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Whether they’re rock-climbing, toasting marshmallows or studying the Bible, Salvation Army campers have a blast
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tephanie Robinson is a 19-yearold student at the University of Saskatchewan. Passionate about social justice and Salvation Army ministry, Stephanie has spent the last four years working at camp, from kitchen staff to cabin counsellor. This June, she returns as camp chaplain. When we spoke two months ago, Stephanie was in the midst of final exams and was looking forward to another summer of Army camping. Summer camp is more than a job for Stephanie. “I love the atmosphere,” she says. “Camp is where I experience God’s presence—it is truly a spiritual experience. I love the kids and my hope is that they’ll come to know that God loves them, too.” Our territory has 10 divisional camps. In addition, scores of day camps will spring up in corps during July and August. The Army’s capital investment in the camps is over $30 million, and the combined operational budget is $7.4 million. But camp’s greatest worth can’t be measured in dollars and cents. It’s based in the fact that hundreds of young Christian adults devote their summers to enriching the lives of over 6,000 campers. The life of a camp counsellor may be rewarding, but it’s not easy. According to Stephanie, sleep and patience are the two greatest challenges. Both can be in short
supply, but somehow staff manage to keep their spirits up. Counsellors must also wear many hats: substitute parent, friend, confidante, storyteller, teacher, cheerleader, sports director, swimming coach, campfire song leader and craft director. They quickly learn the art of improvising rainy-day activities, comforting homesick campers and explaining what God is like. For camp staff, it’s all in a day’s work. Julia Hosking, staff writer, captures the action from our camps in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Ontario (see pages 7-8). You can sense the love for the campers and the commitment to their well-being from Kristie, Ben, Brianne and Thomas who, along with Stephanie, represent a host of camp staff from across the territory. The photos capture the energy, enthusiasm and sheer joy on the faces of the children. The benefits of camping are many. Being outdoors connects kids to the wonders of creation and their Creator. Counsellors connect them to positive role models. New friendships connect them to each other. For children at Salvation Army camps, having fun while learning about God is second nature. Major Jim Champ Editor-in-Chief
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Exercise “Kaboom” in Windsor Salvation Army emergency disaster services (EDS) personnel from Windsor, Leamington and London, Ont., participated in an emergency exercise called Kaboom. The regional event was part of a larger initiative called Central Gateway that was designed to test the capabilities of the Windsor Emergency Operations Centre and responding agencies. Meals for participants were prepared at The Salvation Army’s Windsor Community and Rehabilitation Centre. “We were pleased to participate in
the exercise and to give our volunteers an opportunity to practise the skills they have learned,” says Perron Goodyear, divisional emergency disaster services director, Ontario Great Lakes Division. “This practical training allows EDS personnel to learn hands-on in a low-stress environment.” Sandy Lavigne, exercise and training co-ordinator with International Safety Research, expressed gratitude for the Army’s involvement, which included hot meals served daily from its disaster relief truck.
Salvation Army volunteers serve hot meals daily during a regional emergency services training exercise in Windsor, Ont.
New Hope Clinic Offers More Than Band-Aids Partnering with Eastern Health of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Newfoundland and Labrador Division opened the New Hope Clinic in St. John’s on March 14. Vickie Kaminski, Eastern Health chief executive officer, says the clinic is the first of its kind to serve the vulnerable in the downtown core. “These men and women face challenges ranging from mental illness and addictions to illiteracy, poverty and housing issues, any one of which is difficult to manage on its own,” says Kaminski. “But together they often form nearly insurmountable barriers to the support systems available to them.” The goal of the clinic is to increase access to health care for
people not connected to a primary health care provider. A nurse practitioner and general practice doctors from the mental health and addictions program meet with patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Michael Pardy, a patient, has benefited from meeting with the nurse practitioner. “I’m a diabetic, so I take five needles a day,” Pardy says. Since going to the clinic, he has started an exercise program and met with a dietician. “We are beyond the days of Band-Aid solutions or a one-off handout to help people, even though that is still necessary to meet crises,” says Lt-Colonel Alfred Richardson, divisional commander, Newfoundland and Labrador Division. “Now we need to get involved in a deeper way. Providing these services should not be competitive, but collaborative. That’s why The Salvation Army teamed up with Eastern Health.” The Penticton Salvation Army Community Church th
September 17-18, 2011 “Great is God’s Faithfulness” Special Guests: Majors Lynda & Larry Farley New Hope Clinic opens in St. John’s, N.L. From left, Michael Pardy; Vickie Kaminski; Gerri Dalton, nurse practitioner; Lt-Col Alfred Richardson, DC; Mjr Katie Bungay, program director
Encounter the Lands of the Bible Greece, Turkey & Israel (including a 5-day cruise to the Greek Islands) With Majors Woody and Sharon Hale
October 15–30, 2011 Visit www.creativeventures.ca, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, write 138 Huntington Cres, Courtice ON L1E 3C5 or phone 905-440-4378 “What an awesome trip! I will always remember this wonderful experience. I will truly never be the same again, since I walked where Jesus walked.” —A. Lewis-Stephenson, Wingham, Ont., Tour 2010
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90th Anniversary June 3-5, 2011 Help us celebrate with Majors Robert and Shirley Ratcliff and the Gospel Brass Band Greetings from former officers and friends can be sent to 777 Ospika Blvd, Prince George BC V2M 3R5; phone: 250-564-4000 Salvationist I June 2011 I 5
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Music Unites Youth From California and Ontario On April 1-3, the Ontario CentralEast Divisional Youth Band hosted the Southern California Divisional Youth Band for an exciting weekend of music, worship, fellowship and spiritual blessing. At North Toronto Community Church on Friday night, the California youth led a Latino-style worship service in Spanish with English translation, which included the singing of Heart of Worship and Shout to the Lord. The band played a series of selections and also featured a “big band” ensemble. On Saturday, a band member from California testified that though his family troubles at one point led him to contemplate suicide, God helped him through that painful time in his life. The bands divided into small groups to pray for one another. “You could feel God powerfully moving among us as we prayed and sang,” says Canadian Salvationist Martha Ewing. Blood and Fire Brass, Ontario CentralEast’s junior level band, also participated in the Saturday night concert at North York Temple, featuring Turris Fortissima, Harrison Venables’ solo, New Life, and
Harrison Venables solos with Blood and Fire Brass at a concert in Toronto
Brindley Venables’ rendition of William Himes’ Jubilance. The California youth band’s performances included Carnival of Venice on guitar, Vite Aternum arranged for piano and the male chorus singing It Don’t Mean a Thing by Duke Ellington. On Sunday, the California youth used their musical talents to bless those wor-
shipping at North Toronto Community Church. “Throughout the weekend, we sensed God’s presence as we worshipped through our music and performed for God’s glory,” says Martha Ewing. “It was a spiritually enriching weekend that many of us will not forget.”
Retired NHL Player Comforted by God’s Word The Salvation Army Rideau Heights Community Church in Kingston, Ont., annually invites 80 local Army hockey players and their families to a worship service on “Hockey Sunday.” Rob Ramage, a 15-year National Hockey League veteran, was this year’s speaker for the five Army teams that play in the Kingston Church Athletic League. Ramage won gold twice with Team Canada at the World Juniors, received the trophy as top defenseman in the Ontario Hockey League and was chosen first overall in the National Hockey League entry draft. He also played on two teams that won the Stanley Cup, captained two teams, played in four All Star games and won a world championship with Team Canada. After retirement, he enjoyed a successful career as a stock broker. His seemingly charmed life came to a crashing halt through an accident that killed his close friend, Keith Magnussen, former Chicago Blackhawks’ captain. Ramage’s subsequent conviction for impaired and dangerous driving causing death resulted in the four-year prison sentence he is currently serving. As part of his sentence, he is permitted to participate in community services. Ramage spoke of the need to make right choices and the comfort he had received from the Bible during his darkest days in prison. “His remorse, acceptance of responsibility and vulnerability were compelling,” says Ken Pedlar, who co-ordinates the Army’s hockey program in the Kingston area. “His powerful message to an overflow congregation, which included several men from the Army’s Harbour Light, moved many to tears and ended with a 6 I June 2011 I Salvationist
prolonged, standing ovation.” Following the service, those present enjoyed a luncheon and each player received a participation award. The players also take part in the Army’s local Kettle Campaign kick-off by standing beside the kettles and helping pack Christmas hampers. “If you are in a hockey rink in the Kingston area, do not be surprised to see a team on the ice with a large Red Shield on their jerseys being encouraged by shouts of ‘Go Army!’ ” says Pedlar.
Ken Pedlar, Rob Ramage and Cpts Gloria and Val Redner, COs, Kingston Rideau Heights Community Church
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St. John’s Temple Celebrates 125 Years of Ministry
Red Sock Project Shares the Warmth
Under the leadership of Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd, chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries, St. John’s Temple, the first Army corps established in Newfoundland and Labrador, celebrated 125 years of God’s faithfulness. A gala at the Airport Inn on Saturday evening featured a historical re-enactment of an open-air meeting and selections by the corps’ music group, Sweet Jazz. A slide show depicted the corps’ rich heritage and Colonel Floyd Tidd shared a devotional challenge. Sunday morning worship included the enrolment of three senior soldiers. In his message, Colonel Floyd Tidd challenged the congregation to incorporate into their lives Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1 and to march into the future with Christ. Many knelt to rededicate their lives to God. The afternoon’s Say It With Music concert featured the corps’ music sections, including the premier performance of the march Day of Rejoicing, written for the occasion by David Rowsell, the corps’ bandmaster. Councillor Frank Galgay, representing the City of St. John’s, and Minister Tom Hedderson, representing the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, brought greetings. After Colonel Tracey Tidd’s devotional challenge, the celebrations concluded with the cutting of the anniversary cake.
Home and lifestyle retailer, Nood, delivered 10,662 pairs of red socks to the Vancouver Harbour Light Centre. The Red Sock Project called on Canadians to “share the warmth” by donating $2 toward a pair of socks for the homeless and disadvantaged, a campaign that warmed hearts as well as feet. “The project has demonstrated how a small donation can make a big difference when you rally people together,” says Nood general manager, Damien Bryan. “The project was readily embraced by our staff in Vancouver, Calgary and Victoria. Following the launch, customers were coming into our stores specifically to donate to the cause. At a time when most businesses are working on their profit margins, the Red Sock Project gave our team a cause to rally behind and for customers to participate in.” “We’re very excited to receive the socks,” says Major Brian Venables, d����������������������������������������������������� ivisional s������������������������������������������ ������������������������������������������� ecretary for public r��������������������� ���������������������� elations and��������� ������������ development, British Columbia Division. “Our work in the community this year focuses on human dignity, which includes providing those in need with basic items to help make their lives a little easier.” The company is committed to running the program again in 2011 and is already planning to increase donations through business partnerships and store events.
