He then blessed it and gave it back to them. We’re going to get the job done in the same way: giving God what we have and letting him
Captain Danny Pinksen Pathway Community Church, Paradise, N.L.
If Shakespeare were a church leader today, he would probably ask, “Church plants or no church plants? That is the question.” It’s a topic of debate in many denominations, including The Salvation Army. But no one can argue with the fact that church and secular culture have become increasingly polarized. Today’s unchurched demographic views the established church with growing cynicism. It sounds much like the context in which Apostle Paul and the Booths commenced their respective ministries. The New Testament depicts Paul travelling from town to town, establishing various expressions of the local church. The Booths sought to provide relevant and meaningful opportunities for people to experience God and the church in a radical, transformative way. Given The Salvation Army’s decline in church attendance over the past decade, church planting is a viable and necessary opportunity to grow God’s Kingdom. Church plants are well positioned to meet the needs of a community because they are both contextually and culturally relevant. Renov8 plenary speaker Michael Frost asserts that effective churches can look different, feel different and be different while being divinely-anointed, transformational influences in today’s world. In our context, Pathway Community Church serves the suburban, middle-class community of Paradise, N.L. For the past four and a half years, my wife, Lori, and I have witnessed God raise up Pathway, a congregation of people from all walks of life who desire to connect with God and community. We have experienced God’s hand of blessing and guidance on all aspects of church life, from community involvement to atheists being saved. We desire that people will experience how great our God Salvationist I March 2010 I 21
is and how effective his Church can be. The Apostle Paul stated: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22). This is our daily goal at Pathway.
The Revitalizers Captain Gerald Reilly Westminster Park, London, Ont.
One of the questions asked at Renov8 was, “If your church were to close tomorrow, would your community grieve?” Westminster Park just celebrated 25 years in southeast London, but at present only a small portion of those who attend the corps are from the immediate community. The corps is predominately inward focused, ministering to the members. Sadly, few in the community would grieve if our doors closed tomorrow. Last summer I read through the Minor Prophets. God impressed upon me the need to return to him, to once again make him the passion of our lives. This vision is shared by others in the corps who are thirsting for the same thing. Like Israel of old, we need reviving. We have fallen into a predictable pattern of comfortable Christianity. Only a renewed people can daily pick up their cross and follow. Westminster is comprised of subsidized housing, condominiums, rentals and single family dwellings. Although multicultural, it is still predominately British/European. The London housing complex alone is home to over 160 families of varying sizes and forms, and over 125 children aged five to 12. We are also adjacent to a large high school and near to three public elementary schools. Each Wednesday, 60-75 high school students come to the corps for lunch. We have growing cradle roll and Pioneer Club numbers. There are many single mothers and fathers, as well as a large senior population. We are located near two nursing homes and Victoria Hospital. A small nucleus has come together with a vision for renewal and revival, meeting each week for prayer and Bible study. We called the church to a day of prayer and fasting early in January, and will screen videos from Renvo8. The confirmation I received at Renov8 was an answer to prayer—we are moving in the right direction. We have seen spiritual growth in individuals, with some stepping forward to take on new ministries. This conference has invigorated my Salvationism—a passion for the lost. Although we may go into the community with different methods than those employed by our forebears, the mission remains the same. Major Erin Verhey-Johnson Woodroffe Community Ministry Centre, Ottawa
When my name was put forward to attend the church planting congress, I felt daunted. I didn’t feel I fit the profile of a “church planter.” Last year I was appointed as chaplain for the Bethany Hope Community Centre, which does not yet exist. At the same time, I was asked to pastor a group of Salvationists who would form the nucleus of the faith community within the centre. I wondered what my new appointment had in common with a 22 I March 2010 I Salvationist
church planting conference. Yet, when I arrived for the first session it was clear that I was in the right place at the right time. The theme of the congress was discovering God’s mission, whether in a new plant or an existing church’s revitalization. The congress did not focus on programs, methods or formulas. What was the consistent message? God is at work in our communities and he is inviting us to join him in what he is doing. This is a message I understand. In fact, this is the message that we, the church at The Salvation Army Bethany Hope Faith Community, have been exploring since our first service in May 2009. Our faith community meets for worship on the former site of the Woodroffe Community Church, which has been transplanted to a community in the south of Ottawa. Woodroffe is committed to continuing three of their community outreach programs on the old site. Within months, we will pull up stakes while the building is refitted to become a community centre. When the renovations are completed we will move back in along with Bethany Hope Centre, a ministry for young parents and their children. There will be Salvation Army community and family services for the first time in the west end of Ottawa. Public relations and development and the office of the area commander will also be on site. As a faith community we are excited to be a part of this new beginning. Change is never easy. It is so much more comforting to look back than it is to look forward, to continue doing what we have always done. Yet, we are learning that, as we obey him, God will accomplish his work through us.
