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22 Year in Review
National Advisory Board members offer valuable contributions to the mission of The Salvation Army by Major Jim Champ
Inside Faith & Friends Saved by the Bells Thanks to Salvation Army bell-ringer Courtney Pollett and others like her, thousands of people will have a merry Christmas this year
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Bishop Bill and the Army Band
few weeks after taking up our overseas appointment in Peterborough, England, my wife, Barbara, and I were among the many invited guests to a community reception held at the Peterborough Cathedral. Our host was Bishop William John Westwood, better known as Bishop Bill to millions of BBC Radio listeners through his Thought for the Day broadcasts. The Peterborough Cathedral is a magnificent example of Norman architecture. If its walls could speak, they would tell tales of beheaded queens, marauding Cromwellian soldiers and contemporary arsonists who, as recently as 2001, set fire to a stack of plastic chairs near the organ causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages. Yet despite its troubled and at times sordid history, the Peterborough Cathedral has been the spiritual home for scores of Christians. Every Christmas Eve, the community packs out the cathedral for a traditional carol service. It is standing room only despite the chilled air and damp conditions. Yet nothing can thwart the enthusiasm of the carollers as they celebrate Christ’s birth. Over the years, The Salvation Army
Peterborough Citadel Band has played a central role in the service, providing accompaniment to many of the carols as well as a musical prelude and postlude. Bishop Bill was instrumental in inviting the Army band to participate. And it was one of these Christmas Eve services that the bishop had in mind when I was first introduced to him at the reception held in the beautiful surroundings of this church building steeped in tradition and history. Having a captive audience, myself included, Bishop Bill proceeded to point out the finer details of the cathedral. Interspersing his comments with historical anecdotes, he shared how for centuries both saints and sinners had gathered within the hallowed walls of the cathedral to meet with God in praise and penitence. Then, in a conspiratorial tone, Bishop Bill said to me, “Captain, the first time I presided over the Christmas Eve carol service here, great crowds had gathered and The Salvation Army band was present.” With a twinkle in his eye, he said, “Do you know what they played? Your band played Jingle Bells in my cathedral.” Sure enough, the band had played Eric Leidzen’s popular march Christmas Joy, which includes the carols Joy to the World and Love and Joy Come to You with Jingle Bells sandwiched in-between. The march is classic Salvation Army music and has delighted many listeners at Christmastime. It is also a good reminder that even the secular can become sacred when God is in it. And, of course, this is the central message of Christmas: that a holy God came down and dwelt among an unholy people. I never had the opportunity to ask the bishop what he really thought about the band’s choice of music. But as far as I know, the Army band continues to play every Christmas Eve in the Peterborough Cathedral. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King. Major Jim Champ Editor-in-Chief
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AROUND THE TERRITORY
Laughter and Singing in Kamloops Twenty-nine children enjoyed their week at vacation Bible school at Kamloops Community Church, B.C. The four adult leaders and two teenagers who ran the program were supported by Majors Sharleen and Wayne McTaggart, corps officers. The theme of the Bible curriculum was Noah’s Ark. Each day began with action songs, memorizing Scripture verses and a Bible story. In addition, the program featured craft-making, scavenger hunts and big tricycle races. On two days, the children and leaders walked to a nearby park for a picnic lunch, mini-golf and swimming. At the conclusion of the VBS, the children received individually framed photos and graduation certificates. “The children’s steady attendance and expressed desire to start attending other church activ-
ities indicate they enjoyed the week,” says Major Sharleen McTaggart. “We are especially grateful that Wendy Escamilla and her son, James, have a deep desire to see youth ministries a focus of our corps.”
Correction: In Divisional Farewell for Candidates (October 2010), the names of Cadets Jason and Kristen Dockeray were inadvertently omitted from the list of candidates from the Ontario Great Lakes Division.
High Seas Expedition in Bermuda
The Salvation Army Golf Classic 2010
Thirty-two children and 12 adults participated in a High Seas Expedition vacation Bible school at West End Community Church, Bermuda. The church hall was decorated to look like a seaworthy vessel to sail for a week of fun on the ocean. Each day, “crew members” learned a new spiritual truth that was reinforced by a Scripture verse and Bible story. The children discovered that God’s Word is true, comforting, surprising and life-changing. They moved around to different sessions that included high-energy worship, crafts, snacks from the galley, a Bible voyage, games and the ship’s cinema that featured Chatter Chipmunk. “Our 2010 VBS was a huge success and many of the young people made first-time commitments to the Lord,” says Lieutenant Amanda Robinson, corps officer.
On September 17, 144 golfers participated at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham, Ont., for the 10th annual Salvation Army Golf Classic hosted by the Ontario Central-East Division. Lance Brown, sports director of CTV, not only golfed but was also the master of ceremonies for the day. Through the generosity of corporate partners and the Army’s many community friends, the event highlighted the mission of The Salvation Army and raised $100,000 for its vital community and family services ministries in the Greater Toronto Area.
From left, Scot Cherry, Steve Nelson, Bob Owen and Lance Brown form the Roy Nichols Motors team at the Army’s Golf Classic Salvationist I December 2010 I 5
AROUND THE TERRITORY
A New Era Begins at Booth University College From left, Dr Jonathan Raymond, Col Earl Robinson and Lt-Col Lloyd Hetherington, past presidents of Booth University College; Dr Donald Burke, current president
On June 27, the Manitoba Legislature passed a bill that renamed William and Catherine Booth College as Booth University College. For the public launching of the new name and identity, Hetherington Chapel was adorned with flags from the 32 countries in which Booth University College has students studying through its distance education programs. Diane McGifford, Manitoba’s minister of advanced education and literacy, spoke about the impact Booth University College is having on the community, expressing the hope that this influence will grow in the future. The institution’s past history was highlighted when Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander, granted Colonel Earl Robinson and Lt-Colonel Lloyd Hetherington the honorary title, president emeritus, for their exemplary contributions in being the founding and second presidents of the college. The dedication of Booth University College’s new flag by Commissioners William and Marilyn D. Francis symbolized the relationship between the institution and The Salvation Army, its sponsoring denomination. President Donald Burke described the occasion as the beginning of a new season in the life of Booth University College. “As a Christian university college, we want our students to be engaged in the shaping of their minds, in the moulding of their hearts and in the transformation of the world,” said Burke.
Hope for the Future at Mumford House Majors Wayne and Deborah Bungay, Prairie divisional leaders, officially dedicated The Salvation Army’s Mumford House in Saskatoon, a new shelter offering short-term emergency accommodations for women and children in crisis. After the official opening, neighbours, friends and community partners toured the facility. Mumford House is located in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill neighbourhood. Significant renovations transformed an existing four-plex into a facility with 12 private bedrooms and several common areas. Each room has a television and radio, toiletries and other necessities. Staff will be in attendance 24 hours a day, and are trained to ensure safety for clients and help them take the next steps toward secure and stable housing. Mumford House is a welcoming place where mothers and children can find hope for the future.
Cpt Les Marshall, divisional secretary for public relations and development, Prairie Div, speaks at the opening of Mumford House in Saskatoon. From left, Mjr Judy Regamey, AC; Cpt Les Marshall; Cpt Rhonda Smith, executive director, Saskatoon community services and Mumford House; Mjr Wayne Bungay
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Men’s Retreat Becomes a Life-Changing Weekend On September 24-26, 175 men from the Ontario Great Lakes Division gathered for a retreat at Jackson’s Point Conference Centre. Using the theme XTRAordinary, dynamic communicator Dr. Derrick Mueller invited the men to consider the biblical story of Jonah. In his first presentation, he challenged the participants to be Christ’s godly X-Men since we are aliens in this world and not meant to be ordinary. In Saturday’s opening session, Mueller’s humourous accounts of his personal life and ministry elicited much laughter, but also evoked serious reflection as he challenged the men to “run back to God” (see Jonah 2) and become who God made them to be. A ministry information session featured the Celebrate Recovery program with Captain David Allen of Mississauga Temple, who said that the program “deals with hidden hurts, hidden habits and hidden hang-ups.” Greg Durnan related the incredible changes he experienced in going through the 12-step process of Celebrate Recovery. On Saturday evening, Mueller’s outfit of hunting fatigues and a rubber nose initially amused those present. His surprising and candid story of family abuse and God’s amazing love turned the mood to silence and reflection as he used an ironing board to illustrate both an altar and cross. In Sunday morning’s concluding session, Major Rene Loveless, area commander, led a prayer focus on human trafficking, highlighting some of its evils and reminding the men of its prevalence in Canada. Mueller used the human trafficking problem to exhort participants to “run with God” (see Jonah 3) and thus see what God sees and act accordingly. After he encouraged the men not to “run ahead of God” (see Jonah 4), many knelt and huddled in prayer, seeking renewal and salvation. The hearty singing of My Jesus I Love Thee was a fitting benediction to an XTRAordinary, lifechanging weekend. Dr Derrick Mueller becomes Mr Incredible to illustrate truths from the story of Jonah
Did you know … … each month volunteers from West End Community Church in Bermuda take 200 copies of Salvationist to customers at two local grocery stores? “Many people give a donation and take the magazine with them as they leave the store,” says Lt Amanda Robinson, corps officer … The Salvation Army and the Carmichael Outreach Centre in Regina have set up a low-cost voice mail service for people without phones? For $3 per month, people can access their voice mail box to receive messages regarding
Entering the Darkest Corners Kelita Haverland, a Christian singer and songwriter, performs with local band U Turn at the human trafficking awareness concert
The Ontario Great Lakes Division sponsored a human trafficking awareness day at London Citadel on September 18. Organized by Stan Burditt, the seminar included a panel of five speakers who made presentations to 40 participants. Marty Van Doren, a retired RCMP officer who serves as a human trafficking representative, spoke compassionately about people damaged by traffickers and the difficulties facing the Canadian authorities in bringing perpetrators to justice. Ontario Provincial Police Constable Rob Sachetti of London Crime Stoppers outlined the new Blue Blindfold campaign, a collaboration with the RCMP to improve public awareness of the issues surrounding those who are trafficked. George De Guzman, a local activist against human trafficking, related his efforts for the last 11 years to rescue enslaved individuals in the developing world. Kelita Haverland, an accomplished singer and songwriter from Toronto, told of her visit to a woman’s shelter in Cambodia and how disturbed she was to meet a child who was trapped in the sex trade at age 12. Kelita commemorated this young girl’s courageous story in music, which she sang for the audience in the evening concert. Telling her own painful experience of growing up, Haverland demonstrated how God can shine through the worst of times while he shapes us for a better future. Aura Burditt, an outreach worker with the Army’s correctional and justice services, daily encounters women at risk, some of whom have been trafficked. She gave an overview of The Salvation Army’s global response to this scourge as well as the local impact in London. “I pray that we can offer them hope through a new life with Christ,” she says.
