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The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory October 2010 Volume 14 Issue 10
PAUL MOULDS JOURNEY TO FREEDOM AND GRACE OUTBACK ODYSSEY THE CHALLENGE OF RURAL MINISTRY
GIFTS THAT KEEP ON GIVING 2010-2011 CATALOGUE
Salvos Stores a mission field for marketing man ARTICLES BY
Commissioner Linda Bond | Major Barbara Sampson | Lieut-Colonel Jan Cairns | Major Alan Harley | Lieut-Colonel Miriam Gluyas
The best is yet to come
t the start of this year, whenever I heard Chris Tomlin’s song God of this City, I felt God telling me that “greater things” were yet to come in my life. I had a few of my own ideas about what that meant, but in June God revealed his ideas when I applied for a job in Canada. From the initial email correspondence with the Editorial Department in The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda Territory, I felt God saying, “Trust me”. I did (although not as easily as it sounds), and from this month I will be living in Toronto, Ontario, writing - as part of what I believe is my Godinspired ministry - for that territory's Salvationist magazine. For the past 19 months, I have been employed by The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Communications Department writing for Pipeline, Creative Ministry, Women in Touch and More (salvos.org.au/more). In that time, I have discovered a passion for communicating the message of Christ and promoting the work of the Army through the written word. I have also experienced wonderful mentoring, support and encouragement from all of my colleagues plus my superiors: Scott Simpson, Major Peter Sutcliffe and Captain Peter McGuigan (2009). The move overseas is a challenging, and even scary, adventure. I am leaving behind family, friends, and familiarities in my church, job and home town. Despite that, I depart Australia with not only my husband, but also my God, who will never leave me nor forsake me.
Contents The Salvation Army WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder International Headquarters 101 Queen Victoria street London EC4P 4EP
Linda Bond, Commissioner Territorial Commander
8-11 READY FREDDY Julia Hosking meets the Salvos Stores marketing manager who is passionate about evangelism
14-15 PREACHING COURSE A MASTERSTROKE Television has MasterChef, The Salvation Army has MasterClass – a four-day course to aid Christian ministers with the demanding task of preaching 16-17 GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING Bill Simpson suggests a way to give and receive a gift at the same time
Scott Simpson Managing Editor Graphic design: Kem Pobjie, James Gardner
19 LOVE BLOSSOMS OUT OF PAINFUL PAST Louise and Matt found love in an unexpected place. By Lauren Martin
Cover photo: Shairon Paterson
Editorial and correspondence: Address: PO Box A435 Sydney South NSW 1235 Phone: (02) 9266 9639 www.salvos.org.au Email: eastern.editorial @aue.salvationarmy.org
12-13 JOURNEY TO FREEDOM AND GRACE Captain Paul Moulds talks about what has shaped his commitment to Australia’s young homeless
Peter Sutcliffe, Major Communications Director
Pipeline is a publication of the Communications Team
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Julia Hosking (Former) Pipeline writer
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Shaw Clifton, General Australia Eastern Territory 140 Elizabeth Street Sydney NSW 2000
Furthermore, I am going to continue my work for The Salvation Army, an international movement that unites people on a global level. Already my husband and I have felt welcomed by many strangers who are offering us friendship and advice, simply because of our Salvation Army affiliation. Writing for the Canada and Bermuda Territorial publications will provide me with an opportunity to further contribute to The Salvation Army’s international ministry something I have already been blessed to do. An additional perk to this part of God’s plan for my life is being able to learn how another country operates and see God’s beautiful creation on another continent. While I am somewhat nervous (though excited) about the adventure ahead, and it is sad to leave so much behind, I know that I can trust God and he will never lead me astray. I end this editorial, the last thing I write for Pipeline (well, for the time being, anyway), with a verse of Scripture that really helped my husband and I as we struggled with, and contemplated, all of our decisions leading up to this point. I pray this verse will bless you, whether it helps you to relax in God’s sovereignty, provide you with confirmation of your calling, or challenge you to depend on God. Its reassuring words say, “We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the right answer” (Proverbs 16:1, NLT).
20-21 AN OUTBACK ODYSSEY Rural ministry remains a challenging arena as Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Cairns recently found out
R EGULA RS THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY OCTOBER 2010 | VOLUME 11 | ISSUE 4
Published for: The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory by Commissioner Linda Bond. Printed by: SOS Print + Media Group 65 Burrows Rd, Alexandria NSW 2015, Australia Print Post Approved PP236902/00023
SALVOS ON THE NET
ART HITS RIGHT NOTE
KEITH HAMPTON’S CREATIVE COMPOSITIONS
3 EDITORIAL 5 TC@PIPELINE 6-7 INTEGRITY COLUMN 22-38 FROM THE COALFACE ALSO INSIDE: Eight-page Mission Priorities supplement
IN THIS MONTH’S
SECRET AGENT ALLEN Exposed
The creative force behind the Agents of T.R.U.T.H.
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Itinerary for the visit of Salvation Army Chief of the Staff Commissioner Barry Swanson and his wife Commissioner Sue Swanson to the Australia Eastern Territory in December
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Happy trails to you, until we meet again As she prepares to farewell two of her closest colleagues to new appointments, Commissioner LINDA BOND ponders how life experiences help to shape our faith
an any of you remember the early TV western, The Roy Rogers Show? You know you are getting old when the answer to that question is yes, especially as it was one of the first shows when TV was launched. It always ended with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans riding off into the sunset, singing, Happy trails to you, until we meet again. It was a novel way of signing off and saying farewell. It encouraged us to keep smiling until we meet again. But just recalling it is a reminder that my age is showing. Recently, in attending our Leaders’ Conference (Wider Cabinet), I mentioned my commissioning year was 1969. One of the attendees said that he was born in that year. What a rude awakening! I am getting old. And there are more indicators than this one to confirm it. I checked out the internet by typing in “you know you are getting old when…” and found a very lengthy list and related to so much of it. Things like:
• Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service;
• You finally got your head together, now your body is • • • • • • • •
falling apart; You look forward to a dull evening; Your mind makes contracts your body can't keep; You wake up looking like your driver's license picture; You begin every other sentence with, "Nowadays ..."; You sing along with the elevator music; Your idea of weight-lifting is standing up; You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the questions; You read more and remember less.
But all the aches, pains and wrinkles don’t tell the whole story. The life journey is more positive than the mirror image or energy loss. Life experiences shape our faith, and faith makes sense of life experiences. Albert Orsborn wrote about this journey in his song, I Know Thee Who Thou Art. For him, it was definitely a road of companionship with God. Yet that relationship was strengthened through human friendship. “My name is joined with thine by
every human tie.” So this was not a solitary life lived only with an awareness of the unseen One. This was a flesh and blood journey, with blessings of countless friends along the way. As the years pass, one becomes more reflective, more appreciative of life’s companions. You value your friends more. Distance only sharpens appreciation and relocation only creates new opportunities. Salvation Army officership opens the door to both. For me, 2008 was a year of goodbyes and hellos; goodbye to family and friends in Canada and hello to new colleagues in the Australia Eastern Territory. Thanks to the Army, I met James (Chief Secretary) and Jan (Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries) Condon when we were appointed together in territorial leadership. From day one, it was a promising friendship of mutual respect and support. I could not have asked for better. Those of you who know them, know what I mean, don’t you? They are a godly couple, none more hard-working. Pastoral? For sure! Efficient? A-plus! Team spirit? Exceptional! Both are warm, honourable people. They have the territory on their heart and have given visionary leadership. Will they be missed? You know they will. We will miss them as leaders, colleagues and friends. When James and Jan Condon take up their leadership roles at The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in London, as leaders of the South Pacific and East Asia zone (as Commissioners), they’ll give it 120 per cent. We will also be the recipients of their care and will be partners with them in mission within the zone. For all they have contributed, for all they have meant to us as, we say thank you to them and to the Lord. And we say goodbye. Happy trails until we meet again!
Commissioner Linda Bond is Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.
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Using Scriptures to Major BARBARA SAMPSON, former writer of The Salvation Army’s best-selling book of daily Bible readings and comments, Words of Life, encourages adopting an imaginative approach to reading God’s Word
remember as a child being given my first Bible. It was small and squat with a black cover and tiny printing in the King James Version. My ordered mind told me that there was only one way to read it and that was from the beginning, chapter by chapter, right to the end. There was plenty of colour in the early stories but eventually I came to Leviticus where I limped my way through laws and lists. I danced through the descriptions of Deuteronomy and then crashed in Chronicles. Still I read on, trying to cover three chapters a day – that sounded like a holy number. If I missed a day, I’d skim through a double portion the next day. If I missed several days, I’d feel a kind of despair about this Bible-reading thing. Somehow I knew that it needed to be regular, like medicine, in order to do my soul good. The prospect of missing the daily dose was fearsome. Who knows what thunderbolts might fall on a neglectful little girl? Along the way I found some friends. Promises in the heart of Isaiah (“I have called you … I will take hold of your hand … I will keep you and make you …” Isaiah 42:6), and words of Jesus in the storm-tossed boat (“It is I; don’t be afraid” John 6:20), spoke reassurance to me at a time when my dad left me by dying much too early, and my childhood world was suddenly not “happy ever after”. Seeking God’s direction for my life I was inspired by the Psalms (“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go” Psalm 32:8) and the reassurance of
Jeremiah (“I know the plans I have for you …” Jeremiah 29:11).
For years, these and other promises kept me going. They were road-markers on my journey that kept me on the straight and narrow. But daily Bible reading was more like checking up on familiar friends, rather than exploring new territory. For seven years of public ministry I dug deeper to prepare sermons, food for other people, but my own personal Bible reading was a very thin diet, surface and unsatisfying. And that’s how it seemed to be for ages. Then I discovered St Ignatius and his imaginative approach to Bible reading. “Put yourself in the picture,” he says. “Imagine you are the person Jesus is talking to. What does he say to you? What do you see, hear, taste, touch, smell? How do you respond? Let this be your prayer.” Suddenly a world of colour and contrast, taste and texture, sound and sense opened up to me. I’m Zacchaeus, invited down from my leafy hiding place to take Jesus home for lunch. Lord, help me to have an open, Zacchaeus’ heart that welcomes you into the privacy of my heart’s home. I’m standing in the home of Simon – the one who used to be a leper – when a woman dashes forward and pours expensive perfume on Jesus’ head. I hear the reaction of those around me, the disapproving tut-tuts. “Who does she think he is? How outrageous! How wasteful!” But I think, “How amazing, how brave to offer such an unashamed
display of love.” I envy her spontaneity and unselfconsciousness. Lord, help me to love you like that. I’m Peter’s mother-in-law, steamed up with annoyance about my impetuous sonin-law who invites a crowd home for lunch without even warning me. But I calm down when his friend Jesus lays a cooling hand on my forehead and the world stops spinning. Lord, you know the things that steam me up. Please lay your hand on me as I seek your calm.
“Put yourself in the picture ... imagine you are the person Jesus is talking to. What does he say to you? What do you see, hear, taste, touch, smell? How do you respond? Let this be your prayer.” I’m Thomas after the death of my dearest friend, my face turned to the wall. I’ll believe what the others are banging on the door to tell me, when I see it for myself. God, you know the things I find
nourish your soul St. Ignatius inspires a “community of the broken” hard to face. Help me to walk towards them rather than turning away. I’m next in line after Peter for footwashing. In anticipating Jesus’ gentle hands and the cold water on my grimy feet, I feel a whole range of emotions – shame, hurt, embarrassment. I should have washed your feet, Lord, yet how I long for you to wash mine. I’m a guest, led every day to a table prepared for me. Who are the enemies that sit just back in the shadows? How can I welcome them to the table?