Three senior soldiers are enrolled during 125th anniversary celebrations at St. John’s Temple. From left, Mjr Elaine Braye, CO; CSM Larry Purdy; Deborah Barrow, youth pastor; Julia Howley; Jacob Riche; Bryan Abrahamse; Arlene Riche, RS; Mjr David Braye, CO
Did you know … … Catherine Fennell, Salvation Army school service worker, taught the Army’s Red Cap program to Grade 5 and 6 students at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Thunder Bay, Ont.? The program focuses on anti-bullying and anger management and teaches students how to effectively and appropriately communicate their feelings. The school has seen a decline in bullying since the program started … The Salvation Army in Regina, along with Carmichael Outreach and the Regina and District Food Bank, is delivering a new program that connects people searching
Nood employees deliver 10,662 pairs of socks to Vancouver Harbour Light
for jobs with opportunities in their area? The Government of Saskatchewan is providing $14,820 to help fund the new program. After completing the course, participants will have the skills to do a broad range of jobs, including warehouse work, snow removal and landscaping … Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, the world’s largest fertilizer company, contributed $100,000 to The Salvation Army to assist relief efforts in New Zealand following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch on February 22? … last year, 10 corps in the Canada and Bermuda Territory grew in four categories:
junior soldiers, senior soldiers, Sunday worship attendance and Christian education programs? The corps are Berkshire Citadel Community Church and Edmonton Temple, Alta. and N.T. Div; St. George’s, Bermuda Div; Conception Bay South, Faith and Hope Corps, Gambo and Springdale, N.L. Div; North York Temple, Ont. CE Div; Meadowlands, Ont. GL Div; Centre Communautaire Chretien/Christian Centre of The Salvation Army, Quebec Div. Twentyeight other corps achieved growth in three of the four categories
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Profiles of the Ambassadors of Holiness Session
n June 25, the cadets of the Ambassadors of Holiness Session will be commissioned and ordained as Salvation Army officers. Nine cadets are from the Canada and Bermuda Territory, and two are from the India Eastern Territory, having trained at the College for Officer Training (CFOT) in Winnipeg. Here are short profiles of the 11 cadets.
Originally from the U.K., I came to Canada almost four years ago to study at Booth University College. When I became a cadet, I was selected for the flex-training program, as I had already done most of the academic training. My first placement was at London Citadel, Ont., where I spent eight months. Part of that time included participating in Operation Mobilizing Hope, a street ministry program run in partnership with the Centre of Hope. It was a privilege to see that ministry grow from a hot meal given to street residents, to the distribution of clothing, to a first-aid clinic, to handing out Bibles. After marrying Lieutenant Danette Woods last year, I joined her at Charlottetown Corps, N.L. We are expecting a baby in October and are looking forward to all that God has in store for us in the years ahead. As Salvation Army officers, we are conscious of the fact that we could go anywhere and do anything; we’re excited to see where the Lord sends us.
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Prior to commencing my training at CFOT, I worked with children and youth, preached from the pulpit and participated in overseas mission, but CFOT provided me with a different perspective of ministry. Throughout the past 22 months, I have seen the Lord transform lives in corps, hospitals, on the streets, in the courts and in prisons. During a chapel service at the Stony Mountain federal penitentiary in Manitoba, I shared my testimony. After that, eight inmates recommitted their lives to the Lord and I led another to the Lord for the first time. Prisoners can accept the light of Christ, even in a dark place. Through that ministry opportunity, the words “I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:36) became more significant. These and many other field experiences reinforced my calling to be an officer. To me, an officer is not just a pastor. A pastor is the shepherd of his sheep while an officer looks after the existing sheep and searches for more—often in the places where other people don’t normally go.
The Lord has sustained me and brought me and my family through these past two years of training at CFOT. My fondest memories of college include praying with people on the streets, at the mercy seat and with fellow cadets early in the morning and late at night. Prayer changes things and it has certainly changed me. I’ve learned to be more vulnerable and authentic in my worship and petitions to God. I’ve also been blessed by others praying for me. Over the past two years, I have been challenged to not just do good things or what is “right,” but to actually love. Doing things comes easy for me, but loving unconditionally is harder. I’ve been called to apply the feelings and love I have for my three children to other children from disadvantaged backgrounds. I need to love all children and adults as much as my own family because God loves everybody equally no matter their background. Jesus’ grace has been and will be enough for me. I go out in the name of Jesus, praying that his love and justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a never-failing stream (see Amos 5:24).
I have learned a lot about joy and how much that means to me as a Christian—I’ve always loved to laugh and enjoy a good joke. At the Vancouver Olympics, God taught me that what seems like a small act can make a big difference. During street outreach, I met two girls who had just discovered that both events they were set to attend were cancelled. They were crying and absolutely heartbroken. I gave them some hot chocolate and we talked about the situation. Although a small gesture, I was able to offer my kindness and support. During my summer assignment in Robert’s Arm, N.L., my calling to officership was reconfirmed. After preaching a sermon, I was reminded of what an awesome responsibility and privilege I have as a messenger of God’s Word. My week in Cuba as part of the Ontario Central-East divisional mission team last April was also a huge blessing. It was a great opportunity to serve others. I look forward to full-time ministry. I know that God will continue to be with me and I pray that I will remain loyal to his call on my life.
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Coming from the India Eastern Territory, living in a different culture was a big challenge for me—in everything from food to language. This helped shape me for God’s work in ministry and showed me how much I need God. Through this cross-cultural opportunity, I have developed my understanding of a global Salvation Army. Even though there are cultural differences, everything we do is for the glory of God. In my first year at CFOT, I served at Winnipeg’s Golden West Centennial Lodge. It was there that I learned the importance of patience and how simple acts of love—like a smile—can be meaningful to others. My winter assignments at Toronto’s Scarborough Citadel and Brampton Corps, Ont., taught me more about the Army and its ministry to the needy. When I return to India, it will be challenging to adapt the knowledge I learned in Canada because India is such a different context, but I know that God will be with me.
At the age of 18, God clearly spoke to me about serving as a Salvation Army officer. Now, as I approach my commissioning and ordination, I continue to seek God’s heart in everything I say and do. The past two years have taught me to explore biblical truths that I can share with others. In particular, the Old Testament classes challenged me to see the connections between the Old and New Testaments and I’ve discovered a passion to read and teach from both sides of the Bible. The first sermon I wrote at CFOT solidified this understanding. It was based on Genesis 18 when God says Abraham and Sarah will have a child even when they thought they couldn’t. The sermon’s message resonated with my family as I discovered that my parents weren’t supposed to have any children, and yet they had four. Many families today also deal with that issue so it showed me how relevant lessons from the Old Testament are to our lives. I look forward to serving as an officer and embarking on a lifetime of ministry and marriage with Cadet Joyce Wilson.
My calling to officership has been a continual journey and God keeps reaffirming my calling. He calls me to daily give up myself and walk the road that follows him. One of the most significant confirmations of my calling came when I was on a prayer walk with other cadets. We stopped whenever one of us felt prompted to pray and the final stop was under a bridge where a number of people who were homeless were living. I broke down as God told me that there is darkness in the world and I am called to show the Light to all people. The next stage of my journey includes marrying Cadet Joshua Downer. We are excited to be going into a community as husband and wife and ministering alongside one another.
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At CFOT, I have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective officer in The Salvation Army. As I come from the India Eastern Territory, I faced many challenges during my training; namely the fact that English is my third language. I learned many lessons here that I want to incorporate into my own territory when I return, such as balancing social work with church work. CFOT has also developed my passion for all people—not just those in my own community or church—as we are all created in God’s image. And my multicultural and multi-faith ministry experiences in Canada will help me in India as the country is only three percent Christian. I have learned to put my complete trust in God, build a closer relationship with him and renew my commitment every day to serve him faithfully. I praise and thank God for his presence throughout my training in the Canada and Bermuda Territory.
When I received my summer assignment to Seal Cove Corps, N.L., I was nervous about spending such a long time in a small town of 260 people. Even though the isolation was initially difficult, the place quickly became like home as everyone welcomed me and were incredibly hospitable. When I left, I found myself wanting to serve again in a small town. My next appointment at New Westminster Citadel, B.C., offered a different context. Located only 10 minutes from Vancouver, the corps has a strong emphasis on social services ministry so I was involved in shelter work, transitional housing and a back-towork program, all of which developed in me a stronger interest in social services ministry. I am grateful for my training experiences as they helped shape me for a lifetime of ministry. My calling to be a Salvation Army officer has been reinforced and I can now picture myself in any ministry setting.
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During my first year placement at Weetamah’s Urban Café, Winnipeg, I had the privilege to reach out into the community beyond the boundaries of the church and show compassion to people. On Friday nights, the café ministry team brings people in off the streets, offers them a meal and shares in fellowship. I learned, through the Urban Café and my time this year with Winnipeg’s Heritage Park Temple kids’ club, how important it is to demonstrate love for others. I know God has called me to develop relationships with other people and I have learned to listen to others and show the love of God through my actions. My prayer as I venture into full-time ministry is that the Lord will use me to lead lost souls into his Kingdom. I look forward to the ministry that my wife and I can share in together and I am excited about building relationships with other people.
I’m grateful for my field placement at Heritage Park Temple, particularly the kids’ club. Though challenging at times, this ministry to the less-fortunate children in the community is incredibly valuable. I spent almost two years at the same field placement, which afforded me the opportunity to see some considerable changes and improvements take place in young lives. My primary passion is corps ministry. However, through my visits to the courts this past summer, I gained an appreciation for corrections work. Every Monday, I would go to the courtroom and be a visible witness for The Salvation Army. In one particular case, I observed a judge refuse to sentence a youth. Instead, the judge demanded that he be placed into his grandparents’ home to give him a chance to change the course of his life. That showed me that God is in the courtroom and there is a desperate need for him in the world.