such things as doctor’s appointments and job interviews … The Salvation Army in Chatham-Kent, Ont., held Operation Cover-Up during September for gently-used winter coats for local residents? In the past 23 years, the program has provided 60,000 coats to men, women and children living in the area … for one night, about 100 people participated in the Army’s fifth Sleep in the Park at Central Park in Dunville, Ont., to raise public awareness of what it’s like to be homeless? For the first
time, two other cities in Ontario, Hamilton and Oakville, also hosted a Sleep in the Park event at the same time … in partnership with Bridges Community Health Care, The Salvation Army in Lake Erie, Ont., hosted free smoking cessation workshops for three Tuesdays beginning in September? The program covered concerns smokers have in considering quitting, information on the cycle of nicotine addiction and medical treatments, and tips on remaining smoke-free Salvationist I December 2010 I 7
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No Room for Them in the Inn
The General’s Christmas Message by General Shaw Clifton
Poets and hymnwriters down through the years have found in this sacred birth narrative much to inspire them
very Christmas we are reminded of the innkeeper who turned Mary and Joseph and their baby away. We do not know his name, but we do know he tried sincerely to make amends by at least offering space with the animals. Luke’s Gospel records “there was no room for them in the inn” (Luke 2:7 NIV). The main accommodation was packed out, due to the national census under which all citizens were required to return to their places of origin in order to be registered. “Have you any room for Jesus?” asks the old gospel hymn. Poets and hymnwriters down through the years have found in this sacred birth narrative much to inspire them. They picture the holy family outside the inn, seeking admission, and find in that image a powerful metaphor applicable to us all still today. Another writer urges us to offer Christ “the best of rooms,” with the final words of the song affirming softly that “the best of rooms” is “the heart.” Jesus still knocks! Still he awaits admission! Long ago I heard that knocking sound upon the door of my heart. I was very young, but I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt the identity—and even the name—of the One standing outside. I had seen the famous painting known as The Light of the World by Holman Hunt. It depicts Jesus with a shining lantern as he stands outside a door seeking admission. It is the door of my heart and it has no handle on the outside. Only from the inside can I open it and let the Master in. How glad I am there was a day when I did just that. I wonder what would happen were the Lord Jesus to arrive suddenly in our midst. Where would he stay? Some of us would rush to reserve for him the plush, luxurious presidential suite in the best hotel in town. Others, not knowing him and thus unable to recognize him, might try to run him out of town. What about you? How would you respond? “Come home with me, Lord,” you could say. He would like that, but as you walk along together he would in all probability be saying, “You know, child, all I seek is your loving heart. Can you make space for me there?” Can you? Have you done so? If not, do it now. He is the most gracious of guests. General Shaw Clifton is the world leader of The Salvation Army. Salvationist I December 2010 I 9
MINISTRY IN ACTION
Deck the Halls
The Wiseman Centre in St. John’s, N.L., goes all-out for their clients at Christmas by KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
he problem with you guys down at The Salvation Army,” a government liaison official once told Major Lloyd George, “is that you’re too maternal.” “I replied, ‘Thank you!’ ” smiles Major George, the executive director of the Wiseman Centre, a 20-bed shelter unit and 10-bed supportive housing unit located in St. John’s, N.L. “We see our clients not as alcoholics or men with mental-health issues, but as part of our family. They need to be treated with dignity and respect, and feel loved and cared for. That’s why we do what we do at Christmas.” Enthusiastic Support “Many of our clients come from difficult backgrounds,” continues Major George, “and have never had the kind of Christmas most people are used to.” Four years ago, Major George and his staff resolved to make an extra effort to celebrate Christmas. He contacted Captain Danny Pinksen, the corps officer at Pathway Community Church, a Salvation Army church plant in Paradise, N.L., about partnering with the centre. “Here was a young, vibrant congregation that I sensed was very communityoriented,” explains Major George. “After I outlined our plans, Captain Pinksen told me how interested they were in partnering with us. St. John’s Citadel also enthusiastically supported the venture, as did St. John’s Temple, and their support has been ongoing.” Making a List and Checking it Twice Each October, preparations begin in earnest, with companies and individuals around St. John’s generously donating. Last year, for instance, students at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s social work department presented a flat-screen TV to the delighted Wiseman clients. Over the weeks leading up to Christmas, cash donations, toiletries and food donations come in from Salvation Army units all over the area, as well as books and DVDs, T-shirts, socks, pants and other clothes. “What we do is bring it all together,” 10 I December 2010 I Salvationist
Christmas decorations and gifts add to the festivities at the Wiseman Centre
says Major George. That’s an understatement. Items aren’t just thrown into boxes and wrapped up. A tremendous amount of work goes into the task. The needs and interests of every client are factored into each gift box. “We doublecheck for sizing and will change items at the last minute based on staff input,” says Major George. “Our supportive-housing unit clients submit a wish list and we try to accommodate at least an item or two from our stock of donations.”
“Everyone gets into the spirit as the gifts are opened and shown around,” says Major George. “It’s wonderful to see.” After a visit by Santa, the highlight of the day is Christmas dinner. Families from around the city volunteer to cook full-course meals for the Wiseman clients, complete with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings. Staff and clients mingle and sing Christmas carols, often accompanied by choral groups who drop by to serenade one and all.
Stuffing and Serenades As Christmas nears, staff and clients start the task of decorating the building inside and out. “The men love to help put up the tree and the outdoor lights,” says Major George. Pre-Christmas parties are held midmonth for both the clients in Wiseman’s supportive-housing section and for former shelter clients, who are sent invitations by outreach workers as part of their transition back into the community. But the main event occurs on Christmas Day. That morning, the Wiseman clients wake up to the first of many surprises in store for them. The night before, individualized Christmas stockings are hung on the door handles of the clients’ rooms, filled with treats such as clementines, candy and toiletries. Later, the clients assemble in the lobby to be greeted by gifts under the tree.
“A Reflection of God” All this effort does not go unappreciated. “Before I came to the Wiseman Centre, I never got any Christmas presents,” says Richard, a 36-year-old resident of the centre since 2006. “I was lonely because there was no one around me. But the last two Christmases have been the best of my life.” “I like having friends around, seeing their smiling faces,” continues Randy, 61, who has been associated with the centre for a decade. “Life was difficult before. I was all alone. But the Wiseman Centre is one of the best places in the world.” “We have daily devotions with the men,” says Major George, “so they know it’s not just about the gifts. It’s wonderful to see these men so excited about the birth of our Saviour. It’s an especially warm atmosphere at Christmas.”
We Three Kings What made the Wise Men wise? BY MAJOR BEVERLEY SMITH
t Christmas, we sing about the three kings, those mysterious Wise Men from the East who followed a star to find the King of Kings in Bethlehem. The account of the Magi shows that the good news of the coming Messiah was broadcast to distant parts of the known world from the very beginning. The little we know of the Wise Men is gleaned from the Book of Matthew. Masters of mathematics and astronomy, they studied the stars and ancient prophecy and discovered that a mighty king was
to be born. They travelled a great distance from the Persian vicinity to Jerusalem, where they inquired of King Herod about the child. Both the Wise Men and Herod agreed on one thing: the Baby they were seeking was of great importance. But their intent once they found the Child could not have been more different. The wisdom of the Magi stands in sharp contrast to King Herod’s rapacious greed. Searching The Wise Men applied the
full powers of their learning to the search for the King that had been revealed to them in the stars. They had to use discernment in weighing multiple sources of information. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they asked, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews?” Herod, who also held the title King of the Jews as conferred by the Roman Senate, was “disturbed” (see Matthew 2:3) by the Magi’s question and called a secret meeting with them. “Go and make a careful search for the Child,” he told the Magi. “As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” Fortunately, the Wise Men were able to recognize Herod’s evil intent to kill Jesus (see Matthew 2:12). Herod wanted to consolidate his kingdom by wiping out his rivals, including members of his family. His ultimate goal was to enhance his own name, as demonstrated by his massive building projects at Masada and the construction of the second temple in Jerusalem. What about us? What are we searching for this Christmas? Are we chasing down the perfect gift for someone to prove our love to them? Are we seeking the elusive Hallmark Christmas to assuage our loneliness? Are we lifting up our ego by offering our time to charitable works? Or are we seeking to honour the One with “the name above all names”? Worshipping When the Magi found Jesus, they were “overjoyed” (see Matthew 2:10). They worshipped him as a king, though he had been born into the most vulnerable of circumstances. They worshipped with their whole selves, as shown by their posture (bowing down), the giving of costly gifts (their valuables) and the sacrifice of their time (commitment to their long and arduous journey). Herod, on the other hand,
submitted to no one. His false vow to worship Jesus hid the murderous intent of his heart, which led to the murders of his own wife and sons. He could have been remembered by history as a convert to Judaism with immense administrative prowess and construction skill. Instead, he is remembered for the slaughter of the innocents, the brutal destruction of all the babies in Bethlehem under two years old. Who or what is the true object of our worship this Christmas? Do we enter into the busy rush of a 21st-century celebration with an attitude of reverence? Does our worship fully engage us? Is it joyful? How can we simplify our harried lives to enable time for true and joyful adoration? Obeying The Wise Men, being warned through dreams not to return to Herod, continued to show their wisdom by obeying and “returned to their country by another route” (see Matthew 2:12). As a result, Jesus slipped through Herod’s fingers. The Wise Men’s act of obedience helped save Jesus’ life. Herod’s acts of disobedience sealed his reputation as a brutal and merciless man. What is God calling us to do differently this year to celebrate his birth? Are there new journeys for us, new ways of going home or welcoming others? What are some of the obstacles to obeying? Searching, worshipping and obeying are lessons that the humblest citizen and the most powerful king can learn together from the witness of the Wise Men. During their journey, the Magi discovered the crux of the Christmas message: that God sent his own flesh and blood to reveal himself and his purposes to the world. That’s what made the Wise Men wise. Major (Dr.) Beverley Smith is a medical practitioner who works in palliative care at the Toronto Grace Health Centre. Salvationist I December 2010 I 11
For Love or Money
Is The Salvation Army the church of the poor?
The Army was founded on the idea that all are welcome, including the wealthy. Salvation doesn’t work differently for the rich. After 145 years, the Army’s emphasis on “redemption and lift” has helped generations out of poverty. Instead of sending them to the church up the street, we need them to embrace our mission.
