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y eldest son is a musician and sergeant in the Canadian Armed Forces’ Air Command Band of 17 Wing, Winnipeg. A trumpet player, Steve spent the first six years of his military career in the nation’s capital. You may have seen him on your TV on November 11 playing the Last Post during our country’s annual Remembrance Day service on Parliament Hill. In his military service, Steve has also been privileged to play in various countries around the world including Holland, Italy, Korea and France. The international tours are often similar in nature. A small colour party, a bugler, a piper, a couple of politicians and a number of war veterans gather at sites where battles have been fought, lives lost, victories won. The occasions are more commemorative than celebrative. War is an ugly business. In July, Steve was a member of a Canadian delegation that gathered at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in northern France. Located at the site of one of the fiercest and most strategic battle points of the First World War, the memorial is surrounded by a 250-acre park. Inscribed on the ramparts of the structure are the names of the 11,285 Canadian soldiers who were posted “missing, presumed dead” in France. During the remembrance service, the haunting sounds of the trumpet and bagpipe served as a reminder that this was sacred ground. Blood had been shed. Thousands of young people never had the opportunity to return to their parents, siblings and sweethearts who anxiously awaited their safe homecoming. The cost of war is incalculable. Such is the price of freedom. “To play the Last Post in recognition and remembrance of the thousands of Canadian soldiers who fought and died on that very site for a better world was very humbling,” recounts Steve. “The experience was one I shall never forget.” More than 90 years have passed since the battle at Vimy Ridge and Canada is once again at war. As the debate regarding Canada’s role in Afghanistan continues, Canadian soldiers put their lives on the line every 4 I November 2010 I Salvationist
is a monthly publication of The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory Shaw Clifton General Commissioner William W. Francis Territorial Commander Major Jim Champ Editor-in-Chief Geoff Moulton Assistant Editor-in-Chief John McAlister Senior Editor (416-467-3185) Major Max Sturge Associate Editor (416-422-6116) Timothy Cheng Art Director Pamela Richardson Production and Distribution Co-ordinator, Copy Editor Sgt Steve Champ plays the Last Post
day. The terms of engagement in the theatre of war may have changed dramatically, but the nature of war has not. Regardless of our personal views, none of us is unaffected by the consequences of armed conflict and its eventual outcome. While the benefits of being Canadian are ours to enjoy, we’re poorer from the loss of the many Canadian soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the preservation of such freedoms. Dr. Donald Burke traces the roots of violence in human history and directs us toward the heart of God in his article, “Reconciliation in a War-Torn World” (see pages 18-19). Dr. Burke frames the issues in a Christian context and suggests what it will take to stop the bloodshed that wars inevitably bring. And in “You Are Not My Enemy” (see page 30), Major Fred Ash reminds us to see others through the eyes of Christ. As the Last Post is played by Steve and a host of other buglers throughout the world on November 11, let us pause in the brief moment of silence that follows and promise again never to forget. Major Jim Champ Editor-in-Chief
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AROUND THE TERRITORY
Army Crisis Centre Opens in Miramachi
When Major Rolf Guenther, community and family services co-ordinator, informed the local newspapers in Parksville, B.C., that the Army’s food bank desperately needed supplies, the response overwhelmed him. Guy Sigouin, manager of Quality Foods Parksville store, immediately provided $5,000 worth of Campbell’s products. “We know the great work The Salvation Army does in the community, and we want to be good community sponsors,” he said.
The Salvation Army has opened a new crisis centre for men in Miramichi, N.B. Captains Wilson and Darlene Sutton, community ministries officers, said this was a priority because of the need for temporary housing for homeless men. The facility is designed to accommodate four men at one time, but is licensed to host a maximum of six. “This is a safe place to stay for men who are trying to transition from being homeless to finding suitable work and a new permanent home,” says Captain Wilson Sutton. “The men who will use this centre will thank you for assisting them in their time of need,” said Major Larry Martin, divisional commander, Maritime Division, in recognizing the community’s support for the project. The Suttons have introduced other new services in Miramichi, including a campaign that raises money to provide back-to-school supplies for children. They have initiated friendship suppers through partnering with area churches to provide the needy with a hot meal and someone to talk to. “We rely heavily on the community and can’t thank them enough,” says Captain Darlene Sutton.
Photo: Neil Horner, Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Overwhelming Response in Parksville
Guy Sigouin helps Mjr Rolf Guenther load $5,000 worth of food donations for the Army food bank
Cpts Darlene and Wilson Sutton receive a plaque from MLA John Foran signed by Premier Shawn Graham and various New Brunswick government officials
New Interactive Bible Curriculum for Children The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda Territory is partnering with Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. (CCCI) and Crossroads Television System (CTS) in Burlington, Ont., to produce an interactive and media-driven Bible curriculum for children entitled Ready to Serve. “We believe it’s important to be creatively connected to children’s culture in order to empower kids to live godly lives,” says Captain Mark Hall, territorial youth secretary. The Salvation Army has enlisted Crossroads and its own team of educators to create an adventure-style, faith-based program for children ages seven to 10. The resource will be available to Army corps across North America in September 2011, and will feature weekly in-class les-
sons as well as a daily at-home, web-based resource for young families. “Engaging kids at all stages of their faith with large
Concept pictures of the characters being developed for the Army’s new interactive Bible curriculum for children
and small group activities, in a safe and trusted teacher-friendly format, using original video segments, exciting music and culturally relevant Bible lessons, is the best way to interact with our young people today,” says Bruce Stacey, chief content officer at CTS and liaison to The Salvation Army development team. “It is also important to The Salvation Army and to Crossroads that we encourage kids to continue what they learn on Sundays with at-home follow-up.” The Army is developing a dedicated website that will include a safe online gaming world, music videos, Army trivia and other activities to reinforce the faith and values learned in weekly classes. These components will help children grow in their faith and model their values to others. Salvationist I November 2010 I 5
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Tee Off for Kids
CIBC Commits $100,000 to Centre of Hope
From left, Ron Zima, fund development and public relations, Maritime Div; Kathy MacFadyen, CIBC manager for Barrington and Duke branch; Terry Gardiner, market VP for Atlantic Region; Joe Hall, associate VP for Halifax
The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce celebrated its $100,000 commitment to The Salvation Army in Halifax with a donation presentation at the Barrington and Duke branch. The generous gift will go toward repairs and upgrades to The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope on Gottingen Street. The funds will help restore the Army’s social services facility, including the Booth Centre, which features a 40-bed men’s shelter and a 19-bed rehabilitation program for men with addictions. “CIBC’s outstanding gift to our Operation: Building Hope capital campaign has made a huge difference,” says Major Larry Martin, divisional commander, Maritime Division. “The critical renovations taking place at our Centre of Hope were made possible by donations such as the one made by CIBC. We couldn’t do this without their support, and we greatly appreciate their partnership in making our community a better place for all citizens.” Terry Gardiner, CIBC’s market vice-president for the Atlantic region, has served on The Salvation Army’s capital campaign committee and chairs the Army’s divisional advisory board. 6 I November 2010 I Salvationist
Mjr Larry Martin accepts donation cheque from Terry Mounce and other Transcontinental representatives
Food for Inner-City Kids in Saskatoon During the past summer, The Salvation Army ran a pilot project in Saskatoon that provided food to at-risk inner-city youth. With PotashCorp providing $15,000 for the program, the Army distributed 4,100 meals to children. “In the summer, there are children who are no longer able to access nutritious food through the school food program,” says Jackie Kripki, the Army’s government and media relations representative in Saskatoon. “We need to get out into the community, find these kids and bring the food to them,” she said. Visiting five locations each weekday, organizers determined that the best time to find the children is mid- to late-afternoon. “Children come running when they see our community response vehicle, so we know we’re reaching those who need it,” says Kripki. The meal consisted of a sandwich, fruit, vegetables, granola bars and milk or unsweetened fruit juice. It was distributed out of a Salvation Army mobile canteen that travelled through Saskatoon’s inner city and west side, stopping at specified parks along the way. Rhonda Speiss, manager of corporate philanthropy for PotashCorp, said the program was a natural fit for the company. “PotashCorp is an international company producing fertilizers that help feed the world, but let’s start at home, make sure our kids here have lunches all through the summer,” she says. Kripki is hopeful the program will continue next summer.
Inner-city children in Saskatoon receive nutritious food through the Army’s mobile canteen
Photo: The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), Hannah Scissons
Transcontinental Printing held its annual “Tee Off for the Kids” on August 13 at Granite Springs golf course near Halifax. Fifteen teams and 60 participants enjoyed golf and a beef buffet, while raising over $16,000 to send children to the Army’s Scotian Glen Camp. Terry Mounce, general manager, and his Transcontinental team have raised nearly $60,000 over four years of organizing the tournament, hosted by duffer Bill Carr. Golfers opened their hearts and wallets on and off the course. Lori Smith, with Transcontinental customer service, had no trouble stuffing The Salvation Army course kettle with an extra $400. Major Larry Martin, divisional commander, Maritime Division, thanked all of the participants and accepted the donation on behalf of The Salvation Army, recognizing the gift as an investment in the well-being and development of children in the Maritimes.
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Send a Kid to Camp
The Army’s National Recycling Operations helped send over 100 children to camp
Over a three-week period, Salvation Army thrift stores across Ontario led a fundraising campaign in their stores with the goal of raising money to send 60 children to camp. With a cost of $220 per child for a week at camp, the monetary target was $13,200. Following generous donations from guests, corporate partners and the community, the Army raised $23,000. Over 100 children were able to spend a week away from home, experiencing nature and adventure and developing new friendships. The Salvation Army’s National Recycling Operations (NRO) team, including district manager Maria Guayacan, Newmarket store manager Irina Ivanova and marketing co-ordinator Jana Rees visited Jackson’s Point Camp to witness firsthand how the money raised impacted the lives of many children. Bruce Aitken, executive director of The Salvation Army Ontario camping ministry, accepted the funds on behalf of the Army. “The camp can be a turning point in children’s lives,” says Aitken. “Many of them have never had the opportunity to be in nature and to form lasting friendships like they can at camp, an experience that can steer their lives in the right direction from this point on.” Did you know … … Milton’s Precision Electric has donated nearly $10,000 to The Salvation Army through its Power to Change program? The family-run company gives a percentage of the labour costs of every job they do to The Salvation Army. The funds are then used to support the Army’s food bank and other programs. “We are so fortunate as a company and a family,” says owner Scott Huckins. “We want to do something to give back to the community that supports our work” … The Salvation Army Multicultural Family Centre in Winnipeg operates CHAI, a program that helps build relationships among immigrant men? The program is broken up into two hours, the first being a discussion of topics such as culture shock, relationships and rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizens. During the second hour, the men practise speaking English, play board games and interact with each other. “We welcome people from all backgrounds—Hindus, Christians, Muslims and Jews,” says Shoaib Ebadi, director and founder of the program. “We just want them to know that someone cares for them”
Booth University College Launches New Business Education Program Booth University College in Winnipeg launched another academic program in September, a four-year bachelor of business administration program with courses in accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, organizational behaviour and production operations. Students will also develop a keen awareness of the ethics of good business and benefit from practical experience with real business cases and projects. “In addition to the broad liberal arts foundation characteristic of all Booth degree programs,” says Dr. Donald Burke, president, “this degree will teach the knowledge and skills for successful entry into either for-profit or not-for-profit organizations.” Angela Davis has been hired as an associate professor and head of the business administration degree program. In addition to her academic qualifications, Davis brings a wide variety of experience with business organizations ranging from small owner-managed enterprises to large corporate clients such as Great West Life. Davis also taught for 10 years at the University of Winnipeg where she received the distinguished faculty award from the business and administration Angela Davis students association.