A Fond Farewell
Commissioners Marilyn D. and William W. Francis will retire as territorial leaders in Canada and Bermuda
or the past four years, Commissioners William W. and Marilyn D. Francis have served as territorial leaders of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. With over 40 years of ministry each, they have faithfully fulfilled their calling as Salvation Army officers. As they approach retirement on July 1, they speak with John McAlister, senior editor. You’ve spent most of your lives serving God through The Salvation Army. How would you describe the experience? WF: It’s been wonderful. As I come to the end of active officership, I’m more convinced than ever that I would do it all over again. Of course, I wish that I had
known as a young officer what I know now, but life doesn’t allow us that luxury. It’s been a totally fulfilling life and ministry and one that hasn’t ended. I look forward to the new experiences God has for us in retirement. MF: It has been richly rewarding. I have had opportunities for international travel and multicultural experiences that I would never have dreamed of as a child. As a Salvation Army officer, I found that God used every facet of my gifts, talents and personality. What did you find most rewarding? Most unexpected? WF: We spent the first five years of our
officership at a wonderful small corps in the United States. I remember thinking at the time that if I did this for the rest of my life I would be completely at peace. After this, we served nine years in youth ministry as divisional and territorial youth leaders, followed by five years in leadership at the college for officer training in New York. All of these experiences involved a relational ministry with people, which was most rewarding. Most unexpected was our transfer to International Headquarters where we served four years as leaders for the Americas and Caribbean Zone. It was an eye-opening experience that expanded our understanding and vision of the Army as we saw it fulfilling God’s mission around the world. MF: The opportunity to share love with the unloved. There are so many people cast out in society—educationally, psychologically, socially, physically and financially. It was rewarding to find out that I could minister to them, even though it was often in a small way. I praise God for this because he knew that I had a heart for missions and for the poor, so I appreciate being able to serve those who no one else would ever serve. The most unexpected—and sometimes painful—was seeing the impact that working 24/7 for The Salvation Army can have on relationships. As officers, we reach out with so much love to other people that sometimes we can forget that our own families, our own soldiers and our fellow officers have needs as well. At times in my officership, I didn’t feel the support of those called to lead me. I don’t think this was intentional, but there is the tension in our Movement to neglect the importance of building up our comrades and families for the sake of carrying out the mission. What three important leadership lessons have you learned? WF: I’ve learned to define reality before moving ahead. In the early years I would come into an appointment with preconceived ideas about what needed to be done. I’ve learned to treat everyone the same, whether officers, employees, soldiers, friends of the Army or people on the street. And I’ve learned to foster an atmosphere of teamwork. A leader Salvationist I June 2011 I 11
can bring ideas, enthusiasm and experience, but nothing will happen without a supportive team. Ancillary to this is the importance of appointing the right people into the right positions. MF: Love those you lead as their servant. Often this means letting people do their job—appreciate them, don’t try to think for them and let them express themselves. Be content with the appointment you have been given. And be faithful to the covenant you have made, no matter what comes your way. You’ve travelled extensively throughout the territory. What have been the highlights of your service as territorial leaders? WF: I’ve been impressed with the diversity of the Canada and Bermuda Territory—from Vancouver to St. John’s, N.L., to Hamilton, Bermuda. At the same time, I’ve sensed a oneness of spirit expressed in different ways. As we’ve travelled across this great territory, I’ve been impressed with the strength of the Army. If I had to focus on a significant event, I would say the officers’ councils we’ve attended have always been inspirational. Working with the officers and key divisional lay leaders has filled us with hope for the future. MF: I led two women’s ministries camps in Newfoundland and Labrador, with 250 guests at the first weekend and 250 at the next. I preached, sang and led the altar calls. It was exhausting, but it was beautiful seeing women come to Christ. Although my official title has been territorial president for women’s ministries, I also took on an unofficial title as ambassador for youth, music and hockey as I engaged with the youth of this territory. A highlight of my service was spent at the National Music and Gospel Arts Camp and the Ontario Central-East Senior Music Camp. Other highlights included the Bermuda Congress, visiting Booth University College in Winnipeg and the spiritual days at the College for Officer Training. Commissioner William Francis, you’ve held an additional responsibility as chair of the International Doctrine Council. During your term, what value have you seen this group offer to the Army? Why is it important? WF: I often meet Salvationists who say, “We already have 11 doctrines. Are you 12 I June 2011 I Salvationist
Commissioners Francis, pictured with two of their grandchildren, look forward to spending more time with their family
rewriting them?” Of course, it’s really just the opposite. Our role is to help the international Army focus on the foundations of our belief, on our doctrine. Doctrine is the drama of a personal life, and it is the drama of The Salvation Army. Personally and corporately, we become what we believe. The Army’s doctrine council, which was created by General Edward Higgins in 1931, endeavours to assist Salvationists around the world to better understand and articulate our doctrines. It’s also essential that we do this in a culturally appropriate manner, recognizing that the Army is presently at work in over 120 countries. We are currently writing a series of books that will address the doctrines in easily accessible language. There will be 12 books—one for each doctrine and an introductory one on the Army’s ecclesiological uniqueness. I’m pleased that I will continue serving as chair of this council through June 2013. What was the toughest decision you had to make as territorial leaders? WF: The most difficult decisions are invariably those involving personnel. This is especially true in regards to the matter of discipline and dismissal of officers. As an officer, I’m first and foremost called to be a pastor, to come alongside people and encourage and help them. The challenge comes when my leadership responsibilities require decisions involving discipline. How do I discipline and make tough personnel decisions while at the same time reach out
with pastoral care? To do both is at best elusive, and at worst impossible. That is why we have the pastoral care department so that when challenging personnel issues arise, we can better serve our personnel as a team. There are things that officers can do that disqualify them from being a shepherd, but there is never anything they can do that disqualifies them from being a sheep. It’s never easy to discipline or dismiss people, but as a territorial commander, I have a responsibility to protect the Army and the people that we serve. MF: The toughest decision I had to make was to say no when asked to visit places. It’s not easy choosing which division, corps or women’s event to attend, so I would often cry when I realized I couldn’t go and meet the needs of the women, because I knew that I had something to offer. I’m a loving person, so if you’re in my presence long enough you get a hug—and maybe even a kiss—and I just try to encourage everyone to find joy in serving God. What do you both see as the strengths of the Canada and Bermuda Territory? WF: We have experienced a great strength in Canadian and Bermudian culture—the desire to treat everyone fairly and without prejudice. This is a basic principle of Christianity, as well as a cultural strength in Canada and Bermuda. However, every strength has the potential for unintended weakness. While it is imperative that we respect each other’s faith and opinions,
as followers of Christ we also have the responsibility to evangelize—to lift high the name of Jesus by proclaiming the Good News of salvation through the Atonement of Christ. Balancing acceptance and tolerance with our evangelistic mission in a spirit of not offending is our never-ending challenge. Another strength is that the “heart”— the essence and the life force—of the Army is evident across the territory. I’ve met so many men, women and children who recognize and value the unique mission the Army has in the Church of Jesus Christ. They love the Lord and The Salvation Army. I have been so encouraged to witness the Canadian and Bermudian Army of Salvation in action. MF: The strength of this territory is found in the phenomenal leadership of its officer personnel and lay people. There are so many faithful Salvationists who give their time, talents and treasures with no reserve. When I look at our lay leaders and many of our soldiers, you’d think they were officers without the red trim. That is the kind of commitment that they have made to Jesus Christ. My plea is that the territory continues its work with youth. The youth here possess a passion for social justice to a degree that I haven’t seen in any other territory. They are leading the way, and can move the Army forward if we let them. What challenges do you see us facing in the future? WF: We need to remain one Salvation Army—a unique arm of the church of Jesus Christ. As a denomination we constantly strive to understand and balance the difference between essence and form. Forms can and must change. Every generation is different, and so we must methodically change and adapt. However, while form can change, the essence of the Army must never alter. In a zealous desire to connect with society, we can easily become another independent church in the community. While there are a host of independent churches, I believe God has called the Army to a unique ministry. MF: Keeping The Salvation Army distinctives front and centre: the flag, uniform, mercy seat and clear identification on the outside of our buildings. We shouldn’t be ashamed to be a Salvation Army. If we don’t wear our uniforms, don’t wave our flags and forget the basics of our Movement, we will fail to meet our God-given mission, and we will become another independent denomination or another social service
Commissioner Marilyn Francis participates at a hockey camp
Commissioner William Francis speaks at the retirement service for General Shaw and Commissioner Helen Clifton
agency. But God raised us up for a purpose, and I think that an emphasis on holiness of heart will bring Salvationists back to their knees. There will be revival in Canada and Bermuda. How is God preparing you for this next stage in your lives? WF: For the past 40 years, we’ve saluted and gone where the Army appointed us. As we enter retirement, we will continue to trust in the Lord. He has never disappointed us thus far in our journey. We’re looking forward to it, as officers never really retire from ministry. MF: God has been flooding my heart with joy. This will be the most difficult appointment to leave that I’ve ever had, but I hear the Lord Jesus saying to me, “I will show you the path of life. In my presence is fullness of joy and at my right
hand there are pleasures forevermore.” So, that’s how he’s preparing me. He’s giving me joy unspeakable. I love children, and I’m a dancer, singer and actress, so I’m sure that I will have many avenues for ministry in the days ahead. As you retire from active service, what message do you wish to leave with Salvationists? WF: I would encourage Salvationists to keep their focus on God and his mission for The Salvation Army. As well, we need to focus on the young people coming up and nurture them and give them opportunities to serve God through the Army. MF: Keep the Army distinctives. And choose joy—there is joy in The Salvation Army. As Nehemiah 8:10 reminds us, the joy of the Lord is our strength. Salvationist I June 2011 I 13
Chasing Social Media
Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have created a whole new way of relating. Is online networking a helpful tool for Christians?