I Go To Your Church
BY CAPTAIN MARK BRAYE Many people believe the mission of The Salvation Army is primarily, or even exclusively, to the poor. I disagree. Our mission is to the “whosoever,” including the rich and middle class. Throughout our history many slogans have expressed our ministry. William Booth told his son, Bramwell, to “do something.” He spoke of “others,” “our people” and “going for souls and going for the worst.” His famous “I’ll fight” speech is often thought of as a rallying cry to serve the poor. But don’t his words address all social classes? Wealthy women weep. Wealthy men go to prison. There are dark souls without the light of God in gated communities and large suburban houses. Catherine Booth, who held Bible studies for women among the elite of London, England, said, “Here is the principle— adapt your measures to the necessity of the people to whom you minister. You are to take the gospel to them in such modes and circumstances as will gain for it from them a hearing.” The wealthy are “our people” as well. They are “others” for whom we must also “do something.” Our “modes and circumstances” will differ among them, but we have as much a mandate to minister to the rich and middle class as we do to the poor. They need Jesus, too. Ignoring the wealthy puts us at a significant disadvantage. Across our territory, the middle class makes up the majority of our congregations. Our places of worship are safe spaces where all people can begin their spiritual journeys, grow in their faith and worship with their sisters and brothers in Christ. Where would we be if the majority of our denomination left tomorrow because their salaries were too high to fit in? In terms of fundraising, the upper and middle classes are the greatest supporters of Salvation Army ministries. Our goal is not to exploit them for a piece of their income. Rather, it’s a 12 I December 2010 I Salvationist
two-way benefit: they help us fulfil our mission and we give them an opportunity to give back to others. When we invite people with abundant resources to partner with us, our mission grows and more people are given a chance to escape poverty. Think of the support given to The Salvation Army here in Canada by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation. Or in America, by people such as Jerry Jones, owner and president of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The rich and middle class comprise a large portion of our volunteers and ministry groups. When these members of our church families get saved, they’re saved to save and saved to serve. Whether it’s standing by a Christmas kettle, handing out coffee at the Winter Olympics, playing in a brass band or leading a Bible study, they make the mission of The Salvation Army come alive. The wealthy are also well connected and experienced for ministry. Educated professionals comprise our Salvation Army advisory boards and councils, serving as partners and mentors. Are we to take their advice at a professional level and ignore their spiritual needs when the meetings are over? We do our mission a disservice when we ignore these realties and pine away for the glory days of the East London Christian Mission. There have been cultural and societal shifts in the past 145 years that the Booths could not have imagined. The Salvation Army, and the world in which we serve, is far more complex today. The wealthy are vital members of our denomination and integral ministers of our mission. They deserve our focus as much as anyone else. Captain Mark Braye and his wife, Nancy, are the corps officers/pastors of The Salvation Army Tri-Town Community Church in Temiskaming Shores, Ont. They have two children, Hannah and Micah.
Our primary mission is to the poor. While we don’t turn away the wealthy, the more we gear our programming to meet their needs, the more we sacrifice our original calling. We’ve staked our reputation on serving the most vulnerable in our society. We are not just “playing church,” we are called to make a difference in people’s lives. BY LIEUTENANT NYREE BOND Should the Army be a church primarily for the poor? Many think so. “Leave the middle-class congregations to churches on the other side of the tracks,” they say. Although I don’t fully subscribe to this view, there are many reasons why we should have a greater focus on the poor. The truth is always more complicated than it appears. If the Army were only about the poor, I wouldn’t be where I am today since I grew up attending a middle-class, traditional Army corps in Toronto’s suburbs. When I was younger, I had no concept of what it meant to be poor. I never met someone who was homeless or needy, so the words only conjured up stereotypical images of tattered, dirty men living in cardboard boxes. Even though I grew up in the Army and was indoctrinated in the mission, I had never actually served the poor. “I don’t do poor people!” I uttered arrogantly at our young couples’ Bible study in our middle-class Army church in the suburbs. Sadly, I was serious. I dreaded the idea of mixing with poor people. Later that year, however, I volunteered at our local Army food bank where my husband was the new community ministries director. My time there became days, and then weeks, until I realized that it was not about what I was giving the clients but rather what I was receiving from them: the joy of offering food to a mother of three who had no money to buy cereal; the delight in listening to the stories of a lonely senior who just wanted to be heard; and the thrill of exchanging smiles with a toothless man grateful for respect. I not only helped them, I began to care deeply for them. I could see gratefulness in their tears and their words of thanks. What a powerful discovery it was to see dignity restored by shaking hands or offering a sincere embrace. Our mission statement doesn’t mention poverty, yet our Movement is steeped in it. It is part of who we are. Of course we don’t turn away the wealthy. After all, poverty can be evaluated in more than just economic terms. However, I believe that if the Army is not serving the poor, we have lost our true sense of mission. Our Movement was birthed by William Booth and his vision
to transform the impoverished in East London by focusing on living out holiness in word and deed. This notion is woven throughout the doctrine and mission of The Salvation Army. Social action became our central ministry, dubbing us a “church for the poor.” The Salvation Army has a two-fold mission of social service and spiritual care. It is integral to our mission that we balance both and, ideally, integrate them with each other. We most effectively share God’s love through acts of service for others. The early days of the Army focused on reaching the marginalized and offering hope to the hopeless. In our current context, there is still the need for hope and deliverance for people in poverty. In 2009, 2.9 million Canadians lived in poverty. More than half a million of them were children. Our territorial position statement on poverty and economic justice states, “As Salvationists, we remain committed to The Salvation Army’s historic mission to care for the poor and marginalized ... [and] will work to eliminate poverty.” It isn’t enough just to say it. We must be diligent in our efforts to transform the lives of those around us. If we lose our focus on the poor, what viability would we have? What about our credibility with the public who donate millions of dollars each year in the expectation that we are helping the poor? God has entrusted us with the privilege of giving hope to the poor. If we aren’t serving the poor, we aren’t fulfilling our mission. Booth himself described the poor as “his people” and proclaimed ministering to them as “his destiny.” Through personal experience, I’ve realized that ministering to the poor is not only my mission, but a privilege. I now know my purpose, and I echo William Booth’s words ... “these are my people.” Lieutenant Nyree Bond is community ministries director at Foothills Church and Community Ministries in High River, Alta. She and her husband, David, corps officer at Foothills Church, have three sons, Nathan, Brandon and Dawson.
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After the Storm The Salvation Army responds to the wrath of hurricane Igor in Bermuda and Newfoundland and Labrador BY JULIA HOSKING, STAFF WRITER
esidents of Bermuda were warned about the severe magnitude of hurricane Igor. It was forecast to be the worst hurricane to ever hit the small, subtropical island—and the devastating experience of hurricane Fabian in 2003 encouraged emergency preparation. Newfoundlanders soon received similar news; weather reports revealed Igor was heading their way. Although the province of Newfoundland and Labrador is accustomed to high winds and heavy rains, it had not encountered the effects of a hurricane for almost 300 years. Hurricane Igor eventually left Bermuda with minimal damage, but when it struck the island of Newfoundland on Tuesday, September 21, a state of emergency was declared in more than 30 towns, with 16 isolated due to flooding. Nearly 60,000 people were left without electricity as trees, roads, bridges and other forms of infrastructure were destroyed. The Weather Network reported that over 24 hours, St. Lawrence Hurricane Igor tore down trees and ripped up roads received more than 200 millimetres of rainfall, and wind gusts of 164 kilometres per hour were experienced public relations and development. on Sagona Island. The destructive path of hurricane Igor resulted in one fatality: In contrast, at 11 p.m. the previous Sunday—when Bermuda an 80-year-old man was swept out to sea and found on Random was expected to experience the full impact of Igor—the storm Island. was 65 kilometres west of the island with maximum sustained “The government asked [The Salvation Army] to send a critical winds of 120 kilometres per hour. incident stress management (CISM) team to the family to offer Before the hurricane hit each location, The Salvation Army support,” says Aubrey Vincent, divisional emergency and disaster was on standby. And as soon as the storm subsided, officers and services director. volunteers immediately started to serve hot meals, offer shelter “They offered short-term emotional and spiritual counselling and provide counselling. to deal with crisis,” Major Budgell elaborates. Igor Hits Newfoundland Hurricane Igor didn’t just leave behind fallen trees and flooded streets on the island of Newfoundland. It also left many people with water-damaged homes, destroyed belongings and food shortages. After the storm, The Salvation Army immediately set to work serving meals and providing shelter. Through emergency disaster services (EDS) personnel, Salvationists from communities including Clarenville, St. John’s, Gambo, Fairbanks and Bonavista, provided meals and evacuation accommodation. As the need for emergency support declined, The Salvation Army continued its involvement by distributing supplies alongside the government to isolated communities. “It kind of moved out from home base in the citadel with hot meals, to more of a ‘meals on wheels,’ ” says Major Wade Budgell, divisional secretary for 14 I December 2010 I Salvationist
Hard at Work Clarenville and Bonavista were two of the many disaster areas in Newfoundland and Labrador where The Salvation Army operated with a high level of commitment. Clarenville became isolated when the Trans-Canada Highway closed. Residents, tourists and truck drivers were directed into the town and sought refuge in shelters where the Clarenville Corps was providing canteen services. Many emergency volunteers from the corps were unable to help due to flooded basements and downed trees, and so Majors Fred and Gloria Pond, corps officers, were grateful for the few who could. Additionally, help was provided by Captains Raymond and Denise Saunders who serve in Glenwood and Norris Arm. The Saunders’ were travelling from St. John’s when they were directed off the highway at the Clarenville exit.
“They immediately donned their uniforms,” shares Major Gloria Pond, “and did 12-hour shifts at the shelter kitchen until the highway reopened late Thursday. Ray and Denise were truly the Lord’s provision.” Bonavista Corps was equally hard at work after the hurricane. Many volunteers left their flooded basements and damaged property to serve at soup kitchens and distribute food. This included Major Terry Feltham, corps officer: “Our basement was flooded and I left that to go and help others who were at the corps,” he says. Although the corps basement was flooded, the building was offered as a refuge.
Hot meals are served from the Army’s mobile care unit in St. John’s
Salvation Army volunteers prepare hot meals in Bonavista
Help for Home The Salvation Army’s commitment to long-term healing for hurricane Igor victims was supported by the community during a province-wide telethon held on September 29. The telethon, Help for Home, was co-ordinated by VOCM Newfoundland Radio (as part of the VOCM Cares Foundation) and Steele Communications, and raised more than $1 million over 12 hours. “The fundraising demonstrated not only a trust in the VOCM Cares Foundation, but a high level of trust in the ability of The Salvation Army to take this project and do good work,” Major Budgell says proudly. The Salvation Army has formed a hurricane Igor advisory committee to help determine the most appropriate use of the donations by focussing on the three most severely impacted regions (see Salvationist.ca/2010/10/after-the-storm). The Salvation Army consistently offers dedicated assistance to those in need. As one donor said during the Help for Home telethon, “One of the main reasons I’m here today is because The Salvation Army is involved. The Salvation Army had dirt under its fingernails before anybody else started.”