God is still working and redeeming people regardless of what the Church is doing. He is not bound by
human expectation, traditions or structures
The Dreamers Captain Jason Sabourin The Salvation Army Red Deer Church and Community and Family Services, Red Deer, Alta.
The vision that God has laid upon our hearts is not new. It is to live Kingdom lives in a hurting world, serving others without restriction. God’s mission is to redeem his whole creation and he has chosen to partner with people to do this. Our efforts are concentrated in finding the expression of this where we are in Red Deer. My wife, Tammy, and I have a burden on our hearts to re-ignite the passion in people’s hearts. There is a growing apathy in the Church, which has prevented us from going into the world to make disciples. There is a passivity that has encroached upon our souls that has left us dry and useless for mission. It’s obvious that the Church in Canada is in drastic decline, regardless of denomination. Revitalization and church planting are the only options. Of course there are no easy answers as to
what revitalization means. Starting points may include understanding cultural mindsets, targeting different generations, and encouraging freedom and creativity. At the conference, however, one thing became very clear: God is still working and redeeming people regardless of what the Church is doing. He is not bound by human expectation, traditions or structures. Jesus has said that the gates of Hell will not prevail against his Church and I believe it. Whether we are part of his mission depends on whether we will choose to follow him, even if it leads us into some uncomfortable places. Major Ron Cartmell Kelowna Community Church, Kelowna, B.C.
In years past, church planting in most denominations fit nicely into a few particular “boxes.” From what I heard at the Renov8 congress, I think it is fair to say that the boxes are now broken! There is such variety in the way that churches are being planted and the places that church is happening.
The common theme was how “mission focused” new churches are becoming. The mission is so much bigger than we have previously expressed. It is clear that our paradigm is starting to shift. God’s desire to reconcile the world is greater than having someone pray the “sinner’s prayer.” As Christians, God is calling us to so much more. It is exciting to see how this is beginning to happen across our nation. What surprised me most at this gathering was the number of bi-vocational pastors I met that are planting churches. My initial thought was that this group of men and women that have part-time employment to subsidize their planting ministry would be primarily of the younger generation. I was taken aback to realize that there are as many pastors over 40 that are invested in bi-vocational ministry as there are of the younger generation. As Alberta’s regional co-ordinator for Church Planting Canada, it was heartwarming to listen to some of their stories and learn how God is using them in Kingdom work. I was encouraged by the role that The Salvation Army is taking in Church Planting Canada and the focus that we gave to this event. God has given us a unique position in his Kingdom work. Prayer Guide
March1-6 Focus on Partners in Mission: Tanzania Territory 1 Pray for a deeper understanding and acceptance of the scriptural teaching about holy living 2 Pray that ways may be found for officers and their children to access education 3 Pray for officers responsible for new openings, with limited transportation but with responsibility for two or more corps that are many miles apart 4 Pray for resources to provide acceptable living quarters and furnishings for all officers 5 Pray for the continued work of Matumaini School as it seeks to meet the physical and educational needs of its students 6 Pray that community-based projects will empower families to be self-supporting March 7-13 Focus on Candidate Cultivation 7 Pray that candidates applying for officer training this fall will feel assured about their calling 8 Pray that obstacles such as selling their homes will be removed, enabling them to fulfil their calling 9 Pray that those struggling with the call to officership will believe God is with them 10 Pray that those who have never been open to God’s call will allow their hearts to be softened
11 Pray for people to see the need and be willing to contemplate officership (see Matthew 9:38) 12 Pray that officers and soldiers will be positive and joyful because of God’s calling upon their lives 13 Pray that through Design for Life weekends across the territory, God will work in the lives of his people March 14-20 Focus on the Ontario Great Lakes Division 14 Pray that divisional headquarters staff will provide needed resources to the newly expanded division 15 Pray that officers and ministry unit leaders will be encouraged as they embrace demands and opportunities 16 Pray for a focus on God’s Word, with the divisional priority of seeking God personally and corporately 17 Pray that ministry units will be energized and explore new opportunities for living the mission in their communities 18 Pray that Salvationists and friends will unite to celebrate their faith and encourage each other 19 Pray that Salvationists will have an increased desire to be involved in personal evangelism 20 Pray for vision, faithfulness and relevance in serving “the present age” March 21-27 Focus on Living the Vision: We envision a thirst for healing and wholeness
