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Hi kids! Can you believe spring is already here? This is always a nice time of year. The grass turns green and the flowers begin to bloom. Where I live, spring means it’s not cold anymore, so I can go outside and play. Thinking about spring gets me thinking about God. You know why? Because God created everything! When God created the world, He made everything good (see Genesis 1), and we can still see that goodness all around us. As Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens tell about the glory of God. The skies show that His hands created them.”
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“Names, Names and Names”
oover Adams was the bestknown small-town editor in North Carolina, if not the entire United States. For more than 60 years until his death last July, Adams, the founder of The Daily Record, chronicled the comings and goings of life in Dunn, the town where his wife, children and grandchildren still reside. He believed that newspapers should be relentlessly local in their coverage. In a 1978 memo to his staff, Adams wrote, “All of us know that the main reason anybody reads a local newspaper is for local names and pictures. That’s one thing we can do better than anybody else. And that’s the thing our readers can’t get anywhere else.” It seems Adams did not worry about his newspaper being boring. He once quipped, “I’ll bet that if The Daily Record reprinted the entire Dunn telephone directory tonight, half the people would sit down and check their name was included.” Why was the paper so successful? Adam’s reply was straightforward, “It’s because of three things: names, names and names.” During the past several months, I have had the privilege of meeting with
small groups of Salvationist readers throughout the territory. A simple set of questions helped focus our conversations. The most telling was “What do you read first?” The vast majority of the more than 200 who participated gave the same answer: “We look to see who we know and what is happening in the lives of friends and associates we’ve known through the years.” Celebrate Community and Around the Territory are the most-read and appreciated sections of the magazine. Tributes and profiles of Salvationists and ministry units were runners-up. The reader feedback was strong confirmation that building community among Salvationists is our primary mandate. In this issue, we benefit from the keen insights of Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd on the eve of their departure as territorial leaders in the Australia Southern Territory (pages 14-15). We celebrate the enrolment of soldiers in Guelph, Ont.; Fort McMurray, Alta.; Sydney, N.S.; Conception Bay South, N.L.; Burnaby, B.C.; and Cornwall, Ont. You can see their names and photos on pages 24-26. Donna Downey (Oshawa Temple, Ont.) has been accepted for officer training (page 25), Betty Henning (Oshawa Temple) recently retired after 25 years as corps custodian (page 24) and new local officers have been commissioned at Burlington Community Church, Ont. (page 25). These are only some of the stories and names found in Salvationist this month. Salvationist is a magazine for people, about people and by people who share a common bond in Christ and witness to his presence in their lives through The Salvation Army. We have a unique fellowship that is captured on the pages of Salvationist every month. Like Hoover Adams, we know that people matter and their stories are worth sharing. So send us your story. Tell us what’s happening in your corner of the territory. We want to put your name in print. Major Jim Champ Editor-in-Chief
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Ottawa Bethany Hope Centre Reopens THE SALVATION ARMY celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated Bethany Hope Centre in Ottawa in February. “We were delighted to welcome the community to visit our new centre and learn about all the programs and services it has to offer,” says Major Brenda Smith, executive director. The Bethany Hope Centre provides programs that care for pregnant and parenting youth and their children through addressing their physical, material, social, educational and spiritual needs. In addition to the programs offered at the centre, the building functions as a Salvation Army church and houses administrative offices. The centre was housed in a different location from 1924 until 2013, but upgrades to that building would have been costly. The centre’s new location will help the Army serve families more efficiently and holistically. The new building provides more room for the centre’s programs and services, including education and employment support, health services, meals,
playgroups, childcare, a food bank, houswasn’t judged or ridiculed.” ing support and parent support group Woodland attributes her success to meetings, counselling and life skills the care and support from the staff at programs. In addition, the new locaBethany Hope Centre and wanted to tion is more convenient for clients who give back in some way. She has set up a are dependent on public transportation. scholarship fund for others at Bethany Shona Woodland is a graduate of the who would like to pursue post-secondary parenting program at the Bethany Hope education. Centre and, after attending university, To read more of Woodland’s story, now works for the federal government. see this month’s issue of Faith & Friends. She came to the centre looking for support after learning she was pregnant. She s p oke to a large crowd at the opening. “When I found Bethany I almost didn’t make it up the front steps, but when I got inside I was welcomed with warm arms,” says Woodland. “The people here quickly became my family The Bethany Hope Centre assists young parents in Ottawa, such as and friends and I Bonnie Gardner, pictured with children Adam, Zachariah and Lauren
Young Salvationist Leads Penny Drive WHILE READING SALVATIONIST, 13-year-old Mikenzie Barrow of Gambo, N.L., saw a promotional page for The Salvation Army’s Gifts of Hope program. Feeling challenged to donate to the program and give a gift of education, she counted the money in her piggy bank and discovered that she had enough to cover one gift. With the encouragement of her mother, Glendene Barrow, Mikenzie asked her church family at Gambo Corps to join her in raising money for Gifts of Hope. She organized a penny drive for the month of December and Gambo Corps pledged to match all monies collected. By the end of the month, donations amounted to $1,021.66, which doubled with the contribution of the corps—enough to purchase 51 gifts of education. Mikenzie is thankful to everyone who supported her during this challenge and hopes to make this an annual event. Mikenzie Barrow organized a penny drive benefiting Gifts of Hope
ESL Students Hold Tea Ceremony
ETHIOPIAN STUDENTS LEARNING English as a second language through the Toronto Harbour Light’s Immigration and Refugee Services held a traditional Ethiopian tea ceremony for their classmates, instructors and staff. “It was an amazing cultural experience for us and we will always have fond memories of this special day,” says instructor Susanna Boureima, centre, with students Khedra, Eyerusalem, Yeob and Meaza. Salvationist I May 2013 I 5
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Territorial Leaders Visit Laotian Corps
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COMMISSIONERS BRIAN AND Rosalie Peddle visited the Laotian Corps in Hamilton, Ont. Aux-Captains Phoungern and Oudaovanh Sombounkhanh, corps officers, hosted the territorial leaders, who were accompanied by Lt-Colonels Lee and Deborah Graves, divisional leaders, Ontario Great Lakes Division, and Lt-Colonel Alf Richardson, area commander, Ontario Great Lakes Division. The service was shared in both English and Lao and featured the corps band, songsters, worship team, youth ministry and cultural dancers. A cultural dance presentation captivates those attending a special service at Hamilton Laotian Corps
Maritime Division Opens New Headquarters
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle share a moment with divisional staff at the official opening of the new Maritime DHQ
THE SALVATION ARMY Maritime Division opened a new headquarters in Spryfield, N.S., in February with more than 50 people in attendance, including Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle, territorial leaders, Majors Douglas and Jean Hefford, divisional leaders, and local politicians. Following the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and unveiling of the dedication plaque by Commissioner Brian Peddle, guests were invited to tour the facility and enjoy refreshments in the boardroom. The Maritime Divisional Headquarters provides support to 32 Salvation Army units in the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, in areas such as human resources, public relations and business administration. 6 I May 2013 I Salvationist
Salvationist Bouaphanh Kinkhath, a former Buddhist monk, shared his testimony, encouraging everyone to seek the peace of God and find joy in Christ. In his message, Commissioner Brian Peddle shared that, regardless of our backgrounds and culture, together we are The Salvation Army with a message and a gift to share with the world. “It is a simple message,” he said, “a story of giving where God is the giver. We must open our hearts to God to receive the gift of his Son, Jesus.” Commissioner Peddle challenged the congregation to take that gift and give it to others. At the conclusion of the service, the corps held a fellowship meal, which included many traditional Lao dishes.
First Responders Honoured THE SALVATION ARMY in St. Thomas, Ont., recently held a weekend of training to prepare personnel to assist in the event of an emergency or major disaster in the area. The first session introduced participants to the Army’s emergency disaster services and prepared them for a disaster assignment. The second session covered the handling and delivery of food, preparing staff and volunteers to work in food services during an emergency or disaster situation. More than 30 people attended each of the training sessions. “The Salvation Army counts it a privilege to stand shoulder to shoulder with our first responders,” says Perron Goodyear, divisional emergency disaster services director, Ontario Great Lakes Division. “This training will ensure local personnel are ready should our support ever be required.” The weekend concluded with a church service to honour three local first-response agencies: police, firefighters and paramedics. Members of the Army’s emergency response team from various parts of the division participated. During the service, certificates of appreciation were presented to representatives of the St. Thomas Police Service, St. Thomas Fire Department and Elgin-St. Thomas EMS.
The Army presents certificates of appreciation to three first-response agencies. From left, Perron Goodyear; Staff Sergeant Mark Roskamp, St. Thomas Police Service; Deputy Chief Ray Ormerod, St. Thomas Fire Department; Duty Manager Rich Balsden, Elgin-St. Thomas EMS; Cpt Mark Hall, CO
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St. John’s Retail Program Celebrates Graduates
TAKING ACTION ON child poverty carried a whole new meaning as eight youth from Chatham-Kent Ministries, Ont., participated in an Amazing Race-style event for the Global TV program Love is Moving. As they raced to several locations including a thrift store, park, fire station and food bank, they performed tasks such as pitching a tent and balancing buckets of water while learning surprising facts about poverty in their community and around the world. “The youth learned how big of an issue child poverty is locally,” says Captain Stephanie Watkinson, corps officer. She notes that, in 2012, almost 5,000 children received food through the Army’s local community and family services. “We are finding temporary housing for youth aged 16 to 21 and we continue to provide snacks to four schools in Chatham-Kent. One of the youth who participated in the event was shocked that we did that.” The purpose of Love is Moving, which airs this spring, is to encourage youth to be compassionate and journey with those in need. “This experience opened the eyes of our youth to their surroundings and encouraged them to show the sacrificial love God shows us,” says Captain Watkinson. “This generation is about action and we hope they will put that love into action for Christ.”
