Take Our Quiz: What Kind of Salvationist Are You?
Commissioner Silvia Cox Shares a Heart for Mission
Residential Schools: The Path of Healing
Salvationist The Voice of the Army
ANSWERING THE CALL Territory welcomes 17 new officers
of the Disciples of the Cross Session
SPECIAL CONGRESS ISSUE
BOOTH UC ANNOUNCES $2.6 MILLION EXPANSION
Winnipeg to become the educational hub for The Salvation Army in Canada/Bermuda Booth University College has announced a $2.6 million expansion plan that significantly increases its capacity by establishing a new School for Continuing Studies and a Business/Learning Centre in downtown Winnipeg – just a short distance from Booth’s main campus. The expansion is designed to create additional space to accommodate Booth UC’s growing student body and program needs; to enhance its online learning program and make programs more widely available; and to better serve the education and training needs of The Salvation Army. Development of the new School for Continuing Studies will make Winnipeg the educational hub for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda.
“ This announcement will ensure that need is met, and will help support the Army in its mission to provide essential support to society’s most vulnerable.” “The Salvation Army has been providing social services to Canadians for more than 130 years, but as the complexity of its mission increases so does its need for quality education and training of its personnel,” said Dr. Donald Burke, President of Booth UC. “This announcement will ensure that need is met, and will help support the Army in its mission to provide essential support to society’s most vulnerable.” Construction is underway on the renovation of approximately 4000 square feet of space in 290 Vaughan Street, where Booth UC’s new School for Continuing Studies and Business/ Learning Centre will be located. This historic building already houses Booth UC’s John Fairbank Memorial Library, The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training, and the Army’s Prairie Divisional Headquarters. The new facility will also include offices for the staff of the School for Continuing Studies and the faculty in the Business Administration program, and a shared entrance to the Divisional Headquarters offices on the same floor. Construction will be completed by the end of 2014.
“This new School will help Booth UC emerge as the centre for Salvation Army leadership development training and education for the full range of its personnel. In addition, the School will become the vehicle for Booth’s continuing and expanded service to the international Salvation Army and to organizations and individuals outside the Army,” said Dr. Burke. “The opportunities that will be available through Booth UC’s School for Continuing Studies are limited only by our imaginations as we create an education and training resource for The Salvation Army and the community at large.” SCHOOL FOR CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAMS
• Bachelor of Arts (degree-completion program for Salvation Army officers) • Certificate in Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care
• Certificate in Not-for-profit Management (May 2014) • Certificate in Advanced Leadership for Congregations (August 2014) • Soldiership/Membership Preparation Curriculum (January 2015)
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Marching With Purpose by Geoff Moulton
5 Around the Territory 8 Mission Matters
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Four Territorial Congress 2014 delegates share their vision for the Army’s future and their place in it
11 Ending Exploitation
Major Anne Read explains the Army’s crucial anti-trafficking program Interview by Kristin Ostensen
Where From Here? PRODUCT by Commissioner Brian PeddleLABELING GUIDE
12 Meet the Disciples of the Cross
FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Canada and Bermuda Territory welcomes 17 new lieutenants
23 Cross Culture 26 Celebrate Community
16 The Path of Healing
Truth and Reconciliation Committee brings to light the impact of residential schools on First Nations by Captain Shari Russell
Enrolments and recognition, tributes, gazette, calendar
18 A Passion for People
29 Just Cause
Destined for Discrimination by James Read and Don Posterski
Features 9 Living the Vision
World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Silvia Cox shares her heart for mission in advance of Territorial Congress 2014 Interview by Major Jane Kimberley
20 What Kind of Salvationist Are You?
The most important quiz you’ll ever take by Kristin Ostensen
24 Boosting the Mission
Three ways the Mission Focus Fund supports efforts around the territory by Ken Ramstead
Inside Faith & Friends Miracle Maggie
With his newborn baby on the brink of death, a desperate father made a solemn promise
In the new movie Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise lives to fight another day, and another, and another …
Kids Are From Mars
Small miracles come along when we least expect them
Focused on the Ball
Share Your Faith
Watch a live stream of congress events, including the Welcome Meeting, Commissioning and Ordination Service, and Holiness Meeting.
For homeless people in North Vancouver, a Salvation Army soccer team is a game changer
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Inspiration for Living
With his newborn daughter on the brink of death, a desperate father made a solemn promise
OF DADS AND DIAPERS
LEARNING TO TRUST AGAIN
Salvation Army Soccer Team Gears Up
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Marching With Purpose
onty Python, the groundbreaking British comedy troupe, is staging a reunion at London, England’s O2 Arena next month. It’s been 40 years since the Pythons’ Flying Circus TV show went off the air, but people haven’t forgotten their absurdist brand of humour. One of my favourite Monty Python sketches opens with a belligerent drill sergeant, played by Michael Palin, who shouts derisively at the soldiers under his command. “Today, we’re going to practise marching up and down the square! That is, unless any of you has anything better to do,” he sneers. Eventually, one soldier plucks up the courage to say, “To be honest, sarge, I’d rather be home with the wife and kids.” “Would you, now?” the sergeant barks. Everyone holds their breath, waiting for the other shoe to drop. To everyone’s surprise, however, the sergeant yells, “Right, off you go!” One by one, the soldiers are dismissed as they find something better to do—read a book, practise the piano, go to the movies—until the sergeant is the only one left to march up and down the square. This bit of silliness illustrates the danger of pageantry without purpose, pomp without circumstance. It’s a brilliant send up of military culture. O n Ju n e 19 -2 2 , t h o u s a n d s of Salvationists will converge in Mississauga, Ont., for Canada and Bermuda’s Territorial Congress 2014, the first such event in more than 30 years. Some have asked, “Why a congress?” If the only answer is so that we can march up and down the square, then we’ve missed the point. Here are a few good reasons for rallying the troops: Congress is a chance to renew ourselves for the battle. Many of our soldiers are toughing it out in the trenches on a daily basis: feeding the hungry, giving a voice to the marginalized, caring for the lost and sharing the gospel in a hostile environment. Congress is a time for worship, spiritual refreshment and to be reminded of why we do what we do. Congress is also a time to hear from our leaders. For the first time, we will welcome General André Cox
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and Commissioner Silvia Cox (see the interview on page 18) to our territory and celebrate our unity under the banner One Army, One Mission, One Message. At congress, we have time to fellowship and have fun. Take our quiz to discover “What Kind of Salvationist Are You?” (see page 20). It takes all types to make up an Army. There is room for a variety of worship styles, theological perspectives and viewpoints on how to do mission. We also encourage one another at congress. Let’s lift up our soon-to-becommissioned cadets. Their testimonies are a wonderful example of how God calls people from every walk of life to serve him, each with his or her own unique gifts (see page 12). Finally, congress is an opportunity to ask, “What kind of Army do we want to be?” This month in Salvationist, read about delegates who are “Living the Vision” (see page 9) and finding their place in the Army. Add your own thoughts on our website at salvationist.ca. This month, we come together at congress to celebrate all things Army. As we do, may we march with purpose, knowing that the battle is the Lord’s.
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AROUND THE TERRITORY
THE CANADIAN COUNCIL of Churches (CCC) presented a formal statement as an Expression of Reconciliation at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) event in Edmonton in March (see page 16). The statement was read by Lt-Colonel Jim Champ, territorial secretary for communications and president of the CCC, along with CCC vice-presidents Rev. Dr. Das Sydney and Rev. Susan Eagle, General Secretary Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, and chair of the Commission on Justice and Peace Joy Kennedy. The TRC’s mission is to inform Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools, and to help guide Aboriginal Peoples and Canadians toward reconciliation and renewed relationships. The Edmonton event was the last of seven national events held by the TRC. “We acknowledge the invitation to be here today. We are honoured,” said Lt-Colonel Champ as he presented the CCC’s statement. “As Christians we base our lives and all our relationships on our experience of reconciliation in and through Jesus Christ to God, one another and all creation (2 Corinthians 5:18). Our faith calls us to love and serve in
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Churches Offer Expression of Reconciliation to First Nations
Lt-Col Jim Champ addresses the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
the same manner that Jesus loved and served, to be messengers and ambassadors of reconciliation. We are called to break down walls that divide and to welcome all we meet as fellow citizens.” Members of the delegation read sections of the statement in turn, sometimes adding their own reflections. The full text of the statement can be found at
salvationist.ca/?p=21424. Mamoh Be-Mo-Tay-Tah—Let us Walk Together, a CCC-produced resource that is designed to help Canadians engage with the TRC and better understand the legacies of colonization, is available at www.councilofchurches.ca/social-justice/ undoing-racism/resources.
Guelph Celebrates 130th Anniversary GUELPH CITADEL, ONT., reached a milestone this spring, celebrating its 130th anniversary with a Sunday of events led by Colonels Mark and Sharon Tillsley, chief secretary and territorial secretary for women’s ministries. At the morning service, Colonel Mark Tillsley congratulated the corps on its many years of faithful service to the community and beyond. Using the Apostle Paul’s example and message to the church in Philippi, he exhorted the congregation to victoriously handle the “failures, dead-end streets and changing circumstances of life. “Trials can wreck us or enable us,” he said. “God is able to redeem our failures. We must ask him to teach us to say no to a lesser dream and to grasp a larger dream.” At the luncheon that followed the service, Reg Broughton, retired corps sergeant-major, captivated the 240 people present by recounting significant corps events, including the opening of the Army’s ministry in Guelph by a band of Salvationists who conducted an open-air service with 1,500 in attendance. Among those at the luncheon was Olive Hamilton, the granddaughter of Captain Emma Churchill of Portugal Cove, N.L., who led the pioneer group that started the Army’s work in Guelph. At the end of the event, General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) closed the anniversary celebrations with prayer.
Mjr Wilbert Abbott, CO, Diane Berry, Colonel Mark Tillsley, Amber Staniforth, Colonel Sharon Tillsley and Mjr Bertha Abbott, CO, cut the anniversary cake at Guelph Citadel Salvationist • June 2014 • 5
AROUND THE TERRITORY
IT WAS A warm moment on a cold, snowy day in April as The Salvation Army opened the doors to the new Northern Centre of Hope in Fort St. John, B.C. “Today’s weather tells you why we need something like this,” Mayor Lori Ackerman told the crowd of 50 gathered for the opening. “The shelter can house up to 64 people with both shelter and transitional beds for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness,” said Captain Deb VanderHeyden, executive director of the centre and corps officer, Fort St. John Community Church. The newly renovated centre provides clients with support services and accessible resources, such as addictions programming and a drop-in food line six days a week. The centre will also help increase access to safe and affordable housing for residents in need and represents the first step in breaking the cycle of homelessness in a supportive environment. “We’re pleased to expand our range of support services offered in the North Peace region for those at risk,” said
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Centre of Hope Opens in Fort St. John
Lt-Col Larry Martin supports the opening of the Northern Centre of Hope in Fort St. John, B.C.