Bermuda’s Emergency Response In the hours before hurricane Igor hit Bermuda on Sunday, September 19, while tourists scrambled to catch the last flights off the island before the airport closed, the Salvation Army response team kicked into high gear. Under the direction of Rudolph (Buddy) Hollis, in partnership with the government department of Child and Family Services, the government decided that Cedarbridge Academy would become an emergency shelter for some 100 people as Bermuda braced for the fury of Igor. As the driving winds and 15-metre waves crashed against the reef, a team of Salvation Army officers took to the streets of Hamilton to encourage the homeless to seek shelter from the storm at Cedarbridge. Meanwhile, other volunteers prepared food to serve to those who had already sought refuge. The Army’s responsibility is to the homeless and its team worked tirelessly to ensure they were ready to serve “their”
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people with dignity and respect. Prior to experiencing the full brunt of the hurricane, The Salvation Army was making provisions at St. George’s Corps where it was anticipated that the corps building would be used as a post-storm evacuation site in the event of significant flooding and storm surge. As darkness settled Sunday evening,
there was nothing more to do than to wait for the full impact of Igor. Fortunately the storm had earlier been downgraded to a category one hurricane, yet the extent of the impact would be unknown until daybreak when officials would survey the damage. When people woke to a new day on Monday, there was immense relief as the storm continued its northeast trek and the skies cleared. While the island did not sustain any significant property damage, there was no doubt that Igor had made its presence known. The emergency shelter was officially closed at midday and Salvation Army volunteers and government personnel concluded their work. Salvation Army volunteers prepare meals for those affected by hurricane Igor Salvationist I December 2010 I 15
An Unexpected Mission Captains Tony and Patricia Kennedy believe in a bright future for Russia BY MELISSA WALTER
hen Captains Tony and Patricia Kennedy first felt called to missionary work, they never expected to end up in Moscow. While preparing to serve as mission workers in Liberia, they learned that officers were desperately needed in Eastern Europe. “We didn’t feel called to Eastern Europe, so we didn’t volunteer,” remembers Captain Tony. “But when we went back home and prayed about it, we said, ‘If the need is in Eastern Europe, and if God is calling us to go where the need is, then we will go.’ ” With little knowledge of the languages and cultures they were to encounter, the captains left for Eastern Europe in 2002 and went on to serve for three years in Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. After returning to Canada, they again moved to Moscow in 2008 to serve as divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries in the Russia Division of the Russia/C.I.S. Command. Despite the knowledge they gained in their first overseas appointment, the Kennedys agree that language remains the most difficult barrier for them. “Language is connection,” says Captain Patricia. “It’s so important to be able to communicate, and we are still nowhere near the level that we need to be,” adds Captain Tony. Nonetheless, they are able to connect through the common language of caring. “People are the same everywhere—they appreciate our care in every country we’ve been to,” says Captain Patricia. Aside from language, one of the biggest differences they have noticed in Russia is corruption. According to the Kennedys, bribery is very common in Moscow, even at the lowest levels of power. “When a police officer stops you on the street, he expects that you’re going to pay him something,” explains Captain Tony. “We don’t pay bribes, and that means it takes us much longer to get things done. But it’s important that we set a standard and live by it, even if it causes us hardship.” Another obstacle for the Russia Division is funding. The majority of the 14 corps rent their space and half of the officers do 16 I December 2010 I Salvationist
not own vehicles. Eighty percent of the division’s funding comes from International Headquarters, and although that percentage is a significant decrease from previous years, the Kennedys hope to generate even more of the division’s budget from within Russia. “I think the future is bright for the division,” says Captain Tony. There was a 20-percent increase in attendance at Salvation Army corps in the division last year and a new focus placed on officer training in public relations and fundraising. The captains have found that their soldiers in Eastern Europe demonstrate great faith. Captain Tony describes a time during their appointment in Georgia when their funding to daily feed approximately 10,000 people was suddenly cut off. While he told the people that The Salvation Army could no longer feed them, one woman encouraged him despite her own hunger: “Do not get discouraged that you cannot feed our bodies, but always continue to feed our souls.” Says Captain Tony, “I remember thinking to myself, ‘This lady does not know
The Kennedys are welcomed to Russia with a traditional bread and salt ceremony
where her next meal is coming from, but her trust and her hope are in God.’ ” The same courage is seen in Russian Salvationists. “When they stand on the street corner and witness, people notice. It takes a very strong Christian to do that,” says Captain Patricia. “Because of Russia’s anti-religious history, many people are initially suspicious of who we are and what our motives are, so we have to be genuine,” adds Captain Tony. “But those people who come to a relationship with Jesus Christ through The Salvation Army become very committed.” Their officers may use public transit to bring food to the streets, but they don’t let that stop them from carrying out God’s work. “They’re doing the best they can and God is honouring it in a wonderful way. I’m so blessed to be a part of that,” concludes Captain Tony. “I’ve learned that God’s arm is not too short to meet your needs, no matter what they are.”
Cpts Tony and Patricia Kennedy with the congregation of the Salvation Army corps in Voronesh, a large city in southwestern Russia
How Good Was King Wenceslas? The legend of good King Wenceslas focuses on generosity and kindness, teaching us to give to the less fortunate BY COMMISSIONER WILLIAM W. FRANCIS
ood King Wenceslas may be the most heartily sung and least understood of all the Christmas carols. Who was this enigmatic Wenceslas and why do we sing about him? He was not a king, but rather the Duke of Bohemia (907-935). He was a good, benevolent nobleman who gave his life to spreading the gospel and expanding Christianity in his country. His brother, Boleslaus, however, was anything but good. Tragically, he ended up killing Wenceslas and succeeding him as duke. A century after his murder, Wenceslas was canonized as the patron saint of Bohemia (part of the modern Czech Republic). The Christmas carol by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale is based on a popular legend of the life of Wenceslas. The tale concerns a king who goes out to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen, the second day of Christmas, December 26. During the journey, his servant is about to give up the struggle against the cold weather, but is enabled to continue by the heat miraculously emanating from the king’s footprints in the snow. Although the bouncy Scandinavian tune we use for the carol has been criticized for its lack of musical finesse, many love this joyful melody that supports the saga. It focuses on generosity and kindness, and giving to those less fortunate than ourselves. It is a chronicle about reaching out to the marginalized, the oppressed and the ostracized in our communities. It’s about the love of Jesus. The question today is not who was the “good king,” but rather what can we do this Christmas to reach out and be a Wenceslas to others? Who will find warmth, life and love as they cross our paths this Christmas? We can rise to the challenge in the weeks leading up to Christmas, if we do our best to: CONNECT—Christmas is about connecting with family and friends. However, some people do not have family and countless others have no friends. This Christmas, reach beyond your immediate family and circle of friends. Connecting with others will bring joy to your world.
What can we do this Christmas to reach out and be a Wenceslas to others? INVITE—Christmas is a time for eating. It is a time for high-quality meals, delicious baking and seasonal delicacies. Invite someone new to your home. Your place doesn’t have to be big and the food doesn’t have to be fancy. That’s not the intent. The point is to invite someone new into your home environment. Get to know them and let them get to know you. SERVE—Christmas is an opportunity to serve. Ask the question: “What can I do this year to help others?” The answer will come in many forms: ringing the bell at an Army kettle, serving at a homeless shelter, distributing toys to needy children, cleaning up after the countless Christmas parties or visiting shut-ins. Christmas is a time for serving people.
As the good carol says: “Therefore, Christian men, be sure, Wealth or rank possessing, Ye who now will bless the poor, Shall yourselves find blessing.” TELL—Christmas is the occasion to proclaim anew the reason for the season. This Christmas, let your world know that the Saviour, Christ the Lord, is born. Our Immanuel, God with us, has come. He has transformed our lives and can change the lives of our new friends. It is the best gift we can give to others. Share the good news this Christmas. May this Christmas be the best one ever for you. May you see the Christ Child in a new and wonderful way. May God bless you abundantly! “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). Commissioner William W. Francis is the territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Salvationist I December 2010 I 17
The Spirit of
Each holiday season, The Salvation Army brings the love of Jesus to the communities it serves Reports compiled by Rochelle McAlister
Neighbourhood Celebration In Toronto’s Regent Park, the Army recognizes the importance of promoting dignity among community members For generations The Salvation Army has been given public trust and resources to deliver Christmas to homes in the community. Our Christmas outreach has often been reduced to handouts and vouchers in an attempt to supply the raw materials for celebration, but the tragedy is that even with the resources being supplied, many homes lack the capacity to celebrate. Traditions have been lost or never known. In many cities, the only dedicated community celebration space has become shopping malls, where people go to feel “Christmasey” but get trapped in the materialistic side of the season. The goal of Corps 614 in Toronto’s Regent Park is to return healthy Christmas celebrations and traditions to the neighbourhood.
Parents pick out presents in the Sharing Depot
Last year the community and family services building was transformed into the Celebration Centre. The building was extravagantly decorated and live or recorded Christmas music was always playing. Anyone from the neighbourhood who walked in was welcomed with homemade cookies and apple cider or hot chocolate. “It’s like the idyllic Christmas scene from the movies,” explained one member of the community. Volunteers helped children do crafts or decorate cookies. Comfortable couches with Christmas books were set up beside the Christmas tree. At different times 18 I December 2010 I Salvationist
there were Christmas sing-alongs and movies. In the Sharing Depot, gifts (which are given by the community) are sorted so that individuals can come and pick out toys and presents for their family members. Parents choose one large and two small gifts for each child. Children choose gifts for their parents or caregivers. Single adults choose a gift for their partner or for themselves if they live alone. “This system helps those in need maintain their self-respect as they come for assistance,” says Major Sandra Ryan, corps officer. “Parents know their children and have dignity when they can choose the gifts they want to give.” Instead of food hampers and vouchers, all people needing Christmas help are invited to a special Christmas meal. Beginning in the first week of December, there are weekly Christmas meals of about 200 people each. These meals seek to combine the excitement of a large community event with the intimacy of a homestyle meal. The format is the First Nations model where two hosts set up their table as if in their home with a beautiful tablecloth, dishware, cutlery, centrepieces and table favours. Hosts usually come from Corps 614’s partner churches and neighbourhood organizations. The hosts also bring the turkey ready to serve and dishes for vegetables, buns, drinks and desserts, which are prepared and supplied by volunteers. Six guests identified by the 614 ministry team are seated at each table and are served by the hosts who sit and share the meal with them. During the meal, they share the Christmas story and a discussion of Christmas traditions and memories or perhaps even a craft or game. Musical guests are invited to participate at the dinners and, of course, Santa Claus makes an appearance. “Our hope is that, in time, people will be able to once again have these Christmas traditions in their homes,” says Major Ryan. “But in the meantime,” she continues, “it’s nice to be able to celebrate them as a community.”
