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At a time when so many seek comfort in worldly things, the Easter season reminds us where our true redemption lies by General André Cox
10 Turning Lives Around
Kingdom Tug-of-War by James Read and Don Posterski
Where Is God When It Hurts? PRODUCT by Commissioner Brian PeddleLABELING GUIDE
Features 8 There Is Salvation in No Other
Montreal’s Booth Centre clients seek more than a Band-Aid solution—they want real change by Ken Ramstead
FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
29 Spiritual Disciplines
12 Connection Points
30 Ties That Bind
17 No Place Like Home
Sacred Solitude by Kristin Ostensen
Church plants in Montreal and Winnipeg create spiritual families by Kristin Ostensen
A Taste for the Toxic by Major Kathie Chiu
After 30 years, Major Susanne Fisher returns to Bermuda’s Cedar Hill Corps by Kristin Ostensen
18 Pilgrims’ Progress
A retired men’s chorus in Toronto combines worship and fellowship by Kristin Ostensen
20 Walking the Emmaus Road
An encounter with the Risen One inspires hope and transformation by Lt-Colonel David Hammond
Inside Faith & Friends Water World
The biblical epic Noah is not your typical Sunday-school tale
The Gospel of Green
Dale and Linda Bolton decided to do something about the plight of Africa
Forgiveness at Sunrise
The fate of the Apostle Peter reminds us of Jesus’ unfathomable love
A search for daycare for her grandchild led Doreen Alamaras to an even greater discovery
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Inspiration for Living
Noah Biblical epic not your typical Sunday-school tale
EASTER REFLECTIONS: Forgiveness at Sunrise
PHIL CALLAWAY’S GREAT ESCAPE
A Grandmother’s Search for Family and Faith
Territorial Congress 2014
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The Final Frontier
round control to Major Tom, com mencing countdow n, engines on. Check ignition and may God’s love be with you.” So begins David Bowie’s Space Oddity, a song that gained renewed popularity last year when Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield performed it aboard the International Space Station. It was a great bit of fun that made us look to the stars and dream of what lies beyond our small planet. There is, of course, a serious side to space travel. When you’re spinning 400 kilometres above Earth, a twisted air hose or broken tether can cause certain death. If you have any doubt, watch Gravity, the Academy-Award-winning thriller starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts in distress. Set almost entirely in space, the movie broke new ground with its spectacular effects. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brooding medical engineer on her first space shuttle mission. Clooney is Matt Kowalski, a wise-cracking, unflappable veteran. The mission goes horribly wrong when Russia shoots down its own satellite and unintentionally sends debris hurtling toward the unsuspecting crew. To stay alive, they must make a treacherous journey through the inky weightlessness of space. As the film progresses, it’s clear that Gravity is not just about physical survival. The emptiness of space mirrors the gaping hole left in Stone’s own heart by a tragic loss. As hope dwindles and Stone faces her own mortality, she laments, “No one will mourn for me. No one will pray for my soul … I mean I’d pray for myself, but I’ve never said a prayer in my life—nobody ever taught me how.” The film’s director, Alfonso Cuarón, is interested not only in visceral thrills, but in existential questions of life and death. Only by conquering the emptiness inside can Stone find a renewed will to live. We live in a culture that is spiritually and morally adrift. Many have forgotten how to pray or even to whom they should pray. In his Easter message, General André Cox decries the rampant materialism that consumes so much of our attention. Keeping up 4 • April 2014 • Salvationist
with the Joneses. The pursuit of more stuff. Strip it all away and what are we left with? How do we fill the vacuum? Easter provides an answer. Though we face earthly trials, God has promised that death is not the final word. During this Easter season we rejoice because of Christ and his sacrifice. He has conquered death, and his Resurrection paves the way for our own. In this issue of Salvationist, read Commissioner Brian Peddle’s column and find an answer to the question: “Where is God when it hurts?” Walk the Emmaus Road with Lt-Colonel David Hammond and feel the presence and assurance of Christ. And join James Read and Don Posterski in their new column, “Just Cause,” as they unpack Christ’s goal of “bringing heaven to earth.” Are you feeling spiritually or emotionally adrift? Are you carrying the weight of the world? Take heart, for Christ says, “I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Look to him this Easter, and may God’s love be with you.
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AROUND THE TERRITORY
1. Convictions matter
As Salvationists, do we really understand what we believe? Major Ray Harris examines how our convictions have informed our history and will inform our future.
2. Evangelism that works
How do we reach the lost in the 21st century? Major Danielle Strickland will stretch your imagination and challenge your assumptions.
3. Sharing faith with neighbours of various faiths
Pastor Shawn works in the Toronto area in a most unconventional church plant—a mission to Muslims. He shares insights on winning very spiritual people to Jesus.
4. Marriage: Happiness or holiness?
Marriage is the coming together of two imperfect people in an imperfect world. Majors Brian and Lynn Armstrong explore marriage as a way to holiness rather than happiness.
5. Human trafficking
Human trafficking has been called 21stcentury slavery. Connect with current realities in Canada, Bermuda and beyond in this session organized by the territorial Social Issues Committee.
6. Passion in personal ministry
Is there anything that motivates like passion? How does passion affect our ability to discern? Colonel Mark Tillsley examines the characteristics of passion in personal ministry.
7. Women in leadership
The Salvation Army has had a long history of women in leadership. The characteristics of good women leaders will be examined by Commissioner Rosalie Peddle.
With the passing of every year, the demand for leaders continues to increase. God calls men and women, but is anyone answering? Majors Keith and Shona Pike lead this discussion.
9. Music in the 21st century
What is the place of music in the Army today? Will it look the same in the future? Major Kevin Metcalf answers these questions.
10. Ready to Serve
Ready to Serve is the new and dynamic discipleship curriculum that serves the youth (ages 7-12) of our territory. Major Denise Walker shares how this tool can reach and disciple young people. For full workshop descriptions, visit salvationist.ca/congress2014.
Rally the Troops Be inspired, bring your friends and celebrate with The Salvation Army at Territorial Congress 2014 IT’S BEEN MORE than 30 years since the last territorial congress was held in the Canada and Bermuda Territory and organizers know this year’s event is worth the wait. Along with ordination and commissioning and an opportunity to meet General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, Territorial Congress 2014 has a lot to offer people of all ages. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for young people to connect as a generation across the territory,” says Commissioner Silvia Cox and General André Cox Major Keith Pike, territorial youth secretary, who knows the far-reaching impact ize ourselves right across the territory,” of connecting with young people across says Commissioner Peddle. Canada and Bermuda. In his youth, Major Register online and book early to Pike attended a territorial corps cadet receive a special hotel room rate. Hotel, rally in Toronto and fondly remembers schedule and registration information making new friends and basking in the can be found online at salvationist.ca/ realization that he was part of something congress2014. special. Can’t make it to the event? Keep “We’re going to have a youth event posted with our live updates. Follow at congress on Friday, June 20, and our #oneArmy at twitter.com/Salvationist. worship time will be led by Tim Neufeld, We’ll be posting photos and in-house who many know as the lead singer of interviews with special guests that you Starfield,” says Major Pike. “Saturday won’t want to miss. morning, we’ll have a full children’s program hosted by Kevin and Sheryl Slous For further information or questions from the U.S.A. Eastern Territory. So parabout congress, send an e-mail to: ents can drop off their children, go to Territorial_Congress2014@can. their workshops and the kids will enjoy salvationarmy.org. a great time of interaction.” “Congress is not going to be your typical ‘grandfather’s congress,’ ” assures Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander. “There’s going to be something for everyone and we hope everyone will come and share this event with us.” From June 19 to 22, Territorial Congress 2014 will be held in Mississauga, Ont., and provide the opportunity for Salvationists to come together, participate in worship, learn through biblical teaching and workshops (see sidebar) and explore their own link to mission. “I hope this will be a time when Salvationists will be inspired about this Godraised-up Army—that we’ll Tim Neufeld and the Hallelujah Glory Boys will be engage in mission and mobil- performing at congress in June Salvationist • April 2014 • 5
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Etobicoke Temple Opens New Building “MY PRAYER IS that, as you celebrate the past and look forward to the future, God would continue to direct your path in advancing the kingdom,” challenged Lt-Colonel Susan van Duinen on the opening of the new Etobicoke Temple in Toronto in November. Lt-Colonel van Duinen, divisional commander, Ontario Central-East Division, led the weekend of celebrations, supported by Majors Kester and Kathryn Trim, corps officers, and Major Roxanne Jennings, area commander, Ontario Central-East Division. Despite frigid weather, the Saturday ribbon-cutting and stone-laying ceremony attracted a hardy group of congregants. Toronto Councillor Doug Ford assisted with the ribbon-cutting and was joined by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford for the tour of the facility that followed. A dinner was held that evening, featuring music from the Yorkminster Songsters, Laotian musicians and the Etobicoke Temple Band. The band led with the march Etobicoke Celebration, accompanied by visuals of the temple’s demolition and construction. On Sunday, Lt-Colonel van Duinen spoke on “being the temple of God.” The service also included a senior soldier enrolment and a period of rededication. The $5.6-million project will serve both corps and com-
munity, with a large worship centre and ample space for community and recreational services, including music and gospel arts rooms, a kitchen, classrooms and a gymnasium. With a new closed-circuit television system, the church can accommodate up to 900 people.
Burger Fundraiser Supports Edmonton Army
Booth UC Launches Two New Programs
HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE can a few cans of soup or boxes of Kraft Dinner really make? As a recent fundraiser in Edmonton shows, the answer is: quite a lot. The fundraiser was put on by Rodeo Burgers, which served hungry Edmontonians free burgers in exchange for donations to The Salvation Army’s community and family services. “This event at Rodeo Burgers helps us sustain the requirement for food needed in the Edmonton community for those who are struggling to make ends meet,” says David Dickinson, director of community ministries. Over the course of the day, the fundraiser brought in 512 food items and more than $230 in cash. The food items collected are enough to provide 20 families of four with a food hamper, and the cash donations will support four families of four. The restaurant was packed all day with supporters from the community. “There are two elements to this fundraiser,” says Dickinson. “Part of it is helping those who are less fortunate, but an event like this also brings the community closer together for a greater good.”
BEGINNING THIS YEAR, Winnipeg’s Booth University College will offer two new certificate programs that will contribute to leadership development within The Salvation Army. Launching in May, the certificate Booth University College in not-for-profit management is designed for officers and employees with courses covering four important themes: human resources, program design and management, financial management, and strategic planning and leadership. The second program, the certificate in advanced leadership for congregations, is intended to strengthen the capacity of officers to serve in complex corps appointments and will launch in August. “For the last two decades we have been offering a bachelor of arts degree-completion program for Salvation Army officers, as well as specialized certificate programs to help meet the Army’s education and training needs,” says Dr. Donald Burke, president, Booth University College. “As the Army continues to clarify its educational priorities, we will continue to develop programming to meet those needs. These two new programs are just the beginning of many exciting developments on the horizon.”