THE NEW HOPE Community Centre in St. John’s, N.L., held a ceremony to honour the newest graduates of its retail sales program, which teaches participants the skills they need to work in a retail environment. Ten people graduated from the most recent session of the program, which ran during the fall. The 12-week program assists people who have barriers to employment—for example, a lack of education, mental health issues, a criminal record or other social difficulties. The first nine weeks of the course are spent in the classroom at the College of the North Atlantic, where participants learn retail skills. Most of this learning is practical, covering skills such as operating a cash register and managing inventory, but participants also focus on personal development. They spend the remaining three weeks working in a retail setting such as a grocery store or restaurant. “When I started the retail sales course, I had more problems than solutions, and now I can say I have more solutions than problems,” said graduate Gary Coswell at the ceremony. “My classmates and I learned a lot about retail and ourselves. We are now taking that knowledge and, through our work placements, putting it to work.”
Photo: Michael Pardy
Chatham Youth Put Love into Action
Graduates of the New Hope Community Centre retail sales program
Members of the Chatham youth group join the Love Movement
Birchy Bay Corps Celebrating 100 years 1913 – 2013 Looking Unto Jesus the Author and Perfector of our Faith May 17-19, 2013 Special Guests: Majors Dale and Glenys Pilgrim Cadets Daniel and Bhreagh Rowe, Cadet Norman Porter Corps Celebration Dinner—Friday, May 17 Tickets can be purchased or reserved by May 8 by contacting Gail Robinson at 709-761-2007
The youth participate in an Amazing Race-style event for Global TV
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Cedarbrae Community Church bridges the gap between Sunday services and social services
Photo: Kristin Fryer
BY KRISTIN FRYER, STAFF WRITER
The Joyful Noise community choir has 28 enthusiastic members
ocated at one of Toronto’s busiest intersections in east Scarborough, Cedarbrae Community Church is surrounded by a densely populated and diverse community. At least 1,000 children live within 1.5 kilometres of Cedarbrae, many in the 12 high-rise apartment buildings just 500 metres from the church. For Major Louise Wareham, corps officer, that’s at least 1,000 opportunities for the Army to share the love of Christ and be a transforming influence in the community. And with the help of Lieutenants Keesom and Tina Phanthaamath, assistant corps officers, and a dedicated staff, this vision is becoming a reality. “In the last few years, the corps has gone through a major shift in that there’s no longer a divide between the Sunday worship service and our family services,” Major Wareham says. “We take an integrated ministry approach so that a person who accesses one service at the corps is now more likely to access another.” 8 I May 2013 I Salvationist
In the fall of 2010, the corps conducted a community assessment, consulting the Toronto Police Service, community groups, social agencies, the Toronto District School Board and other churches. It found that many of the families in the area were living on the margins and that poverty was on the rise. With that in mind, the church began to focus on providing more programs for children and families. “There is a welldocumented need for a fter- school activities in highneeds and high-risk neighbourhood s where kids have litt le to do and limited access to e x t r a c u r r ic u l a r p r o g r a m m i n g ,” e x pl a i n s K e r r y Children gather at Cedarbrae CC on Wednesday afternoons for snacks, Brown, children’s games and crafts
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A Place to Call
outreach co-ordinator. Cedarbrae’s programming includes an after-school program on Wednesdays, a youth dropin night and school breakfast programs. One of the most popular activities is a monthly “big event” for families such as a family movie day at a local theatre and a trip to the Ontario Science Centre. Another popular program at the corps is Joyful Noise, a community choir for children aged four to 12. Launched in September 2011, the choir has grown to 28 participants, meets weekly and performs at Cedarbrae and other churches throughout the year. “It’s such a great group of kids,” says Brown. “They all enjoy what they’re doing and they get along really well. “Our programs are about relationship building and strengthening families,” she continues, “and when those families have questions about God or something difficult happens, they have someone to turn to.” This approach is key in the corps’ family services department, which has contact with 300-500 households each month through the food bank. “Many families come in month after month and we get to know them,” says Joan Harry, family services co-ordinator. “It’s taking the conversation deeper and really demonstrating to people that we care,” agrees Major Wareham. Lisa Blake, family services worker, and Harry encourage the families to connect with the church in other ways as well, whether it’s the Sunday service, programs for children, cooking classes or life-skills development. “Our vision is that Cedarbrae would be a place to call home, where people are loved and accepted,” says Major Wareham. “We want them to know that God’s love is for all.”
A Sign from God ROBIN BROWETT KNOWS what it means to have a second chance at life. In December 2011, while in jail for stealing a mountain bike, Browett was stabbed in the head by his cell partner, sending him into a coma for four months. The doctors told his father that there was a good chance he wouldn’t make it, but he asked them to try anyway. “When I woke up, my father said, ‘When you were on that table and they were trying to fix you up, you died. I asked God to save your life and you came back,’ ” Browett remembers. “And from that day on, I knew I had to go somewhere, I had to do something, because what I was doing wasn’t working.” Since he dropped out of school in Grade 10, Browett has struggled with drug addiction and crime. He has spent more of his life in jail than out, including 10 years for injuring two pedestrians during a high-speed police chase. At the height of his criminal career, he was stealing five cars a day. But those days
Faith Restored LOLA BURTON WAS raised in a Christian home and attended church for much of her life. But when her mother
Lola with Justin, Jaya, Nathan and Jacob
are far behind him now. Browet t f i r st came to Cedarbrae last July after walking past the church and seeing its sign out front. “It said ‘A place to call home,’ ” he recalls. “So I came here and they took me in with open arms.” He started volunteering at the food bank and now Robin Browett with Joan Harry and Lisa Blake comes in three or four times a week to stock shelves and with Lieutenant Keesom Phanthaamath. help clients. “He told me, ‘There’s a lot more for “I love coming to work here,” he says. you than you know, and you’ve got to “Every morning, Lisa Blake and I have a get that devil off your shoulder,’ ” Robin prayer together. It picks my spirits right shares. “So I asked God to come into my up if I’m sad, or if I’m dealing with cravlife and, from that day on, I felt relief. ings I ask God to give me the strength “It’s like God has just filled me with to stay sober.” life,” he continues. “Without him and Browett became a Christian last The Salvation Army, I don’t know where November after a long conversation I would be.” passed away in 2008, she found herself unable to go anymore. “I was so depressed,” she remembers. “I didn’t want to go because my mother was a godly person and when I came to church it reminded me of her.” Burton’s journey back to church—and to The Salvation Army—began with floor hockey. She signed her children up for an after-school program at Cedarbrae after receiving a flyer advertising the program at a community skate. Since then, her children—Nathan, 16, Justin, 13, Jaya, 10, and Jacob, 10—have been involved with many programs at the church, including Bible study, camp, Joyful Noise, Saturday family events and more. When it came to actually attending a Sunday service, though, Burton was nervous, sitting in the back pew with her children, hoping to
escape notice. “But as soon as Major Louise saw us, she said, ‘Hi, Lola!’ ” she laughs. “I felt like hiding, but it was nice that she remembered us—we just came to floor hockey—and we started to build a closeknit relationship. “When I first started coming, I prayed, ‘God, tell me if this is the right place for me,’ ” she adds, “and I know this is where I want to be. There are so many people here and they’re all friendly—it’s not you alone—and that’s what church is supposed to be.” Having the support of the church has been essential for Burton who, as a single mother, often struggles to make ends meet. “One Sunday, I came to church and I didn’t know how I was going to give my children lunch or snacks the next day—I had nothing in my fridge,” she remembers. “But I came in and Major Louise handed me a voucher. It was like she just knew. I hugged her and I don’t think she realized just how much, at that moment, I needed it. “Even though I’m working, it’s been very difficult,” she continues. “But every time I’m down to my last dollar, God always sends something or someone. It never fails.” Salvationist I May 2013 I 9
More Than Outreach WHEN A SALVATION Army breakfast program came to Mason Road Junior Public School in September 2010, Deslene Bastien signed her children up right away. A single mother, she was not working at the time and the chance to ensure that her children had a nutritious meal in the morning was a welcome help. She went with the children a few times to accompany her daughter, Adriana, then in kindergarten, and found out that the Army was looking for parents who were willing to volunteer. From that point on, Bastien was at the school every morning, wiping tables, making toast, tidying up—rarely missing a day. The breakfast program co-ordinator, Charlotte Garcia, became a mentor and friend to her, and so when she left to take another position, Bastien was disappointed. “But when she suggested I apply for the position, I thought, ‘Oh, I’d love to!’ ” she smiles. Ba st ien became t he prog ram
co-ordinator in September 2011, a job she loves. “There are a lot of lowincome families in the area where the school is, so having this program there is very good,” she says. “It gives me joy that The Salvation Army would reach out to the community in this way.” The family first attended Cedarbrae Community Church in February 2012 after an invitation from Major Louise Wareham. “I had never been to a Salvation Army church before, so I didn’t know what to expect, but we really enjoyed it,” she says. “We were welcomed into the church and it felt like home.” Deslene Bastien with children Sean, Eandre and Adriana Soon after, Bastien’s children were attending many of the church’s programs and Sunday services—it’s programs—Adriana, 7, loves coming being part of a community. to Sunday school, while Sean, 16, and “Being a single mom, sometimes Eandre, 14, enjoy youth events such as you feel closed off to other things,” she floor hockey. says. “So being exposed to people who But, for Bastien, being connected to actually care and show love toward you Cedarbrae is more than just attending means a lot.”