21 Pray for a deeper understanding of Jesus as Saviour of our souls, bodies, minds, spirits and emotions 22 Pray for personal healing and wholeness, and the need to be open to spiritual support and accountability 23 Pray to be informed about and become involved in the territory’s wholeness and healing programs by contacting your corps/divisional adult ministries facilitator 24 Pray that persons bound by addiction, hopelessness and pain will find peace in God’s presence (see Psalm 18:6) 25 Pray for grace to respond with sensitivity and compassion to brokenness in your family, congregation and community 26 Thank God for placing Jesus in the midst of our struggles and hurt (see Luke 4:16-24) 27 Pray for persons bound by sins that relate directly to the body, such as sexual immorality, gluttony, sloth and intemperance (see Luke 4) March 28-31 Focus on Holy Week: Jesus’ journey to the cross 28 Jesus enters Jerusalem (see John 12:1219) 29 Jesus’ last supper (see John 13-17; Mark 14:22-25) 30 Jesus foretells his betrayal (see John 13:18-20) 31 Jesus’ agony in the garden (see Mark 14:26-42) Salvationist I March 2010 I 23
For over 40 years, the Weston family has offered overwhelming support to The Salvation Army by Linda Leigh
The Weston family provides $540,000 to help restock The Salvation Army’s food shelves. From left, Marcello Piane, district manager, Loblaw’s (Toronto); Garfield Mitchell, director, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation; Commissioner William W. Francis, TC; Colonel Don Copple, former CS
The late W. Garfield Weston and his wife, Rita, established a foundation that continues to enhance the quality of life for all Canadians
n November 5, 2009, the W. Garfield Weston Foundation donated $540,000 to The Salvation Army in an effort to assist with the dramatic increase in demand for assistance, particularly for its food banks and meal programs. “With demand for food assistance increasing between 10-40 percent across the country, this generous gift from the foundation could not have come at a more opportune time,” says Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander. Twenty-five Salvation Army offices, from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, were given grants to restock their food banks, introduce new community kitchen programs, upgrade kitchen facilities and expand feeding programs for the homeless, the working poor and seniors living on a fixed income. Funds were also provided for school breakfast programs as well as emergency clothing and shelter. “The Salvation Army is well known to be one of the most effective organizations in delivering assistance to people
ROPES programs in Salvation Army camps across Canada and to support a national conference and training resources to strengthen the Army’s services to victims of human trafficking. • $2 million that was committed to The Salvation Army in memory of Miriam Burnett, past chair of the foundation. Of this gift, $500,000 has been used to establish the Miriam Burnett Trust for
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in need across Canada,” says Garfield Mitchell, director of the foundation. “The Weston family and the W. Garfield Weston Foundation are delighted to continue their long history of support for The Salvation Army by making a significant commitment to its vital and hope-giving work.” Other gifts from the foundation include: • $150,000 that was directed to both the
A 2006 grant from the Weston Foundation strengthened The Salvation Army’s ability to effectively support trafficked victims by funding a national conference on human trafficking as well as the development of training resources for ministry units across the country. Commissioner William W. Francis opened Deborah’s Gate in Vancouver on December 1, 2009. This centre will provide protection, shelter and counselling to victims of human trafficking during and after the Olympic Games
Addictions Studies. The trust provides training grants to Salvation Army addictions counsellors that will enable them to receive their international certification. The remaining $1.5 million is pledged to the Toronto Homestead, which provides day treatment and residential treatment programs for women struggling with substance abuse. In addition, each Christmas, Loblaw Companies Limited (operated by George Weston Limited) supports The Salvation Army kettle program by allowing kettles in their stores, which include Superstore, No Frills, Fortinos and Zehrs. In 2008, more than $1.4 million was collected through these stores. The Salvation Army and the Weston family have a long history. “Our family has had a close relationship with The Salvation Army and its colleagues for more than 40 years,” says W. Galen Weston, president of the foundation. In 1971, the late W. Garfield Weston of London, England, gifted his private family recreation camp,
consisting of 20,000 acres of land in Northern Ontario, to The Salvation Army to utilize as Madawaska summer camp. Weston was also acquainted with the late Generals Clarence Wiseman and Arnold Brown. Since 1965, the foundation has donated more than $3.6 million in cash and pledges to a wide variety of Salvation Army programs. “We are most grateful for the continued generosity of the Weston family and the foundation,” continues Commissioner Francis. “Through these donations The Salvation Army will continue to give hope to the hundreds of thousands affected by the heartache of poverty.” The Weston Foundation provided grants for the purchase and installation of new challenge and rock climbing equipment for six Salvation Army camps across the country. Through the ROPES program, campers are provided with an opportunity to build and enhance their self-esteem, peer teamwork and leadership skills. Funds were also provided for the refurbishment of a community adventure playground in White Rock, B.C.