Lt-Colonel Larry Martin, divisional commander, British Columbia Division. “Thank you to all who made the Northern Centre of Hope a reality as we continue to provide help to those in need. Together, we are not only helping the individual, but improving the quality of life for all the residents of Fort St. John.” A current client, David, shared how
the Army helped him gain control of his alcoholism. “I plan on staying in this two-year program and continuing on in this healthy lifestyle to get back into society sober,” he said. “Without the Salvation Army staff and my family, I wouldn’t be standing here talking to you people today.”
“Kingdom Assignment” Benefits Kingston Corps
Army Hockey Teams Have Successful Season
AS A KINGSTON, Ont., couple recently discovered, a small amount of money can have a big impact, benefiting hundreds of people through The Salvation Army. While attending a Christian conference, Dawn Harris was invited to take on a “kingdom assignment.” Participants would be given $100 with three conditions attached: the money belonged to God and they were to ask the Lord what to do with it; the money would be multiplied for God’s kingdom; and they were to report back in 90 days and share what God had done. “After weeks of praying, my husband, Terry, and I believed we were given a vision and we asked others to join us in multiplication,” explains Harris. That vision was to support The Salvation Army’s Bread of Life program, which serves a free hot meal each of the last seven days of each month. Bread of Life serves up to 200 people per night. The Harrises e-mailed friends and asked them to help support the program. In the end, they raised $800 to buy meat for The Salvation Army, which amounted to more than 86 kg of food. The donation was gratefully received by Lieutenants Josh and Tina Howard, corps officers, Rideau Heights Community Church.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON of hockey was celebrated at Rideau Heights Community Church, Kingston, Ont., at the corps’ annual Hockey Sunday in March. Players, family members, coaches and officials from the five teams that make up Salvation Army Hockey in the Kingston Church Athletic League were in attendance. Major Keith Pike, territorial youth secretary, spoke at the event. This past season, 80 players aged seven to 17 proudly wore the Army’s red shield on their jersey. Many players, coaches, officials and parents also participated in off-ice activities in support of the Army, including a food drive, toy drive and the Christmas kettle campaign. A luncheon was held after the service, followed by a time of recognition for players, coaches and team officials that celebrated the accomplishments of Army hockey teams during the past season. The emphasis, however, was not on trophies or individual accomplishments, but on teamwork, sportsmanship, respect and representing the Army in a positive way in the community. Several examples were shared of coaches and parents from other teams, as well as referees, complimenting Army hockey players and coaches for demonstrating those qualities.
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AROUND THE TERRITORY
Hamilton Shows Appreciation for Volunteers
Green Event for Seniors SENIORS IN REGINA were treated to a special event on St. Patrick’s Day, where “going green” was a theme throughout. The seniors arrived at the Army’s Haven of Hope wearing green to celebrate the occasion and were treated to a “green” lunch of salad and a traditional Irish stew. The vegetables in the salad were grown by Claire Fortin, the event’s guest speaker, who lives in an eco-community in nearby Craik, Sask. Fortin shared her knowledge and passion for healthy eating, giving those in attendance tips on how to grow vegetables indoors at home. After her presentation, a prize draw for indoor sprout-growing stands took place. Six seniors were given the hand-crafted stands, generously donated by Fortin’s eco-community, to take home to grow their own healthy foods.
Dan Millar, area director for public relations and development, Ont. GL Div, Mjr Pat Phinney and Mjr Morris Vincent present Dr. Frank Stechey with an Applause Award
THE SALVATION ARMY’S ministries in Hamilton, Ont., held an appreciation dinner for volunteers in April. Each ministry unit invited 20 of their volunteers and offered thanks through speeches, music, multimedia and awards. The event was led by Majors Morris and Wanda Vincent, divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries, and Major Pat Phinney, divisional secretary for public relations and development, Ontario Great Lakes Division. Major Phinney and Major Morris Vincent congratulated the volunteers on their many efforts, faithful service and dedication to The Salvation Army. The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Applause Awards. Every year, each ministry unit selects a volunteer who has demonstrated zeal, passion, commitment and enthusiastic diligence to be their Applause Award winner. Some of this year’s winners had been volunteering with the Army for more than 20 years. A video celebrating volunteers in Hamilton was presented at the event and can be viewed at http://youtu.be/k5av4tZjC54.
DID YOU KNOW?
… Salvation Army thrift stores across the territory raised nearly $42,000 as part of their Give a Little, Get a Lot – GoodWorks@ Work campaign, vastly exceeding their goal of $25,000? The funds will support child sponsorship in India, Uganda, Pakistan, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo … last year, The Salvation Army visited 181,200 people in hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, daycare centres and other facilities? … The Salvation Army’s Princess Project in Guelph, Ont., made it possible for 76 young women to purchase inexpensive dresses for graduation? As well as helping the women, who otherwise may not have been able to afford a dress, the sale raised $1,500 for the Army … women’s ministries camps in the N.L. Div raised more than $44,000 last year to benefit territorial and divisional projects?
Seniors gather for a “green” lunch in Regina
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Where From Here? Thanksgiving, celebration, renewal and mobilization— looking back and looking forward to Territorial Congress 2014 BY COMMISSIONER BRIAN PEDDLE
love talking about the mission and impact of the Army in our territory and around the world. Often the conversation prompts the question: “How is the Army doing?” I think the question is sincere and, at some level, a territorial commander should be able to give an answer. So I often sense surprise when I respond with my own question: “How are you doing?” At the heart of this question is my conviction that the Army is at its best when serving and, for this to be the case, all Salvationists have to find their place, through personal engagement and service, so we can really be the Army raised up by God. Imagine what could happen through well-planned initiatives, strong infrastructure and an accepted divine presence, when people like us use these things to accomplish God’s mission in the world. As plans for Territorial Congress 2014 began to take shape, I was asked the inevitable question, “Why a congress and why now?” I wrote down four words that would frame my answer: thanksgiving, renewal, celebration and mobilization. My wife, Rosalie, and I are so privileged to travel the territory and catch glimpses of the excellent kingdom work 8 • June 2014 • Salvationist
taking place. I move through a long prayer list of thanksgiving every morning. As we focus on new initiatives, growth, lives transformed and the assurance of a solid future, a thread of thanksgiving will run throughout the congress. We recognize God’s faithfulness to the territory. I believe congress will be a catalyst for the future—for renewal of our mission, for revival in the hearts of soldiers and officers, and for the restoration of joy to such an extent that every ministry unit becomes a transforming influence in its community. Can we even justify coming together without asking God to give us a baptism of love for our lost world? Earlier this year, I was quoted as saying, “This will not be your grandparent’s congress.” I have chuckled at that a few times but I do ask, what will we offer this generation and those who follow? We can’t present a stoic Army that has forgotten celebration. Celebration bursts out of obedient faith, engagement in mission and life-changing kingdom work. From beginning to end, the congress must be filled with celebration … of our youth, our cadets, our music and the fact that mission matters most and God is poised to lead us forward. As I write these words, I find myself
challenged by another question: “Where from here?” I get excited about the possibilities for the Army. Imagine if we could mobilize every expression of who we are with only one objective: that God’s kingdom would come here on earth. Lives would be saved and transformed, hearts cleansed, relationships healed and communities of faith expanded. It means getting out of the trenches, outside of our buildings. It means taking back what the devil has stolen and claiming new ground. It means that relevant faith is renewed and those who have pushed faith to the margins of their lives will be brought back. It means that we each find our place of service and, when we do, the Army, God’s Salvation Army, will be in the centre of his perfect will. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2:14). See you at congress! Commissioner Brian Peddle is the territorial commander of the Canada and Bermuda Territory.
Living the Vision We asked four Territorial Congress 2014 delegates: What is your vision for the future of The Salvation Army, and how do you fit into it? Colonel Gwenyth Redhead Col. Redhead is a retired officer living in Orillia., Ont. My vision is that every member would regularly take time to be with God, providing him opportunity to reveal what he has in mind for each to do to fulfil the mandate of “saving souls, growing saints and serving suffering humanity” (General John Gowans). Out of contemplation would be born a desire to use the resources God has made available in ways that would bring that vision to reality in a multicultural, postmodern society. I seek to fit in with that vision by spending time each day allowing God to speak to me, so that I can, slowly but surely, become a more accurate representation of Jesus, using my time and talents to live out that vision. In practical terms, that means seeking to enhance the corporate worship of my corps through leading the worship committee, for if our congregational worship is pleasing to God it will prompt individual members to engage in relevant ministries. It means seeking to be salt and light among my neighbours by chairing our condominium board, and in the community by belonging to Voice for the Trafficked, a local Christian action group involved in a variety of awareness activities. Living the vision within my own family is very important— supporting my children in their ministries, and using the gifts with which God has blessed my husband and me through writing words such as: “Lord, we pray your church may f lo ur i sh , d ee ply rooted in your love, growing upward, reaching outward, living witness to the world.”
Sarah-Ève Moreau Moreau attends Église Communautaire Nouvel Espoir in Shawinigan, Que. I believe that The S a lvat ion A r my should return to its roots. William and Catherine Booth had a huge passion for lost souls. They wanted each person to know Jesus, to give their life to Christ. We should have that desire, too. If a church has good programs but is not consumed by a powerful desire to bring souls to Christ, then it is not fulfilling its mission. My vision for The Salvation Army is to continue to do God’s will: to show God’s love to the poor, the prostituted, the addicted. We need to get out of our comfort zones, because it is then that miracles happen by the power of the cross. The Salvation Army should continue to be a light in the darkness and an Army that prays without ceasing, because prayer is the most powerful act. I believe that The Salvation Army’s mission is the mission Jesus describes in the Bible. Jesus didn’t spend all his time with the wealthy, the educated and the beautiful—he came to the poor, the sick, the prostitutes, the thieves. He demonstrated so much love. This is what The Salvation Army does through its services, by helping people where they are and meeting their needs. It is a church that serves like Jesus did. I believe that churches that don’t reach out to the marginalized are not fully living the gospel. I am proud to be a soldier of The Salvation Army and to give my life to being part of the mission of God. Salvationist • June 2014 • 9
Major Shawn Critch Divisional Commander, Bermuda Division It is becoming increasingly important for the Army to effectively respond to the emerging cultural and spiritual realities of the 21st century based upon our deep convictions of faith and rooted in a mission that celebrates our rich heritage to “save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity.” I see a movement that inspires its members to live the values it champions so that we can impact change in our world. I see leaders committed to building personal competencies so that we can equip each other for the task at hand. I see a growing missional church that understands its responsibility within the framework of God’s reconciling grace. I see a movement that celebrates the partnerships we can build within the community and the contribution others make to the mission that has guided The Salvation Army for over a century. My part in that vision is embedded in my officers’ covenant. I believe my contribution to The Salvation Army will be best realized when I remain covenant-focused in the fulfilment of my ministry responsibilities. That same focus must guide my commitment to personal and professional development. It is easy to become distracted in ministry but as Pastor Rick Warren has suggested, “Your ministry is too important to let yourself be distracted from the things God created you to do. God called you and he gifted you for ministry.” And that same covenant focus will shape my future opportunities to remain true to the mission and vision of The Salvation Army.