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An innovative means to inspire holiness BY MELISSA YUE WALLACE, FEATURES EDITOR ne early morning while enjoying his coffee and devotional time, Major William Kean noticed stains forming on the paper he used as a coaster. Instead of wiping away the liquid residue, Major Kean did what anyone with an art background would do. “I spotted shapes in the stains and added to it by flicking more coffee on the paper,” he laughs. “When it dried, I completed the shapes in the stains.” Each “Doodleonomy,” as he affectionately calls his artwork, usually includes a Christian message and is often incorporated into his sermons at the TritonBrighton Corps, N.L., where he serves as the corps officer. Major Kean estimates he has hundreds of doodles that range from serious to humorous—some even a bit “off the wall.” “This is a visual generation and people won’t read—especially spiritual things,” says Major Kean. “They’ll read jokes or articles about something strange, sex or violence because that’s what our appetites are prone to read now. Christianity has all these great truths, but so few want to get to know them first-hand. “What the doodle does is trigger their interest. Jesus would tell a parable to get the truth in … I doodle.” Major Kean always had an interest in art, a trait he inherited from his mother who would cut farm animals from biscuit boxes for him to play with. He remembers biting into bread just to see shapes like polar bears and horses forming out of the bitten piece. As a young man, he studied at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in the 1970s around the end of the hippie movement. The philosophy of the school at the time, he recalls, was antinomianism, or living without bounds. The school felt that instruction would spoil the students’ innate creative spirit. “I went to find myself in that extreme liberal place and found out what I didn’t want,” he says. “I wanted truth, but you can’t have it without instruction and
embracing disciplines.” The desire to teach art and offer structure to young people brought Major Kean to Lester Pearson Memorial High School in Wesleyville, N.L., where he taught for 12 years. Now as an officer with a congregation of approximately 120 people, he continues to use his talents to lead and instruct. He has a Doodleonomy mailing list that includes many Army leaders, people in government, young and old friends of various occupations and a principal of a virtual high school. He considers this his “Doodleonomy congregation.” What Major Kean really hopes his artwork will do is stimulate an urgency for holiness and growth. “This isn’t serious art, just drawings sketched quickly, almost like graffiti,” he says. “Its main purpose is to open the door to the script, which is serious and often tragic because, if the truth of the Word is missed, you could miss the kingdom itself. “Following Jesus in holiness isn’t easy. It means carrying a cross— you have to wrestle with it,” he says. “Discipleship costs in time and effort. Only correct theology that’s inspired by the Holy Spirit and grounded in Christ and his teaching can help us. We have it in The Salvation Army; now the challenge of the preacher or teacher is to get it into the wider culture.”
Give thanks in all circumstances
Fight the battle for purity
See Major Kean’s art online at salvationist.ca/tag/doodleonomy or e-mail William_Kean@can.salvationarmy.org.
Mjr Kean at his office in Triton, N.L.
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Who is Our Target?
Can the Army be all things to all people? Should it even try?
Yes, we should help everyone we can and remain flexible to meet needs as they arise. BY MAJOR MIKE HOEFT EVERY DAY, PEOPLE walk through the doors of their local Salvation Army looking for help. From small towns to big cities the same story plays out—someone has a need and The Salvation Army figures out how to meet that need. We purchase bus tickets, arrange for accommodation, buy gas, distribute food from our pantry and provide services too numerous to mention. If you ask any Salvation Army officer or worker, they will recall many times when someone phoned or dropped in and said, “I don’t know if you can help me, but I don’t know where else to go.” I am reminded of a phone call I received many years ago from the courthouse. A man had been arrested and was to appear in court but had no shoes. Normally this would not be a challenge, but the man had size-15 feet! I immediately thought of a very tall police officer I knew and wondered if he might have an extra pair of shoes. It turned out that he was a size 15 and was happy to give over a pair of his flippers. One of the strengths of The Salvation Army is that we have flexibility in our structure and rules that allow us to think outside the box and help people in situations where other organizations may be stymied. It is this kind of pioneer, cando thinking that led our Founder, William Booth, to look at the problems of 19th-century England and try everything from farm colonies to match factories to rescuing drunks on the streets of London (read In Darkest England and the Way Out). While other groups and governments might have been tempted to wring their hands and wonder, “What are we to do?”, William Booth and his fledgling Army decided they would try something—anything—to help anyone who was in need. Since its inception, The Salvation Army has avoided being a “one-trick pony” and has stretched its limits and pushed the boundaries in pursuit of helping people who walk through our doors to the best of our ability. That stretching has brought us into health care, prison work, micro banks, emergency services, children’s villages and much more. I believe that in the future with God’s guidance, we will continue to diversify and respond as needs arise and as people present themselves. At the risk of sounding too pious, God does this with each of us. He realizes that our path to him is fraught with perils and pitfalls and he tailors a plan just for us. The way he draws me to him is different than the way he draws someone else. In the same way, no two clients’ needs are the same and neither is the solution. We should begin every conversation with the mindset of finding out who each person is and how we can cater to his or her particular need. 12 I May 2013 I Salvationist
This approach is more difficult than focusing on a few key areas and it may be more difficult to brand. It takes more time, creativity and personal investment to arrive at a solution. But when people sit in our office or when we meet them on the street, they need to know that they are more than just a number. The Army has a plan that fits their unique needs— and so does God. Major Mike Hoeft is the corps officer in a three-point charge in Northeast Saskatchewan and territorial rural ministry consultant.
No, we can’t be experts in everything. But we can do a few things well. BY CAPTAIN MARK STANLEY “IF YOU’RE GOING to do something, do it well.” This tenet was often repeated by my parents when I was growing up. Working in The Salvation Army for more than 20 years as an employee and officer, I have often encountered similar exhortations from past and present leaders. Today we are hearing these same high expectations from the public, donors, government and those the Army serves. “Doing it well” is an approach that is part of our Army DNA. This sound approach to service should motivate us to consistently and constantly adjust, improve and refine our methods. From an operational and organizational perspective, the Army has been engaged in specialized ministries from its beginnings—whether it has been by intention or default. We are often the first and only organization to respond to a need in the community if for no other reason than because no one else is doing the work. The Army has always been drawn to areas of service and ministry where no one else is responding—working with new immigrants to Canada in the early 1900s, caring for expectant mothers through maternity homes, being Canada’s first “recyclers” by starting thrift stores in 1908 or, in recent years, ministering to those trapped by human trafficking. Our study and application of Scripture, particularly the use of spiritual gifts (see 1 Corinthians 12:2730), speaks very clearly to the notion of specialization for the benefit and edification of the church. Today, the Army is facing new challenges in service provision. Social services in Canada are in the midst of a paradigm shift where serving the homeless, marginalized and addicted involves not only meeting an urgent need, but also working to eliminate the need entirely. Corps and social services units must meet increasing requirements for health and safety, employment standards, licensing and funder expectations. These requirements are specific and significant, and it is
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unrealistic to think that a generalist approach will suffice. In Leadership Secrets of The Salvation Army, Commissioner Robert Watson writes, “When tradition-bound enterprises … are challenged by new conditions, their first tactic is often to put pressure on the old business model to be more productive. What the situation requires is an approach that’s responsive and flexible enough to improvise on an individual level, yet deliberate and comprehensive enough to be broadly effective.” We need a new model. The generalist approach can encourage unrealistic expectations from the organization and enable unhealthy behaviour in the individual. We have all experienced situations where a new officer or leader makes a final decision without seeking input from others or humbly acknowledging his or her limitations. Being responsible for specialized ministries and services does not make one an expert by default. We do not do well when we confuse authority with expertise. The Army can respond to specific challenges and opportunities by ensuring its officers and employees receive the training they need when they need it. This includes working with all officers to identify vocational career paths, engaging in targeted recruiting for positions that require specific expertise
and offering flexible officership training. The alternative is not something we can afford—less effective services and ministries, a frustrated workforce, the loss of credibility and emotionally distressed and burnt-out officers and employees. The move out of some services may seem prudent and necessary. There was a time when the Army was the only provider of food to the hungry. Now, Food Banks Canada has taken over this service in most communities. Although the Army still plays an important role in the provision of emergency and disaster services, today it is another agency that has elevated its profile and presence in recent years so that the Army is not the “go-to” agency in times of crisis. If we withdraw services, we may reduce our exposure to risk and spread our resources less thinly, but there will be a cost—reduced community presence, diminished public awareness and decreased support, and fewer entry points into the community where Christ’s love and his message can be shared. Is that a price we’re willing to pay? Captain Mark Stanley is the executive director of the Addictions and Residential Centre in Edmonton. In addition to 15 years of social services experience in Canada, he has also served in Bangladesh and Jamaica. Salvationist I May 2013 I 13
Watching the Tide
Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd share leadership reflections as they transition to new appointments in Australia
Salvation Army officers. In our first appointment, we worked with Mississauga Temple, Ont., to daughter a new church. We went from there to Jackson’s Point, Ont., which showed us the joys of small-town ministry. Divisional and territorial youth work broadened our perspectives and allowed us to interact with diverse expressions of the Army. Those experiences made it easier when I took on my current role as chief secretary. What are your guiding principles? A number of years ago, I completed the Arrow Program, a Christian executive leadership development course that helped deepen my walk with God and gave me important tools for leadership. I try to live by the Arrow motto: Being led more by Jesus to lead more like Jesus so that others may be led to Jesus. When I was at the International College for Officers in 2003, I also did a 20-minute “Your Life Journey” reflection. Looking in the rearview mirror of ministry, I began to see the theme of the privilege of being “partners in the gospel,” building on Philippians 1:3-5. My wife and I have adopted this as a model for our ministry, a leadership engaging with partners in the gospel in our diverse appointments.
