Losing His Leg Hasnâ€™t Slowed Major Tom Tuppenney
Is Sex Education Best Taught at Home or in the Classroom?
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10 One Step at a Time
For Major Tom Tuppenney, the loss of his lower leg has been a challenge and an opportunity by Ken Ramstead
Thirsty No More What We Learned From “the PRODUCT LABELINGDress” GUIDE FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL Family of God by Colonel Mark Tillsley A moms and tots camp provides a fun-filled week and a spiritual by Major Juan Burry Letters retreat by Kristin Ostensen
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Changing Track by Major Mona Moore
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29 Ties That Bind
Beyond the Birds and the Bees by Major Kathie Chiu
30 Salvation Stories In the Grip of Grace by Cadet Erin Metcalf
14 Together Again
A refugee family is reunited with the help of Edmonton Temple by Giselle Randall
17 Send the Fire
Empowered by the Spirit for the sake of the world by Captain Grant Sandercock-Brown
18 On the Move
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he Toronto Star reported recently that Canada was facing a “dramatic drop” in citizenship. Citing new rules and fees that appear to be raising barriers to becoming Canadian, it noted that citizenship rates for permanent residents had plummeted from 79 percent to 26 percent between 2000 and 2008. If this is true, it’s cause for concern. My wife knows firsthand some of the challenges that go with adapting to a new culture. Cynthia came to Canada from Mexico in 1999. She didn’t speak much English, but landed a job at territorial headquarters in the cafeteria, which is where we met and romance blossomed. (The heart-shaped cookies she baked for me were a dead giveaway to my colleagues!)
How do we remove the barriers to newcomers in our churches? Through determination and hard work, she learned the language, got a new job and began to apply her business knowledge. I’ll always remember the proud day that she became a Canadian citizen. Though she will never abandon her Mexican roots, it was a sign to me that she feels welcome here. We hope newcomers will also adapt to another culture: The Salvation Army. That transition isn’t always easy either, but many corps are extending a loving welcome to immigrants and refugees. The recent news about citizenship rates makes me wonder: How do we remove the barriers to newcomers in our churches? At North Toronto Community Church, we have been running English conversation classes for newcomers. With four or five English-as-a-secondlanguage schools in close proximity, there is no shortage of people wanting to practise their language skills. It’s a wonderful bridge to the community. The cover story in this month’s Salvationist tells of the impact that Edmonton Temple made on a family of 4 • May 2015 • Salvationist
refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who were forced to flee for their lives (see page 14). Sponsored by the Edmonton corps, they were reunited in Canada and now form a vital part of that congregation. Major Donald Bladen, corps officer, says, “The people of this corps have a tremendous capacity for compassion. They really stepped up, giving their money, resources, material possessions and time. I saw welcome in action.” In return, the corps has been blessed by the gifts that these newcomers bring. We live in one of the most multicultural nations. The world is on our doorstep. It’s time to welcome them with open arms.
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Hundreds Attend YP Music Festivals in Ontario MORE THAN 600 young musicians participated in two music festivals held in the Ontario Central-East Division in February. A young people’s music festival was held at Oshawa Temple, Ont., where 10 young people’s bands, eight choirs and one timbrel brigade from corps in the central-east part of the division played musical selections to the delight of a packed sanctuary. Guests for the afternoon included Marcus Venables, who led the massed band in his own arrangement of Lord Reign in Me, and Cameron Rawlins, who composed Soon, a massed choir piece, for the occasion. Matt Trottier, youth leader at Hope Community Church in Ajax, Ont., shared a devotional message, engaging kids with moulding clay to illustrate how God made us and names us as his own. The event was presided over by Captain Simon Downey, divisional youth secretary, who emphasized how God is working in the lives of youth across the division through local music programming and camps. Other highlights included Oye!, a selection by the Joyful Noise choir from Toronto’s Cedarbrae Community Church that included rhythmic drumming on
plastic barrels and Spanish lyrics. The timbrels from Toronto’s Yorkminster Citadel were a hit with their take on Deeds of Valour by composer Bramwell Coles. Many of the participants also came together for the Divisional Singing Company and Divisional Young People’s Band, including a triple duet of All That I Am with cornets and trombones. A second music festival was held at Toronto’s Etobicoke Temple, encompassing corps from the western half of
the division. Two young people’s bands, eight singing companies and two timbrel brigades participated, supported by the Divisional Youth Band and Divisional Youth Chorus. A highlight of the event was a devotional message from Jennifer Hibbs, youth director at York Community Church in Toronto, who shared about trusting God, using an illustration that involved poking holes in a bag full of water over a child’s head.
Marcus Venables leads the massed band at a young people’s music festival in Oshawa, Ont.
Harbour Light Clients Lead Sunday Meeting CLIENTS OF THE Salvation Army’s Harbour Light addiction program in Hamilton, Bermuda, participated in a special Sunday meeting at St. George’s Corps, under the leadership of Majors Dan and Wendy Broome, corps officers. Many came to the service to support the men and hear their testimonies, including Senior Magistrate Juan Wolffe, Harbour Light staff and Majors Frank and Rita Pittman, divisional leaders, Bermuda Division. The message was preached by Terry, now a uniformed Salvationist, who proudly spoke of having graduated from the program five years ago. He spoke passionately and sincerely on the topic of being still and allowing God’s presence to abide with us. The men shared rousing choruses as a group and two men offered solos. Five men shared their personal journeys and testimonies, giving credit to God and to the Harbour Light program for their success. One of these testimonies came from Anthony, who struggled with addiction for decades. Over a period of 30 years, he had spent less than a year out of the prison system; each time he was released, he would reoffend, resulting in his return to prison. He gave thanks to God that this cycle had been broken
and he was finally free. “Their testimonies and singing were inspiring and uplifting, and the Word was proclaimed with passion,” says Major Wendy Broome, reflecting on the meeting. “Their enthusiasm was encouraging. I believe that God used all of them in a mighty way to plant seeds for the kingdom.”
Terry, a Harbour Light graduate, shares a message at St. George’s Corps Salvationist • May 2015 • 5
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Winnipeg Families Gather for Fun Night
Fort McMurray Youth Hold Babysitting Night
NEARLY 300 PEOPLE attended a Caribbean Family Fun Night at The Salvation Army’s Barbara Mitchell Family Resource Centre in Winnipeg in February. The event featured food, games, music, prizes and an abundance of community spirit. “Because Winnipeg winters are so cold, the idea was to go with a winter get-away destination,” says Major Corinne Cameron, executive director. The centre was decorated with a tropical theme and served Caribbean foods such as Jamaican jerk chicken. But more than a fun break from winter, the event provided an opportunity for the centre to complete a community needs assessment focusing on safety. “We thought that if we could hold a fun event for the family, there was much more chance of getting a community voice in our assessment,” Major Cameron adds. The games facilitated conversations around safety that were recorded, and everyone who played a game was given a ticket for a door prize. The community needs assessment was much more involved, and each person who participated was entered to win a grand prize. “It was exciting to have an idea and to see it be fulfilled so well within our community,” says Major Cameron. “Young and old, and many different cultures came together to celebrate as families, and many relationships were deepened as a result.”
THE SENIOR YOUTH group at the Fort McMurray Corps, Alta., gave parents at the church a special treat, offering a night of free babysitting in February. The night was a thank you to corps members for their support of the youth group through various recent fundraisers. “Our congregation has given so much to our youth this past year,” says Catherine Harnum-Flynn, community outreach co-ordinator. “We wanted to give back and give parents the night off.” Between donations from the corps and the community, approximately $5,000 has been raised since September. These funds have supported events such as youth councils and a youth Christmas party. Seven youth offered their babysitting services, with support from Harnum-Flynn and three senior members of the congregation. The group looked after 17 children for an evening that included crafts, games, storytime and snacks, as well as a devotional message, singing from the Army’s song book and a visit from the “Sally Ann” mascot. “It was a fun-filled night,” says Harnum-Flynn. Given the success of the event, the youth group has decided to offer free babysitting every six weeks, alternating between Friday evening and Saturday daytime.
Florence Quan, family life co-ordinator, serves jerk chicken at a recent Family Fun Night
The Fort McMurray youth group provides free babysitting
Chef Competition Benefits Cranbrook Army SEVEN CHEFS FROM Cranbrook and Kimberley, B.C., competed in the first-ever Kootenay Granite Stone Soup Challenge, a fundraiser to support the Cranbrook Salvation Army’s efforts to build a shelter for homeless men, women and children. For each round, two chefs went head to head, preparing soup at the Army’s soup kitchen using only the ingredients on hand. The chefs then served lunch to the kitchen’s clients, who voted on their favourite soups. Winners advanced to the next round. “Everyone enjoyed themselves 6 • May 2015 • Salvationist
immensely, including the clients who enjoyed being able to take part,” says Captain Kirk Green, corps officer, Cranbrook—Kootenay Valley Community Church. The Salvation Army’s own chef, Kathy Morey, advanced to the final round, a public luncheon where she faced Shelby Schiller, chef at BJ’s Diner and Creekside Pub. More than 170 people attended the luncheon. Though Schiller took the top prize in the end, the biggest winner was The Salvation Army, says Captain Green.
“The event not only helped to raise funds, but also created an increased awareness of the plight of the homeless or persons at risk of homelessness,” he notes. Speaking at the luncheon, Captain Green challenged the crowd to speak to their elected officials about moving the Army’s shelter project forward to provide dignity and safety to those vulnerable in their community. In the end, the event raised $10,000, which will be split between the Army and the Cranbrook and District Community Foundation.
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Educating First Responders in Lethbridge THE SALVATION ARMY’S community response unit made an appearance at Lethbridge College in Lethbridge, Alta., in January, but it was only there for educational purposes. Major Brian Beveridge, corps officer and community and family services director, Lethbridge Community Church, attended and spoke to first-year students in the preliminary response courses to inform them of the services provided by The Salvation Army. “A lot of them will be going into law enforcement and the idea is to educate them as to what’s available for them,” says Major Beveridge. Major Beveridge shared about the role the community response unit played in responding to floods in High River, Alta., in 2013. He noted that the canteen provides refreshments not only to those affected by disasters but also to first responders when they are on scene. “The students learn a multitude of different things throughout the course but one of them is to understand how to be engaged in the community and to be aware of the services and the people in the community so that the police and the community can work together,” says Murray Bartley, who teaches the preliminary response class at Lethbridge College. “You can’t call a person like Brian Beveridge if you don’t know he exists.”
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… Bishop’s Falls Corps, N.L., will celebrate its centennial anniversary May 1-3, 2015, with Commissioner Susan McMillan, territorial commander, Lt-Cols Douglas and Jean Hefford, divisional leaders, N.L. Div? … students at Queen Elizabeth II Elementary School in Sarnia, Ont., received a free pizza party, courtesy of The Salvation Army, in recognition of the school’s food drive efforts at Christmastime? The school’s 300 students collected more than 2,000 non-perishable items for the Army
Text to Donate Raises Funds for Gateway of Hope THE GATEWAY OF Hope shelter in Langley, B.C., ran a text-to-donate campaign in February, with the help of Envision Financial and the local Wired Monk Coffee Bistros. Three Wired Monk locations in Langley used custom coffee sleeves on each cup they sold featuring a message that said, “Text HOPE1002 to 45678 to make a $5 donation to Gateway of Hope.” The goal was for community members to be reminded of the Gateway of Hope’s work in the community and to provide them with an easy way to instantly give back via their phone. “Having the text-to-donate coffee sleeves out in the community is not only a way to increase donations, but also a way to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness, and the presence of Salvation Army ministry in Langley,” says Jim Coggles, executive director, Gateway of Hope. Envision Financial, a long-time partner of the Gateway of Hope, sponsored the design and production of the coffee sleeves to make the campaign possible.