The Little Yellow School Bus The Salvation Army in Prince George, B.C., parked its little yellow bus at Pine Centre Mall from August 19 to September 9 to receive donations of school supplies for needy children. “With this publicity at the local mall and the efforts of the Kiwanis Club, we have helped many children prepare for school,” says Envoy Bruce Kirk, corps officer. The Prince George Citizen, the local newspaper, accepted monetary donations toward school supplies on behalf of The Salvation Army. Envoy Bruce Kirk accepts donated school supplies for students Salvationist I November 2010 I 7
Friends of Christ
New session of cadets welcomed to the College for Officer Training BY MAJOR MARGARET McLEOD
raise is rising, eyes are turning to you,” were the opening words of worship offered in Winnipeg at the College for Officer Training’s Family Worship Service on September 19. Major Eric Bond, training principal, welcomed families of the Friends of Christ Session, as well as the territorial and divisional leaders in attendance. Cadet Charles Chalrimawia, a second-year cadet from the Indian Eastern Territory, and Colonel Tracey Tidd, territorial secretary for women’s ministry, offered prayers for the presence of the Holy Spirit to be upon the worship service and with the cadets and their families. Turning Point “Where would you be if you didn’t know the Lord?” asked Major Donna Bond, director of spiritual formation. Responses came through the testimonies of two cadets of the Friends of Christ 8 I November 2010 I Salvationist
Session. Cadet Bethany Howard, a spinal cancer survivor, spoke of God’s miraculous healing in her life. “If I can get through the surgery and recovery, I can get through anything,” she said, referencing Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Cadet Dennis Maybury thanked God for the opportunity to know Jesus and spoke knowingly of what God can do in people’s lives. He claimed the promise of Philippians 2:20, “I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare.” Cadet Cory Fifield presented a musical selection, singing, “I need you more, more than yesterday, more than words can ever say, more than ever before.” The heartfelt words offered a bridge into the territorial commander’s message entitled, Quest … To Know Him.
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Commissioner William Francis declared that the welcome weekend for the Friends of Christ marked a turning point in their lives and the future of The Salvation Army. Each cadet has chosen a journey leading to Salvation Army officership that will take them in a new direction for their lives. “While in training, you will be prepared to minister to a dark world, to a pessimistic world, to a world that hasn’t heard the message of Jesus Christ,” said Commissioner Francis. “You will be proclaiming new life to those who have not heard the Good News before. “Friends of Christ, to proclaim this message you will need to know Christ intimately,” continued the commissioner. “You will need to claim the words of Paul the Apostle, found in Philippians 3:10, ‘I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.’ ” Responding to the challenge, cadets and other Salvationists knelt at the mercy seat. At the luncheon held at the conclusion of the service, secondyear Cadet Kyla McKenzie spoke on behalf of the Ambassadors of Holiness Session, assuring the first-year cadets of their prayers, support and fellowship during the upcoming year. New Identities The public welcome for the Friends of Christ commenced later that afternoon at Southlands Community Church where a crowd of 250 gathered to join in the excitement of the event. Friends, family and leaders of The Salvation Army were greeted by a prelude of music offered by the Winnipeg East Corps Band. Commissioners William and Marilyn Francis, Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd, and Majors Eric and Donna Bond marched into the sanctuary as the band played. Second-year Cadet Joshua Downer proudly entered the sanctuary carrying the CFOT flag, immediately followed by Cadet Kim Chan carrying the Friends of Left: Cadets engage in worship at welcome meeting; top: Cdts Tina and Keesom Phanthaamath salute the territorial commander; above: territorial leaders, CFOT staff and cadets Christ sessional flag. As the music played and excitement mounted, each Friends of Christ’s photo was displayed on lives.” Continuing with the introductions, Major Keith Pike, the screen as they marched into the sanctuary. Following introductory director of field education, interviewed Cadet Jason Dockeray remarks by Major Eric Bond, the worship continued under the who shared how his training as a church planter and experience leadership of the CFOT worship team, comprised of Cadets as an emergency youth worker encouraged him to accept God’s Jennifer and Joshua Ivany, Kyla McKenzie, Jason Dockery and call on his life. Joshua Downer. Appropriately offered for this occasion were the Cadet Laura Van Schaick enhanced the worship atmosphere words to the chorus, “I am a friend of God, he calls me friend.” The with a violin solo of All That I Am. As a hush came over the congresung praises were followed by a prayer of thanksgiving presented gation, Cadet Kim Chan proudly displayed the Friends of Christ for the session by Lt-Colonel Sandra Rice, secretary for personnel. sessional flag. Commissioner William Francis dedicated the flag The sessional song, Friends of Christ, was written and led by and reflected on the meaning of its colours: yellow, symbolizing Cadet Joshua Ivany. The song declares, “We are Friends of Christ, the Holy Spirit; red, the blood of Christ; and blue, holiness. we are friends of the lost, we will fight for justice, we will serve Colonel Floyd Tidd, chief secretary, preached a message from you, Lord, we will trust you, Lord, we will be happy in Jesus.” John 15:1-17, in which he emphasized the importance of being “The Friends of Christ have come to Winnipeg to train as a friend of Christ. He said that in claiming the name “Friend of Salvation Army officers,” said Major Eric Bond. “They have left Christ,” we are compelled to identify with Jesus and love people as work as chaplains, labourers, IT trainers, teachers, taxi drivers he does. A challenge was then given to the cadets, and the entire and community youth workers to follow God’s call on their congregation, to dedicate their lives to serving God. Salvationist I November 2010 I 9
Is competition good for our kids or are we creating “reward junkies”?
Competition encourages the drive for excellence. Whether it’s at school, church or sports, kids need to learn to do their best. If not, they’ll regret it later in life when doors close on important opportunities. by Peter Koehnen There is nothing inherently wrong with competition, provided it is held in the appropriate contexts. The skills children learn through healthy competition are critical if they are to make an impact on the world for God, succeed in life and deepen their own faith. There is a misconception that competition either damages children’s self-esteem or makes them self-absorbed and arrogant. Those problems are not the fault of the competition itself, but rather the context in which the competition is presented. Children must be taught that God does not care if we are the best, but only that we are striving to do our best. Unfortunately, the public perception of competition has been tainted by steroid scandals, bribery and cheating. But these things are an indictment of the character of specific competitors, not of competition itself. Visit any community baseball diamond or soccer field where six-year-olds are playing on their first sports team. Those kids are experiencing the exuberance of doing their best. They are not crushed if their team loses. The snacks and oranges at the end of the game taste just as sweet. As Christians it is our responsibility to teach children that God is pleased when we do our best at everything we do. Eric Liddell was a Scottish Olympian and Christian missionary in China. The winner of the men’s 400-metre race at the 1924 summer Olympics in Paris, his Christian values and athletic prowess were depicted in the film Chariots of Fire. About competition Liddell said, “In the dust of defeat as well as the laurels of victory there is glory to be found if one has done his best.” Too many of our children are growing up with a sense of entitlement. They are led to believe that regardless of how much or how little effort they put into something, the results will be the same. This does not do our children justice, but instead sets 10 I November 2010 I Salvationist
them up for grave disappointment when they leave school and are expected to live independent lives. The skills learned through competition are not limited to foot races, vocal competitions or math contests. They are transferable and necessary to most things in life. Without discipline, perseverance and determination our children won’t be ready for the real competition they will face in life, be it in university, college or the workforce. Skills fostered through healthy and appropriate competition can also help us in our mission as Christians. They can strengthen our resolve to overcome poverty, hunger and violence against the vulnerable. More than just believing in social justice, we need concrete and proven skills to achieve it. Christians are not exempt from competition, but we do have a responsibility to teach our children that striving for a goal is noble even if it is never reached. While it is important to teach children the skills necessary for competition, it is just as important to teach them grace and humility in victory and defeat. God has given us gifts. He wants us to develop and use those gifts to his glory. Eric Liddell said, “God made me fast and when I run I feel his pleasure.” God does not want us to hide our light under a bushel. We must teach our children to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The only way for children to really learn what their “light” is, is to see it in the context of others. When we are young our mothers tell us that we are the fastest runners, best singers or
POINT COUNTERPOINT most talented artists in the world. Mothers tell their children they are the best at everything, and that’s OK. But it would be unhealthy if we never tested those skills against others and instead grew up complacent, believing that we really were the best at everything. The Christian walk is fraught with challenges and setbacks. Our faith is in constant competition with doubts, temptations and false idols. As adults, it’s no longer important to us if we played the best piano solos in our recitals or if we got first place in our Grade 5 public speaking contests. The skills we developed in those competitions, however, taught us to always strive to be better ambassadors of Christ’s gospel, to not be crushed when we fall on our Christian walk, but rather to get up, be thankful for God’s grace and keep on striving. And some day may we all say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7-8). Peter Koehnen is a secondary school administrator in Mississauga, Ont., who has been involved with The Salvation Army for the last 20 years.