What is spread out before me? Who leads the conversation – Jesus or me? What do we talk about? This is one way the Bible nourishes me now. It touches my every sense, my whole being in fact. It asks questions I cannot avoid. It exposes me in a way I cannot escape. It takes me deeper, to a meeting place with God. In contemplation I gaze at him. In this way of using the Scriptures to pray, he gazes at me, gently, probingly, and asks me the same question he asked of Bartimaeus, “Barbara, what is it you want me to do for you?”
Major Barbara Sampson is Team Leader for the Officer Support Unit, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory.
very Sunday my husband and I gather with a group of other worshippers at a Salvation Army centre not far from where we live. It is not a corps but a community ministry out of which a small group of worshippers has evolved. Numbers range from a dozen to 20, depending on a host of factors – weather, wellness, willingness. The beauty of this “corps that is not a corps” is that there are no traditions, no set ways of “doing” worship. There is a lovely openness and spontaneity among this “community of the broken”. Their prayers are gut prayers, real and ready. Their testimonies of black to white, lost to found, darkness to light, are told in stark, unpolished language. The cup of tea after the morning service is a time of sharing and communion in the richest, widest sense of that word. Sermons for such a group need to be real and related to everyday life. There is no point talking eschatology or predestination, not yet anyway. What is needed are the gospel stories that we can step into and engage with. Once again St Ignatius comes to our aid. We read a story – everyone has a copy – and bring our questions to it. What do we see and hear? What can we smell, touch, taste in
this story? Then we listen to the questions that the story asks of us. For example, on a recent Palm Sunday we read the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem (see Mark 11:1-11). We wondered: * How did Jesus pre-arrange the transport? * How did he know what the reaction would be of people who saw the disciples untying the colt? Did he have a saddle? * How did the colt carry Jesus peacefully when it had never been ridden before? * How did this praising Palm Sunday crowd turn into an angry mob baying for murder within just a few days? Having wandered round in the story using all our senses we then listened to the questions that the story asks of us: * Where do we stand in the crowd? * What cry is on our heart – “hosanna” or “crucify”? * What is our response and our prayer? Once again I discover, thanks to Ignatius, that I/we cannot read a story in this way of using all the senses and come away unchanged, unchallenged. - Major Barbara Sampson
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Photos: Shairon Paterson
go There’s no stopping Salvos Stores manager’s passion for evangelism
A visit to Salvos Stores can be a life-changing experience if you run into Freddy Choo who, as JULIA HOSKING discovered, combines his marketing role with opportunities to evangelise
alvos Stores is a treasure trove for quirky second-hand clothing, antique furniture and other unique buys. However, Salvos Stores is no ordinary op-shop. Ministry, mission and life-giving relationships are also key components of The Salvation Army-run business. “I see the operation [of Salvos Stores] as watering hole,” says Freddy Choo, Salvos Stores Manager – Marketing and Retail. “People come to the store to buy and to get support, to find a social network or just to exchange stories. It’s like a hub of activity. It’s not just about retail, it’s about exchanging life.” Freddy is a passionate Christian who attends Cityside church (a plant of Shirelive) in Sydney. He has worked for Salvos Stores for 15 years, the past five in his current marketing role. Born in Malaysia to a Buddhist family, Freddy was first introduced to Christ at the Catholic school he
attended. After finishing school, Freddy realised something was missing in life and turned to his passionate Christian friend, Eric, for some answers. “Eric was offered a place [to study] in Canada, but chose not to go, so I said, ‘Are you crazy? Why are you not going?’” Freddy recalls. “And he said, ‘Well, I think it is God’s will for me to stay’. He then invited me to a life group. “So I went there and found out all about Christ … and then I knelt beside the bed and accepted Christ into my heart and then became very involved in church life.” Due to his own experience of a friend sharing the gospel with him, Freddy emphasises the value of “friendship evangelism” for Salvos Stores. He says there are many non-Christian volunteers, staff and customers walking through the doors of Salvos Stores centres every day. “They enter the door of their own free will,” he says enthusiastically. pipeline 10/2010 9
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“With that we can [see] a softening of the heart. And if we do what we do and enjoy doing, and we’re talking about Christ and talking about the mission and just allowing them to observe how we conduct our lives at work and our personal life, through that example we could win them to Christ. It’s a perfect opportunity for friendship evangelism.”
Platform for ministry
Building relationships, developing trust, talking about Christ and sharing the message of Jesus are the most effective ways that Salvos Stores can contribute to The Salvation Army’s One Army One Mission statement, says Freddy. One Army One Mission is something he is very eager to discuss and implement. Freddy believes it is imperative to link the stores with local corps and other Army services and initiatives. Having Salvation Army officers as Salvos Stores chaplains is one method. While many Christians volunteer or work for the stores – and Freddy believes this is important – he is also aware how many non-Christians visit the store on a regular basis. 10
“How sad it would be if they come and work for us and miss out on the whole message about Jesus Christ in their lives,” he says. In order to share the gospel and also encourage Christians, the chaplains (Major Brian Unicomb, Major Amanda Choy-Show, Captain Bryce Steep, Captain Robyn Collins, and Captain Bev Kingston) often engage with the various people and activities at the centres.
“We’ve got three million people coming through our door [each year] and that is such a huge mission field in my mind.” – Freddy Choo Furthermore, Freddy believes it is important that corps take advantage of the relationships that can be built with their local thrift shop.One simple way is through the “store and corps connection board”, placed near the counter in most stores with details of
the nearest community church. “We are trying to present Salvos Stores as a platform for ministry for the corps,” Freddy says. “We’ve got three million people coming through our door [each year] and that is such a huge mission field in my mind. And if that is not tapped, it is such a waste. The opportunity’s there. If they come through our door they already have recognised The Salvation Army, they’re comfortable coming in, let’s bring them to the next step.” Having corps members and other committed Christians volunteer is one way to do this, and Freddy cites a successful example. “The Kallangur store [in Brisbane] was connected to the local corps and through that a few of the corps members or soldiers came on board the store and volunteered their services,” Freddy shares. “They became quite close to the store manager. Through their conversation, interaction, social activities, working out the back and having a good laugh, they invited Mel Schrader [store manager] to the corps.” This “friendship evangelism” had a deep impact on Mel.
“[I was at] a very small church, my son was the only one in Sunday school class and I was not very fulfilled there,” Mel shared in a Salvos Stores newsletter. “But I enjoyed coming to work each day and felt passionate about the Salvos’ mission.” From the moment Mel and her family started attending the local corps, they felt welcomed. Over time, her son went on a Salvation Army-run kid’s camp, gave his life to Jesus and became a junior soldier. Later, Mel wrote: “I had a regular customer at the store enquire about services at the local corps. Alongside my volunteer from the corps, we invited this lady and her family to the next Sunday service. They also became part of our church family. God wanted me serving as a senior soldier in The Salvation Army. I was enrolled on the same day as the lady customer from my store. When the corps gets involved with the stores, it can have Kingdom results.” Philip Cooke is another example of a passionate Salvation Army soldier engaging with Salvos Stores as part of mission. While working at the Wollongong store in the Illawarra region of NSW, Philip connected with the volunteers and employees and eventually commenced a Bible study. Four of those volunteers now regularly attend a Salvation Army corps. Philip has since moved to another Salvos Store and plans to commence a similar group there soon. As part of supporting The Salvation Army’s wider mission, during the Red Shield Appeal campaign, Salvos Stores cease their advertising, help promote the appeal and set themselves up as a static point for donations. The Salvos Stores contribution to the Red Shield Appeal through point of sale registers for 2010 was double the 2009 result at $27,000. “We have banners hanging up in some stores; we have the staff members wearing the red apron instead of our normal Salvos Stores blue apron, so it’s very, very visible,” Freddy says.” Through all of this, The Salvation Army is seen as a cohesive organisation and service – One Army One Mission. Another example of the way Freddy endorses One Army One Mission is through his desire to work alongside The Salvation Army Family
Stores, which are directly linked with, and managed by, local corps. “We have our doors open [to them] all the time,” he says. “I give them all my contacts and [assist] when they’re holding training sessions, and sometimes they invite us to give them input into the store layout.” Sharing the gospel and connecting with other Salvation Army services is how Salvos Stores works to live out The Salvation Army’s mission, says Freddy. When we understand the heartbeat of God, we can transfer it.
Freddy’s personal understanding of God grew significantly when his late wife became seriously ill. “There were lots of times where I stood in the gap and prayed and interceded for her,” he says. When she passed away seven years ago, Freddy desperately depended on God and came to know him on another level; knowing his heartbeat and walking in rhythm with him. This level of understanding is evident when he interacts with others, with his excitement about sharing the gospel clear and contagious. While Freddy is passionate about The Salvation Army’s mission, he acknowledges that some volunteers and staff members at Salvos Stores don’t necessarily share his passion. To help them engage with the mission, Freddy tries to lead by example and connect with people. He remembers people’s birthdays, writes encouraging articles for the “What’s New at Salvos Stores” newsletters and mentors others in the same way he has been mentored by Neville Barrett, General Manager of Salvos Stores. Taking any and every opportunity to connect with the wider Salvation Army, build relationships and share the message of Christ is Freddy’s way of living out One Army One Mission. He wants the community who see The Salvation Army as an op-shop, community organisation or wellmeaning charity to also see Jesus – the message and motivation behind all of his work.
Julia Hosking is a writer for Pipeline and supplements.
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A new book, Clay in the Potter’s Hands, features the stories of many prominent and some lesser-known Salvationists of the Army’s Australia Eastern Territory. In an extract from the book, Captain PAUL MOULDS, the director of the Army’s Oasis Youth Support Network, talks about what has shaped his passionate commitment to Australia’s young homeless
t seems that almost my whole life has been spent working with young people living on the margins of society. As a teenager, I was extensively involved in the social ministries of my (Salvation Army) corps, meeting people dealing with all types of challenging issues. When I was in Year 12 at school, a friend gave me a plaque that still sits on the wall of my office. It records a quote he discovered that he believed fitted my life. It says: “Some want to work within the sound of church or chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” – C T Studd. After leaving school, I began studying teaching at Sydney University. In my second year at university, I accepted a holiday position at a new outreach centre The Salvation Army had just opened in Kings Cross (Sydney). Following a number of dramatic experiences where I was confronted with need and poverty on a scale I had never before encountered, I responded to an inner prompting that I needed to give my life to a greater cause. Changing my university course to part-time, I stayed on as the full-time Street Outreach Worker at Kings Cross. So, by the age of 19, I was a street worker, walking in the back streets of Kings Cross, seeking to befriend and connect homeless and damaged young people with help and hope. Where do these promptings come from? What leads someone to recognise in a Year 12 student and passionate young Salvo the potential to run a rescue shop for
those in danger of being lost? What causes a 19-year-old uni student, with the course of his career mapped out, to change the direction of his life?