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Cutting the ribbon at the new Etobicoke Temple are, from left, Micky Court; Ivan Dickenson, Dickenson and Hicks Architects Inc.; Paul Nickles, building project co-ordinator; Mjr Kester Trim; Councillor Doug Ford; Lt-Col Susan van Duinen; Mike Gilbert, property secretary; Richard Court; Bernie Gerber, Kembic Construction; Catherine Ede
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Quebec Officers Receive Award for Disaster Relief Work WHEN A TRAIN derailed in Lac-Mégantic, Que., last July, The Salvation Army quickly sprang into action, providing spiritual and practical care. The Army’s efforts were led by Lieutenants Anne-Marie and Claude Dagenais, corps officers, Sherbrooke Community Church, Que., who with a team of volunteers and an emergency disaster services community response unit provided water, coffee and snacks to first responders and others affected by the disaster. In the days and weeks that followed, the Army was feeding between 100 and 150 emergency disaster services workers every day. Lieutenant Anne-Marie Dagenais personally spent 488 hours serving in Lac-Mégantic. In recognition of their immense contribution following the disaster, the St-Jean-Baptiste Society of Sherbrooke presented Lieutenants Dagenais with the Imelda Lefebvre Community Engagement Award in January. This annual award is given to volunteers who make a difference in their community. “We were really pleased that the Army was recognized because, in Quebec, when we talk about The Salvation Army, people think of thrift stores,” says Lieutenant Anne-Marie Dagenais. “Now they know that the Army does much more than that. It’s opened doors.” After last summer, the town of Lac-Mégantic made a large donation to the Army for a new emergency services truck. “It’s just amazing,” smiles Lieutenant Anne-Marie Dagenais.
Lts Anne-Marie and Claude Dagenais receive the Imelda Lefebvre Community Engagement Award from the St-Jean-Baptiste Society of Sherbrooke
DID YOU KNOW?
… Salvationists and friends in the Canada and Bermuda Tty have donated approximately $640,000 to support the Army’s relief work in the Philippines? These funds will help the Army provide much-needed assistance to victims of the recent typhoon Haiyan … last year, the Army helped 225,000 vulnerable youth through 73 community youth programs? The Salvation Army has expanded its youth programs by 53 percent since 2008
Army Shelter Residents Play Nordiques
The Salvation Army’s hockey team, with retired players from the Quebec Nordiques
A NEW ANNUAL tradition came to Quebec City this February, with the first edition of Passez au suivant (“passing it on”), a hockey tournament organized by The Salvation Army, Maison Dauphine and the Association des gens d’Affaires du VieuxQuébec. The tournament took place during the city’s annual Carnaval festival. The Salvation Army formed a team of 10 residents from the Army shelters Hôtellerie pour hommes and Maison Charlotte, plus a few Army employees. Other teams came from the Desjardins credit union, a local radio station, the Maison Dauphine youth centre and the Association des gens d’Affaires du Vieux-Québec. The most exciting part of the tournament for participants was the chance to play retired players of the Quebec Nordiques, including Alain Côté, Réal Cloutier, Luc Dufour, Pierre Lacroix and Dave Pichette. “Not only did we face the Nordiques, but I managed to get an autograph from Alain Côté!” says one shelter resident with a smile. “This event was a success on all levels,” says Sarah LefebvreCloutier, director of marketing and communications, Quebec Division. “It attracted many spectators and passersby, and increased the visibility of the Army in the city and in the media.” The event also raised $800 for The Salvation Army and Maison Dauphine.
Soul Care in St. John’s ST. JOHN’S CITADEL recently hosted a “soul care” seminar with a focus on going deeper with personal devotions. This inspiring half-day retreat was led by Major David Ivany, spiritual director, pastoral services department at territorial headquarters. A diverse group of 50 people, from university students to retirees, joined together with a sincere desire to connect with God. The retreat provided opportunities to worship, share in thanksgiving and gain insight from Scripture. Salvationist • April 2014 • 7
There Is Salvation in No Other
At a time when so many seek comfort in worldly things, the Easter season reminds us where our true redemption lies
BY GENERAL ANDRÉ COX
Looking for Something More In too many places across the globe, a resolute turning to materialism has led to an unhealthy exclusion of those other key elements required for men and women to know deep and lasting satisfaction. Materialism can never address the deepest longings of our heart, and this superficial feature of too many societies around the world is simply incapable of giving true joy and freedom. Life is more than the accumulation of possessions and many individuals today, despite owning so much, remain unsatisfied. Some do earnestly seek after the point of and purpose for life, and also desire an assurance that there is indeed “something” after death. Too often, though, people look in the wrong place—how many readily consult horoscopes in an ultimately fruitless attempt to understand present unknowns, or gain a form of security for a sometimes daunting future? My attention was recently arrested whilst reading Tim Leberecht’s comment: “We live in times of major uncertainty. The doom and gloom of the economic crisis, the deterioration of mass markets, the pervasiveness of the digital lifestyle, and the fragmentation of traditional societal institutions are not only inducing anxiety but also inspiring a search for simplicity and noneconomic value systems. Consumption-driven wealth and status are being replaced by identity, belonging and a strong desire to contribute to—or to experience—something ‘meaningful’ rather than to acquire more things.” Unique Message The Bible, of course, does address the most fundamental needs of and questions from humanity. It speaks to us about the purpose of our lives. It speaks to us about our destiny. It speaks to us about our eternal future being made secure. It is only as we carefully read the Bible, as we diligently study it, as we meditate prayerfully on it, that we begin to appreciate the true fullness of life that can be ours if we will but reach out and grasp it. In the Book of Acts we find an account of two apostles, Peter and John, being hauled before the Sanhedrin after they 8 • April 2014 • Salvationist
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t Easter, in remembering the death and bodily Resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we celebrate a most important event within the church calendar. This event is significant for, in witnessing to the fact that Jesus did not remain in the tomb but rose from the dead, it points to the promise that one day we, too, can thereby rise to eternal life. It is important to recognize that whilst we reside upon this earth in physical bodies, we are also spiritual beings intended to live for eternity.
had healed a crippled man. Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit, made this bold statement: “If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:9-12 NIV). There is nothing more important in this life than for us to discover the truth that indeed, “Salvation is found in no one else.” The Christian message is unique, because this message is not merely about a set of doctrines and beliefs. It is not about religion. Rather it is about the living man, Jesus Christ. We celebrate a risen Lord and Saviour. In him alone we find peace, joy and assurance regarding our eternal future. May this be your personal and daily experience! General André Cox is the international leader of The Salvation Army.
Where Is God When It Hurts?
The miracle of Easter means you don’t have to face trials on your own
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BY COMMISSIONER BRIAN PEDDLE
here is a book in my personal library that always grabs my attention and prompts a momentary pause when I am browsing. It’s called Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey. Life can bring its share of pain and suffering. It seems there is no limit to the scope and impact of global tragedy, human suffering and loss. So the question that hangs in the air is more than a book title. It is a question that is asked by many who face difficult and sudden trials. Easter provides a response to the question. It confirms exactly how God identified with a needy world. In the blink of an eye, the promised Messiah enters the world in swaddling clothes and exits in a slave’s towel. The banner over this brief, but significant, identification with humanity can be found in the words of the Apostle Paul: “God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). I wish the world could see the cross of Easter as more than a religious symbol or an appropriate jewelry accessory.
The cross, in its representation of the Atonement, ushers in God’s redemptive plan for all mankind. It is a transformative act of love that continues to provide a link with the Almighty where his presence enables hope, brings healing and offers forgiveness. In He Still Moves Stones, Max Lucado answers a personal question, “Where is God when I hurt?” He answers by inviting his readers to consider how God reacts to dashed hopes by reminding them of the story of Jairus (see Mark 5:21-43), how the Father feels about the sick waiting by the pool of Bethesda (see John 5:1-15) and how God speaks to lonely hearts through the Emmaus story (see Luke 24:13-35). I fear that, for many in this present age, an Easter miracle is a long shot. The God of the universe seems distant, invisible and—worst of all—silent. Sometimes our doubts only widen the gap. We have little desire to ask questions about God, let alone pursue answers. The formative years in my faith journey were influenced by J.B. Phillips in his book, Your God Is Too Small. He held
out a challenge to my young heart to never let my faltering faith diminish the greatness of God. He showed me that I could know the Sovereign God, be aware of his presence and understand that nothing was too great for him. The first disciples spoke boldly into an unbelieving world by inviting new converts to a risen and living Christ. They re-established faith among seeking hearts by talking about the Resurrection. This Easter miracle reveals a God who is present, journeys through life with us and promises not to be silent, but to speak his intentional will for our lives. The Scripture verse that I am carrying with me this year is Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” The miracle of Easter is the message of Christmas—Emmanuel, God with us. He transcends time, spanning more than two millennia, and yet he still desires to be intertwined with our journeys. Where is God when it hurts? Consider the possibility that he is as close as the breath you breathe and is fulfilling his promise to “never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Consider the miracle of Easter yours to discover. Imagine the final stanza of the song, In Christ Alone, as your testimony: No guilt in life, no fear in death— This is the pow’r of Christ in me; From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man, Can ever pluck me from his hand; Till he returns or calls me home— Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand. Commissioner Brian Peddle is the territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Salvationist • April 2014 • 9
Turning Lives Around Montreal’s Booth Centre clients seek more than a Band-Aid solution— they want real change
BY KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
ark came from a life of chaos. Developmentally challenged, he was mentally and physically abused from an early age, and any personal relationships he had were skewed as a result. He was sent to The Salvation Army Booth Centre in Montreal by another organization because they had faith in the program. That faith was not misplaced. Within two years, Mark had his life in order and received job training. Now a fully trained nurse and a contributing member of society, Mark is dealing with his learning disabilities and rebuilding his life. “He chose to take the 12-step Christian program while he was here, and that just turned his life around,” says Major Bertrand Lessard, executive director of the 207-resident facility located just off the downtown core. “But who knows what would have happened to him had he not been referred to us in the first place. “This is not a shelter,” continues Major Lessard. “We don’t have dorms. We’re not front-line. People who come here want more than just a bed for the night or a meal to tide them over. They’re people who want to make a change in their lives.” Inroads Into the Past The Booth Centre occupies a unique niche in Montreal. Historically, linguistically and culturally, the primarily anglophone Salvation Army long worked in isolation from its francophone cousins on the island of Montreal and the surrounding area. When francophone Montrealers thought of The Salvation Army, the thrift store and the kettle work at Christmas were what came to mind. All that is changing now. Through a sustained effort over the past few years, the Booth Centre has reached out to the provincial and municipal governments, other mental-health facilities and the general population, with some success. 10 • April 2014 • Salvationist
Jacques, a resident at the Booth Centre for four years, was Le Phare’s first adherent
“The men take responsibility for themselves, so that they’ll have more autonomy to participate in the community again” “We’re now an active part of a group made up of 34 organizations, the City of Montreal and the government of Quebec, as well as other groups and associations representing all of the treatment centres in Quebec,” says Georges Legault, Booth’s director of community development. “We hosted their annual meeting last October, and we’re actively involved in looking at new government legislation
that will affect funding for treatment centres throughout the province. Booth is trying to get everybody to sit down at the same table. People are noticing us, and they’re noticing us for the right reasons.” Change for Good “This is not a dumping ground for mental-health castoffs,” Major Lessard says. “This program is specifically for people that have a connection to the outside world. Our objective is to have the men take responsibility for themselves, so that they’ll have more autonomy to participate in the community again.” Stays are flexible and vary depending on the support program established, the resident’s expectations and the treatment team’s recommendations. “We have a healthy working relationship with other rehabilitation centres,” says Major Lessard. “Not every person is a perfect fit for every centre. We exchange residents so that we find the right place, the right program, for
every one of our clients. “Our hope is that everybody here succeeds in their rehabilitation, so that they can free themselves from their dependencies and learn how to solve their problems.” Through group work and therapists, participants receive help throughout their stay. “The only confrontation they experience is with themselves,” states Major Lessard. Treatment is adapted to the individual. By changing their way of life, they can address their issues and find means to overcome them. When Jacques looks around at his room at the Booth Centre, he weeps for joy. There is a gentleness about him now that belies years of addiction and violence. Four years ago, he was admitted to Booth, and conquered his alcohol addiction. During his stay, he’s regained much of his physical and emotional health, and has blossomed spiritually. He helps out wherever he can in the building, cleaning up, setting up rooms for various activities such as presentations and meetings, and quickly takes on any task he is asked to do. “If I can change,” he says, “anyone can, with the help of God.” Exploring Faith “While we are a faith-based organization, we don’t impose our religion on anyone,” says Major Lessard. “Many clients who enter our programs keep a wary eye out to make sure that we respect them, which we do. We accept anyone and everyone. After a while, though, many
Booth’s community services officer and corps officer of Le Phare, it provides a spiritual home for residents and former residents of Booth, as well as the surrounding community. “Stephane’s life has changed to the extent that the court has asked us to keep him here instead of jail because he is doing so well,” smiles Major Lessard. “He’s turned his life around.”