“We are proud to support innovative partnerships like this one with the Wired Monk and the Gateway of Hope,” says Barbara McKeown, Envision Financial branch manager, Langley City, and member of the Gateway of Hope’s Community Advisory Council. “By encouraging our coffee-drinking neighbours to think of the Gateway of Hope, we know that the excellent support, programming and services will be available to help those in need.”
Representatives from Envision Financial, Gateway of Hope and Wired Monk Coffee Bistros proudly display their text-to-donate coffee sleeves
Increased Support for P.E.I. Shelter THE BEDFORD MacDONALD House in Charlottetown, P.E.I., will continue to provide shelter for men who are experiencing short-term homelessness, thanks to new funding from the provincial government. Prince Edward Island recently announced that it will provide the Army with an additional $25,000 to fully meet the home’s operational needs. “The Bedford MacDonald House offers shelter and provides critical support for people who need it the most, especially at this time of year,” says Premier Wade MacLauchlan. “I met recently with Captain Jamie Locke and Gordie Clow, who spoke to me about a funding shortfall and their commitment to this important work.” The seven-bed Charlottetown facility is Prince Edward Island’s only shelter for adult males who are experiencing homelessness. “The Salvation Army is dedicated
to the alleviation of poverty on Prince Edward Island,” says Captain Jamie Locke, corps officer, Charlottetown C o m m u n i t y C h u rc h . “ P re m i e r MacLauchlan had expressed his interest in the work of The Salvation Army and we are appreciative of this supportive action he has taken.”
Premier Wade MacLauchlan, centre, presents a donation to Cpt Jamie Locke for the Bedford MacDonald House. Sharing the moment with them are Beth Cruwys, community and family services worker; Cpt Elaine Locke, CO; and Gordie Clow, residential supervisor Salvationist • May 2015 • 7
Servant of God, Well Done! Celebrating the life of General Eva Burrows, 13th international leader of The Salvation Army
eneral Eva Evelyn Burrows was a complex issue that had been was promoted to glory on considered many times over the years. March 20, 2015. Born in With characteristic boldness and deterNewcastle, Australia, in mination, General Burrows oversaw 1929, to Salvation Army officer parthe reorganization of International ents, she committed her life to God for Headquarters and the British Territory service as an officer while studying at in the biggest administrative change in Queensland University in Australia. Army history. Receiving a bachelor of arts in 1950, she Scheduled to retire in July 1991 entered the William Booth Memorial under the Army’s constitution, her tenTraining College in London, England, ure as international leader was extended and was commissioned in 1951. for two years with the support of more Following her first appointment as than two-thirds of active commissionassistant officer at Portsmouth Citadel ers. Before retiring in 1993, the General Corps in the British Territory, the presided over the development of the future General was appointed as an offifledgling United Kingdom Territory cer teacher to the Howard Institute, a and oversaw the Army’s return to the large mission station in Rhodesia (now former East Germany, Czechoslovakia, General Eva Burrows, 1929-2015 Zimbabwe), where she served for 14 Hungary and Russia. years. Concerned with the training of General Burrows was an Officer of teachers for Army schools throughout Zimbabwe, during the Order of Australia (AO), a Companion of the Order of her first homeland leave she studied at Sydney University Australia (AC) and awarded a Centenary Medal “for service for the degree of master of education, and presented her to the Australian community.” She was the recipient of thesis on the training of African teachers in Zimbabwe. numerous honorary degrees, including a doctor of liberal Returning to the Howard Institute, she became its first arts from Ewha Womans University in South Korea, an woman vice-principal and then principal of the Usher LLD from Asbury University in the United States and a Institute, a secondary boarding school for girls. doctor of philosophy from the University of Queensland. In 1970, Burrows was appointed to the International General Burrows was known as “the people’s General” College for Officers in London where she served as vicebecause of her willingness to spend time with individuals, principal and then principal. From 1975 to 1977, she was whatever their status. Her passion in her public utterances leader of the women’s social services in Great Britain and was to preach Christ. “The focus and dynamic of my life Northern Ireland, which brought her in touch with the is Jesus Christ,” she said. “I will lift up Christ and would effects of poverty and exploitation in Britain. challenge all Salvationists to a commitment to Christ, which She became the territorial commander for Sri Lanka in makes them a powerful witness for him in the world today.” 1977, and made such an impression in that predominantly Dr. Billy Graham, with whom General Burrows had Buddhist country that The Ceylon Observer called her “a a warm association, described her as “one of the most symbol of the Army’s attitude to the poor and meek.” respected and influential Christian leaders of our time. In 1979, Burrows assumed leadership of the Army’s work She embodies the spiritual commitment and dedication in Scotland, and in 1982, became territorial commander for that led to the founding of The Salvation Army by William the Australia Southern Territory, where she was regularly and Catherine Booth.” consulted by the prime minister for her opinion and advice In retirement, General Burrows maintained a busy on a variety of matters. schedule of international travel. She was an active soldier On May 2, 1986, the High Council elected her as the at the Army’s urban corps in Melbourne, Australia, where 13th General of The Salvation Army, a position she held she led Bible studies and engaged with homeless youth. She until 1993. Equipped by her varied international experialso served on the board of the International Bible Society. ence, General Eva Burrows was welcomed for her energetic In recent months, General Burrows’ physical strength leadership, infectious enthusiasm and impatience with began to wane, but her mental acuity, spiritual vigour and anything inefficient. indomitable spirit remained unabated. To the end of her Restructuring of the Army’s work in the United Kingdom earthly journey, she was an inspiration to all.
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Thirsty No More
Salvation Army projects bring life-giving water BY COLONEL MARK TILLSLEY your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3). In the New Testament, Jesus spoke of water (see John 4:13-15), living water (see John 7:38) and the spring of the water of life (see Revelation 21:6) when describing the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s presence with us, and the Spirit ministers to us by leading us to the source of life and the solution to our spiritual sickness, a malady from which we all suffer. General Albert Orsborn, often referred to as the poet-General, wrote these beautiful words: Photo: © iStock.com/hadynyah
When shall I come unto the healing waters? Lifting my heart, I cry to thee my prayer. Spirit of peace, my Comforter and healer, In whom my springs are found, let my soul meet thee there.
ccording to the United Nations Development Program, half of the world’s hospital beds are currently filled with people suffering from a water-related disease. In 2003, Kofi Annan, secretary general of the United Nations, shared this sobering word: “In developing countries, as much as 80 percent of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.” Salvationists in the Canada and Bermuda Territory must recognize that we are some of the most fortunate people on earth, enjoying clean, safe, life-bringing water. Helping our brothers and sisters around the world to access safe water is a goal of our world missions department and is demonstrated in our project funding. We are at the halfway point in a fiveyear project that began in 2013 to provide safe water in 24 selected areas of Sri Lanka. A high rate of kidney disease in the area, with many people now needing dialysis, was directly traced to contaminated water. The inadequate number of
wells for the affected communities has meant that many must walk for hours each day to secure water for that day’s use. Agriculture is also suffering and the despair that surrounds this water issue has led to an unusually high suicide rate. Our goal is to demonstrate the love of God through the practical assistance of drilling boreholes and establishing water supply facilities. This partnership will help up to 1,750 vulnerable families access safe, clean water for their home and agricultural use. As I thought about the life-giving quality of water, I was reminded of how often Scripture uses the image of water to signify spiritual renewal and new life. The prophet Isaiah, sharing a word from God, challenged the people to lift their eyes from temporary and passing realities and focus on the spiritual blessings that come from being in right relationship with God. “For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessings on
From a hill I know, Healing waters, flow: O rise, Immanuel’s tide, And my soul overflow! (SASB 647) Author Major Rob Birks helps us understand General Orsborn’s imagery when he shares, “There is no question when Orsborn speaks of healing waters flowing from a hill, he’s referring to Jesus Christ and the blood he shed for all humankind.” There will be great rejoicing when our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka benefit from the clean water that will result from our water-project partnership. We also rejoice when our brothers and sisters right here in Canada and Bermuda discover the new life found in the healing waters of a right relationship with God. As General Orsborn reminds us in another stanza of that song, “Light, life and love are in that healing fountain.” Are you thirsty today? Jesus says, “Come to me and drink” (John 7:37). Colonel Mark Tillsley is the chief secretary for the Canada and Bermuda Territory. Salvationist • May 2015 • 9
One Step at a Time For Major Tom Tuppenney, the loss of his lower leg has been a challenge and an opportunity
BY KEN RAMSTEAD, EDITOR, FAITH & FRIENDS AND FOI & VIE
From Symptom to Diagnosis Major Tuppenney has lived with diabetes for 49 of his 61 years. Despite his best efforts, however, the big toe on his right foot needed to be amputated in 2003, while he was stationed in Detroit. Eventually transferred to territorial headquarters in Toronto, and with the aid of an air boot that kept pressure off his foot, he was able to carry on with his duties as a social-services consultant. But in October 2013, while at a substance-abuse conference in Ottawa, Major Tuppenney noticed a sore on his right heel. Despite attending to it promptly, it did not heal. Worse, another sore developed on the side of his foot near the site of the first amputation. “It was a very small black mark but a lifetime of diabetes had taught me to be alert to the most minute of symptoms,” Major Tuppenney says. “I suspected they were diabetic ulcers, so I immediately phoned my wife, Pat, and told her I was heading home on the first available train.” Sure enough, his podiatrist confirmed the major’s diagnosis and immediately ordered him off his feet. Though they hoped they’d caught this early, specialists confirmed his worst fears. “Gangrene had taken total control of my foot.” “When Is Enough, Enough?” For the next three weeks, Major Tuppenney was on heavy antibiotics, and while the early days held hope, he 10 • May 2015 • Salvationist
“I look at this prosthetic device as a part of me—it is me,” says Mjr Tom Tuppenney
Photo: Brandon Laird
hen people talk with Major Tom Tuppenney about his recent experiences, they’re often taken aback at how upbeat he is. “It’s funny,” he says, “but everybody keeps saying how devastated I must be, and they’re surprised when I reply, ‘Well, no, not really.’ “God has walked alongside me through this journey. My faith has deepened, and life is good!”
Doubts and Fears Now that the decision had been made, Major Tuppenney, in his straight-ahead fashion, wanted it done the next day. That couldn’t happen, of course: too many procedures had to be put in place first—not that that was any consolation to the major. “ ‘Lord, let’s get this thing off and let me get going,’ I prayed. I’m impatient by nature. I want everything done yesterday!” Major Tuppenney laughs. “And it wasn’t happening that way. I’m trusting God, except I’m not, really, because I’m questioning: Why isn’t this happening faster? “It was then I remembered: God isn’t doing this to me. It’s happening and God’s with me through it all. I needed
to listen to his voice. Some days, that was easy, and some days, not so.” Surrounded by Love But Major Tuppenney had support. “Yorkminster Citadel, my church home, has been outstanding through all of this,” he says. “I remember one Sunday when I was in pain, almost more than I could bear.” As he sat there, Major Heather Ballantine, the corps officer, announced, “Tom, I didn’t mention this to you before, but you said you were willing for us to pray for you. I’d like you to come up to the front. Anyone who wants to come forward and pray for you can do so.” “So I went up,” he continues. “All of a sudden, the songsters came down from the platform, then the band. Soon, I couldn’t see for the crowd of people that were surrounding me with love. The members of the corps gave me support and encouragement.”