Parents these days push their children too hard. Awards, prizes and recognition are great for the winners, but can damage the self-esteem of the losers. We need to ease up and let kids be kids. by Bruce Ivany Why are we in such a hurry to turn children into adults? It would seem that parents are feeling great pressure to ensure that their children develop as many skills and abilities, in as short a time as possible. But to what end and at what cost? Some of this push comes from the misguided view of parents as to what constitutes success in today’s world and the vicarious need of some parents to live their lives through their children. In his book The Hurried Child, child psychologist David Elkind writes, “The concept of child competence, which drove much of the hurrying of childhood in previous decades, is very much alive today. Parents are under more pressure than ever to overschedule their children and have them engaged in organized sports and other activities that may be age inappropriate.” I know young people in middle school and high school who are busier than executives of corporations. Their week is programmed from beginning to end with the precision needed by
the CEO of a major company. If by chance there is a break in the schedule, these young people are at a loss for what to do, and their anxiety translates into that dreaded complaint: “I’m bored.” Many children struggle with the concept of “free time” or “playtime” because so much of their time is structured. So what is the cost of raising our children this way? Elkind states: “Today’s child has become the unwilling, unintended victim of overwhelming stress—the stress borne of rapid, bewildering social change and constantly rising expectations.” That’s right. Many of our children are feeling stressed. Whether we intend it or not, we are setting expectations beyond what many are capable of achieving. As a result, many kids are sleep deprived and their emotional needs are not being met. They rarely sit down to a meal with their family in the same room, at the same table, without the TV on and with no one hurrying back and forth from an activity. Competition can also damage our children’s self-esteem. In his book Hurt, Chap Clark, professor of youth, family and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, observes: “The pressure to succeed, whether in the classroom, in athletics, or in any endeavour that creates a sense of worth and accomplishment represents an elusive, never-quite-good-enough sense that [young people] wear like a cloud.” Clark suggests that their worth is measured by “the goal scored, the A grade, or a role in the school play.… In other words, it is not who they are but what they do that counts. “Sports, music, dance, drama, and even faith-related programs are all guilty of ignoring the developmental needs of each individual young person in favour of the organization’s goals … they are only as valuable as their ability to contribute.” In my 34 years as an educator, I have seen this played out time and again. Let’s state it plainly and simply: we need to value our children for who they are, not what they do. Too many of our children find their value in their achievements. They have become “reward junkies.” We need to encourage more than we praise. Praise is an expression of approval, recognition of what someone has done. But encouragement is the act of giving hope or support. One of the better things I did as a school principal was create means of recognizing students for their attitude and effort—something that everyone can achieve regardless of their natural talents or abilities. Our current society tends to view “average” as a bad thing. But aren’t most of us average? We are not all genetically blessed to be smart, athletic, musical or creative. That doesn’t mean we don’t strive to become skilled or develop our talents. But we need to be realistic in our expectations of children. I have coached sports for over 35 years. After the first few years, when I finally realized that it was my own ego behind a desire to win at all costs, I became a much better coach. I work hard with young people to help them develop their skills, to know what it takes to be a contributing member of a team and to enjoy the opportunity to participate. Unfortunately, I have come across parents who expect their child to be the next Sidney Crosby, Hayley Wickenheiser or Steve Nash. God loves each one of us for who we are, not what we do. This is a message our children need to hear louder than anything else. Bruce Ivany has spent 34 years as an educator in the public school system, most recently as assistant superintendent in the Abbotsford School District, B.C. He is currently working as an instructor at Trinity Western University in the School of Education. Salvationist I November 2010 I 11
MINISTRY IN ACTION
You Can Go Home Again
Captains Randy and Claudine Kadonaga’s spirit of co-operation and ecumenism infuse the corps at Williams Lake, B.C. by KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE 1
thought I was leaving Williams Lake and the people I loved behind when we were called to become Salvation Army officers,” says Captain Claudine Kadonaga, corps officer, Williams Lake, British Columbia Division. “And when the possibility was raised that we might return, I said to myself, ‘Don’t hold your breath.’ Yet here we are, and good things are happening.” Economic Crisis Williams Lake is a small mill town in the central interior of British Columbia. The population is 14,000 though the corps serves 40,000 in the surrounding area, including 15 First Nations bands. 2
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Captain Claudine. Bella Coola, Quesnel, 100 Mile House and Kamloops, B.C., are hours away by car. “We’re a small corps but we have to meet the needs of a large area,” she continues. “How can we turn anyone away?”
The arrival of the Kadonagas two years ago coincided almost exactly with the global downturn in the economy, the effects of which were immediately and devastatingly felt on the small community. “Three out of six mills closed and there was a downturn in the mining sector. As a result, the unemployment rate skyrocketed, increasing demand on our services,” explains Captain Randy Kadonaga, corps officer. “Food bank usage has quadrupled, while the increase in children that we serve at the food bank over the last 16 months is a staggering 540 percent.” Williams Lake’s economic woes were compounded by geography. “We’re the only Salvation Army corps in this area,” says 3
Consolidation and Efficiency Fortunately, the Williams Lake corps was well positioned to meet the sudden demand for family services. Previously, corps services had been spread out in different areas of the town. The Kadonagas took advantage of the expiration of a lease to amalgamate services. The main corps offices moved across the street, the food bank and meal programs moved upstairs from the basement, and the kitchen was upgraded to handle the increased demand. “It’s now accessible to anyone in need, including clients who are wheelchairbound, mothers with strollers and seniors using walkers or canes,” says Captain Claudine. “Volunteers are relieved that food no longer needs to be carried up and down the stairs, with the risk of a fall that might result.” All for One Sixty-eight volunteers help in the soup kitchen, drop-in centre and food bank, and another 28 help with the thrift store, while 296 kettle workers volunteer during the Christmas season. “Those are amazing statistics for such a small town,” asserts Captain Claudine. “The community is behind us. Every time we issue a call for
MINISTRY IN ACTION help, people come in droves, and the local media back this up.” A large number of the volunteers come from other churches in the area. This spirit of ecumenism is no accident. “The previous Salvation Army officers fostered close ties between all of the Christian churches in Williams Lake, so we obviously benefited from that,” says Captain Randy. “The other churches know that we’re all the body of Christ so they willingly pitch in and help us at the food bank and the thrift store.” Filling Seats Future plans include a Christian coffee house so that people have a place to gather besides the local coffee shop, whose small setting inhibits larger gatherings. Not only will it provide friendship evangelism and an ecumenical spot to worship, but it will also generate funding for the corps’ social services. While the focus of the past two years was on restructuring, the next two years will centre on reaching out to the 1. Williams Lake enrolment service, Cpts Randy and Claudine Kadonaga second and third from left; 2. The new thrift store; 3. Lunch at the drop-in centre served by Mayor Kerry Cook, right, and her staff; 4 & 5. Volunteers from all walks of life give a helping hand
unchurched community of Williams Lake. “Now that we’ve built the buildings, we can start building relationships and witnessing to our faith, and bring in worshippers who are not part of the food bank or the soup kitchen,” says Captain Claudine. “Our new sanctuary has a 120-seat capacity and we intend to fill every one of those seats,” promises Captain Randy. “Right now, the sky’s the limit.” 4
Oshawa Temple Songsters 100th Anniversary Reunion Celebration
November 13-14, 2010 With special guests the Bill Booth Theater Company
Saturday, November 13 7 p.m.—Program featuring the Bill Booth Theater Company, Reunion Songsters and Oshawa Temple Songsters (Tickets: $10 adults and $5 children/students)
Sunday, November 14 11 a.m.—Worship Service with the Bill Booth Theater Company
For further information, visit www.oshawa-temple.org, e-mail email@example.com or phone 905-436-0011
Oshawa Temple, 570 Thornton Road North, Oshawa, Ontario
SAVE THE DATE
A Leadership Breakfast with The Salvation Army Thursday, November 25, 2010 7:30 to 9:00am Keynote Speaker: Stephen Lewis, Celebrated Humanitarian and Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa
The Fairmont Royal York Hotel 100 Front St West, Toronto Tickets $50 each or $350 for table of 8. For more details please call Lisa Marinis at 416-321-2654 x210 or email HITC_Toronto@can.salvationarmy.org Salvationist I November 2010 I 13
Greg Colley conducts one of the brass bands at the mid-week program
Sing and Make Music
At the National Music and Gospel Arts Camp, students and faculty seek musical and spiritual enrichment
BY KIM GARREFFA
rom August 28 to September 4, 151 students attended the 42nd annual National Music and Gospel Arts Camp for Canada and Bermuda in Jackson’s Point, Ont. Special guests for the weekend were Colonels Glen and Eleanor Shepherd, retired officers from Montreal, who delivered spirit-filled messages on Sunday, Monday and Saturday that focused on transformation and social justice. In addition to choosing from the brass band, vocal, drama, worship or media streams, students at the camp enrolled in electives such as timbrels, dance or barbershop chorus. As well, students participated in one of three mixed choruses, led by 14 I November 2010 I Salvationist
Steve Armstrong, Jane Lam and Andrea Donais. On Sunday evening, Majors Len and Heather Ballantine, corps officers, Yorkminster Citadel, Toronto, Ontario Central-East Division, led a celebration worship service conducted in English and Spanish. Two members of their congregation—both of whom recently arrived in Canada as refugees from Colombia— shared inspirational testimonies about how God had guided them to safety. The morning Bible sessions were led by Major Jamie Braund, corps officer, London Citadel, Ontario Great Lakes Division. Focusing on the Book of Deuteronomy, the sessions featured a theme song written
by Eric Himes entitled I Choose Life, based on Deuteronomy 30:19-20. Some of the topics explored included obedience to God, remembering God in prosperity, worship and holy living. During the Monday evening session, Elizabeth Shepherd, a Juno-nominated recording artist, joined her parents at the camp and presented a short concert with her jazz trio musicians. At the talent night on Tuesday, highlights included a solo cornet performance of the Carnival of Venice by Jonathan Elliotson, a stellar rendition of Blackbird by tuba soloist Jon Rowsell and Carly Annis’ witty vocal solo, The Alto’s Lament, which was also featured during
the final program on Saturday evening. On Wednesday, the midweek program delivered accomplished performances by all the primary streams. The women’s chorus was alternately led by Jane Lam and Cathie Koehnen, the drama stream by Joe Caddy, the worship stream by Len Marshall and Valerie Moreton, the media stream by Tim Sharp, and three brass bands by Darren Hancock, Phil Rayment and Greg Colley. The evening was rounded out by “A” band, conducted by Canadian Staff Bandmaster John Lam, and “A” chorus, conducted by Cathie Koehnen. Thursday evening provided opportunity for reflection. During the praise meeting,
students and faculty were able to share their testimonies and participate in a time of prayer and recommitment. The elective night on Friday featured ensembles and mixed choruses. With over 24 participating in timbrels, Donna Harris prepared a creative routine that would be repeated at the final program. The new hip-hop dance elective, led by Jill Phillips, proved popular, with the students’ performance also repeated on the Saturday evening. During the final program, Joe Caddy’s well-rehearsed drama stream delivered one of the most amusing and memorable sketches in camp history. The highlight from the worship stream was Jesus is the Rock and He Rolls my Blues Away, punctuated by an energetic brass quartet who ignited a bit of dancing and celebration from the rest of the campers. In addition to presentations
from the three brass bands, the “A” band performed Eric Ball’s classic 1967 tone poem Resurgam, an interpretive work depicting the physical death and heavenly resurrection of the believer. Also memorable were two Latin-sung chorus numbers, Cantate Domino by the women’s chorus and Salmo 150 by “A” chorus. Cadet Grace Kim added contrast to a couple of the chorus numbers by playing cello. It was an inspirational week for campers and faculty. The fact that the camp is well attended year after year testifies to the spiritual transformation and meaningful purpose it provides. The National Music and Gospel Arts Camp is a week of encouragement, friendship, fellowship, fun and education, but primarily God-filled, Goddirected energy, thanks in part to a praying faculty and a spiritually sensitive organizing committee.