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What’s the toughest thing about being a leader in the Army? The biggest challenge is organizational change. There has been a significant postmodern shift in culture, and the Army needs to respond. The first step is to create the urgent sense that change is needed without making people feel as though the sky is falling. For example, 40 percent of active officers in our territory will retire within a decade. How are we attracting and keeping the new generation of leaders? We must be honest and transparent about our challenges. There is the impression that we are always an Army “on the march” or an Army that’s “got it all together.” I think that is a legacy of our hierarchical, militaristic structure. But it’s an increasingly dated style of leadership. What my grandfather or my father needed to hear from leadership is far different from what my son needs to hear from leadership.
or the last three years, Colonel Floyd Tidd has served as chief secretary of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. As he prepares to take up an appointment as territorial commander of the Australia Southern Territory, Salvationist speaks with him about the leadership principles that have guided him throughout his officership. Tell us about your journey as an officer. What inspired you? Leadership has been a lifelong journey. I think back to when I was nine years old and my corps officer ran a Sunday afternoon junior soldiers’ club. When she cancelled it in its third year, I drew up a petition for all the other junior soldiers to sign so she could keep the program going. She took me to her office and said, “I can do this if you help me.” That’s where I first had a sense that my actions could make an impact. Later, I went to university to pursue a bachelor of science degree with the intention of heading to medical school. But during university, my wife, Tracey, and I felt God’s call to be 14 I May 2013 I Salvationist
How do you make difficult decisions? I ask myself two questions. First, how will this decision impact the mission outcome of The Salvation Army on a short-term and long-term basis? What are we trying to achieve? For hockey fans, I use the Wayne Gretzky analogy: Does this decision move us to where the puck is going or is it where the puck is right now? Will this decision position us for the future or is it a short-sighted, knee-jerk reaction? Second, who is affected by the decision both positively and negatively and how should that affect the way I respond? I need to own the repercussions of my decisions. Army leaders must regularly evaluate our decisions in light of our core values, both personal and organizational. What advice would you give to aspiring leaders? I’ve been reminded in my own leadership journey that most things aren’t as critical as they first appear. I’ll give you two extensions of that thought. William Booth wrote to his daughter Evangeline when she was first sent as a national commander to the United States. His advice? “Don’t watch the waves; watch the tide.” In essence, don’t worry about the small things, but ask: Is there a bigger trend here that I need to be aware of? The second example comes from my hermeneutics
professor at Tyndale University College and Seminary. She s a id, “L e a r n to live with tension.” In musical terms, t he chord doe s not always have to resolve at the end of the piece. As my professor pointed out, the Western mindset desperately tries to solve everything, but some t hings we must Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd leave with God. A leader’s job is to help other people live in the tension. How do you stay spiritually grounded? In his book Too Busy Not to Pray, church growth guru Bill Hybels writes, “Beware the barrenness of the busyness in leadership.” The busyness can consume everything, and sometimes the barrenness doesn’t become apparent until it’s too late. It’s important to stay in relationship. Leadership can be very task-oriented, so I try to build connections with people. Mentoring was a great support as I moved into a leadership role where I had to make tough decisions. Promise Keepers describes three relationships that I think every leader needs. First is a “Paul,” someone who can mentor and coach me along, just as Paul did with Timothy. Second, I need to look for the “Timothy” that God has placed in my sphere of influence, someone I can mentor. Lastly, I need a “Barnabas,” someone who is at the same point in the journey, someone that I can just be myself with. How has your leadership style changed? My approach to leading has become much more listeningfocused. Even if I have the right answer, nobody wants to hear it until they’ve been heard. My answer doesn’t matter if people don’t feel as though I really understand their viewpoint. As I leader, I’ve also realized that I’m not going to get it right all the time. I’m not going to meet everybody’s expectations, but I have to be true to myself. In the end, it comes back to integrity. Being true to who I am will help me lead God’s people to where he intends them to go. When you first took office as chief secretary, you emphasized discipleship. Have we made progress in this area? This must continue to be a priority, although measuring progress is not a simple exercise. It is encouraging to see a growing number of small groups and persons involved in Bible studies. A fresh resource for soldiership preparation is in development and will be released in the near future. Where have you seen growth? I see a greater involvement of Salvationists in service and community engagement in the neighbourhoods in which they live and worship. It is a natural response to deepening discipleship. I urge every Salvationist to embrace opportunities to advance the mission of The Salvation Army. Find your place of ministry and continue to serve God joyfully.
“My God is More Than Able … ” COLONEL TRACEY TIDD will assume a new appointment as territorial president of women’s ministries in the Australia Southern Territory. She shares some parting thoughts with Salvationist. How have you seen women’s ministry evolve? The territory has chosen seven priorities in line with the General’s international vision. The women’s ministries department is focusing on spiritual renewal, leadership development and integrated mission ministry. Our first project on women’s lay leadership development is scheduled for the fall of 2013 and will be webcast across the territory. It will be followed by leadership development for women corps officers in 2014-2015. We’re ministering with women of diverse backgrounds in terms of their family situation, work, education and income level. Many women are trying to balance work and family and want to spend the little free time they have doing something of value. They want something that meets their needs before they commit. There is no one-size-fits-all category. Ministry with women will look different in each setting. It’s about building relationships with women inside the corps as well as in the community. It’s about looking at women’s individual gifts and how they can be used, including what they bring from their professional lives. Programming has increasingly become short-term and flexible to accommodate busy schedules. What will you miss most about Canada and Bermuda? I’ll miss connecting with people around the territory. I’ll miss my two children, daughter-in-law and elderly parents. I will miss those with whom I have shared as “partners in the gospel” in my role as territorial secretary for women’s ministries. My husband and I have journeyed with so many through our various appointments in corps, youth and administrative work. I have treasured listening to people’s stories, sharing in their journeys and praying with them through life’s ups and downs. What unique opportunities are you anticipating in Australia? I look forward to seeing new expressions of The Salvation Army and responding to local needs and opportunities. I anticipate the joys of working alongside territorial headquarters staff, divisional directors of women’s ministries and women of the Australia Southern Territory. Over these last 27 years as an officer, I have built friendships and connected with women who have prayed for me, encouraged me and challenged me. Through it all, God has always provided everything I have needed and more. I am reminded of the song, “He is able, more than able, to accomplish what concerns me today.” As I make this transition, I go in confidence, claiming Philippians 1:6 that he who began a good work in me will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
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A Peddle With Mettle
Jillian Peddle’s compassion for others has led her around the world BY KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
“God meant me to use my compassion beyond my four walls,” says Jillian Peddle, here in Malawi
or someone in her early 20s, Jillian Peddle is quite the world traveller. Since 2006, she has been to the Dominican Republic, Malawi, Haiti, Mexico, Brazil, India, Cambodia and Costa Rica. But none of these trips have been to soak up the sand and waves, or to garner frequentflyer points. “Many people ask me why I spend my free time travelling to Third World countries,” says Peddle. “My answer is simple: love. I’ve learned more from people I’ve met living on less than a dollar a day than they could have learned from me. They are full of hope in desperate circumstances, faithful and willing to give what little they have to help others. This type of self-sacrificing love is my motivation to help those in need.” 16 I May 2013 I Salvationist
Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, Peddle was drawn to The Salvation Army through an Army music camp and the fellowship she enjoyed. An active soldier at St. John’s Temple, Peddle served as bandsperson, songster, band instructor and youth band deputy bandmaster, while she completed a combined bachelor of music and music education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. “Music may have attracted me to The Salvation Army, but once I got there, I was drawn to the mission work we do,” she explains. “My parents have always been involved with volunteer work, and they instilled in me a compassion for others.” Peddle’s first trip overseas was to the Dominican Republic when she was
16. “It was a little bit of everything,” she smiles. “We visited orphanages, we helped with construction work and food distribution, and I taught music.” That first experience in missions work only motivated her to do more. “I can’t sit around,” she laughs. “I’m not cut out for relaxing trips. I have to do something!” This led her to an internship in New York City and The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission (ISJC) at the United Nations, under the leadership of Commissioner Christine MacMillan. There, she represented the Army on different U.N. committees and completed a major research project on human trafficking. “I came away with a greater appreciation of the global reach of The Salvation Army, and how much good we are doing around the world,” Peddle says. Last November, she was presented with the Young Humanitarian Award by the Canadian Red Cross, which recognized her commitment to helping others. Now pursuing a joint masters in law and international affairs at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, Peddle hopes to use her expertise with The Salvation Army. “I need to get out into the world and make a difference. “Mother Teresa once said, ‘In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.’ That’s exactly what I try to do every day. I believe that it is our privilege to share the blessings we have to impact the lives of people around the world, and that is the kind of change that I want to see.”
Jillian Peddle (left) at the United Nations
MINISTRY IN ACTION
In Leamington, a new Army initiative is combatting sexual exploitation
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BY CAPTAIN CORVIN VINCENT
e’ve all heard that sex sells. Wherever “johns” are willing to pay, there will be people who exploit women. Who will show these women mercy? Who will show them dignity and hope? During the winter of 2011 while taking a course at the town hall in Leamington, Ont., a couple of police officers informed me that prostitution was a growing concern in the municipality. Up to that point, I had been completely unaware of the problem. Like the majority of Leamington residents, I assumed a “not in my community” attitude. After listening for a short time, one of the town officials directly asked me, “What is The Salvation Army going to do about this problem?” Over the next few weeks I educated myself on the topic of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. I began to recognize the evil within my community and, even though I was fearful of fighting this growing epidemic, God reminded me through his Word that he was protecting me: “Receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. Put on all the armour that God supplies.