“This wasn’t just about my foot anymore; my entire leg was threatened” Major Tuppenney’s main support was, of course, his wife and family. “Pat paid the price for the 16 months I was in that wheelchair,” he says. “Her love meant more to me than anything else. God’s love was shown through her. I was—and am—blessed.” But Major Tom Tuppenney was not just a passive spectator through all this. “I’m first and foremost a Salvation Army officer,” he says. “And I’m very proud to wear my uniform. That uniform opens doors and I’ve had many opportunities to witness to people because of it. Doctors and fellow patients alike would come to me and say, ‘You have such a good attitude, you’re not angry or upset. Why?’ I’d reply, ‘This is a challenge, but God’s walking me through this. I don’t know what’s at the end of this journey but God’s with me and that’s what counts.’ ” The Power of God After weeks of waiting, the date of the operation approached on January 16. The surgeon came to see Major Tuppenney
before the operation. “OK, Tom,” he said, “we’re going to go through the knee. If I can go lower, I will, but there’s always an outside chance we may have to go higher, and in the end, there is no guarantee that I won’t end up with that leg off.” Major Tuppenney was fine with that. “It’s not going to make any difference,” he told his wife. “I’ll get through it just fine.” He knew God was with him. “You haven’t let me down so far,” he prayed, “and I know you’re not going to let me down now. I’m just asking you to be there.” When Major Tuppenney woke up in the recovery room, the first person he saw was his surgeon, beaming from ear to ear. “It worked,” the surgeon said simply. “I just lay there and cried,” says Major Tuppenney. “Talk about the power of God in your life.” Giving Him Control Now learning to walk again with the aid of a prosthesis, Major Tuppenney is hoping to return to work. “My goal has always been to return to normal life—or as normal as it can possibly be for me!” he laughs. “Am I anxious about what’s going on? Absolutely!” he continues. “But I’m not angry about the amputation—I’m quite at peace with that. It was either have a foot that was never going to do me any good or get it cut off so I can get my life back. Part of my leg and foot coming off has not ended my life. In fact, I look at my prosthetic device as a part of me now—it’s just part of the journey that I’m on with God. “I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow or next week or in six months from now, but God’s going to work this out and I’ve got to give him control.”
Photo: Timothy Cheng
took a turn for the worse. Major Tuppenney’s doctor booked him to see a vascular surgeon. During the course of the appointment, the surgeon told him, “We’re going to try and save your leg.” “That’s when it hit me,” he says. “This wasn’t just about my foot anymore; my entire leg was threatened.” The surgeon recommended a vascular bypass, where healthy veins from Major Tuppenney’s leg would be transplanted to increase blood flow to his foot. The operation was performed in November 2013, but by February 2014, things were back to where they had been. The surgeons then proposed an angioplasty, where stints were placed into the arteries in Major Tuppenney’s leg to keep the veins open. The operation was successfully completed in March, but by July, his foot had once again gotten worse. The doctors refused to admit defeat and suggested shaving off three quarters of his diseased heel. A specially made boot might enable him to walk. That was when Major Pat Tuppenney intervened. “When is enough, enough?” she asked the doctors. She had watched her husband suffer silently but always in excruciating pain, yet matters were no better now than they’d been in October. “That’s your call, Tom,” the doctors replied. “We can save the foot, but we can’t restore it to what it was—there’s too much damage.” Without hesitation, Major Tuppenney made his decision, “I’ve had enough. Take it off,” he said. “If there’s no guarantee I’m ever going to be able to use this foot, schedule the amputation.”
“Her love meant more to me than anything else,” says Mjr Tom Tuppenney of his wife, Pat Salvationist • May 2015 • 11
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Family of God A moms and tots camp provides a fun-filled week and a spiritual retreat
hen Rosemarie Blake’s corps officer told her that someone from the corps wanted to sponsor her to attend a moms and tots camp, she could hardly believe it. “I was thrilled,” she recalls. “To give me the opportunity to go somewhere for a week with my kids—nobody had ever done something like that for me before.” Blake, her four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son live in London, Ont., where they attend Westminster Park Corps, but Blake is originally from Jamaica. When she was first invited to attend the Ontario Great Lakes Division’s moms and tots camp at Jackson’s Point, Ont., in 2013, it couldn’t have come at a better time. “I’m a single mom, I wasn’t working and it was stressful because I have no family in London,” she says. Having all their needs taken care of at camp meant a worry-free, fun-filled week for Blake and her children. “It was like getting the royal treatment. I loved it.” 12 • May 2015 • Salvationist
BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER Taking a Break Every summer, about 70 moms and 110 children from the division descend upon Jackson’s Point Conference Centre, where they enjoy a full schedule of activities and teaching, giving moms and kids a break and helping them grow spiritually. The majority of the families come through the Army’s community and family services throughout the division. As with Blake, the cost of a typical summer camp would usually put these kinds of programs out of reach. But with this camp, about 80 percent of families receive some level of subsidization, ensuring that no one is left out due to finances. The camp includes children up to the age of six, but older kids can still get a break, attending the Army’s Blaze camp for seven- to 10-year-olds at Jackson’s Point, or Camp Newport in Huntsville, Ont., for children aged 11 to 17. “The whole family is taken care of,” smiles Pamela Nickell, who co-directs the moms and tots camp with Major
Wanda Vincent, divisional director of women’s ministries, Ontario Great Lakes Division. Each morning, the moms have a devotional time, followed by an activity period where they can do things such as arts and crafts or learn to prepare healthy meals on a budget. During this time, their children attend a vacation Bible school-style program, where they sing songs, learn Scripture, play games and participate in other fun activities. Highlights of the week include a carnival with 12 stations of games, a scavenger hunt and a wagon ride. Children of God Last summer was the first time Colleen Robson and her two boys, aged five and six, attended the moms and tots camp and, months later, she’s still seeing the impact. “They loved it,” she says. “They still talk about their friends from camp and want to go and see them. “They enjoyed the lessons, and they still sing some of the songs that they
learned,” she adds, noting that her sixyear-old in particular has taken the message of camp to heart. “It had quite an effect on him. Now, he turns to God and prays when he needs help.” For Robson and her children, one of the best parts of camp was simply the time they were able to spend together as a family. “They enjoyed time with Mom where I wasn’t cleaning and cooking and being busy,” says Robson, a stay-at-home mom. “They’re still asking me, ‘Mom, when do we get to go back to camp?’ ” Though her son is much younger than Robson’s children, Sonja Grabowski also noticed the significant impact the moms and tots camp had on her child, Jack, who was eight months old at the time. Due to the expense of daycare, Jack spent most of his time at home with Grabowski and had little interaction with other children. “It was life-changing for him, to see other little children walk and talk and crawl,” she says. “He started exploring his world, he started crawling and he learned so much from the other children. “He was a different boy after that week.” “We’re Here for You” Going to camp was the first real break Grabowski had had since giving birth to Jack. A small-business owner in Bracebridge, Ont., Grabowski was not able to take any time off. At times, it can be a struggle to balance being a mom during the day and working at night after Jack goes to sleep. The moms and tots camp provided some much-needed relief. “When I first got there, one of the women said, ‘If you need a hand, ask anybody. We’re not here for us; we’re here for you,’ ” she says. Having her needs met meant that Grabowski could truly relax. “It’s such a basic thing, but just being able to go there and have every meal provided for you is a big deal for moms.” On the Thursday night of camp, the moms have their own semi-formal dinner while their children watch a movie or do crafts. The camp staff and volunteers decorate the hall and the moms are encouraged to dress up. Having this event as part of the week is important, says Nickell, “because a lot of these moms don’t get this kind of stuff. They don’t get pampered like this.” On the previous day, one of the camp staff takes photos of the moms and their kids. These pictures are printed and
framed, and then given to the moms at the dinner. “That’s special for the moms,” says Nickell, “to get a family photo that’s already framed and ready to be displayed.” Encountering Christ Having their needs taken care of also means the moms are Rosemarie Blake with her daughter, Eneviah, and son, Acaari better able to focus on the spiritual aspects of the camp. “For some women, this camp is their first exposure to Christ,” says Nickell, adding that 12 moms became Christians at camp last year. “We’ve had several moms go to camp over the years who had nothing to do with churches, and now they’re very involved in the corps,” she says. Last summer, devotions were led by Lieutenant Kristen Jackson-Dockeray, corps officer at Niagara Orchard Community Church in Niagara Falls, Ont. Grabowski says that Lieutenant Jackson-Dockeray’s lessons helped her become more open to spirituality. “Her sermons were really accessible,” she says. “I think a lot of people, includSonja Grabowski enjoys the moms and tots camp at Jackson’s Point with her son, Jack ing myself, had an easy time relating to her because she’s young, she’s going through the same things we are, having “I don’t have the best voice, and I’m children and the struggles that entails.” not one to stand up and do this kind of “Kristen did an amazing job with the thing, but there were a lot of teary eyes teaching,” agrees Robson, who attends when I finished singing,” she says. “I feel Richmond Hill Community Church, blessed that I could bless other people Ont. “Before camp, I never fully underthrough my song.” stood what grace meant, but now I know Both Blake and Robson kept notes that God’s grace is always greater than from the devotional times at camp to our sin. It helped me understand how help them bring the lessons they learned forgiving God is.” home with them. “I revisit those notes For Blake, these devotional times were on a consistent basis because I want to the best part of the moms and tots camp. keep it fresh,” says Robson, who says “On Sunday mornings at church, I she will definitely attend the camp again can’t always focus because I’m looking this year. after my children,” she says. “I liked The fact that so many women come having that one-on-one time with God back is a testimony to the camp’s effectat camp.” iveness, says Nickell. “The moms realize The most significant moment of her that this is a different place. Everybody time at camp came during an informal likes everybody here, and nobody treats testimony time. As she sensed God anybody differently because of what we speaking to her, Blake felt compelled have or don’t have.” to stand up and share her testimony “I felt very welcome on so many levthrough a song called Bigger than els,” says Grabowski. “I’m already saving Anything. up to go again.” Salvationist • May 2015 • 13
A refugee family is reunited in Canada with the help of Edmonton Temple
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on’t go home. Those words were the beginning of a long journey for Paul, a professor and pastor in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Although the civil war in his homeland—the deadliest conflict in African history—ended in 2003, the eastern part of the country is still unstable and plagued by violence. When trouble broke out in 2006, Paul became separated from his wife and children. With armed rebels everywhere, people dying in the streets and the warning not to go home ringing in his ears, he and his nieces, Dina and Cathy, and their children, ran for their lives. After two days of walking, riding in a truck and then crossing a river on a raft, they made it to Zimbabwe. But life in a refugee camp wasn’t much better. Food was scarce and they slept out in the open. There was no work. “We lived by the grace of the Lord,” Paul says. He continued to be a pastor, preaching and praying for people. Paul had no news of his family for five years. Meanwhile, Paul’s brother and sisterin-law, Dina and Cathy’s parents, had sought refuge in Canada. They began attending Edmonton Temple and asked the corps for help to bring the rest of their family to safety. The leadership team agreed to sponsor them, signing an agreement to provide orientation, settlement assistance and financial support. Major Donald Bladen became the corps officer at Edmonton Temple in 2007. It seemed as though the project had been forgotten, until he received a phone call out of the blue in November 2011 to say that a group of refugees—Paul, Dina and her three children—would be arriving in a few days. “At first, knowing we were responsible for this family was overwhelming,” Major Bladen says. “But the people of this corps have a tremendous capacity for compassion. They really stepped up, giving their money, resources, material possessions and time. I saw welcome in action.”
BY GISELLE RANDALL, FEATURES EDITOR
“I have peace in my life now,” Paul says after being reunited with his wife, Mamie, and six children. Back, from left, Jucia, Mariella, Johvani, Veri and Paul. Front, from left, Eddydia, Mamie and D-Arme
Countless details had to be arranged, starting with housing—a huge challenge on such short notice. Corps members donated food, clothing and furniture and even held a “shower” to help them furnish their new homes. They helped set up their phone and utilities, took them grocery shopping and showed
them where to find ethnic stores, and explained the bus system. They helped them navigate the immigration process, took them to government appointments and helped get the kids registered in school. As time passed, they provided assistance with resumé writing and job applications.