Major Brian Wheeler Corps Officer, St. John’s Citadel, N.L. I expect great things for The Salvation Army. While it is hard for me to comprehend that I have completed 25 years as an officer, I still anticipate great opportunities for ministry. As a leader within our church, it is imperative that I continue to proclaim the message of salvation and seek to grasp God’s dream for our Army. The complexity of our society has increased but there is still a central need for us as Salvationists to connect with the individual. We need to move through the impersonal world of technology and out-of-control schedules to introduce people to our Saviour and the spiritual foundation that only Christ can provide. We are his ambassadors. My priority is to be consistently available to those within my congregation and community.
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Major Anne Read shares anti-trafficking lessons from the United Kingdom
t is estimated that more than two million people are trafficked across international borders annually. But in the United Kingdom, a destination country for victims, The Salvation Army is taking a stand, helping hundreds of people escape exploitation each year. Major Anne Read, anti-trafficking response co-ordinator in the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland, explains the Army’s crucial anti-trafficking program to Kristin Ostensen, Salvationist’s associate editor.
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What kind of anti-human trafficking work is the Army doing in the U.K.? For the last three years, The Salvation Army has been the government contract-holder managing all of the support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales. The Army manages the delivery of all services, working with 11 other organizations, so we’ve got a spectrum of types of support and can try to match each of the victims with a particular service. We also provide training for police, social services, border agencies, health authorities—anyone who might encounter a victim of trafficking. We really want front-line agencies to know that if they believe somebody has been trafficked, there is somewhere for them to go. We have a 24-7 referral line. The potential victim of trafficking will be picked up by volunteers and taken to safe accommodation where they will receive support. Mjr Anne Read, in front of the Parliament buildings in the United Kingdom
Are Salvation Army corps involved in this work? One of the best things about having the contract is that Salvationists and corps members can become actively involved in supporting victims of human trafficking in practical ways. When we get the referrals the first thing we do is make an assessment of the victim’s needs and decide where is the best place for that victim to go. Our volunteers will then go to the places from which they’ve been referred and transport the victim to a place of safety. This is putting hands and feet on our prayers. For many of the victims, this is the first time that someone has shown them kindness and compassion in a long time. That kindness can be extremely important in helping the victim to realize that this is not just a safe house, but the start of a journey to hope and a future for them. Are there groups of people who are particularly vulnerable to being trafficked? That’s exactly it: wherever people are vulnerable, for whatever reason, they are open to this kind of exploitation. Any kind of poverty makes people open to trafficking. And being trafficked doesn’t have to involve borders. A simple explanation of trafficking is that people are tricked into believing that there’s an opportunity for them, a better life for them, and then they are transported and trapped. They can be trapped physically by bolts and locks, but often they’re trapped by threats—against themselves and their families. They’re living fearful for their lives and while they’re in that situation the degree of exploitation can be very severe.
Do you have any success stories you can share with us? We assisted a woman named Miriam, who left her family in Uganda to come to the U.K. and try and earn a living to support them. When she arrived, she was put in a room and the person who took her told her, “I’m going to bring a man in to see you and I want you to do anything he wants.” From there, she was forced to have sex with men up to six times a day, every day. That went on for years until one day she saw the opportunity to escape. She was found in a park and taken to the police who referred her to us. She came into our safe house and now she’s living independently. She wants to study and hopes that her children will be able to join her soon here, but having lost many of her family in the Ugandan genocide, she now says that The Salvation Army is her family. Are there lessons Canada can learn from what the Army is doing in the U.K.? I think we’ve all got a lot to learn from each other. As we speak together, we can think about how we can respond, as individuals and communities, and encourage people to actually stand up and do something. If we can generate the conversation whereby we’re all of the same mind—that we must stop the trafficking of human beings—then I believe that we can make a difference. Major Anne Read will lead a workshop on human trafficking at Territorial Congress 2014. See salvationist.ca/congress2014 for details. Salvationist • June 2014 • 11
Meet the Disciples of the Cross
Photos: Carson Samson
Canada and Bermuda Territory welcomes 17 new lieutenants
n June 21, the cadets of the Disciples of the Cross Session will be commissioned and ordained as Salvation Army officers with the rank of lieutenant. After nearly two years of intensive training through the College for Officer Training (CFOT) in Winnipeg, these 17 Salvationists are now preparing for their first appointments. The Principal’s Commendation At the territorial congress this month, I will be pleased to introduce the cadets of the Disciples of the Cross Session to the territorial commander and to all those present. These cadets will then be ordained as ministers of the gospel and commissioned as Salvation Army officers. What a blessed event that will be! It will also be a marker in the ongoing journey of their training and ministry. Many corps across the territory will be privileged to have these new officers as their corps officers. I highly recommend them all. These men and women have been 12 I June 2014 I Salvationist
fully engaged in the training program of CFOT, where we strive to “prepare, develop and inspire them in character and competency for officership.” It has been a great privilege for the officers and employees at CFOT to witness their transformation as God continues to call and equip these disciples. My prayer for each one is that they will know the promise that “he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6). Major Jamie Braund Principal, CFOT
Cadet Sarah Braye I am a fourth-generation Salvationist and now a thirdgeneration officer. I have always had a deep desire to make a difference. During my first year of training, I had the joy of attending Weetamah, an inner-city corps in Winnipeg. It completely changed my life. I witnessed love and acceptance as I had never experienced anywhere else. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Apostle Paul speaks of becoming a new creation in Christ; while attending services and participating in field activities, I experienced the transforming power of God’s love and saw it in others, too. Appointed to Saint John Hope Community Church, N.B.
Cadet Dae-Gun Kim My two years at CFOT have been an amazing journey that has filled me with great joy and God’s grace. Without the support and prayer of friends and the staff and officers at CFOT, I do not think that I would have been able to make it through this adventure. As I leave for my first appointment, I take with me William Booth’s words to his son, Bramwell: “These are our people; these are the people I want you to live for and bring to Christ.” Cadet Aejin Jeong It has been a privilege to share my journey toward officership with my fellow cadets and the officers and staff at CFOT. For the past two years, God has transformed my heart to become more vulnerable and open, and has equipped me to serve his people. Now I am confident that God has called me to serve the needy with the heart of Jesus. Through my work in various ministries to the community, I have discovered that even my smallest act can make a big difference. Appointed to Melfort—Circuit with Nipawin and The Salvation Army Church (Tisdale), Sask.
Cadet Juan Chirinos I became a Christian when I was 11 years old and, since then, my desire has been to live a life that pleases God. In 2002, God began to awaken in me a passion for ministry and I felt the call to officership. However, at the time I was not able to speak English or French. God used my time in Montreal to prepare me for this calling, while I learned to speak these languages. As I begin the journey of officership, together with my wife and children, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Cadet Indira Albert I was born in Venezuela and when I came to Canada I started attending Montreal Citadel with my family. I was involved in many different ministries, and felt God calling me to full-time ministry for a long time. Though I initially ignored the call, God showed me through a vision that I was to come to CFOT, and I surrendered my all to him. I look forward to proclaiming the good news of salvation, extending God’s kingdom and ministering to people through The Salvation Army. Appointed to Église communautaire de l’Outaouais, Gatineau, Que.
Cadet Shawna Goulding Throughout training I have been privileged to walk alongside many people in their life journey. As I heard stories of joy and pain, I was humbled to be given such opportunities to be God’s representative. There have been many times when I have questioned my ability, but I have always been reminded that it was God who called me here. God is greater than any imperfections that I might have, and I am thankful that he is using me to serve those in his kingdom. In whatever lies ahead, I strive not only to talk about the gospel, but to be in on it. Appointed to The Salvation Army, A Community Church, Prince Albert, Sask. Salvationist I June 2014 I 13
Cadet Ryan MacDonald During my time at CFOT, I had dinner with a client that I met at one of my placements. This man had just lost his mother, he had few material possessions and he struggled with mental illness. But he never complained about the misfortune he had endured. To see the joy that existed in that man’s heart humbled me immensely. The most important thing I have learned is to keep God first in everything that I do. Every time he does not come first, I end up finishing last. Appointed to Fort Frances, Ont.
Cadet Norman Porter As a child, I was adopted by a Salvation Army family who taught me about God and the importance of serving Jesus through my local corps. I felt the call to officership so strongly that, in 2008, I travelled to Winnipeg for a candidates’ weekend where my life was changed forever. Not only was my calling confirmed, but I also met my wife, Crystal. In June 2010, we became ministry directors of Buchans Corps, N.L., and spent two amazing years there as corps leaders. During my time at CFOT, God has shown me that when I trust him he will never fail me. He goes before me and he has my back. Cadet Crystal Porter When I was a young child, my grandmother brought me to a little Salvation Army corps in Green’s Harbour, N.L. It was there that my faith was formed, and I began to realize God’s great love for me and other people. While at CFOT, I have been blessed to see the amazing way that God works. Whether in Tanzania, rural Manitoba, Comox Valley, B.C., or elsewhere, God has revealed his faithfulness. I have drawn closer to God and he has reaffirmed his provision in my life. Appointed to Labrador City/Wabush, N.L.
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Cadet Devin Reid I will never forget the wonderful conversations I had with a woman in palliative care during one of my placements. She was so firm in her faith that after each visit I felt that I was the one who was ministered to. Through these and other conversations I have come to know what an exceptional privilege and blessing it is to share in people’s lives through ministry. As an officer, I look forward to getting my boots on the ground and putting what I’ve learned into action. Cadet Laurie Reid I was called to officership when I was 14, but like Moses, I used every excuse to run away from God’s will. When I couldn’t deny my calling any longer, I left my job working with a physician to work for the Great Physician. At CFOT, I have learned to never say never. Though I may think I am not capable of doing what I am called to do, I know God will equip me with the skills I need. His love and his grace never fail. Appointed to The Salvation Army Faith & Hope Corps, Marystown, N.L. Cadet Sharon Tidd When God first called me into pastoral ministries I resisted out of fear. But over a 25-year career with The Salvation Army in various roles, he equipped me and gave me the confidence to accept this calling through the Field-Based Tailored Training program. As corps leader at New Westminster Citadel, B.C., I have appreciated the opportunity to preach and teach the gospel and see people move forward in their faith. As an officer, I hope to continue to meet the spiritual and practical needs of the beautiful people I serve, in both our congregational and community ministries. Appointed to New Westminster Citadel, B.C.