1. Guests Cols Glen and Eleanor Shepherd; 2. “A” chorus performs at final program; 3. Students showcase their hip-hop dance routine; 4. Cathie Koehnen leads the women’s chorus; 5. Timbrel elective energizes the crowd
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Let the Children Dream
My trip to Calcutta, India, taught me the importance of valuing the young BY PHYLICIA GAIRY
s a teacher, I’m passionate about improving the lives of young people. I want to see them discover their full potential in life and experience the joy of knowing God. And while some of the children I work with in Canada come from broken homes or difficult situations, nothing prepared me for what I experienced during my recent visit to Calcutta, India. Calcutta is not a beautiful place by any definition of the word. It’s dirty, hot, polluted and overpopulated. There are no efforts to hide the poverty and, it seems, there are no efforts to fix it. The Hindus in India follow a caste system that determines who will be prosperous, respected and successful based on one’s last name or lineage. The belief is that the works performed on earth will please your god, and if you have pleased him or her enough, you will have the chance to move up to a new caste in the following lifetime. Those who are the lowest of the low, therefore, were not holy enough in their past lives to be in a higher caste, and are considered the untouchables. These thousands of people are given the brutal and disgusting jobs and are ignored on the street. During my five weeks in India, I worked with children in a poorer area of Calcutta. While I realized that I couldn’t help everyone, I knew that with guidance from the Holy Spirit, I could bring joy and comfort to some. Even though culture, religion and the caste system will constantly bring them down, I had an opportunity to build them up and show them love. My trip was defined by a phrase I repeated each morning: “Holy Spirit, show me who you want me to love for you today.” That prayer was answered again and again. On my first day, I hadn’t planned any curriculum because I was supposed to be observing. As the person who I was supposed to observe didn’t show up, I had 25 little faces looking up at me. In that moment, the only activity I could think of that didn’t require much knowledge of the English language was “Simon Says.” The children loved it. As we played more 16 I November 2010 I Salvationist
Phylicia (at back) with some of the children she met in Calcutta
games together, they became more comfortable with me. It was wonderful that we could become so close so quickly, but sad that all it took to make their day was one person to play with them and care about them. At the end of my trip, I asked the children to take me to their homes so that I could see where they lived and meet their
These children were brimming with pride as they ushered me into their homes families. Excitedly they crowded around me to protect me from the many traffic hazards and walked me through a labyrinth of streets and small alleys to where they slept. These children were brimming with pride as they ushered me into their homes and introduced me, Phylicia Auntie, to their families. The children, their parents and sometimes extended families live in small rectangular-shaped rooms with one bed. One
of the girls told me that there were nine people sleeping in her home. Even so, the families were all quick to offer me a seat and something to drink. Surrounded by their clothing hanging to cover their front door, and the dim flickering fluorescent light, I realized that these children couldn’t be happier that I had come to see where they live. There was no sense of shame, only excitement that I wanted to see their homes. These children don’t have dreams about their futures because so much is impossible for them. They don’t dream of being musicians, doctors or cricket players. They don’t even dream of leaving Calcutta. Their poverty reminds them every day that they don’t stand a chance. Their religion tells them that they are where they deserve to be. As I looked at those beautiful, undernourished, dirt-covered children, I realized that I could show them otherwise. I could be a light in the darkness for them, and it would require nothing of me but some genuine love. Could there be a more fulfilling way to spend my life? A teacher by profession, Phylicia Gairy attends Northridge Community Church in Newmarket, Ont.
A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood Christ wants to shine through us where we live BY COMMISSIONER WILLIAM W. FRANCIS
gan sweater while singing his theme song, Won’t You Be My Neighbour? The show remains an endearing inspiration to connect with those in our neighbourhoods. What a concept—relaxing our mind and body, hanging up our coats, putting on our sweaters, replacing our good shoes with sneakers and actually smiling while building relationships with those around! Is this a daydream or a possibility in our busy and demanding contemporary lives? The Early Church taught and practised the biblical concept of reaching out to neighbours:
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They (the new Christians) devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people (Acts 2:42, 46-47).
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was loved by millions of people
n the 1960s, the television series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood took North America by storm. It remains the second-longest running series on the Public Broadcasting Service, after Sesame Street, and could be seen on reruns until August 2008. Although its creator, Fred Rogers, was an American, the show actually began in Canada in 1962. A few years later it moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Born Fred McFeely in
L a tro b e , P en n s yl v a ni a , Fred Rogers felt called to the ministry. He graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained a minister in the Presbyterian Church. Mister Rogers, as he became known and loved by millions, was a gentle man, who spoke directly to children. Each of the 895 TV episodes began the same way with Mister Rogers walking into his home, changing into sneakers and a zippered cardi-
What about today? We live in a different age and culture. Brian McLaren responds to this question in his book The Church on the Other Side: “The ultimate community is not just the church itself…. The church [is] a catalyst of a larger reality, which Jesus called the Kingdom of God … dynamic Christian communities … a catalyst of blessing for the good of the world.” We all agree with the concept, but we often go home at night and routinely lock our doors, shutting out the world and our surrounding neighbourhood. While locking the door is a necessary precaution today, the critical question is not reasonable security, but compassionate outreach. “In the morning we cannot yet know who our neighbour will be that day,” writes Dallas Willard in The Divine Conspiracy. “The condition of our hearts will determine
who along our path turns out to be our neighbour, and our faith in God will largely determine whom we have strength enough to make our neighbour.” Christ wants to shine through us throughout our neighbourhood. One of my favourite theologians is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who lived only 39 years, and yet had such a profound impact on his and future generations. In his book Life Together, he sagely notes: “In a Christian community everything depends upon whether each individual is an indispensable link in a chain. Only when even the smallest link is securely interlocked is the chain unbreakable.” May Jesus ever say through you and me: It’s a beautiful day in this neighbourhood. A beautiful day for a neighbour, Would you be mine? Could you be mine? May we continue to reach out, show kindness, give hospitality, extend friendship and be gentle in the name of Jesus: Won’t you please, won’t you please? Please won’t you be my neighbour? Our communities provide unlimited opportunities for us as we strive to reach out and embrace one another, for the sake of Christ and his glorious Kingdom! And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved (Acts 2:47). Commissioner William W. Francis is the territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Salvationist I November 2010 I 17
Reconciliation in a War-Torn World Is war inevitable? What will it take to stop the bloodshed?
by Donald E. Burke
“In Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself …” —2 Corinthians 5:19
ore than 90 years ago, on November 11, 1918, an armistice was signed that brought the brutal destruction of the First World War to an end. After four years of merciless violence that cost more than six million lives—including 60,000 Canadians—an exhausted world gasped for peace. Europe’s landscape was marred by craters and graveyards, bombed-out cities and ravaged countrysides. Also left in shambles was the Enlightenment idea of progress—the notion that technology, science and social organization would inevitably improve the human condition. A couple of years ago, I read The Guns 18 I November 2010 I Salvationist
of August, a book about the outbreak of the First World War. Author Barbara Tuchman traces the inexorable march of events in the months leading up to August 1914 when the Great War broke out. Europe was divided. Petty grievances between heads of state and long-entrenched territorial jealousies set nation against nation. By the summer of 1914, there was a general consensus that war in Europe was inevitable. No one anticipated the four years of destruction that would follow; everyone believed that the war would be over within months. But once violence had taken root, it was nearly impossible to stop. Legacy of Violence The two World Wars, the Korean War, the present-day war in Afghanistan—not to mention countless other conflicts—all
point to a basic reality of life: we live with a legacy of deep alienation, of grievances held and of scores to be settled. This is played out not only in international conflicts, but in individual lives, families and communities. It pits family member against family member, political party against political party, the wealthy against the poor, province against province. This legacy of alienation is a fact with which we all must live. Scripture often reflects upon alienation and its consequences. The first story in the Bible that illustrates the way alienation leads to violence comes just four chapters into the Book of Genesis. Cain’s jealousy of his brother Abel’s acceptance by God led to murder and Cain’s exile from the land. This legacy of violence and enmity was passed down to successive generations.
Europe’s landscape was marred by craters and graveyards, bombedout cities and ravaged countrysides Deep Alienation The Bible confirms that life is filled with conflict. Alienation runs deeper than just the inevitable misunderstandings that are part of our life together. Often, if we search our lives deeply, we find that we are alienated from ourselves. We are disappointed and disaffected; we sense that something is not quite right. Not only that, but Christianity confirms that we are profoundly and unavoidably separated from God. This estrangement from God is the source of our self-alienation and our alienation from each other. This is rooted in the narrative of the Garden of Eden, when the first man and woman exerted their independence from God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (see Genesis 3). Soon after, alienation overtook the intimacy of the world God had created. Adam and Eve withdrew from God, and hid in the bushes. They were alienated from each other, concealing their nakedness behind fig leaves. And they were also alienated from the earth; as punishment for their sin, the soil would only yield its food reluctantly and
with hard human labour. This overwhelming alienation might lead us to despair, but the gospel of Jesus Christ asserts that alienation is not the end. If we read the Bible fully, we find another stream of thought. In the story of Jacob and Esau, after a long period of separation, the two brothers are able to embrace (see Genesis 33). Though Joseph’s brothers feared that he would take his revenge after rising to a position of power in Egypt, Joseph chose instead to reconcile with them (see Genesis 50). The Heart of God The peace that is so desperately needed in our world finds its root first in the heart of God. He extends to us the offer of reconciliation. While we were God’s “enemies,” profoundly rebellious and separated from God, Christ died for us. This redeeming, divine love paves the way for our reconciliation. As the Apostle Paul expresseed it in 2 Corinthians 5:19, “… in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself.” Though history demonstrates that this reconciliation is not yet complete, as Christians we proclaim that it has begun. Paul suggested we are to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Of course, reconciliation is costly. Just ask those who have negotiated peace in Northern Ireland, South Africa or the Middle East. Consider the difficult legacy of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples and the residential schools. Just as our reconciliation with God cost the life of his Son, our reconciliation with one another may cost us dearly. We may have to set aside old grievances, tired prejudices and wrongs inflicted upon us. The prophets Isaiah and Micah had a vision of a world in which swords are beaten into ploughshares and people no longer go to war (see Isaiah 2 and Micah 4). It may be a distant hope, but it drives us forward as Christians. Alienation and strife do not determine the future. In Christ, God has introduced a new reality into our world. His divine love brings reconciliation. In his strength, we can be ambassadors of reconciliation in a strifetorn world. Dr. Donald Burke is president and professor of biblical studies at The Salvation Army’s Booth University College in Winnipeg. His grandfather, Ernest Ray, spent much of the First World War fighting in the trenches in France. It was in France that Ernest Ray first encountered The Salvation Army and, upon his return to Canada, he became a Salvation Army soldier.