Impact of early life
It was only much later in life that I came to understand that part of the motivation for this urge and passion to work with damaged, alienated young people lay in my own journey. Often, you don’t recognise the impact that early life experiences have on your later decisions. As a baby, I was given up for adoption by my mother. I have never met her. I know she was only 17 and came from a rural community. I was born in a Salvation Army maternity hospital and was adopted when only a few weeks old. When I was nine, my adopted father died. He had been gravely ill for a long time after being involved in a work accident. In reality, he was absent from my life for many years prior to this and I have very few memories of him. Following his death, our family struggled financially to survive. Mum worked incredibly long hours. We were never homeless or went hungry, but I was aware it was a constant struggle to make ends meet, and there were few holidays, new clothes or special gifts. When I eventually started as a youth worker, I wanted to change the world! I was passionate and totally committed to the cause. I worked incredibly long hours. I was driven; I felt a constant, pressing need to save as many young people as I
could from their horrific situations. There is no doubt that this produced some amazingly fruitful results as I saw young people helped, restored and find hope. However, it came at a cost to my family and myself. I was not always present for those who were closest to me. I ran from crisis to crisis, rarely having time for reflection or rest. As I reached a breaking point in my ministry and personal life, I had a significant revelation from an encounter with God that has been a huge moulding point in my ministry and leadership. I came to realise that I was undertaking ministry and serving out of the deficits that were in my own life. In a time of crisis, God showed me that the absence of my own father led me to believe that I needed to be a father to all lost young people who, like me, felt abandoned, rejected or had not experienced the love and nurture of a father. In a moment of deep revelation, God showed me that he was the father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:5) and that my role was to point young people to him, rather than seeking to be this myself to all those who crossed my path.
Focusing on bigger picture
What a liberation! What a lifting of burden! Suddenly, it didn’t all depend on me. The scores of kids I encountered every day, with terrible stories of fathers who let them down and abused them, never being there for them, was no longer my responsibility. I could, with confidence, still do what I could, but not feel the burden of filling the gap.
grace This understanding has been liberating and pivotal to my ministry ever since. It has released me to focus on the bigger picture and to give time to other important aspects of my ministry, such as staff development, planning strategy, reviewing programs, advocacy to governments and the community, and most importantly, caring for my own family. As I have focused on these things, I have witnessed the influence and impact of my work and ministry increase exponentially. This came about because of a revelation that even our good works are sometimes driven by unconscious and misguided motivations that can influence the way we undertake our ministry and lead our people. These underlying factors often come from deep-seated hurts and deficits from our past, and need to be brought to the surface where God can heal them and speak into them and then release us to be all we are meant to be. Someone has written: “Sometimes we must revisit the past in order to live well today.” Understanding who we are today and how we lead is often dependent on understanding where we came from. As we face our past, our pain and disappointments, and seek God’s healing and understanding, we are released to be able to work from a place of freedom and grace. That’s a great place to live. This story is taken from the new Carpenter Media book Clay in the Potter’s Hands which will soon be available from Salvationist Supplies, Sydney (www.salvosuppliesyd.com)
Captain Paul Moulds (above) has dedicated his life to helping young people on the streets of inner-Sydney.
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Preaching course a masterstroke
By BILL SIMPSON
elevision has MasterChef. The Salvation Army has MasterClass. MasterChef is obviously for chefs. MasterClass is for preachers. There can be only one winner in MasterChef. Everyone is a winner in MasterClass. Unlike MasterChef, MasterClass is a four-day course intended not to find the best or most popular, but to provide every participant with an opportunity to improve their style and content. The course will be held at the The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s School for Leadership Training in Sydney on 1-4 November. Organisers are gearing the course specifically for corps officers – the front-line preachers. But other officers and lay people with an interest in preaching are invited to participate. “MasterClass is about equipping our preachers to do the job even better,” course convenor Major Ian Channell told Pipeline. “It will assist and encourage our preachers to communicate the Word of God in an interesting way that moves the hearer to be challenged by it, uplifted by it
and encouraged by it. The course will help our preachers to preach truthfully; just as the Scriptures tell it. “We’re not suggesting that our preaching isn’t good enough. But we do think that we can all do better in the way we communicate the message.”
“Preaching is one of the most important tasks of the Christian minister.” The pre-publicity puts it this way: “Preaching is one of the most important tasks of the Christian minister. It is also one of the most difficult and demanding tasks to master, and many feel inadequately prepared to discharge such an important ministry.” Therefore, this intensive course of lectures, discussion and practical workshops will provide preachers with principles, skills and resources “to improve their ability to effectively communicate the Word of God”. Morling College (Sydney) preaching lecturer Marc Rader has been engaged to
conduct the course. Marc is also Senior Associate Pastor at Gymea Baptist Church in Sydney’s southern suburbs, where he has been ministering since 1997, shortly after arriving from Canada. Marc graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Studies from Tyndale Bible College in Toronto (Canada) and is a candidate for Doctor of Ministry. He is regarded as a gifted and dynamic communicator, committed to helping people understand “the big picture of the Bible”. Topics to be covered by the course include developing a theology of proclamation, an introduction to three useful homiletic structures, evangelistic preaching, storytelling techniques and reflections on the history of preaching and principles of delivery The cost of the four-day course is $300, which includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch. Overnight accommodation is available at the school. Enrolment can be made by contacting the School for Leadership Training on 02 9502 0400. Further details are available at www.salvos.org.au\boothcollege\ and accessing the courses tab (non-accredited short courses and then Preaching MasterClass).
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Gifts that keep on giving Pipeline writer BILL SIMPSON suggests a way to give and receive a gift at the same time this Christmas through The Salvation Army’s unique international development program to aid Third World countries
was given a goat for Christmas last year. Actually, I didn’t get the goat. I got a card to say that I had been given a goat. The goat was given to somebody else – a struggling family in Mozambique, I understand. They’ve had the benefit of the goat for the past year. The main benefit, I am told, is the rich milk the goat produces for the family. It’s a benefit, I am assured, that will be ongoing. A colleague asked me how I felt about getting a goat. I said that I felt pretty good, even though I had never seen the goat. He said he felt the same about the chickens he had been given under similar circumstances. Like my goat, the chickens went to somebody else in Tanzania. It’s a great idea. It’s like receiving, but giving, at the same time. The Salvation Army International Development (SAID) office in Sydney makes it possible through a program to assist less fortunate people in mainly Third World countries. Salvation Army representatives in
the countries apply for funding, the International Development office finds the funds and the money is sent to the area in need. Most of the money is given by people like you and me – or on behalf of you and me. In the last financial year, more than $160,000 was donated. My goat was paid for from a $45 donation by a family member. My colleague’s chickens cost $10 per chook. Rabbits cost $30, pigs $65 and sheep $80. You can give somebody a mosquito net or a school desk for $25. My corps last year gave ourselves 100 desks for others to use in one of the struggling countries. There are lots of other gift ideas – a wheelchair for $100, a blackboard for $70, seed packs for $65 – even an entire water system for a village. Chickens, goats and feeding programs for children were the three most popular gifts last year. This is how it works: You or a person making a gift in your name donate to a project. The donation is sent to the International Development office and then
passed on to the appropriate Salvation Army territory of the project. The project territory distributes the donations to the local corps or centre overseeing the project. Ninety per cent of the donation is spent on the intended objective. Ten per cent is used for administration costs. Donors receive a card. If a donation is made on behalf of somebody else as their birthday or Christmas present, for example, they receive the card. Last year, two couples asked that instead of receiving wedding gifts, guests provide donations to a project. Almost $2000 was given. Another two families asked that instead of flowers at the funeral of a family member, attenders donate to a project. “There are numerous ways that gifts can be given,” says International Development office Information and Resources Officer Betsy Pineda. “We call them gifts that keep on giving.” For example, a pig is given to a family on condition that a couple of its piglets are given back for the benefit of other families. From the Kenya East Territory,
Christmas gift ideas for Third World countries come in all sort of shapes and forms, whether it’s sewing machines for making clothing, goats for milk production or wells for clean water. A relatively small donation via a gift catalogue can make a huge difference for a community.
Australian Projects Officer Marshall Currie reports that a school desks campaign was incredibly successful. That’s the project my corps supported. Hundreds of desks were financed for three schools. There has been such a shortage that three to four children had been sharing one desk, or sitting on the floor to do their school work. Just in time for Christmas, the SAID office has launched its 2010-11 gift catalogue, which is included with this month’s Pipeline. Orders can also be placed at www.salvos.org.au/said. So, place your Christmas gift orders now. Give your mate a goat, maybe. Like me, not only will they feel they have done something good for somebody else, they will still be talking about it this time next year.
Bill Simpson is a senior writer for Pipeline and supplements.
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‘I was lost but now I’m found’ On the Saturday evening of the recent Just Men Conference at The Collaroy Centre, DAVE MURRAY was asked to share his testimony. This is his story ...
ood evening, I am Dave and I am here to give my testimony. I am also an alcoholic and compulsive
gambler. I was raised in a Catholic family, the third youngest of eight children. I lost my faith at the age of 10 after being sexually abused over a number of years. However, I continued to attend church with my parents but to me, it meant nothing. Being just 10 years old I couldn’t really say that I didn’t want to go. I was just told what to do. Over the next 31 years I couldn’t stand anyone talking to me about religion or church as I kept blaming God for being abused and everything else that went wrong in my life. I turned to alcohol and anything else that would numb the pain that I was going through. I married and had four children by the time I was 28, however by the time I was 30 I had nothing left in my life except myself. I was miserable and on numerous occasions people of different religions attempted to talk to me but I just kept pushing them away. I also tried, on numerous occasions, to take my own life. In April 2009, I ended up living in Sydney’s Centennial Park. I was homeless, lonely, and drinking anything from beer right through to methylated spirits.
It wasn’t until one day in September last year that I had a dream that is still clear to this day. In it I saw my grandmother who had died in 1979 but who I really looked up to. She told me that it was time to get up and get myself well and that the process will involve a journey. It’s funny but the more I think about it, that’s when I believe that God spoke to me through my grandmother because she was the only person I would listen to when I was young. So on Tuesday, 29 September, 2009, I arrived at (The Salvation Army’s) William Booth House rehab (centre) and started a 10-month program. It was over these 10 months that I believe I really worked on my issues from the past and with the help of God, my peers and staff in the program I could start to deal with the previous 31 years. I truly believe that God had been with me all of those years; if I only took the time to talk to him and let him in. I know that he is my strength and my Saviour. Without his guidance and me handing my life over to him on a daily basis then I know for sure that I would not be here tonight. I am now an active member of The Salvation Army Glebe Corps
and for the first time in 31 years I look forward to attending a religious service every Sunday. I also attend chapel at William Booth House on Wednesdays. I graduated from William Booth House on 28 July this year and I believe that I have started on the journey that God saved me for when he spoke to me through my grandmother. I would just like to close with a Bible verse from Luke 15:32: “But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.” I love this parable of the Lost Son. I see myself as the lost son and God as my father. I am no longer lost because I know that God is with me every step I take for the rest of my life, until he calls me to be with him in the Kingdom of Heaven.
By LAUREN MARTIN
ouise Harris couldn’t believe it when her flatmate kicked her out. The 32-year-old TAFE student was suddenly homeless and unable to find enough money at short notice to secure her own rental property. A long-term sufferer of Crohn’s disease, she turned to her doctor for advice. He referred her to The Salvation Army. Louise found shelter at Pindari (Qld) – a crisis accommodation service for women who are homeless. At around the same time, Matt Hitzman arrived at the reception of the Pindari Men’s Hostel, located on the same campus. Unlike Louise, 35-year-old Matt was no stranger to homeless shelters. “I was never socially accepted as a kid and always picked on during school…Then I found myself being socially accepted [by] people who dealt in drugs, so I started doing drugs.” Matt’s first contact with The Salvation Army came when he made a decision to turn his life around, in early 2000, and entered the Salvos’ Moonyah Recovery Services Centre, in Brisbane. The assistant manager at the time, Major Bryce Davies says: “He was a friendly and sincere guy but he’d been hurt in his life. He’d been bullied and those sorts of things, so he had a pretty low self esteem and lots of challenges to overcome.” Despite several unsuccessful stints at rehab, Matt didn’t give up. He finally became clean and sober three years ago and undertook numeracy and literacy programs whilst in rehabilitation. To his surprise, he began passing the education modules and discovered a passion for learning. Whilst at Pindari, both Matt and Louise received counselling and support from Salvation Army staff, where the aim is to help clients move from situations of homelessness to sustainable, independent
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living. During this time the pair met through mutual friends at the service. They soon started to spend lots of time together, talking and admiring the view of the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point. “It was always a beautiful time for both Louise and I at Kangaroo Point,” says Matt. Love soon blossomed.