Cadet Daniel Rowe My most memorable experience during my time at CFOT was when my wife, Bhreagh, and I were given the opportunity to spend part of our summer assignment on international service in the Germany, Poland and Lithuania Territory. Given that I didn’t know the German language, I learned the importance of living the Word of God and not just speaking it. But the most important thing I learned during my training was to be myself. God has called Daniel as Daniel, and I am so honoured to accept this call. Cadet Bhreagh Rowe I did not grow up in The Salvation Army, but when I was introduced to it, I instantly fell in love with the people, the mission and the message. Spending five weeks in Germany as part of my summer assignment was a surprising and transformative experience. Having to live incarnationally and have complete faith in God helped me grow as a person and a future leader. I have learned to be who God made me to be and not to sweat the small stuff. God will give me what I need to get through each day. Appointed to Truro, N.S. Cadet Mark Young Over the years, I have had a strong sense that God has called me to full-time ministry. That calling has taken me many places: to minister in other cultures, to teach at Booth University College and to serve as corps leader at Weetamah Corps, where I have been involved with street-gang ministry, community capacity building, fire chaplaincy and more. Officership is the culmination of all that God has called me to in ministry. I look forward to serving Christ wherever he leads me in the future in the service of The Salvation Army. Appointed to Weetamah,Winnipeg
Cadet Randy Shears I have always felt a yearning to serve God through ministry in The Salvation Army. Over the years, I have worked with young people, adults and seniors, and I have been blessed whenever I have had the chance to share my faith and to experience theirs. God has provided me with a beautiful Christian wife, Cathy, who has the same desire for ministry. As an officer, I look forward to having the opportunity to serve God by serving others, with her by my side. Cadet Cathy Shears I felt called to be an officer at a young age, and through various corps leadership roles and my work with The Salvation Army’s family services in Ontario and Nova Scotia, that calling was reinforced. After attending a congress in St. John’s, N.L., I felt God’s call once again, even though I was preparing for retirement. During my summer placement in Fort McMurray, Alta., I met many beautiful people who made a lasting impression on my life. These are friendships that I will treasure forever. Appointed to Englee, N.L.
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The Path of Healing
Truth and Reconciliation Commission brings to light the impact of residential schools on First Nations BY CAPTAIN SHARI RUSSELL The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was founded in 2008 as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Its mandate is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools, and to help guide Aboriginal Peoples and Canadians toward reconciliation and renewed relationships. Since it was established, the commission has hosted seven truth and reconciliation events across Canada. The last of these events was held in Edmonton on March 27-30, 2014, and was attended by Captain Shari Russell, territorial Aboriginal liaison. Below, Captain Russell reflects on her experiences at the TRC event and what reconciliation means for Canadians and for the church. Aboriginal women perform the Jingle Dance (healing dance) after a march to the Alberta legislature
*** “It would be so much easier just to fold our hands and not make this fight … to say, I, one man, I can do nothing. I grow afraid only when I see people thinking and acting like this. We all know the story about the man who sat beside the trail too long, and then it grew over and he could never find his way again. We can never forget what has happened, but we cannot go back nor can we just sit beside the trail.” —Petocahhanawawin (Chief Poundmaker), 1842-1886, his dying words
he impact of the Indian Residential Schools (IRS) is an intergenerational trauma. Over the course of 130 years, approximately 150,000 Indigenous children were forced to attend these church-run schools, irrespective of their parents’ wishes. Many of them were subject to severe physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as cultural genocide. To think that this could happen in our country—to grapple with the fact that the last residential school closed in 1996—is inconceivable, and yet it is reality. Whether 16 • June 2014 • Salvationist
from the perspective of the offender or survivor, the legacy of the IRS is a colossal chasm that has shaken the foundation of our nation. It would be much easier to recount the facts about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) than to articulate the profound personal impact of the TRC on the participant. Attending the TRC event in Edmonton was a personal journey for me, as my sisters attended a residential school. It was also significant for me as territorial Aboriginal liaison because it is imperative that the church is present at such events so that we learn from our history and ensure that this will never happen again. Restoring Dignity The focus of the event in Edmonton was wisdom, one of the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Indigenous People. It was a fitting theme as we have learned truth concerning the residential schools and now must endeavour to respond accordingly. As I walked down the stairs of the conference centre, it was a physical reminder of Mother Earth (the dust) from which we were all formed. It is
with this humility, recognizing that we are equal in God’s sight, that we can begin to forge respectful relationships as we courageously hear the truth of our history and journey together toward reconciliation. Honour and dignity were established at the onset. The opening ceremonies began with the entry of the Eagle Staffs (Aboriginal flags), followed by the commissioners, honorary witnesses and dancers. As the Eagle Staff entered, a realization rose within me that this may have been the first time survivors had seen the Eagle Staff and dancers together with church representatives. When Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the TRC, asked the survivors to stand, there was a powerful recognition that they were not alone. As they stood together, a silent strength came over the survivors and their families, and a deep bond was formed. The families of survivors were invited to stand in solidarity with them and in recognition of the schools’ intergenerational impact. As I stood in recognition of the impact on my family, I was thankful for my sisters’ strength, resilience and courage in sharing their stories and
overcoming the challenges they encountered in life. Magnitude of Loss Throughout the event, survivors were given the opportunity to share their stories. Many people were impacted emotionally as they listened to the survivors. Strong men sobbed uncontrollably and women vented deep-seated anger. Tears flowed as children heard their parents’ stories and mothers wept upon hearing how their experience with the IRS had harmed their children. Here, the intergenerational impact of the IRS was clear: because of the trauma they had experienced, the parents could not show their children affection or love in healthy ways, and the children felt disconnected from their own culture. As I sat cross-legged on the floor of a small, jam-packed room listening to survivors, my sisters’ stories echoed in my mind. The legacy of families torn apart, of children and parents never seeing each other again, permeated every story. One woman in a sharing circle, overcome with immense grief, sobbed: “I lost my mother, my father, my sisters, I lost them all … I am so disconnected from myself. I am ashamed to be an Indian woman.” Many others also shared their compounded loss: the loss of family, community, home, language, identity and culture. I was thankful for the house support personnel who were attentive to the moments of the heart and gently collected tear-filled tissues, which were later incorporated into a healing ceremony. Importance of Awareness On the first day of the event, junior and senior high school students were invited to attend and learn about the impact of the IRS. Seeing them fill the auditorium highlighted the importance of educating our children to ensure we learn from this dark chapter of Canadian history. Many people have been reticent about the TRC. Even the name may be upsetting: “truth” and “reconciliation” are uncomfortable words for us. Part of the struggle is that we do not know our history. Even survivors of the residential schools did not realize the scope of the abuse that took place. They often thought they were alone in the experience. And the IRS are not the only recent attempt at forced assimilation. Approximately 20,000 Aboriginal
children were fostered by child welfare between the 1960s and late 1980s, in what is known as the Sixties Scoop. The effects of the Scoop continue today in the significant overrepresentation of Aboriginal children in the child welfare system. The impact of this part of our history was also discussed at the TRC event. The purpose of sharing our collective story through the TRC is not to hurt or punish non-Aboriginal people or incite guilt, but to seek recognition of the truth. Current Attitudes As we listened to various presentations, it was acknowledged that there are still some attitudes within Canadian culture that affect First Nations today. They include: Indifference: The value and importance of the TRC events have not affected us on a level where we strongly encourage attendance, education or advocacy in the appeal for justice. Ignorance: Many Canadians remain unaware of the legacy of the IRS. Arrogance: As Canadians, we have a positive reputation for altruism and humanitarian action. However, this may lead us to think that we are always “doing it right.” Frustration: Some people see the IRS as ancient history and say that First Nations people need to “get over it and move on.” The fact that the last school closed in 1996 shows that it is not so ancient. Guilt: Some people recognize the atrocities committed and find it difficult and unreasonable to be held accountable for something they themselves did not actively participate in. Misconceptions: The challenges of prejudice and racism persist today. The Meaning of Reconciliation Once the truth is shared and acknowledged, then reconciliation is possible. Reconciliation is not about “making it go away”—nor is it about “making it right,” as Aboriginal people know that is impossible. For survivors, reconciliation means reconciling the hate, anger, loneliness, loss, abuse, coping methods and the impact on subsequent generations. For non-Indigenous people, it includes reconciling the pain and injustice done, the prejudice and systemic racism, the good intentions and the inability to “fix” it.
Cpt Shari Russell (left) attends the TRC event in Edmonton with friend, Alison LeFebvre
Then we can reconcile with one another as we listen to the stories, learn from one another, honour one another with grace and humility, share our gifts and, especially, as we commit to never let this happen again. At the Edmonton event, I was profoundly impacted by a presentation from Éloge Butera, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and Robbie Waisman, a survivor of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Quoting James Baldwin, they said, “The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.” Reconciliation involves everyone. Although we may not be personally liable for the injustices of the past, when we remain silent, we have ceased to be engaged in the reconciliation process. As Christians—as The Salvation Army—we are called to be ministers of reconciliation. Reconciliation begins with me. The TRC event finished with a walk to the legislature. As we walked the diverse group began to walk in unity. A woman started drumming and singing. Two others joined in. As their voices rose, I recognized the song and I, too, began to sing. Reconciliation means not only walking on the same road toward the same goal; it means sharing together on that road, engaging with those beside us, lifting our voices in harmony, respecting one another’s differences and celebrating our commonality. Reconciliation means that we will not sit by the road, but will walk together as we forge the trail with genuine relationships. Captain Shari Russell is the territorial Aboriginal liaison and corps officer at Sudbury Community Church, Ont. Salvationist • June 2014 • 17
A Passion for People World President of Women’s Ministries Commissioner Silvia Cox shares her heart for mission in advance of Territorial Congress 2014
ommissioner Silvia Cox is a world traveller, Christfollower, mother and grandmother. Serving alongside her husband, General André Cox, she displays her passionate character and heart for suffering humanity. In this interview, Commissioner Silvia Cox shares her enthusiasm for Territorial Congress 2014, how she was called to officership and what her hopes are for The Salvation Army as a whole. Tell us something about your background and calling. My parents were missionary officers and I was born in Argentina—I think that’s what makes me like warm weather! However, I don’t remember too much about it because when I was three years old my dad was very ill and my parents had to return to Switzerland, but God spared him. Together with my brother and sister, I grew up in Switzerland; I realize how fortunate I was to have such a good family background. I look upon Switzerland as my home because it was there that I went to school. When my parents were officers-in-charge of an institution in Geneva, I met my husband who was there to work and to learn French. He married the boss’ daughter! I was very young when I felt called to officership. I had heard a missionary officer speak about the work they were doing and for me it was quite clear: one day I would be an officer and a teacher and go to Africa. Years later, that’s what happened. I started teacher training in Geneva but stopped in the second year. Now I understand why—I think that if I had continued I might never have gone to the training college. Instead, I did a diploma in computing and, although I did not know it at the time, I was learning skills that I still use today. Our first appointment was to Morges, Switzerland; we had two corps appointments before going to Africa and from then on my ministry focused on ter18 • June 2014 • Salvationist
Commissioner Silvia Cox receives a garland in Pakistan
ritorial leadership, women’s ministries and administration. Is there someone who has had a major influence on your life and how has this helped to make you the person you are today? When I was a teenager at Geneva 1, my corps officer, Captain Alice Sterck, took time to listen to me and to answer the thousands of questions that I had. She was a good example of a corps officer, wife and mother, and played a big part in my development, as did the prayers of my parents. In your present role as World President of Women’s Ministries you have already visited a number of countries. Are there some highlights that you can share—particularly related to women’s ministries? There are many. One example is the Worth program in Kenya West Territory where women who were once destitute are now providing for their families and communities. The program is all about
empowering women by helping them to discover self-worth and by economic participation. Through Worth they are encouraged to generate savings, individually and in groups, by setting up village banks, by teaching themselves to read and write, by accessing training and by starting small businesses. More than 14,400 women are now involved in Worth, which includes other denominations and faiths. Some women have given up prostitution and begging on the streets and some have started to take their children to school. Government intervention has resulted in many women being tested for HIVAIDS. Lives have been changed in many ways and there is so much joy. Most importantly, 314 women have come to know Christ. You will be travelling to Canada for the territorial congress this month. What will your role be at congress? When we visit a territory, I share with the General in encouraging and motivating the soldiers and officers. I will also
take part in the different meetings, sharing my testimony and the Word of God. I will take this opportunity to greet the officers and soldiers and to get to know some of them. I have a special interest in women and also children and families. What do you hope Salvationists will take away from the weekend? I hope that Salvationists will be renewed spiritually, and will renew their commitment to the mission. I also hope that they will enjoy the fellowship of being able to meet together for this celebration. I hope that God will move in people’s lives and touch them in a special way. I pray that some may hear God’s calling on their lives. I trust God and pray that he will do even more than we can think or imagine. Why are events like the territorial congress important? It is important to celebrate and be thankful for what the Lord has done. We are not always good at celebrating what the Lord has done. It is important to be encouraged by the Word of God, to get a renewed vision and see that we are not alone in our walk but are part of a big family. It is a good way to be inspired by what will be said and seen as we need to be both renewed and energized so that we can fulfil our calling to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity. Have you visited the Canada and Bermuda Territory before? What are your impressions? I was in Canada in 2013 for the International Leaders Conference. The only visit we were able to enjoy was to Niagara Falls. This was impressive and I love the beauty of the falls. We know that this is a great country of incredible beauty and diversity. We hope that one day we will have the opportunity to explore much more. When you were territorial president of women’s ministries in the United Kingdom, you had a vision of Salvationists reading God’s Word together and initiated the BibleReading Challenge. A change of appointment meant that you moved to IHQ before it was launched. Do you still have that same vision and, if so, how do you see it working out? That vision is still there and it’s shared with the General—it is something that
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is in our hearts. In 2015 there will be opportunity for the whole Salvation Army world to read through the New Testament in one year. IHQ Chaplain Major Pat Brown is meeting with a group who are arranging this initiative, which is linked with the international congress. As we go around the world we share the importance of reading the whole of God’s Word and hearing what it says. It sometimes seems that we have got things the wrong way round when we read just certain verses or commentaries, rather than starting with God’s Word.