Territorial Prayer Guide WEEK 1 Focus on Overseas Personnel • Commissioner Linda Bond, territorial commander, Australia Eastern Territory • Majors Gary and Sharon Cooper, corps officers, Port Macquarie/ Wauchope, North NSW Division, Australia Eastern Territory • Majors Norm and Lois Garcia, corps officers, Old Orchard Beach, Maine, U.S.A. Eastern Territory • Captain Elizabeth Nelson, projects officer, Bangladesh Command • The spiritual development of the children of overseas personnel WEEK 2 Focus on Booth University College • Booth University College’s new bachelor of business administration program • Continued development of Booth University College’s international education program • Financial assistance for Booth University College students • Increased utilization of Booth University College worldwide and by the Canada and Bermuda Territory WEEK 3 Territorial Finance Department • Those who have responsibility for stewardship of the Army’s financial resources • Wisdom, integrity, transparency and accountability to guide our stewardship of the resources entrusted to us WEEK 4 Focus on Candidate Recruitment • People to respond to God’s call to become Salvation Army officers • The candidates who attended the officer information weekend in October • Renewed emphasis on candidate recruitment in divisions and ministry units • Opportunities for officers to reflect publicly about their calling and service To receive a copy of the monthly prayer guides by e-mail, contact Lt-Colonel Winsome Mason, territorial secretary for spiritual life development, at winsome_ firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah and Hagar were two women caught in a patriarchal society that demanded a woman produce a son for her husband. As they struggled to secure a blessing for their respective sons, they abused one another psychologically and emotionally (see Genesis 16-21). The rivalry between Jacob and his twin brother, Esau, was so intense that they tussled with each other in their mother’s womb. Eventually, Jacob secured Esau’s birthright by tricking his father. Esau’s hatred of Jacob was so great that his only comfort was plotting Jacob’s death (see Genesis 27). The next generation was no better. Joseph was despised by his brothers because he was his father’s favourite son. Rather than killing their young sibling, the brothers sold him into servitude in Egypt (see Genesis 37).
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In the Glee article in Faith & Friends Aaron (Blessed Are the Golfer Baddeley Swings Through Life’s Hazards Gleeful, September), InTervIew wITH Max Lucado the writer doesn’t Song-and-Dance Show Delivers mention some of the Profound Lessons show’s more troublesome topics, such as homosexuality and bullying. She makes it sound like a wholesome show that everyone should watch— an opinion I strongly disagree with. A little more research would have shown that there are many themes and situations in Glee that are unwholesome and shouldn’t be viewed. I’ve had many an argument with my teenage daughter about the inappropriateness of Glee and an article like this is extremely unhelpful. The writer needed to present a balanced perspective rather than the overwhelmingly supportive article that was written. Instead of this glowing endorsement for the show, it should have at least mentioned the show’s more problematic aspects. What I find most troubling is that this seems to represent an increasing trend among Christians: to unequivocally accept what the world throws at us without biblical discernment. Robert White Inspiration for Living
Shelter From the Storm
While I’ll agree that the author’s approach to analyzing the show is somewhat glossy, I don’t think it’s fair to call the show entirely unsuitable for viewing. What I think is good about the show is that it can open the door for frank and natural discus-
sions of the topics it addresses, how the characters handle the situations in which they find themselves, and whether our responses to similar situations should echo or oppose what the characters do. Particularly when those discussions are with young people. I believe these are discussions that need to happen. I don’t consider myself a fan of the show, but I’ve watched it often enough to have been able to hold several in-depth conversations with the young people I mentor. I’m always pleased with, and often surprised by, just how astute the youth can be in their observations, and how they respond to a thoughtful analysis of what they’ve seen. I’ve found that getting them talking about how they actually feel about these topics and, more importantly, why they feel that way, is crucial to helping them develop a sound understanding of the moral and ethical questions facing Christians in today’s society. This goes beyond a simple “because the Bible says so” response and into a practical application of Scripture within a context and at a level they understand and thus to which they can more readily relate. Rachel McKendrick
The Whole Story I agree with Dr. Donald Burke’s thoughts on the importance of the whole Word of God (Second-Class Scripture?, August). However, I disagree with his contention that the old chorus “We’re not under law, but under grace” reinforces the dichotomy of the Old and New Testaments. The chorus simply rephrases what Paul says to
the Galatians and Romans. The law Second-Class cannot save us. Scripture? We are saved by grace through faith M in our Lord Jesus Christ (another of the doctrines). To oversimplify, the law of the Old Testament identifies our need of the Saviour of the New Testament. The Old Testament is full of the love of God and the great lengths that he went to connect with a fallen but much loved world. To say that the God of the Old Testament was holy, just and wrathful is just not the whole picture. The Old Testament God is the same God of the New Testament, a God of restoration and redemption. I also find it difficult to read the New Testament without seeing our interconnection as the body of Christ. After all, the head can’t say to the foot, I don’t need you (see 1 Corinthians 12:21). I don’t think it is the New Testament that makes our view of salvation an individualistic matter, but rather our western worldview that values and pursues individualism above community. I see the Old Testament as my history as much as anything else. As Gentile believers we have been grafted into the plan that God established for his chosen people. Just as Abraham was justified by faith in God’s promise, we are justified by faith and as such we are “not under law, but under grace.” Carol Psaute Neglecting the Old Testament cuts us off from the roots of our faith BY DONALD E. BURKE
y Bible includes the Old Testament. This may sound like a simple statement, perhaps even obvious. But when I see a Salvation Army Song Book printed with just a New Testament and the Psalms or people carrying just the New Testament, I have to resist the urge to stop them and exclaim, “That’s not the Bible!” Or when I hear far more Scripture readings and sermons based on the New Testament than on the Old Testament, once again I want to shout, “But what about the rest of the Bible?” Perhaps for many Christians it doesn’t really matter whether we include the Old Testament as part of our Scriptures or not. After all, parts of the Old Testament offend, confuse and embarrass us. Nevertheless, we need to attend to the witness of the Old Testament in order to hear the full voice of Scripture.
An example of this fundamental tension has been the simplistic and misleading contrast between “law” (Old Testament) and “grace” (New Testament). The old chorus, “I am not under law, but under grace,” reinforced the dichotomy between the testaments. This caricature of the Old Testament as “law” and, therefore, superseded by the New Testament’s “grace,” is not new. In the second century, the problem of the Old Testament reached a crisis point when the theologian Marcion advocated abandoning the Old Testament as Christian Scripture. Although the views of Marcion were condemned as heresy, the place of the Old Testament in Christianity has remained problematic for many. A latent Marcionism has crept into our thinking, truncated the Christian canon and given the Old Testament second-class status.
Profound Tensions From early in the history of the Church, Christians have had difficulty knowing what to do with the Old Testament. They have perceived profound tensions between the Old Testament and the New Testament. As read by many Christians, the Old Testament characterizes God as holy, just and wrathful, and the New Testament characterizes God as loving, forgiving and gracious. Attempts to bring these two characterizations together often run aground.
Definitive Guides There are two observations that should give us pause when we dismiss the Old Testament in this way. First, in the time of Jesus and the Early Church, the books of the Old Testament were the only Scriptures available to our ancestors in the faith. There was no New Testament, although by the end of the first century the letters of Paul were in circulation and, together with the Gospels, later formed authoritative guides for the life of the Church.
However, in the Early Church, the emerging New Testament did not replace the Old Testament (except for Marcion and his followers). Rather, the two testaments stood side by side. Second, as Salvationists, our first creedal statement reads, “We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the divine rule of Christian faith and practice.” Notice that this statement does not differentiate between the two testaments; both are affirmed as having been given by God’s inspiration and together they form the definitive guide for Christian faith and practice. Neither the Old Testament nor the New Testament on its own functions as Scripture in the full sense of that term. “But,” you might ask, “why does it matter whether we read the Old Testament and make the effort to understand it?” I would offer four reasons. 1. A Reliable Witness. In the marvelous wisdom of God, the Scriptures of both the Old Testament and the New Testament provide a reliable witness to the long history of God’s love for and commitment to the world. When Jesus, in John 3:16, is quoted as saying, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,” the love of God for the world is not presented as something new. It is found at
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A Tale of Two Armies
With its effective model of evangelism, The Salvation Army elicited interest from the Church of England by Lt-Colonel Maxwell Ryan
A Church Army caravan used for evangelism, similar to those utilized by The Salvation Army
n the 1880s, the religious world in England was enthralled with what the fledgling Salvation Army was doing. William Booth and his enthusiastic, rowdy and fervent Salvationists were vilified by many churchmen, praised by others and generally made themselves the talk of the town. The Oxford-trained Church of England vicars were far removed from the Army converts who traded their liquor bottles for Bibles. Yet there were some Anglican clergy who thought that The Salvation Army might indeed be a work of God. A petition to the Archbishop of Canterbury resulted in a high-powered committee of clergy who issued an invitation to William Booth. The purpose of the meeting was to determine whether there was some way in which the Army could become part of the Church of England, not as clergy, but as “shock troops” of evangelism, to continue their work of saving the poor. The Church of England recognized that The Salvation Army had no problem ministering to the lower classes, while it had experienced little success. There were several discussions, but in 22 I November 2010 I Salvationist
the end it was found that the partnership was insurmountable without the sacrifice of essential principles. What would be the position of the General of The Salvation Army? Perhaps a minor ecclesiastical post. And women officers? Perhaps they could be deaconesses. And sacraments were mandatory. It did not take Booth and his colleagues very long to come up with a clear, friendly and charitable refusal. For the Army, the matter was dead, and it was time to return to the battle for souls. With the abandonment of time-honoured yet extra-biblical practices, the Army was reflecting the hymn by William Cowper: Jesus, where’er thy people meet There they behold thy mercy seat; Where’er they seek thee, thou art found, And every place is hallowed ground. But the Church of England thought there was still a way to capture the blazing evangelical fire of the Salvationists, if not through The Salvation Army then through a new creation—a Church Army,
thoroughly Anglican yet based on Salvation Army principles and practices. The official history of The Salvation Army puts it this way: “The Church of England having failed to secure The Salvation Army proper as an auxiliary of the Establishment, the Church Army was brought into being. The prime movers were Wilson Carlile and F. S. Webster.” In 1881, Webster began regularly attending Salvation Army meetings and for three months was a soldier of the Oxford Corps. Becoming a lay-curate in St. Aldate’s parish, he started what he called the “Church Salvation Army,” borrowing some Salvationists to help in the first Sunday march. Wrote Webster, “Before long Mr. Wilson Carlile heard of this and we arranged to join together and so the Church Army began to be. This naturally and necessarily led to my gradual separation from The Salvation Army.” Carlile began preaching in the streets as early as 1881. In August 1882, the Church Times reported “a meeting [was held] of a church mission army which would be a real Salvation Army.” Later in the same year, Carlile, as founder and eventual leader of the Church Army, wrote to the Church Times: “The need of some organization has long been felt to develop within the Church of England the work that has been regarded as the chief feature of The Salvation Army.” It is interesting to note that nowhere in the history of the Church Army does the Church of England acknowledge its early indebtedness to The Salvation Army in providing a model for organizing its Army and engaging in its ministry of evangelism. However, the “child” (the Church Army) in many ways resembled the “parent” (The Salvation Army). Flags, uniforms, brass bands, officer ranks, congresses and training colleges all reflected the now officially forgotten model. The Church Army is still in existence worldwide, though in Canada it is now known as Threshold Ministries, with its headquarters and training college in Saint John, N.B. It appears that William Booth had good reason for his reply to King Edward VII when, in 1904, the King asked, “What do the clergy think of you now?” Booth replied, “They imitate me!” Lt-Colonel Maxwell Ryan is retired in Burlington, Ont., where he serves as a part-time hospital chaplain and amateur Army historian.