Mjr Bertrand and Cpt Betty Lessard
clients are willing to listen to what we have to say.” The Anchorage program offers voluntary classes where faith is explored. “If a person wants to follow a spiritual path in their drug addiction treatment or whatever program they’re in, then that’s an option that they do have here,” says Legault, “and when they do, they have the support of a spiritual community to help them through.” Stephane came to the Anchorage program with a police rap sheet as long as his arm, says Major Lessard. He’d made bad choices throughout his life, and was always in and out of court. Now, he is a soldier worshipping at Le Phare (The Lighthouse), a mission corps operating out of the Booth Centre that officially opened last year (see page 12). An expansion of the centre’s chaplaincy program headed up by Captain Betty Lessard,
Established in 1958, the centre’s mission is to improve the quality of life of men 18 and older by offering them services adapted to their particular needs. The Booth Centre has five main divisions: • Le Gouvernail (The Rudder). The 100-bed unit is for people who want a permanent place to live. The minimum stay is one month. The program provides them with a range of complete care so that they can usefully reconnect with society. It also assists in reacquiring basic items often taken for granted, such as a socialinsurance number, health-insurance card, driver’s licence—basics that might have been lost along their way. •L e Havre (The Haven). A 60-bed subdivision of Le Gouvernail, Le Havre is a specialized program for men 55 years or older. It’s a quieter part of the centre that is more in tune with the needs of the elderly. It’s not a senior-citizen facility, but the men have a sense of security and safety sometimes lacking in the wider world. • Le Rivage (The Shoreline). Conceived to respond to the needs of men who have mental-health difficulties, this 40-bed housing and support program helps clients who have been referred by hospitals, social workers or mental-health professionals in the area. • Anchorage. This is a treatment facility for men battling alcohol, drug and gambling addictions. Men are referred to the 30-bed treatment centre by the courts or other rehabilitation centres in the province. •T he Delta. After the successful completion of an Anchorage treatment program, the Delta reintegrates residents into society with the support of a multidisciplinary team. The program helps participants to find jobs, return to school, secure accommodations and plan a budget, and also provides psychological support and legal assistance.
Located near Montreal’s downtown core, the centre is strategically placed to help those most in need Salvationist • April 2014 • 11
Connection Points Church plants in Montreal and Winnipeg create spiritual families
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BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
New soldier Réjean Paquette serves food after a service at Montreal’s Le Phare Corps
itting at the soundboard at Montreal’s Le Phare Corps, dressed in his brand-new Salvation Army uniform for the Sunday service, Stéphane Ricard is right at home. Yet only a year ago, he had no home at all. An addict and a drug dealer for many years, Ricard was on the streets when he wasn’t in jail. Attending a church—never mind being part of a worship team—was the furthest thing from his mind. “I hated God,” he recalls. “I was my own god. I didn’t need anybody.” That changed when Ricard came to The Salvation Army’s Booth Centre last spring. He had stayed at the centre before, but this time it was different. “Therapy never worked for me, because I always had something missing,” he says. 12 • April 2014 • Salvationist
That missing piece was a relationship with God. Curious about faith, Ricard started attending Le Phare, a new church plant that operates out of the centre. With its friendly atmosphere and comeas-you-are approach, Le Phare was just the right place for Ricard. “My experience here has been wonderful,” he says. “It has changed everything in my life.” Challenges and Opportunities The Salvation Army currently has 314 churches in Canada and Bermuda, but at one point each of them was an outpost or a church plant. Le Phare (meaning “lighthouse”) is one of three Army church plants in the territory today; other plants include Living Hope Community Church in Winnipeg and South Shore Corps in Saint-Hubert, Que.
Church planters face a number of challenges when starting out. Some are practical: Where will the church meet? How will it support itself? But in 2014, planters are coming up against broader societal trends. While nearly 70 percent of the Canadian population identify as Christian, 24 percent have no religious affiliation, up from 15 percent just 10 years ago. “An increasing number of the population don’t have much in the way of Christian memory,” says James Watson, territorial consultant for church planting and congregational revitalization. “People have heard in the media about residential schools and high-profile child abuse cases involving religious groups. People have questions. Is Christianity OK? Is this a step I want to take?” But Watson believes that church planting offers an opportunity to reach out to people in a unique way. “You can ask, what are the elements of a church that would be very welcoming to someone who’s not comfortable with their understanding of church?” Watson says. “There is a lot of relationship-building that needs to happen.” In this context, he believes The Salvation Army is well poised to reach out to people who are skeptical of Christianity because the Army is known for helping others. “The Army has so many people who are actively engaged in serving their community,” Watson says. “They live a very attractive life of faith.” Making Soldiers With community engagement being key to the success of a church plant, the Army has paired Le Phare with the Booth Centre, a 207-bed residence for men facing addictions, mental health issues or homelessness (see page 10). “It’s a long-range partnership that benefits both Le Phare and the centre,” says Watson. “It has a community presence that helps people who are coming through the Booth Centre, but it also has a church for people who are excited about their faith and want a place to serve.” Le Phare, which officially opened in February 2013, grew out of the centre’s chaplaincy program. “The chaplain voiced a frustration that, when the men left the centre, he usually lost contact with them,” says Captain Betty Lessard, community ministries officer at the Booth Centre and corps officer at Le Phare. “They didn’t
Denise Lee and Adenike Omotayo enjoy coffee hour after a service at Winnipeg’s Living Hope CC
to Le Phare as it serves its unique community. “We’re a different kind of corps,” says Captain Lessard. “We have people with addictions, mental health issues, behavioural problems and, thanks to the Booth Centre, we have expert in-house advice. It’s such a blessing.” Part of the Family As w ith Le Phare, Liv ing Hope Community Church is partnered with a social services centre, but in a very different context. Living Hope operates out of Winnipeg’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, located in St. Vital, a high-density neighbourhood with many younger families and a large immigrant population. When the centre’s new building opened two years ago, it did not have a chaplain and the leadership recognized that the centre needed a spiritual component. “The Barbara Mitchell centre and Living Hope church fit together really well,” says Captain Corinne Cameron, the centre’s executive director. “Through the social ministry of the centre we have many points of contact into our building, and for those who are spiritually seeking we are able to connect them with the church.” Living Hope launched in September 2013, but Captain Steven Cameron, corps officer, began laying the groundwork months in advance, working as a volunteer at the centre. “Our goal wasn’t to go out and bombard the community with advertisements that the church was there, but to work with people who were already involved with the centre,” Captain Steven Cameron explains. As well as building relationships at the centre before Living Hope officially opened, the corps also performed community service, gave out cold treats on hot summer days in a nearby park and held a community carnival. Living Hope is a mix of Salvationists and newcomers, with about two-thirds of the congregation coming from the former Winnipeg East Corps, which closed last August. “We’re a unique Salvation Army plant in that we’ve had a blended style right from the beginning,” says Captain Steven Cameron. “There is a contemporary component, but there’s also traditional Salvation Army attributes to the congregation.” The corps has a band and a songsters group, as well as a thriving seniors’
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have a church home to go back to, and it’s difficult for a lot of our men to integrate into other churches. We understand their experiences, their challenges and they’ve built relationships here.” The idea of creating a new corps came from a graduate of the centre’s addictions program who wanted to become part of The Salvation Army. “This man kept asking why he couldn’t become a soldier,” says Captain Lessard. “The short answer was that the Booth Centre was not a corps.” Since becoming a corps, Le Phare has enrolled three adherents and four soldiers, including Ricard. Approximately 40 people attend their Sunday evening service and 10 people attend their Tuesday prayer meeting. “I come to Le Phare for the teaching,” says Ricard, who works the soundboard every Sunday. “I get a feeling of peace inside because I’m listening to someone who finally says something that makes sense to me.” Most of Le Phare’s congregation live at the Booth Centre, but the corps is expanding its reach into the nearby neighbourhood of HochelagaMaisonneuve. The corps holds two food distribution runs in this disadvantaged area each month, as well as a monthly breakfast which serves around 50 people. “The most exciting thing has been to see the men involved in the church give themselves to serve God,” says Captain Lessard. “We have an artist, musicians, a PowerPoint expert, a technical genius, a chef and others with the gift of service. It’s a joy to watch them work together!” Being in partnership with the Booth Centre has proven enormously helpful
Stéphane Ricard operates the sound system at Montreal’s Le Phare Corps
program and a kids’ club called Music in Motion. Led by cadets from Winnipeg’s College for Officer Training, “M&M” teaches children from the corps and community how to play instruments. Approximately 90 people attend church at Living Hope on Sunday mornings, and just about everyone who attends is also involved with the Barbara Mitchell centre—if not before, then after they started coming to the corps. Adenike Omotayo immigrated to Canada from Nigeria in October 2013 with her husband, sister and three children. Arriving in Winnipeg with little money and no support system, Omotayo was in need of practical assistance. “A neighbour of mine told me that the Barbara Mitchell centre had a food bank, so I came to The Salvation Army to book an appointment,” she says. Captain Corinne Cameron was on hand to support her as she registered for assistance. “She was so patient with me and she took the pains upon herself to help me,” says Omotayo. “I was shocked. This was a person who didn’t know me from anywhere, and she would just do this. I knew that God was truly here. That’s why I come to The Salvation Army.” She started attending Living Hope with her family the next Sunday and was impressed with how friendly the community was. “Old and young, black and white, there is no segregation. We are all one.” Omotayo’s family is deeply involved with both the church and the centre. Omotayo attends the English Café language program and Family Foundations group for expecting parents and parents with newborns, while her children attend programs throughout the week. “For us to be at The Salvation Army is not a mistake,” she reflects. “It is ordained by God for us to be here, to be part of the family.” Salvationist • April 2014 • 13
SNAPSHOTS OF MINISTRY
Rachelle and Trinity read their Bibles at Ready to Serve, part of Lakeshore’s after-school club on Thursdays.