We must never lose the message of the transforming power of Jesus Christ that brings hope to a lost world How do you balance the responsibilities of international leadership with those of wife, mother and grandmother? Each is important for me and I wouldn’t want one to suffer because of another. I think that I manage to balance each of these roles because I enjoy what I am doing and love the challenges. I think that it is important to spend time together, and I keep in almost daily contact with my family. I have never had too much of a problem between ministry and family because for me it is one thing—it’s
part of what I am—my ministry is also my family. You lead a busy life, but do you have any hobbies or interests? We both enjoy walking and do this whenever we can. I like reading— although I don’t have too much time to read for relaxation. My other interests include photography and cooking, but again, at the moment, there is not much time to pursue these. In recent years The Salvation Army has been facing transition. Are there some changes that you would like to see? Are there any things that you feel must never change? I would like to see people valued more. We need to listen and focus on integrated mission by closer co-operation between our social and evangelical work so that we minister to the whole person and, through faith-based facilitation, learn how to build deeper relationships. A lot of other things will then automatically change. I always want us to be one Army moving forward. We must never lose our mission to go to the lonely and the hurting and we must never lose the message of the transforming power of Jesus Christ that brings hope to a lost world. This interview was conducted by Major Jane Kimberley from the February 22, 2014 issue of Salvationist (United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland), with additional questions from Salvationist (Canada and Bermuda Territory). Salvationist • June 2014 • 19
What Kind of Salvationist Are You? The most important quiz you’ll ever take
Illustrations: Zack Rock
BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
e all know we’re one Army with one mission and one message, right? But with 1.8 million Salvationists in 126 countries around the world, we’ve got diversity to spare. So where do you fit in? Take the quiz and find out what kind of Salvationist you are.
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1. T he Sunday morning service has just ended. Where do you go out to eat? A. Swiss Chalet B. Tim Hortons C. An independent coffee shop D. I stick around for coffee hour. People often invite me over for lunch
2. What’s your preferred worship music style? A. A good brass band and the Salvation Army Song Book B. A mix of older hymns and new songs C. A worship band playing Chris Tomlin’s latest D. Whatever the band’s playing
9. W hat corps ministry are you most likely to be involved in? A. Band or songsters (or both!) B. Sunday school teacher C. After-school outreach program D. Bible study
3. What’s your favourite book? A. In Darkest England and the Way Out (William Booth) B. What’s So Amazing About Grace? (Philip Yancey) C. Just Walk Across the Room (Bill Hybels) D. The Purpose-Driven Life (Rick Warren)
10. What’s your ideal date night? A. A trip to the Salvation Army heritage museum B. A double date with a couple from the corps C. A night at the movies, followed by a discussion of the spiritual themes in the film D. A prayer meeting and then coffee
4. What’s your favourite section of Salvationist? A. Celebrate Community. I love seeing all those new soldiers B. Around the Territory. It’s neat to see what’s happening elsewhere in the Army world C. I prefer Faith & Friends. It’s accessible for everybody D. Ties That Bind. Articles with a practical application help deepen my faith 5. It’s Friday night. Where are you? A. At a holiness meeting B. At a family movie night at the corps C. Playing hockey at the youth centre with at-risk teens D. Hanging out with my Army peeps 6. What is the current state of your uniform? A. Pressed and ready to go for next Sunday B. Somewhere in my closet. I hope it still fits … C. I’m not really a uniform person D. I don’t own one (yet) 7. What’s your approach to evangelism? A. Bring on the open-air meeting! B. Build friendships and share the gospel when it seems appropriate C. Organize events in the community to let people know the church is there for them D. No real “method,” but happy to share when people ask 8. How do you feel about technology in the church? A. Meh. It’s not really necessary B. Depends how it’s used. Technology can be useful, but we shouldn’t go overboard C. Love it! State-of-the-art technology is essential D. If it helps me get closer to God, then I’m for it
11. Who’s your favourite General? A. William Booth (duh) B. Eva Burrows. She really was “the People’s General” C. Shaw Clifton. He really put the Army’s focus on social-ethical issues, such as human trafficking D. Uh … General? 12. What’s your dream job? A. General, but territorial commander will do B. Whatever allows me to support my family and my corps C. Living in an urban Christian community and serving the poor D. I haven’t quite figured out what God’s calling me to yet 13. Which of these phrases are you most likely to say? A. “Fire a volley!” B. “Have a blessed day!” C. “There’s this great new program at my church … ” D. “How did you get saved?” 14. In one word, how would your friends describe you? A. Disciplined B. Easy-going C. Sensitive D. Eager 15. What’s your theme verse? A. “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation’ ” (Mark 16:15) B. “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17) C. “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (1 Corinthians 9:22-23) D. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16)
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MOSTLY Cs … You’re an ORDINARY RADICAL MOSTLY As … You’re ARMY BARMY
niforms, brass bands, military lingo—you love it all. You’re the first person to arrive at the open-air meeting, the flagbearer during the march of witness and the keenest recruiter of soldiers at your corps (yes, that’s “corps,” not “church”). You know the 11 doctrines and all seven verses of O Boundless Salvation by heart, and you try to live William Booth’s vision for the Army in all you do. “Go for souls, and go for the worst” is your motto. Your chief calling is to serve the poor and you engage in “street combat” (that’s outreach ministry for the non-Army Barmy) whenever you get the chance. Keep fighting the good fight, soldier!
MOSTLY Bs … You’re a MIDDLE-OF-THE-ROAD-ER
he ultimate “progressive conservative,” you’ve got the Song Book in one hand and a Matt Redman CD in the other. You’re the “keep calm and carry on” of the Army world. You like the traditional Army distinctives—you grew up attending music camp and you’re no stranger to the mercy seat—but you’re not afraid to let your bonnet down and try something new. Contemporary music and family movie nights are cool— you’ve even been known to play the odd nonChristian song at a youth event—as long as they don’t take away from what makes the Army, the Army. Onwards and upwards!
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he chameleon of the bunch, you follow the Apostle Paul’s example of becoming all things to all people, using whatever means you have to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity. You want church to be as accessible as possible, and you don’t mind letting some traditions go to make sure everyone feels comfortable. You think of your church as a second family and, to quote Lilo and Stitch, “family means no one gets left behind.” Adaptability is the name of your game—for you, an Army on the march is an Army that’s in step with the 21st-century culture we minister in. You’re eager to keep up with the latest cultural trends—which means you’ve probably got Relevant magazine bookmarked on your browser (if you don’t already follow them on Twitter). Keep it real!
MOSTLY Ds … You’re a SOLDIER-IN-TRAINING
ased on your answers, we’re guessing you’re new around here. Welcome! Depending on your background, maybe you find all this “army” stuff a little strange —frankly, the first time you heard that the Army was “opening fire” somewhere, you were more than a little worried (and if you’ve never heard that phrase before, go ask an Army Barmy to explain it to you). But you’re learning the ropes and you’re well on your way to becoming a lifelong Salvationist. You love the Army’s Christianity-with-sleeves-rolled-up approach and you’re ready to jump into the fray. See you on the front lines!
The Foundations Compassionate of Faith Justice Convictions Matter offers an accessible guide to Salvation Army doctrines
New book encourages Christians to make justice a reality
REVIEW BY MAJOR BRUCE POWER
REVIEW BY MAJOR DANIELLE STRICKLAND
The Salvation Army has been shaped by its core convictions,
called doctrines. But what difference do they make to the life of
Salvationists in the 21st century? This book explores the relevance and contribution of these historic doctrines for the present age. It argues that each doctrine has something vital to contribute to the Army’s
understanding and practice of holiness. These convictions matter!
“In articulating and reflecting on the core convictions that guide the work of The Salvation Army and hold its communal life together,
Ray Harris has achieved that elusive but essential balance between accessibility and depth. He has put the doctrines of the Army in
conversation with the Salvationist understanding of holiness for the purpose of engaging the future.”
—The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches
“Doctrines are not monuments to the past, but living testimonies to
hen was the last time you thought through the statement of faith articulated in the eleven doctrines of The Salvation Army? Or read them over at all? Most of us tend to be doctrine deprived, at least when it comes to having a systematic approach. Major Ray Harris’ Convictions Matter provides a helpful service to readers who are interested in learning about and reflecting on the foundations of the Salvationist faith. Major Harris is well qualified to write this book: a former training principal at the St. John’s, N.L., College for Officer Training, he holds a doctor of ministry with an emphasis on theological education. Convictions Matter provides an accessible overview of the eleven doctrines. Each doctrine is addressed using criteria that include: the development of the theological idea(s); concerns and misunderstandings about these ideas; and how these ideas affect our thinking and actions in daily life. Each chapter is divided into three sections: forming the doctrine, engaging the doctrine and practising the doctrine. Drawing on his experience as a teacher of doctrine in various roles, Major Harris articulates these ideas for a broad audience, seeking to provide both clarity of thought and attention to practical application. Designed for the individual reader, the book can also easily be used for group study as each of the dozen chapters includes reflection questions and exercises. Major Harris unites the book’s 12 chapters with the approach that “all doctrines have something important to say about holiness,” which I found most helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Convictions Matter, finding its engagement with contemporar y theology informative and thought provoking. Its approach to tradition and Salvationist views was enlightening. I appreciated having a trusted guide to accompany me on a fresh journey through our statements of faith. The Function of Salvation Army Doctrines
the present and hopeful signs of the future. Ray Harris adeptly looks
at the formation of our doctrines [and] speaks about those doctrines with clarity and purpose [using] a wide range of sources, which
will enrich the doctrinal conversation of the Army with the broader theological world.”