First Army Building Opened in Mongolia
With the support of the Korea Territory, The Salvation Army is expanding its work in Mongolia
n a significant development for the newly established ministry in Mongolia, The Salvation Army has opened its first building. The opening ceremony included the participation of Salvationist personnel from Korea who have supported or sponsored the establishment of Army work in Mongolia. The international secretary for South Pacific and East Asia, Commissioner Robert Street, and the territorial commander for Korea, Commissioner Chun, Kwang-pyo, jointly cut the traditional yellow, red and blue tape to declare the building open. Construction is continuing on the building and, when completed, the premises will accommodate administration offices, a worship hall, living accommodation and multi-purpose rooms for outreach programs, including a feeding ministry for the homeless. In the celebration meeting that followed a tour of the premises, Commissioner Street encouraged the Mongolian congregation to enjoy the sense of purpose in working together to build up God’s work. As the Mongolian work has been established from the Korea Territory, Korean initiative and
leadership were warmly acknowledged. Commissioner Chun, Kwang-pyo, thanked divisional leaders of the Seoul and Seoul South divisions for their continuing practical involvement and made a special presentation to officer-in-charge Captain Lee, Min-ho, who with his wife, Captain
Chang, Mi-hyun, has played the major role in establishing the Army’s presence in the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar. Korea’s deputy-ambassador voiced his appreciation of this initiative from his country as did Kim, Dong-jin, chairman of the Korean Missionary Society.
Cpt Lee, Min-ho, receives a cheque for water projects in Mongolia from Seoul South Div, Korea, watched by local community members
Response to New Zealand Earthquake Salvation Army provides support to those affected by the disaster
alvation Army emergency services in New Zealand are providing practical support and comfort after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck the central South Island in the Canterbury area on September 4. The city of Christchurch and surrounding areas close to the quake’s epicentre experienced significant damage to infrastructure, with power, water and sewerage affected. Drinking water is in short supply, with pipes ruptured. Heating is an issue at night as chimneys have been destroyed and power outages are expected to continue. Health issues are likely to be an ongoing concern. The repairs are estimated to be as high as NZ $2 billion. Within hours of the disaster, The
Salvation Army was feeding about 1,000 people at two Christchurch locations. This practical relief effort was soon expanded, with people being fed from three centres. In addition to housing hundreds of people, meals were served to a large number of emergency services and welfare support personnel. The earthquake was centred 30 kilometres west of Christchurch, with damage in the city and outer suburbs, extending to rural centres. There were no reports of fatalities, but there were some serious injuries. Building facades in the central city collapsed, bridges were affected, cars were crushed and many homes were damaged. Immediately following the earthquake,
believed to be the largest to hit the country since 1931, The Salvation Army’s territorial commander for New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, Commissioner Donald Bell, said, “We’re extremely fortunate that this earthquake struck during the night. If this had happened a few hours later, with people and cars on the streets and in businesses, we would have been looking at many more injuries and likely loss of life. “No matter how prepared a nation is for an earthquake, there is always great fear, anxiety and disruption of life afterwards. Many people have lost possessions and their housing is not secure. We are praying for these people and for those who are helping them cope, including our own people on the ground.” Salvationist I November 2010 I 23
Good Things Come in Threes Now in their third appointment in Hungary, Captains Andrew and Darlene Morgan continue to learn the language and culture By Melissa Walter a long way since that first visit, as they can now preach and conduct all their business in Hungarian. There were other things to learn, aside from language. Hungary is much more formal than Canada. For example, when entering a meeting, one must go around the table and shake hands with everyone. The question of formality can be important in church fellowship and also has a big impact on leadership dynamics, something the captains have noticed in their new Cpts Andrew and Darlene Morgan, Canadian officers serving in Hungary appointment. “I’ll throw out an idea, asking corps leaders n 1991, while working as a dental and institutional leaders to challenge it, hygienist in Toronto, Darlene Morgan and that’s very difficult for the average was cleaning the teeth of a woman who Hungarian,” says Captain Andrew. had been working for a Christian organWhen the Morgans arrived in Hungary ization in Africa. At some point Darlene in March of 1992, The Salvation Army thought to herself, Why couldn’t my huswas just beginning to re-establish its minband, Andrew, and I serve overseas with istry after Communist rule. This newThe Salvation Army? When the Morgans ness brought certain challenges to the inquired about this possibility, they were Morgans’ work there, but also, unexpectoffered positions as support workers at a edly, removed others. “There’s no history of Hungarian corps. traditionalism,” explains Captain Darlene, When they first travelled to Hungary “so we don’t have the battle of traditional in 1992, the Morgans knew nothing of or contemporary.” Although Hungary’s the language or culture. “We were leading corps are contemporary in their style of a Bible study group in our home corps worship, brass bands continue to flourand for our farewell they had a cake for ish. Bands are popular for outreach and us,” she says. “It just said ‘goodbye’ in special occasions, and Hungary has its Hungarian, but we didn’t even know what own National Music Camp. that meant.” Because of the recent beginnings of the Eighteen years later, Captains Andrew Army in Hungary, the number of officers and Darlene are again living in Hungary. In is limited. When the Morgans were com2009, they received their third invitation missioned as Canadian officers a few years to serve in the central European country, after their first term in Hungary, they were this time as regional leaders. They’ve come assigned back to Budapest as corps officers
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of an inner-city corps. In the intervening years, the personnel shortage has remained a problem. Mayoral offices will extend funding for Salvation Army social services to operate in their cities, but the region does not have enough officers to fill those administrative roles. However, numbers are growing. The Morgans are opening a training college in 2011 and currently have six candidates in pre-training. Another problem facing The Salvation Army in Hungary is the escalating violence against the Roma people, commonly referred to in English as Gypsies. The state expects churches to help solve this problem, and the Army works toward this goal in multiple ways, including the commissioning of Roma officers and ministry in Roma villages. “Before God we are all one, and we are not to be differentiated by our nationality,” says Captain Andrew. Their three stays in Hungary have provided the Morgans with numerous learning opportunities. “I’ve definitely experienced different things in my walk of faith each time we’ve been here,” says Captain Darlene. “This time around it’s been a matter of trusting God to equip me for responsibilities that are outside of my domain.” For Captain Andrew, this appointment has also revealed the importance of trust. “So often, leadership is about being able to sway someone to a different opinion with a turn of a phrase. In Hungarian, I haven’t the ability to persuade in a convincing way, and that frustrates me to no end—but it drives me to the realization that the Lord is able to bring about what he needs to bring about, even in my weakness.” The Morgans may have come to a deeper understanding of Hungary and its people, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in seeing other countries. “We have a global perspective on ministry,” says Captain Andrew. “We just do what is before us in this day and believe that as God has done in the past, he will show us the next move when the time comes,” adds Captain Darlene.
The Write Stuff
Editorial department welcomes journalist from Australia
Julia Hosking: “God is teaching me to trust him”
his month, Julia Hosking joins the editorial department as a staff writer. Julia hails from the Australia Eastern Territory where she served as staff writer for the Army’s Pipeline magazine (the equivalent of Salvationist) for the past 19 months. In addition, Julia coordinated editorial content for Pipeline’s supplement, Creative Ministry, and a youth website, More (salvos.org.au/more). She has a degree in communication and media studies and comes to Canada with husband, Michael. Salvationist interviews Julia about her twin passions: writing and The Salvation Army. Tell us more about your Army background. Since I was a child, I’ve wor-
shipped at The Salvation Army Menai Corps in south Sydney. This vibrant, contemporary church has encouraged me in my spiritual journey and is also where I met my husband, Michael, another long-term Army member. At the corps, I’ve participated in drama, leadership with children, youth programs and hospital visitation. What motivated you to become a writer? Though I always enjoyed reading and writing, and studied English literature at university, I vowed I’d never become a journalist. I was turned off by current affair-style reporting, PR spin and gossipy celebrity magazines. After graduation, however, I applied for a job as a journalist with The Salvation
Army and soon discovered that writing for a Christian magazine didn’t involve hype, spin or paparazzi. Instead, I was blessed to use my God-given writing ability to spread the gospel to a wide audience and promote the work of The Salvation Army.
with volunteers and food every week and parked at the shopping centre, offering the youth something to do and people to talk to. Earlier this year, the Australia Eastern territorial commander, Canadian-born Commissioner Linda Bond, proudly dedicated the bus.
You also majored in film studies. What is your favourite film and why? That’s a tough question. Film studies broadened my perspective on what makes a good film, and therefore a favourite. For a night on the couch, I can’t turn down a good tearjerker such as P.S. I Love You; I like to reflect on my childhood with Cinderella; I enjoy going back in time with Breakfast at Tiffany’s or Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times; I like being made to think with psychological thrillers (Déjà Vu); and I’m intrigued by period dramas such as The Duchess.