YES. The Church must go where the people are, including online. Social media holds tremendous opportunities for spreading the gospel and nurturing the saints. BY CARSON SAMSON Remember back in 2008, when we used Facebook to track down old flames and high school teammates? Or reconnected with friends no longer tied to our everyday lives—like our parents for instance? People don’t use social media to reconnect anymore; they use it to connect. Want to reach the world in 30 seconds? Welcome to Twitter. Want to gather a mass of like-minded individuals around a cause? Bring light to injustice? Defend the marginalized? Enter Facebook. As a graphic designer, I sell social media to businesses like I used to sell stationery. It’s quickly become an integral part of a company’s brand strategy and an evergrowing facet of effective public relations. Why? Because every successful business understands the key to success lies in not just connecting with customers, but build14 I June 2011 I Salvationist
ing relationships with them. These days, we see this happening with big business all the way down to the “mom and pop” operations. Am I saying the Church is a business? Certainly not. But while we may not have customers or chief operating officers, we are in the business of training disciples of Jesus. And through his love and in pro-
claiming the message of salvation, we are involved in the business of saving souls. I think churches can benefit by embracing social media. Here are two key ways: Use social media to spread the gospel message. Can Twitter be an evangelistic tool? You bet. Social networks are open platforms to engage others in discussion,
POINT COUNTERPOINT encourage them to pray and drive them to social action. Through social media we can ask others for spiritual support, invite them to attend our church events or urge them to support our cause or charity. Can you imagine running an entire Red Shield campaign online? Some might find this hard to envision, but last Christmas the fillthekettle.com initiative, where people recruited donors through Facebook, proved that the Army is readily embracing social media. Let’s employ these same concepts in our community churches. How can we use social media to call people to action? Small groups, committees and ministry units can share agendas, schedule rehearsals or plan meetings over a social network. My worship team communicates regularly through Facebook messages. We also share videos via YouTube to become familiar with new music. In my professional circle, I use social networks to swap success stories and setbacks, to glean useful information from others in my chosen profession. I’ve found that comparing strategies and best practices benefits all parties. Why can’t our corps do the same? Use social media to build relationships. In times of joy or sorrow, we can uplift and support each other through social media. Healthy relationships between believers help solidify a church and bring glory and honour to God. I wouldn’t dare suggest online relationships should replace in-person connections and face-to-face ministry, but in many cases, they can be the touch-points through which deeper bonds are fostered. In every church there are families or individuals who float about on the margins. They pass in and out of our doors, disappearing for varying lengths of time. To some, a church can be an intimidating place, and many are afraid to share their needs in this setting. Online communication isn’t nearly as scary. The sense of anonymity the Internet brings can help bridge the gap. Those who may be hesitant to speak to a pastor in person might welcome an online exchange instead. The Salvation Army must continue to be a transforming influence in the communities of the world—be it in our neighbourhoods, across the globe or online. And as the world changes at a rapid pace, we must change our methods of outreach. Neglecting the opportunity to use social media to equip soldiers, officers and local leaders would be a mistake, because one thing will never change: a global longing
for the love and grace of Jesus and his gift of salvation. People need the Lord, and we must find them, wherever they may be. Carson Samson is the principal of Samson Design Studios based in Winnipeg. He can be reached at twitter.com/carsonsamson or facebook.com/samsonstudios.
NO. Social media, texting and electronic devices have become distractions. They prevent us from the real business of getting to know people face-toface. BY MAJOR RANDY HICKS Hi, my name is Randy, and I used to be a Facebooker.… I am one of those people who have revolted against the tendency to put their lives online for the world to see. I decided to close down my social media account, and here’s why. Recently I was in line for the teller at my bank. The person ahead of me had already taken up an inordinate amount of time and patience was wearing thin in the queue behind me. That’s when it happened. His phone beeped, indicating a text message had arrived. That’s OK, I thought. It happens. But to my dismay he read and responded to it while the rest of us (including the teller) were placed on pause. I slowly counted to 10 as tensions rose. Just when I thought we were back in business, he took a phone call. Was this guy for real? There ought to be a law limiting the use and abuse of social networking. I’m
all for freedom of speech, but where did our manners go? Have we forgotten how to filter what we say before we actually put it out there, either in text or voice? When is it appropriate to use the tools we have developed? Do I need to be in your personal “phone booth” every time your cellphone rings? I must admit that I’m a neophyte when it comes to texting. A while ago I received a text from a ministry board member that had me a little worried. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a nice guy and all, and I’m sure we’re fond friends but to sign off with “LOL”…. The joke was on me when I learned that “LOL” doesn’t mean “lots of love.” When he cleared it up we did indeed “laugh out loud.” That’s harmless enough, but what about all the swearing and inappropriate topics that now freely flow through many fingers in abbreviated text-talk? Here’s a text for you: “Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift” (Ephesians 4:29 The Message). Also, I wonder if we’ve forgotten the importance of communicating “face-toface?” When I send a text message, comment on your Facebook page or leave a voice mail, you don’t see my body language or, in the case of the text, pick up on my tone or mood. You get the words without the music. And what if I’m way off key? Ah, you say, but the same is true of this article in the magazine. You don’t see my face or hear my voice so the onus is on you to interpret the tone of my rant. Perhaps through my choice of words you’re able to pick up on my sarcasm, anger and frustration. Do you imagine me pacing then pounding the keys on my laptop? Maybe I should use more exclamation points!!! There is a difference. The beauty of print is that this conversation is simply between you and me right now. There are no comments to post, “like” buttons to press or messages to retweet. There’s something refreshing about that. As for Facebook’s wall, where users can post a variety of inconsequential information—from what they ate for breakfast to the latest Farmville application—I think we can do without it. Nobody needs that much information. As for the whole social media trend, here’s a post from old Belshazzar’s wall: “You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting” (Daniel 5:27). Major Randy Hicks is the corps officer at North York Temple in Toronto. Salvationist I June 2011 I 15
That Was Easy
Sharing your faith doesn’t have to be scary. Here’s how to overcome your fear BY CAPTAIN DEANA ZELINSKY
everal years ago, Staples, a large chain office supply store, introduced a highly successful advertising slogan that boasted, “That was easy.” Perhaps you’d remember the campaign if I told you it was accompanied by a big red button with “EASY” written on it in bold letters. In the months that followed, the “easy” button could be found in office environments everywhere. The phrase soon caught on as a by-word for all sorts of solutions to life’s problems. Passed your organic chemistry exam? That was easy! Made the perfect Beef Wellington? That was easy! Balanced the budget to a penny? That was easy! 16 I June 2011 I Salvationist
People make the difficult look easy every day. My husband even thinks he can do a laprascopic gall bladder operation after watching it on YouTube. “It’s not brain surgery,” he tells me. So when it comes to sharing our faith with our friends and neighbours and inviting non-believers to church, why doesn’t it seem easy? Why doesn’t the big red button work when it comes to seeing our congregations grow? The answer isn’t simple and I think there is more than one explanation: • In some cases, sharing our personal story of faith (a.k.a. giving our testimony) and talking about
a relationship with Jesus Christ in many workplaces is not permitted. • With our neighbours, the changing social, political and religious climates make it difficult to know how to make the leap from, “Can I borrow your hedge trimmers?” to “Would you like to come to a fellowship night at my church?” • Still others may think evangelism is reserved for only those who are gifted in this area. • Sometimes it simply comes down to fear. We are afraid of being on the outside of a group if people know that we are followers of Jesus Christ. Reasons aside, the truth is that some of our congregations are not experiencing the vibrancy and enthusiasm that normally accompany a growing faith community. What is behind this? Have we lost our vitality and become lukewarm? Have we become comfortable with the status quo and lost our fervour and urgency for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ? When asked what is the most important issue facing
What difference has knowing and loving Jesus made for you? the Christian Church today, evangelist Billy Graham responded, “Our calling is to declare Christ’s forgiveness and hope and transforming power to a world that does not know him or follow him.” The Apostle Paul understood the urgency of declaring the gospel. Failure was not an option: “Woe to me if I do not preach!” he wrote
(1 Corinthians 9:16). For Paul, sharing the gospel was a crucial responsibility for a follower of Jesus. Do we place the same importance on this aspect of our faith? In 1 Peter we read, “You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it” (1 Peter 3:15 NLT). Our Christian hope is not an intangible condition of the heart, invisible to the human eye. It is a demonstrated witness of our faith in Jesus Christ. Are you ready to share your faith but don’t know where to start? Here are a few helpful suggestions: • Reflect on what your life was like before you knew Jesus. How did you think and act? • Share how you came to know Jesus and the change that occurred in your life. • What difference has knowing and loving Jesus made for you and those you love? • When you share your story, emphasize Jesus’ love, forgiveness and abundant life. • Avoid over sharing, using religious vocabulary or condemning those who may not be ready to believe what you do. • Don’t rush things. Allow the Holy Spirit to use your story to work in the hearts and minds of your listeners. Sharing your faith is really about sharing yourself and your story with others. Try it, and you may be surprised when a hand reaches down from Heaven to push the big red button. Captain Deana Zelinsky and her husband, Rick, are the corps officers at North Toronto Community Church. This is the final article in the Rethinking Church series. Salvationist thanks Rick and Deana for their contributions.
Some argue that dancing doesn’t belong in church. Melanie Reid is changing their minds BY JULIA HOSKING, STAFF WRITER
reaking, locking and popping; freezes, krumps and drops. While you’re probably trying to figure out what those terms mean, Melanie Reid from St. John’s Temple, N.L., is nodding her head with interest and thinking about how to use them in her next dance routine. “Our talents should be used to exalt the Lord’s name,” says the 26-year-old, who has studied hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary dance. “Psalm 149:3 says, ‘Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.’ God gives us all gifts, be it dancing or playing an instrument, and he can use them all to his glory.” An elementary school teacher by profession, Reid volunteers to perform and choreograph dances at Salvation Army youth rallies, congresses and music camps. Although most of the teaching is geared for children and youth, Reid believes people of all ages can participate. “People just need to be open to dance as a form of worship,” she says. “Many older people have been moved by my dance routines purely because they saw young people engaging with God.” Reid understands people’s concerns about dance. A glance at secular music videos can raise questions about hiphop’s place in a house of worship. But, she argues, “all God-given talents, if not used to honour him, can lead to negative situations. Dance helps me in my relationship with God, but he also uses my
creative talents to bless others—whether they are watching me or performing under my choreography.” Last year, a group of 16 youth from St. John’s danced to gospel music artist Kirk Franklin’s Awesome God at a divisional congress youth service and Saturday park outreach. Bethany Rideout, also from St. John’s Temple, helped Reid choreograph the dance. “Sharing dance with others makes me feel closer to God,” she says. Rideout recalls dancing a solo ballet item at a Christmas service. “I danced for Baby Jesus, who was played by a real infant. The spotlight was on me so all I could see was the baby and all I
Left: Outreach at Newfoundland and Labrador divisional congress; above: Melanie Reid
could hear was the beautiful song. At that point, I wasn’t thinking about performing for an audience. I was offering my gift to God.” “Dancing is a way of expressing our love and praise for God in a way that is creative and meaningful,” agrees Allison Hynes, St. John’s Temple, who performs with Reid. Reid has gained a positive reputation leading a dance elective at senior and junior music camps in the Newfoundland and Labrador Division and the Army’s National Music and Gospel Arts Camp. “I use hip-hop at music camps because it appeals to many children and teens,” says Reid. “I choose age-appropriate songs that are upbeat and have a meaningful Christian message. By the end of the week, I hear the kids and teens in my class singing the song. When they begin to internalize the performance, it becomes their act of worship. Then I know I’ve done my job.”