New Army Song Book Coming General Shaw Clifton establishes new council to revise Army’s “sung theology”
ollowing discussion in recent meetings of the International Management Council, an agreement has been reached that it is time to begin work on a new edition of The Song Book of The Salvation Army. The current edition was published in 1986—24 years ago. Since then, hundreds of new songs have become available for use in Salvation Army worship—from a variety of sources, including from within our own ranks—and many have already become muchloved by Salvationist congregations. Some originated as songs for songster brigades, some have come from other branches of the Christian Church and have been introduced to Salvationists at ecumenical gatherings. Whatever their source, they have enriched the corporate and personal lives of Salvationists and now deserve a place in the official English-language Song Book,
with the provision of appropriate music accompaniment. I have therefore decided to establish a Song Book Council which—under my own chairmanship—will revise the existing Song Book, enhancing its usefulness in line with the needs of contemporary Salvation Army worship. Salvation Army favourites which have kept their popularity through the years will be retained, as will many of the classic hymns of the Church, but we will add contemporary songs of quality, which offer biblical truth expressed through sound theology, in the music style of today. Territories and commands will be invited to offer, in writing, their considered views on which songs could be deleted from the current Song Book, and to suggest new songs which might be considered
for inclusion in the new edition. You will be hearing more about that soon, and I ask that, at that time, you provide your responses without delay, in order that the Song Book Council can proceed, unhindered, with its work. Simultaneously with the council’s work on song selection, preparatory work will be taking place on the music accompaniment for the chosen songs. New tune books will be required for both keyboard and band use and the plan is for these to be published with the new Song Book. The Song Book of The Salvation Army has never been a mere collection of songs. It has been well described as the Army’s “sung theology.” A new Song Book is timely. I urge you to receive, and to disseminate, warmly this news of its preparation. Yours in Christ, General Shaw Clifton To add your voice to the debate over which songs should be deleted or added, visit Salvationist.ca/songbook Salvationist I March 2010 I 25
Patron Saints For Postmoderns
10 from the past who speak to our future CHRIS R. ARMSTRONG REVIEW BY CAPTAIN DEBRA BLACKMAN
or postmoderns, rootlessness is almost a core value. Yet, Chris Armstrong’s new book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns, stretches across time and space to engage with historical figures of the Church who have something significant to say to us today. Identifying with the passions, fears and challenges of these saints gave me hope and helped me see the way in which the Spirit of God was able to work powerfully through their submission and struggles. Armstrong’s collection includes well-known heroes of the faith and others who are not so familiar. The wisdom of Antony of Egypt was rooted in long periods of solitude. Charles Sheldon, “boarding around,” lived with families for a week at a time, allowing him to uniquely understand and become an effective advocate for his community. John Newton, the infamous slavetrader-turned-pastor and writer of Amazing Grace, fostered an ecumenical spirit in young leaders when evangelicalism was potentially divisive. Amanda Berry Smith was an influential black, female evangelical preacher who shattered stereotypes, proving that God’s power is “made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians
The Spirit worked powerfully through their submission and
struggles 12:9). Charles Simeon’s love affair with Jesus translated into a stubborn determination in facing longstanding opposition from a complacent Church. Margery Kempe’s uncontrollable weeping when reflecting on Christ’s suffering earned her the reproach of many. Dante Alighieri and Dorothy Sayers used the power of images and story to bring the gospel alive to those outside the Church. Gregory the Great and John Amos Comenius left legacies in scholarship, in educating people, and in leadership during times of war and religious tumult. Armstrong ties the 10 saints together with five common threads: the prophetic application of the gospel to their times, living on the margins, breaking barriers, personal brokenness and a belief in the power of storytelling to change people. As Salvationists whose faith resonates with these five values, we are challenged with the question: Are we living daily in the sacrifice and obedience that allowed God to effectively use these 10 ordinary people for his purposes? 26 I March 2010 I Salvationist
Passion talk series by Louie Giglio In Indescribable, one of a four-part DVD series, Louie Giglio takes viewers on a journey through the cosmos, allowing them to peer into God’s universe to discover the magnitude of his majesty and grace. In a stunning rescue, our Creator came to earth in Jesus Christ to reconnect us to himself with life that will never end. Indescribable also includes a bonus CD with songs by Chris Tomlin, Charlie Hall, Matt Redman and the David Crowder Band. Other DVDs in the series are Fruit Cake and Ice Cream, How Great is Our God and Hope—When Life Hurts Most. This is a good resource for small groups.