What are your impressions of Canada? What inspired you to come here? As an Aussie who shivers when it’s 10 C, I’ve been warned about Canada’s sub-zero temperatures. The thought of Canadian winter terrifies me! Despite the weather warnings, people have said that the country is beautiful and the people friendly. The opportunity to work in a country that is similar to Australia, and yet so different, excites me. My inquisitive nature as a journalist makes me wonder how people on the other side of the world live and I hope to gain a perspective of Canada afforded to no short-term tourist. Plus, I enjoy reading the Canada and Bermuda territorial websites and magazines, and am honoured to write for these pages.
What are three things you can’t live without? It is a little cliché, but my coffee machine, my husband and my relationship with Christ. Describe a unique Salvation Army ministry that you profiled in Australia. A Salvation Army corps in North Queensland created a bus outreach program in response to youth who loitered and caused trouble at a local shopping centre every Thursday night. A local transportation company donated the bus, which was outfitted with PlayStations, computers and Xboxes, and painted with graffiti art. Known as The Salvation Army Oasis Youth Connection +, the bus is loaded
What has God taught you recently? I have often held Proverbs 3:5-6 close to my heart, but the move to Canada is making me put the verse into practice in a new way. Put simply, God is teaching me to trust him, and is guiding me with stepby-step instructions. No matter what questions I may have about my future, I know God is sovereign—a lesson learned from Proverbs 16:1: “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer” (NLT). Salvationist I November 2010 I 25
The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith Peter Hitchens
Review by Lt-Colonel Maxwell Ryan Christopher Hitchens is among the more prominent of the current crop of atheists, which is one reason why The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by his lesser-known brother Peter is such a fascinating read. Readers who are looking for a defense of the Christian faith against atheism will not be disappointed. Yet this is far from being a fundamentalist rant. Peter Hitchens, a British journalist, author and broadcaster, is currently a columnist for The Mail on Sunday. A former revolutionary, he attributes his return to faith largely to his experience of socialism in practice, which he witnessed during his years reporting in eastern Europe. Three years as a resident correspondent in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union confirmed his growing doubts about secular salvation. This is a beautifully written and poignant book. The carefully crafted language is a delight to read as the author leads his readers along a winding autobiographical journey that is honest, thought-provoking and kind. As the younger brother (by three years), Peter early learned to fight physically and verbally with a brother who defined much of his life. The Rage Against God is, in part, a response to Christopher’s 2007 book, God is Not Great. Peter writes, “Christopher and I have had over the past 50 years what might be called a difficult relationship.… My brother and I agree that independence of mind is immensely precious. This will not make us close friends at this stage. We are two utterly different men approaching the ends of two intensely separate lives.” The Rage Against God is an important book, not only because it is well-written, but also because it reveals that no one is outside the providence of God.
VeggieTales: It’s a Meaningful Life
VeggieTales presents It’s a Meaningful Life, a new DVD for children about Stewart (Larry the Cucumber), a veggie who had a chance to win it all. Injured in one bad play, his hopes of living a life of fame and fortune are dashed forever. Years later, Stewart wonders “what if” things had been different. When he meets a mysterious train conductor who can turn back time, Stewart gets a chance to have the life he always wanted. Will he find all he’s been looking for? Find out in this lesson in being content. 26 I November 2010 I Salvationist
In the Sanctuary
Meadowlands Corps Band’s seventh CD, In the Sanctuary, includes old favourites such as Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (arr. Ray Steadman-Allen), The Road to Emmaus (Dean Goffin), The Lord’s Prayer (arr. William Gordon) as well as new arrangements by Canadian Salvationists with He Giveth More Grace (Kenneth Smith) and Knowing You (Kevin Metcalf). Also featured are solos by Andrew Schofield (Wonderful Grace), Ken Spink (Before His Throne) and Bandmaster Ron Heintzman (The Reason).
Choosing to See: A Journey of Struggle and Hope
Mary Beth Chapman In Choosing to See, Mary Beth Chapman, wife of recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman, bares her heart and soul as she shares honestly about her personal journey—from her childhood, to the challenges of married life, to the sudden and tragic loss of a daughter. The book explores Chapman’s relationship with God in the face of the unexpected, and tackles tough questions with grace, grit and insight.
Samuel Logan Brengle: Heart for God
Edited by Peter Farthing Samuel Logan Brengle: Heart for God includes selections from one of The Salvation Army’s great writers on holiness, brought into today’s English, completely revised and updated. Produced by the Australia Eastern Territory, it comes with a series of notes for Bible study or spiritual formation groups.
Meeting Jesus: Inspiring Stories of Modern-Day Evangelism
Howard Webber Meeting Jesus is a book about how the power of the gospel can work in the lives of ordinary men and women—the sort you might meet at a garden gate, in a pub or on a park bench. Addressing many of the misconceptions about evangelism in the Church, Webber, an Army officer ministering in England, shares the reality of what happens when people meet Jesus.
Memoirs of a Sex Slave Survivor
Timea Nagy When Timea Nagy left her native Hungary to work in Canada as a nanny, little did she know that she would be swept into the underbelly of the sex slavery trade. Nagy tells of her painful journey, her daring escape and the personal healing that followed. This inspiring memoir can help others to rise above victimization. As an advocate for human trafficking victims, Nagy seeks to build public awareness and empower citizens, government agencies and law enforcement to wipe out this shameful practice. Copies of her book can be ordered at www.walk-with-me.org.
Enrolment and Recognition HALIFAX—Spryfield Community Church celebrates four new junior soldiers. From left, Marianne Rosa, junior soldier leader; Tyler Webb; Dominic Bremner; Tyler Hackett; Lt Robert Jeffery, CO; and Joseph Webb. KENTVILLE, N.S.—Kentville welcomes four soldiers. From left, Mjr Ross Grandy, CO; Gideon Travis; Lunda Murphy; Esther Bailey; Bill Blagdon, holding flag; Mary Blenkhorn; and Mjr Doreen Grandy, CO.
ST. ANTHONY, N.L.—Clyde Ward is enrolled as a senior soldier by Mjr Raymond Janes, CO.
NANAIMO, B.C.—Joan Parsons, Nanaimo’s most recent adherent, stands with recruiting sergeant Shirley Perry.
TRINITY BAY SOUTH, N.L.—Two senior soldiers are enrolled at Trinity Bay South. From left, Lt-Cols Alfred and Ethel Richardson, DC and DDWM, N.L. Div; Lawrence Mercer and Terry Reid; and Cpts Claudette and Chris Pilgrim, COs.
KAMLOOPS, B.C.—Mjrs Wayne and Sharleen McTaggart, COs, stand with Dan Larmour, Lana Pollock and Joy Bailey as they proudly display their Soldier’s Covenants and share with friends and family their desire for active ministry. Also with them are David Hawkes, holding the flag, and Eleanor Hawkes, who taught the preparation classes. TORONTO—“The Over Sixty Club of East Toronto Citadel is a vital part of our ministry in the community,” says Mjr Ray Braddock, CO. “We average around 30 people per week with 80 percent from the community. Meetings start with a full-course meal at noon and run until 2:30 p.m.” Representing the group, front row, from left, are Julie McPhee, Jean Gillard, Yvonne Traviss and Mary Franklin. Back row, from left, Jean Leach, Over Sixty Club secretary; Millie Rose; and Marlene Little, treasurer. HAVANA, CUBA—Commissioners William W. and Marilyn D. Francis, territorial leaders, met in Havana with Jean-Pierre Juneau, the Canadian Ambassador to Cuba. Col Oscar Sanchez, territorial commander of the Latin America North Territory, stands with them.
BOTWOOD, N.L.—During the 115th corps anniversary celebrations at Botwood, Wanda Linthorne received her commission as corps sergeant major. Standing with her are Mjrs Calvin and Beryl Collins, COs, and Lt-Cols Alfred and Ethel Richardson, DC and DDWM, N.L. Div. The following local officers received appreciation certificates: Ruby Callahan, for 16 years as corps sergeant major; Rita Peyton, for 16 years as corps treasurer; and Austin Yates, for 22 years as corps secretary. Mayor Jerry Dean presented the corps with a congratulatory certificate for its years of faithful service to the community. Salvationist I November 2010 I 27
OTTAWA—The Salvation Army Legacy Brass Band, Ont. CE Division, and the Ottawa Carleton Male Choir held a music concert to support The Salvation Army Woodroffe Community Church’s new building project and relocation to Barrhaven, Ottawa South. Band members Gordon Smith and Ralph Verhey presented a cheque for $4,500 to Cpts Chris and Tina Rideout, COs. From left, Cpts Chris and Tina Rideout; Joan Humphreys, CSM; Gordon Smith, band secretary-treasurer; and Ralph Verhey, special efforts secretary. PEMBROKE, ONT.—Pembroke Community Church kicked off its 16th annual Red Shield Appeal by serving breakfast to 442 guests. Dignitaries from the area included representatives from the Ontario Provincial Police, Pembroke Police Service, provincial and federal government, fire chief, CFB Petawawa base commander, deputy mayors from Pembroke and Petawawa, and the Army’s local advisory council. A plaque was presented to the Moncion family for their support of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season.
Pembroke Community Church also recognized volunteers for their years of service in the Army’s soup kitchen. From left, Cpt Denise Spurrell, CO; Cecil Lavigne, Leonard Junop, Joan Junop, Bob Cotter and Pamela Lavery.