A diverse community finds its home at Lakeshore Community Church PHOTOS BY JASON AQUINO
inding affordable housing is difficult in large cities, especially when it seems expensive condominiums are popping up at every corner. And for those on a tight budget, getting by can be a challenge when job leads don’t pan out and friends and family live far away. These are the kind of issues weighing on the hearts of some of the congregation at The Salvation Army Lakeshore Community Church in Toronto. Located in a residential area in the southwest corner of Toronto, Lakeshore offers various programs for community members to connect with each other and discover God in a safe environment. With an average attendance of 60 people on a Sunday morning and 30 for the evening service, corps members regularly volunteer their time to connect with their community. The corps has programs for all ages, including an active seniors’ ministry and a community care ministries team that visits eight nursing homes each month. “I love coming to the community 14 • April 2014 • Salvationist
This group of volunteers is the driving force of the weekly community outreach lunch on Wednesdays. Approximately 100 people come for soup and other healthy choices prepared by Major Bill Bowers (far left).
Bible study because it has helped me understand the peace that God has for me,” says Ilona Beaudoin, speaking of the Monday morning group led by Major Bill Bowers. “The world cannot take away this peace no matter what is happening.” Learning how to cook nutritious meals on a tight budget—often using ingredients from the church’s food
bank—is another popular program that draws community members together as they make new friends and enjoy a meal. Over the following pages, peer into the work of this small, but mighty congregation that aims to share the lifechanging knowledge of Jesus Christ in all its programs and connections with the community.
SNAPSHOTS OF MINISTRY Children from Grades 4 and 5 engage in the Red Cap (anger management) class on Thursdays. This new venture will give them coping skills for the future.
David volunteers in the food bank three days a week. The food bank serves approximately 200 households per month. Food donations come from The Salvation Army’s distribution centre in Toronto, as well as from local grocery stores and community food drives.
Emily comes to the after-school club every week, enjoys the supper offered by the church and then stays for singing company and band, along with approximately 20 other children. “I love seeing all my friends and learning how to play the horn. We have a lot of fun.” Emily is planning to attend Junior Music Camp this summer.
The brass band has become a big part of worship at the church and was started up by Don Mitchell (back row, second from left) more than three years ago after a long hiatus. The group plays every Sunday during the worship services, as well as other special events and concerts. Salvationist • April 2014 • 15
SNAPSHOTS OF MINISTRY Each Tuesday morning, parents and preschoolers come together for playtime, singing and storytime. Ethan (centre) and his mother, Tammy (bottom right), have a great time every week and, along with her other daughter, Isabel, are now coming to church. “You have no idea what a tremendous impact Lakeshore has made on me and my kids,” she says. “We feel loved and welcomed here.”
Photo: Courtesy of Lakeshore CC
Katrina Ciccarelli, a professional hairdresser, gives free haircuts to the church’s family services clients on her days off. In this photo, Robyn (right) and her daughter, Ayla, show off their new haircuts from the front, while fouryear-old Keira shows what the back looks like.
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Jordan and Liam show their construction skills during activity time at the after-school club. Jordan and his family have started attending church on Sundays.
For more photos of The Salvation Army Lakeshore Community Church, view the slideshow at salvationist.ca/lakeshore2014. What’s happening at your church and in your ministry? E-mail us at Salvationist@can. salvationarmy.org. 16 • April 2014 • Salvationist
Captain Lori Mitchell is the corps officer at Lakeshore. “My husband, Don, and I love this community and the people. We have a real opportunity to share the love of God with our neighbours.”
No Place Like Home
After 30 years, Major Susanne Fisher returns to Bermuda’s Cedar Hill Corps
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ome older members of Cedar H i l l Cor p s i n Wa r w ick, Bermuda, may remember her as the young girl who came to Sunday school with her cousins each week. Others may see the budding leader who played cornet in the band and was the corps’ young people’s sergeant-major. Former students of this popular school teacher may know her as Ms. Fisher or Auntie Susanne. But today at Cedar Hill Corps, Susanne Fisher is known simply as “Major.” Born and raised in Bermuda, Major Fisher grew up at Cedar Hill and, after 30 years as an officer, returned to her spiritual home last June with the most recent officer moves. Major Fisher says she never expected to be appointed to her home corps, but as she speaks about her past and future at Cedar Hill, her excitement is clear. Major Fisher grew up under the leadership of Major and Mrs. Albert and Ruth Benjamin, who led the corps for more than 20 years, turning a small outpost into a pillar of the community. Looking back on that time, Major Fisher remembers how youth-focused the corps was. “The youth ministry at Cedar Hill was the height of everything—this was where the kids came,” she says. “Whether you came through the scouting or guiding movement, or through a youth group program or corps cadets— everybody from the community was involved somehow.” This focus was central to Major Fisher’s spiritual development, as she and her family were not Salvationists; her parents became involved in the corps after she and her sister became junior soldiers. She is particularly grateful to her “spiritual parents,” Majors Alfred and Sharon Wilson, who were lay leaders at the time, for investing in her. “Growing up at Cedar Hill, there were people who were always interested in youth,” she remembers. “They made you feel important, no matter where you were in your journey. They checked up
BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
Mjr Susanne Fisher with Bermudian Member of Parliament Derrick Burgess and Salvationist Quinton E. Bean
on you to make sure you were doing what you were supposed to be doing, and they were truly interested in your spiritual walk.” Major Fisher felt called to missionary service as a young child, and accepted the call to officership at the age of 13, while attending a youth retreat. “My desire has always been to see other people won to the kingdom of God,” she says. “If I’m excited about something, I want everyone to know what that’s like—what it’s like to love and serve God.” “She was always very focused,” says Major Sharon Wilson. “She knew what she wanted to do and was committed to becoming an officer at such a young age.” “No matter what might draw her to the left or to the right, she was determined: I’m going to be what God’s called me to be, and that’s it,” adds Major Alfred Wilson. Wanting to gain some life experience before going to training college, Major Fisher spent a few years as a school teacher in Bermuda. With the encouragement of Majors Harold and Sandra Hosken, then corps officers, she entered training college in 1981 as part of the Heralds of Hope Session. “The Hoskens helped profoundly
with giving a clear perspective,” she says. “They helped to keep things real.” Since her commissioning, Major Fisher’s journey as an officer has taken her primarily between Ontario and Bermuda. Most recently, she was divisional youth secretary in Bermuda prior to her appointment at Cedar Hill. For Major Fisher, coming home to Cedar Hill is a balance of old and new. “There are a lot of new faces and families,” she says, “but one thing that hasn’t changed is that you still have a population that’s hungry for answers.” Most exciting for Major Fisher is seeing how the corps’ focus on youth outreach continues today. “The youth ministry at Cedar Hill is alive and being revived,” she says, noting that the corps hosts Cub and Girl Guide programs, as well as Sunday school and a junior soldier program. “I grew up in a corps that was the centre of the community and, today, we are trying to bring back that sense of belonging. “It’s very encouraging to me, that we still have people who are so interested in our young people, who want to see them become productive citizens in our community,” continues Major Fisher, “but more than that, they want to extend the hand of Jesus to them.” Salvationist • April 2014 • 17
Pilgrims’ Progress A retired men’s chorus in Toronto combines worship and fellowship
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BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
The Singing Pilgrims practise at Scarborough Citadel
t’s almost 9:30 on Thursday morning when a group of men start to gather in the sanctuary at Toronto’s Scarborough Citadel. There’s talking and laughing as the men make their way to the platform and find a seat, but when Stan Williams takes to the stage, these men are ready to sing. Williams, who attends North Toronto Community Church, has been leading the Singing Pilgrims, a choir for retired and semi-retired men, for the past 15 years. It’s a dedicated group—they give about 18 performances each year—and whether they’re singing Down by the Riverside or Down From His Glory, there’s no mistaking the enthusiasm in their voices. Williams has been with the Singing Pilgrims since the group was founded by the late Major Bill Davies in 1994. “Bill was at a Christmas sing-song at his condo building when he spotted a fellow with a nice tenor voice,” explains Williams. “That man, who belonged to a Baptist church, picked up four of his friends, and Bill picked up four of his Army friends and that was the nucleus of the group.” The choir quickly grew to 18 men and has been as large as 30 18 • April 2014 • Salvationist
members. Today, the group boasts 20 singers, as well as Williams and their accompanist, Donna Kearns. The choir continues to draw men from a variety of Christian backgrounds, with about half of the singers coming from The Salvation Army and the rest from other denominations. For Williams, who was a Salvation Army bandsman for 65 years, the Singing
Pilgrims provides an opportunity for him to do something he loves. “It means a lot to me,” he says. “I like music and I like singing, so it’s an outlet, seeing as I’m not playing anymore.” But more than an opportunity to make music, the choir gives the men a chance to meet others and have fellowship. “It’s a nice group of guys,” says Lloyd Hayle, who has been singing with the group for more than five years. “They’re friendly and down-to-earth, and they’re all older men in my age group, so it makes me feel at home.” “We have lots of laughs,” adds Ken Wakefield, who was invited to join the group by Hayle. Wakefield loves to sing, and he sees the choir as an opportunity to worship as well as fellowship. “Man was created to glorify God and enjoy him forever,” says Wakefield. “God has given us voices to sing and to praise him.” The ministry of the Singing Pilgrims is focused primarily, but not exclusively, on seniors, and so the men often perform for seniors’ groups and at nursing homes and retirement residences throughout Toronto and beyond. But they also perform at churches, conferences and rallies, and hold an annual concert at Scarborough Citadel every May. Hayle says that the performances at seniors’ homes are especially meaningful for him. “I know we’re doing a service for the Lord by coming and singing for these people, especially when we go out to some of these outer areas, where there are folks who do not see a lot of people,” he says. “It makes a big difference.”