“The Salvation Army helped us 100 percent,” says Dina. A year later, Dina’s sister, Cathy, and her children reached Canada. Once again, the corps rallied around them. “There have been lots of challenges for them. Learning a new language— they speak mainly French—and trying to find employment, even though Paul had been a college professor,” says David Diamond, who was the corps sergeantmajor and chair of the mission board at Edmonton Temple at the time. “When I think about everything they’ve had to face—war, a refugee camp, being
Paul had no news of his family for five years separated from family—they’ve done incredibly well. “In one way, it’s a tragic story. But it’s also a story of courage and triumph, overcoming all of that to come to a new country and working extremely hard, so their children can have a different life.” The families attend worship services at Edmonton Temple and the children are involved in corps activities, participating in Sunday school, youth group and junior band. They have also taken part in divisional youth and gospel arts camps. “The kids are in school and starting
to catch up—their English is very good,” says Diamond. “It’s extremely rewarding to see the development and the joy on their faces when they get a new bike or guitar, and to see them participating in the corps with the other kids.” For corps considering sponsoring refugees, Major Bladen points out that it is a long-term commitment that requires significant time, energy and financial resources. “I would tell them to develop a comprehensive, detailed plan for all the practical elements—where are we going to house them, where are we going to secure funding, who are we going to appoint to help them integrate as it relates to government policies—before they arrive,” he says. “I would suggest developing a small team of individuals who are assigned specific tasks, and then
Cathy and her children are happy to be in Edmonton. From left, Follo, Cathy, holding Fidjo, and Adriene
Dina sought refuge in Canada for herself and her children. From left, Floraine, Dina, Merdy and Belinda
D-Arme and Johvani at gospel arts camp. “It’s extremely rewarding to see them participating with the other kids,” says David Diamond, former CSM at Edmonton Temple
Belinda plays in the junior band at Edmonton Temple Salvationist • May 2015 • 15
Mjrs Donald and Donna Bladen rallied around the entire family
plan, plan and plan again.” As well as the practical aspects, Edmonton Temple has offered friendship and support. Major Bladen prayed with Paul for his family. When he found out they were still alive, “I jumped and praised the Lord,” Paul says. “In Africa, there is so much sickness and trouble, rebels. Every day, people die. God kept them alive—just the grace of the Lord. Only God could do this.” The corps added Paul’s wife and six children to the sponsorship agreement, and Major Bladen continued to pray with Paul as he waited to be reunited. “He gave me faith that my wife and children would come.” Their faith has made a deep impact on Diamond. “Regardless of how difficult their circumstances have been, or how difficult it is at the moment, they bring tremendous faith that God is going to work things out in their lives. That has been inspiring to me,” he says. In April 2014, eight years after fleeing the Democratic Republic of Congo, Paul’s wife and six children arrived in Canada. His youngest daughter had been two months old when he left. “It was a long, long time. I almost couldn’t believe they were here,” he says. “A big piece of my heart had been missing. It was a big day to see my wife and kids again. It was like Christmas.” 16 • May 2015 • Salvationist
How Churches Can Support Newcomers Finding Our Way, a new guide to action, is available for congregations interested in welcoming and supporting newcomers to Canada. The guide is the result of a two-year, national research project intended to equip church groups across Canada to help immigrants and refugees settle and integrate into Canadian society. The project was facilitated by the Centre for Community Based Research, in collaboration with 10 different denominational partners, including The Salvation Army. James Watson, consultant for church planting and congregational revitalization in the corps ministries department, was the Army’s project liaison and helped to carry out the research. “Immigrants and refugees have definite social needs as they enter the country, and we are well positioned to serve them physically, socially and spiritually,” he says. “Many of our ministry units are doing incredible work, but this has been an opportunity to learn from front-line workers from many different Christian traditions.” The research included a national survey of 38 denominations, interviews with denominational and interdenominational leaders, case studies and focus groups. The Salvation Army
contributed to the survey and corps were represented in the focus groups. The project provides a glimpse into how and why individuals and churches across Canada are working among immigrants and refugees. Three things stood out: their own experience of immigration, the emphasis on welcoming the stranger in Christian spirituality and the response to human need. “Many of the ministries we heard about started off not with a grandiose plan and major funding, but in small responses to the needs of someone who was, or became, a friend,” says Watson. “Participants talked with obvious pleasure about developing long-term relationships, of eating together, and of getting to know one another in each other’s homes. Friendships like this— not just programs—were mentioned as being key to how effective churches are in helping newcomers settle and integrate.” The guide to action offers creative ways to relate to immigrants and refugees based on the stories encountered through this research. The guide is available at saministryresources.ca/ immigrants. For the full reports, visit communitybasedresearch.ca/Page/ View/PDG.
Send the Fire
Empowered by the Spirit for the sake of the world
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BY CAPTAIN GRANT SANDERCOCK-BROWN
e want another Pentecost, send the fire!” William Booth wrote (SASB 203). And I can see why he did so. Pentecost was an extraordinary event, the end of the beginning of the Christian movement. God’s great salvation story had been launched and the coming of the Holy Spirit was the final act in the Christ drama. The stage was now set for God’s provision to be unleashed. Jesus’ earthly mission was complete, as the disciples were about to discover. “Are you going to finish what you’ve begun?” they asked (see Acts 1:6). Jesus’ oblique answer—“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:7-8 NLT)—meant “Yes, but not on my own.” It was time for Christ’s followers to do their part. But perhaps they didn’t think their part was clear. And perhaps they didn’t feel confident either. Vast crowds had once followed Jesus, but as they gathered in the upper room, their numbers had thinned to 120. But they were enough. The Holy Spirit, a palpable, living pres-
ence, filled their senses and hearts. They were changed and the world was changed. The 120 spilled into the streets and, Spirit-enabled, the mission of God to the nations was launched. This mission would take a new shape, although in one sense the shape wasn’t a surprise. Peter knew that the words of the prophet Joel described what they were experiencing. “I will pour out my Spirit upon all people,” God said through the prophet. “Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on my servants—men and women alike” (Acts 2:17-18 NLT). No longer was the anointing of the Spirit reserved for kings, prophets and priests. The Spirit was for everyone. Christ had levelled the ground at the foot of the cross; salvation was available for all. And now the ground was level in taking the message of the cross to the world. Mission and ministry were for all believers because all believers could be filled with the Holy Spirit.
In fact, it is the presence of this same Spirit that is, and has always been, the mark of the people of God. Twenty years after Pentecost, when rebuking the Galatians, Paul asked them, “After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?” (Galatians 3:3 NLT). We cannot fulfil our mission without the Spirit. Every church, every Christian movement, begins with and is sustained by the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that equips and enables. It is the Holy Spirit that marks us as God’s own. And embedded in the narrative of Acts is another vital change: the Holy Spirit is our guide. In Acts 1, we see the disciples deciding on Judas’ replacement by casting lots. However, from Acts 2 onward, the practice of casting lots disappears and we see the believers guided by the Holy Spirit, time and time again responding to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. We are nearly useless without the Holy Spirit. I say nearly, because God’s grace is huge. He can work in and through any circumstance, including us when we are not at our best. But without the Spirit, we are diminished and smaller. Hence Booth’s impassioned plea. If our corps, ministry unit or program is Spirit-less, we are less than we should be. And, of course, as another General wrote, “Who is it tells me what to do and helps me to obey?” (SASB 204) That’s an excellent question. Who is it? Pentecost was a one-off event, but the continual renewing and infilling of the Spirit is necessary for all Christians. Paul commanded the church in Ephesus to “be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18 NLT). And by that he meant be filled with the Spirit continually. The infilling of the Spirit is not a once-only event. It is at the very heart of what it means to belong to God and to live for God. Our Army—in fact, any community of God’s people—desperately needs the Holy Spirit. The Spirit gives us assurance of who, and whose, we are. The Spirit enables and empowers our mission. The Spirit guides and directs our lives together. Please, Lord, send the fire. Captain Grant Sandercock-Brown is married to Sharon and they have three children. He has a degree in music education and was a high-school music teacher for 10 years. He and Sharon are corps officers in Sydney, Australia. Salvationist • May 2015 • 17
On the Move
Two Canadians in Germany bring the church to the people with unique vehicle
strange-looking vehicle is rolling down the highways and byways of six towns in the former East German state of Saxony. It looks like a combination of a circus wagon and a small church. A curved cross on top of the 3.6 metrehigh, 4.8-tonne vehicle makes clear it is indeed a church, but not like one you’re used to seeing. It is a church on the move, a church on wheels—in German, Kirche-auf-Rädern or KAR. My wife, Blanca, and I are the ones behind the wheel. We have served with The Salvation Army in Germany since 1994 and in former East Germany since 2001. We have hot soup and coffee on board, but more importantly, open ears and open arms for the people we encounter at pre-established meeting points. Our base of operations is Meissen, a 1,000-year-old town with a stunning castle overlooking the Elbe River. The church has a table and wooden benches on three sides, with room for about 12 people. A “word of the week” presentation is shown on a flat-screen television while people enjoy their soup and coffee. Some choose to eat at small picnic tables outside, especially in summer. Church can be a picnic. Church can be a place to relax. Church is a meeting place. Church is family. About 120 people experience this moving church every week. Many would be considered needy or vulnerable. It’s easy to imagine Jesus feeling at home here. The church on top of the Volkswagen Crafter chassis is custom-made and took two years to build, a project made possible by a generous benefactor. Donations from other sources will also be necessary to keep the church moving in the long run. The completed KARMOBILE arrived in Meissen and hit the road for the first time on December 15, 2014. Media interest has been high ever since, with a number of newspapers, magazines and television stations reporting on KAR. The idea to take the church to the 18 • May 2015 • Salvationist
BY FIELD SERGEANT GERALD DUECK
KAR is the vision of Field Sergeant Gerald Dueck, who dreamt of bringing the church to the people. “We are going to the highways and byways, to the hedges and park benches of this part of Germany, where there is so much need, so many hurting people,” he says
Meals can be shared inside the “church” or outside in the fresh air
people is not new. William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, did just that. The form and style of “doing church” or “being church” may change, but not the message. The model for KAR, in respect to both content and methodology, is Jesus. How did he “do church”? How can we reduce church to its simplest form? How can we invite people into the “fellowship of believers” without having to buy into all the man-made trappings
and trimmings of church? Those are the questions and issues that KAR is raising. Jesus walked through fields, sat on hillsides, ate fish and bread, and drank wine with the people he met. His teaching often came through provocative questions, stories and healing, not primarily through sermons. He was with the people, not separated by a fancy pulpit. That is the essence of KAR.
LETTERS Thank you for the article Loving Our Loving Our Muslim Neighbours Muslim Neighbours by Major Kathie Chiu M (January 2015). I, too, have noticed how critical, harsh and quick to judge people can be on social media. It’s sad to hear—especially from Christians. When talking about terrorism, we shouldn’t paint the majority of Muslims with the same brush. Terrorists—not Muslims. Extremists. Lest we forget so-called “Christians” who massacred millions. I have friends who are Muslim and they show so much kindness, love and care to their friends and community. Good on Major Chiu’s son for speaking up and doing his homework. Sharon Hocking TIES THAT BIND
Do we stand up for people of different faiths?
