So the clinic and the corps work hand-in-hand. Yes. It’s also known as integrated mission. Integrated mission isn’t a program; it’s a way of life. It’s how you be, not how you do—the understanding that we’re all in it together. It can be difficult to get the concept across in North America, where things are much more professionalized. But it’s really the concept the Army started with—“soup, soap and salvation,” holding together word and deed, evangelism and social action. It was that way from the very beginning. How will this perspective inform your leadership? I hope that it becomes more of a focus for us in North America. One thing I learned while serving overseas is that it’s not about us telling them how to do things— they already know how. Sometimes they get it really right in the developing world, and we need to look at what they’re doing. We can learn a lot about integrated mission from South America.
Neighbourhood children perform a typical folk dance at the inauguration of a new building in the city of Asunción, Paraguay. The building includes a student residence, an educational support program for high-school students called Youth Space and an outpost called Rayito de Luz
How can the Army do a better job of integrated mission in Canada and Bermuda? I’ve been away from the territory for 11 years, so I don’t think that’s a question I can answer until I get my feet on the ground and see where the territory is. I think it’s very positive that our territory has appointed an integrated mission secretary. What is your vision for the Army? I think we have all captured the international vision of One Army, One Mission, One Message. It doesn’t matter what we do, whether we work at a corps, a big social services centre, a thrift store or headquarters, we need to be focused on that vision, to get back to grassroots, doing what we do best— reaching out and helping to transform lives. And wherever we work, we need to be talking to people about Jesus, helping them have an encounter with him. That’s our main mission, what everything we do is aimed at. As our culture becomes more and more affluent and materialistic, people seem to see their need for God less and less. There’s an urgency to the call of the gospel. What are the strengths of the Army in this territory? I think the rest of the Army world looks to us for leadership in several areas. We
Visiting corps in the farming community of Axul Q’hocha, Bolivia
stayed on an even keel through the financial crisis of the last 10 years, when other territories were much more adversely affected. Our Ethics Centre is a valuable resource to the Army worldwide. Booth University College partners with many territories in the developing world to offer continuing education for officers. What is your favourite way to relax? I like to sew and do crafts. I’m always reading something, either a mystery or something to help prepare a sermon. I recently read Love—Right at the Heart by Commissioner Robert Street. The central message is really important—that you have to have love right in your heart and you have to be right in your heart, to fulfill the Army’s mission. It’s written for leaders, with discussion questions and suggestions for practical applications,
and we worked through it at several officers’ retreats. Can you share something that makes you unique? My family has a long history in the Army. My mother’s grandfather was a doorkeeper in the Christian Mission, before William Booth changed the name to The Salvation Army. If somebody was rowdy or disruptive at a meeting, he put them out. My dad’s family has also been in the Army almost since the beginning. But you have to make your own way, your own history. What do Salvationists in this territory need to know most about you? I recognize I’ve been gone a long time, but I’m coming back to listen and understand. Salvationist • September 2014 • 9