Look What God is Doing!
True stories of people around the world changed by the gospel by Dick Eastman Dick Eastman is the international president of Every Home for Christ, a ministry using hometo-home literature distribution to spread the gospel. In this book, Eastman shares powerful testimonies gleaned from travelling the world over a 63-year period. Many of the unusual testimonies are the result of dedicated foot soldiers who participate in the global ministry of EHC. The remarkable true stories—from the jungles of Brazil to the foothills of the Himalayas—will spur Christians everywhere to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19).
Terror by Night
by Terry Caffey with James H. Pence This is the story of the brutal murder that destroyed a family and shocked a nation. In one evening, Terry Caffey lost everything. His wife and two sons were brutally murdered, his home was burned to the ground and his 16-year-old daughter, Erin, was jailed, charged with three counts of capital murder. Terror by Night is the gripping story of a daughter’s betrayal, a father’s forgiveness and a miraculous discovery that would restore one man’s faith, spare two young lives and restore peace in a small Texas town.
Hallmarks of The Salvation Army
by Henry Gariepy and Stephen Court Hallmarks is a tribute to General Eva Burrows (Rtd), launched by the Australia Southern Territory on the celebration of her 80th birthday. It includes 32 Salvationist writers, primarily officers, whose contributions are arranged under three sections: To Save Souls, To Grow Saints and To Serve Suffering Humanity. Many relevant topics are addressed, such as mentorship, holiness, music and arts, human trafficking, innovation and holistic ministry. It includes contributions from General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) and Colonel Robert Redhead. Above products available from Salvation Army Christian Book and Supply Centres or online at salvationarmy.ca/store
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Enrolment and Recognition
BISHOP’S FALLS, N.L.—Five junior soldiers are welcomed. From left, Jenna Saunders, Brooke Reid, Victoria Pretty, Rebecca Martin and Rachael Power. With them are Mjrs Don and Karen Feltham, COs; and Diane Reid, JSS
Also welcomed in Bishop’s Falls are 11 senior soldiers. Front left, Hazel Thompson, Linda Rideout, Eileen Pope, Madeline Stone, Madeline Champion, Marion Burge, Wanda Foss, Joe Walsh, Penney Power, Albert Boone, Gertie Boone and Mjr Don Feltham, CO
COLLINGWOOD, ONT.—Five new senior soldiers are celebrated at Collingwood Community Church. From left, Cpt Wendy Crabb, CO; Julie Walker; Cathy Wright; Anne Holden; Shirley Chilvers; Bruce Walker and Cpt Mark Crabb, CO. Far right: Also honoured are two women who served over 80 combined years in youth ministry. From left, Ruth Shaw and Gail Synnott
BOWMANVILLE, ONT.—As part of its 125th anniversary celebrations, Bowmanville Salvation Army Community Church welcomes three adherents, one senior soldier and one new member of the Candidates’ Fellowship. From left, Mjrs Craig and Patsy Rowe, COs; William Buder, Rita Buder and Ryan Buder, adherents; Jennifer Colliss, senior soldier; Daniel Rowe, prospective candidate; and Lt-Cols Tracey and Floyd Tidd, then divisional leaders, Ont. CE Div HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.—The Army in this northern community celebrated its 47th anniversary with Pastors Terry and Catherine Snow from the local Pentecostal Church. The corps also welcomed two senior soldiers, Jenny and Tyler Colbourne, who cut the anniversary cake. From left, Terry and Catherine Snow, Jenny and Tyler Colbourne, and Mjrs Debbie and Stan Higdon, COs 28 I March 2010 I Salvationist
SASKATOON—Saskatoon Temple welcomes two senior soldiers. From left, Cpt Jamie Rands, CO; Clifford Brown, colour sergeant; Cailey Robinson; Nathan Regamey; Orca Thokle, recruiting sergeant; and Cpt Shelly Rands, CO
SMITHS FALLS, ONT.—Irene Briggs is commissioned as community care ministries secretary. From left, Beryl Lily; Mjr Sue Fuller, CO; Irene Briggs, CCMS; Reta Hawe; George Lily; Mjr Brian Fuller, CO. George and Beryl Lily, the previous CCM leaders, recruited and trained Irene for this leadership role
Salvationist Torch Bearer CORNER BROOK , N. L .— Salvationist Robert Poirier was honoured to be one of the 12,000 torch bearers in the lead-up to the recent Olympic Games in Vancouver. Poirier carried the torch on November 15 in Corner Brook. He is pictured passing the flame to Ruth Hillier
Parliament Hill Reception OTTAWA—One hundred and twenty-five senators, members of Parliament and staffers attended a Christmas reception in December with Salvation Army leaders. The purpose was to strengthen relationships with MPs and senators and to inform them about the Army’s work in Canada. From left, Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander; MP Justin Trudeau; Cpt Brenda Murray, Ontario government relations liaison; and Roger Simmons, a Salvationist and former federal cabinet minister