Singing Pilgrims members Carlton Carter, Fred Carr, Mjr Don McMillan and Norman LePoidevin
IN THE TRENCHES
Remembering God’s faithfulness in the midst of doubt BY MAJOR AMY REARDON
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ost people hate waiting. Me, I don’t mind a little suspense. In fact, I enjoy it. I don’t get tempted to open Christmas presents early. I never peek to see how the novel I’m reading is going to end. If I have to wait in traffic, I listen to the radio. If I have to wait at the doctor’s office, I play around on my iPhone. Most of the time, waiting is OK with me. But those are small things; they don’t matter much. When it comes to big things, I can become quite impatient. When waiting for the Lord to meet a need or solve a problem, I confess that I have, at times, been a spoiled baby. I want his answers, and I want them now. When God doesn’t respond in my timeframe, I can be like the psalmist who asked if God’s unfailing love had vanished forever (see Psalm 77:8). I wonder if he will ever come to my rescue and, if so, how long will I have to wait? Many times I have doubted God—not for his capability, but his willingness. I’ve even doubted that he cares. These doubts are shameful because they disparage the character of God. When I stop the “drama queen” act, I realize I know who God is and am reminded that his love never fails. One of the lovely customs of the Hebrew people is to rehearse—that is, to review—the miracles God has done. At Passover, a child asks an adult why this holiday is celebrated (even if he already knows). The adults talk about the escape from Pharoah thousands of years ago. In fact, every food at the Passover Seder is a symbolic part of the ancient story. Every bite taken reminds them of the power of God. In the Book of Jeremiah, judgment is spoken against Israel. In the second chapter, God bemoans the fact that the miracle of the Passover had been forgotten. Though God brought them out of slavery and into a fertile and beautiful land, they left him and turned to other gods. Though the living God had proven his power, the people turned to ridiculous, lifeless images made of stone and metal, expecting them to meet their
Every food at the Passover Seder is a symbolic part of the ancient story of the Jews. Every bite taken reminds them of the power of God
Can we even count the number of times God has swept into our lives and met our every need? needs. If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny. They forgot God because they stopped remembering God. They did not remember to speak of his miracles. They did not remember to comfort themselves with the evidence of his love and power. They did not rehearse what he had done, and so they forgot. I’ve often done the same. Have you? How many times has God proven his love and consistent care to you and me? For his good reasons, he often tarries
before he shows his hand. Since God makes us wait, we think he has neglected us. But can we even count the number of times he has swept into our lives and met our every need? I have made a commitment to rehearse the faithful acts of God. I will not forget or doubt him because I will purposefully remember him. And when I list all that he has done for me, this is the first story I rehearse: The foreign adoption of two of our children had a surprisingly high price tag. As we proceeded with the adoption in faith, donations from friends flew at us faster than we could catch them. But two weeks before we were to pick up the children, we were $4,000 short. The rest of the money had to be submitted before we left for the West Indies, where they lived. I was nervous. God had already provided so much, but the clock was ticking. (continued on page 21) Salvationist • April 2014 • 19
Walking the Emmaus Road
An encounter with the Risen One inspires hope and transformation BY LT-COLONEL DAVID HAMMOND Jesus stood up and cried out, “… The man who believes in me, as the Scripture says, will have rivers of living water flowing from his inmost heart.” —John 7:37-38 J.B. Phillips
1. He touched them. “Weren’t our hearts glowing while he was with us on the road, and when he made the Scriptures so plain to us?” (Luke 24:32 J.B Phillips). Jesus made a habit of reaching out to touch people, heal them and set them aglow. No one felt the presence of Jesus without feeling that a fire had been kindled in their hearts. Of course, Jesus welcomes the possibility of us reaching out to him as well. The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years said to herself, “For if I can only touch his clothes … I shall be all right” (Mark 5:28 J.B. Phillips). In the words of the song: Thy touch has still its ancient power; 20 • April 2014 • Salvationist
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often have an early morning walk along the Humber River in southern Ontario. Each spring, the current is full—tumbling, dancing, foaming and tearing up everything in its path. It makes me wonder if there is any connection between the river and my personal heart experience of Jesus. Jesus’ promise of joy that is full, pressed down and running over (see Luke 6:38 NLT) can be true for every Salvationist. The captivating story of the two disciples, broken and bruised from the sight of their Master hanging from the cross and meeting the resurrected Jesus on the way home to Emmaus, has within it the potential to transform darkness into light, sadness into joy and defeat into victory. Jesus did six things for Cleopas and his partner on that journey that I believe he will also do for anyone thirsty enough to drink deeply.
No word from thee can fruitless fall; Hear in this solemn morning hour; And in thy mercy heal us all. (SASB 558) 2. He talked to them. Our Lord speaks. Unlike the dead “gods” all around us, our God speaks at various times and in many voices.
He speaks through creation, our friends, music, good books and, most of all, through the Bible. And with his words comes the exhortation: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15 KJV). Master speak: thy servant listens, Waiting for thy gracious word, Longing for thy voice that cheereth;
Master, let it now be heard. I am listening, Lord, for thee, What has thou to say to me? (SASB 614) 3. He taught them. Jesus asked the two disciples what they were discussing along their walk and then proceeded to teach them. It’s regrettable that the Gospel of Luke does not include at least an outline of what Jesus said in his lesson. We can only speculate. Of all the titles that Scripture ascribes to Jesus (and there are more than 40 of them in the New Testament), he chose to be called didaskalos or “a teacher.” No teacher can compare to the excellent skills of the Master. 4. He tested them. When they came to Emmaus, Jesus gave the impression that he meant to go on farther (see Luke 24:28). Jesus was not playing games with his two fellow travellers. He wanted to know how much they needed his presence in their lives. They literally put their hands on him and compelled him to turn into their humble cottage for the night. It was a (continued from page 19) Then one day, my phone rang. It was a fellow officer. She had shared our story with a group of wealthy Salvation Army volunteers. “Amy, how much money do you
way of testing the quality of their love for Jesus. Every day, in one way or another, Jesus is testing us. He is asking the same question he asked Peter 2,000 years ago: “Do you love me more than these?” (John 21:15). We must resist being seduced by the spirit of the world, the flesh and the devil which daily attack us.
to the disciples. The bread is a metaphor of Christ’s broken body, which provides both our salvation and sanctification. In that moment, their eyes were opened and they recognized their friend and Saviour. Then Jesus disappeared from their sight. It was a moment they would remember for the rest of their lives—a transforming moment.
Jesus is asking the same question he asked Peter 2,000 years ago: “Do you love me more than these?”
6. He trained them to testify. Immediately, they turned their faces toward Jerusalem to find Peter and the other disciples and make their first witness. “ ‘The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread” (Luke 24:34-35). Jesus did six things for the disciples on the Emmaus Road that I believe he will do for every sincere follower. If we believe in Jesus, as the Scriptures have said, out of our inner being will flow rivers of living water.
5. He transformed them. Jesus went into that humble cottage with those two bewildered disciples who, even after a seven-mile walk, did not recognize him. Around the kitchen table, Jesus took bread, lifted it to heaven in thanksgiving, broke it and then gave it need?” she said. I thought $4,000 was too high to even utter. So, I said what seemed more reasonable: “$3,000.” “Well, I’ve got it for you. These women want to meet that need. But for some reason, I really thought the Lord had laid
Lt-Colonel David Hammond is a retired officer who continues to be active in ministry at Toronto’s Bloor Central Corps.
the number $4,000 on my heart and that’s what the ladies were prepared to pay.” I confessed my lie, my friend and I laughed together and, within just a couple of days, she brought me a cheque for the full amount. We were given the money we needed from an unexpected source at the last minute. My teenage son, David, was with me when I received that phone call. As we celebrated, he said to me, “I will never have reason to doubt God.” It was quite moving. And as long as we keep remembering to remember, we won’t have any place for doubt in our lives. My family will always be able to relax in God’s care as we rehearse his acts of provision, beginning with that $4,000 in December 2012. What’s on your rehearsal list? Major Amy Reardon serves at U.S.A. National Headquarters as editor of the Young Salvationist magazine and assistant national editor-in-chief.
Read more of Major Amy Reardon’s articles at salvationist.ca/tag/in-thetrenches. Mjrs Amy and Rob Reardon celebrate Christmas 2013 with their family Salvationist • April 2014 • 21
Five Compelling Documentaries to Watch on Netflix BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
ith almost six million subscribers in Canada and growing, Netflix is becoming ubiquitous—and with good reason. The online video-streaming service has a large enough catalogue that it can be difficult to decide what to watch. So if you’re new to Netflix, or if you’ve already watched all eight seasons of How I Met Your Mother and are looking for something different, here are five documentaries on spiritual and social justice issues that are worth a look.
Egyptians have been fighting for political change, demanding an end to corrupt government and calling for free elections, freedom of speech and economic justice in a country with high unemployment and low wages. The Square is a powerful examination of this revolution.
5. We Were Children
Over the course of 130 years, more than 150,000 of Canada’s First Nations children were legally required to attend government-funded residential schools run by various Christian groups. The result was one of the darkest chapters in Canada’s and the church’s history. We Were Children tells the story of Lyna and Glen, who were forced to attend these schools where they endured terrible abuse and hardship. The film shines a light on this national tragedy, contributing to the ongoing efforts toward healing and reconciliation.
“Nothing stops a bullet like a job.” That is the philosophy of Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest and unlikely gang expert who’s also known as G-Dog. Father Boyle founded the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program in the United States. Located in Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries has a 70-percent success rate at redirecting kids away from gang life. It provides free tattoo removal, job training and counselling, as well as parenting and substance abuse classes. G-Dog tells the story of Father Boyle and the inspirational work done through this ministry.
Canadian filmmaker Kevin Miller tackles an important—and sometimes controversial—theological question in this film: What is hell? Many believe it is a place where the wicked are tormented for eternity. But not all Christians take this view. Hellbound? includes interviews with a wide range of people— from pastors to theologians, musicians and authors—with views from across the theological spectrum. A provocative film, it raises questions about the nature of God, justice and grace.
3. A Place at the Table
A recent report on food insecurity in Canada found that nearly one in eight families have inadequate access to regular, healthy meals because of financial constraints. The figures are even worse in the United States, where one in six people face food insecurity. A Place at the Table tells the stories of people suffering from hunger in America, showing the serious implications of food insecurity and why healthy food must be affordable and available to all.
4. The Square
This 2014 Oscar nominee for Best Documentary Feature immerses viewers in the ongoing struggle of the Egyptian revolution, as experienced by six different protesters. Beginning with an occupation of Cairo’s Tahrir Square in January 2011, 22 • April 2014 • Salvationist
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ON THE WEB What Does the Cadet Say?
What does the fox say? That’s the question that took the world by storm when two Norwegian comedians released a humorous song and video pondering that point (see http://youtu.be/jofNR_WkoCE). Inspired by that video, a group of cadets at The Salvation Army College for Officer Training at Crestmont in California have asked their own question: What does the cadet say? The result is a lighthearted look at life as a lieutenant-in-training—cleaning dorms, completing assignments and, of course, saving souls. Find the video at http://youtu.be/5VuZkNpNalE.
IN REVIEW Veggies in Space: The Fennel Frontier
A VeggieTales film In a distant corner in a galaxy far, far away, an evil space pirate is attacking ships and stealing their power sources. Coming to the rescue is the USS Applepies, led by Captain Cuke (Larry the Cucumber) and Mr. Spork (Bob the Tomato) in this new VeggieTales film. Filled with Star Trek and Star Wars references, Veggies in Space (now on DVD) sends Captain Cuke and Mr. Spork out to the planet “Tootanny” where they pose as tourists to find and capture the pirate, Luntar the Looter (Mr. Lunt). But when they find out that Luntar is simply trying to save his planet, Captain Cuke and Mr. Spork find themselves on a new mission. At the heart of their out-of-this-world adventure is an important lesson about sharing.
When God Becomes Small
by Phil Needham We serve a great God—one who is all-powerful, all-knowing and transcendent. Sometimes, we misunderstand the greatness of God, and see him as gigantic, distant and remote. At the same time, we make ourselves out to be smaller than we are, and our lives less significant than they are. Addressing these misconceptions about who God is and who we are as humans is the main purpose of When God Becomes Small, a new book from retired Salvation Army officer Commissioner Phil Needham. With clarity and compassion, the book shows that God is closer than we think and humbler than we imagine—he’s a God who makes himself small and shares himself generously with others, and calls us to do the same.