Students in the dance elective give God praise at the National Music and Gospel Arts Camp Salvationist I June 2011 I 17
NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD
As a food executive and mother, Pina Sciarra recognizes the importance of a healthy balance at home, work and in society
Pina Sciarra, pictured with her two children, emphasizes the importance of good eating habits and physical activity
member of The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board, Pina Sciarra is the vice-president, marketing, of ConAgra Foods Canada, which includes the brands Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, VH and Orville Redenbacher’s. She is a visionary leader with 20 years of global marketing and general management experience in the beverage and food industry, including 12 years with The Coca Cola Company. Sciarra speaks with John McAlister, senior editor, about The Salvation Army’s strengths, combating child obesity and the role of large corporations in community development. What motivated you to join The Salvation Army’s National Advisory Board? The Salvation Army is an organization clearly wired to help those in need. I don’t know of another group so committed to providing the basic needs of life to people in a way that is absent from discrimination or judgment. This is a cause I connect with and want to belong to. 18 I June 2011 I Salvationist
What do you perceive as the Army’s strengths? Its consistent and unwavering mission to both preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs without discrimination. As well, the Army personnel I’ve met have been intelligent, well-spoken, compassionate and a joy to work with. I’ve also been impressed with the Army’s ability to quickly mobilize its people to serve others in need, whether here in Canada or even in places such as Japan and Haiti. How do you put your beliefs and values into practice in your job? I highly value a collaborative approach to problem solving. I see partnering as a way to get creative solutions and great ideas. In my job, one of my goals is to create an environment that fosters inspiration and collaboration. Another thing I value is balance. I am maniacally focused on finding ways to improve productivity, as it’s good for the shareholder and also provides efficient employees more time for their personal lives and community involvement. A third value is learning,
so I strive to develop a learning culture at ConAgra Foods. An employee’s experience should be about more than just receiving a cheque, but gaining skills that not only benefit the business but make her a better person. What role should large corporations such as ConAgra Foods play in community development? They can communicate awareness of the issues that put a strain on communities. For example, at ConAgra Foods we are very focused globally on ending child hunger. In Canada, about half of the families who access food banks have children, so it’s not just a global concern. I think employees want to work for an organization that is more socially responsible and does more for society. We have had feedback from our employees that they want to participate in community initiatives. We have a program called ConAgra Cares that organizes community days and initiatives that provide gateways for our employees to give back to society. Another way is funding, whether through direct donations to food banks or partnering with other companies or consumers to raise money for various causes. Lower income people are often forced into bad eating habits as often the cheapest foods are the unhealthiest. How does the food industry help people make healthy choices? Education is key, so providing consumers with nutritional information and also offering healthy and affordable products that aren’t high in sodium and fat. There are many reasons why this hasn’t happened in the past, but the challenge is providing healthier options that people will still enjoy. For example, when you reduce or take out sodium or sugar, the product doesn’t taste the way that people have come to expect. With the high rates of obesity, we need to be more innovative in the way we prepare our foods and include healthier ingredients. At ConAgra Foods, we have a brand called Healthy Choice, and we have very strict guidelines about what we put in the product. Consumers are changing their habits and demanding healthier choices. And if they stop buying high fat, high sodium products, then companies will need to adjust accordingly and provide a healthier product. Child obesity is a growing problem. What responsibility do food manufac-
LETTERS turers have in combating this health epidemic? I don’t think manufacturers can impact all of the many causes of obesity. However, they are in a good position to introduce new and healthier products, and can do their part in educating and informing through nutrition labels and direct consumer education. When I look at some of the stats, I wonder who is responsible. As a mother, I wish that children would get more physical activity at school. Yes, it’s about the food, but it’s also about getting physical activity. There is a lot of pressure on food companies to come up with better products, but not as much pressure on the school system to implement more physical education. There needs to be a balance. How can the Army’s community programs better partner with and learn from food manufacturers and distributors? Companies would like to support and give back, but they’re not always as focused on partnering with organizations such as The Salvation Army. I think the Army could be more aggressive in seeking collaborative partnerships with companies for your various programs and ministries.
Healing Power I know for a fact that God still performs signs and wonders (Everywhere a Sign, April 2011) because I have had the unexplainable “wonder” of being the recipient of his healing power on more than one occasion. I say “unexplainable” because why it happens to some and not to others is a mystery. I know it has nothing to do with deserving the miracle. God alone knows why he chose me, and I am so grateful that he did. Sharon Greer To speak of “miracles” is almost a cliché in our culture. If a sports team wins a championship against impossible odds, we call it a miracle. However, what it usually means for Christians is a situation in which a person makes a surprising recovery in the face of a pessimistic prognosis. I think we, as believers, make two mistakes when it comes to this notion of miracles. First, we presuppose that most every fortuitous event is a miracle, rather than explaining it with scientific reasoning. Second, we also hold true that somehow the non-occurrence of miracles undermines our faith. There are examples of faith and grace, as Major (Dr.) Beverley Smith points out,
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Evangelism or Humanitarianism? A sincere thank you to Major Fred Ash for his insightful and encouraging commentary (Dreamers, April 2011). It seems to me we are becoming too cozy in our comfortable pews. Do we need to be jolted awake to the searing reality of our time that people are dying in sin? Philip Brace It’s true that we need soldiers willing to commit to the core values of the Army, but we also need them to focus on “corps” values. When Major Ash suggests that these days “evangelism takes second place to humanitarianism,” I think this points again to our need to value corps work as a scene of evangelism, and not to assume that all our evangelism takes place in the streets and in shelters. Heather Allington Note: Due to an editing error in the May issue, the “Wanted: Salvation Army Officers” article by Major Julie Slous incorrectly stated that Jesus had nine disciples. This error does not reflect the intentions of the author.
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Happy Campers D Whether they’re rock-climbing, toasting marshmallows or studying the Bible, Salvation Army campers have a blast BY JULIA HOSKING, STAFF WRITER
uring my first summer as a leader at Scotian Glen holiday camp there was an eight-year-old girl in my cabin who caused trouble and didn’t talk to anyone,” recalls Kristie Burton, a counsellor at Scotian Glen Camp, Maritime Division. “I encouraged her to participate in the camp activities, and every night I talked to her until she fell asleep. “At first I didn’t receive much of a response. But during her last night, she opened up to me and we prayed together. Initially she didn’t want to be there, but by the end she didn’t want to leave. “Since that first summer, I have taken an interest in the kids that nobody else seems to have patience for. I want to make a lasting impact in their lives.” It’s that kind of connection that makes Salvation Army camps so special. Catering to a wide range of interests, from music to sports, the Army’s camping season is just around the corner. In anticipation of those lazy, hazy days of summer, Salvationist profiles exciting options in Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Maritimes. Training Timothys A two-tier leadership development program known as Timothy 1 and Timothy 2 is offered by the Ontario Central-East and Ontario Great Lakes divisions. Kaleena Tidd, Timothy co-ordinator, explains, “This program introduces young people to all that Salvation Army camping has to offer, fosters their spiritual growth and encourages participation in their corps and communities.” Timothy 1 includes a four-day canoe adventure, volunteer time at Jackson’s Point Camp and Huntsville’s Newport Adventure Camp and a community service field trip. The following year, participants are hired for the Timothy 2 program as junior staff members. “I’ve always loved being a camper and a volunteer—the Timothy program combines the two,” enthuses Brianne Zelinsky, North Toronto Community Church, who attended Timothy 1 last year. “I came away believing in myself and the talents and gifts God has given me.” Looking for Adventure Ontario also hosts adventure camps at Jackson’s Point and Newport Adventure Camp for over 2,000 young people. There are four camps: Blaze (ages 7-10, Jackson’s Point); Pursuit (11-12, Newport); Quest Budding musicians at Camp Starrigan
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(13-14, Newport); and Edge (15-17, Newport). In addition to activities such as rock-climbing and mountain biking, campers participate in Bible study and worship. “At Newport Adventure Camp, teens want to know how the Bible can apply to their lives and the situations that they face,” explains Captain Neil Sunnuck, divisional youth secretary, Ontario Great Lakes Division. “The campers can explore God’s Word in the great outdoors.” Making Musicians Music camps for Salvation Army youth often become “turning points” in journeys of faith. “I committed myself to Christ at Camp Starrigan’s music camp and have renewed that covenant every year since,” shares Ben Riche, St. John’s Temple, N.L. Camp Starrigan, Musgravetown, N.L., hosts a four-day junior camp for children aged seven to 11 and a weeklong senior camp for ages 10 to 19. Twin Ponds Camp, Glenwood, N.L., also holds a weeklong music camp for children aged eight and up. “Music camp is a great week and needs to be experienced to understand its full impact,” says Bob Riche, senior music camp director. Campers join a brass band, vocal or worship stream and choose electives such as musical theatre, photography and sign language. “We focus on spiritual development, social interaction and fun,” adds Susan Lee, junior music camp director.
also serve the young at heart. Major Lorraine Davis, divisional adult ministries secretary, recently recommenced three-day camps for those aged 50 plus. This year, the late August camps will include worship sessions, recreational activities and practical information sessions. Last year, the camp included a party to honour everyone’s birthday. “Some women came up to me with tears in their eyes,” shares Major Davis. “It was a simple activity and yet it made them feel incredibly special. “Just because you turn 50, it doesn’t mean you can’t impact others or the Church.” Spiritual Impact Scotian Glen Camp, Thorburn, N.S., offers subsidized camps for children as well as a moms and tots camp. “It’s a safe environment where campers are served with love and grace,” says
Major Wanda Vincent, divisional youth secretary, Maritime Division. Basketball, swimming, archery, crafts, talent nights, scavenger hunts and campfires are all part of the schedule. Barb Cameron, food services co-ordinator, sees how the staff’s relationships with God impact their work at the camp. “I see young people sharing together in prayer and singing praises to God while wiping down tables or mopping the floors,” Cameron says. The leaders are always grateful when they can share Christ with young people. Counsellor Thomas Marsh remembers a devotional time when one child asked him to pray with him for his friend who did not know Jesus. “I felt blessed to spend that time with him.” For more information on these camps or others in your division, contact your divisional youth secretary.