Candidate Recruitment SACKVILLE, N.S.—Youth and young adults in the Maritime Div are responding to the call to carry the torch of spiritual leadership into the future as officers in The Salvation Army. Some of the recruitment planning of the past year included a Design for Life seminar at Fairview Citadel in Halifax and a visit from the territorial secretary for candidates, Mjr Beverly Ivany, who shared presentations on officership in Moncton and Halifax. The call to officership was also included in the divisional Youth Together event at Scotian Glen Camp. Three candidates are being processed for the 20102012 Friends of Christ Session. Candidates Dion and Janelle Durdle of Sackville are pictured with Mjr Wanda Vincent, divisional youth secretary, and Mjr Beverly Ivany, territorial secretary for candidates
Territorial Appointments Lt-Cols Wayne/Myra Pritchett, divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries, Ont. CE Div; Cpt Clay Davis, finance assistant, N.L. Div (primary responsibility); Mjr Dan Dearing, Woodroffe Temple, Ottawa, Ont. CE Div (interim); Lt-Col Deborah Graves, area commander, City of London, Ont. GL Div (additional responsibility); Aux-Cpt Micheline Hardy, corps officer, Glencairn Hope Acres Rehabilitation Centre, Hope Acres CC, Glencairn, Ont. CE Div;
WHITE ROCK, B.C.—Major Archie Peat was born in Winnipeg in 1925, and as a young man became a soldier at Victoria Citadel. He married Eileen Pitcher and they were commissioned as officers of the Heralds Session in 1953. The Peats spent 27 years as corps officers, including in Fort Frances, Ridgetown, Huntsville, Toronto Wychwood Corps, Peterborough and London, Ont., as well as Fredericton, N.B., Somerset, Bermuda, and St. John’s Temple, N.L. His final 10 years of active officership were in administration as assistant field secretary, divisional secretary for the Alberta and Northwest Territories Division and divisional commander in the Ontario North Division. His final appointment was as divisional commander in Bermuda, from which he and Eileen retired in 1990. Archie enjoyed playing in Cariboo Hill Temple Band and later the reservist band. He is remembered by wife, Eileen; children Sharon (Haydn Sawyer), David (Robyn), Bob, Brenda (Alf Hefford) and Doug (Karen); 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; family members Commissioner Arthur Pitcher, Ed Deering, General Bramwell and Mrs. General Maude Tillsley (Rtd) and Lt-Colonel Ethel Slous. PARIS, ONT.—Major Sara “Peggy” Wheeler was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1967 as a member of the Witnesses to the Faith Session. Sara loved to sing, preach and play her auto-harp in the many worship services she conducted. She enjoyed making crafts for her grandchildren and others, and working with seniors. She always had time for her five grandchildren. The family would like to especially thank Sara’s many caregivers who helped her during her battle with cancer. Sara is missed by sisters Audrey (John) Hewitt and Emeline (Walter) Gosse, eight brothers and many friends throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. BISHOP’S FALLS, N.L.—Doris Pelley (nee Deering) was born in Bishop’s Falls in 1920. Affectionately known as “Aunt Doss,” Doris became a Christian as a young girl and a genuine Christian character shone in her everyday living for the Lord. An active Salvationist, she served in many positions, including girl guide leader, young people’s treasurer, young people’s sergeant major, home league member and community care ministries worker. She is remembered by sons Gordon (Beverley) and Allan, and grandchildren Stephen, Jennifer and Scotty. HAMILTON, ONT.—William Henry “Bill” Burditt was born in Hereford, England, in 1926. He came to Canada as an infant with his parents and older sister, Vera. He became a senior soldier at the Barton Street Corps and subsequently served at Hamilton Citadel and Argyle Citadel for more than 60 years as a bandsman and bandmaster. Bill was a devoted supporter and organizer of the Selkirk music camp. In retirement, he became a member and then the bandmaster of Heritage Brass, formerly known as the Ontario Central Reservist Band. Bill was the beloved husband of Marguerite for 63 years; father of Barbara (Don) Marshall, Brian (Susan) and Sharon (Larry) McGuire; brother of Vera (Les) Riman; and loving grandfather of 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Aux-Cpt Robert Hardy, director and corps officer, Glencairn Hope Acres Rehabilitation Centre, Hope Acres CC, Glencairn, Ont. CE Div; Mjr Kenneth Smith, assistant territorial music secretary, corps ministries, THQ (designation change) Reacceptance Dan Dearing, with the rank of major Promoted to Glory Mjr Beryl Harris, from St. John’s, N.L., Dec 7