Powered-Up Giving The Calgary Canucks hockey team partners with the Army to collect batteries for Christmas toys Is there anything worse than discovering you can’t play with your new Christmas toy because it didn’t come with batteries? Over the last six years, the Calgary Canucks Battery Drive
has been collecting batteries to donate to The Salvation Army family Christmas assistance program. “Batteries ensure that children can enjoy the gifts they receive right away,” says Don Phelps, coach of the Calgary Canucks junior ‘A’ hockey team. Don always brings team members to the toy warehouse to help pack toys, and one year some of them noticed that many of the items required batteries. When people donate gifts, they usually don’t think of also donating the batteries. Don thought of this unique idea to help children at Christmas. The family Christmas assistance program has been able to collect thousands of gifts for children and teens in the Calgary area and many of them have an electrical component. Children are learning in a digital world and require items that are current with the ever-growing computer industry. Batteries are essential to operate and wear out fast, so the cost can add up. The Army provides blankets and hot chocolate to keep children warm as they watch the parade
Cpt Pamela Goodyear prepares to drop the puck at the start of the game between the Calgary Canucks and the women’s Olympic hockey team
“For some families, purchasing batteries can be a costly venture, especially if they have more than one child to support,” says Captain Pamela Goodyear, divisional public relations and development secretary, Alberta and Northern Territories Division. “Low-income families are usually focused on basic needs rather than ‘extras’ like batteries. The battery drive was created to help alleviate the burdening expense of batteries for low-income families and allow a child to fully experience an inspirational and delightful Christmas.” In 2009, to increase attendance at the game and in return collect more batteries, the Calgary Canucks challenged the women’s Olympic hockey team to a game. Not only did the women show up the men that night, but they also went on to win Olympic gold a few weeks later. The Salvation Army Glenmore Temple Band provided music before the game.
Joy in the Midst of Sadness The Army helps bring sick children to Montreal’s Santa Claus parade The Montreal Santa Claus parade is an exciting event where thousands of children come out to watch the floats and to get a glimpse of the man with the white beard and red suit. The Salvation Army wanted to make sure that kids who are in hospital would not be left out of this joyful experience.
Last November, The Salvation Army partnered with Montreal’s Urgences Santé (Emergency and Medical Services) and The Montreal Children’s Hospital to warm the hearts and hands of sick children and their families. Child patients of the hospital and their families were taken from the hospital to the parade site in ambulances and seated in reserved seating on stands set up for the parade. The Salvation Army provided blankets and hot chocolate to keep children warm as they enjoyed the dance of the elves, the songs of the fairies, and of course, Santa Claus. Those children who were too unwell to venture outside had their beds moved to the window in order to watch the parade from their hospital rooms. After the parade, the children and their families were invited to a Christmas party at Alexis-Nihon Place. The Salvation Army decorated the room, served lunch and assisted Santa Claus in getting gifts for each of the children who would be in hospital over the Christmas period. “It was a very moving and emotional Saturday afternoon,” says Givette Volet, former divisional social services secretary in Quebec. “All of the children arrived at the party in wheelchairs and stretchers, and it was difficult to see families crying and know that for some of them, this would be their last Christmas together with their sick children. Despite the sadness, it was still wonderful to see the joy on the kids’ faces as they enjoyed the parade and received their gifts from Santa.” The Salvation Army also connects with Sainte Anne’s Hospital for veterans to bring Christmas music during the holiday season.
A Christmas Just Like Home At Vancouver’s Harbour Light, clients enjoy carolling, turkey dinner and gifts “Christmas at Vancouver’s Harbour Light is magical,” says Kecia Fossen, community resources manager and volunteer co-ordinator. “Here at Harbour Light, it is part of our daily routine to help others and give to others, but at Christmas the giving becomes a little more special. The whole community participates so that we can complete our mission of Heart to God and Hand to Man.” “Christmas can be a very difficult time for a lot of people, but at Harbour Light I felt like I belonged somewhere,” explains Billy Smith, a former client now employed in a supervisory role at Harbour Light. “I was welcomed and felt a part of something. Salvationist I December 2010 I 19
It is like being a part of a large family, where you are accepted unconditionally.” For those living at Harbour Light during the Christmas season, decorations, music and stockings in each person’s room help clients experience a meaningful Christmas. Joyful Noise is a singing group made up of clients, former cli-
using the food line or people in the stabilization, treatment and corrections programs. In the detox program, they distribute new bathrobes, pyjamas and toiletries. In the evening, the volunteers visit all four Salvation Army shelters to distribute warm winter coats, coffee and gift bags.
Making Spirits Bright The Jingle Bell Breakfast in Portage la Prairie raises funds and builds community
Volunteers help bring Christmas cheer to Vancouver’s Harbour Light
ents and, at times, staff from the Harbour Light Treatment Centre. Using music is a way to help clients heal and to try something new, moving them out of their comfort zones and building their self-esteem. Joyful Noise is very busy over the Christmas season, bringing joy to people in seniors’ homes, churches, service clubs and special events. “It really brings the ‘reason for the season’ to all who participate,” says Jackie Franson, outreach and music department manager. Every Christmas Day, Harbour Light hosts a dinner for the men, women and children from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community. Approximately 2,000 people eat a turkey dinner and each person receives a bag filled with chocolate, an orange, a pair of socks and a candy cane. “One hundred and fifty volunteers help us make this day a reality, and every year, we end up having a wait list of volunteers because so many people want to spend Christmas giving back to those in need,” says Fossen. “Christmas gives me an opportunity to volunteer and to give back, thanking The Salvation Army for what they have done for me personally,” says a former client and current Harbour Light volunteer. For the past 37 years, Dave Dorghy and his friends (who were teenagers when this all started) don red Santa hats and go Christmas carolling. Every December 23, the men go to restaurants, businesses and people’s homes to raise money for the Harbour Light. The sing-along is a rowdy and festive door-to-door musical event that raised $22,654 last year. On Christmas Day, the money is presented to the Harbour Light staff and the group spends the rest of the day playing music for all of the guests as they enjoy their Christmas dinner. One of the highlights of the Christmas season at Harbour Light is the Tzu-Chi Buddhist Foundation’s annual gift day, where gifts are handed out to 750 people per year. The Tzu-Chi volunteers start off by making a vegetarian Taiwanese lunch for the food-line guests, and also put on a presentation complete with singing and dancing. Then they hand out gift bags filled with gloves, socks, toques, a warm jacket or sweater and toiletries to anyone currently 20 I December 2010 I Salvationist
On December 3, The Salvation Army in Portage la Prairie, Man., will hold their 10th annual Jingle Bell Breakfast. “For most people in our community, the Jingle Bell Breakfast is the start of their Christmas season,” says Lieutenant Graciela Arkell, corps officer. “The people in Portage la Prairie look forward to being able to experience the Christmas spirit and to share it with others. It’s an event our family looks forward to as well.” People who come to the event enjoy a continental breakfast in exchange for a $5 donation and a non-perishable food item or unwrapped toy. All the proceeds go back to the community through The Salvation Army’s Christmas hamper and toy distribution, as well as the food bank. Some people drop by during their morning coffee break and others stay for the entire morning. Last year approximately 300 people attended the Jingle Bell Breakfast. Local businesses make donations and play an important role in The Salvation Army’s efforts to help people who are in need. The Jingle Bell Breakfast is a great event, not only because it raises funds and gathers food and toys, but because it builds community. The event unites the schools, businesses, dignitaries, volunteers and citizens of Portage la Prairie.
A Salvation Army brass ensemble performs at the Jingle Bell Breakfast
While those present enjoy a hot or cold beverage and delicious muffins and pastries, local school choirs, bands and other talented individuals and groups perform and provide great entertainment. Local radio station CFRY broadcasts the event live. “We are amazed by the generosity that is shown among the people of this great city, as people unselfishly come together and make a great effort to provide a brighter Christmas for the children and families in our community,” says Lieutenant Jeff Arkell, corps officer. “This is one of the ways The Salvation Army in our community really is Giving Hope Today.”
International Theology and Ethics Symposium held at Sunbury Court BY LT-COLONEL RICHARD MUNN
Territorial Prayer Guide WEEK 1 – DECEMBER 1-4 Jesus the Light of the World • Jesus’ light to shine in the hearts of those needing his restoring and saving grace (see John 8:12) • Salvationists to continually focus on who we are in Christ (see Philippians 2:14-16) • God to increase our passion for winning people for Christ (see Matthew 5:14-16) WEEK 2 – DECEMBER 5-11 Christmas Outreach Programs • The positive message of hope for the hopeless through the kettle program and for a generous public response • Protection for those involved in transporting and counting kettle funds
orty-nine officer and soldier delegates from 26 territories gathered in the historic mansion of Sunbury Court, Sunbury on Thames, England, for the commencement of the International Theology and Ethics Symposium, a truly global gathering of Salvation Army theological thinkers and ethicists. This is the third in a series of such symposia, first in Winnipeg in 2001, and then in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2006. Collectively they have produced a collation of doctrinal and theological papers that articulately convey Salvationist scholarship. Called by General Shaw Clifton and steered by the International Doctrine Council (IDC), these appointed delegates, representing a wide array of appointments and ministries, communicated a collective sense of privilege for the chance to attend and participate. Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander, Lt-Colonel Sandra Rice, secretary for personnel, and Dr. James Read, director, Ethics Centre, participated from the Canada and Bermuda Territory. “We come as Salvationists as part of God’s divine design,” observed Commissioner Francis, chairman of the IDC, in his opening welcome. The central theme of the presentation of theological papers during the symposium was the doctrine of holiness. “This will
be studied carefully,” said Commissioner Francis, “for when we focus on holiness, we study the very character of God.” Commissioner Robert Street, vice-chair of the IDC, presented the opening paper by General Shaw Clifton, Our Holy Heavenly Father—Characteristics of a Holy God. The tone for the symposium was set with a cogent, scholarly and forthright treatise that outlined essential attributes of the first person of the Trinity. Over the course of the five-day symposium, seven other papers were presented. The formal presentations were followed by a prepared response, forum questions for clarification and then lively small group dialogue. Then there was a shift in proceedings as delegates moved from doctrinal discourse and debate to resolution and recommendation. The symposium concluded with the sacredness of Sunday worship. Song, personal testimony, small group prayer and Commissioner Francis’ message of the morning, Walking With the Spirit, combined to bring the entirety of the proceedings before God. The Sunbury Court mercy seat was lined with row upon row of delegates, many praying together as colleagues in Christ. To read a full report, visit Salvationist.ca/ 2010/10/exploring-holiness.