“I’d never gone to The Salvation Army for help before. I was amazed at … how accepting the people at the Salvos are.” Pindari staff encourage clients to attend chapel at The Salvation Army Streetlevel Mission (church) in inner Brisbane, where Matt reconnected with Major Bryce Davies. “The thing that really struck me was that they just love each other. There’s a really lovely acceptance of each other’s past [and present]…journey”, says Major Davies. “Louise has got significant health problems and Matthew’s completely understanding…and supportive about all those health issues. And Louise obviously
has an awareness of Matt’s past and some of the lingering issues of addiction and she’s very patient with that.” Matt and Louise are now adherents (members) of The Salvation Army’s Streetlevel Mission and volunteer their time to help run the mission’s services. These include: providing a family meal for people each week and running a pamper day for women from the surrounding shelters and Salvo services. The weekly chapel service is vibrant and helps people connect with God in relevant ways. Major Bryce Davies recently married the couple in the presence of their Streetlevel family. Matt and Louise say they’ve been blown away by the support the Salvos have given them over the past year. Matt says: “Time and time again on TV and on the radio you hear ‘Thank God for the Salvos’ but it’s not until you’re really down and out that you can truly know what those words mean.” The couple is looking forward to the birth of their first child in September. Matt now has employment as a youth worker – a fulfilment of his dream to help other troubled young people take steps towards recovery. Louise is recommencing her studies. Louise says: “We just want to have a happy and healthy family. And to continue with our bond with Streetlevel Mission and our volunteer work there in order to give back a little of what’s been given to us.”
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Election turns spotlight o Issues plaguing rural Australia were put back in the spotlight as three regional independents played a crucial role in deciding which political party would govern the nation after the recent federal election. LAUREN MARTIN looks at the ongoing crisis for people on the land
or too long the needs of rural Australia have been put in the “too hard basket” by politicians of both major political parties, according to Pam Wilkes, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territorial Consultant for Rural Support Services. “It seems that the metropolitan concerns always take precedent,” she says. So Pam, along with most Salvation Army rural chaplains, was buoyed by the election outcome in which rural independents Bob Katter (Kennedy MP), Tony Windsor (New England MP) and Rob Oakeshott (Port Macquarie MP) had the opportunity to bring regional issues to the fore. “It gives me a great deal of hope that rural needs will be on the agenda and will be brought before the attention of the Parliament,” she says. Despite the drought being over in most parts of the country, the Australia Eastern Territory has recommitted itself to the bush. At a recent rural consultation, leadership and selected corps officers and chaplains set down a number of core values and mission priorities.
The Assistant Territorial Mission and Resource Director (Social), Major Susan Reese, says: “With the closure of so many other community and service organisations in the bush, including many corps and churches, the rural chaplains represent the ongoing commitment of The Salvation Army to people who often feel abandoned by the rest of the nation.” North NSW Rural Chaplain Major Peter Ridley believes the withdrawal of services in the bush over the past few decades puts the Army in a unique position for ministry. “We don’t see it as a negative,” he says. “There’s an opportunity for The Salvation Army to move into the bush and make a huge impact on people’s lives. Really, what we need to do is to come up with some way of marrying together rural corps and rural chaplaincy so that we can get on with the work of God and do it really well for the bush.” And rural chaplains say the need is greater than ever, pointing to an increase in bankruptcy proceedings in the bush, with banks and creditors demanding payment now that the rains have fallen.
“A lot of these people who are on properties owe millions of dollars that they’ve now got to try and pay off,” says Southern Queensland Rural Chaplain Major Ron McMellon. “And so while there may be rain around, cash flow is going to be their biggest problem. A lot of them don’t have the money to be able to buy in new stock, to get the business working again.” Pam Wilkes says the difficulties being faced by rural Australia are not just issues for rural chaplains to deal with. She’s urging the whole territory to begin a concerted prayer effort. “One of the things I’m passionate about is informing corps across the territory about the ongoing struggles farmers are going through,” she says. “So there’s informed concern out there. That people will know what and who to pray for and that they’ll be able to support the ministers and congregations in the areas that are being affected.” This article is an edited excerpt of a history of Salvation Army rural chaplaincy that will appear in the upcoming edition of Hallelujah! magazine.
Eye-opening odyssey in the Outback Rural ministry remains a challenging arena as Lieutenant-Colonels Phil and Jan Cairns found out during a recent trip to the NSW Outback. Lieut-Colonel JAN CAIRNS shares a little of their experience for Pipeline
itting around waiting for a barbecue to be cooked is not so unusual in Australian culture. But to sit around a blazing fire in the Pilliga scrub country with a group of strangers is not your usual Saturday night outing. The venue was a farm in the NSW Outback. The people – not strangers for long – were local farmers who had been invited by The Salvation Army’s Rural Mission Chaplains, Majors Peter and Jean Ridley, to meet Phil and I,
Army officers from the city. For two days prior to the barbecue, Phil and I had followed the Ridleys on their “run” as they drove hundreds of kilometres, calling in at property after property to catch up with their “people”. It was like watching old friends meet up again after being apart for a few months. Their conversations usually started with chit-chat about the weather, the cattle or the sheep before inevitably turning to latest
news on the family and then always concern about how they were managing their farm in the middle of a drought (59.1 percent of NSW is still in drought). The drought remains a major issue for farmers as they struggle to stay financially viable. I sat in the farmers’ warm and cosy lounge rooms or kitchens and listened as Peter and Jean invariably turned the conversation around to God. I heard stories of triumph and tragedy, despair and hope. I met men and
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women who have found salvation and who are trying to live their new life in the spirit’s power. I might add they do this without the usual support given to new Christians – the vast distances don’t make it easy for ongoing discipling and spiritual support. I heard how other churches had not been able to maintain their ministry in the outback areas and how appreciative the farmers are of The Salvation Army’s commitment to continuing their pastoral care and ministry. I also heard grateful thanks for the various means of support that has been given to farmers by the Army since 2003 and the ongoing commitment to rural ministry. The day after the barbecue we met
local farmers for a church service in a tin shed. Two new families joined us as well as a Catholic nun and 20 other people from the farming community. God was honoured as the Word was preached, a testimony shared and foot- tapping songs sung to his glory. And of course, the sausage sizzle after church meant that relationships and friendships were further strengthened and enjoyed. I thank God for the four days spent in the Outback, for the new friends made, for some understanding of what life is like for our farmers in that area and most importantly, for an appreciation for what God through The Salvation Army is doing for the farmers and their families.
People are being listened to and supported, they are being given material help, but most importantly, people are being saved. My prayer is that The Salvation Army will not remove itself from the bush but will continue to support, encourage and lead people to Jesus through this ministry.
Lieut-Colonel Jan Cairns is Assistant Secretary for Personnel, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.
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Pobjies honoured for lifetime of service By JULIA HOSKNG
ommissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie celebrated more than 85 years of combined service as officers of The Salvation Army at their retirement service in Sydney on 5 September. After formally retiring on 31 August from their positions at International Headquarters in London as International Secretary and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Europe Zone, the Pobjies celebrated the occasion with family and friends at Parramatta Corps. Among the guests were Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond, Chief Secretary Colonel James Condon, Commissioners Ian (who officiated the service) and Nancy Cutmore, and Colonels Peter and Jennifer Walker, from the Australia Southern Territory. Other special guests included Majors Andy and Yvonne Westrupp from the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory where the Pobjies served for six years, and Commissioner Raemor Pobjie’s Victorious session-mate, Commissioner Lyn Pearce (recently retired World Secretary for Women’s Ministries). A video and photo slideshow celebrated the Pobjies’ many appointments throughout the Australia Eastern Territory, Papua New Guinea Territory, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory, Eastern Europe Territory, and at International Headquarters in London - first as International Secretary and Zonal Secretary respectively, for the South Pacific and East Asia Zone, then in the same positions for the Europe Zone. Major Peter Farthing, a long-time close friend of Commissioner Barry Pobjie, was the first of two representative speakers. “[Commissioner] Barry’s officership has been marked by hard work, risk-taking, sacrifice, vision, communication, leadership, [and] investment in people; he’s been a door-opener for God,” Major Farthing said. The Pobjies served in the Eastern Europe Territory from 1999-2007. On behalf of the territory, Captain Victoria Lalac, Romania Regional Women’s Ministries Director, who was once Commissioner Raemor Pobjie’s secretary, shared a message via video. “They are God’s people; people of prayer, people of vision, and people of action ... I thank God for all Raemor’s good qualities; her ability to listen to and hear people – people’s hearts – and to be open to their ideas and opinions, and concerns,” she said. The Pobjies’ children then shared a few words each. Daughter Sandra, an officer of the USA Southern Territory, spoke to her parents by way of a pre-recorded message. “You have given me a heart for missions … and you inspire me to be a better daughter, a better wife and a better officer,” she said. The Pobjie's three sons, Brenton, Kem and Roen, all spoke, with Roen expressing the pride they have in their parents. “We’re extremely proud of everything you’ve accomplished in your life … and we’re proud of you as officers. We’re also proud of you as parents,” he said. This was followed by the Parramatta Songsters' presentation of God Loves You – a fitting choice, said Commissioner Raemor Pobjie, as it was sung at their farewell in Russia. Commissioner Pobjie also expressed her thanks to the Parramatta Citadel Band for its musical support during the service. Commissioner Pobjie then said of her husband: “I thank God for his passionate and purpose-driven life. And he’s just one
Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie (left) being addressed by Lieut-Colonel Peggy Stephens and Commissioner Ian Cutmore, who later made a presentation (below) to Commissioner Pobjie..
proof to me of God’s transforming grace in a person’s life.” Commissioner Barry Pobjie spoke about the impact of three women on his life: his late mother who shared his Christian faith and believed in him; his first wife Ruth (dec), who “gave me a sense of being who I am”; and Raemor. Of her, he said: “She’s an effective, hard-working Salvation Army officer … I thank God for her love, her perseverance, her patience and her forgiveness.” General Shaw Clifton’s letter to the Pobjies was read by Commissioner Ian Cutmore: “We honour them as faithful servants of God and distinguished Salvation Army leaders …" the General wrote. "Their joyful service means that the Army is a stronger Army.” Following this, Commissioner Bond said of the Pobjies: “The Lord who called you into officership has blessed and used you in ways beyond your expectations. You could not have known that your yes to his call to officership would provide you with such an adventure. You’ve served your territory well.” Commissioner Raemor Pobjie was then presented with her retirement certificate by Lieut-Colonel Peggy Stevens who was at the Army's Training College when she was a cadet. Commissioner Ian Cutmore then presented Commissioner Barry Pobjie with his certificate. Commissioner Nancy Cutmore offered a prayer for the Pobjies before Colonel James Condon delivered the benediction.