Commissioners William and Marilyn Francis Mar 3 installation of chief secretary and territorial
secretary for women’s ministries, THQ; Mar 4-6 SAROA annual meeting, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A.; Mar 8-14 The Cedars, London, England*; Mar 20-22 CFOT, Winnipeg; Mar 27-28 Peterborough Temple, Ont. CE Div *Commissioner William Francis only Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd Mar 3 installation as chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries, THQ; Mar 20-21 Midland, Ont. CE Div Canadian Staff Band March 6-7 Meadowlands, Hamilton, Ont. Salvationist I March 2010 I 29
A Sobering Thought Abstinence from alcohol makes the heart grow stronger by Major Fred Ash
sat in a restaurant with two Christian friends. Each of us belonged to a different church, a different denomination. As school board trustees we respected one another’s opinions and views. We did not have to agree on everything to enjoy good company and genuine fellowship. When the waitress asked us if we wanted drinks, my reverend Anglican friend said, “White wine.” My doctored United Church colleague said, “Red wine.” They both looked at me as I paused and said rather dryly, “Black Coke.” The table erupted with laughter. Even the waitress joined in, even though I’m not sure that she understood the full impact of my statement. But my two colleagues certainly did. They knew I was a Salvation Army officer and they knew the Army’s stand on alcohol. As leaders in their own denominations, they not only understood my position, they respected it. Why then are there among us Salvationists who want to introduce social drinking to the Army? Could it be that they are not as learned as my Anglican and United Church friends? Could it be that they have less respect and appreciation for the Army’s stand than do members of other denominations? It has been proposed, even by some Salvation Army officers, that the words “I will abstain from alcoholic drink” be removed from the Soldier’s Covenant. After all, they say, you can still be a good Christian and take a social drink. They sarcastically argue that if Jesus were here even 30 I March 2010 I Salvationist
he would not qualify to be a Salvationist because he was known on occasion to drink wine. Perhaps people who argue this way have a carnal fascination for the forbidden. Perhaps they are just plain ignorant. Since the opposite of ignorance is knowledge, let us remind ourselves that alcohol is a drug. It can affect every organ in the human body—brain, liver, stomach and heart. Behaviour that occurs “under the influence” of alcohol can also lead to serious
Why are there Salvationists who want to introduce social drinking to the Army? threats to life and health. Although not an illegal substance, it carries all the risks of addiction and illness that street drugs do. With all due respect to C.S. Lewis and other imbibing Christians, I believe that because alcohol is such a powerful drug, abstinence is more prudent than indulgence. Secondly, removing the words “alcoholic drink” from the Soldier’s Covenant would force us to remove a whole lot more as well. If I cannot say “I will abstain
from alcoholic drink,” neither can I say “I will abstain from the non-medical use of addictive drugs” because alcohol, by definition, is a drug. Similarly, neither can I say “I will abstain from all else that could enslave the body or spirit” because alcohol is an addictive substance that enslaves tens of thousands daily. But most important is the fact that if I cannot promise “I will abstain from alcoholic drink,” neither can I promise “I will be faithful to the purposes for which God raised up The Salvation Army.” William Booth found his calling outside the Blind Beggar, a tavern in the infamous East End of London, England. The special task that God gave the Army was to minister to the victims of alcohol who, because of their dependency, were reduced to poverty, bringing their spouses and children down with them. As Salvationists, part of our calling is to stand in solidarity with those who are addicted to alcohol. And the only way to do this is through abstinence. As to whether Jesus would qualify to be a Salvationist, I would point out that the only instance of Jesus “drinking” is at the Passover Feast, which we call the Last Supper. And that one cup was shared among 13 men—hardly a social drink. He’d definitely qualify. Besides, since God raised up the Army, I think his Son would be proud to march in our ranks. Soda, anyone? Major Fred Ash is the corps officer at Burlington Community Church, Ont.