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BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU
ake coffee and boiled egg. Put on shoes and jacket. Grab keys, purse and cellphone. Out the door. Start the car, turn out of the driveway, drive to work. The car seems to know the way. Arrive at work, greet people, take off your coat and put your purse away. Sit at your desk. If you’re like me, you like the stability of the rituals we make for ourselves. We go about our daily routines, safe in the knowledge that life is peaceful and predictable. Then shots are fired. A soldier is dead. Our careful routines are disrupted and we join with the rest of the country, eyes transfixed on the screen, waiting to find out what happened. When we’re shaken by events like the tragic death of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, we are filled with questions that don’t seem to have any answers. Are we still safe? Can we trust our Muslim neighbours? Is the world going crazy? It’s easy to climb on board with all the knee-jerk reactions on TV and in the blogosphere: “We need to stop immigration from these countries.” “There’s something wrong with a religion that inspires terrorists.” “They’re going to come here and impose their way of life on us!” My son noticed a conversation I had on Facebook about this. Someone posted a verse from the Quran about killing infidels and used it to argue that the problem was Islam itself. I tried to explain that blaming an entire religion because some distort it for their own selfish and evil gains is counterproductive. However, sometimes people are stuck in ignorance. This person called himself a Christian and he and his wife were arguing with me that I was wrong and Islam is not a peaceful religion. I knew it was going downhill when the wife started saying that I should know it was completely out of God’s will for me, a woman, to be ordained, and that I didn’t seem to be able to read Scripture clearly.
That’s when my son started to do his research. He looked up the verse from the Quran and posted a comment, explaining it was a call to arms at the battle of Badr, encouraging 300 Muslim fighters facing an impossible situation. Then he compared it to verses in our Bible where God instructs the Israelites to kill every man, woman and child while taking a city. “How are they different?” he asked. He knows the answer. He knows they’re both ancient books, telling stories from ancient times and distant cultures, and so easily taken out of context to justify all kinds of evil deeds by people thirsting for power and control. Then he posted a definition of the word Islam, noting that the root word means peace. They ignored that and became condescending, citing his youthful ignorance. One day, they said, he’ll figure it out. Not to be swept aside, he posted: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
I am so proud of him. I’m thankful my son has this attitude. He stood up for people of a different faith. He was shouted down, but he knows the truth. He will stand up for his Muslim neighbours and friends at school. He won’t resort to knee-jerk reactions. He won’t let fear lead him to act differently. I love Canada. I love our unique and diverse communities that welcome people from around the world. They represent different countries, cultures and religions, and they are all welcome here. Our Christian faith teaches us to live in peace, be humble before God, to love mercy and justice. Above all, the unmerited grace of God we receive inspires us to offer that grace to others, no matter what faith they practise. Let’s remember that, not just in our daily lives, but on social media as well.
Major Kathie Chiu grew up in The Salvation Army and has been an officer for 22 years. She has five children, including two teenaged boys still living at home, and eight grandchildren. She is the corps officer in Richmond, B.C.
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I appreciate Kathie’s perspective. We often let fear get the better of us. It’s a dangerous trap we fall into by generalizing one extremist group to the whole. When we actually get to know our Muslim neighbours, we learn that they are a group of people who are seeking the same thing as us: a connection to God, our purpose on earth and belonging. Well said! April
A Correction Thank you for the article Trials and Tribulations (February 2015). This is Trials and Tribulations in no way to diminish from the exemplary and dedicated ministry of Dolly Sweetapple in the area of corrections in Newfoundland and Labrador. She will indeed leave a tremendous legacy when T she leaves office. However, this will serve as a “correction” to the disregard of the historical record of corrections ministry in the division. Granted, divisional boundaries have changed in the province, as elsewhere in the territory, but there was most certainly a correctional ministry in the city of St. John’s (long before 1985), where the majority of the ministry is still being carried out. To say in the opening statement that “Thirty years ago there were no corrections services in Newfoundland and Labrador” is to do an injustice to such a “cloud of witnesses” as CSM Cyril Simmons (Order of the Founder), Brigadiers Baden Hallett and Cecil Patey, Majors Ron Braye and Harold From caring for victims of abuse at Mount Cashel Orphanage to fighting human trafficking, Dolly Sweetapple leaves a legacy for corrections in Newfoundland and Labrador
Photo: Kristin Ostensen
BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
Dolly Sweetapple, pictured here at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, N.L., retires in June after 30 years in corrections services
hirty years ago there were no corrections services in Newfoundland and Labrador. No visitation programs to offer hope to inmates or transition assistance after their release. No victims services to help those affected by crime move forward with their lives. Today, the Newfoundland and Labrador Division offers a host of services, ranging from chaplaincy to support for victims of human trafficking. These programs are the legacy of Dolly Sweetapple, director of the Army’s correctional and justice services in St. John’s, who marks 30 years of service this month and will retire in June. “It doesn’t matter how old I get, I’m still very enthused about corrections,” says Sweetapple, now 70, “because we have so many people in the world and in this province who need to know that
somebody cares about them. “I’ve never, in my 30 years, got up in the morning and dreaded going to work,” she continues. “I look in the mirror and say, ‘Thank you, God, for another day—who am I going to help today?’ ” Supporting Victims A lifelong Salvationist, Sweetapple first became involved in corrections in 1985 when she was asked to help establish the division’s first corrections office as an office administrator. It wasn’t long before she was asked to get involved in actual corrections work. “What happened after that is history,” she says. “I went from half days to full days and then to university to study criminology.” In those early years, Sweetapple gave much of her time to victims services, particularly after allegations of
sexual abuse surfaced at Mount Cashel Orphanage, a Catholic Church-affiliated orphanage in St. John’s, where she was a volunteer. “The director felt the boys needed a mother image, because they were lacking that so much,” she recalls. “I went there every Thursday night. We’d bake cookies and do crafts, and I’d help the little ones with their pyjamas and tuck them in and kiss them goodnight.” Sweetapple had been volunteering there for 18 months when the scandal broke, becoming the largest sexual abuse scandal in Canadian history. “All those victims became my clients. That year, I gave 500 volunteer hours to support the victims.” Sweetapple’s training and experience working with victims of child sexual abuse resulted in her work as a consultant on the final report of the Winter
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Duffett, all now gone to their heavenly reward, but whose legacy lives on. This list does not include the many volunteers who gave their time to minister to the residents of Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s, as well as the now-closed Salmonier Line Correctional Facility, or the many hours spent in court in pastoral counselling, or the practical support given. After reading your fine article, I felt it incumbent to provide some historical foundation for the tremendous legacy of service provided by Dolly. Her longevity in the position, coupled with her dedicated service, will be difficult to match. David Braye Dolly, your passion for corrections has always been evident in your ministry. That quality was the first to be shared as we conducted several reviews of the ministry over the years, involving interviews with corrections personnel both in the Army and in the community. The godly, caring attitude toward each client was also shared with the correctional community. You will be followed but not replaced. My wife, Donna, joins me in counting it an honour to know you and we pray God will continue to give you good health throughout your retirement years. Major David Howell Helpful and Comforting Thanks to Captain Rick Zelinksy for his honest and sensitive article on Alzheimer’s (Journey to Forgetfulness, February 2015). We have journeyed with family members with this diagnosis through the generations and continue to do so. Reading of another family’s experience is helpful and comforting. Catherine Evenden
Journey to Forgetfulness
When a loved one has Alzheimer’s, the diagnosis affects the entire family
BY CAPTAIN RICK ZELINSKY
n a moment of lucidity, my mom quietly and calmly spoke. “I love you, too,” she said as the ambulance service took her from the home she shared with my dad, her husband of 58 years, to long-term care in a nursing home. It is only 10 kilometres away, but the journey to get her there took seven years. My mom, Betty, is 74, and she lives with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. When my parents visited us in Winnipeg from their home in Ontario, we began to notice changes in Mom. She forgot simple tasks and left ingredients out of recipes she had cooked so often. At the time, she laughed it off. We knew something was wrong, but we accepted her explanations of her behaviour as reasonable because we were ignoring— denying—what we all feared. As the years passed, her memory began to disappear and she stopped cooking completely. We now know our initial fears were warranted and we have watched as she has gradually lost her independence and her personality has slipped away. Living on Memory Lane A therapist explained Alzheimer’s to me in an interesting way. When a snowball is rolled around a yard, it becomes bigger as more snow is added, in much the same way as our experiences help us to grow and develop. When that snowball begins to melt and the outer layers disappear, the original ball remains. That perfectly describes my mom’s experience with Alzheimer’s. As the disease progressed and more and more of her personality melted away, she preferred the predictability of her home, the familiar voices and singing of her grandchildren, and was particularly happy when her friends came by for their regular Monday night UNO games. She became increasingly
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frustrated with family and public gatherings, where the environment was filled with lots of faces and people asking questions in the normal course of conversation. A college friend dropped me a note on Facebook when he heard about my mom. “Don’t forget to love her and keep her
engaged in your family. She’s still your mother.” It is easy to forget that when the person you love seems to be slowly drifting away, but we try to find ways to keep Mom connected to us. So a year ago, I sat with her at a concert where my daughter was performing with her choir. At that point, Mom was not able to put
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From #PhotoFriday on Facebook In February, we shared a photo of Captain Rodney Bungay serving soup in Winnipeg on our Facebook page, where it received a whopping 986 likes. Here’s what he said: “Well, now, this is an unexpected surprise. You really never know where your picture will go when you smile for someone. We served 164 bowls of Chef Dan’s piping-hot, guaranteed-to-stick-toyour-ribs, made-from-scratch chicken soup, but the biggest joy was the conversations and blessing we were able to share.”
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Community centre provides more than just practical assistance in St. John’s, N.L.