WEEK 4 – DECEMBER 19-25 A Safe and Blessed Holiday • People will reflect anew on the significance of Jesus’ birth • Opportunities for Salvationists to share the Christmas message with non-Christian friends and family • Safety as people travel during the holiday season WEEK 5 – DECEMBER 26-31 Overseas Personnel • Chris and Erin Hann, projects coordinators, Zambia Territory, for their continued adjustment to living in a new culture • Cpts Tony and Patricia Kennedy, divisional leaders, Russia, and for their children and family living in Canada
Commissioner William Francis greets delegates in the historic Sunbury Court Red Carpet Room
WEEK 3 – DECEMBER 12-18 Newfoundland and Labrador Division • Aux-Cpts Randy and Diane Kirby, Clarence Wiseman Central Corps, Moreton’s Harbour, that their church family will allow God to deepen unity among them • Cdt Darren and Lt Danette Woods, Charlottetown, that the Lord will empower the corps’ outreach ministry • Mjrs Calvin and Loretta Fudge, Corner Brook Temple, that God will provide the right associate pastor to reach young families, young adults and teens • Mjrs Stanley and Deborah Higdon, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, that spiritual renewal among Salvationists will result in their reaching out to those in Labrador who never attend church
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Year in Review
National Advisory Board members offer valuable contributions to the mission of The Salvation Army
he first year of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board (NAB) can best be described as an education phase. Through a variety of presentations by Army personnel, board members learned about the Army’s mission and ministries throughout the Canada and Bermuda Territory. “The first year provided an excellent opportunity for learning,” says Commissioner William W. Francis, territorial commander. “The education phase has been mutual as we have grown in our appreciation of the wide range of gifts and skills represented by NAB members.” A Memorandum of Understanding has also been developed to set a foundation for the relationship between the Army and the NAB. “The memorandum outlines the guiding principles for the contribution of the board and the responsibilities of the Army,” says Andrew Lennox, board chair.
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BY MAJOR JIM CHAMP, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF The board offers counsel to the territorial commander and senior leadership in regards to significant aspects of the organization. The Army is then responsible to consider these recommendations and proposals, with the intention of implementation. The Army stands to benefit strongly as a result of the support and input of the NAB members. The board is now moving into a
more active phase, with three task teams already underway. The human resources group is led by Janice Wismer, chief human resources officer, McCain Foods Limited; government relations, by Suzanne Herbert, former deputy minister, Province of Ontario (Community and Social Services, Education, Northern Development and Mines); and legal services, by Stephen Bodley, business consultant and former head of mergers and acquisitions, North America, Direct Energy. More task teams will follow shortly. “All NAB members have been active through personal advice and assistance,” says Commissioner Francis. “The enthusiastic and transparent support by the NAB sets a strong foundation for the future.”
Andrew Lennox, chair of the National Advisory Board, interacts with Army personnel
Watch January Salvationist for an interview with board chair Andrew Lennox.
God’s Christmas Gift
From our earliest days, The Salvation Army has ministered to those in need at Christmas BY LT-COLONEL MAXWELL RYAN
Photo: © Corbis
t was Christmas Day 1865 when the latest addition to the Booth household made her presence known. Catherine Booth had been reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin and wanted a “little Eva” in her home. “She has been born like the Holy Evangel on Christ’s birthday,” she said. “Shall we call her Evangeline”? William agreed but for reasons unknown he registered their daughter Eveline Cory rather than Evangeline. William placed the baby in her first cradle, a basket lined with straw, while the other children crowded around. “Here,” said the proud father, “is God’s Christmas gift.” Three years later the happy Booth family was making preparations at home on Christmas morning while William had been preaching in Whitechapel. When he came home he tried to enter into the festivities but finally gave up. Speaking to the now subdued family he said, “I’ll never have a Christmas Day like this again! The poor have nothing but the public house.” It was the last Christmas the Booths spent in family festivities. The following year they scattered among the slum dwellers to distribute 150 plum puddings, many of which had been made in their own kitchen. As soon as she was old enough, Evangeline joined in this “Christmas cheer” to the poor. Ever after it was always her plan to spend Christmas Day visiting the needy, the sick and shut-in. In 1896, Eva was appointed as territorial commander for Canada in succession to her brother, Herbert. William knew that his fiery daughter had “adopted” three small children, two girls and a boy. He told her the demands of territorial leadership in Canada would not allow her time to care for the children and advised her to leave them in London, England. Ever the General, he commanded, “No children are to go to you.” Eva acknowledged what he said, but for the first time in her life she decided not to obey. Unknown to William, the children accompanied her to Canada.
Evangeline Booth and Santa Claus pass out gifts to children
“I’ll never have a Christmas Day like this again! The poor have nothing but the public house” Around the turn of the century, some of the young officers on headquarters staff in Toronto decided to do something special at Christmas for poor children who lived near the territorial headquarters in Toronto. They contacted several prominent citizens seeking money to support this venture. One of the officers, Alex MacMillan, wrote: “Miss Eva heard about this and to our surprise and delight she became one with us in this task. One hundred children were fed and I believe this was the beginning of the winter relief and Christmas dinners, which have become a part of the
Army’s program.” After 30 years continuous service as leader of The Salvation Army in the United States, Evangeline Booth was elected the first woman General of The Salvation Army and assumed office November 11, 1934, less than seven weeks before her 69th birthday. For this Christmas Day baby, the day of the Saviour’s birth continued to be a time of joyful ministry. Margaret Troutt, one of General Eva’s biographers, wrote, “On her first Christmas Day as General, Evangeline took some of her staff and a dozen single bandsmen with her to visit Salvation Army social centres in London.” The tradition is still part of the Army. This Christmas, Salvationists will spend part of this most blessed of days ministering to the poor, the needy and those who have nowhere to go at Christmas. God’s Christmas gift indeed! Lt-Colonel Maxwell Ryan is retired in Burlington, Ont., where he serves as a part-time hospital chaplain and amateur Army historian. Salvationist I December 2010 I 23
Taking Your Soul to Work: Overcoming the Nine Deadly Sins of the Workplace
R. Paul Stevens and Alvin Ung Instead of regarding work as a diversion from the spiritual life, R. Paul Stevens, professor emeritus of marketplace theology at Regent College, Vancouver, and co-writer Alvin Ung are convinced that the workplace is a positive arena for personal spiritual growth. Taking Your Soul to Work examines both the nine deadly sins of the workplace (“soul-sapping struggles at work”) and the ninefold fruit of the Spirit. Tapping into the wisdom of great spiritual writers, Stevens and Ung draw out real-life dilemmas and offer practical tips for becoming vibrant disciples in the workplace. With brief, engaging chapters—each rounded out with an action plan or a case study plus suggested exercises—this helpful book is well suited to small-group study.
Holy Vocabulary: Rescuing the Language of Faith
Michael Kelley Christianity has developed its own subculture over time. This subculture has its own music, customs and traditions, not to mention an entire vocabulary of holy words we use to talk about Christianity. Saved. Grace. Sin. Repent. These words are synonymous with the Christian experience. But do we really know what they mean? Author Michael Kelley explores seven essential elements of Christianity and the classic, if over-used, words we use to talk about each one. Whether you’re new to church lingo or it’s your native tongue, you’ll find that these holy words have deep and significant meaning to your faith. The leader kit includes member book, leader guide, five discussion-sparking video shorts, sermon outlines, promotional poster and more.
50 Ways to Grow a Healthy Corps
Edited by Miriam Gluyas and Fay Foster We all want to be part of healthy, growing, missional corps or churches. But what does that mean in practice—what does a healthy corps look like, and how do we make it grow in healthy ways? In 50 Ways to Grow a Healthy Corps, produced by the Australia Eastern Territory, seven Salvation Army practitioners describe the practical, down-to-earth methods they have tried for reaching out to their communities, building relationships and encouraging personal and corporate growth. If your leadership team could use some fresh ideas and encouragement on the journey, then this book is for you. Available through salvosuppliessyd.com.
The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus
Mark Labberton Jesus didn’t see a sick woman, he saw a daughter of God. He didn’t see an outcast from society, he saw a child of Israel. He didn’t see a sinner, he saw a person in the image of the Creator. Seeing rightly is the beginning of renewal, forgiveness, healing 24 I December 2010 I Salvationist
and grace, notes author Mark Labberton. Too often, however, when we look at people we see problems or inconveniences on the one hand, or opportunities to be taken advantage of on the other. When we begin to see others with the eyes of Jesus, the stage is set not only for our own heart change but for a change in the world where justice can flourish. The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor is a challenging book that will help you live out God’s call to justice. It includes questions for personal reflection and group discussion.
Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults Are Leaving the Faith ... and How to Bring Them Back
Drew Dyck Young people aren’t walking away from the church—they’re sprinting. According to a recent study by Ranier Research, 70 percent of youth leave church by the time they are 22. In Generation Ex-Christian, Drew Dyck draws on recent research and in-depth interviews with young “leavers.” He identifies seven different kinds of leavers (the postmodern skeptic, the drifter, the neopagan, etc.) and offers practical advice for reaching them. Shining a light on the crisis, this book proposes effective responses that go beyond slick services or edgy outreach. Available at drewdyck.com.
Heritage Series Vol. 2
The International Staff Band The second in a series of annual releases designed to preserve classic brass band works. This volume includes Praise (Wilfred Heaton), Star Lake (Eric Ball), Wells of Gladness (Ray Steadman-Allen), The Crusade of Youth (Philip Catelinet), Portraits from St. Paul’s Epistles (Bramwell Coles) and Ransomed (George Marshall) with euphonium soloist Derick Kane. The final track is a stimulating conversation between Lt-Colonel Ray Steadman-Allen and Bandmaster Stephen Cobb.
Phil Laeger Singer/songwriter Phil Laeger is an American Salvationist and contemporary worship leader with a heart for God. His latest CD, Honestly, explores themes of grace, hope and redemption. Songs include Where Else Could I Go?, echoing Peter’s words to Jesus in John 6:68, a cover of Keith Green’s When I Hear the Praises Start and Boy Become a Man, a beautiful ballad in which he bares his heart about fatherhood. On previous CDs, Laeger composed new arrangements of some of The Salvation Army’s most beloved songs, including I’m In His Hands, Send the Fire! and Burning, Burning, which are used regularly in corporate worship. Honestly is available at www.phillaeger.com. Many of the above products are available from Salvation Army Christian Book and Supply Centres or online at salvationarmy.ca/store.