Be Still, My Soul
The inspiring stories behind 175 of the most-loved hymns by Randy Petersen Be Still, My Soul is an inspiring collection of 175 of the most popular hymns in the English language and the stories behind them. It features the work of many well-known composers, such as Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts, and Army favourites, such as Take Time to Be Holy (William Dunn Longstaff) and Thanks to God for My Redeemer (August Storm). Be Still, My Soul provides biographical and other contextual details that show these classic hymns in a whole new light. In addition to the hymn stories, the book includes the musical score, lyrics and in-depth biographies of 12 of the most prolific hymn writers, singers and composers.
IN THE NEWS
Nominated, Yet Not Nominated Christian film gets Oscar nod— then has it taken away When this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced in January, the list included at least one genuine surprise: Alone Yet Not Alone, a Christian film that will see wide release in June, was nominated for Best Original Song, along with songs from Despicable Me 2, Frozen, Her and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Performed by well-known author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada, the song sounds much like a contemporary church hymn. Tada was just as surprised as everyone else, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “This is something that happens to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, not me.” It wasn’t long before controversy set in. Many critics who had never heard of the film wondered how it came to be nominated, and pointed to the fact that the song’s composer, Bruce Broughton, was once music branch governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as a chair of the music branch. Less than two weeks after the nominations were announced, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the nomination for Alone Yet Not Alone, a decision that was “prompted by the discovery that Broughton … had e-mailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period,” according to a press release. In the Academy’s view, such communication violated the rules. Broughton was disappointed with the decision, telling Christianity Today, “I don’t think there was any rule that was abridged. All Academy members talk to each other … there is total interaction by Academy members recommending to each other something they have seen. It goes with the artistic makeup of the Academy.” Though some argued that the disqualification reflected an anti-Christian bias in the Academy, at least one commentator suggested that the debacle had a silver lining. “What this has done is provide a great deal of free publicity for a small movie that might otherwise have not garnered as much attention,” argues Craig Detweiler, director of the Center for Entertainment, Media and Culture at Pepperdine University, in an interview with Christianity Today. “At the end of the day, the producers of Alone Yet Not Alone should be grateful that this Academy kerfuffle could shine a light and drive more people to see their movie.” Watch the music video for Alone Yet Not Alone at http:// youtu.be/BWVyVMbSzM4. Salvationist • April 2014 • 23
ENROLMENTS AND RECOGNITION LETHBRIDGE, ALTA.—Lynn Lowe, retired songster leader at The Salvation Army Community Church of Lethbridge, is recognized for 50 years of service playing the organ at the corps. From left, Mjr Lauren Effer, AC, Alta. & N.T. Div; Lynn Lowe; Mjrs Brian and Edith Beveridge, COs. GUELPH, ONT.—Local officers are commissioned at Guelph Citadel, representing a new generation of leaders who will provide strong spiritual leadership for the future of the corps and its community. From left, CSM Celeste Donkersgoed; CS Graham Holmes; ACSM (youth) Graham Cummins; ACSM Mjr Wayne Hong; Mjrs Bertha and Wilbert Abbott, COs. GUELPH, ONT.—Guelph Citadel enrols Joshua Summers as a senior soldier. From left, Mjr Wilbert Abbott, CO; Joshua Summers; Jenna Ketteringham, who mentored Summers in preparation for his enrolment; Mjr Bertha Abbott, CO.
OSHAWA, ONT.—Oshawa Temple’s newest junior soldiers proudly display their certificates following their recent enrolment. Front, from left, Breanna McIntyre, Mackenzie Robertson, Jenna Bungay, Todd Bellingham, Douglas Robitaille, Mandy Bellingham, Bethany Frost, Max Burt. Back, from left, JSS Wendi Westcott; Kevin Thompson, holding the flag; Charlie Ball, junior soldier preparation leader; Shona Burditt, director of youth and children’s ministries.
CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L.—Conception Bay South Corps welcomes five junior soldiers as they are enrolled. From left, Claudette Hillier and Rosemarie Dobson, junior soldier leaders; Mackenzie Butler; Kaitlyn Dawe; Bryan Butler; Keegan Boyde; Madison Butler; Mjrs Barbara and Lorne Pritchett, COs. 24 • April 2014 • Salvationist
ST. THOMAS, ONT.—Forty delegates from across the Ont. GL Div gathered at the corps in St. Thomas for Time to Be Holy, a youth event designed for teaching in holiness and services. Mjr Ivan Wild, director of personnel, the College for Officer Training at Crestmont, U.S.A. Western Tty, and Mjrs Stephen Court and Danielle Strickland, COs, Edmonton Crossroads CC, were guests for the event. On hand to support the young people were Colonel Mark Tillsley, chief secretary; Cpts Terence and Jennifer Hale, DYS and ADYS, Ont. GL Div; Mjr Glenda Davis, AC, Ont. GL Div; Mjr Mark Hall, CO, St. Thomas.
HIGH RIVER, ALTA.—One senior soldier and seven adherents are welcomed at Foothills Church and Community Ministries. Originally scheduled to take place last summer, the enrolment had to be postponed for several months while the community of High River recovered from the devastating floods that hit their area in June. Celebrating the enrolment are, from left, Lt Kelly Fifield, CO, holding baby Sophie; John Arndt; Melanie Montford; Laverna Lafontaine-Sass; Mjrs Ron and Donna Millar, DC and DDWM, Alta. & N.T. Div; Irene Stewart; Lt Cory Fifield, CO; Ron Stewart; Ann Whillans; Stuart Fischer; Jenny Lappas.
KENTVILLE, N.S.— Mjr s Ross and Doreen Grandy, COs, are pleased to welcome Isaiah McCall as a junior soldier at Kentville CC.
CELEBRATE COMMUNITY ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Kevin Hoddinott is welcomed as a senior soldier at St. John’s Citadel. From left, Mjr Brian Wheeler, CO; Kevin Hoddinott; YPBM Heather Osmond, holding the flag; Mjr Valerie Wheeler, CO.
STONEY CREEK, ONT.—Shirley Wynne, office administrator at Winterberry Heights Church, is recognized for completing 50 years of faithful service as an employee of The Salvation Army. From left, Lt-Col Alf Richardson, AC, Ont. GL Div; Mjr Morris Vincent, DC, Ont. GL Div; Shirley Wynne and her husband, George; Mjrs Paul and Kelly Rideout, COs.
HAMILTON, ONT.—During a visit of Colonels Mark and Sharon Tillsley, chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries, new senior soldiers and adherents are welcomed to the corps family at Meadowlands. Front, from left, Colonels Tillsley; Violet Stiller; Ruth Lageer; Maggie Inglis; Mjr Sharon Cooper, CO; RS Sharon Avery. Middle, from left, Rick Amos, Timothy Gibbons, Warren Lageer, Craig Bertrand. Back, from left, Mjr Gary Cooper, CO; Lt-Col Alf Richardson, AC, Ont. GL Div; Mjrs Morris and Wanda Vincent, DC and DDWM, Ont. GL Div; CS Dan Millar.
ST. ALBERT, ALTA.—Walter Kwak is commissioned as the corps sergeantmajor at St. Albert Church and Community Centre. From left, Lt Grace Kim, CO; Gary Haynes, holding the flag; Lt Peter Kim, CO; Walter Kwak; Mjrs Ron and Donna Millar, DC and DDWM, Alta. & N.T. Div.
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, MAN.—Amanda Carson is the newest senior soldier at Portage la Prairie Corps. Supporting her are Lts Peter and Amanda Robinson, COs.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Seven young people at St. John’s Citadel have publicly declared their love for God by becoming junior soldiers. Front, from left, Jacob Elliott, Jacob McGann, Noah Andrews, Matthew Bradbury, Brookelyn Budgell, Shauna Hann, Jane Osmond. Back, from left, Bev Noseworthy, preparation class instructor; Kristie Marsh, youth pastor; Mjrs Brian and Valerie Wheeler, COs; JSS Denise Rideout.
WINNIPEG—Music and Motion, a community outreach program, has been introduced as a joint initiative between Living Hope CC and the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre. Representatives from the group of 21 children currently registered for the program happily showcase new instruments purchased for Music and Motion through the financial support of the territorial music fund. Supporting the young people are the volunteers who run the program. To read more about the ongoing partnership between Living Hope CC and the Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre, see page 12.