In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies” (Ephesians 6:10-11 God’s Word Translation). After sharing my concerns with a pastor friend, he introduced me to a local teacher, Lara Bishop, who had previously served on a human trafficking committee in Windsor, Ont. Bishop was one of the few people aware of this growing issue in Leamington. Together we formed a group of like-minded individuals with a heart for ministry and a passion to bring hope and dignity to those being exploited for sexual gratification. I was inspired by a spoken word poem on YouTube written and performed by Amena Brown called Be the One, in which she encourages Christians not to accept the way things have always been. She asks Christians to “forge new paths, create new ways” to make a difference in our world: A single snowflake can cause an avalanche And a single seed can birth a tree See the phrase ‘change starts with me’ Is more than a cliché, it is a mantra Let’s make it a reality …
Imagine the change you could see in the world If only you would be the one. Our team decided to serve Leamington through our ministry, which we titled ONE, starting February 2011. Leamington needed an avalanche of change and we wanted to be that final snowflake that would bring it about. ONE builds lasting relationships with women in Essex county who are sexually exploited and victimized with the hope that someday they will leave the sex industry and street life for good. Every human being has the right to dignity and hope and it is sad to think that there are individuals in our communities who profit from the suffering of others. A big part of our avalanche of change is ministering on the streets. Our team has dedicated their Friday nights to walking the streets until the early morning to build relationships. These late-night walks have been encouraging. We have built relationships with bar owners and their patrons, prayed with individuals who needed prayer, served doughnuts and coffee to those who were hungry and befriended those in need. It has been a few months since the inception of ONE and I could not be happier with the progress. We have a team made up of teachers and pastors, a former member of Amnesty International and partnerships with community groups. Over the past few months we have worked very hard, preparing ourselves to make a difference in our community. We are breaking new ground and it is important that we do things right. It saddens me to think that sexual exploitation is not just a local problem. This issue is much larger than Leamington, Canada or even the world. Sexual exploitation is a heart problem. Our hearts have become calloused to the cries of women who are victimized. It has become socially acceptable to objectify women and too often the church stays quiet on this issue. But there are those who have made it their mission to fight, who have recognized this heart condition and will do everything in their power to be the voice of the exploited. The question is, what are you doing? Captain Corvin Vincent currently serves in Leamington, Ont., with his wife, Captain Charlene Vincent, and three children. Salvationist I May 2013 I 17
Living Right, Righting Wrongs Social justice is an essential part of our relationship with God BY KRISTIN FRYER, STAFF WRITER
hocolate may not be the first thing you think of when you hear the words “social justice,” but as Salvationists in Australia know, the two are closely tied. In 2007, The Salvation Army got behind a major campaign to stop companies from using child labour to produce chocolate. Starting with Cadbury, those involved in the campaign sent postcards, held public prayer vigils, asked managers at their local supermarkets to sell fairly traded chocolate and more. “In less than two years, Cadbury changed their practices and offered a fairly traded Dairy Milk bar—then Mars followed and Nestlé is catching up,” says Major Danielle Strickland, who was territorial social justice director, Australia Southern Territory, at the time. “A few thousand teenagers, The Salvation Army and other partners in the campaign were able to challenge and change a major industry to do business justly. This is a remarkable success.” Thy Kingdom Come Jesus and Justice, a book produced by The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission, defines social justice simply as living right while righting wrongs. “As a concept, social justice means that everyone in society is given the dignity they deserve, their rights as human beings are respected and they are treated fairly,” says Dr. James Read, executive director of The Salvation Army’s Ethics Centre in Winnipeg. “As an initiative, it means addressing the injustice experienced by the most vulnerable and belittled in society.” Major Strickland, now corps officer at Edmonton Crossroads Community 18 I May 2013 I Salvationist
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Second in a series on the territorial priorities for One Army, One Mission, One Message
“Social justice is about challenging systemic structures and attitudes that allow suffering to happen” Church, adds that social justice is our Christian faith in practice. “Faith has always been and is always rooted in relationships,” she says. “Jesus summed up the Commandments with two: love God and love others. This is how our faith makes sense in the world, and how we treat others is a direct reflection of how we interact with God.” For Christians, social justice is not an optional add-on, but an essential part of our relationship with God. “It is the responsibility of the people of God to enact his kingdom in our lives
and in the world around us,” says Aaron White, corps leader at Vancouver’s 614 Corps. “Social justice is the active and transformative love of God poured into a dark and despairing world through his children.” Love in Action “The first and most important reason why we should all be passionate about social justice is that God is passionate about it,” says Dr. Read. “Jesus made a point of ministering to those who were oppressed, demeaned and discriminated against. “God’s will being done on earth as it is in heaven means that every human being is treated with the dignity they have as bearers of his image.” Acting out the love of God in the world may take many forms, including social services such as soup kitchens, food banks and homeless shelters. But White cautions that these services should not be equated with social justice itself.
“It is not enough simply to feed someone or give toys at Christmas,” he says. “This does not necessarily recognize the dignity of each person, nor does it encourage self-determination or ask why this help was required in the first place.” “To use a familiar analogy, social services is like giving a person a fish,” says Rob Perry, ministry co-ordinator at Toronto’s Corps 614. “Social justice includes teaching a person to fish but, over and above that, it means speaking up to allow the poorer fishermen access to the waters, keeping the waters clean, protecting the ecosystem so the fish can replenish themselves and petitioning the government for more equal fishing license laws.” “Social justice is about challenging systemic structures and attitudes that allow suffering to happen,” adds Major Strickland. Defining Issues Challenging the structures of society may seem to be a daunting task, but what is at stake is far too important for the task to be ignored. “The fight against human trafficking, which is being fought locally, nationally and globally, is a defining justice issue for our generation,” says White. Stop the Traffik, an international advocacy group, defines human trafficking as being deceived or taken against your will, bought, sold and transported into slavery. Forms of slavery may include sexual exploitation, forced begging or removal of human organs, as well as forced work in sweat shops, circuses, farms and domestic servitude. An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year and over 20 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide. Canada is not exempt from the problem of human trafficking. The RCMP estimate that 600 to 800 people are brought into Canada each year—other estimates put that number as high as 2,000. Closely related to the problem of human trafficking is prostitution. “In Canada, we have a raging debate about the legalization of prostitution,” says Major Strickland. “But if we are using social justice as a measure then no one should be bought or sold. “We need laws that will protect vulnerable women from predators,” she adds.
Seeking Redemption Human trafficking may be one of the most pressing challenges facing the world today, but social justice is more than a list of issues. It’s part of the redeeming work Christ accomplished when he came to earth, lived, died and rose again for our salvation. “We should care about justice because we were oppressed and enslaved by sin and have been set free by the gracious and merciful intervention of Jesus,” says White. “We have to be aware that there
Practical tips for fighting injustice Get informed. Read about local and international social justice issues facing us today. “Educate yourself in the concepts of social justice and acquaint yourself with the visionaries, especially the ancient and modern ‘prophets,’ ” suggests Dr. James Read. For a Salvation Army perspective on social justice issues and resources, see the International Social Justice Commission at salvationarmy.org and The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory’s Just Salvos (justsalvos. org). Major Danielle Strickland also recommends The Micah Challenge (micahchallenge.org) and Stop the Traffik (stopthetraffik.org). Pray. As Jesus taught us, pray that God’s kingdom will come and his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Pray for victims of injustice. Ask God to show you how you can use your talents and resources to serve his kingdom. Join Salvation Army prayer initiatives such as the Weekend of Prayer for Human Trafficking, held annually in September. Watch what you eat. Buy fair trade products, such as food that has been produced under proper working conditions, where workers are paid fairly and treated humanely (see fairtrade.org.uk). Chocolate and coffee are just two important social justice battlegrounds today. Advocate for change. Find your voice. Let your local politicians and member of Parliament know about social justice issues that you care about and want to see change.
are people in our world who are being crushed by the weight of oppression, and we have to fight for their freedom. “We are very good at calling on individuals to be set free from sin and transformed, but not so good at calling on the system of our world to be set free from sin and transformed,” he adds. “This is a part of our heritage that we should work to recover.” View the Territorial Priorities at salvationist.ca/mobilizing-our-army Start a campaign. Target corporations that contribute directly or indirectly to social injustice. For example, write letters, phone or boycott newspapers and magazines that advertise brothels and escort agencies. Build relationships. “Get to know people who are actually affected by injustice—such as people who have been trafficked, refugees, people in jail or the elderly,” suggests Rob Perry. “Learn their story, find out where they have faced or are facing injustice, and ask yourself what you can do about it.” Watch what you wear. Avoid buying clothing that has been produced in sweat shops. Recycle clothing by donating to and shopping at thrift stores. Protect the environment. Wherever possible, avoid putting things in the trash. Find out which items can be recycled in your community. Find ways to reduce your consumption in the first place. Donate. Support local and international organizations that are advancing the cause of social justice. Volunteer. Donate your time, as well as your money, and join others who want to make a difference. Collaborate. “Social justice is done badly when it is done alone,” says Dr. Read. “As one of the slogans of the International Social Justice Commission puts it, we are ‘seeking justice together.’ ” Expand your horizons. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Remember that with God nothing is impossible (see Luke 1:37). Salvationist I May 2013 I 19
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Staff huddle and pray to start off the morning
Touching Lives in Charlottetown Caring for those in need starts with heartfelt service
rince Edward Island, like other Canadian provinces, has its share of social issues. Here, you will not only observe a lush landscape with rolling hills and picturesque views, but also unemployment, poverty, injustice and addictions. And with a total population of about 140,000, those who struggle are more visible and less likely to become lost amid a sea of faces. If you were to track the footsteps of someone who was looking for food and friendship in the capital city, you might find yourself at The Salvation Army Charlottetown Community Church where, on weekday mornings, people from all walks of life sit down with a 20 I May 2013 I Salvationist
BY MELISSA YUE WALLACE, FEATURES EDITOR
The Salvation Army Charlottetown CC
Cpt Jamie Locke talks to a client
coffee and doughnut and talk to trusted staff about what is going on in their lives. “Many people have come our way after life has presented them with some significant struggle,” says Captain Jamie Locke, corps officer. “It is our hope that they will find our church a welcoming environment and a place where they can feel safe and learn of God’s unconditional love and transforming power.” Captains Jamie and Elaine Locke have looked after this congregation and its social ministries since last July. On weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m., approximately 200 people come through the doors of the church for breakfast and about 20 to 40 people seek help from the church’s food bank, which opens on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “When our doors open, there’s a mass of people coming in,” says Captain Jamie Locke. “They come downstairs and we have Christian music playing
and it quickly becomes an environment where people are sitting and enjoying conversation with one another.” “Just being able to have conversations with these people has opened my
eyes and a lot of them have blessed my heart because their stories are so deep,” says Captain Elaine Locke, corps officer. “They just need someone to talk to.” Beth Cruwys, the church’s community and family services worker since June 2011, helps people with community resources such as job skills training, public health and income support. She also regularly supports those who confide in her. She mentions a regular visitor to the church who shared his grief when his father passed away and a woman who faced eviction after her house was robbed. “The people who come here have experienced more of life than most of us would ever want,” says Cruwys. “You have to be real with them to have them trust you. They need to know that they are accepted, not being judged, and can feel comfortable and not alone.” At 5 p.m., the Bedford MacDonald House opens its doors. The house, located two and a half blocks away from the church, is a men’s homeless shelter operated by The Salvation Army and
Women enjoy food and conversation during breakfast
Volunteer Bill MacDonald distributes groceries at the food bank
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managed by the Lockes. The shelter offers seven beds and a safe place to rest for the night. The shelter reopened in December 2012 after a two-month hiatus and has been brought up to code for health and safety standards. “I admit them, make sure they have a shower before they come downstairs and then chitchat with them to find out where they’re at,” says Gordie Clow, a member of the shelter’s staff. “They come here for a seven-day period, but if they’re dealing with social services or waiting for an apartment we grant them extensions.” The most challenging part of the job, he says, is getting the men to open up. “A lot of people that need the shelter don’t like to share a lot of their background,” says Clow. “Sometimes it’s kind of embarrassing for them. “We try to get some kind of rapport with them because there may be something we can do to help.” When the shelter closes at 7:30 a.m., staff encourage the men to go to the church for breakfast where some have their only meal of the day. With such an active social ministry, the congregation at Charlottetown Community Church continues to change in a positive way as it welcomes all who step through their doors for morning worship, Sunday school, youth group and other programs. “Our daughters are involved in
Pioneer Club on Wednesday night and the majority of the children who come are from our social ministry,” says Captain Elaine Locke. “They all love being together and have adapted well.” “Everyone has a story to share and those stories grow, evolve and develop each day,” says Captain Jamie Locke.