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Raders target grace in Coutts Lecture
eneral (Dr) Paul Rader (ret.) and his wife, Commissioner Kay Rader, were the guest speakers at The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Booth College Association’s annual Coutts Memorial Lecture in late August. Together, on 26 August at Booth College in Bexley North in Sydney, they spoke on the subject “Reaching for Metaphors of Grace”. The lecture was streamed online to allow maximum engagement throughout the Australia Eastern Territory. The audience included an online guest from Hong Kong and one from the United Kingdom. The Raders also presented the lecture in Brisbane on 29 August. General Rader, an American who was world leader of The Salvation Army from 1994 to 1999, discussed three Wesleyan theological views regarding the act of sanctification: the Shorter Way (occurs when believers submit to Christ), the Middle Way (continual process of pursuing grace and God) and the Longer Way (long process that few achieve prior to death). Despite the theological differences, the General said: “All posit a death to the self-life and a cleansing from the inner pollution of sin. They all affirm the possibility of living selfcontrolled, upright and godly lives.” Among discussion and references to other people’s writing on the topics of sanctification and holiness, General Rader presented several other metaphors of grace, including breaking the addiction to self for growth in Christlikeness, making a decisive move to a healthy environment, and reprogramming the software of the soul. The General then invited his wife to share her personal encounter with holiness. Commissioner Rader spoke honestly and openly as she shared her death to self and deliverance from doubt, disobedience and disbelief. This she called “Application 220 Voltage”, that is, an application of Galatians 2:20. The General ended the lecture by quoting Cheryl Bridges John from The Holiness Manifesto. “There is beauty in a holy life, and that beauty is rare today,” he said. “But because holiness is rare, it does not mean it is impossible.” At the conclusion of the lecture, John Cleary, Chairman, Booth College Association, chaired a discussion between the Raders and the audience. “It [was] quite a spiritually invigorating talk and I don’t know that anyone will be going home feeling any degree of disappointment,” said Major Kelvin Alley, the Assistant Principal at the School for Officer Training, of the General’s lecture. “He’s a very scholarly speaker, and of course speaks from a lifetime of experience and not only that, but he captures the heritage of The Salvation Army in his own family. We got the benefit of it all tonight and I think some really wonderful insights into the life of holiness.” Captain Donna Evans (Booth College Vice Principal for Administration and Personnel) agreed. “I thought General Rader was superb in the way he drew [together] all the history and the theology and different writers,” she said. “But for me, it was special that Commissioner Kay shared her own personal experience ... it was great to have that personal touch.” Major Gavin Watts (School for Officer Training Principal) were also impressed by the vulnerability of the Raders. “[The General and the Commissioner] portrayed what
it means to be a Salvationist, a spiritual leader and how that impacts their lives in being like Jesus,” he said. After the Sydney Coutts Lecture, the Raders were involved in the Cadets Retreat Day before heading to Brisbane. General Paul and Commissioner Kay Rader participated in outreach in Queen St Mall before speaking at the Brisbane City Temple morning meeting, and then the repeat Coutts Lecture in the afternoon. On Monday, 30 August, they spoke at the Newcastle and Central NSW Divisional Holiness Meeting at Eastlakes Corps, followed by a mission forum on Tuesday. Prior to their travel within the Australia Eastern Territory, the Raders had several engagements in the Australia Southern Territory including the Brengle Conference in Geelong, a lecture in Hobart and a lecture at Ringwood Corps (Victoria). *Listen to the Coutts Lecture online at: http://connectpro.salvos.net/p46673620/
General Paul Rader speaks at The Salvation Army Booth College Association’s annual Coutts Memorial Lecture (top). General Rader and his wife Kay with Korean Cadet Ji-Sook Wunderlich at the college (above).
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Social justice worth fighting for lmost 200 people converged on The Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters in Sydney over one weekend in late August in the name of social justice. The annual I’ll Fight conference convened on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 August, with the purpose to educate, empower and mobilise people to take action in the fight for social justice. “There was a spirit of enthusiasm and a sense that things can change,” said Robyn Evans, the Army’s Australia Eastern Territory Social Justice Coordinator, at the conclusion of the conference. “There is a need for revival within the Christian church.” Commissioner Linda Bond, Australia Eastern Territorial Commander, was the first of four keynote speakers. Her message urged the delegates to take hold of the Holy Spirit’s power and be active in the fight for justice. “It’s one thing to see something; it’s one thing to hear a cry; it’s another thing to react with deep, deep emotion,” the Commissioner said. “But it has to go from seeing and hearing and reacting, to doing something. You’ve got to do something!” Jarrod McKenna, from the Lockridge Peace Tree Community in Western Australia, spoke in the afternoon about the need to fight non-violently against social injustice. On Saturday morning, Envoy Judith Nuriyn-Yumba (North Ipswich Indigenous Ministries) joined with Aunty Jean Philips (a founding pastor of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship) to discuss – in relation to Indigenous communities – the need for healing and moving forward with understanding and respect. Captain Brendan Nottle (Melbourne 614 Corps) closed the conference by challenging the church to repent of its oppression, and respond to the causes of injustice as well as its results. To express his repentance, Captain Nottle dressed in sackcloth with ashes, akin to the Old Testament expression. Workshops that discussed practical solutions to social injustices were held on both days of the conference. Choices included refugees and asylum seekers, creating justice within a culture, social justice mentoring, eco-justice, biblical justice and
advocacy, and developing policy that affects change. Also, on Friday night, more than 70 people attended a panel discussion on human trafficking with Luke Geary from the Army’s Salvos Legal office, Jenny Stanger, Supervisor Samaritan Accommodation, and Fiona David, Australian Institute of Criminology researcher. The discussion covered legal aspects (such as visa and migration issues), local and global perspectives, and everyday practical elements (this included volunteers sharing their experiences with trafficked victims). On Saturday afternoon, Nathan Moulds (Edify Coordinator) chaired a tour of Gallery for Justice (galleryforjustice.org) – an avenue to tell stories of social justice. Meantime, a resource centre offered delegates information on various organisations involved in the fight for justice. Stalls included: The Salvation Army International Development Office, World Vision, Compassion, Be a Hero, Micah Challenge, Australian Wildlife Conservancy and OXFAM (Close the Gap). Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Justice Unit had a stall promoting three new resources: two books and one album. Message for Change – a CD produced by The Salvation Army’s Social Justice Department to promote social justice – was launched at I’ll Fight on Friday. The songs were written by various songwriters (including some from the Australia Eastern Territory) who are actively pursuing justice and/or working on the front line. Salvos Legal is the recipient of all album profits. The latest offering by Carpenter Media is 50 Ways to Do Justice – a book that provides practical solutions for people wanting to “do something” about injustice. Authors including Robyn Evans, Luke Geary, Casey O’Brien, Captain Paul Moulds and Major Danielle Strickland, offer motivational teaching and ideas regarding topics such as the environment, asylum seekers, poverty and hunger, human trafficking and fair trade practices. The third resource released at the conference was Challenging Evil a book originally published as Social Evils the Army has Challenged by S Carvosso Gauntlett. Major Strickland wrote some discussion guides to accompany the text with the purpose of further challenging and inspiring readers.
This one word was the platform on which William Booth founded The Salvation Army and it was the centrepiece of the I'll Fight Conference.
A demonstration march through the streets of inner Sydney accompanied the I'll Fight Conference which addressed the issue of social injustice.
By JULIA HOSKING
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Salvos embark on Big Rescue mission By ESTHER PINN
rom this month, every child who attends a Salvation Army corps in the Australia Eastern Territory for the first time will receive a Big Rescue Bible to keep. Major Kevin Unicomb, the Territorial Youth and Children’s Secretary, has developed an initiative which will see children equipped with the necessary material to teach them about God and how to live as young Christians. A total of $30,000 has been spent on buying 3000 Big Rescue Bibles from the Bible Society of Australia. Initially, every corps in the Australia Eastern Territory will be given 20 Bibles to distribute to children. “We want the giving of these Bibles to become the culture of The Salvation Army when kids first come,” Major Unicomb said. The Bibles contain colourful pictures and easy navigating tools for children to understand. Additionally, Major Unicomb is keen to see individuals within corps trained to be able to present these Bibles to the children in a way that is simple and fun. “They will be equipped to explain God’s Word and how it applies to the children’s lives,” he said. The Federal Government’s Communities for Children program in South Queensland has already contributed $5000 to the initial cost of the Bibles while further donations have brought the amount of financial support for the project to $16,000. Major Unicomb is encouraging families or individuals within corps to consider making a regular contribution to the cost of these Bibles, with the intention that the program will be ongoing. “Ultimately, we would love to have people sponsor and buy a Bible each month to keep it as an continuing project,” Major Unicomb said. If you would like to help this initiative, please contact your corps officer for details about how you can support the program.
Major Kevin Unicomb with copies of The Big Rescue Bible which will be given to children attending The Salvation Army for the first time. Photo: Shairon Paterson
Opportunities blossom with nursery T
he opening of the Riverview Farm plant nursery near Brisbane last month is an opportunity for more jobs for Salvation Army clients and an increase in the community “feeds” that occur each week, says the centre’s manager. The nursery was officially opened on 14 September by Sir John Pidgeon, a strong supporter of The Salvation Army. Brad Strong, Manager of the Army’s Canaan School for Training and Development which incorporates Riverview Farm, said the nursery project was in its infancy but was already pursuing lucrative contracts with major retailers like Big W. “Whatever money we make goes to the work of the Army and this site,” Mr Strong said. “It’s certainly going to be a good venture for us,” he said. “We have been doing a community feed for about five years
- and this will now enable us to do it five days a week instead of one.” The nursery has been employing 10 to 12 of The Salvation Army’s clients on a part-time basis. “The idea is to give them an opportunity to work in a real workplace,” Mr Strong said. Plans are also well advanced to move the old Salvation Army hall from nearby Blackbutt to the Riverview complex. When the Blackbutt hall opened in 1912 it was overseen by the Ipswich Corps. Mr Strong said the 8x17m historic hall was in original condition and would fit in well at the complex. “Because it was in a tiny town, it’s never been altered. The original furniture is still in there,” he said.
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Kingdom come sydney 2011
10-13 January 2011 • The King’s School Sydney Australia
www.KingdomCome.com.au The Salvation Army’s T3 Youth Congress
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Queensland kids benefit from Aged Care Plus walkathon By JULIA HOSKING
he Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory's Aged Care Plus service held its second annual walkathon on Friday, 10 September, aiming to raise money to help disadvantaged Indigenous children in six Far North Queensland communities. A target of $10,000 was set to provide 200 children with school bags, books, pens, pencils and Bibles. Optus generously donated the school bags, each worth more than $40, while money raised from the walkathon will cover the items to be put in the bag including the Bibles. Aged Care Plus is also sponsoring 10 children on a trip to Sydney to attend Kids Camp at The Collaroy Centre - the first beach holiday any of these children will have experienced. “The impact that event [Kids Camp] will have is very exciting,” said Aged Care Plus Chief Executive Officer, Sharon Callister. “We will not only help children in need and give them the opportunity to see the ocean for the first time, but also work towards fulfilling The Salvation Army’s evangelical mission.” Of the walkathon fundraiser event, Ms Callister said: “This is all part of our new five-year strategic plan to integrate with the wider Salvation Army.” Salvation Army officers - including Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond and Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries Colonel Jan Condon - employees and members of the community took part in the walk through the centre of Sydney. The 5.4km walk started in Hyde Park, near Territorial Headquarters, and continued to Mrs Macquarie’s Point on Sydney Harbour. Every Aged Care Plus centre in the territory also organised its own walkathon or similar event, with walkathon patron, Chief Secretary Colonel James Condon, participating in
llister, Maria Fragatti (from left) Sharon Ca Aged Care Plus staff n. set off on the walkatho and Elizabeth Cupitt
Newcastle. Centres that did not host a walkathon signed up people who committed to walking 50,000 steps in five consecutive days. The project chosen to be the recipient of money raised came out of “roadshows” conducted by Aged Care Plus Mission and Personnel Manager Major Robin Pullen, and Ms Callister. They found that Aged Care Plus staff were keen to support a project that assisted children, the Indigenous community and disadvantaged people. The 2010 walkathon has grown in popularity from last year, with more participants and donations. When Pipeline went to print, almost $22,000 had been raised with more donations still to be counted.