WITNESS PAUL DEACON (with son, Levi): “When you see people at their worst, you have to believe in something greater”
with this, knowing that there is something more than this life. *** I was born and raised in Winnipeg. My family are long-time Salvationists, so I grew up attending Heritage Park Temple. I’m still a soldier there, and attend with my wife, Nettie, and son, Levi. *** I’ve been a bandsman my whole life. I used to play cornet, but have recently moved to bass. I also play guitar in a group that plays at youth retreats and some corps events. When work permits, I attend a Sunday morning Bible study.
To Serve and Protect
As a police constable and Salvationist, Paul Deacon believes in something greater INTERVIEW BY JOHN McALISTER, Senior Editor
’m a constable with the Winnipeg Police Service, having joined the police force in March 2003. I always wanted to be a police officer, so I worked toward this goal from junior high onwards. Initially, I was attracted by the sense of adventure and excitement that comes with the job. Then, as I got older, I appreciated the professionalism and varied responsibilities of the career. As a police officer, you can call things as you see them, which very few jobs allow.
*** Now that I’m older and realize how dangerous the role can be, I recognize that it’s not as exciting as I originally thought. Very few people are happy to see a police officer. When we are dealing with someone, it’s because they’ve either been the victim of a crime or have been caught as a perpetrator. There have been times when we’ve saved people from harm and they’re still upset with us. It’s one of those jobs that has to be done, but it’s often a thankless work. My faith helps me deal
*** I’m the youth ministries coordinator, helping the corps organize our youth programs. We run a kids’ club on Thursday nights, focusing primarily on children from the community. We have a youth group on Friday nights, which offers youth from the corps an opportunity for fellowship. Whether we’re out bowling, at a hockey game or at the corps, we encourage them to invite their friends. We also have a Friday-night drop-in for youth from outside the corps. Three of our community youth have expressed interest in attending an upcoming Army youth retreat. *** At our drop-in centre, we have a café set up with a pool table, rod hockey table, video games on a big screen and board games. We offer young people a fun place to hang out, as most of them aren’t able to access after-school activities. We want to help them stay out of trouble, see what healthy relationships are like and hopefully learn more about
faith. None of this work would happen without the participation of our youth leaders, most of whom are between the ages of 20 and 25. They are so hardworking and committed. *** I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t influenced by my faith. It keeps me in line, holds my moral compass in check and helps me remember why I’m doing what I’m doing. Faith helps me to know that I’m doing what God wants me to do. When I see how selfish people can be, and what they’re willing to do for their own gain, having God in my life helps me understand why these things happen. He also helps me recognize the influence of the world on people and how difficult it can be for them to get past those selfish desires and seek salvation. *** Just because we are saved, we can’t assume that it’s easy for people to turn away from sin. In the Army we talk a lot about vices, but it’s another thing to witness the impact of drugs and alcohol and how they destroy lives. I think God wants police officers to not only protect people, but to also help the people who commit the crimes to change their lives. I often tell people to go to the Army for assistance, and I tell my fellow police officers to do the same. *** Heritage Park meant so much to me growing up. I’m a corps cadet graduate, and I’ve found that experience to be such a benefit in my life. I owe so much to the corps, and I know what it is capable of. I want it to succeed and serve the people of St. James in Winnipeg for years to come. I would like to see the corps expand its influence in the community, to show God to its people and be there to support them in times of trouble. Salvationist I March 2010 I 31
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