Staff member Gordie Clow and Cpt Jamie Locke outside the Bedford MacDonald House
Bobbi-Jo’s Story THREE AND A half years ago, B obbi-Jo c a me to Charlottetown Community Church. As a single mother
of two who felt alone in her struggles, she was at first wary of the friendly volunteers who were distributing
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“And we’re pleased that God has caused our stories to intersect. “We’re here to celebrate with our people when good things are happening and we are also a shoulder to cry on when life sometimes takes them down difficult paths.”
food at the food bank and the strangers greeting her during the few church services she attended. But she also noticed something different about them that caused her to keep the door open. She began taking her sons, Christopher, 8, and Jacob, 3, to the Pioneer Club and volunteering. It was then that she started to open up to the staff. “This church family has become my family,” she says. “They’ve been here for me, have helped us and have loved us through our difficulties. “They did a lot more than just providing food, helping out and assisting us.” Christopher had various medical issues and was diagnosed with kidney disease
last December. For Bobbi-Jo, who is on social assistance and also cares for Jacob at home, the frequent hospital visits were taking their toll. “The only reason my children had food to eat was because of the church,” says Bobbi-Jo. At the church’s Christmas service, she was touched by the simple message that “all we needed was God’s love.” She accepted Jesus as her Saviour that day and— despite the ongoing concerns in her life—she offers this advice to others who may be struggling: “Hang in there, find a church and sit through some services—even if it’s uncomfortable. God will meet you where you’re at and he’ll do the rest.”
REVIEW BY CAPTAIN MARK BRAYE
t’s a somewhat cheeky title, but Get Off Your Donkey! offers an important and timely message. Reggie McNeal’s Get Off Your Donkey! Help Somebody and Help Yourself is inspired by the parable of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37), in which the Samaritan gets off his donkey to help someone in need. “This book is a call to action,” McNeal writes. “Maybe you can’t change the world, but you can change your street.” As the title suggests, McNeal’s aim is to inspire and equip readers to do something to help somebody. The book’s second goal is to show “the connection between serving others and the improved quality of our own life.” McNeal writes that “in the process of helping others, we help ourselves. I’m not just inviting you to a life of service; I maintain that you’ll get a life through service.” McNeal touches on many subjects: mission, ministry, core values, strengths and talents, lifelong learning and unlearning, and action plans. He reminds readers that “the church doesn’t have a mission; the mission has a church.” God’s mission gave birth to us—the church, the body of Christ—not the opposite. God invites us to contribute to his mission. “If we reflect the heart of God, take action, and help people who need it,” McNeal writes, “we become kingdom agents.” McNeal is an excellent writer and storyteller. Get Off Your Donkey! is full of engaging anecdotes and insights into Scripture. There are also “reflection” questions throughout the book that encourage readers to ponder what they’re reading, the implications for their own lives and opportunities for service. McNeal’s challenge to his readers and the church is to serve others in our communities, which not only helps them, but improves our lives as well. As McNeal explains, “Identifying your life mission, figuring out your core values, assessing your strengths, and developing a learning path—then applying these insights in helping others—are all keys to making a difference in the world and to enjoying an abundant life.” After sharing the parable of the Good Samaritan, Christ challenged his listeners to go and do likewise. The question is: will we? Captain Mark Braye is the corps officer at Temiskaming Community Church in Temiskaming Shores, Ont.
Mumford & Sons frontman tells Rolling Stone about his faith English folk rock band Mumford & Sons is one of the most popular musical acts today. Their latest album, Babel, sold more than a million copies and won a Grammy Award for 2013 Album of the Year. Most recently, however, the band has been making headlines because of statements lead singer Marcus Mumford has made about his faith. Mumford was raised in a Christian home—his parents are the leaders of the Vineyard Church in the United Kingdom— and his lyrics are full of references to God, prayer and faith, leading to speculation about his religious beliefs. But does Mumford consider himself a Christian? In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mumford says, “I don’t really like that word. It comes with so much baggage. So, no, I wouldn’t call myself a Christian. “I have my personal views about the person of Jesus and who he was,” he adds. “I’ve kind of separated my s el f f rom the culture of Christianity.” Mumford & Sons
Supreme Court ruling changes definition of hate speech A recent human rights case in Saskatchewan has clarified Canada’s hate-speech laws. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that William Whatcott, a Christian activist who distributed anti-gay pamphlets, did violate the province’s human rights legislation by inciting hatred against homosexuals. However, the court also decided to strike down some language in the law, which bans speech that “ridicules,
belittles or otherwise affronts the dignity” of a person or group, arguing that such speech “does not rise to the level of ardent and extreme feelings constituting hatred.” D e s pite t he r u l i ng, Whatcott says he will continue to promote his beliefs. “I have to follow Christ first,” said Whatcott in an interview with the National Post. “What I have said is true. There’s not a sentence that I retract, so likely future fliers will be more of the same.”
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Get Off Your Donkey! shows that helping others is key to a more abundant life
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Service with a Smile
IN THE NEWS
ENROLMENTS AND RECOGNITION
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L.—Front, from left, Joshua Okhifoh, Warren Butler, Abbey Marshall, Margaret Ivany, Andrew Holloway, Annie Rose Denney and Jaiden Boyde are enrolled as junior soldiers. Joining them for the special occasion are other junior soldiers who renewed their pledges; Claudette Hillier and Rosemary Dobson, leaders; Mjrs Barbara and Lorne Pritchett, COs; CT Dave Ivany, holding the flag. GUELPH, ONT.—Five young people take a stand for Jesus by being enrolled as junior soldiers. Proudly displaying their certificates are, from left, Tyler Jones, Amber Staniforth, Ella Donkersgoed, Ruby Lord and Jacob Pitcher. Supporting them are Mjrs Wilbert and Bertha Abbott, COs; Tammy Bellingham; Celeste Donkersgoed.
CORNWALL, ONT.— Four soldiers and two adherents are swelling the ranks at Cornwall CC. From left, Oren Cole, corps leader; John Langille, Carolyn Waldron, Patricia L a n g i l l e, B e ve r l e y Woods, soldiers; John G o o d f e l l o w, D o r a Goodfellow, adherents.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Olivia Downey and Sophie Crummey are the newest junior soldiers at St. John’s Temple. From left, Ivan Hynes, holding the flag; JSS Betty Cunningham; Mjr David Braye, CO; Olivia Downey; Sophie Crummey; Mjr Elaine Braye, CO; Lorraine Pope, youth pastor. 24 I May 2013 I Salvationist
GUELPH, ONT.—Nolan Reilly and Beth Hack are enrolled as soldiers. With them are Mjrs Bertha and Wilbert Abbott, COs.
SYDNEY, N.S.—Gary Jones is enrolled as a soldier at Sydney CC. From left, Mjr Dena Hepditch, CO; Joan McNeil-Jones, Gary’s wife; Gary Jones; Mjr Kent Hepdictch, CO. OSHAWA, ONT.— Bet t y Henning retired following 25 years as the custodian at Oshawa Temple and received a certificate of appreciation signed by Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander. Her husband, Noel Henning, assisted her on a voluntary basis throughout the years and received a certificate of appreciation from the corps.
SWIFT CURRENT, SASK.—Kaedin James Plett is dedicated back to the Lord by his parents. From left, Cpt Michael Ramsay, CO; Shauna Hettinger, mother, holding Kaedin James Plett; Keawna, sister; James Plett, father.
Burlington Salvationists Dedicate Building Expansion
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—The congregation at St. John’s Temple celebrates the enrolment of six young people as soldiers. Front, from left, Lorraine Pope, youth pastor; Timothy Hynes; Nora Boone; Laura Howse; Mjrs Elaine and David Braye, COs. Back, from left, CSM Larry Purdy, holding the flag; RS Arlene Riche; Nathan Hynes; Kurtis Rodgers; Michael Howse.
FORT McMURRAY, ALTA.—From left, Kayla Sparkes, Joan Nobles, Lynn Scarrott and Allan Scarrott are enrolled as soldiers.
BURNABY, B.C.—Seven people are welcomed into the fellowship of Cariboo Hill Temple. Front, from left, Jerry Bradley, Christine Bradley, Kevin Surnik, adherents; Andrew Sweet, Erika-Shaye Gair, Kali Burrows, Kayla Roffel, soldiers. Back, from left, Mjr Julie Slous, CO; Mjr Winn Blackman, acting RS; Mike Burge, youth pastor; CSM Howard Coulter; Michael Collins, associate pastor.
Celebrate Your Faith in the LANDS of the BIBLE October 9-23, 2013 Three-day Greek Islands cruise, visit Athens, Israel and Petra, Jordan Hosted by Majors Woody and Sharon Hale Brochures available. email@example.com; 905-440-4378 “I now return to process all I have seen and heard, exploring the Bible with such a personal experience, a new desire to love and please my Lord, continuing to touch others with his love”—S. Ruttgaizer, Bishop’s Falls, N.L.
BURLINGTON, ONT.—Burlington CC recently dedicated an expansion to the corps building, which includes renovations in the foyer and kitchen, and the addition of a nursery and band room. Joining Cpts Kristian and Lesley Simms, COs, for the dedication service were Lt-Cols Lee and Deborah Graves, DC and DDWM, Ont. GL Div, and Lt-Col Alf Richardson, AC, Ont. GL Div, as well as a number of former officers. The divisional commander shared from 1 Peter 2:5, challenging the congregation to be “living stones” as the church in today’s world. As part of the celebration, six local officers were commissioned: Debbie Hackett, young people’s bandleader; Jennifer Hudgins, home league secretary; Dan Thompson, corps sergeant-major; Durwood Jerrett, community care ministries secretary; Grant Newbury, senior bandmaster; Joanne Newbury, colour sergeant. At the conclusion of the service, the new local officers and many others gathered for consecration and dedication at the mercy seat.