Colin Daines ndon and Major Colonel Jan Co th of e walkathon relax at the end
The walkath on organisin g committee Major Beatric (from left) Ro e Kay, Colon byn Evans, el Jan Condo Bond, Sharon n, Commissio Callister, Mar ner Linda ia Fragatti an d Elizabeth C upitt.
24-7 Prayer Roster 27 September-1 October: Casino Corps 3-10 October: North NSW Divisional Headquarters; Moree Corps 5-7 October: Lismore Corps
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Conference encourages generous lifestyle J
ourney to a Generous Life was the theme of the The Salvation Army’s Tri-Territorial Planned Giving Conference held at The Collaroy Centre in late August. The event drew 37 delegates (pictured below) from the Australia Eastern, Australia Southern, and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga territories, as well as two representatives from Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. The goal of the conference, held from 21-26 August, was to “present biblical principles of giving in a challenging format so that each delegate gains a greater personal understanding of the ‘generous lifestyle’ and is confident in implementing these principles in their own life and within their appointment”. Among the main speakers were Major Norm Beckett and Reverend Karl Faase. The conference drew much of its focus from the material of United States-based Reverend Brian Kluth, author of the best-selling 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life devotional. “I certainly think that the lives of delegates, and subsequently their congregations, will be changed in the coming days as strong challenges were laid down at the conference regarding generosity within our lives,” said Steve Burfield, the Appeals (Internal) Operations Manager for the Australia
Eastern Territory, which hosted the event. “Even the [Territorial Commander] Commissioner [Linda Bond] indicated, in her opening keynote address, that she is keen to do the 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life devotional.” Meantime, The Salvation Army’s Tri-Territorial Courts and Prison Chaplains Conference was held in Sydney in August. More than 90 delegates from the Australia Eastern, Australia Southern, and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga territories attended the biennial conference, from 15-18 August. The event attracted a wide range of speakers including a police prosecutor, chief magistrate and the Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond.
Redcliffe blessed by Commissioner Bond visit (Majors William and Judith Hutley)
he congregation at The Salvation Army's Redcliffe City Corps had been praying and looking forward to the "Big R" weekend for a number of months. Earlier this year, the corps had decided that age (the average age at Redcliffe Corps is approximately 70) would prevent many from attending a house party, but a special weekend with Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond was an option. So it was that 80 people gathered on Saturday, 11 September for Commissioner Bond's visit and they were not disappointed. The day's programme offered time for great fellowship, good food, excellent Bible teaching, inspiring singing as well as time for laughter. During the introduction to the Commissioner, a PowerPoint presentation showed how the corps is endeavouring to fulfil each of the territory’s seven Mission Priorities. There was excitement in the air on the Sunday morning as the whole corps came together for morning worship. More than 90 people returned on Sunday afternoon for a Meeting of Praise featuring various corps sections. The congregation was also encouraged as it heard 11 people briefly share their testimony of praise. Over the weekend, the Territorial Commander focused on the Gospel of Luke, under the headings Revelation, Reaction,
Commissioner Linda Bond shares a moment with long-serving Redcliffe Corps soldier and former Corps Sergeant Major Rosalie Hunt, and corps adherent Clyne Jameson.
Recommitment, Resolve. A number of significant decisions were made openly and personally by many people over the weekend.
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Weekend to remember with Commissioner (Majors David and Lea Palmer)
he Gosford Corps of The Salvation Army celebrated a memorable weekend with Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond in August. “Hey! Hey! It’s Saturday Night with the Commissioner” was well attended including visitors from other corps, Selah (Central Coast Recovery Services) and another church on the Central Coast. Gosford’s “Seeds of Praise” led a time of worship, while the dance group challenged the congregation to look into Jesus and not into this world. “Celebrity Heads” created a few laughs before a panel of three then presented questions, submitted by Gosford Corps members, to Commissioner Bond. The Territorial Commander kept the crowd's attention as she explained The Army’s view on the Sacraments, revealed what her favourite song was, talked about God’s calling on her life and gave some insights into her recent visit to Kenya. It proved to be a very informative night in which those present came to know more about Commissioner Bond, and grew in their understanding of the international Salvation Army. On the Sunday morning, Commissioner Bond spoke about the territory's first Mission Priority – "Prayer and Holiness". The Holy Spirit’s presence was very evident as people made their way forward seeking fullness of life.
Commissioner Linda Bond chats to Gosford Corps members during her visit in August.
Brisbane City's got tons of young talent (Majors Earle and Christine Ivers)
alent comes in all forms, shapes and sizes and this was more than evident at the Brisbane City Temple’s Young People's Anniversary weekend on 14-15 August. In a concert based on the popular television programme Australia's Got Talent, the young people demonstrated on the Saturday evening their versatility, covering a wide range of genres including brass, woodwind and strings, timbrel playing (littlies, learners and young people), skits, a puppet show, dance in various forms, vocal, sparkling spoons and dogs (both dressup and real). There was a guest appearance by a barber shop quartet, Outta Tune, a group of high school-aged boys who thrilled the audience with their versatility. The judges were rendered speechless by some of the performances, particularly by the surprise appearance of the Temple's very own "Susan Boyle", the singer who stunned the UK during the Britain's Got Talent version of the hit show last year. The Brisbane City Temple Kids’ Connection was voted the winner of a highly entertaining evening. Earlier in the day, the young girls of the corps had enjoyed an afternoon of pampering while the boys participated in outdoor activities. This emphasised to the young people and their friends that they were not only valued by God but also the corps family. The story of the apostle Paul was highlighted in the primary children’s rendition of “Viva Damascus” on the Sunday morning. The children sparkled and amongst the laughter the central theme of God being the King resounded. The young people were also highlighted in the morning family service at which Corps Officer Major Earle Ivers brought the Saturday evening and Sunday morning performances together with his theme of “Look at Him” which focused on giving God our talents.
General cancels visit to Australia G
eneral Shaw Clifton, world leader of The Salvation Army, has had to cancel his visit to Australia at the end of the year for personal reasons. The General (right) and his wife, Commissioner Helen Clifton, had been due to spend a week in the Army's Australia Eastern Territory from 7-14 December, visiting Brisbane and Sydney. They were to be the special guests at the Commissioning weekend in Sydney on the weekend of 11-12 December. The Chief of the Staff Commissioner
Barry Swanson, the second-highest ranking officer in the international Salvation Army, and his wife, Commissioner Sue Swanson, the World Secretary for Women's Ministries, will now be visiting in the place of the General and Commissioner Clifton, in what will be their first visit to Australia. The Commissioners, who only took up their new appointments earlier this year, will also be visiting The Salvation Army's Australia Southern Territory as part of their Australia.
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Salvo named Brisbane's best dad
Brisbane father of the year David Howell at home with three of his nine children – (from left) Billy, Gavin and Esther. Photo courtesy of the Brisbane Courier Mail
avid Howell, a member of The Salvation Army's Pine Rivers Corps, has been named as Brisbane’s Father of the Year for 2010. Mr Howell, of Bracken Ridge in Brisbane's north, is the father of nine children aged 11 to 31 and the grandfather of five. He was nominated for the award, organised by Scripture Union Queensland, by the youngest of his children, son Gavin. With five children still at home and a concreting business to run, Mr Howell's life is busy, but at the top of his priorities is guiding his children through life. "That's what it's all about," said the 61-year-old who is also involved with The Salvation Army's emergency services team in Brisbane.
"I just want to influence them to be able to make a choice and see the difference in which way they go. "And when they do make a bad choice they can govern themselves and correct themselves without getting into a big mess. "A lot of kids need dads, men to stand up and be dads.’’ The award is all the more poignant for Mr Howell after his wife, Pamela, died in March last year after a long battle with cancer. He points to his Christian faith, and the support of his children, for sustaining him through a difficult 18 months. "We all have our ups and downs; we're not a perfect family at all. But that's fine," he said. "I feel really humble".
Celebration time on Mid North Coast T
he Salvation Army on the Mid North Coast of NSW is preparing for a great time of fellowship, fun and spiritual blessings as it meets in Taree for the Mid Coast Celebration from 8-10 October. People of all ages will be catered for as the Army celebrates youth on Friday night, Celebrate Salvos Expo on Saturday, Celebrate Music on Saturday night and Celebrate Holiness and Celebrate Praise on Sunday.
Special guests for the weekend are Commissioners Ross and June Kendrew from New Zealand and the Salvo Country Band from Macksville. Corps from Port Macquarie, Hannam Vale, Moorland, Harrington, Taree and Forster/Tuncurry will all be involved in this great celebration weekend. If you would like to join in this weekend, email: taree. email@example.com
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Petersham celebrates milestone anniversary (Captain Greg Pack)
ver the weekend of 28-29 August, the Petersham Corps (Sydney) of The Salvation Army celebrated its 125th anniversary. The festivities commenced on the Saturday evening when more than 230 people attended a Celebration Concert which featured as its special guests the Sydney Youth Band under the direction of Joshua Mann. Other participants on the night included the timbrel brigade from Sydney Congress Hall, the Jannawi Dance Theatre group which performed a welcome dance, the Portuguese Pentecostal Church Worship Band, and 14-year-old violinist Harry Ward who had the congregation on their feet after playing Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso for violin. The evening was led by Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional Youth Secretary Major Stephen Briggs who also shared some greetings from people who could not attend the weekend. There was also video message given by Petersham Corpsâ€™ oldest soldier, 99-year-old Edna Mayne. On the Sunday, the hall was once again packed with 160 people attending worship led by the Sydney Staff Songsters. During the meeting, Major Narelle Rees, Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional Director of Women's Ministries, invited people to share some of their memories of Petersham before a video interview with Mrs Mayne on her memories of the corps was played.
This was followed by an interview with 11-year-old Susan Denner, the only young person now attending Petersham Corps. When asked what her prayer was for Petersham, Susan replied that more young people might attend and know Jesus Christ as their Saviour. Bandmaster Jon Mayne was also presented with a Certificate of Appreciation and Long Service Badge for 40 years of service to Petersham Corps by Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional Commander Major John Rees. The celebrations concluded with a fellowship lunch and the cutting of the 125th anniversary cake by Mrs Mayne.
Edna Mayne, flanked by Sydney East and Illawarra divisional leaders Majors John and Narelle Rees, cuts the 125th anniversary cake at Petersham.
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hree new Adherents and three Junior Soldiers were enrolled at Temora on Sunday 29 August. Pictured (below left) are the Adherents (from left to right) Craig and Michelle Robins, and Anita Thrippleton with Corps Leaders Doug and Ruby Smith; and (below right) the new Junior Soldiers (from
left to right) Tyesha Thrippleton-Amos, Tanya Dawson, and Jasmine Hammond with prayer partners Envoy Yvonne McCallum, Ruby Smith and Auxillary-Captain Don Ward. Heather Clarke is holding the flag.