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BY KRISTIN OSTENSEN, STAFF WRITER
Michael and Janice share a meal at the New Hope Community Centre
ix years ago, James came to the New Hope Community Centre in St. John’s, N.L., a broken man. “I walked through these doors, down-faced and hurt—my career, my life, my house, my job and my furniture gone, overnight,” he recalls. For years, James had been a fisherman, making up to $2,000 a week during fishing season. But when he got in trouble with the law, restrictions on his movement meant that he could not go out on the ships anymore. And when his unemployment benefits ran out, James realized how desperate his situation was. “It was a very trying time in my life,” he says. “I could have easily went off the deep end—drinking and waking up the next day facing 10 years. It could have gone either way.” James was trying to make the best of the situation while living on social assistance when someone pointed him to The Salvation Army and its New Hope Community Centre. “I thank God that they were there when I needed them,” he says. “You 20 • May 2015 • Salvationist
Mjr Hedley Bungay welcomes clients such as Marie to the centre
know that, on the drop of a dime, if you need anything at all, they’ll help, and that’s so good.” A Place Where Needs Are Met New Hope is a multi-faceted social services centre, with a range of programs that include a drop-in centre, soup kitchen, chiropractic services, addictions counselling, a wellness group, chaplaincy
and employment programs, as well as a full-time social worker. James is one of more than 600 people on the centre’s client list. “Our client base is growing,” says Major Hedley Bungay, executive director. “Word is getting around the community that New Hope is a place where needs are met and people are cared for.” As the centre’s client base grows, so do its offerings. One of its most recent additions is an on-site nurse practitioner, Gail Bishop, who provides health services to clients three days per week. “It could be anything from an ear infection to preventative care to cancer,” she says, noting that she sees about 30 patients each week. “We implement programs that are specifically geared to meet a need in the community,” Major Bungay shares. “No matter who comes to us, we have a professional in place to support them.” “It’s Not Just Me” Many clients at New Hope find more than assistance with their various needs—they find community. Janice has been a regular at the centre for the past three years. “I enjoy talking to people, interacting with the staff— they’re just wonderful,” she says. Janice was a home care worker for more than 10 years when her then 20-year-old son had an accident at work that nearly severed his arm with a chainsaw. In the painful aftermath of the accident, he tried to commit suicide and Janice quit work to take care of him. “I was afraid of coming home and finding my son had overdosed or cut himself,” she recalls. Her income drastically reduced, Janice often comes to New Hope to have meals. “I only have a hundred dollars to get me through every two weeks. A hundred dollars is not a lot, especially when I’m trying to feed myself and my two children. “I enjoy the fact that I can come here and meet other people and it’s not just me—I’m not the only one out there that’s in this position.” As well as coming for meals, Janice has participated in the centre’s arts and crafts program. “I’m hoping that someday I can contribute as well,” she says, “helping other people, like I’ve been helped.” Partners in Christ While the centre is careful not to duplicate programs offered by other organ-
izations in the community, it enjoys a unique partnership with George Street United Church, where its programs are currently housed. The centre has been operating there since March 2014, following a major flood at the former facility that forced its closure. Thankfully, George Street is located right next door to the former New Hope Community Centre in a low-income area of St. John’s, minimizing the disruption of services after the flood. “Our two ministries have dove-tailed quite nicely,” says Reverend Susan White, minister at George Street. “It’s a tremendous benefit to our clients because we serve the same people. Our partnership means that they are not dislocated and having to find Salvation Army services scattered throughout the city.” The church provides The Salvation Army with six office spaces, as well as the use of the church’s kitchen and hall. For Major Bungay, having George Street’s support turned what could have been a catastrophe into a positive partnership. “They’ve been so accommodating and they understand our clientele,” he says. “They made it very easy for us to transition by extending a warm, friendly hand. It’s how the church should be.” Plans are underway to build a new facility for the centre. Overcoming Barriers One of the Army’s six offices belongs to Catherine French, co-ordinator of employment training programs. The New Hope Community Centre operates two employment training programs in conjunction with the College of the
North Atlantic. “We recruit income-support recipients to do 12-week training programs,” she explains, “while the college develops and delivers the curriculum. But they do it on site with us and, in doing so, we are able to offer support services that the centre has available.” When French does an intake assessment with potential participants to determine some of their barriers to employment, she often discovers that they have other needs. “In some cases, they may require better housing, so I would work with Denise Miller, our social worker, on that,” she explains, “or they might have a healthcare problem, in which case I could refer them to our nurse practitioner.” Some barriers are less visible than others. Low self-esteem—which often comes from individuals being out of the workforce for a long time—and mentalhealth issues can make it difficult for
Reverend Susan White and Mjr Hedley Bungay lead the partnership between the centre and George Street United Church
Nurse practitioner Gail Bishop sees 30 clients each week at the centre
people even to begin the employment process, while having a criminal record can prevent people from being hired. “There is a big bias and prejudice against people with criminal records,” says French. Working with the John Howard Society, which helps ex-prisoners re-integrate into society after serving time, New Hope assists clients to find employment opportunities and put the past behind them. Constant Connection New Hope’s employment training includes a retail skills program in the fall and a building service work program in the spring. Each program involves nine weeks of classes followed by three weeks of hands-on training in a work placement. A typical session of the program helps 10 individuals get back into the workforce. Michael completed the building service work program and was able to obtain steady cleaning work. But when he couldn’t get enough hours to support himself, as well as his niece and her two children, he returned to New Hope and Denise Miller for assistance. The Army provided funds so that Michael could get his driver’s licence back, and when he found a position as a truck driver, Miller helped him get a pair of glasses so he could drive. He also spent a year in the centre’s addictions support group, which has helped him dramatically reduce his drinking. “There’s always practical help,” says Michael. “It’s a constant connection. I can always turn back here.” Miller, who has been working at New Hope since 2007, says that many clients stay with the centre for years, seeking assistance with multiple issues. “It’s not just for short-term needs,” says Miller, who notes that she sees up to 10 clients each day. She helps clients with finding housing, applying for income support, obtaining bus passes, making medical appointments, getting referrals to other services and many other needs. Ultimately, it’s the relationships that Miller and the staff at New Hope build with clients that keeps them coming back. “They’re an amazing bunch of people,” says James. “In the last two years, I’ve come to see them as my friends, more than employees or volunteers. I bring my grandchildren down here and we’re always met with open arms and love.” Salvationist • May 2015 • 21
How situational leadership helps us learn to adapt
s the executive director of Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports, Bradley Harris oversees five shelters, working with a senior leadership team of directors. “Each of the directors has different skills, abilities and approaches for working within their programs and with their direct reports,” he says. Consequently, Harris adapts his leadership style during his coaching and supervision time with each employee. “It’s important to work with people where they are, rather than expect them to work with you where you are.” This flexibility in the level of direction and support given to employees is known as situational leadership. When 22 • May 2015 • Salvationist
these levels are plotted on a graph from low to high, it results in four quadrants, representing four leadership behaviours. high
This series of leadership articles, offered by the Territorial Training and Education Council (TTEC), focuses on individuals who reflect The Salvation Army’s commitment to models of leadership that are collaborative, support innovation and achieve accountability. For this article, Major Mona Moore, leadership development secretary, spoke with Bradley Harris, executive director of Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports, about his experience with situational leadership.
•• Directive (high direction, low support) involves taking action without seeking input from others •• Problem-solving (high direction, high support) involves seeking input from members of the team before acting •• Developing (low direction, high support) involves assisting others in areas where they have responsibility •• Delegating involves leaving people to take initiative on their own
The first step is to understand the situation and determine the employee’s level of readiness—comprised of ability and maturity—to carry out a task or objective. For that, relationships are crucial. “This leadership style won’t work without relationships, because you need to know the people you’re working with,” says Harris. “As relationships develop, there’s more trust.” The second step is to adjust the amount of direction and support provided. Sometimes it’s necessary to be directive—telling people what to do, when to do it, how to do it and why it should be done—and provide close supervision and frequent feedback. “The good thing is that the directive quadrant often leads to the problemsolving quadrant, where the employee provides input,” Harris says. The developing quadrant is more of a coaching relationship, where the leader provides support primarily by asking questions that guide people’s thinking, and then listening as they respond. The leader seeks ideas, encourages communication, shows respect, encourages people to assume responsibility and involves people in decisions. In the delegation quadrant, the leader takes a back seat, allowing people to work through problems and complete tasks on their own. Situational leadership seeks to manage people where they are and help them move forward. Harris recalls one employee who informed him every time he had a meeting or answered questions about a project. “In the past, he had been expected to keep the boss in the loop—which really meant getting approval before acting,” says Harris. “As I worked with him, he began to realize that it’s OK to make decisions, get things wrong and make course corrections as you learn from the experience. “He responded to the confidence placed in his ability and began to mature in his thinking and leadership. He moved from needing direction to taking responsibility.” Situational leadership is about “recognizing that everyone has different leadership skills and abilities,” says Harris. “Adapting how you work with them provides better results and helps each person develop and mature as a leader in their own way and at their own rate.”
Book aims to help Christian leaders become self-aware and set boundaries REVIEW BY AIMEE PATTERSON
hristian ministers are sexual people. This is the starting point for Patricia Jung and Darryl Stephens’ Professional Sexual Ethics: A Holistic Ministry Approach. The book defies the idea that Christian sexual education is found only in awkward exchanges with children about the birds and the bees. “We need,” the editors argue, “a holistic approach to ministry and the place of sexuality in it.” Resources and workshops on sexual ethics for Christian leaders—lay and ordained alike—sometimes focus on rules and boundaries that are obvious. Christian leaders have ethical responsibilities in keeping with the unique kind of power they hold in intimate professional relationships. This book does not overlook the significance of that power. It openly admits that power makes ministers susceptible to unhealthy and even abusive thoughts and behaviours. But the goodness of sexual health must not be denied, particularly in the case of the ministry leader. Sexual ethics must be grounded in a strong affirmation that the leader has a physical body and a sexual nature. In order to negotiate power held in trust, the leader must be sexually healthy and self-aware. The 20 essays included in Professional Sexual Ethics are divided into four parts. The first section, “Ethical Landscape of Ministry,” sketches philosophical foundations in professional sexual ethics. Part II, “Sources of Wisdom,” outlines how church tradition and teachings, scriptural interpretation and theology all speak into sexual ethics. The section on “Practices of Ministry” brings attention to real-world concerns in ministry activities such as preaching, teaching and mission work. Part IV singles out the challenges particular to pastoral relationships. I was especially appreciative of the final contribution in the first section: Cristina Traina’s essay on the virtue of “erotic attunement.” Traina defines erotic attunement as the habitual acknowledgment of the desires and feelings that pepper all human relationships—a habit particularly important in relationships that carry a power differential. In our culture, eros is often understood to refer to sexual, even frenzied, lust. Traina does not limit the word in this way. In her view, eros rightly includes sexual passion. But erotic love, at its root, is about being drawn toward what is good. Our mouths water in anticipation of a favourite meal. Our skin
receives sensual satisfaction from a cool breeze on a warm day. And we are also attracted to spiritual pleasures. In the context of Salvation Army ministry, eros might include the gratification resulting from a successful project achieved by a leadership team, or the joy that comes when pastoral care yields evident spiritual growth. While erotic attunement demands that leaders make central the interests of people in their care, it also requires that they acknowledge the emotional delight ministry relationships have for them. Traina offers the analogy of a new parent becoming attuned to both the needs of a very demanding infant and the physical delights the delicate child brings. To pay attention to demands and not delights deprives both child and parent. Likewise, the emotions elicited in shared ministry projects and fruitful relationships are instrumental in providing leaders with purpose and preventing compassion fatigue or burnout. None of this changes the fact that Christian leaders must never put their own desires ahead of the welfare of those to whom they minister. But Traina highlights an important theme that appears throughout Professional Sexual Ethics: good and earnest leaders often fail at being self-aware. Ignoring or
Christian leaders have ethical responsibilities in keeping with the unique kind of power they hold in intimate professional relationships repressing privately held desires—especially the troubling ones—puts both leader and follower at risk. To ignore the “pleasures of ministry,” Traina points out, “is the surest way to find oneself crossing boundaries of power, care and sexuality.” Professional Sexual Ethics includes a diverse group of authors from various Christian traditions. Each chapter is clearly written and features a few common components. Discussion questions and suggestions for further reading are supplied at the conclusion of each essay. Readers will find challenging case studies of complex ministry situations throughout. Together, these features smooth the way for facilitating education and conversation on a very sensitive topic. Dr. Aimee Patterson is the Christian ethics consultant at the Salvation Army Ethics Centre in Winnipeg. To learn more about the Ethics Centre and find resources for ministry, visit www. salvationarmyethics.org. Salvationist • May 2015 • 23
ENROLMENTS AND RECOGNITION
WINDSOR, ONT.—South Windsor Citadel celebrates the enrolment of three junior soldiers. Front, from left, Lazarette Lemvo-Lefu, Lazarelle Lemvo-Lefu and Emma MacDonald, junior soldiers. Welcoming them are, from left, Mjrs Scott and Michelle Rideout, COs; Bruce Dalrymple, colour sergeant; Donna Burak, youth pastor; and Jody Roy, junior soldier teacher.
FREDERICTON—Community care ministries members receive certificates for completing a CCM training session at Fredericton CC. From left, Mjr Larry Goudie, CO; Valorie Gallagher; Larry Moss; Myrna Henry; Gladys Bentley; Doreen Fleet; Joe Fisher; Mjr Elizabethe Janes; and Mjr Winnie Perrin, DCCMS, Maritime Div.
SASKATOON—Long-term employees of Saskatoon Community Services receive certificates of appreciation as they are honoured for contributing 175 combined years of loyal service through The Salvation Army. From left, Laurie Gerein (35 years), Bobbie Holoboff (25 years), Albert Brown (20 years), Charlotte Thoms (40 years), Sharon Brown (10 years), Debbie Parpat (15 years) and Brenda McEachern (15 years). Anita Andreen was also honoured for 15 years of service.
ST. ALBERT, ALTA.—St. Albert Church and Community Centre celebrates the enrolment of its newest senior soldiers and an adherent, as well as renewals of senior soldiership. From left, Lt Peter Kim, CO; Brian Lougheed, James Gibb, Sam Smith and Laura Wilson, senior soldiers; Shirley Gould, adherent; Megreta LeMesuier, Connie Strus and Kim LeMesuier, senior soldiers; Gary Haynes, holding the flag; Jackie Polis, Corrine Frost and Christine McTiernan, who renewed their senior soldiership; Lt Grace Kim, CO; and Mjr Lauren Effer, AC, Alta. & N.T. Div.