Local officers are commissioned in Burlington, Ont. From left, Joanne Newbury, Grant Newbury, Jennifer Hudgins, Durwood Jerrett, Debbie Hackett and Dan Thompson
Accepted for Training
Donna Downey Oshawa Temple, Ontario Central-East Division I have felt the presence and grace of our Lord throughout my life, even while living abroad and attending churches other than the Army. More than 20 years ago I returned to the Army and decided to follow God’s lead in my life. I volunteered at family services, attended Bible studies and retreats, served on committees and enjoyed singing in our corps’ songster brigade, all of which gave me fulfilment, yet I desired to serve Jesus more. I heard the call to become an officer and responded with a resounding “yes,” feeling God’s leading throughout the entire process. I know for certain that the experiences God has brought me through will be used by him in many ways. I confidently trust in him and his salvation. I hold onto the promise given in Psalm 33:4, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.”
The Salvation Army Portage La Prairie
125th Anniversary May 25th-26th, 2013 Special Guests: Majors Brad and Mary Smith & Heritage Park Temple Band from Winnipeg, Manitoba Saturday, May 25th at 6:30pm: Celebration Concert Sunday, May 26th at 10:30am: Worship Service Greetings from former Officers and friends can be sent to: Peter_Robinson@can.salvationarmy.org or Box 476 Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3B7
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2015 International Congress in Planning Stage LONDON, ENGLAND—The Congress Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC), representing the five international zones of The Salvation Army, met at International Headquarters for a two-day exchange of ideas and strategies for the 2015 International Congress, which will be held July 1-5 at the O2 Arena in London. The council considered topics such as accommodations, travel, the event schedule and outreach. The congress marks the 150th anniversary of The Salvation Army. Recommendations from the CPAC will be presented to General Linda Bond for her input and decisions and will be implemented by the Congress Office. The CPAC was chaired by Comr Bill Cochrane, international secretary to the Chief of the Staff, and includes Canadian Cpt Mark Hall.
Representative members of the CPAC. Front, from left, Comr Jim Knaggs, Comr Deise Eliasen, Comr Bill Cochrane, Lt-Col Eddie Hobgood. Back, from left, Mjr Drew McCombe, Lt-Col Keith Conrad, Lt-Col Kathy Hobgood, Cpt Mark Hall, BM Nick Simmons-Smith, Lt-Col Alan Read, Lt-Col Ralph Bukiewicz
INTERNATIONAL Appointments Jul: Mjrs Ian/Wendy Swan, OC/CPWM, Hong Kong and Macau Command, with the rank of lt-col TERRITORIAL Appointments Cpt Tina Manuel, community ministries officer, Trenton CC Ministries, Ont. CE Div*; Cpt Rosanne Fraser, chaplain, Southview Heights and Terrace, Vancouver, B.C. Div. *Designation change Births Lts Jason Dockeray/Kristen Jackson-Dockeray, daughter, Adelaide Yvette, Feb 25; Lts Stefan/Laura Van Schaick, daughter, Vanessa Robyn, Mar 1; Lts Josh/Joyce Downer, daughter, Zoe Kathleen, Mar 9 Promoted to glory Brg Aubrey Rideout, from St. John’s, N.L., Mar 3
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle May 2-3 National Advisory Board, Toronto; May 5-8 Territorial Executive Conference/Territorial Leaders’ Conference, JPCC; May 10-13 Park Street Citadel, Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.; May 15 Canadian Council of Churches Rhythm of the Rock concert, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto; May 19-24 General’s Consultative Council, IHQ, London, England*; May 24-26 women’s camp number 1, Maritime Div**; May 31-June 2 women’s camp number 2, Maritime Div** * Commissioner Brian Peddle only; ** Commissioner Rosalie Peddle only Colonels Floyd and Tracey Tidd May 2-3 National Advisory Board, Toronto; May 5-8 Territorial Executive Conference/Territorial Leaders’ Conference, JPCC General and Mrs Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) May 13-19 School for Officer Training, New York Canadian Staff Band May 15 Canadian Council of Churches Rhythm of the Rock concert, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto; May 25 44th anniversary festival with Amsterdam Staff Band, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto 26 I May 2013 I Salvationist
TRIBUTES WHITE ROCK, B.C.—Lt-Colonel Ethel Slous was born to Salvationist parents, Jacob and Clara Pitcher, and gave herself in lifelong commitment to the ministry of The Salvation Army. Ethel entered the Greathearts Session in 1959 out of Vancouver Temple Corps and was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1960. Her first appointment was camp nurse at Jackson’s Point Camp where she was able to utilize her love of nursing. Married to Lieutenant Robert Slous in 1961, they served in appointments across Canada and Bermuda. Ethel was a keen encourager of people and will long be remembered for the pastoral support she provided to fellow officers. After a courageous battle with cancer, she is now enjoying the promises of her eternal reward. She is lovingly remembered by her children Major Brian (Major Julie), Phil (Joy), Kevin (Sheryl); nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Ethel’s memory is also held dear by sisters Major Eileen Peat, Mrs. General Maude (Bramwell) Tillsley (Rtd); brother in-law, Ed Deering. Numerous nieces and nephews are also deeply grateful for Ethel’s life and influence. HAMPDEN, N.L.—Stella Mae Warren (nee Colbourne), promoted to glory at the age of 94, gave her life to Christ at an early age. Affectionately known as Aunt Stella, she became a soldier of the corps in Hampden and spent her life serving God and The Salvation Army as a Sunday school teacher, cradle roll sergeant, home league treasurer and by playing the drum during meetings. Happiest when being faithful to her church and striving to win souls, Stella’s favourite choruses were I Have Everything I Need to Make Me Happy and I’m Glad I’m a Salvation Soldier. Missing Stella are her daughters Ruby (Joe), Edna (Guy), Marina (Norman), Linda (Peter); sister, Gladys; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. HAMILTON, ONT.—Grace (Cobbett) Harris was born to Salvationist parents in Chatham, Ont., in 1916. At an early age the family moved to Windsor, Ont., where she completed her schooling and worked at Grace Hospital. In 1938, Grace married Herb Harris and moved to Hamilton where she lived out her Christian faith within the communities of Hamilton Temple and Meadowlands. Grace and Herb had a strong commitment to the young people of the corps, and for many years gave leadership to vibrant Sunday school programs. An avid student of the Bible, Grace also contributed as a pianist and vocalist with the songsters. After Herb’s death in 1982, she served as the community care statistician for Hamilton. Her timely visits and encouraging notes were valued by many. In her later years, Grace moved to Burlington, Ont., and eventually into a personal care home where she expressed her gracious spirit to residents and staff. Her memory will be cherished by sons Major Ray (Major Cathie), Lorne (Christi Alloway), Brian (Karen); 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Cousins.
The Salvation Army Park Street Citadel
75th Corps Anniversary May 11-12, 2013 Special Guests:
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle Territorial Leaders Greetings from former officers and friends can be sent to 27 Park Street, Grand Falls-Windsor NL A2B 1C7 or Ivy_Gardner@can.salvationarmy.org
Keep Your Soul Fit
Exercise your heart and mind through spiritual disciplines
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BY COMMISSIONER ROSALIE PEDDLE
Over the next few months, Salvationist will run a Spiritual Disciplines series to encourage readers to focus on deepening their faith. Commissioner Rosalie Peddle starts us off with this overview.
ultivating spiritual disciplines has been a lifelong journey for me. Not only have I read extensively on this subject, but over the years I have learned that spiritual disciplines are a “must” for spiritual growth and renewal, holy living and covenant-keeping. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul says, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7 NASB) or, in Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase, “Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever” (The Message). What is your level of spiritual fitness?