Redcliffe City Corps
hree new seniors soldier were enrolled by Corps Officer Major William Hutley at Redcliffe City on Sunday 19 Septmeber. At the conclusion of the enrolment ceremony, each of the new soldiers - Sheila Arnott, Acacia Cuthbertson and Michael Halloran (pictured right with Major Hutley) - gave their testimony. Sheila told the congregation of her love for Jesus; Acacia spoke of how God had led her to The Salvation Army through personal circumstances, youth group and her interesting in brass banding; while Michael thanked those who had shown interest in him, prayed for him and encouraged him to recommit his life to God.
undamba has celebrated the enrolment of 14 new corps cadets, strengthening the thriving young people's program of the south-east Queensland corps. The corps cadets led a special Sunday morning meeting during which they all knelt at the mercy seat and signed their commitment cards. They were then joined on the platform by their prayer pals before the congregation stood and prayed for them. The corps cadets are pictured in their Salvation Army shirts with two of their leaders, Linda Beaver (far left) and Renae Strong (far right).
ive adherents were enrolled during the morning meeting at Mackay Corps on Sunday, 19 September. The corps is under the command of Lieutenants Jeff and Terri Goodwin and they were privileged to oversee the commitments of Pam Young, Val Hazeldene, Shirley Barba, Terry Wright and Tracey Davison. Lieut Terri Goodwin is seen in the photo after the service with (from left) Pam, Val, Shirley and Terry. Terry and Pam have been part of a worship team that has been operating a church service at the local Langford Pub on Sunday afternoons, where Christian songs are played and a Christian message is brought.
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Congo communities rising from the ash By DAMARIS FRICK
he village of Kibirga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, no longer exists but The Salvation Army is helping to rebuild the lives of people who survived after a volcanic eruption laid waste an entire region. The village, 35km from the city of Goma, was one of five communities buried on 16 May this year when Mount Kirisimbi, a volcano that had lain dormant since 1952, erupted. At least 47 people were killed and hundreds more lost their houses, belongings and livelihoods. The Salvation Army reacted quickly and implemented a project providing clothing for the affected population. Panga, an elderly man who lost all 16 members of his family, remembers with gratitude the help provided by Lieutenant Jean Marc, the local Salvation Army officer. The lieutenant was among the first people to arrive with assistance and even helped to find land to bury the dead. More than four months on from the eruption, the people are still in a desperate situation. They live with host families or in one of three camps. The area where they lived is destroyed and they won’t be able to return. However, the local government has allocated new land for 240 families and The Salvation Army is looking to see how it can support this community.
Lieutenant Jean Marc speaks to Panga, who lost all 16 members of his family in the disaster.
Aussie Salvos help in earthquake relief effot
he Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory has been heavily involved in the relief effort in the wake of the devastating earthquake which struck the New Zealand city of Christchurch early last month. Three critical incident debriefing teams from the territory have each spent a week in New Zealand supporting The Salvation Army’s response to the 7.1 magnitude quake which struck in the early hours of 4 September. They've been helping provide psychosocial support to those affected by the disaster, giving some much-needed relief to their New Zealand colleagues. This has included provision of emotional support and information/referral to other services. “Many people are suffering and need someone to talk to and The Salvation Army has the ability to provide this support and link people in distress to other services and agencies," said Major Susan Reese, team leader of the first group to head to Christchurch. “The ongoing aftershocks have exacerbated the trauma people have suffered. Many cannot yet go back to their homes and are still living in emergency shelter situations. “Many people from rural areas of New Zealand have also been affected, so part of our role will be to offer some kind of support to them. We have team members experienced in dealing with rural issues, which can be different to issues faced by city people." The Salvation Army in Zealand swung quickly into action in the hours after the quake struck. It has been involved in channelling food and goods provided by New Zealand companies to its food banks, for distribution through the Army’s network of Community Ministry centres. At the height of the relief effort the Army was feeding around 2000 people a day at two Christchurch welfare centres,
Salvation Army Emergency Services Coordinator Major Rex Cross with people being fed by the Army at a welfare centre. Photo: John Gardner
400 of whom were staying at the centres overnight. It was also feeding people in the outer Christchurch suburb of Rangiora. A number of Salvation Army properties were damaged in the quake. One house moved off its foundations, with cracks and broken windows reported in other buildings. The St Albans Corps hall suffered significant structural damage, with one crack that started on the hall’s asphalt driveway extending through the building.
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First Salvation Army building opened in Mongolia T
he Salvation Army has opened its first building in Mongolia in a significant development for the newly established ministry. The opening ceremony included the participation of Salvationist personnel from Korea who have supported or sponsored the establishment of Army work in Mongolia. The International Secretary for South Pacific and East Asia, Commissioner Robert Street, and the Territorial Commander for Korea, Commissioner Chun Kwang-pyo, jointly cut the traditional yellow, red and blue tape to officially declare the building open. The premises will accommodate administration offices, a worship hall, living accommodation and multi-purpose rooms for outreach programmes, including a feeding programme for the homeless. During the visit of the International Secretary and Commissioner Janet Street, official talks were held with the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia, Miyeegombyn Enkhbold, who has ensured the provision of land in Tov Aimag Province for a Salvation Army social welfare centre. The visiting party was also able to view recently established water projects in the area and the Solongos kindergarten run by the Army on an estate in Ulaanbaatar, the country's capital.
Commissioners Robert and Janet Street (front) and Commissioner Yoo, Sung-ja (back left) visit Solongos Kindergarten
The ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring (far left and right) officers appointed to open the work in Mongolia, Captain Lee, Min-ho and Captain Chang, Mi-hyun with delegates from Korea – including the territorial leaders – and South Pacific and Asia zonal leaders
Support for volcano victims S
alvation Army personnel in Indonesia are continuing to provide assistance to some of the thousands of people made homeless after the eruption of the Mount Sinabung volcano on the island of Sumatra in late August. The volcano, which had been inactive for 400 years, sent huge plumes of ash thousands of metres into the atmosphere, covering surrounding towns and villages in thick ash. With little time to gather their belongings, 29,000 people living in the shadow of the volcano were evacuated to emergency shelters in surrounding towns. The local Salvation Army Compassion in Action has been working out of the nearest corps in the town of Kabanjahe, where a team will remain for the next few months
Flood relief continues E
mergency work is ongoing in the flood-hit regions of Pakistan, where an estimated 20 million people – more than 10 per cent of the population – have been affected by the disaster. The flooding began in the north-west of the country in July but continues to move to the south, with people now having to leave their homes in Sindh province where flood water continues to impact on families and communities. Salvation Army relief teams are working in three provincial areas – Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – distributing household goods including bedding and cooking utensils. Almost 20,000 families have received goods from Salvation Army teams including nearly 5000 tents.
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promoted to glory
Woman of faith
rs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury was promoted to glory on 21 August from Sydney, aged 105. Commissioner Earle Maxwell conducted a service at the Woronora Crematorium on Monday, 30 August. Mrs Brigadier Woodbury’s 101-year-old brother, Vivian, attended the service along with his daughter and son. Major Julie Campbell (granddaughter) read Psalm 71, and Envoy Alan Staines (a weekly visitor to Mrs Brigadier Woodbury) prayed. This was followed by an afternoon Celebration Service at Hurstville Corps, conducted by Mrs Brigadier Woodbury’s son, Major Errol Woodbury with assistance from Lieutenant-Colonel Don Woodland. A musical prelude by granddaughter Pam O’Dea (Northlakes Corps) and band commenced the service. This was followed by the song, My Jesus, I Love Thee, I Know Thou Art Mine. Hazel Alley (granddaughter) offered a prayer and then Major Joanne Slater, Macquarie Lodge Chaplain, read selected verses from Ephesians (one of Hazel’s favourite books of the Bible). After a chorus, Lay up Treasure in Heaven, Hazel Woodbury’s children: Major Gweneth Woodbury, Major Noreen Clanfield and Major Errol Woodbury paid tribute to her life. From this point, Lieutenant-Colonel Woodland officiated the service. During the tributes, Lieutenant-Colonel Woodland read a message from General Eva Burrows (R) who was always close with the Woodbury family. The Hurstville Songsters gave a message, You Are My All in All, and this was followed by tributes from the grandchildren: Hazel, Julie, Pam, Wendy, Neil, Janelle and Errol. Ever is the War Cry was sung and then the great-grandchildren shared their favourite memories. Australia Eastern Territorial Commander, Commissioner Linda Bond read her letter to the family. “As corps officer and soldier, [Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury’s] steadfast, strong spirit matched her energy and enthusiasm as a Salvationist,” the Commissioner read. Brian Pethybridge then spoke on behalf of Hurstville Corps, where Mrs Brigadier Woodbury soldiered for more than 40 years. Major John Wiseman and band presented a vocal solo, My Tribute, and then Major Errol Woodbury delivered the message. He spoke about the way God brings his good works to completion (Philippians 1:6). Major Woodbury said that his mother knew her personal identity,
plan and purpose throughout her life – this is what was important. To close, he led into the chorus, When We All Get to Heaven, and then O Boundless Salvation. During the final song, the congregation spontaneously commenced a Hallelujah rally, waving Salvation Army flags, in remembrance of Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury who regularly marched with the Army flag until she was 99 years old. Hazel Olive Wemyss was born on 2 December, 1904, in Wellington, NSW, to Salvation Army officers Daniel and Madeline. Hazel was their fourth child of five. She had three brothers: Bram (deceased), Victor (deceased), Vivian (the youngest, aged 101), and one sister: Thelma (deceased). Daniel and Madeline resigned from officership due to health, and then moved to Orange, NSW. At the age of 18, Hazel responded to the Lord’s call to officership, and became a cadet of the Victory session in 1923. Cadet Wemyss’ first appointment was to Nowra in NSW. She was subsequently appointed to Deniliquin Corps and Leeton Corps. In 1926, on 22 December, Hazel married Norman Bradford Woodbury at Forest Lodge Corps, Glebe. The Captains were appointed to West Wyalong Corps, followed by Albury (where Gweneth was born), Hornsby, Paddington (where Noreen was born), Redfern, Goulburn, Newcastle and Townsville (where Errol was born). Following this, they went to Brisbane City, Petersham and Bundaberg Corps’. In 1942, Hazel was appointed to the Subscribers Department, the North Queensland Division and then the Goulburn Public Relations Department. Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury commenced her final appointment in 1961 in Special Efforts/Evangelism. Hazel was a wonderful organiser and cook, and is well-known for her many Home League and youth camps, both in Queensland and NSW. She was community-minded and peopleorientated. Her home was always open to the ‘whosoever’ for a meal. Mrs Brigadier Woodbury is also remembered for her love and passion for the youth of the corps. She taught Directory and Corps Cadets at Hurstville, and many people of that era remember her leadership and encouragement for the Lord and The Salvation Army. Following the Woodburys’ retirement in 1968, they lived in Carlton (Sydney) and soldiered at Hurstville. They were asked to be responsible for the development of the Engadine Outpost and for several years built up a corps and a hall – supported by the Hurstville Corps. Hazel also worked at
Sunset Lodge, Marrickville, for a number of years, helping with the many demands of the ageing residents. After Norman’s death in 1982, Hazel moved to the Trigg Village Collaroy Beach and was a faithful soldier of Dee Why Corps. She decided it was time to go to the Macquarie Lodge Hostel Care at 95 years. This year, after a couple of months following the transfer to the new complex, the Lord ‘called her home’. The Brigadier is survived by her three officer children: Major Gweneth Woodbury, Majors Noreen (and Max) Clanfield, Majors Errol (and Dot) Woodbury; seven grandchildren: Hazel (and John) Alley, Pamela (and Ian) O’Dea, Majors Neil (and Sharon) Clanfield, Majors Julie (and Mark) Campbell, Majors Wendy (and Rodney) Walters, Janelle (and Greg) Cocking, Errol (and Tracy) Woodbury; 23 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-greatgrandchildren. Hazel’s favourite saying was “If you can’t be great, be faithful” – this was true for her to the end.