Christmas Made Simple
Give the right gift this Christmas BY JULIA HOSKING, STAFF WRITER
ach Christmas, the shops are full of people searching to find the right toy for their child, piece of jewelry for their wife and sweater for their husband. They want a nice Christmas tree, an exquisite display of decorations and a festive party. Pressure, anxiety and stress are no strangers at Christmas due to the enormous effort taken to ensure that the holiday is not only merry, but perfect. Although anxiety is prevalent this season, it’s important that we embrace a genuine spirit of giving. Whether this is reflected by gifts, financial donations or the simple sharing of love and joy, we shouldn’t be motivated by the pressure to create a “nice” Christmas. Matthew 2:11 shows how the Wise Men embraced the positive spirit of giving when they gave their prized possessions to Baby Jesus. “… They bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Jesus is not here in the physical realm with us, and so unlike the Wise Men, we cannot physically offer him material possessions. However, the Scripture says they not only “presented him with gifts,” but they “bowed down and worshipped him.” Giving our life to the Lord (whether for the first or 12th time) is an activity that requires no funds out of a bank account, and it certainly involves no shopping mall or long queue at a store. Our life is all we came to this world with, so it is the only present we can truly, generously and whole-heartedly give. Christ is the rea-
son Christmas exists, so when we offer ourselves to him, the holiday season has a realigned and simplified message and focus.
1. D on’t cross Christ out of Christmas. Think about the message behind the carols you sing. Reflect on the words of love, peace and joy written on your Christmas greeting cards. Include a nativity scene in your decorations. Set aside time to reread the Christmas story found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. 2. S tay focused. Spending time with family and friends is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the day. Ensure that you are able to treasure that time, both leading up to and on Christmas Day, by balancing your schedule and prioritizing your commitments. 3. G ive and receive. Offer yourself to God, asking him to become the Lord of your life and welcoming the Holy Spirit into your heart. John R. Rice said, “You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” Thank God for the gift he gave you many years ago, salvation through the birth, life and death of Jesus Christ. 4. S implify your gift-giving. If your budget is tight, your list long or you want to avoid materialistic gifts, start bulk baking. Try choosing an easy recipe for goods that have a long life (either in the freezer or an air-tight container) for advance preparation.
To use your Christmas shopping time productively, write a list of people and gift ideas. Start shopping early, before the malls become crowded and stressful. For alternative gift-giving, visit The Salvation Army’s Gifts of Hope program at SalvationArmy.ca/giftsofhope to choose items such as mosquito nets, chickens and goats for developing countries.
The Season for Giving
Give generously to others this Christmas. While we cannot give Jesus a material gift, when we feed the poor and give to those in need, Christ is honoured. “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). 1. When you are at the grocery store, pick up a few extra items and donate them to a food bank. 2. As you write cheques to pay your bills, think about a missionary or ministry that would benefit from a “Christmas gift” and write them a cheque, too. Be sure to keep an eye out for Christmas kettles to put your loose change to good use. 3. If you are struggling to find room in the closet for new toys and clothes, donate the ones you do not need to your local Salvation Army thrift store. Most thrift stores are in desperate need of warm clothes in the colder months. 4. Should you have a spare seat at your meal table because Great-Aunt May has decided to head south for the winter, invite someone over who would be grateful for the dinner and fellowship. Salvationist I December 2010 I 25
Enrolment and Recognition
CALGARY—The Salvation Army continues to grow as new soldiers are enrolled at Glenmore Temple. From left, Mjr Eddie Vincent, CO; Adriana Pimienta; Emilce Moreno; Rosa Pimienta; Edgardo Lacera; Jennifer Brochero; Euclides Puello; Elizabeth Robinson; Mjr Genevera Vincent, CO.
CALGARY—From left, Glenmore Temple welcomes Monica Gil and Narciso Pedreanez, husband and wife, as adherents and Harol Ferero and Sandra Gonzalez, husband and wife, as senior soldiers. CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C.—Ocean Crest Community Church celebrates new adherents. From left, Sharon Esau; Judy Monico; Tami Ness; Paula Avender; Connie Preston; Carol Bereskin; Susan Johnson; Cpts Jodi and Mark Dunstan, COs. “We are looking forward to how God will continue to use these women as they give their lives to the Lord and commit their gifts to the extension of the Kingdom,” says Cpt Mark Dunstan.
VICTORIA—High Point Community Church enrols seven soldiers. Front row, from left, Cassie Marsh; Amanda Humble; Heather Storie; Deanna Tahmasebi; Lt Alison Lublink, CO. Back row, from left, Dan Lavallee, colour sergeant; Curt Smith; Percy Williams; John Cooper; Lt Peter Lublink, CO.
SWIFT CURRENT, SASK.—Mjrs Henri and Judy Regamey, Prairie divisional headquarters, enrol new soldiers and dedicate the baby of Cpts Michael and Susan Ramsay, COs. From left, John Duncan and Dennis Hamm; Mjr Judy Regamey; Cpt Michael Ramsay, holding baby Heather Ramsay; Mjr Henri Regamay. 26 I December 2010 I Salvationist
BARRIE, ONT.—Barrie celebrates new adherents and the re-instatement and enrolment of senior soldiers. Above: front row, from left, Sheila Palmer, CSM; Harold Sharp; Kerri-leigh Sharp; Nancy Campbell; Glenda Holden; Bonnie Walker; Mjr Lynn Cummings, CO. Second row, from left, Wayne Holden, holding flag; Stanley Walker. Right: from left, Katie Holden; Mjr Lynn Cummings, CO; Wayne Holden, holding flag; Keitha Ashdown.
Celebrate Community GANDER, N.L.—Gander Corps’ 50+ Young at Heart group celebrate Hazel Newhook’s induction into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newhook, a former Gander mayor, businesswoman and provincial cabinet member, was one of the province’s first female politicians. Retiring from politics in 1985, she remained active as a volunteer in Gander, advocating for women and youth concerns. Premier Danny Williams called her a true Newfoundland hero.
KINGSTON, ONT.— Kingston Citadel recognizes new senior and junior soldiers and adherents during rally day celebrations. Jim Bradshaw, Royal and Donna Senter, and Gloria Moyer are welcomed as senior soldiers and Bill Brohm, Brian and Devon Turner, Brian and Jan Marchant, Maggie Prior and Colleen Kirkland are welcomed as adherents.
TORONTO—Ladies in Fellowship Together (LIFT) has been running at North Toronto Community Church on Wednesday evenings for over six years. “I am blessed to be the leader of this wonderful group of women who have found friendship built on trust in each other and in the Lord,” says Julie Dimytruk. The evening normally involves a Bible study, prayer and singing, and concludes with refreshments, sometimes even a dinner prepared by Dimytruk. “The women are offered the comfort and freedom to share in open discussion with one another,” she says. “I have always tried to maintain a living-room type of atmosphere where we share God’s word freely and comfortably.” Also pictured are guests General and Mrs Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd).
New junior soldiers are supported by parents, corps officers and others. Front row, from left, Julia Wong, Abby Laird, Kaitlyn Senter, Taylor Carr, Isabella Coathup and Benjamin Wong.
BRANTFORD, ONT.—Wyndfield Community Church enrols two soldiers. From left, Cpt Guy Simms, CO; Mjr Paul Gilbert; Laura Hickman; Bonnie Lebel; Mjr Jo-Anne Gilbert; Cpt Donna Simms, CO. Mjr Paul Gilbert led the preparation classes and performed the enrolment ceremony, assisted by Mjr Jo-Anne Gilbert.
TORONTO—Yorkminster Citadel welcomes six junior soldiers. Front row, from left, Emily Chinnery; Luis Montenegro; Aux-Cpt Angelica Hernandez, Hispanic ministries. Second row, from left, Karen Knight, junior soldier teacher; Juliet Romero; Kate Percy-Robb; Brendan Colley; Johan Arango; Carrie Gillis, YPSM. Third row, from left, Commissioners William W. and Marilyn D. Francis, territorial leaders; Aux-Cpt Fabio Correa, Hispanic ministries; Mjrs Len and Heather Ballantine, COs. Alejandro Florian holds the flag. Salvationist I December 2010 I 27
Canadian Forces Express Appreciation to The Salvation Army TORONTO—Mjr Gillian Federico, deputy area chaplain for land forces in Ontario, presents an appreciation plaque to The Salvation Army for allowing Mjr Fred Butler-Caughie to serve the men and women of the Canadian Forces for 17 years while maintaining full-time Salvation Army appointments. Mjr Butler-Caughie held the rank of captain in the Canadian Forces and served as a chaplain from November 1, 1993, until June 1, 2010. “Cpt [Mjr] Fred Butler-Caughie has always exemplified the consummate officer and gentleman, and he will be severely missed by his military chaplain colleagues,” said Mjr Federico. Mjr Butler-Caughie’s current Salvation Army appointment is as chaplain at the College Park Court House in Toronto. From left, Cpt André Turcotte, senior chaplain for 2 Operational Support Group (2OSG); Mjr Gillian Federico; Mjr Fred Butler-Caughie; Mjr Doug Binner, AC, Ont. CE Div.
Bikers Bring Hope to Children for Christmas SASKATOON—One hundred and twenty bikers participated in this year’s toy run in Saskatoon, donating new toys tied to the back of their motorcycles. Gifts included board games, toy trucks and stuffed animals. Most of the toys are given to children through the Army’s Christmas assistance program. Others are put aside for children who have lost their possessions in a house fire or other disaster. “The bikers’ toy run is a great example of how people can channel their passion into helping The Salvation Army bring hope to people,” says Jackie Kripkie, the Army’s government and media relations representative, Prairie Div.
Nipawin Hosts Country Gospel Concert
SUMMERFORD, N.L.—New World Island West initiated its first backpack program for underprivileged children. “We provided book bags filled with school supplies for 25 children who would otherwise not have them,” says Cpt Dwayne LeDrew, CO. Supporting New World Island West were Farr’s Foodland grocery store, Eastside Citadel and Clarence Wiseman Central Corps. From left, Cpt Dwayne LeDrew; Irene Jenkins, YP leader; Cpt Brandi LeDrew, CO.
TERRITORIAL Appointments Cpts Bram/Anita Pearce, Suncoast Citadel, Goderich, Ont. GL Div; Lt Nicholas/Cpt Heather Samuel, Thurso, Scotland, UK Tty with the Republic of Ireland; Cpt Johannah Sessford, chaplain, Regina William Booth Special Care Home, Prairie Div* *Additional responsibility Promotions to major Cpt David Moulton, Terrace, B.C. Div Retirements Mjr Denise Daigle, out of Poste de Quebec, Que. Div. Last appointment: administrative assistant, pastoral services, Lakeview Manor, Riverview, 28 I December 2010 I Salvationist
Photo: Nipawin Journal
School Supplies for Children
NIPAWIN, SASK.—The Salvation Army in Nipawin hosted a country gospel concert on the corps’ spacious front lawn that included testimonies and a devotional message by Mjr Mike Hoeft, CO. Fourteen musicians from various churches in northeastern Saskatchewan participated. “We have a small congregation and this was an opportunity to be a part of something bigger,” says Mjr Hoeft, who was pleased that 150 people attended. “As a result of the concert, a married couple began attending our evening Bible study. This was the first country music concert we have held, but it won’t be our last. People are already talking about when we will do it next year.”