—Dr. Roger J. Green, Professor and Chair of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries, Terrelle B. Crum Chair of Humanities, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts
Ray Harris is a Salvation Army officer in the Canada and Bermuda Territory. He and his wife, Cathie, have served across Canada in various congregational, college and administrative appointments. In the course of his officership,
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Ray received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Regis College, Toronto School of Theology, with an emphasis on curriculum design in theological education. He lives in Winnipeg where he enjoys family, baking muffins, singing Charles Wesley hymns and running in a prairie winter.
Major (Dr.) Bruce Power is an adjunct professor of biblical studies at Booth University College.
he n Ju stice Is the Measure is a book you’ll want to savour. If you are hungry to know Jesus through his Word and understand the deep implications of his divine and human nature and what that has to do with justice, you’ll want to read this book thoroughly. I’d suggest you also bring your notepad. The book is a collaboration between Commissioner M. Christine MacMillan, founding director of the Army’s International Social Justice Commission (ISJC); Don Posterski, currently on the leadership team of the ISJC; and Dr. James Read, executive director of the Army’s Ethics Centre in Winnipeg. When Justice Is the Measure is a jam-packed resource that includes reflections, Bible readings, journal ideas, thoughtprovoking questions and awe-inspiring illustrations. This book is not exhaustive, nor is it lightweight. It’s divided into five sections, the last of which is a personal reflection from Commissioner MacMillan. The other four sections each focus on a major principle of biblical social justice: including the excluded, challenging cultural practices, confronting the powerful and advocating for the oppressed. The book covers a variety of topics, from poverty to gender inequality and racism. Reading this book, I found my hunger for justice renewed. If you are new to the justice journey, particularly as it relates to our faith and how it’s personified in Jesus, you will not be lost. You will find yourself invited to discover the relentless and passionate love of God. The authors don’t offer easy answers or soft punches; they grapple with global issues and injustices that leave us breathless and uneasy. They have the learned inner strength to leave some questions that cannot be answered on this side of heaven, and pass those questions on to readers. I would recommend reading this book in a group; it makes a wonderful resource as we journey the path of justice together. Major Danielle Strickland is the corps officer at Edmonton’s Crossroads Community Church.
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Boosting the Mission
Three ways the Mission Focus Fund supports efforts around the territory BY KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
enis Segura was in a quandary. As chaplain at The Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope in London, Ont., he knew better than anyone how a guitar or drum kit could get clients to open up. “Music is a bridge for building relationships,” he observes. What was needed was a greater musical presence, the kind of thing that could draw people to the daily devotional sessions. Unfortunately, there were no instruments at hand. An application was made by the centre to The Salvation Army’s Mission Focus Fund, which was accepted last summer. “We were able to purchase a lead acoustic guitar, a bass and electric guitar, keyboards and a drum kit,” says Captain Lynda Wakelin, the centre’s assistant executive director. “As well, we acquired storage cupboards and even a new Salvation Army flag to improve the denominational presence in the chapel.” The results were almost immediate. “Attendance to the chapel increased by 15 percent,” says Captain Wakelin, “and lives were transformed through discipleship.” “Now that we have a ‘house band,’ not only are we getting clients to open up but we’re building bridges into the community as well,” adds Segura. “The curious are drawn by the music, and sometimes they stay.” “The Centre of Hope now has the tools to engage in ministry differently and ensure that the full dimensions of discipleship are not forgotten,” says Captain Wakelin. “This would not have happened without the Mission Focus Fund.” Creation of an Initiative The Mission Focus Fund was established in 2012 at the instigation of Commissioner Brian Peddle, territorial commander, to provide resources for projects or initiatives aimed at furthering seven territorial priorities: 24 • June 2014 • Salvationist
Mission Possible participants celebrate a job well done
•• Spiritual renewal •• Leadership development •• Social justice •• Children and youth •• Integrated mission and ministry •• The gospel and transformation •• Discipleship Practically, the fund was to assist with program development and enhancement, new resources, training mentorship, and outreach throughout the territory, all in the context of the One Army, One Mission, One Message. The response to the initiative was overwhelmingly positive and in January 2013, the territorial committee met and approved a number of applications. Mission: Possible One of these submissions came from Captain Mark Stanley, executive director of the Anchorage, a six-month treatment program for men at Edmonton’s Addictions and Residential Centre (ARC). Along with classes, group work, individual counselling and spiritual develop-
ment, the ARC offers opportunities to give back to the community. “As we watched other Army ministries engaged in terrific mission projects, often in places as far afield as Haiti, Zimbabwe and Jamaica, our staff wondered what we could do, too, but closer to home,” says Captain Stanley. Their thoughts turned to Pine Lake Camp in the Alberta and Northern Territories Division, which is in constant need of upkeep, especially in the spring, when the facility is being prepared for another season of activities. “Many of the clients come to us with experience in various trades—plumbing, building, electrical—but even those without could grab a paintbrush or a hammer, so we proposed our own mission trip!” smiles Captain Stanley. Last May, Anchorage clients and staffed headed up to Pine Lake for three days of work projects set out by the divisional youth secretary. Fire pits were repaired, picnic tables were painted, a new roof was installed on the storage shed, decks were stained and cabins refurbished.
It wasn’t all work, however. Evenings were free to go canoeing, do some fishing, play horseshoes or just toss a football around, all in the great outdoors. “Most of the guys had never been to camp as kids so this was a whole new world,” says Captain Stanley. “The highlight of their stay was when a busload of moms and kids came up to the camp for a day to visit the site. The clients were able to see with their own eyes who they were doing all this work for, and it was very gratifying to them to see the kids enjoy themselves. “We couldn’t have done this without the Mission Focus Fund,” Captain Stanley continues. “Not only were we able to pay staff overtime as well as cover the transportation costs, but we provided each client with work clothes, equipment and safety boots—all essential items they would need when they eventually return to the work force. “Just as important, we gave these men a sense of self-worth and the satisfaction of a job well done. You can’t put a cost on that.” Mission to Charlottetown At St. John’s Citadel, N.L., there were
many discussions as to how the Mission Focus Fund could be put to good use. But how? The worship team put the word out across the Atlantic Provinces. Word came back that Captains Jamie and Elaine Locke, corps officers in Charlottetown, had been trying to boost youth attendance at their corps. They believed that a service led by a teenaged worship team might well attract area young people, who would see that they were not alone in loving to serve and worship God, and who were also involved in The Salvation Army. Overseen by Rob and Susan Lee, five members of the worship team landed in Charlottetown last September. While the trip had a bit of a “rock star” vibe going for the boys, service not stardom was the aim. “We wanted the kids to focus on their servanthood,” explains Rob, “through helping others in concrete ways.” Accordingly, early Friday morning found the group stocking the food bank at Charlottetown Community Church and helping serve breakfast to 150 appreciative patrons. When they asked the group to play some music, the band
happily obliged. “That really seemed to break the ice,” shares Rob. “We quickly saw the bond that existed between the breakfast patrons and the corps volunteers. Conversation flowed with the music, and we heard many stories, both humorous and heartbreaking. Too soon, breakfast time was over, the team helped clean up and then headed upstairs for a worship service.” The team spent Saturday afternoon at the men’s shelter, where they helped tidy up the adjacent vacant lot. The rest of the evening passed in a whirl of worship services, some of which were streamed live over the Internet. All too soon, it was time to head back to St. John’s. “The corps in Charlottetown was not the only beneficiary of our trip, a trip that the Mission Focus Fund made possible,” says Rob. “Our worship team was challenged to grow spiritually and in maturity through this trip. They got to see and believe that even though they are young, even though there were only five of them, they could make a real difference in the world through their willingness to serve God as members of The Salvation Army.”
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ENROLMENTS AND RECOGNITION LONDON, ONT.—London Citadel is pleased to welcome one adherent and eight senior soldiers to the corps family. From left, Mike Wittich, adherent; CSM Mjr Warrick Pilgrim; Edith Van Keulen, senior soldier; Mjr Wil Brown-Ratcliffe, CO; Michelle Sangster, senior soldier; Mjr Catherine Brown-Ratcliffe, CO; Madison Rumble, Robyn Goodyear, Mac Goodyear, Chantal Davison, Abbey Brown, Cassie Barrett, senior soldiers. VICTORIA—Two new adherents, Gwen Thomson and Frances Doreen Martin, are welcomed to the fellowship at Victoria Citadel. From left, Mjr Lynn Grice, CO; Gwen Thomson; Jim ten Hove, holding the flag; Frances Doreen Martin; Mjr Dave Grice, CO.
YORKTON, SASK.—Irene Baran is commissioned as corps sergeant-major at Yorkton Corps. From left, Mjr Mike Hoeft, AC, Prairie Div; Mjr Ronald Mailman, CO; Irene Baran. ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Lloyd Noseworthy is recognized during 126th anniversary celebrations at St. John’s Citadel for more than 25 years of service as the corps archivist. “He spends many hours each week maintaining the extensive history of The Salvation Army here in St. John’s and, in particular, at St. John’s Citadel,” says Mjr Brian Wheeler (left), CO. Anniversary events included a leadership training day led by weekend guest Mjr Sandra Stokes, AC, N.L. Div.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—St. John’s Temple enrols five young people as senior soldiers during 128th corps anniversary celebrations. From left, CSM Larry Purdy, holding the flag; Mjr Rene Loveless, CO; Noah Sheppard; Rachel Lee; Matthew Cadigan; Andrea Pope; Alexis Ramirez; Arlene Riche, recruiting sergeant; Lorraine Pope, youth director. 26 • June 2014 • Salvationist
SWIFT CURRENT, SASK.—Five senior soldiers join the ranks at The Salvation Army Community Church in Swift Current. Front, from left, Gloria Hildebrandt, Chelzee Proctor, Violet Hildebrandt, Tim Neigum, Jen Baddorf, senior soldiers; Cpt Michael Ramsay, CO. Back, from left, Mjr Mike Hoeft, AC, Prairie Div; Cpt Susan Ramsay, CO; Lloyd Blyth, holding the flag; Richard Parr; Dennis Hamm; Elaine Blyth, holding the flag.
BOWMANVILLE, ONT.—“Bowmanville CC is grateful for the many combined years of service these dedicated people have given,” says Mjr Ken Percy, CO, as five members of the ministry board retire from active service. From left, Mjr Ken Percy; Marion Sneed; Tom Colliss; Yvonne Gillard; Joyce Shaw; Dianne Colliss; Mjr Donette Percy, community ministries officer; Margaret Colliss.