OTTAWA—Barrhaven CC welcomes four new community care ministries members. From left, Mjr Christopher Rideout, CO; CCMS Sharon Dean; Donna Monkman, Betty Humber, Harriet Timmermans and Gisele Reindeau, new CCM members; Matt Timmermans, holding the flag; and Mjr Tina Rideout, CO.
TERRITORIAL Appointments Mjr Catherine Burrows, executive director, Vancouver Kate Booth House; Mjr Lorraine Hart, executive assistant, DC’s office, Ont. CE Div; Cpt Jennifer Hillier, assistant executive director, Edmonton ARC, Alta. & N.T. Div; Cpts Tim/Miriam Leslie, Penticton CC, B.C. Div; Mjrs Dale/Joan Sobool, Sunshine Coast CC, Gibsons, B.C. Div Promoted to glory Mrs Lt-Col Dorothy Burrows, from Fort Langley, B.C., Feb 22; Mrs Mjr Evangeline Thornhill, from Sherwood Park, Alta., Feb 23; Mrs Brg Georgina Tuck, from London, Ont., Mar 1
ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Naomi Paul and Alexis Abbott are happy to be the newest junior soldiers at St. John’s Temple. From left, Mjr Rene Loveless, CO; Naomi Paul; Alexis Abbott; Mjr Wanda Loveless, CO; Lorraine Pope, youth director; and Kerry Chaytor-Crummey, junior action leader. 24 • May 2015 • Salvationist
Commissioner Susan McMillan May 1-3 100th anniversary, Bishop’s Falls, N.L.; May 7-8 National Advisory Board, Toronto; May 24 Empress of Ireland memorial service, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto; May 24-27 Territorial Executive Conference/Territorial Leaders’ Conference, JPCC; May 30 Canadian Staff Band 46th anniversary festival, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto; May 31 women’s ministries Sunday, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto Colonels Mark and Sharon Tillsley May 1 Aboriginal ministries round-table meeting, Pine Lake Camp, Alta. & N.T. Div; May 3 Kingston Citadel, Ont.; May 24-27 Territorial Executive Conference/Territorial Leaders’ Conference, JPCC; May 29-31 130th anniversary, Ottawa Citadel Canadian Staff Band May 30 46th anniversary festival, Scarborough Citadel, Toronto
The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda 101st Annual Memorial Day Service Commemorating the Sinking of the
Empress of Ireland
ST. MARYS, ONT.—Six junior soldiers are enrolled at St. Marys CC. Celebrating with them are their leaders and three young children who are anxiously waiting to become junior soldiers. Front, from left, Elissa Gammon, Kadence Shorthouse-Bartley and Valaree Shorthouse-Bartley, junior soldiers; Jane Arthur; Emma Shorthouse; Isaiah Newland, Ethan Butt and Clivielyn Arthur, junior soldiers. Back, from left, Rachel Butt; Don Pike, holding the flag; Dawn Butt, corps leader; Cpt Terence Hale, DYS, Ont. GL Div; Sue Mowat, acting CSM; and Geoff Butt, corps leader.
AND IN TRIBUTE TO THOSE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF THE SALVATION ARMY WHO HAVE BEEN PROMOTED TO GLORY SINCE MAY 25, 2014
Commissioner Susan McMillan Territorial Commander
Sunday, May 24, 2015—3 p.m. Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto
MUSGRAVETOWN, N.L.—Proudly displaying certificates marking their enrolment as junior soldiers at Islandview Citadel are, front, from left, Sara Rideout, Serena Butt and Leah Wells. Supporting them are, middle, from left, Megan Holloway, Jaylen Holloway, Spencer Strong and Damian Bladen, junior soldiers; back, from left, Susan Holloway, youth leader; Hedley Wiseman, holding the flag; Travis Oldford, leader of Ready to Serve; Mjrs Luanne and Edward Barrow, COs; Corey Bladen, leader of Ready to Serve; and Melvin Humby, youth leader.
The Salvation Army St. Thomas Citadel
132nd Anniversary May 30-31, 2015
Saturday, May 30—3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Salvation Army Historical Drama “To Serve Him Boldly” St. Thomas Elgin Theatre (Elgintheatreguild.ca)
Sunday, May 31—10:30am Celebration Service Guests: Colonels Robert and Gwenyth Redhead 380 Elm St., St. Thomas, ON N5R 1K1 Visit us on Facebook: “The Salvation Army St Thomas Citadel” E-mail: Lisa_Falk@can.salvationarmy.org
Attention All Alumni, Former Staff and Officers Come Celebrate the
60th Anniversary Toronto Harbour Light Ministries 60 Years of New Beginnings May 29-31 160 Jarvis Street Friday, May 29—1 p.m.
Reunion, Reception, Refreshments, Music Keynote Speaker—Dr. Vera Tarman
Sunday, May 31—11 a.m.
Celebration Service—New Beginnings’ Reunion With Majors Thomas and Patricia Tuppenney Gigantic Barbecue—Harbour Light Style For more information, contact Major Ray Braddock at 416-670-3157 or visit /torontoharbourlightalumni Salvationist • May 2015 • 25
TRIBUTES SEAL COVE, F.B., N.L.—Lifelong Salvationist Flora (Florrie) Langdon was enrolled as a senior soldier when she was 22 and promoted to glory at the age of 89. A home league member for more than 65 years, she left behind a tremendous legacy of faithfulness and service. Florrie loved her family unconditionally and cherished the time she spent with them. She was blessed with the gift of hospitality and all who came to her home were favoured with treats that she created. Florrie loved to make people laugh. She exemplified the joy of the Lord and praises were heard from her lips even during her weakest moments. Florrie’s authentic faith in God compelled her to testify of his saving grace in her life. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 71 years, William; sons Oliver (Margaret) and Willie (Queen); daughter Major Renée (Daniel); grandchildren Sylvia (Andrew), Verena (George), Shawn (Debbie), Sheldon (Krissie), Stephen and Jeremy; great-grandchildren David, Claire, Jane, Rachel, Deidre, Dawson and Oliver; brothers, sisters, extended family and many friends. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
GEORGINA, ONT.—Madge (Gracie) Ottaway, a soldier of Georgina Community Church, was promoted to glory from Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital. Madge was born in Toronto, where she was introduced to The Salvation Army through Earlscourt Citadel and joined the songsters. Following her marriage to Norman E. Ottaway, his career took them to various cities where together they were soldiers at corps in Windsor, Ont., Detroit, Ottawa, Oshawa, Bermuda and Toronto. Norm and Madge made their retirement home in Sutton, Ont., where they attended Georgina Community Church and participated in the music ministry, men’s and women’s fellowships, the Christmas efforts and seniors’ programs. Following Norm’s promotion to glory in 1994, Madge continued to enjoy the fellowship at the corps and was active in the women’s programs for the past 20 years. Her friends and family at the corps and in the community enriched her life. She will be remembered for her love of life, her unconditional love of family and her sense of humour. Madge will be greatly missed by her children, Norman (Gail) Ottaway, Catherine (William) Flinn and Maureen (Frank) Rooke; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters Elsie, Jean and Janet; and numerous relatives and friends.
TORONTO—Reginald Horace Gray was promoted to glory at the age of 96. As a boy living in Wallaceburg, Ont., Reg, his parents and six siblings were introduced to The Salvation Army. Later the family was active in Todmorden and Riverdale Corps. Reg married Florence Williamson, a Christian nurse, and together they raised their family with faithful commitment to the Lord and to each other. During the Second World War, Reg enlisted in the military and used his banding and quartermaster skills in the Essex Scottish Regiment. In 1946, he resumed business, founding Gray’s Hardware Ltd. He worked tirelessly in business and his faith community. As chairman of the building fund, Reg expedited the move of Riverdale Corps to Scarborough, Ont. Reg served the Lord as a bandsman for over 60 years, assistant corps sergeantmajor and quartermaster, as well as in open-air, Red Shield, Christmas kettle and Metro Reservist Band ministries. Following the immense loss of Florence in 1985, he continued to involve himself in caring for family and friends. Reg’s legacy continues in the lives of his children, Major Glennice (Kenneth) Bonnar, Lois (Ian) Howes, Laurie (James) Read and Nelson (Ruth) Gray; and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
FORT LANGLEY, B.C.—Mrs. Lt-Colonel Dorothy Leona Burrows was born in Winnipeg in 1923, the daughter of William and Winnifred Merritt. She married the love of her life, Clarence, in 1946 following his return from the Second World War. Together they entered the training college as members of the Ambassadors Session. In the early years of their officership, they served at Windsor, Kentville and Sydney, N.S., followed by appointments at Montreal Citadel, North Toronto and Vancouver Temple. Dorothy also served with Clarence at the training college, in youth work, at International Headquarters and as a divisional leader in Alberta and Quebec. She was a talented vocal soloist, gifted leader, keen student and was known as an organizer. Dorothy was generous and compassionate, and enjoyed connecting with people and keeping people connected with one another. She was a person of prayer and deep spirituality, strong in her faith and yet keen to listen to and engage in the lives of others. Dorothy was totally devoted to her family and is deeply missed by daughters Barbara Carter and Beverly (David) Ivany; grandchildren John Paul, Rochelle, Joel, Kirsten and Joshua; and seven great-grandchildren.
WORDS OF LIFE MAY-AUGUST ISSUE NOW AVAILABLE! This year, The Salvation Army marks 150 years of ministry. Its tricolour flag now flies in more than 125 countries—red symbolizing Jesus’ blood; blue signifying the holiness of God; yellow representing the fire of the Holy Spirit. Focusing this year on the Trinity, this edition of Words of Life centres on God the Father. We explore the Old Testament books of Joshua and Samuel, observe Ezra’s discerning leadership and seek insight from the sufferings of Job. In the New Testament we look at Matthew, the opening chapters of John’s Gospel, and Acts of the Apostles. Our guest writer, Commissioner Lalkiamlova, leads us into Pentecost. This special edition of Words of Life covers the period of the International Congress, taking place July 1-5 in London, England. May God the Father speak to us during this time of celebration and renewed commitment to him. Words of Life is available at store.salvationarmy.ca, 416-422-6110, email@example.com. For the e-book, visit amazon.ca.
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Going Forward in His Presence The Salvation Army Ottawa Citadel Celebrates 130 Years of Service May 30-31, 2015 With Colonels Mark and Sharon Tillsley
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of the nations” (Revelation 22:2 NRSV). In the late summer of 1939, Adolf Hitler met with his generals. He anticipated the brutalities that lay ahead. So that there would be no misgivings, Hitler told them: “You can’t wage war with Salvation Army methods.” Tragically the world came to understand what he meant. In June 2011, some of these same nations that had engaged in war flew their flags together in London, England. It was the occasion of the International Staff Band’s 120th anniversary. General Linda Bond (Rtd) took the salute as Salvation Army bands from New York, Chicago, Japan, Germany, Canada, Australia and Amsterdam marched with the International Staff Band. Here was God’s future being made real in the present, the healing of the nations. In a few weeks’ time, Salvationists from around the world will gather at the Boundless Congress in London, England, to celebrate the Army’s 150th anniversary. They speak different languages and cheer for different teams in the World Cup. They dress differently and dance to different music. Those who will gather in London know that they live in a world of huge injustices, but in this moment they will celebrate God’s salvation and express the hope that is ours for the healing of nations. This ending makes a difference now. Because we ground our faith in the risen Christ, we practise hope. Because we believe God will bring his good work to completion, we practise hope. Because we look forward to the city whose architect and builder is God, we practise hope. Because we look forward to the reconciliation of all things, we practise hope. Because God’s future will vindicate God’s character, we practise hope by embodying God’s character in our personal and communal lives.