The development and practice of spiritual disciplines is not another program or a short-lived activity that happens twice a year, but a way of life for every true follower of Christ. Being constantly engaged in spiritual disciplines such as prayer, scriptural study, meditation, fasting, solitude, serving, evangelism, simplicity, worship, stewardship, journaling and learning demonstrates to the world that God is good, merciful, loving and forgiving. While we may each choose to cultivate different disciplines, the one constant is that we do it to bring pleasure and honour to our Creator God. The disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so he can transform us for his glory. In his book Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster writes, “We must not be led to believe that the disciplines are only for spiritual giants and hence beyond our reach, or only for contemplatives who devote all their time to prayer and meditation. Far from it. God intends the disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings: people who have jobs, who care for children, who wash dishes and mow lawns. In fact, the disciplines are best exercised in the midst of our relationships with our husband or wife, our brothers and sisters, our friends and neighbours.” God wants us to find time in our busy lives to spend in his presence and cultivate these disciplines, though it isn’t always easy. In my own life, I need to be deliberate and intentional about cultivating spiritual disciplines. Often I allow the “tyranny of the urgent” to crowd out the things that are vitally important to the spiritual wholeness of my life. But with all the demands and pressures of 21st–century living, I need these spiritual disciplines to keep me rock-solid in my covenant relationship with God. That is why it is so important that I seek the heart and mind of God, consistently allowing his Holy Spirit to help me face life’s challenges. When Foster talks about spiritual disciplines, he uses the word “celebration.” That is exactly how God wants us to feel when it comes to our walk of faith. The Psalmist declared, “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy” (Psalm 126:2). St. Augustine wrote, “A Christian should be an ‘Alleluia’ from head to foot.” Celebration and joy are Christian attributes that come as a result of the abundant life Jesus freely gives. As God infuses our lives with incredible joy and peace, we can celebrate by living to the full while simultaneously spreading God’s love to others. In Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney writes, “The Lord not only expects these disciplines of us, he modeled them for us. He applied his heart to discipline. He disciplined himself for the purpose of godliness. And if we are going to be Christlike, we must live as Christ lived.” Following Jesus means learning how to arrange our lives around activities that enable us to live in the fruit of the Spirit. As we do, Christ’s character becomes etched with an ever-increasing depth into our own. Just as the only way to God is through Christ, the only way to godliness is through the Christ-centred practice of spiritual disciplines. If we are to understand what it means to be a “keeper of the covenant,” then we need to be totally involved in wise spiritual training under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. Commissioner Rosalie Peddle is the territorial president of women’s ministries and territorial secretary for spiritual life development for the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Salvationist I May 2013 I 27
Doing good to others means putting aside our prejudices
A big city lawyer asked the Storyteller, “Who is my neighbour?” The Storyteller replied: “A man was driving from Toronto to Montreal when he was mugged near a roadside diner. The thieves stole his car and wallet, beat and stripped him and left him half dead in a ditch. Moments later, a politician drove by and saw the man lying there, but continued on as he had an urgent meeting in Ottawa. Another man on vacation with his family drove by and saw the injured man, but was too scared to get out and help. Then an American came by. He saw the man, stopped and got out of his Buick. He carefully picked up the man and took him to a hospital. The triage nurse was reluctant to admit the injured man because he didn’t have an identification or medical card. ‘Do what you can for him,’ said the American, ‘and when I drive back, I’ll pay you whatever the bill is.’ ”
f the idea of a caring American and two cold-hearted Canadians sticks in your craw then you now know how the Jews felt when Jesus told them the story of the Good Samaritan (see Luke 10:25-37). The Jews felt that they were better than other people—especially the despised Samaritans. Jews considered themselves and their way of life to be superior to the rest of the world. They were the good guys. They believed in the Law. They were faithful to God. Of all the people they looked down upon, the Samaritans were the worst. To say the Jews were prejudiced would be an understatement. The strange thing was that Jews and Samaritans came from the same stock. If you looked into history you would find that both races came from Abraham, both worshipped Jehovah, both believed in the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament), and both looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. But the Samaritans had committed an unpardonable sin in the eyes of the Jews. They had intermarried with people from 28 I May 2013 I Salvationist
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BY MAJOR FRED ASH
other races and so had rebelled against the true faith. The Jews despised the Samaritans so much that, when travelling from southern to northern Israel, they would walk around Samaria so they would not have to contaminate themselves with the soil of that area. To the Jews, there was no such thing as a “good” Samaritan. When Jesus told the story it really hit a raw nerve. If he had meant to tell a story that was simply about people helping people, he would not have had the helping person be a Samaritan. And he would not have asked at the end of the story, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” But in asking that question, Jesus wanted the Jewish lawyer to say the word “Samaritan” and admit that there were “good” Samaritans. But the lawyer could not bring himself to say that. He simply replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” In effect, Jesus was saying, “You are not the only good people in the world.” He was teaching them not to look down on others or judge them based on their differences. Most people think that the parable teaches us to be kind to those who are hurt and, while that is true, the other lesson here is to recognize the outsider as
being just as good as we are—to be able to call the Samaritan or the American or any other “foreigner” our brother or sister. Jesus would be appalled by the discrimination expressed by a large number of Canadians toward “outsiders.” It is akin to the anti-Samaritanism of a past age. He would also be disgusted by the prejudice that exists among all the subgroups in our country—black and white, indigenous and non-indigenous, East and West, French and English, rich and poor, city and country folk. Putting this parable into our own Canadian context, people are not to be labelled by their background, appearance, accent or the city where they live. They are to be identified by their actions and attitudes. No one group has a monopoly on goodness. Of all people in Canada, Christians should understand more than anyone what it feels like to be a “Samaritan.” After all, we are often rejected because of our beliefs, criticized in the media and chastised by intellectual elites. On that basis, let’s go out and be good Christians. Major Fred Ash is a retired Salvation Army officer, freelance writer and editor living in Barrie, Ont.
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TIES THAT BIND
First Things First
How to respond when family and ministry collide BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU
e sat in the living room, gathered around this great bear of a man and his equally intimidating wife. As new officers in The Salvation Army, we were nervous because he had called us all as a family to sit down with him. We didn’t know him well, having met only once before, and here he was staying in our house. He was our boss, our divisional commander. He related to us a sad story of overwork, heart attacks and lost time with his family. He emphasized the importance of making our family a priority in our lives. “Ed and Kathie, I want you to remember that your ministry starts right here. It’s no good going out to save the world if you lose the ones you love the most.” My children were old enough to remember that and over the years have reminded us of it in sometimes not-sogentle ways. For more than 20 years now we have lived by those wise words and carefully considered the impact our work and ministry decisions would have on our family. That has meant that, from time to time, we made decisions that were counterintuitive and considered by some to cost us in our careers. But each decision was prayerfully made and we were
convinced God was guiding us each step of the way. There are some who have different ideas about family-work balance. Some take the “family first” idea too far and, to a fault, put their family on a pedestal, making them their only consideration. Still others give no thought to how their decisions regarding their work and life
“It’s no good going out to save the world if you lose the ones you love the most” will affect their family, uprooting at a whim to satisfy career goals or make money on the sale of a house. Some may have a demanding job and perhaps don’t have the option to make the kind of choices they’d like. Survival often trumps desires. We need to look closer at what it means to make our families a priority. How does this play out in our everyday lives? Does God ask us to put our desires on the back burner? If you’re an officer
in The Salvation Army, what does putting God first mean when family and ministry collide? First, the Bible teaches that the institution of the family is of divine origin and purpose. Genesis shows us that God created us to be in relationship with each other, be fruitful and multiply. Psalm 127:3 tells us, “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.” It also tells us we’re responsible for teaching our children (see Deuteronomy 6:6-7), training them (see Proverbs 22:6), disciplining them in a healthy and respectful way (see Ephesians 6:4) and being a good example for them (see 2 Timothy 1:5 and 2 Chronicles 26:3-4). God has given us the responsibility to maintain a healthy home and family life for our children so that they can be the people God has called them to be. And children are to honour their parents and obey them in the Lord—this is one of the Ten Commandments. Second, we have learned much about how our work-life decisions affect our families. We don’t have to go much further than our own organization to see the scars left on children who were moved from place to place with little thought to timing or their psychological or emotional needs. I’ve heard heartwrenching stories. Not only must we consider the needs of our children, but we must include them in the decisionmaking process. Sitting down as a family and welcoming their input is a healthy way to handle change. A 2005 study on children’s involvement in family decision-making found that when children were included in the process and their needs and desires were taken into consideration, even if the decision didn’t go their way, they felt satisfied and the final decision was handled well by them. Lastly, it’s important that we teach our children what it means to put God first in our lives. That means including them in our decision-making process and, at the same time, teaching them how to make important decisions. When we sit together as a family and discuss our options and what impact our decisions will have, listing the pros and cons, consulting God’s Word and then praying for guidance, we give our children the essential tools for life. This is the way we model godly living. This is how we make our families a priority. Major Kathie Chiu is the corps officer of Victoria’s High Point Community Church. Salvationist I May 2013 I 29
The Word of God doesn’t belong in the classroom
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BY MAJOR JUAN BURRY
n the March issue of Salvationist, I wrote about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that occurred last December. The article made a case that the massacre was not retribution from a deity who felt neglected and ignored. But the feedback I received on the article raised another issue. Should the Bible be taught in the public school system? Is this something that Christians should push for? Most Can adian s re ali ze t h at Christians have already lost this battle. When the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms received royal assent in 1982, it paved the way for provincial courts to rule against mandated Christian prayer or Scripture reading in public institutions. A tolerant and inclusive Canada would provide children with a place of learning that was free from discrimination or coercion. As a citizen of this country and a Christian who is called to love his neighbour, I support that principle. Besides, do we really want a superficial Christianity that is just legislated on people? I’m pretty sure that’s not what Jesus had in mind 30 I May 2013 I Salvationist
Beneath all of the words is a Living Word that cannot be appreciated simply by viewing it as literature when he commissioned his disciples. Yet this desire to bring the Bible back into our schools isn’t going away. The latest people to bring this issue to the forefront are Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. They are the celebrity husband-and-wife team who produced a five-week, 10-episode miniseries featuring some of the most well-known stories of the Bible. Not only did they feel “called” to produce this miniseries and bring the Word of God to the masses, but they also feel that the Bible should be taught in schools. “It’s time to encourage, perhaps even mandate, the teaching of the Bible in public schools as a primary
document of Western civilization,” they wrote in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, adding that it should be done “for the sake of the nation’s children.” Burnett and Downey are Christians, but this appeal for Christian education for all is couched in the argument that the Bible is a great piece of literature. While I don’t disagree, I must ask: Is this a bandwagon the church should jump on? From a purely evangelical perspective, do we want the Bible taught or read in our schools? For that matter, do we want the Bible communicated through Burnett’s miniseries? A large number of Christians see the advancement of the Bible in secular forums (e.g. education, entertainment, media, etc.) as a positive thing. I am not so sure. First, the Bible is not exclusively a great piece of literature. It is a collection of writings that includes poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction, stories that are meant to be taken literally and others to be taken allegorically. For those reasons alone, it makes for interesting literature. But more importantly, the Bible is a compendium of writings intended to transmit the faith of an ancient people. Beneath all of the words is a Living Word that cannot be appreciated simply by viewing it as literature. Second, the Bible is not exclusively a piece of history. One of the dangers of Burnett’s attempt to turn the biblical narratives to a five-part television series on the History Channel is that it reduces the Bible to entertainment. What do skeptics think when they watch these episodes? Are they able to reconcile the apparent contradictions of a God who orders all of the Egyptian first-born children to be slaughtered with the incarnate God who bids all the little children come to him? Will a non-Christian reject faith because of a literalist approach that insists on 950-year-old people, talking animals and a sun that stands still? If it wasn’t in the Bible, wouldn’t you just laugh it off? Perhaps it is time that we stop abdicating our Christian responsibility and relying on Hollywood and our education system for our biblical knowledge. We need to take the message of the Bible seriously and grapple with the texts in our churches and our homes. Only as God’s people come to terms with the words of the Bible will the living Word of God be heard in our society. Major Juan Burry is the executive director of Victoria’s Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre.
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