GAMBO, N.L.—During 115th anniversary celebrations at Gambo Corps, Kenny Rogers is enrolled as a senior soldier and Lorraine Duffett is commissioned as the corps treasurer. From left, Keith Peckford, holding the flag; Cpts David and Melanie Rideout, COs; Kenny Rogers; Lorraine Duffett; weekend guests Mjrs Shirley and Wycliffe Reid, former COs in Gambo.
Anniversary Celebrations in Conception Bay South CONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L.—Salvationists and friends of Conception Bay South Corps gathered under the leadership of Mjrs Lorne and Barbara Pritchett, COs, to celebrate 106 years of Army ministry and service. Sunday’s worship services featured the enrolment of Daniel Pelley and Frances Stroud as senior soldiers and the debut presentation of Brian Hart’s Long Pond Citadel. To the delight and enthusiasm of the congregation, Hart led the band as they played his composition. A special highlight was the reenactment of an early day open-air meeting, as participants entered the sanctuary to the beat of drums, wearing high-collar uniforms, bonnets and caps, and shared old-time Army songs. A time of fellowship included the cutting of the anniversary cake.
Daniel Pelley and Frances Stroud are enrolled as senior soldiers during 106th anniversary celebrations at Conception Bay South Corps. From left, Mjrs Lorne and Barbara Pritchett; Daniel Pelley; Ted Snook, holding the flag; Frances Stroud; CSM Nic Dobson; ACSM Claudette Hillier
Accepted for Training
Messengers of Light Session (2014-16) College for Officer Training, Winnipeg
Major Judy Hann was born and raised in Guelph, Ont., where she met the Army through the guiding movement and came under the ministry of Dave and Lillian Berry. Called to be an officer, she was commissioned in 1990 in the Witnesses for Jesus Session. Judy married Lieutenant Jim Hann and began her ministry in Orangeville, Ont. Further appointments followed in Courtenay and Langley, B.C. In July 2003, Judy woke on a Sunday morning and realized that something was wrong. She had experienced a stroke during the night that left her unable to talk and with weakness on her right side. For 10 years, in Langley and St. Mary’s, Ont., Judy continued to minister, contending with the after-effects of her stroke until she retired April 1. Judy wants to continue to support her husband in his ministry in any way she can as the Lord allows her.
Kaitlin Adlam Simcoe Community Church and London’s Westminster Park Ontario Great Lakes Division How do you see CFOT helping you to fulfil God’s call on your life? God has been preparing me for a long time to enter into this next phase of my journey. He has challenged me and moulded me into the willing servant I am today. I anticipate that CFOT will continue to prepare me—mind, body and spirit—for all that God plans for me during my ministry as an officer. I am excited to learn how to identify and meet the needs of those in the communities I will serve. Alfred Esdaille St. George’s Corps, Bermuda Division Who or what helped you to discover God’s call on your life to be an officer? My greatest influence has always been my grandmother, a devoted Salvationist who encouraged her family to attend the Army. As a young person, I was led away from the church, but my life was changed when I met Cathy, who is now my wife. We rededicated our lives to God and were enrolled as senior soldiers. Cathy talked about becoming an officer so we attended an officership information weekend at the training college in Winnipeg. It was at CFOT that I realized God was calling me as well and by the end of the weekend, I was ready to accept. Cathy Esdaille St. George’s Corps, Bermuda Division How do you see CFOT helping you to fulfil God’s call on your life? I believe CFOT will equip me for ministry and give me the opportunity to share Christ with others. I want to lead people to him while being obedient to God’s call to become a Salvation Army officer. I trust God and believe that I am in his hands.
Major Audrey Tilley was commissioned as a Salvation Army officer in 1987 and will retire July 1. “The journey of my life as a Salvationist and officer has been a wonderful God-given experience of adventure as I’ve moved to new places to minister and meet new people,” she says. Having served in various capacities in her appointments of ministry, Audrey’s journey was filled with many unexpected blessings which resulted in a greater spiritual enrichment. As with any journey, life brings many challenges, unforeseen circumstances and situations, but through it all, she came to experience a greater understanding of Proverbs 3:5-6, which says: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (KJV). Throughout her officership, Audrey has proven that no matter what the situation or circumstance, if we trust God to go before us, he will make the rough places smooth and the crooked places straight (see Luke 3:5). “May we all continue to trust in his providential care as we journey together in his name and for his glory,” Audrey says. Salvationist • June 2014 • 27
TRIBUTES SARNIA, ONT.—Born in North Sydney, N.S., in 1920, Jean Marie Moore (nee Collins) passed away in her 94th year. She was the beloved wife of the late Earl Moore with whom she shared 40 years of married life. A woman of strong faith, Jean moved from Port Rowan, Ont., to Sarnia in 1962, becoming a soldier of the Sarnia Corps in 1964. She demonstrated caring interest in the corps’ young people and was known as a cherished friend, Aunt Jean, “little Mom” or grandma by many who benefitted from her nurturing spirit. Jean’s influence was also evident through her long-time devotion to community care ministries and in the support and counsel she extended to others. She had a gift for friendship and brought much joy to those within her sphere of influence by celebrating the milestones in their lives. She is remembered with gratitude and love by her daughter, Major (Dr.) Mona Moore, and scores of grateful relatives, neighbours and friends. EDMONTON—Olive E. Stam (nee Chambers) was born in Quebec in 1926. Raised in the corps in Campbellton, N.B., she moved to Montreal during the Second World War. While working in the wartime effort there, she entered the training college in Toronto from Verdun Corps, Que., in 1944 in the Fearless Session. Commissioned in 1945, Olive served in corps appointments in Quebec and Ontario until she entered Ottawa Grace Hospital’s nurses training program as an officer. After graduation, she was appointed to the Calgary Grace Hospital and attended Calgary Citadel where she met her husband, Cornelis (Kees) Stam, who had immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands after the Second World War. Olive resigned her officership and was married in 1956. They moved to Edmonton in 1965 and actively served at Edmonton Temple for almost 50 years. Olive was a Company Guard, primary sergeant and community care ministries worker. She worked as a registered nurse for 40 years. She leaves her husband, Kees; son, David (Sharon); grandchildren Joel, Jolene, Bethany, David. CAMBRIDGE, ONT.—Major Cyril Janes was born in Deer Lake, N.L., in 1946. In 1967, Cyril entered The Salvation Army’s College for Officer Training in the Evangelists Session. He married Captain Mary Rogers in 1970 and over the next seven years had three sons, Roger, Rodney and Stephen. Throughout Cyril’s career in The Salvation Army, he took great pride in his work as a corps officer, accountant, long-term care director, community and family services director, and social worker. For the last three years of his career, he felt the Lord was leading him back to corps ministry and was appointed as the corps officer of Stratford Community Church, Ont. Cyril’s compassionate and caring personality, great sense of humour and unwavering faith made him a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend who will never be forgotten. MOUNT HOPE, ONT.—Major Dorothy Drover was born in Charlottetown, N.L., to Gordon and Olive Drover. Commissioned in 1972 as a lieutenant in the Lightbringers Session, she was appointed to Bridgeport, N.L., as the assistant corps officer. Other appointments as corps officer included Fairbanks, Elliston and Lower Lance Cove, N.L. Dorothy served the remaining days of her officership as secretary for the divisional commander in St. John’s, N.L., and then as secretary in the candidates department at territorial headquarters in Toronto. In retirement, she was a faithful soldier of Winterberry Heights Church in Stoney Creek, Ont. Dorothy’s love for God, The Salvation Army and her family will be missed. She is remembered by her sister, Major Marie (Arch) Simmonds; niece, Tracy (Roger) and their children Nathan, Makayla; niece, Trina (Paul) and their children Caleb, Jonah, Luke. They give thanks to God for her quiet spirit and the Christian influence she demonstrated.
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TORONTO—Eva Batten (nee Hiscock) was born in 1924 and raised in a Salvation Army home in Grand Falls, N.L. She continued to soldier and serve as a songster, band member and Sunday school teacher in the Lippincott Corps and then at East Toronto. Eva loved playing her baritone and wore her uniform with great pride. She was a woman of faith, with a profound belief in the love of God and the power of prayer. Eva’s memory will be cherished by her husband of 67 years, Bill, seven children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
INTERNATIONAL Appointments Apr 1: Col Lalngaihawmi, TC and TPWM, India Eastern Tty, with rank of comr. Jun 1: Lt-Cols Joginder Masih/Shanti Joginder, CS/ TSWM, India Western Tty. Jul 1: Lt-Cols Rodney/Wendy Walters, TC/ TPWM, Eastern Europe Tty, with rank of col; Mjr Alexander Kharkov, CS, Eastern Europe Tty, with rank of lt-col. Aug 1: Lt-Cols Godfrey/ Diane Payne, TC/TPWM, Nigeria Tty, with the rank of comr; Mjrs Friday/Glory Ayanam, CS/TSWM, Nigeria Tty, with the rank of lt-col. Sep 1: Comrs Brian/Rosalie Peddle, international secretary for the Americas and Caribbean/zonal secretary for women’s ministries— Americas and Caribbean, IHQ; Comrs Torben/Deise Eliasen, TC/ TPWM, South America West Tty; Comrs Jorge/Adelina Ferreira, TC/ TPWM, South America East Tty; Col Susan McMillan, TC and TPWM, Canada and Bermuda Tty, with rank of comr; Col Hannelise Tvedt, TC and TPWM, Denmark Tty; Lt-Cols Henrik/Lisbeth Andersen, CS/TSWM, Netherlands and Czech Republic Tty, with rank of col; Lt-Cols Anthony/Gillian Cotterill, CS/TSWM, Denmark Tty; Lt-Cols Willis/Barbara Howell, CS/TSWM, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Tty, with the rank of col; Lt-Col David Bowles, territorial secretary for adult and family ministries, Germany and Lithuania Tty. Oct 1: Cols Merle/Dawn Heatwole, national CS/national SWM, U.S.A.; Lt-Cols Jeffrey/Dorothy Smith, CS/TSWM, U.S.A. Central Tty, with rank of col TERRITORIAL Births Lts Joshua/Jennifer Ivany, son, Max Samuel, Mar 12; Cpts Jean-Curtis Plante/Rachele Lamont, son, Micaiah Hosea, Apr 15; Cpts Jeffrey/ Shannon Howard, son, Grayson Charlie James, Apr 16 Appointments Cpt Geraldine Lindholm, training and education officer, School for Officer Training, Finland and Estonia Tty; Cpt Hannu Lindholm, Porvoo Corps and support officer, Kotka Corps, Finland and Estonia Tty Promoted to major Cpt Karen Crocker Long service—25 years Mjr Ken Percy Retirements Mjr Judy Hann, last appointment, St. Mary’s CC, Ont. GL Div; Lt-Col Susan van Duinen, last appointment, DC and DDWM, Ont. CE Div Promoted to glory Mjr Pearce Samson, from Peterborough, Ont., Mar 26
Commissioners Brian and Rosalie Peddle May 30-Jun 2 Bermuda Div; Jun 9 opening and dedication, Summerside CFS and soup kitchen, P.E.I.; Jun 15 CFOT, Winnipeg; Jun 19-22 territorial congress and commissioning, Mississauga, Ont. Colonels Mark and Sharon Tillsley Jun 15 CFOT, Winnipeg, Jun 19-22 territorial congress and commissioning, Mississauga, Ont. General Bramwell Tillsley (Rtd) Jun 7-8 St. Paul’s Anglican, Brockville, Ont. Canadian Staff Band Jun 20-22 territorial congress, Mississauga, Ont.