TORONTO—Pearl Wells receives a certificate of appreciation from Mjr Denis Skipper, CO, Scarborough Citadel, marking her 63 years of service as a songster. A celebration in her honour was hosted by the Scarborough Citadel Songsters where it was noted that Wells has always loved to sing. Salvationist • April 2014 • 25
TRIBUTES Servant of God, Well Done! TORONTO—Mrs. General Maude Tillsley (nee Pitcher), cherished wife of General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) and former World President of Women’s Organizations, was promoted to glory at the age of 81 following 57 years as a Salvation Army officer. Maude was born in 1932 in St. John’s, N.L., the fourth child of Salvationists Jacob and Clara Pitcher. The Pitcher family moved to Kitchener, Ont., in 1944, where Maude attended school and graduated from Kitchener Collegiate Institute. She commenced her nurse’s training at the Toronto Grace Hospital, later completing the registered nursing program at the St. John’s Grace Hospital. Bram and Maude were commissioned as Salvation Army officers in 1956 and served as corps officers, divisional youth secretaries and in training college appointments before moving into international leadership roles in New York; London, England; Atlanta; and Melbourne, Australia. With Bram’s appointment to International Headquarters as Chief of the Staff in 1991, and his election as General in 1993, Maude was appointed as World Secretary and then World President of Women’s Organizations. Travelling the globe, Maude became known and loved around the Salvation Army world for her infectious warmth, pastoral sensitivity and empowering leadership abilities. One cannot remember Maude without thinking of the value she placed on her family, extended family, North Toronto Community Church congregational family and friends. Maude is missed by her loving husband of more than 60 years, General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd); daughter, Dr. Barbara (Major Malcolm) Robinson; sons Colonel Mark (Sharon), John (Margaret); grandchildren Jonathan, Laura, Ian, Michael, Paul, Karin, Christopher, Heather; sister, Mrs. Major Eileen Peat; sister-in-law, Lt-Colonel Audrey (John) Wilder. SPRINGDALE, N.L.—Richard Baxter Hellier was born in Corner Brook, N.L., in 1924. Baxter was a member of the Salvation Army men’s fellowship, past master of the Masonic Lodge, the Loyal Orange Association, Royal True Blue Association and Scouts Canada. He retired in 1989 from the Security Police Guard. Left with fond and loving memories are his wife, Phyllis; daughters Barbara Maxwell (Douglas), Hilda Litkee (Martin); sister, Joy Wiseman; brother, Gilbert Hellier; six grandsons; four great-granddaughters; brothers-in-law Scott (Aqiu) Hewlett, Wilson (Maude) Hewlett; sister-in-law, Rea Hellier. TRITON, N.L.—Bert Vincent was born in 1932 on Vincent’s Point, N.L., now relocated to Triton. The most precious things in his life were his faith and his family. He committed his life to God in 1953 and became the corps sergeant-major at Triton Corps in 1956, a position he held until 1986. Bert had a strong and valued spiritual influence on his family, his church and his community. His Christian witness was consistently visible through holy living and active service. He will be forever remembered far and wide for his outstanding corps leadership, pastoral visitation, caring phone calls, encouraging conversations and unashamed invitation for others to accept the Christ that he knew and loved so well. To provide for his family, he worked as a cook with several Newfoundland logging companies and, in later years, owned a small bakery and grocery store. The family who loved him in life and now miss him dearly are Yvonne (Winston) Woodford, Aubrey (Christine), Gloria (Guy) Williams, Dennis (Karen), Mavis (Harry) Simms, Major Vaden (Judy), Albert (Beverly), Major Morris (Wanda), Maxwell, Graham (Joann); 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, Melvin; sister, Beryl; special “adopted” son, Keith. 26 • April 2014 • Salvationist
MONTREAL—Ethel Purcell (nee Spackman) was born into a Salvationist family and commenced her spiritual journey at Montreal’s Park Extension Corps. It was there that she met and married her husband, Raymond Purcell. Ethel was very involved in Girl Guides, Sunday school, home league and community care ministries. In 1972, Ethel, Ray and family transferred to Montreal Citadel where she continued with community care ministries, and most recently, knit dolls for children in Afghanistan. Ethel’s summers were spent at the Army’s camp Lac L’Achigan helping out with Cub Scouts. She was a faithful and consistent servant of Christ and will be greatly missed by her daughter, Barbara De Szalay (Andrew); sons Gary (Angie), Stephen; granddaughters Robyn, Amanda; brother, Chuck Spackman; many family and friends. SPRINGDALE, N.L.—Audrey Bowers was born in Springdale in 1930. A senior solider and corps organist for Springdale Corps for 40 years, Audrey was honoured just before her promotion to glory with a retirement dinner at the corps with more than 100 in attendance. Audrey worked out of her home as news correspondent for several years and was actively involved in the corps as the home league treasurer, a Sunday school teacher, songster and many other positions. She leaves to mourn her husband of 63 years, Raymond; daughters Violet (Irvine), Barbara (Shawn), June (Paul); son, Gerald; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many who called her “Mom” or “Grandmother” that she took as her own over the years. Her family awaits the reunion day. KINGSTON, ONT.—Sharon Orme (nee Hourston) was suddenly promoted to glory at home in her 66th year. A soldier at Kingston’s Rideau Heights Community Church, she was actively involved in various ministries and programs, including the Bread of Life meal program. Sharon always offered a friendly smile and uplifting joke to everyone. No matter the time of year, Sharon had a countdown to Christmas readily available. Most importantly, she knew the joy of the Lord and shared it with all. GEORGINA, ONT.—Envoy Daisy Rice (nee Carr) was promoted to glory at the age of 95. Entering training college from Wychwood Corps in 1941 as a cadet in the Crusaders Session, she was stationed at corps in Ontario before her marriage to session-mate Andrew Rice in 1947. Together they served in Bermuda and Ontario. Due to Andy’s health issues, in 1955 they ceased their officership but Daisy continued to serve at Fairbank Corps (now North York Temple) as a songster and in community care ministries and the home league. In 1975, Daisy and Andy moved to Jackson’s Point, Ont., where they were instrumental in founding Jackson’s Point Corps (now Georgina Community Church). It was at that time that they were appointed as divisional envoys. Daisy worked at the training college in Toronto where she formed lifelong friendships with cadets and their children. She was an active soldier at Georgina Community Church until 2005 when she entered Cedarvale Lodge. Daisy is missed by her son, David (Jane); daughter, Barbara Wilson (Dean); grandchildren David, Lori, Jeffrey, Michael; great-grandchildren Spencer, Hunter, Andy, Charlie; brother, Fred Carr (Eva). DEER LAKE, N.L.—Florence Marsh (nee Martin) was born in Glover’s Harbour, N.L., and moved to Deer Lake in 1956 where she was an active member of the corps and loved to serve and worship. A third-generation Salvationist, she was enrolled as a junior soldier at seven, joined the home league at 14 and became a Sunday school teacher at 18. Florence was a member of community care ministries since 1990 and volunteered with Girl Guides for many years. After retiring from the Deer Lake Integrated School Board, she and her husband enjoyed camping and travelling, especially their trip to the Holy Land in 1992. She leaves to mourn with fond and loving memories her husband of 65 years, Herbert; children Alvin (Valerie), Colleen Harnum (Melvin), Wallace (Bonnie); seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; four sisters; five brothers; a large circle of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
CELEBRATE COMMUNITY GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L.—Shirley Murphy was born in 1939 in Bishop’s Falls, N.L., where she lived at home with her parents all of her life. She was a soldier of The Salvation Army for most of her life and supported the corps and its activities faithfully over the years. For the last six years of her life, she lived at Hollett’s Retirement Home in Grand Falls-Windsor, sharing a room with her mother. Shirley was a loving and caring person who touched the lives of everyone who knew her. A faithful servant, she loved God and The Salvation Army. Her family and friends will miss her dearly. GEORGINA, ONT.—Lt-Colonel Douglas Kerr was born in Prince Rupert, B.C. Educated in Alberta and Vancouver, including a degree as a chartered accountant, he married Mildred Peake in 1954. Commissioned in the Sword Bearers Session in 1956, they were corps officers in Trail, B.C., before Doug was stationed in the finance department at territorial headquarters in Toronto for 19 years. He was the divisional secretary in the Maritime Division and in the Northeast Ohio Division, U.S.A. Eastern Territory. Doug was appointed as the administrator of Cleveland’s Booth Memorial Hospital, returned to Canada in 1983 as the executive director of Windsor Grace Hospital, Ont., and served as the financial secretary for the Canada and Bermuda Territory until they retired in 1994. Doug was a faithful soldier of Georgina Community Church, Ont., where he played in the band and assisted with corps finances. He loved camping, travelling across Canada and the United States, fishing, photography and building model train layouts. Doug is missed by his loving wife, Millie; sons Donald (Pauline), Major Rob (Shelley); daughter, Catherine; grandchildren Matt, Lauren, Andrea, Alyson; brothers Commissioner Donald (Joyce), Howard. ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Major Cecil Pike was born in 1930 in South Dildo, N.L., to Norman and Sadie Pike. Commissioned in 1952 as a lieutenant in the Intercessors Session, he was appointed as the corps officer in Jackson’s Cove/ Harry’s Harbour, N.L., which was followed by an appointment in Garnish, N.L. In 1954, Cecil married the love of his life, then Lieutenant Blanche Douglas, and together they served as corps officers throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, including in Monkstown, Creston, Mundy Pond, Birchy Bay, St. Anthony, Triton and Carbonear. Cecil served in social services appointments in St. John’s, N.L., Vancouver, St. Catharines and Thunder Bay, Ont., and in divisional and territorial appointments. Honorably retired in 1993, he is lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years, Mrs. Major Blanche Pike; children Norma (Kip), Max (Denise), Elizabeth (Rick), Major Keith (Shona), John (Sheila), Stephen; daughter-in-law Verley; sisters Hilda Hillier, Ada Higdon, Frances Button (Don), Ruby Williams (Clyde); brothers Winston (Carol), Doug (Lorraine); sisters-in-law Mona Pike, Major Georgie Thorne, Ada Douglas, Martha Douglas; grandchildren Angela, Elizabeth, Kelly, Clifford, Maxwell, Katharine, Sarah, Daniel, Steven, Jonathan, Abygail; seven great-grandchildren; extended family and a large circle of friends. BOWMANVILLE, ONT.—Patricia Hilliard (nee McNeilly) was born in Montreal in 1948. The daughter of Salvation Army officers, Pat lived in Napanee, Picton, Port Hope, Welland and Toronto, Ont., and Whitney Pier and Halifax, N.S., where she met her husband, Bob. Married in Toronto in 1968, they attended Oshawa Temple for most of their married life. Pat’s love for the Lord was exemplified through her service as a songster, singing company leader, Sunday school teacher, member of the pastoral care committee and leader of women’s ministries. She earned a registered nursing diploma in 1970 and worked at Toronto’s North York General Hospital. Pat completed a bachelor of science degree in nursing from York University and then worked for Durham Community Care Access Centre as a case manager in the children’s program for 20 years. Her strong faith carried her through long periods of illness. A generous and compassionate woman, she showed practical love to others. Missing her are her husband, Bob; children Jeff (Laura), Rob (Madeleine), Kevin; grandson, Ronan; sisters Marilyn, Dorothy, Miriam (Trent); nieces Lesley, Dawn; nephews David, Richard, Colin, Stephen, Jason; aunts and uncles Mildred, Fred, Ivan (Elsie), Leonard, Chuck (Betty).
BURLINGTON, ONT.—Eric Donald Harris was promoted to glory in his 82nd year and has gone to be with his Lord and Saviour. A lifelong Salvationist, first in Montreal and then in Kitchener, Ont., his service to the Lord was varied and valued. Eric was a songster throughout his life and served for 15 years as the songster leader at Montreal’s Park Extension Corps. A bandsman for more than 25 years, Eric also served terms as corps sergeant-major and corps secretary. He loved his Lord, his family and reading his Bible. A tremendous tenor vocal soloist, he never turned down a request to sing and has now taken his place in God’s heavenly choir. Eric leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Ruth; son, Donald (Gail); daughter, Pamela (David); grandchildren Brendan, Alanna (Guillaume), Montana, Madison. BRAMPTON, ONT.—Maggie Bridges was born into a Salvationist family in 1923. Maggie was dedicated at the Brampton Corps which she attended all of her life. During these years she was a junior soldier, corps cadet, singing company member, Brownie leader, senior soldier, home league member, league of mercy worker and leader of the ladies take-a-break group. A quiet Christian lady who loved to work behind the scenes, her interest was hospitality and she enjoyed cooking and baking. Maggie worked as a cook at the Army’s divisional camp for a number of summers as well as at Cuthbert House. Maggie is remembered by daughters Anne Harris, Kathy; grandson, Chris. ORILLIA, ONT.—Winnifred (Winnie) Lander was born in Garnish, N.L., in 1922. Winnie had deep Army roots and would proudly tell all. She accepted Christ as a young child and remained faithful until the Lord called her home. Winnie moved to Sydney, N.S., at the age of 18 and worked as a nurse’s maid for a family for many years. In 1946, she met Albert Lander. A year later, they were married and moved back to Newfoundland for a short period of time. They eventually returned to Nova Scotia until 1962 when they moved to Orillia with their children. Winnie served as a Sunday school teacher, home league treasurer and with community care ministries. Winnie will be remembered and missed by her children Calvin Lander (Gail), Everett Lander (Joy), Judi Lander; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; friends of Orillia Corps.