Musicians perform at country gospel outdoor concert in Nipawin
N.B., Maritime Div Promoted to Glory Mrs Lt-Col Mabel Crozier, from Toronto, Aug 26; Col Leonard Kirby, from London, Ont., Sep 12; Aux-Cpt Bernice Flannigan, from Toronto, Sep 21; Mjr David Patterson, from Woodstock, Ont., Sep 23 Marriage Cdt Darren Woods/Lt Danette Downton, Aug 24, Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L. CALENDAR Commissioners William and Marilyn Francis Dec 2 Hope in the City breakfast meeting, Vancouver; Dec 4 Christmas With The Salvation
Army, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto; Dec 7-14 specialling and retirement of territorial leaders, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo Territory Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd Dec 5 dedication of new worship space, Warehouse Mission, Toronto; Dec 12 25th anniversary Festival of Carols, Ottawa General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) Dec 6 Heritage Society, Toronto Canadian Staff Band Dec 4 Christmas With The Salvation Army, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto; Dec 11 Toronto Star Christmas carol concerts, St. Paul’s Church, Toronto
New Divisional Leaders Installed in Bermuda
On August 29, Mjrs Shawn and Brenda Critch were installed as the divisional leaders in Bermuda. The installation at Hamilton’s North Street Citadel was conducted by Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd, chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries. The divisional band supported the service and the afternoon was filled with worship through creative dance, instrumental and vocal solos, and congregational participation. Mjr Brenda Critch emphasized the importance of a reciprocal ministry of edifying and encouraging one another in our spiritual journeys. Mjr Shawn Critch stressed that mission must be rooted in being a community of faith that embraces holiness and obedience to a higher calling and purpose (see Hebrews 3:1), a purpose that requires The Salvation Army to be engaged in ministry to the entire community.
LONDON, ONT.—Colonel Leonard Field Kirby was born in 1915 in Brantford, Ont. In 1920, he moved with his parents to Africa where he spent most of his life serving God. In 1935, Leonard entered the training college in London, England, as a member of the Liberators Session. After commissioning, he was appointed to Howard Institute in the then Federation of the Rhodesian and Nyasaland Territory in Africa where he met his wife, Isobel Sloman, from London, Ont. They married in 1943 and had two children, Elizabeth and Dorothy. The Kirbys served in many capacities: building hospitals, schools and churches and running mission stations. Leonard was appointed to Nigeria in 1967 as general secretary and subsequently as territorial commander of Nigeria, retiring in 1977. After retirement, Leonard worked in London, Ont., as business manager at the Army’s House of Concord. He was also called back to work briefly in Ghana and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) to help with the relief of displaced persons. Leonard was honoured with the Order of the Founder on October 30, 1982, by General Jarl Wahlstrom for “giving unstinting service to Africa, showing courage and resourcefulness even in times of ill-health and dangers.” After his wife’s death, Leonard married Salvationist Sandy Cluff, with whom he shared 12 happy years.
The Salvation Army Westville Citadel 125th Anniversary December 3-5, 2010
With Majors Morris and Wanda Vincent Area Commander and Divisional Youth Secretary Maritime Division
Friday, December 3
Public night and keynote with refreshments to follow
Saturday, December 4
10 a.m.—March of Witness with reflections at old Salvation Army Citadel 12 p.m.—Gala Dinner at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Adults: $20; Children: $12 (Advanced purchase of tickets required for dinner) 7 p.m.—Night of Celebration at Westville Town Hall with Fairview Citadel Band and Local Talent
Sunday, December 5
11 a.m.—Praise and Worship with Fairview Citadel Band Refreshments and Cake Cutting to follow
Celebrate the Season! The Salvation Army in Quesnel, B.C., invites you to join us for our annual
Christmas Eve Service at 6 p.m.
247 St. Laurent Avenue; 250-992-8784 We pray Zephaniah 3:17 over all Salvationists, their friends and families. May you be richly blessed as you remember others
GLOVERTOWN, N.L.—Major Linda Calloway was born in Wesleyville, N.L., in 1920 and committed her life to Christ at the age of nine. She taught school for five years and then became an Army officer, commissioned in 1943 as a member of the Liberty Session. Her first appointment was in Lush’s Bight, N.L. Conjoint appointments as corps officer and teacher in Newfoundland took her to Green’s Harbour, Hant’s Harbour, Little Heart’s Ease and Chance Cove. After retiring from teaching in 1976, Linda served at the Army’s Glenbrook Lodge in St. John’s, N.L., at Western Newfoundland Divisional Headquarters in Corner Brook, N.L., and at the trade department in St. John’s, concluding active officership in 1981. Linda is survived by sisters Emily, Lillie and Winnie, and brothers Peter and Wilson. Zealous for the Lord and The Salvation Army, Linda is missed by many friends and relatives. BAY ROBERTS, N.L.—Ferne Pike, a graduate of the Grace Hospital School of Nursing in St. John’s, N.L., reflected her Christian commitment in everyday life. Beginning in 1969, Ferne served in Zambia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. A faithful soldier at Bay Roberts, “Miss Ferne” is remembered with love and affection by many who recall her Christian influence upon their lives. Ferne quietly did the work she believed God had called her to do. Despite mobility challenges and chronic pain in later life, she took every opportunity to serve the Lord, especially in supporting the corps’ Partners in Mission Appeal. One of her last community efforts was to help organize a support group for breast cancer survivors in the Bay Roberts area. Left behind to celebrate her life and influence are brother, Melvin (Verna) Pike; sisters Marjorie (John) Oliver, Envoy Beth (Graham) King, Major Maxena Woodland and Major Dorothy Nisbet; and other friends and family members. DEER LAKE, N.L.—Born in Point Leamington, N.L., in 1915, Mary Ann Ball (nee Curlew) moved to Bishop’s Falls, N.L., and later to Deer Lake where she married Lawrence Ball, raised three children and worked as a sales clerk. She was enrolled as the fifth senior soldier at Deer Lake. Mary was well known for her high heel shoes, white blouse, black skirt and little black hat. She is also affectionately remembered for her generous spirit and love for the Lord as reflected in giving monetary gifts to her family and knitting hundreds of baby suits and sweaters for community residents. One of her favourite expressions was “Bless your heart.” Mary is remembered by daughter, Clarice (Reuben) Critch; daughter-in-law, Delphine Ball; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, six brothers and two sisters. Salvationist tributes must be received within three months of the promotion to Glory and include: community where the individual resided; conversion; corps involvement; Christian ministry and surviving relatives. Photos must be 300 ppi. We reserve the right to edit submissions.
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unched over the wheel of our minivan, my wife beside me, we gingerly weave our way through the crowded streets of downtown Toronto. It is past mid-December and Christmas is only days away. Cars line both sides of most streets. Even the back alleys are crowded. Shoppers wait impatiently at the traffic lights, their heavy bags weighing them down. In the back of our minivan are three large green garbage bags, not unlike those belonging to the Grinch who stole Christmas. They are the heavy industrial type used by landscapers to collect fallen leaves. And, like the Grinch’s giant green bag, they are also stuffed with toys. But we haven’t stolen them. They have come from The Salvation Army’s toy depot. We are looking for a family to give them to. Not just any family, but a family who will spend this Christmas a thousand miles from home. The red brick building coming up on our right seems less cold than most in the city’s core. The sign near the door reminds me of hamburgers, fries and family fun. It reads Ronald McDonald House. I think of the corny clown in the mustard-and-ketchup-coloured jumpsuit with his blazing red hair and I-Love-Lucy overdone-lipstick smile. For the moment I almost chuckle, but then I remember what this really is: a shelter for the families of seriously ill children. Located just a few blocks from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the hostel is a “home away from home” where families from out of town can stay while their children are receiving treatment. For several weeks my wife and I had been visiting Kim, a young teenager from out of the province. This was her second trip to the hospital, paid for largely by donations from friends and neighbours. She had received her second trans30 I December 2010 I Salvationist
Christmas in a Bag Making spirits bright during the holiday season by Major Fred Ash
planted heart. At 16, her mind was sharp and alert and her dreams those of a typical teenage girl. Her body, however, was so small that she looked more like a 10-year-old. Her mom stayed in the shelter and walked every day to the hospital. With her was her eightyear-old son, a mischievous lad barely able to comprehend the seriousness of the situation. He went to school right in the hospital while his mom stayed with his sister. So it was that this family prepared for Christmas. Toys were not on their Christmas
list. The best they could hope for was a small gift each from their allowances. “Mom, I guess we won’t have a Christmas tree this year,” said the little boy one day. “We can put our stockings under the table.” As my wife and I became aware of the family’s need, we invited them to come celebrate Christmas with us. They were reluctant to leave the hospital neighbourhood for fear that Kim would suddenly get worse and they would not be there. We decided that if we could not bring them home for Christmas, perhaps we could
bring Christmas to them. And that is what we were doing on this cold December day. As I pull up beside the front door of the shelter, Sheila is waiting for us. We had called earlier to say we were coming with a few things for Christmas. My wife steps out of the van and gives her a big hug. She forces a smile. I open the back gate of the van and lift out a large green bag and place it at Sheila’s feet. Her smile of thanks becomes real. Then I pull out another bag. Her smile grows bigger. My wife puts her arm around her. I reach into the van again for another bag. Sheila’s eyes grow huge. “Wow!” she says, “Christmas in a bag!” But I have one last surprise. I reach back into the van and pull out a long cardboard box. Inside is a new, never-opened, fivefoot Christmas tree. Sheila is speechless. We help her carry the gifts inside the shelter. The children literally jump with excitement, but Mom will not allow them to look in the bags; it would be a surprise for Christmas morning. The boy wants to put up the tree right away. After warm hugs all around, we leave. When Christmas Day comes, we spend it with our family, content in knowing that downtown in the Ronald McDonald House there is a family, a thousand miles from their home, who are waking up to the glow of a Christmas tree and Christmas presents underneath. As we share our Christmas dinner we know that in the SickKids Hospital, there is a little girl opening her gifts with her mom and her little brother. I think of the thousands of people who donate toys to the Army and say to myself, if they only knew how much good they do and how much their gifts are appreciated. Major Fred Ash is the corps officer at Burlington Community Church, Ont.
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DON’T LET YOUR NEIGHBOURS GO HUNGRY THIS CHRISTMAS Drop off non-perishable food items at your local Salvation Army Thrift Store December 1 to 31, 2010
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