Destined for Discrimination
The marginalized get one chance to make a good first impression and often fail BY JAMES READ AND DON POSTERSKI
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irst impressions are important. They can open doors or slam them shut. Some of us see a person begging on the street and think, “You can’t judge a book by its cover. There’s a story here. I wonder what happened?” Others see the same person in the same situation and conclude, “What you see is what you get. I’m glad that’s not me.” For them, the story is over. People who are marginalized suffer the consequences of first impressions. So often, as with people with disabilities, they have doors slammed in their faces before they have a chance to tell their stories. They are destined for discrimination. Who are these people? What is it about them that triggers discrimination? The list includes: people who are chronically unemployed and long-term welfare recipients; sidewalk panhandlers and transient street people; addicts and drunkards; prostituted persons, adulterers and HIV-carriers; pregnant teenagers; LGBT advocates; widows and orphans; unemployed youth; people of colour; indigenous people; religious zealots; foreign language speakers; mentally ill persons; obese people and others with distorted physical appearances; social misfits; minorities; recent immigrants; released criminals; and the poor in the eyes of the rich. Let’s face it. Encountering people who are vulnerable to discrimination often catches us off guard. We are on the way somewhere else when we suddenly encounter them. They invade our comfort zones and sometimes feel like a nuisance. Still, we do not want to embarrass them or ourselves. Too often, as we walk away, we don’t feel that we have been our best selves. How can we personally respond to people who often experience marginalization and discrimination? What we believe about people can help us. Followers of Jesus believe that the image of God is in everyone. Capacities to think and love, abilities to make positive decisions and resourcefulness to express goodness are all human beauty marks that reflect God’s image. People make bad decisions, but that does not make them bad people. People are different from us, but the fact that their lives are off track doesn’t diminish their human worth. Before walking out the door in the morning, we can remind ourselves to look for God among everyone we encounter. Another pre-commitment we can make is to humanize our interaction. Whether individuals have disgraced themselves or find themselves on the outside due to reasons beyond their control, we can send signals of acceptance to them. In our minds, we can pre-schedule an interruption. We can stop, look people in the eye, greet them and break the awkward silence. Instead of being befuddled by the encounter with an unexpected panhandler, we can graciously put our hand into our pocket for the coins that were put there precisely for this anticipated moment. Encouraging them to “have a good day”
as we walk away lifts life. By living with foresight, we reduce stigmatization and counter discrimination. In his award-winning book, Tattoos on the Heart, priest and social worker Gregory Boyle tells the story of taking his shaved-head, body-tattooed, baggy-clothed gang buddies to a restaurant. Overcoming the host’s resistance to seating them, the three were ushered through the maze of other customers to a back corner table. In Boyle’s description, “all the diners stop what they’re doing, silverware suspended in midair and a disquieting silence descends on the place.” This was Richie and Chepe’s first time in a restaurant. Richie spoke first, “Everyone is looking at us. We don’t belong here.” Chepe chimed in, “There’s just pure, rich white people here.” Then it happened. The waitress came toward them. Instead of the earlier frozen and awkward reception, she verbally put her arms around them, “Hey, fellas, what can I get you?” Looking at Chepe, “How about you, sweetie?” And then Richie, “Well honey, what do you want?” After cleaning their plates and being served refills they didn’t even ask for, they made their exit. On the way to the car, the talk was about the waitress. Chepe said what was important: “She treated us like we were somebody.” “What-you-see-is-what-you-get” people have had their imaginations crushed and, in turn, slam doors shut. “You-can’t-judge-a-book-by-its-cover” people inherently believe there are more chapters to be written. They open doors. We can choose to treat people as assets rather than liabilities. 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. Salvationist • June 2014 • 29
IN THE TRENCHES
Who Am I to Judge?
It is an act of cowardice to let believers wallow in their sin BY MAJOR AMY REARDON
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any Christians these days are terrified of being labelled “judgmental.” So acute is this fear that we often sacrifice a great deal of reason. Biblical principles are considered negotiable because, if they are strictly adhered to, someone might fall under judgment and that would be unloving. Some even feel it would be “un-Christlike.” John Wesley taught us that God reveals himself to us through Scripture, reason, tradition and experience. All these things are important, but if our reason, tradition or experience contradict Scripture, Wesley notes that Scripture should rule the day. We can’t trust in any notion that is contrary to it. In other words, our faith—our theology and the way we live it out—is not subjective. It is guided by the truth of Scripture. As Salvationists, we believe that Scripture is inspired by God and, therefore, authoritative. Unfortunately, many Christians think that our 21st-century reasoning trumps the inspired Word. The surest way to avoid being judgmental is to decide that nothing is definitively true. It would follow, then, that our “sophisticated,” “evolved,” never-judgmental views are more humane than the ancient assertions of the Bible. This “live and let live” approach, even when it defies the Bible, is seen by some to be more Christlike—though I can’t imagine how they determine what Christ was like at all if the Bible can’t be trusted. On the one hand they say, “We can’t expect people to live by biblical standards anymore;” on the other hand, they use Scripture to prove their point. And here is the poor, lonely verse that is used to jeopardize so much biblical teaching: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). People who are fearful of judging others read this verse and say, “Who am I to tell Joe what is right or wrong if his 30 • June 2014 • Salvationist
experiences and gut feelings are guiding him otherwise? Who am I to think I know what is true?” Don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting we should expect people who are not in a relationship with Christ to live by biblical standards. Is it wrong, however, to hold a Christian brother or sister accountable
to what is in the Bible? What did Christ really teach about this? Matthew 7:1 is directed at the Pharisees, who had a problem with hypocrisy. They ridiculed and judged people for their sins but refused to acknowledge their own. In The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, Eric J. Bargerhuff says this about Matthew 7:1: “Jesus does not forbid all moral judgment or accountability. Rather, he forbids harsh, prideful and hypocritical judgment that condemns others outright without first evaluating one’s own spiritual condition and commitment to forsake sin.” The Bible actually teaches us to admonish fellow believers who are living outside of the commands of God’s Word, and guide them back to truth (see Galatians 6:1-2, Colossians 3:16 and James 5:19-20). Consider the example of Christ. When he healed people spiritually and physically, he did not leave them in their sin. He told them to stop sinning and become faithful disciples. It is an act of love to bring a friend into truth, help them to do right and not allow them to be less than who God wants them to be. It is an act of cowardice to leave them to wallow in sin. And it is an insult to God to say, “I have no right to say what is true and what isn’t,” where God’s will is clearly spelled out in Scripture. It is true that all of us will misunderstand Scripture in certain places. But this should not prevent us from upholding it as true and as our life’s standard. Rather, because none of us knows everything, we must reason together. We must respect each other’s understanding—if it is the result of real Bible study—and we must listen and learn. But let us never say that because we don’t know it all, we don’t know anything. If we are Salvationists, then we believe in the inspired Word of God. We do not hold it at arm’s length. We wrestle with it and we live by it as best as we know how. We also help our comrades to live by it, too—even if we have to exercise a bit of loving judgment. Major Amy Reardon serves at U.S.A. National Headquarters as editor of the Young Salvationist magazine and assistant national editor-in-chief.
TIES THAT BIND
Put on Your Thinking Caps Encourage children to stand on their own and live with integrity BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU
Mjr Kathie Chiu’s son, Nathan, breaks the mould
re you sure you want those colours?” I asked my 16-yearold son, Nathan. “Yep,” he replied. So off we went to the cashier with balls of yarn in red, orange, green, grey and oatmeal tweed. I knit all those colours together into a long, winter stocking cap at Christmastime. Surprisingly, the colours blended and didn’t look bad at all. Nathan didn’t care that other teens weren’t wearing a similarly styled hat. I don’t think it fazed him one bit. Recently, he requested a large poncho with a Southwest design, “the kind worn by Clint Eastwood in the old spaghetti westerns.” I’m going to have to make that one up, too, because there is no pattern anywhere that matches what’s in his mind’s eye. My son is an original—an independent thinker. “What does it mean to be an independent thinker?” I asked my Facebook friends. Here’s what they said: •• “They don’t blindly follow others.” •• “They never take another person’s word as fact on any subject, and they do their own research and critical thinking about whatever their five senses tell them may be true.” •• “Independent thinkers can solve problems in new and different ways because they aren’t influenced by the opin-
ions and hypotheses of others.” •• “They don’t always just accept what they are told; they question and need to understand why something is the way it is.” •• “They don’t conform to someone else’s way of thinking. They make decisions based on their own observations instead of going along with the opinion of someone else.” And my favourite response: •• “They’re not someone who goes, ‘Baaaaa ...’ If you’re really thinking, that almost makes you independent, doesn’t it? Many of us are too lazy to think.” Not everyone is an independent thinker. If we were, how would companies be able to sell us so many useless products? If we all came to our own conclusions, why would we buy so many books that tell us what to believe? If we did our research and made up our own minds, why would we so easily accept conventional thinking? Independent thinking is hard work. You have to spend time reading, thinking and debating. That last one can be uncomfortable. It’s so much easier to rely on everyone else to do that work for you. Dressing the way you want rather than following the latest fashions will always bring comments from others—and it might hurt. We care what others think of us—I know I do—and that’s why we need to go back to our core values. What do we want people to think about us? How do we want our children to view us? Even if it doesn’t come naturally to us, we have a responsibility to help kids learn to think critically. If we don’t, they may just blindly accept conventional thinking and compromise their values. How can we do this? 1. Challenge them. When my teens tell me something is wrong “because the Bible says so,” I ask them to show me where. This has led to thought-provoking discussions on abortion, drugs, euthanasia, war and other issues. I want them to think for themselves and not just accept someone else’s word for it. 2. Respect their ideas. When they express an idea to you, ask them to explain how they came to think that way. 3. Allow them to question authority in a respectful way. There comes a time when saying “because I said so” isn’t good enough. Our children should know that we’re not going to get upset if they ask us why they aren’t allowed to do something. They need to understand our reasoning and learn to negotiate. 4. Be an independent thinker yourself. Not everyone will shout their ideas from the rooftop, but show your kids that you think through your values and ideas about life, faith, work and relationships. Explain to them why you believe what you do. Tell them how you were challenged. Show them how to make good decisions by guiding them through the process step by step. In the end, your adult children will thank you for giving them the tools to help them live with integrity. “Do not allow this world to mould you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing and complete” (Romans 12:2 The Voice). Major Kathie Chiu is the executive director of Victoria’s Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre. Salvationist • June 2014 • 31
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