TERRITORIAL Appointment Lt-Col Joan Canning, assistant secretary for personnel—strategic initiatives, personnel department, THQ Birth Lts Joshua/Tina Howard, son, Harrison Jerrett, Feb 6 Promoted to glory Mjr Joan Rich, Langley, B.C., Jan 24; Mjr Michael Rich, Langley, B.C., Jan 27; Mjr Dorothy Drover, Hamilton, Ont., Jan 31; Mjr Cecil Pike, St. John’s, N.L., Feb 1; Mrs. Mjr Myrtle Abrahamse, Newboro, Ont., Feb 18; Mrs. General Maude Tillsley, Toronto, Feb 19
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle Apr 3-4 Brengle Institute, JPCC; Apr 8-9 denominational leaders’ retreat, JPCC*; Apr 17-20 Glenmore Temple, Calgary; Apr 21-23 Alta. & N.T. Div; Apr 26-27 spring convocation, Booth University College, Winnipeg * Commissioner Brian Peddle only Colonels Mark and Sharon Tillsley Apr 18 combined Good Friday service, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; Apr 22-25 divisional social services conference, B.C. Div; Apr 26-28 spring convocation and board of trustees, Booth University College, Winnipeg Salvationist • April 2014 • 27
Sometimes a “winner takes all” attitude can be a barrier to justice BY JAMES READ AND DON POSTERSKI
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lot of life is like a tug-of-war. Family quarrels create their strain. Workplace disagreements trigger sleepless nights. Church infighting damages friendships. Political power brokers attack when they should negotiate. Why isn’t life more serene? Why is there so much push and pull? So many loose ends? So much unresolved tension? Was it ever different? When Jesus was making his mark, establishing his identity and framing his mission, was life simpler? Were the pathways straighter? The tensions fewer? Were political power brokers more inclined to negotiate fairly? A careful look at the tug-of-war events that surrounded Jesus during his last week on earth provides some answers. Let’s begin by focusing on the first day of Holy Week, Palm Sunday. There were two processions that entered Jerusalem. Jesus and his common-folk followers came from Galilee in the east. Jesus arrived on a donkey and was cheered as he journeyed down the Mount of Olives. His message was about the kingdom of God. His agenda was about peace and justice with a vision of bringing heaven to earth. From the west, the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, entered Jerusalem at the head of a column of soldiers and the imperial cavalry. His political power was on parade. The agenda of the empire was to exercise control. His mandate was to keep the people in their place. A tug-of-war was pending. The confrontations between Jesus and the Pharisees had already set the tone with the religious authorities. Jesus’ earlier “cleansing” of the temple meant that another faction was ready to pounce. The religious leaders had become Jesus’ adversaries. Think of the events that followed. The chief priest developed a plot to have Jesus crucified. Judas sold his soul for a few coins. Peter denied he even knew his Lord. Jesus’ inner circle went to sleep during his darkest hour in Gethsemane.
And then there was the most anguished of all tugs-of-war as Jesus pleaded with his Father: “If it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want” (Matthew 26:39 GNT). In the end, Governor Pilate decreed the verdict: death! Earlier, we asked these questions: Was life simpler in Jesus’ day? Were political power brokers more inclined to negotiate in good faith? Were the pathways straighter? The answer is obviously no. So what can we anticipate? Will the kingdom of God find universal favour? Will the heaven-on-earth agenda of peace and justice be embraced without more tugs-of-war? In a tug-of-war world, one way forward is to embrace the strategy of “proximate justice.” Proximate justice is grounded in realism: Some justice is better than no justice, More justice is better than less justice, True justice is marked by sustainable justice. In these times, a strategy of settling for nothing less than the best is not only impractical, but it can also be a barrier to justice. In tug-of-war times, it
is sometimes the route of real justice to give up some ground in order to get part of what is needed. Take the issue of minimum wage for the working poor, for example. Some social justice advocates are lobbying for an immediate $3-per-hour increase. Proximate justice would negotiate— believing that $3 is what’s needed, but that $2 per hour is better than $1 and $1 per hour is better than nothing. Similarly, with issues such as climate change, gender equality, peace between Israel and Palestine, and religious freedom, proximate justice is more feasible than a “winner takes all” strategy. Tugs-of-war will continue to be part of the way forward. God give us discernment, courage and boldness to know when to pull hard and when to say the ground we have gained is enough for now. At The Salvation Army’s International Social Justice Commission, we think about these things and try to do something about them. What do you think? Dr. James Read and Dr. Don Posterski work for the International Social Justice Commission, The Salvation Army’s strategic voice to advocate for human dignity and social justice with the world’s poor and oppressed. Visit salvationarmy.org/isjc for more information.
Sacred Solitude A spiritual retreat helps us seek God without distractions BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER At once the Spirit sent [Jesus] out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness 40 days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him (Mark 1:12-13).
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hat have I gotten myself into? It was July and I was embarking on a two-day solitary retreat at a refuge a few hours east of Toronto. Away from others at the retreat centre, I would be staying in a small cabin in the woods. No electricity. No running water. Just four walls and a Bible. The practice of going on a retreat is a spiritual discipline that usually combines several spiritual disciplines: fasting, prayer, solitude, meditation, study and silence. Those taking part in this practice often look to Jesus as an example. After he was baptized, the Gospels report that Jesus was driven into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit, where he fasted and was tested (see Mark 1, Matthew 4, Luke 4). As Jesus overcame the temptations of Satan, his retreat provided the final preparation before he began his earthly ministry. A retreat can be described simply as setting aside time away from one’s normal life to encounter God. It follows in the monastic tradition of men and women who left everything behind to seek God in the desert or behind the monastery walls. It’s an ascetical practice of abstinence from worldly pleasures and comforts so that one can pursue God, unhindered by distractions. A solitary retreat provides a staggering contrast to normal life. There are no phones, no computers, no televisions, no friends or family. There is no escaping God, and there is no escaping yourself. What thoughts will fill your mind when you have nothing to distract it? On the advice of my spiritual director, I set up a schedule for the day composed primarily of alternating periods of Bible reading and prayer. I spent most of my time reading the Gospels and praying the Psalms. Going on a retreat can be a profound experience that deepens your faith but, as Jesus was tempted in the desert, retreatants may find that the experience also tests their faith. About halfway through my retreat, I hit a point of struggle. It was very hot that day and the cabin I was staying in had no air conditioning. I had been fasting and was hungry. I found some comfort knowing that Jesus had been hungry as well (see Matthew 4:2), but that did little to silence my grumbling stomach. My mind started to mutiny: What is the point of this anyway? Why did I sign up for this? It was at that moment that the discipline of being on a retreat became clear to me. I resisted the urge to turn on my phone and make contact with the outside world, and instead returned to my schedule. The next few hours were challenging, but around 8 p.m., I was blessed with an unexpected reprieve: it began to rain. I left my cabin and stood outside,
soaking in the cool downpour. My prayer at that moment was a simple one: thank you. A solitary retreat may seem radical to a society where connectedness is compulsive and “fear of missing out” is epidemic. But a retreat is a unique opportunity to seek God—and Jesus tells us that if we seek, we will find (see Matthew 7:7-8).
Making the Most of Your Retreat Decide what kind of retreat will work best for you. Will you embark on a solitary retreat or a small group retreat? Many retreat centres offer both options. Some centres have spiritual directors who can help guide you. Bring a Bible. Decide on a reading plan. Consider a Bible that has no commentary or additional notes. Allow the text to present itself to you as it is. Make a schedule. A schedule will help you stay disciplined and not lose your focus as the retreat progresses. Be sure to schedule some time for rest. Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts and prayers. Copy down passages of Scripture that speak to you and meditate on the words as you write them. Include physical activity. If you are in a natural setting, go for a walk. Allow God to speak to you through creation. Depending on your retreat centre, you may have an opportunity to help with cleaning or gardening. Salvationist • April 2014 • 29
TIES THAT BIND
A Taste for the Toxic
Wasting your life on drugs and alcohol hurts more people than you think uch a Waste … Gone Before His Time … A Tragic and Heartbreaking Loss … These are just some of the headlines following the deaths of celebrities involved in substance abuse over the years. Heath Ledger, Michael Jackson, Cory Monteith, Amy Winehouse and, in February, Philip Seymour Hoffman are just a few examples. And lately, it seems it’s happening even more frequently. The problem, however, isn’t unique to the rich and famous. In Canada, 47,000 deaths each year are linked to substance abuse and many of these people are just as talented, smart, creative and loved by family and friends; their deaths are just as tragic. By now you’d think we’d have figured out how to deal with substance abuse. These drugs change the chemicals of our brains and cause hallucinations, depress our nervous systems and harm our bodies, causing short and long-term medical problems. Instead of treating this as a health issue, we’ve criminalized it, spending billions of dollars chasing and incarcerating addicts instead of devoting resources toward their recovery. It’s hard to understand what drives people to use drugs in the first place. We know that some are more prone to addiction than others. Studies show that addiction is 50 percent genetic predisposition and 50 percent poor coping skills. If that is true, we should be doing a better job of teaching our children the perils of substance use, including alcohol, which is one of the most harmful substances around and the most easily obtained. Anyone who thinks alcoholism is not as serious as hard drugs can look at Amy Winehouse. There were no illegal substances in her death drink. She died from alcohol poisoning after binge drinking. Many say that marijuana is harmless, and perhaps it was back in the ’60s and ’70s with about three percent THC (the hallucinogenic part of the drug) and three percent CBD (the medicinal part of the drug that protects the brain). But today, the THC in some plants is 30-35 percent and the CBD content has been minimized. Studies show that teenagers who frequently smoke pot have four times the chance of developing mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety. I’m not one to become addicted easily. When I was young, I smoked, drank and tried drugs, but was always able to stop. However, I recently had a little insight into what it might feel like to get “hooked.” I had dental surgery that affected my nerves, causing a lot of pain. I was sent home with painkillers. When the pain came again, I took two more and off to “La-La Land” I went. The next morning I woke up with no pain at all! I lay there astonished. I suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia and there is not a day in my life that I can remember being pain-free. I 30 • April 2014 • Salvationist
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BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU
A makeshift memorial for Philip Seymour Hoffman in front of his apartment in New York City
was in heaven. I needed those Percocet pills for several days until the pain from my surgery began to subside. I then realized I should stop and use acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Suddenly, when it was time to take another dose, I would look at the Percocet and crave it. Almost a year later I can still feel the desire to have one when the pain is high. I don’t dare take another one—ever. I talk with my teenage boys about substance use and recently we watched an episode of The Nature of Things titled “The Downside of High.” We talked about the dangers of addiction, my father’s alcoholism and how anxiety and depression run in our family. It was a real eye-opener for us. I was happy to know that the same information was repeated during a police presentation in my youngest son’s Grade 8 class. I recently read an article by Russell Brand called “My Life Without Drugs.” He writes, “The last time I thought about taking heroin was yesterday.” He admits he looked to drugs and booze to fill a hole inside and uses a network of support to stay clean and sober, realizing he is powerless over his addiction. As Christians, we know how to fill the void we all have with Jesus. We know we’re not supposed to let anything enslave us, but instead be filled with the Holy Spirit (see Ephesians 5:18). We know where the power over our addictions comes from. It is only in the power of God and knowing who we are in Christ that we can be overcomers. Major Kathie Chiu is the executive director of Victoria’s Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre.
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