How our 11th doctrine helps us practise hope
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BY MAJOR RAY HARRIS
rape or the Holocaust. It articulates an “endless punishment of the wicked” because God’s love is not coercive and respects human choices. It also portrays “the eternal happiness of the righteous” because the time will come when “righteousness is at home” (2 Peter 3:13 NRSV). The character of the ending reflects the character of God. And this ending is hopeful. Because the doctrine is hopeful, Salvationists practise hope in the present. For instance, we signal hope when we invite vulnerable kids to a camp where they are respected with dignity. We express hope when we conduct a chapel service for long-term care residents who understand little of what’s going on. Salvationists from Vancouver practised hope when they went to Zimbabwe to support orphans and vulnerable children. Their efforts have come to be called the Silokwethemba Project, which means “we have hope” (Salvationist, March 2015). Salvationists anticipate that time when God’s sovereign rule will be fully realized. And we embrace that ending to make a difference in what we do now. One of the New Testament’s visions for God’s future involves the “healing 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
Major Ray Harris is a retired Salvation Army officer who lives in Winnipeg. He applauds prairie farmers as they plant their crops in hope of the harvest. CONVICTIONS MATTER
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, 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. Canada and Bermuda Territory
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The Function of Salvation Army Doctrines RAY HARRIS
ndings make a difference. The ending of a Beethoven symphony impacts the way we hear the whole symphony. The ending of a hockey season with the Stanley Cup causes a team to re-evaluate the practices, disappointments and small victories along the way. The Salvation Army’s 11th doctrine is about history’s ending: We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked. This ending makes a difference because it shapes what we do now. The 11th core conviction of the Army is hopeful because it expresses the conviction that there is a purposeful ending to history. It doesn’t get bogged down in predicting when and how. It does, however, sketch out elements of an ending that reflect God’s character. Its contours are shaped with phrases such as “immortality of the soul” because there is life beyond death. It anticipates the “resurrection of the body” because the Resurrection of Christ is the basis of its hope. It speaks of a “general judgment at the end of the world” because God is not indifferent to the trauma of
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What We Learned From “the Dress” Why are we so keen to argue over trivialities?
ne morning in late February, while waiting for my kids to get out of bed, I passed a few moments on Facebook. Scrolling through the site, I saw pictures of a dress … over and over again. Friends, bloggers and even news companies were posting the photo. I was confused. What was going on? Had someone been kidnapped? Was this a photograph of the victim’s dress? No, this was not a news story. There was no tragedy. This was simply a picture of a dress. So why was it all over the Internet? It turned out there was quite a debate going on. Some thought the dress was black and blue; others saw white and gold. Factions developed online as people passionately favoured a particular colour combination. Why so much emotion over an article of clothing? While they may seem inconsequential, heated debates over trivial matters are played out frequently. Why are people so keen to form groups over small differences and then argue about those differences? Human beings are social animals. We draw comfort and identity from the groups with which we associate. We enjoy being around those who are like us and think the same way we do. The communities that we join often influence and reinforce our own particular worldviews. Our social groups become cemented around certain ideas and opinions. Being in different groups often 28 • May 2015 • Salvationist
BY MAJOR JUAN BURRY means having different opinions. The words uttered by someone from another group may simply be “I see something different than you,” but the message that we hear is “You’re wrong,” and we feel attacked. This is especially true among Christians. When we belong to a religious group, we often value that sense of belonging more highly than being right. Going out on a limb is risky. We have deep-rooted views of how things should be in the world. When those notions are challenged, it feels like everything that is near and dear to us is being undermined. Perhaps that is why some believers are so opposed to considering theories such as the big bang or evolution. While the science behind those theories is solid, no amount of arguing will convince them that the world is 4.5 billion years old. The idea that the Genesis creation story is not meant to be taken as a scientific fact will sound like a dismissal of faith. Their entire worldview becomes predicated on a 6,000-year-old earth. That is why our debates are often unproductive. It is not due to a lack of sound reasoning or logic, but too much cultural baggage. Each side repeatedly dismisses the other’s evidence and becomes more deeply entrenched. There are no easy answers to overcoming the powerful group dynamic. Stopping communication is not the answer.
Maybe the solution is in how we reframe our conversations. As in the case of “the dress,” The Salvation Army took a divisive, pointless discussion and refocused it toward a much more important issue: domestic abuse. A clever advertisement was developed by The Salvation Army in South Africa and advertising agency Ireland Davenport that showed a “bruised” model wearing a copy of #thedress. The headline read: “Why is it so hard to see black and blue,” along with text saying: “The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.” Rather than arguing about the dress, people agreed about the danger of abuse. Perhaps instead of focusing on what divides us, we can bring light to shared and important concerns. For example, rather than debating earth’s origins, we can refocus on creative solutions to common problems—such as environmental destruction. Sometimes group dynamics keep us from the best answers and the best that God has in store for us. By employing neutral language and bringing context to our discussions, we can get beyond hostility and arguing to a place of progress and kingdombuilding. Major Juan Burry is the executive director of Rotary Hospice House in Richmond, B.C.
TIES THAT BIND
Beyond the Birds and the Bees Is sex education best taught at home or in the classroom?
ow do babies get inside a lady’s tummy?” My mom was unfazed by my question. She sat me down, drew the female and male anatomies, and showed how they fit together. She explained everything carefully—the whole kit and caboodle. I was just 10 years old, but she thought I was ready to understand. What my mom didn’t know was why I was asking. She didn’t know that the boy across the street knew all about sex and regaled us with his knowledge, or that when I was six, a boy had tried to get my friend and me into touching and doing what adults do with each other. No way was I going to tell my mom, who I knew would march straight up to that boy’s house and raise—well, you know what. That was the 1960s. Sex education came from kids in the neighbourhood who peeked at their fathers’ dirty magazines or found out from older boys. My mom wasn’t the norm back then. None of my friends knew, and when I told them what my mom had said we all sat with our jaws hanging open, astonished at the craziness of the whole thing. Many of my friends received their first formal education about sex and reproduction in Grade 8 at school. In high school, many of my friends were sexually active at 15 and 16. Other than the biological facts, my mom’s only advice was not to let boys get me into a corner. With my own children, I answered their questions as I felt was appropriate for their age. Having much more information at my disposal and being from a generation that grew up during the sexual revolution, I taught my children how to keep themselves safe, how to prevent pregnancy and the values that I hoped would keep them as pure as possible for as long as possible. I had an overwhelming need to protect them and
felt that giving them too much information too soon would not be wise. I also knew that the more information they had the more chances they had to stay safe. It was a delicate balance. Fast-forward to 2015. Much of what was a parental responsibility has shifted to the schools. Children have the world at their fingertips with the Internet and television showing sexually explicit movies and videos. Pornography is everywhere, pedophiles wait in chat rooms and sexting happens between kids as young as 10. Big in the news lately is the Ontario government’s new comprehensive health and physical education curriculum for
Grades 1-8. There was a similar brouhaha back in the mid-2000s when British Columbia instituted a new curriculum that introduced the reality of homosexuality in Grade 6. Many conservative Christians were up in arms because, to them, homosexuality was wrong and children don’t have to know about it so young. They argued that only parents should teach this within the bounds of their religious values. Ontario has stepped it up a notch. I’ve read the new curriculum, and it’s quite comprehensive. Children in kindergarten will learn the correct names of their body parts, that they are private and how to say no to bad touching. In
later grades, students will learn about their changing bodies and sexuality perhaps earlier than ever before, but children are also maturing earlier than ever before. In Grade 3, teachers will explain that there are many kinds of families in our communities. The reality is that society has normalized same-sex marriages and there will be children at school who come from families with two dads, two moms or even transgendered parents. The curriculum will ensure children are taught tolerance and that all kinds of differences are normal, not just sexuality and gender. I’m not sure this is a bad thing considering Jesus’ teaching to love our neighbours as ourselves. Many religiously conservative families are protesting. They are not happy with this new curriculum and accuse the government of trying to indoctrinate their children with the idea that homosexuality is acceptable, when to them it is not. They feel strongly these topics are not age-appropriate and that it is not the school’s responsibility to teach them to their kids. Thankfully, for them, the law provides an option to withdraw their children from classes with inappropriate content—from sex education to Harry Potter books. Not all Christian families are opposed to the new curriculum and statistics show the majority of parents are in favour of a comprehensive approach to health education. As parents we have an opportunity to review with our kids what they’ve learned in school. Before, these conversations may have felt awkward, but our children may now be more open to discussing them. It’s then we can teach them how to view all of these things through the lens of Jesus and the values he taught. Major Kathie Chiu is the corps officer at Richmond Community Church, B.C. Salvationist • May 2015 • 29
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BY MAJOR KATHIE CHIU
In the Grip of Grace
I felt broken and alone, but God didn’t let me go BY CADET ERIN METCALF
Cdt Erin Metcalf with her husband, Curtis, and their children Luke (back), Elliot and Charlotte
grew up in a Salvation Army home and asked Jesus into my heart as a young girl at music camp at Jackson’s Point, Ont. I understood what it meant to have Jesus as my Saviour and knew that I was loved. As a teenager, I felt certain I would enter full-time ministry with The Salvation Army one day. But as the years went on, hurt and pain entered my life in ways I never expected. Bitterness and anger began to fester and my desire to serve God was replaced with questions. As I tried to cope with the things that had happened to me, I discovered that alcohol numbed the pain. Soon those around me realized I had a problem and encouraged me to get help. I entered a residential treatment program, where I experienced the grace of God and the love of Jesus in a personal way. At a particularly low point, feeling alone, desperate and angry, I called out to the God that I’d pushed aside for so long. I wanted that feeling I had as a child again, that certainty of his love. 30 • May 2015 • Salvationist
As I prayed, I felt God’s presence wash over me in such a real and tangible way. I felt loved and whole As I prayed, I felt God’s presence wash over me in such a real and tangible way. I felt loved and whole. From that moment on, my recovery was a success. I graduated from the program and began a new journey. The anger, bitterness and questioning were gone, replaced by the knowledge that I was God’s beloved—that he wanted good things for me and had a plan for my life. I started a new relationship soon after treatment. I believed God had brought him into my life and we married quickly.
Too late, I saw warning signs of abuse. Once again, my life began to unravel. Questions returned. Hurt returned. I felt like I couldn’t leave because we had a child together. I felt trapped, guilty, ashamed and scared. But it wasn’t safe; there was no other option. I took my son and left the marriage. I felt alone and couldn’t understand why God would abandon me. The truth is, he didn’t—I had turned away. He was there, waiting for me to accept his love and grace. But I was too broken to pray. During that time, those who loved me and my son, Luke, prayed for us constantly. They didn’t let up until the truth broke through—that I am a beloved child of God. God’s grace poured into my life. I am so grateful that Jesus loved and embraced me in my brokenness. Since then, my life has been full of blessings. I met my husband, Curtis. He adopted Luke and we have added two more children to our family. For the past 10 years, we have worked with some of the poorest and most broken people in downtown Toronto and seen lives transformed. We both felt the call to full-time ministry as individuals and answered the call as a family. We are now cadets in the Messengers of Light Session at the College for Officer Training in Winnipeg. As I look back, I can see God’s hand in my life working to bring me to this point, although it wasn’t always clear at the time. I believe that God wants to use me as an instrument for him, to take what I’ve learned and show others that there is hope, that he does have a plan for our lives. God can and will use you to further his kingdom if you lay your life at his feet. This is a broken and hurting world and it needs the love that only Jesus can offer.
Is God calling you to officership?
Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Perhaps your heart was stirred as you read Erin’s article—could Jesus be calling me? The answer may be yes! The path will be uniquely personal, but Jesus is faithful to lead. To discover more of this life-giving vocation, please speak with your corps officer or divisional youth secretary. We are waiting to train, develop and inspire you on this exciting journey. —Major David Allen, principal, College for Officer Training, Winnipeg
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