Valuing the Over-50s The Newfoundland and Labrador camps Kids and counsellors get silly with makeup at Scotian Glen Camp
Ontario’s adventure camps are about developing life skills
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Creating the Compassionate Heart At the territorial social services conference, delegates explore ways to make Salvation Army ministry more effective and Christlike BY JULIA HOSKING, STAFF WRITER
s Creating the Compassionate Heart—the territorial social services conference—drew to a close, Mary Ellen Eberlin, territorial social services secretary, shared what she learned as a daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient. “Compassion is the ability to recognize the humanness in another regardless of their situation or struggle,” she said. “To express compassion, you have to do something. Allow God to create in you that compassionate heart and commit to releasing it in the work and ministry you have been given.” From March 26-29, more than 300 delegates representing Salvation Army social services ministry units from around the territory gathered in Mississauga, Ont., for a time of refreshment, education and networking. This commenced with three preconference sessions on Saturday, one of which focused on housing, with Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder and executive director, Pathways to Housing and Housing First. “Housing First is a model of addressing homelessness,” explained Bradley Harris, territorial social services consultant. “It’s about giving someone a home and then dealing with their addiction problems or mental illnesses. The preconference provided us an opportunity to hear from the person who started Housing First and strategize how it applies to our Army context.” A chaplaincy session was led by Dr. Gloria Woodland, territorial social services consultant. “The purpose was visioning for the future,” she said, “in particular, how we’re going to strengthen chaplaincy and be more intentional about spiritual care.” The third session explored restorative justice with Dr. Joao Salm from the 22 I June 2011 I Salvationist
A highlight for many delegates was the ability to network with people from across the territory in similar areas of ministry
Centre for Restorative Justice, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. The workshop explored the values and practices of restorative justice, which focuses on the needs of both victims and offenders, giving victims more say in the process and encouraging offenders to take responsibility for their actions. Conveyors of Hope The Saturday evening banquet was the official starting point for the social services conference. Major Campbell Roberts, secretary for program and national director of social policy and social services, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory, presented the keynote address. Using personal examples, he said delegates must engage in bold action and that the people living on the margins of society are often “sinnedagainst,” that is, victims of others’ sin.
“It is our biblical mandate to be conveyors of hope in what is—for some of the people we work with—a dark, frightening and hopeless world” —Major Campbell Roberts
Mary Ellen Eberlin and Mjr Campbell Roberts
Area commanders discuss leadership issues relating to social services ministry
“One Saturday, while I was a cadet in training college, I helped lift onto an ambulance stretcher an alcoholic who had obviously been lying in a dirty, dark corner of a house for a number of weeks,” Major Roberts shared. “As I was looking down at him, he died. The Holy Spirit clearly said to me, ‘He was my love child and you let others destroy his life.’ The ministry of compassion I learned that morning involved doing something about it. “It is our biblical mandate to be conveyors of hope in what is—for some of the people we work with—a dark, frightening and hopeless world,” said Major Roberts. “The Lord requires us to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly with our God.”
“A compassionate heart is a heart surrendered to the will of God and the mission of God,” Colonel Floyd Tidd said, referencing Philippians 2:6-8. “It is a serving heart as Jesus calls us to be servants.”
Serving Hearts The conference included devotional sessions led by Major Kevin Metcalf, territorial secretary for music and gospel arts. Noting that, “We cannot conjure up a compassionate heart by our own resources,” Major Metcalf facilitated opportunities for worship through singing, prayer and Scripture. The Sunday morning worship service featured a six-piece brass ensemble from the Canadian Staff Band and soloist Cameron Rawlins, Northridge Community Church, Newmarket, Ont., who sang a moving rendition of It Is Well With My Soul. Jason Hildebrand’s gripping dramatic presentation of the father of the Prodigal Son (see Luke 15) showed God as a father filled with love and compassion for his children. Colonel Tracey Tidd, territorial secretary for women’s ministries, participated in responsive readings from Scripture and then Colonel Floyd Tidd, chief secretary, delivered the message.
Exploring the Issues Workshops were held on Sunday afternoon and all day Monday, with networking sessions taking place Monday evening. Dr. Marjory Kerr, a Salvationist from Toronto’s Yorkminster Citadel, led an all-day session on Monday for area commanders. It addressed emotional intelligence and influencing others for organizational impact. The workshops explored a variety of issues, such as ministering to clients of multi-faith backgrounds, human traffick-
ing, working with youth, protecting children, stakeholder relationships, housing, addictions, correctional programming, compassion fatigue and working in longterm care homes. “As hoped,” Eberlin commented, “the 2011 territorial social services conference provided opportunity for officers and employees to learn, network and experience a time of spiritual refreshment. The conference was a blessing on many levels and I look forward to the continued development of Salvation Army chaplaincy ministries, a continuing commitment to restorative justice and the application of best practices in our sheltering and housing ministries, addictions treatment and correctional and justice services.”
Delegate Reflections “It was a great opportunity to learn different things that I can apply to my ministry unit and community.”—Major Edward Hayden, executive director, community and family services, Strathroy, Ont. “It was a truly holistic experience—developing, educating and inspiring body, soul, spirit and intellect toward a more effective and intentional ministry.”—Major Gerald Cory, director of correctional and justice services chaplaincies, Ontario Central-East Division “The conference offered a great opportunity to network with others across the territory who are serving others through the mission of The Salvation Army.”—Ivy Scobie, executive director, William Booth Special Care Home, Regina “I learned the importance of showing compassion to everyone and being willing to enter their life stories.”—Cadet Monika Gillard, Friends of Christ Session “It was nice to have an opportunity to gather with others in like-minded ministries.” —Captain Ed Dean, Maple Creek Community Church, Sask. “The conference provided a perfect measure of knowledge, fellowship and worship, key ingredients in creating a compassionate heart.”—Cathy Oleschuk, program director, Thunder Bay, Ontario Great Lakes Division See the July issue of Salvationist for an interview with Major Campbell Roberts. Salvationist I June 2011 I 23
MINISTRY IN ACTION
Though Majors David and Rosa Moulton minister at the opposite end of the country from where they were born, the Terrace, B.C., corps is now their …
Home Away From Home BY KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
cold spring wind, cooled by icy mountain snow, gusts down the Terrace, B.C., street as people gather for the Sunday-night meeting at The Salvation Army. The congregation is singing the opening hymn when the door whips open, accompanied by a blast of wind. Two shabbily dressed men enter. Clutching a bedraggled bunch of early spring flowers, they walk up to the platform and present them to Major Rosa Moulton, corps officer. They then empty their pockets and place what loose change they have in the offering plate. Their efforts are rewarded with a warm embrace and a heartfelt “God bless you.” “There are no distinctions made here. No matter who you are, when you come in, you’re made to feel welcome,” says Major David Moulton, corps officer. “We treat everyone here as family, because that is what we are here at Terrace.” Open and Honest The Moultons’ appointment in 2001 to Terrace was no accident. “We had been posted to a nearby corps in the late 1990s and had passed through Terrace while we were vacationing in the area,” says Major Rosa Moulton. “We fell in love with the people and the place. When we were transferred, we requested Terrace and we’ve been here ever since.” While the Moultons were born and bred at the opposite end of the country—David in Newfoundland and Labrador and Rosa in Ontario— the new officers immediately felt at home in Terrace, where the majority of people are First Nations. “It’s remarkable how similar both cultures are,” Major David Moulton explains. “There’s an openness, a generosity and a desire to share that is very similar to home. It’s a willingness to accept people as they are. What you see is what you get.” 24 I June 2011 I Salvationist
Whale of a Tale In December 2004, the corps had the opportunity to consolidate its outlying residential facilities under one roof. The newly renovated building in the downtown core now houses the sanctuary, a thrift store, family services and a multipurpose dining area. Terrace also runs a thrift store in Kitimat, 65 kilometres away. The relocation gave the corps an opportunity to reach a group of people who were not being ministered to. “We don’t have any ‘store hours,’ ” smiles Major David Moulton. “When people need us at any hour of the day or night, they know they can depend on Rosa and me, and that’s been the case from our first day here.” “We’re there for funerals and weddings,” Major Rosa Moulton continues, “and whenever people are in crisis. Whoever you are, we want you to know you are always welcome to walk through these doors.” The welcoming goes both ways. Major
David Moulton was adopted into the Killer Whale Clan Gitbutwada by one of the elders and was bestowed with a clan name, Ama Goodm Neeth. “It means Kind Hearted Killer Whale,” laughs Major David Moulton. “I think it fits!” Vibrant Community The close-knit nature of the community manifests itself in corps activities. Cottage meetings and Bible studies are held on alternating Tuesdays and there is a strong home league tradition in the area. “A typical home league meeting will have dozens of women in attendance,” says Major Rosa Moulton. “The women attending now came to home league when they were children, and they are now getting their own daughters involved. “We have a very strong women’s ministry here,” she continues, “and it’s the backbone of our fundraising for projects such as Partners in Mission.” Last September, the corps opened an outpost in a village 25 kilometres from town where the Moultons minister on Sunday afternoons. “There are no other churches in this relatively new community,” says Major David Moulton, “so we basically brought the church to them. Our services have on occasion had more than 50 people from the community in attendance.”
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A Newfound Land “Our greatest success is seeing everybody coming together and caring for each other,” says Major David Moulton. “We came here hoping to be a transformative influence in the lives of the people we serve,” concludes Major Rosa Moulton, “but it’s worked both ways. We’ve been changed by the people of Terrace, and for the better. We’ll always love Newfoundland and Ontario, but Terrace is, in a very real way, our home.”
The Dilemma of Discovery
Advances in biotechnology bring new hope—and new questions BY AIMEE PATTERSON AND JAMES READ
Ian Howes with wife, Lois. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 22 years ago, Ian’s hope-filled spirit is an inspiration
an Howes is one of the bravest and most Christlike people we know. By marriage, Ian is brother-in-law to Jim and uncle to Aimee. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1989. He was 47 at the time. A family man with two young children and a wife. A school teacher at the prime of his career. An accomplished musician and athlete. For years Ian’s disease was managed solely through medication, but over time his normal functioning became severely impaired as his dyskinesia (erratic muscle movements that are a side effect of the medication) worsened. In 2008, at the Toronto Western Hospital, Ian underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgical technique that aims not to cure Parkinson’s but to address its symptoms. Electrodes were implanted in his brain. A neurostimulator was placed underneath his collarbone. Today, electrical signals are delivered to Ian’s brain cells, improving his symptoms and reducing the need for medication. He still faces many difficulties. He uses a cane or a walker, his energy diminishes as the day progresses and his handwriting is all but illegible. But DBS has unquestionably improved both his daily functioning and quality of life.