Creating the Compassionate Heart: Equipping for Ministry Territorial Social Services Conference March 26-29, 2011 Delta Meadowvale Hotel Mississauga, Ontario Plenary speakers, workshops and networking opportunities Contact Joanne Tilley, THQ Social Services, by e-mail at email@example.com
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Lt-Colonels David and Margaret Hiscock retired after 45 and 44 years of joyful service. “God’s calling has been a powerful motivation in our lives,” say Lt-Colonels Hiscock. David was commissioned in 1966 and appointed to Whitbourne, N.L. After pursuing a teaching career, Margaret was commissioned in 1967. After marriage, they served in Creston, Robert’s Arm, Wesleyville and Carbonear, N.L., followed by service as divisional youth secretary and divisional Guide director in the then Central Newfoundland and Ontario Metro Toronto divisions. A two-year appointment to Guelph, Ont., was followed in 1987 by David serving as territorial youth secretary, with Margaret serving as research assistant. During this six-year term, the Hiscocks led a sevenweek youth service team in 1992 to support the Army’s newly re-opened work in Russia. Encountering in St. Petersburg and Moscow masses of people who felt despondent and hopeless “deepened our capacity to become emotionally engaged with people,” say the Hiscocks. In 1993, David was appointed as training principal and Margaret as director of special services at the College for Officer Training in St. John’s, N.L. They saw this time as a tremendous learning experience and an exciting opportunity to be part of the journey of future leaders in the Army. In 1997, David and Margaret became divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries in the Maritime Division, followed by similar appointments in the then Ontario West Division in 2001. In their final appointment at territorial headquarters, David served as the secretary for program services and Margaret the assistant territorial secretary for women’s ministries, which included being the territorial secretary for the Fellowship of the Silver Star. “We view retirement not as an ending, but as a new beginning in our service to God,” Margaret says. Majors Wilson and Linda Janes were commissioned as members of God’s Messengers Session in Winnipeg in 1982 with cadets from the training colleges in St. John’s, N.L., and Toronto as part of The Salvation Army’s centennial celebrations in Canada. After ordination, they served in Glenwood, Horwood (outpost Gander Bay), Birchy Bay (outpost Baytona), Arnold’s Cove (outpost Fair Haven), and Moreton’s Harbour, N.L., with the latter amalgamating with Bridgeport, N.L., to become the Clarence Wiseman Central Corps. After 18 years of corps ministry, they were appointed to community and family services in Gander, N.L., with Linda having the additional responsibility as chaplain for the James Paton Memorial Hospital and for one year as secretary for seniors in the then Newfoundland and Labrador Central Division. Wilson held the additional role as chaplain to corrections, which included the correctional facility in Bishop’s Falls N.L., Their active officership concluded in corps ministry in Campbellton, N.L., the longest appointment of their 28 years of faithful service.
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Anniversary Concert at Green’s Harbour
The corps at Green’s Harbour, N.L., celebrated its 80th anniversary with a gospel concert featuring recording artist Glen Tetford. The highlight was the burning of the mortgage with Mjrs Smith and Florence Rowsell present, the corps officers who opened the new citadel in 1993. “We’ve become debt free, which is a monumental achievement in a small rural setting these days,” says Cpt Tony Brushett, CO. “We thank God daily for the wonderful Christians he has raised through this corps and for the great work that will continue.” Guests included Mjrs Rowsell; Mjr Frank Pittman, area commander; and Charlene John, member of the House of Assembly for Trinity area, who brought greetings on behalf of the provincial government. In photo, Ricky Simms and Jessie Brace cut the anniversary cake.
BRANTFORD, ONT.—Ernest John Livick died in his 78th year in Kitchener, Ont. A lifelong Salvationist, Ernie gave himself with devotion and determination to everything he did. He served the Lord, his church and community with distinction, excelling as bandmaster at Brantford Citadel (now Wyndfield Community Church) for 30 years. His work ethic was exceeded only by his deep love for his family and his commitment to service in the Army. Ernie served as director of The Salvation Army’s Victoria House and Booth Centre, and as executive director of Rosewood House and The Salvation Army Community Access Program in Brantford, Ont. Ernie is remembered by wife, Elizabeth (Betty), of 53 years; daughter, Jennifer; sister, Vera Durman; brother, Howard (Myrtle); sister-in-law, Dorothy (John) Sheppard; and many nieces, nephews and their families.
Supporting Santiago Central Corps, Chile Heritage Brass, Ont. CE Div, made a double Bb bass instrument available to the Santiago Central Corps, Chile. To offset high transportation costs, Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander, graciously agreed to take it with him during his visit to Peru. He and Commissioner Marilyn D. Francis, territorial president for women’s ministries, were guests for the South America West Territory’s first territorial officers’ retreat near Lima, Peru. The event included officers from Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Commissioner William Francis taught biblical studies on holiness and Commissioner Marilyn Francis led the opening one-hour daily prayer sessions. After the retreat, the corps officer from Santiago took the instrument to his corps in Chile. Brian Burditt, bandmaster of Heritage Brass, presents double Bb bass instrument destined for Santiago Central Corps, Chile, to Commissioner William Francis
TERRITORIAL Appointments Mjr Joanne Binner, associate officer, Richmond Hill Community Church/Markham Community Church, Ont. CE Div; Mjr Edith Dean, community services officer, Calgary, Alta. and Northern Ttys Div*; Mjr Lorraine Hart, personnel office administrator, THQ personnel services; Mjr Patsy Rowe, office administrator, THQ social services, and co-ordinator of women’s ministries resources, THQ women’s ministries; Mjr Yvonne Borrows, community and family services officer, Nelson Community Church, B.C. Div*; Cpt Crystal Wilkinson, community and family services officer,
SURREY, B.C.—Jack Poole was born in 1922 in Brighton, Ont., and became an Army soldier in Chilliwack, B.C., in 1975. Past president of the Advisory Council of Salvation Army Laymen (ACSAL), he humbly served in street and pub ministry in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Salmon Arm and Vernon, B.C. He participated in community care ministries while living in Chilliwack, Vernon and Surrey, and served as corps sergeant major in Vernon. Jack is missed by Ruth, his wife of 65 years; daughter, Nancy (Wayne) Ratcliffe; and granddaughter, Jenelle. MONTREAL—Raymond Purcell was born in Quebec City in 1927. After living for a while in Ottawa, he settled in Montreal. Friends led him to The Salvation Army, where he committed his life to Christ and became a senior soldier at Montreal’s Park Extension Corps. Following his marriage to Ethel Spackman, he continued to be active in corps life, commencing first at Park Extension and then Montreal Citadel. Raymond served as corps treasurer, welcome sergeant, tape ministry co-ordinator and bandsman. His most notable involvement was as Cub leader, which included serving many summers at Lac L’Achigan Camp. People will miss his joyful spirit and solid faith. Raymond is remembered by wife, Ethel; daughter, Barbara (Andrew); sons Gary (Angie) and Stephen; granddaughters Robyn and Amanda; and sister, Norma. ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Born in 1923, Edwin Pike was a lifelong Salvationist. He served as a bandsman and songster leader at St. John’s Citadel and was corps sergeant major for 25 years. Ed was a member of the married couples’ club, men’s fellowship and Young at Heart and volunteered at the Harbour Light and Haven of Hope. He also served as president of the St. John’s Kiwanis Club. Edwin will be remembered for his faith in God, strong commitment to family and friends, love for people and a kind and generous heart. He is remembered by wife, Margaret, of 54 years; son, Frazer (Betty); daughter, Edwina (Carl); grandchildren Bradley, Shanna and Melissa; and sister, Ruby Keats.
Alberni Valley, B.C. Div* *Designation change Promoted to Glory Mjr Karl Abrahamse, from Smiths Falls, Ont., Aug 23
Commissioners William and Marilyn Francis Oct 19-Nov 2 Territorial Holy Land Tour; Nov 5-7 100th anniversary, La Scie, N.L.; Nov 8-12 Brengle Institute, JPCC; Nov 14-17 Territorial Leaders’ Conference, JPCC; Nov 17 President’s Day, National Church and Mission Dialogue Conference, Toronto*; Nov 18-19 personnel
consultations, JPCC**; Nov 21 Santa Claus parade, Toronto; Nov 26 advisory board, Saint John, N.B.*; Nov 27-29 CFOT, Winnipeg Commissioner William Francis only* Commissioner Marilyn Francis only** Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd Nov 4 CFOT, Winnipeg; Nov 5-7 125th anniversary, Fredericton; Nov 14-17 Territorial Leaders’ Conference, JPCC General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) Nov 28 Fort Lauderdale, Florida Canadian Staff Band Nov 20 Fall Festival, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; Nov 21 Santa Claus parade, Toronto Salvationist I November 2010 I 29
You Are Not My Enemy Remembrance Day reminds us to see others through the eyes of Christ By Major Fred Ash
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ovember always makes me sad. This is odd because autumn is my favourite season. I love the harvest, colourful trees, Canada geese honking overhead and clear air. But overshadowing all this is Remembrance Day. Perhaps it’s my childhood memories of standing in chilly November gales at my hometown’s cenotaph, cold feet cramping and body shivering. Maybe it’s the lonely sound of a bugle playing the Last Post or the sight of a mother carrying a wreath in honour of her dead son. When we reflect upon the past 100 years, there is a lot to be sad about. It is estimated that 160 million people died in wars in the 20th century. There is not much improvement today. War still rages in our world and terrorist attacks kill and maim thousands. There are religious wars, drug wars and civil wars. I suspect that this November 11 will again be a sad day for me. Yet there is always a spark of hope. Like a candle cradled in a cup on a windy night, hope struggles to stay alive. And it is this hope that has sustained the human race throughout the millennia. Despite all of man’s inhumanity to man, we believe that right will win over might, good will win over evil and life will triumph over death. Christians, more than any other people, have reason to hope. We know the story of Jesus and his Resurrection, and trust in the promise of his return. We believe that one day people “will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore” (Isaiah 2:4). Writing from a prison cell, the Apostle Paul wrote that “our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but … against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). He had been arrested, whipped, chained in dungeons and falsely accused of crimes. In spite of all that, he wrote that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil. When we take this verse of Scripture to heart, we realize that our enemy is not other religions, governments or any other human being. Our enemy is the Devil. His tools of war are hatred, suspicion, mistrust, greed, selfishness, violence and every other device that sows discord among peoples and nations. Paul saw himself as a soldier in a spiritual war. People were not his enemy. Even cruel, inhumane people who perpetrated unspeakable crimes against humanity were not his enemy. Like his Lord, Paul could say, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). He saw sinners as victims to be rescued, criminals as individuals who needed to be saved and the immoral as people who needed to be changed. Because this is how Jesus saw them. When a man forgives the one who murdered his son, he is saying, “You are not
my enemy. My enemy is the one who filled your mind with hate. My enemy is the Devil. And by God’s grace I love you.” When a Christian tells an unbeliever that he respects his right to disagree with him, he is saying, “You are not my enemy. My enemy is the one who plants suspicion among us. My enemy is the Devil. And by God’s grace I respect and love you.” When former German and Canadian soldiers stand together at the same war memorial, they are saying, “You are not my enemy. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of evil that led us to fight one another.” When William Booth gave his famous “I’ll fight” speech, he was not advocating political or social unrest. He was saying, “I’ll fight against those spiritual forces that create a society in which women weep and young men become hardened criminals. I’ll fight against those powers of darkness that turn an innocent girl into a prostitute and that allow little children to go to bed hungry.” Perhaps November won’t be so sad after all. Major Fred Ash is the corps officer at Burlington Community Church, Ont.
Christmas with The Salvation Army With Special Guests Michael Baker, trumpet Colin Fox, dramatist The Peterborough Singers, Syd Birrell, director Ian Sadler, organist and featuring The Festival Chorus with Canadian Staff Band, Bandmaster John Lam Major Leonard Ballantine, Artistic Director Saturday, December 4, 2010 7:30pm Roy Thomson Hall 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
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