Ian tells us that the capacity of technology to interact with his brain in this unique way has deepened his faith. DBS is a biotechnological advance for which his friends and family are profoundly grateful, too. As you might expect, it has also stimulated for us new thoughts about the ethics of biotechnology. Part of the ethics challenge is that biotechnology moves so fast, sometimes changing the world overnight. Few people had undergone the procedure when Ian had his surgery less than three years ago. How do you assess the benefits and costs with such limited experience? How do you ask a patient to consent to procedures when risks can’t be measured? How do you properly honour the patients who take the risk anyway? Things might be easier if following “the scientific method” meant predictable advances. But that’s not how science works. Progress also happens by serendipity. Many scientific breakthroughs have been accidental and unforeseen. For example, at the hospital where Ian had surgery, DBS was also prescribed for a morbidly obese man in an attempt to suppress his appetite. In the process, researchers discovered DBS had triggered improvement in the patient’s memory function. DBS is now being tested
as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Science can lead to amazing discoveries. But even amazing discoveries are not necessarily good for people. The implications of brain manipulation are vast. If we can engage in neurotherapy for cases such as Ian’s, why not use the technology for applications such as mood enhancement? From stem cells to genetically modified foods, biotechnology is a complex field and offers more than just concrete applications. It also changes our thinking. Just consider how our ideas of a good life have changed with the invention of the car. In decades to come, what will we perceive as “normal” when it comes to the brain? Will our concept of personal identity change as we begin to modify it through electrical brain stimulation? Faced with troubling suggestions like these, we may wish to put a halt on biotechnological research altogether. But that’s not the answer. In this case, it is the potential application of the technology, not the technology itself, that is problematic. DBS brought a welcome improvement to Ian’s quality of life that we wouldn’t want reversed. Science and technology aren’t the only things at work in Ian’s story. Part of what makes it so compelling is Ian’s persistently hope-filled spirit. He represents the best of what it means to be human. As he recalls, “I was at the peak of my teaching career, actively seeking advancement, when the diagnosis came. I have learned to build a new life by searching my roots, writing and exercising to look after my personal health. I was determined not to shrivel up and die!” Despite his symptoms, Ian lives an abundant life. Ian is not alone. Many of us will have to “build a new life” at points in our journey. Illness and healing can both change our lives dramatically. And, as with Ian, it may all come at us unexpectedly. How do we prepare? Where shall we put our faith? Dr. Aimee Patterson works for The Salvation Army Ethics Centre as a special projects associate. Dr. James Read has been a member of the territorial Social Issues Committee for 20 years. Salvationist I June 2011 I 25
Territorial Prayer Guide
WEEK 1 – JUNE 1-4 Focus on the Bermuda Division • Summer day camp program and youth mission team • Summer evangelistic ministry • Candidate recruitment in Bermuda • Social ministries as they respond to increased demands due to the economic recession
Exploring the contemplative in Salvationist spirituality Christine Faragher
WEEK 2 – JUNE 5-11 Focus on Women’s Ministries • More young women to commit to leadership in women’s ministries • Renewed emphasis on ministry to young mothers in corps and communities • Sensitivity to needs of ministry units in providing a new resource delivery format • Women to be empowered to influence other women for the Kingdom WEEK 3 – JUNE 12-18 Focus on the Call to the Inner Life • Grace to desire God’s Word and to consistently seek him (see Psalm 42:1) • Grace to cultivate one’s inner life through solitude, fasting, spiritual direction, study and meditation • Our prayers to be rooted in God’s values • Personal spiritual vitality and effectiveness in evangelizing the unsaved WEEK 4 – JUNE 19-25 Focus on Overseas Personnel • Mjrs George and Holly Patterson, Ocala, Florida, U.S.A. Southern Tty • Mjrs David and April McNeilly, Coeur de Vey Corps, Paris, France and Belgium Tty • Lt-Cols David and Marsha-Jean Bowles, territorial children’s and youth secretary/sports ministry director, and chief secretary, Germany and Lithuania Tty
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WEEK 5 – JUNE 26-30 Focus on the Tanzania Territory • Continued peace and unity in Tanzania among its 41 million people • Kwetu Counselling Centre—rehabilitation and reunification for orphans and children rescued from human trafficking • God’s protection as officers travel, and spiritual growth and maturity of Salvationists • Social empowerment and educational development programs for schools, agriculture, vocational training and nutrition
Review by Captain Betty Lessard
houldn’t Salvationists leave contemplative spirituality to other Christians? After all, active service—evangelism, ministry on the mean streets and defense of the oppressed—is The Salvation Army’s hallmark. Christine Faragher, author of Other Voices, disagrees. In her book, she offers proof that a stream of contemplative spirituality has coursed throughout Salvation Army history and has galvanized its ranks to action. She draws on articles written by Salvationists in The Officer magazine over a 70-year span to support her claim. From voices testifying to the deep spirituality of Founders William and Catherine Booth, to the passion evident in the writings of such prominent Army leaders as Bramwell Booth and Samuel Logan Brengle, to the opening of the Army’s Centre for Spiritual Life Development in 2008, Faragher provides ample evidence that Salvationists have always encouraged intimacy with God. She also argues that Salvationists have borrowed extensively from other traditions, including Catholic and Protestant authors. General Bramwell Booth found a model in the humble mystic, Brother Lawrence, and encouraged his officers to read The Practice of the Presence of God. Several Salvationists, including William Booth, have been recognized as mystics by those outside the Army. “It is so important for Salvationists to know the contemplative tradition because … the prayer-filled life contains so many examples to help us,” asserts Faragher. Faragher describes tools helpful in developing contemplative spirituality: solitude, silence, the practice of holy reading (lectio divina), rest, Bible study and spiritual guidance. Though the book’s format is a bit awkward at times, it is a valuable introduction to the subject and the writers speak from the fire of action. They testify to the importance of contemplative spirituality, without which ministry becomes onerous and joyless. For The Salvation Army to maintain its vitality, intimacy with God is essential.
Because Normal Isn’t Working Craig Groeschel Today, “normal” people are stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. Relationships are strained, sex is superficial and materialism is rampant. What about God? The majority supposedly believes in him, but biblical teachings rarely get lived out. Simply put, normal isn’t working, according to Craig Groeschel, the author and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a pace-setting multi-campus church in the United States. Groeschel invites people to make the leap to live God’s kind of weird, which means embracing Jesus Christ and his values and being transformed from the inside out.
HCSB Study Bible
The HCSB Study Bible was produced by 75 Bible scholars. Its easy-tonavigate features include more than 100 colourful photographs, 59 timelines, 408 word studies, 24 essays on practical and theological issues, feature-length articles on the origin and transmission of the biblical text and how to study the Bible, and even one-year and three-year Bible reading plans. The insightful textual explanations on every chapter are an excellent resource for preachers and teachers, but also for every Christian who wants to more fully understand and live out scriptural truths.
Enrolments and Recognition
MUSGRAVETOWN, N.L.—Faith Holloway, displaying her pledge, is Islandview Citadel’s newest junior soldier. Supporting her are other junior soldiers and her corps leaders.
PENTICTON, B.C.—Grandmother Mjr Yvonne Borrows receives Isabelle Corfield from her mother, Corrie, while four-year-old Kashius watches with his dad, Chris Corfield, and other grandfather Kelly Corfield. Grandfather Mjr Robin Borrows performed the dedication ceremony.
MUSGRAVETOWN, N.L.—Three senior soldiers are enrolled at Islandview Citadel. From left, Asia Holloway; Hedley Wiseman, holding flag; Keesha Wiseman; Harvey Fry.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—St. John’s Citadel celebrates seven new junior soldiers. Front row, from left, Claire Tapp, Olivia Norton, Abigail Butt, Bailey Madden, Olivia Lush, Isabelle Andrews, Ethan Snow. Back row, from left, Mjrs Brian and Valerie Wheeler, COs; JSS Denise Rideout.
ST. CATHARINES, ONT.—Adam Holbrough and Elaine Dix-Holbrough celebrate the dedication of their son, Nathaniel Leslie, to the Lord. With them are Mjrs Kent and Dena Hepditch, COs. Bob Grace is holding the flag.
OSHAWA, ONT.—Mjr Robert Reid, CO, presents an appreciation certificate to Ron Hustins for his three-and-a-half years of ministry as bandmaster of Oshawa Temple Band.
SANDYS, BERMUDA—On March 5-6, West End Community Church held its first puppet ministry event and fundraiser. “Everyone involved did a fantastic job and money was raised to help support the puppet ministry as they plan to go overseas to further their training,” says Lt Amanda Robinson, CO. Tamiko Ramabuke directed the team in performing Jailhouse Rock—Shake, Rattle and Roll during both evenings. Each day had pre-show entertainment, including local recording artists Tricay Astwood and Big Snipes. “The two days were a team effort and we felt God was in the midst of it all,” says Lt Robinson. Salvationist I June 2011 I 27
QUESNEL, B.C.—New adherents are welcomed at Quesnel. They are Bill Domanko, Don Austin, Judith Pederson, Brenda McGilloway, Sharron Schepkowski, Aaran Allison, Pat Klassen, Betty Lou Smith, Matt and Sheri Manky.
GAMBO, N.L.—Gambo is delighted to enrol three junior soldiers. From left, Cpt David Rideout, CO; YPSM Barb Hayter; Ashley Granter; Samantha Gill; Alyssa Gill; Cpt Melanie Rideout, CO; Evelyn Peckford, holding flag; Shirley Goulding and David Oxford, junior action leaders.
QUESNEL, B.C.—Quesnel celebrates the enrolment of three soldiers. From left, Cpt Carson Decker, DYS; Angela and Jason Cavanah; Lenore Domanko; Cpts Debbie and Jim VanderHeyden, COs.
MANUELS, N.L.—Conception Bay South celebrated its 103rd anniversary with guests Cpts Chris and Claudette Pilgrim, COs, Trinity Bay South. Celebrations on Saturday evening featured an uplifting gospel sing-along, local talent and the heartfelt singing of Cpts Pilgrim. The beginners’ band delighted the audience with their debut under the direction of Steve Barrett. In both services, many sought prayer and consecration, and four people accepted Jesus as Saviour. From left, Cpts Chris and Claudette Pilgrim; Shianne Barrett, junior soldier; Jerry Mercer, senior soldier; Mjrs Wayne and Rosemary Green, COs.
SARNIA, ONT.—Community care ministries in Sarnia donated milk-bag mats for Haiti and blankets for the palliative care unit at Bluewater Health Hospital. From left, June Gilbert, CSM Debbie Gilbert, Cynthia Thibert, Tony Jeacock, June Jeacock, Brenda Henderson.
Major Fred Butler-Caughie came to the Lord through the pub ministry of Mount Hamilton Citadel, Ont., where he became a soldier. He was commissioned as a member of the Proclaimers of the Gospel Session in Toronto in 1986. After marrying Lieutenant Eileen Butler, they were appointed to Tisdale, Sask., which was followed by several appointments in addictions and rehabilitation in Vancouver, Saskatoon, and Thunder Bay, Kingston and Toronto, Ont. Fred also served as chaplain in the Canadian Forces from 1983-2010. Two mottos guided and strengthened him throughout his ministry: Vocatio ad servitium (my vocation is to serve), which is the Canadian Forces chaplains’ motto, and Spes mea in Deo (my hope is in God). 28 I June 2011 I Salvationist
Territorial Appointments Cpt Elizabeth Nelson, assistant under secretary, South Asia Zone, IHQ Births Cpts Bram/Anita Pearce, son, Thomas Gregory, Mar 11; Lts Frederick/ Carolyn Reid, daughter, Hallie Nadine, Mar 31 Retirements Mjrs William/Sharon Mason, out of Berkshire Citadel, Alta. Last appointment: community and family services officers, Victoria Promotions to Glory Mjr Lillian Spence, from Grimsby, Ont., Mar 18; Brg David Strachan, from Toronto, Mar 24; Mjr Russell Lewis, from Kirrawee, New South Wales, Australia, Mar 27; Mjr Anne Davies, from Toronto, Apr 4
Commissioners William and Marilyn Francis June 12 covenant day, CFOT, Winnipeg; June 23 territorial leaders’ conference, THQ; June 24-26 officers’ councils, commissioning events and retirement of territorial leaders, Toronto Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd June 23 territorial leaders’ conference, THQ; June 24-26 officers’ councils, commissioning events and retirement of territorial leaders, Toronto Canadian Staff Band June 25-26 commissioning events and retirement of territorial leaders, Toronto
Tributes HALIFAX—Major Roger J. Henderson was born in Charlottetown, P.E.I., in 1924. He moved to Boston, Mass., with his parents in childhood, but returned to Charlottetown after completing high school. He became a Salvation Army soldier and bandsman and after marrying Phyllis Robinson in 1947 they trained to be officers. They served as corps officers for 23 years in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Poor health forced Roger to retire in 1970, but he continued to faithfully serve the Lord. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; son, David (Margaret Ann); daughters Linda Julian and Gloria Bourden; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. BOTWOOD, N.L.—Lifelong Salvationist Major Evelyn Cooper was commissioned as an officer in St. John’s, N.L., in 1952. Before marrying Lieutenant James Cooper in 1954, she served in Charlottetown and Carter’s Cove, N.L. With her husband, she ministered in several Newfoundland corps and in Glace Bay, N.S., followed by six years as territorial evangelists in the Canada and Bermuda Territory. God used Evelyn to bring many people to faith in Christ as Saviour. Evelyn was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved to hunt big game with her husband. Remembering her affectionately are husband, Major James Cooper; sons James (Judy), Dean (Michelle), Perry (Leslie); daughters Trudy (Jim), Elizabeth (Fraser); Catherine (Steve); grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends. TORONTO—Jean Eileen Adnams (nee Groom) was born in 1923 in St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, England, to Salvation Army officers. She married Charles Adnams in 1945 and they settled in Bromley, Kent, where Jean remained active in the corps. The family immigrated to Canada and settled in Richmond Hill, Ont., in 1957. They joined the Willowdale Corps where Jean ministered in various capacities. She subsequently served in Newmarket and North York Temple, eventually working part-time as office secretary at North York Temple, retiring in 1988. In retirement, Jean and Charles became regulars on the Christmas kettles in Richmond Hill’s Hillcrest Mall and for several years co-ordinated the kettle program for the area. Jean’s family will remember her for her caring touch, loving discipline, practical jokes and vibrant Christian faith. Thanking God for her life are her husband, Charles; children Derek (Sharon), Gordon (Louise), Ian (Suzanne), Jeanette (Doug) Martin; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. PETERBOROUGH, ONT.—Norma Noble was born in 1911 and committed her life to Christ during evangelistic meetings in 1939. In the early 1950s, she and Frank, her husband, were introduced to The Salvation Army through open-air meetings in Haliburton, Ont. They became soldiers at Haliburton and she served in the home league, league of mercy and over-sixty club for many years. In 1999, Norma moved to Peterborough where she attended Sunday worship and home league. A beloved mother and grandmother, Norma is missed by daughter, Donna (David) Dowding; son, Bryan; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. NANAIMO, B.C.—Born and raised in Calgary, Alta., Helen Grace Garnett was the oldest of four children. She married Thomas Garnett in 1948 and they lived in Cranbrook and Nelson, B.C, eventually moving to Calgary. Helen’s service in the Army included Girl Guide leadership and corps and songster pianist. After the family moved to Edmonton in 1970, Helen worked at the Army’s divisional headquarters. She and Tom retired in Nanaimo in 1992, where she used her musical talents at the corps, local nursing homes and community care ministries. She also helped local seniors and participated in sewing classes and aquatic exercises. Helen’s legacy of music ministry will live on in the hearts of those she served. Remembering her are sons Robert and Ron (Bev), two brothers, one sister, three grandsons and one great-grandson.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Major Russell Stephen Lewis was born in Corner Brook, N.L., in 1926. At the age of three he moved to Montreal with his family, where an older brother eventually introduced him to The Salvation Army. He became involved in many corps activities, including banding. Russell joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served in the RCAF band. After returning to civilian life, he became a Salvation Army officer in 1947. He married Dorothy Clarke in 1949 and together they served in corps throughout Ontario before being appointed to the Red Shield services with the Canadian NATO brigade in Germany. He subsequently served in men’s social services in Montreal, Quebec City, Windsor, Ont., Calgary and Vancouver. After his appointment in 1983 as territorial men’s social services secretary, he and Dorothy retired in 1991 in St. Catharines, Ont. Dorothy and Russell had two daughters, Lori and Karen (Steve), and three grandchildren. After Dorothy’s passing, Russ married Betty Rees (Houlbrook), and they lived in Sydney, Australia. Russell is sadly missed by wife, Betty, and many friends. DEER LAKE, N.L.—William John (“Jack”) Charles Murdoch left his hometown of St. John’s, N.L., to be a Newfoundland Ranger in Deer Lake, where he married Lillian Caines. They raised five children and Jack worked as an accountant and manager until he became a United Church minister in 1982. He volunteered with several organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Gideons, Lions Club and the local school board. He acted benevolently as an ambulance driver, fireman and the chief of the local fire department. Jack’s laudable efforts to help others were recognized by the Town of Deer Lake, which gave him the Pride of the Town award in May 2000. In recent years, Jack faced the physical afflictions of paralysis and the emotional pain of losing his caring wife. When his physical limitations prevented him from attending his home church, he began attending the Deer Lake Corps and became a soldier in 2001. He volunteered on the Christmas kettles and with seniors’ fellowship meetings. GRIMSBY, ONT.—Major Lillian (Lillie) Spence was born in 1942, at Grimsby Beach, Ont., and grew up with five siblings. After working for three years as a primary school teacher, she was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1967. She served in corps ministry at Port Colbourne and Haliburton and in 1968 was appointed to Howard Institute in then Rhodesia, Africa, where she taught for 10 years. Returning to her home territory, Lillian served as divisional youth secretary in Bermuda for three years, followed by several appointments in Zimbabwe and Malawi. After returning to Canada in 1990 and serving at territorial headquarters as assistant overseas personnel officer and in women’s social ministries in Montreal, Lillian taught for nine years in the Caribbean Territory, including at the School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Kingston, Jamaica. Lillian retired in 2003 and relished the opportunity to spend time with her family.
LOOKING FOR A CHALLENGE?
Needed, someone willing to take on the challenge of reaching and ministering to the disadvantaged children of Rideau Heights. Kingston, the Limestone City, is one of the most attractive in Canada, unless you happen to live in Rideau Heights. Here public housing, single-parent families and financial problems are commonplace. Many children lack a strong, supportive home life and good role models. Unless someone shows them the self-giving love of Christ, many of our children are heading for trouble. If you are up to such a challenge, please contact Captain Val Redner at 613-5413947 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Salvationist I June 2011 I 29
The Road Ahead
God’s call is still real. It presents each of us with a choice By Major Fred Ash
hose who know me best know that I am a poet at heart. Not that I am capable of writing good poetry. I am, however, one of the few people who actually have bought a book of poetry— several in fact. Two of my favourite poems are by the same poet, an American by the name of Robert Frost. The first is one called The Road Not Taken, a curious title because the poem focuses on the road he actually took, the road less travelled. Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveller, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other … Each time I read those lines I am taken back to the spring of 1967 when as an 18-year-old I made a life-changing decision. I had been teaching elementary school for a year and loved every minute of it. But I felt called to be a Salvation Army officer. In the same week, three letters arrived for me in the mail. One was an acceptance letter from the university where I had taken my teacher training the year before. I was invited back to complete my degree. The other was from the school board where I was teaching, inviting me back to teach another year. The third letter was from the Salvation Army headquarters, accepting me as a candidate for officership. I spread the letters out on the dining room table in the house where I was boarding and pondered them, looking from letter to letter. Which one should I choose? Which path should I follow? Robert Frost finished his poem with these words: I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. For better or worse I chose the Army. Not because of any pressure from a 30 I June 2011 I Salvationist
recruiting campaign or a candidates’ secretary. Not because I thought I had anything particular to give. I made the choice because of a sense of calling―that this was something God wanted me to do. One of the interesting things about my making that choice is that God gave me the other two choices as a bonus. My early years in ministry were spent as an officer-teacher, instructing elementary and high-school students in Newfoundland. Over the years I have taught seminars, workshops and Bible classes and also spent two years on the training college staff. Along the way God gave me three university degrees in place of the one
I spread the letters out on the dining room table. Which path should I follow? I gave up for him. We cannot out-give God. His gifts far outweigh any sacrifices we make. The other Frost poem that I love is titled Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The last stanza of the poem says: The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. Over the years, these lines have always reminded me of my current situation, whether it was 10 years into my officership, 20 years, 30 years or as it is now with only weeks to my retirement. The woods, which represent my place of ministry, are and often have been “lonely, dark and deep.” It has been those promises couched in an Officer’s Covenant that have kept me (and my wife) going—a covenant that only by God’s grace we have been able to keep.
By the time some of you read this, I shall be counted among the “retireds.” Retirement does not mark the end of the covenant. The ongoing ministry of the hundreds of retired officers in this territory is ample evidence of that. I will still have “promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.” It is now up to the new generation of Salvationists coming out of high school and university to ponder the road ahead. God’s call is still real. His anointing still waits for the called. The Bible says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV). Concerning the paths ahead of him, Frost wrote: And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. Career choices and ministry choices are many and varied. Those choices need to be made carefully and prayerfully. Officership is a “road less travelled.” But once chosen it is with the intention of a lifetime commitment and only with a sense of God’s calling. Major Fred Ash is the corps officer at Burlington Community Church, Ont. This marks the final article in his Clarion Call series. Salvationist thanks him for his contributions.
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