Life of faithfulness
ajor Gordon Hosking was promoted to glory on 7 August from Eddystone Nursing Home in Bexley, Sydney, aged 81. A service was held at Woronora Crematorium on 12 August conducted by Commissioner Earle Maxwell, who spoke on the promise of the resurrection, and the confidence this gives us, both in life and when facing death. Major Dorothy Hosking (wife) read from the Scriptures, and Kathryn Lattouf (daughter) shared a family tribute, speaking about how “Dad was always keen to see his family growing spiritually”. Kathryn also mentioned that her dad was always the last to leave the hall on a Sunday as the Corps Officer. Even though this was part of his role, the family saw it more as a reflection of him as a people person. “He couldn’t help himself,” Kathryn said. “Dad loved being around people.” Following the crematorium service, Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns conducted a Thanksgiving Service at Dulwich Hill Corps, where Gordon and Dorothy worshipped. David Hosking (son) presented a family tribute. He said, “Dad was above all a man of strong and vibrant faith. He said to Christine at one time that being a Christian turned his life from black and white to colour. His faith and service were also very practical. He really enjoyed living the Christian life.
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promoted to glory “One particular memory is of him approaching people with, “Dear friend”, usually said with a grin. This innocent phrase could strike fear into your heart as it was generally followed by a request to do something in the meeting this Sunday, this week.” Six of Gordon’s 12 grandchildren who were able to attend the service also presented a tribute that spoke of their many different and happy memories of their Grandpa. Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns based his message on the Christian’s hope of resurrection and the surety of the Christian’s belief in a life beyond this earthly life. He included his own tribute from the days when Gordon, as Campsie Corps Officer, prepared him and Jan for their entry into the Training College. Gordon Henry Hosking was born on 22 March, 1929, to a Brisbane Salvationist couple, Ivy and Jim Hosking, active in Albion (now North Brisbane) Corps. He taught in juniors, was corps pianist, bandsman and songster, and was on the Youth Group Committee. He also joined the Methodist Order of Knights, which introduced him to an ecumenical outlook which developed further in later appointments as an officer. Music always attracted him, particularly brass music. His early piano lessons provided grounding in theory and he was blessed with a ‘good ear’. An 80 Bass piano accordion, acquired in 1950, saw service in many corps settings in early officership. He studied accountancy and worked in the Queensland Railways Audit Office before going to Training College from Albion Corps in 1951 as part of the Ambassadors session. Commissioned in 1952 in Marrickville Town Hall, Gordon was appointed to assist at Kendall Corps – a circuit corps taking in Herrons Creek, Hannamvale, Dunbogan, and Wauchope each Sunday – 70 miles for the day. An appointment as Corps Officer to Bega Corps followed, then his marriage to Lieutenant Dorothy Cathcart in January 1954. They wed on a Friday evening to gain a few more hours honeymoon before their entry to their first married corps, Yass, on the following Thursday. The first of four children was born at Yass. In time, Lyn (Cook) was followed by David, Christine (Cooper) and Kathryn (Lattouf). Their children and their families gave Gordon a great deal of pleasure; he was always proud of their spiritual growth and achievements. Appointments at West Wyalong Corps, Holland Park (Brisbane), North Rockhampton, Inala and Wynnum preceded Captain Hosking’s entry into
Red Shield Defence Services, where he was responsible for the welfare and morale of troops. In 1971, Majors Gordon and Dorothy Hosking were appointed to Townsville City Corps, Gordon with added responsibility as City Director. Ecumenism was strong in Townsville and Easter was a great Christian festival involving all churches. Gordon became a Rotarian and continued membership for the following 17 years. As corps officer at Bundaberg, Dulwich Hill, Campsie and Parramatta, he found great opportunities for service, fellowship and spiritual growth. In 1988, Gordon and Dorothy were appointed to Newcastle and Central NSW Divisional Headquarters, Gordon as Divisional Secretary. Travelling throughout the division to conduct audits and meetings enabled Gordon to fellowship with, and counsel younger officers. His sense of humour relaxed people. A final appointment to Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional Headquarters, again as Divisional Secretary, then as General Secretary, brought Gordon and Dorothy closer to family around Sydney, and they valued this. Major Hosking retired in April 1994. He and Dorothy lived at Bexley in retirement until severe disability prompted Gordon’s move to Eddystone Nursing Home for his final weeks.
Loved by all
ajor Alan Rushbrook was promoted to glory on 27 July, aged 71. A funeral service was held on 4 August at Cardiff Salvation Army Corps following a morning tea that enabled people to gather and share stories about Alan. Amongst 200 other guests, were Major Lynette Rushbrook (wife), five daughters, five son-in-laws, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Alan’s daughter, Captain Wendy-Sue Swann (Dubbo Corps Officer) conducted the funeral, which was predominantly planned by Alan himself. Alan’s granddaughters carried items that signified his life, including a helmet, boots, flyswat and a Bible. The grandsons escorted him in to the song Bat out of Hell. He also chose the songs sung in the service which included I’ll go in the Strength and I’m a Soldier Bound for Glory. Captain Andrew Schofield presented a tribute on Alan’s work life, and each of Alan’s daughters, his sister, selected friends and his grandchildren gave a tribute. All remembered how funny, loving, supportive and outrageous he was.
One of the memories shared by the grandchildren was how he would pick them up at the airport dressed in some form of outlandish outfit, and although slightly embarrassed, it would make them feel special. During the committal service, each family member placed a sticker on Alan’s casket; sending him off as he would send his mail – covered in stickers. Alan Francis Rushbrook was born on 24 February, 1939 in East Hornden, England. Alan, his parents Frank and Josephine, and his sister Jenny, migrated to Australia in 1949. In March 1968, Alan married Lynette Carter, whom he always loved dearly. Alan and Lynette had five children: Roselyn, Evelyn, Wendy-Sue, Lyndal and Jose. In 1979, Alan and Lynette began Salvation Army service as Territorial Envoys and then Auxiliary-Captains at Macksville Corps (now Nambucca River Corps), which was followed by Tuggerah Lakes Corps. In 1988, Alan received the rank of captain; and was appointed to Wellington Corps, Maroubra Corps and then Gympie Corps. During his Gympie Corps appointment, Captain Rushbrook commenced an additional appointment as Chaplain to the Gympie Queensland Police Service. This ended in 2000 with his move to the Broken Hill Corps, where he simultaneously acted as the Associate Chaplain for the Broken Hill NSW Rural Fire Service, and as the Area Co-ordinator for the Emergency Services in The Greater West Division. In 2002, Alan was appointed as the Corps Officer of the Upper Blue Mountains Corps. During this appointment, he was promoted to major before retiring in 2004. Alan had a life-long love for motorbikes, and they were always a major part of his ministry. His bike was always covered with Australian and Salvation Army flags, along with signs and stickers that promoted God and the Good News. Major Rushbrook was full of life and would never pass up an opportunity to talk to people and share Jesus’ love with them. Throughout his life, he touched a lot of people that would otherwise never have listened to the message of Jesus. Alan had a big personality, and was loved by all who knew him. He loved The Salvation Army and after moving to Australia, always considered himself Australian. Alan also always remembered the salvation offered to him by Jesus.
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Fr o m t h e c o a l f a c e L O CA L A N D I N T E R N AT ION A L N E W S
Effective 26 August: Major Bruce Harmer, Team Leader, Townsville Riverway Recovery Mission.
Katharine Dale, Ghana Territory; Singleton Corps, NSW; Social Justice, Social Programme Department, both THQ; South Burnett Region Corps, South Queensland Division Chaplaincy Services, both Qld; Sydney East and Illawarra Division community welfare centres training day (15).
Effective 26 August: Major Carolyn Harmer, Captain Bev Kingston, Captain Carole Smith, all Team Members, Townsville Riverway Recovery Mission. Effective 1 November: Major Mark Campbell, Divisional Commander, South Queensland Division; Major Julie Campbell, Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries, South Queensland Division.
Major Valda Mole of her brother Donald James Green on 6 August; Major Dorothy Hosking of her husband, Major Lyn Cook of her father, and Major Joyce Cathcart of her brother-in-law, Major Gordon Hosking on 7 August; Major Howard Smartt of his uncle Dr Ray Smartt on 7 August; Major Sherrie Nicol and Major Jean Ridley of their father George Thompson on 15 August; Captain Louise Nicholson of her father Robert Nicholson on 18 August; Major Gweneth Woodbury, Mrs Major Noreen Clanfield and Major Errol Woodbury of their mother, Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury on 21 August; Mrs Major Jean Bedwell of her husband Major Neville Bedwell on 23 August; Mrs Captain Betty Fuller of her husband Captain Les Fuller on 24 August; Captain Lincoln Stevens of his brother, and Captain Leanne Stevens of her brother-in-law, Noel Stevens on 30 August.
To Captains Anthony and Janice Rees a girl Penelope Cate on 17 August; to Captain Emma and Lieutenant Matthew Moore a girl Zephaniah Evangeline Emma on 4 September.
Envoy Judith Nuriyn-Yumba to Ernest McAvoy on 26 September.
Promoted to glory
Major Gordon Hosking on 7 August; Major Gordon Fletcher on 19 August; Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury on 21 August; Captain Les Fuller on 24 August; Major Neville Bedwell on 23 August.
The following people have received the Commissioner’s Challenge Award: Jasmin-Rose Pinney, Lucinda Scott, Palm Beach Elanora Corps; Taryn Barstow, Emilie Ryan-Paroz, Charlotte Smith, Dee Why; Melodey McGregor, Hayden Voight, Pine Rivers Corps; Shakara Best, Maryborough, EstherPerry, Rockdale.
time to pray
Malawi Command; South Queensland Divisional Headquarters, Southport Community Welfare Centre, both Qld; Spiritual Life Development Department, THQ; Springwood Corps, NSW; Tri-territorial conference, Collaroy (18-21); Communication and Public Relations conference (18-21); The Greater West Division WOW weekend (22-24); ACT and South NSW Division Kids Camp (22-24).
Captains Allan and Carolyn Kerr, Australia Southern Territory; St George Community Welfare Centre, St Marys Corps, Sydney Chinese Corps, all NSW; Stafford Corps, Still Waters, both Qld; Territorial Seniors Assembly (25-29); Sydney East and Illawarra Division women’s celebration (27); Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional kids camp (29 Oct-1 Nov); Booth College Gala Day (30).
31 October – 6 November
Captains David and Kim Hawke, Zimbabwe Territory; Sydney Congress Hall, Sydney East and Illawarra Division Chaplaincy Services, Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional Headquarters, Sydney Korean Corps, Sydney Streetlevel Mission, all NSW; Recovery Services Network Conference, Wollongong (1-5); Sydney East and Illawarra Division officers day apart (4); Territorial Headquarters retreat, Wollongong (5-7).
Majors Philip and Deslea Maxwell, Papua New Guinea Territory; Tamworth Corps, Taree Corps, Tarrawanna Corps, Temora Corps, Tenterfield Corps, all NSW; Territorial Mission and Resource Team, THQ; Chaplaincy Sunday (7); Sydney East and Illawarra Division community welfare centres forum (8); first year officers retreat (8-12); Sydney East and Illawarra chaplains forum (11).
engagement calendar Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander) Wyong: Fri 8 Oct – Meeting with ministry workers Dulwich Hill: Sun 10 Oct – Farewell to Colonels James and Jan Condon Wollongong: Mon 11-Wed 13 Oct – THQ officers retreat North Ipswich: Sun 17 Oct – corps visit Collaroy: Mon 18-Thu 21 Oct – Tri-territorial conference Central Coast: Sun 24-Thu 28 Oct – Territorial Seniors Assembly Brisbane: Thu 4 Nov – Installations of Colonels Wayne and Robyn Maxwell and Majors Mark and Julie Campbell
26 September – 2 October
Colonels James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon
*Gosford: Tue 5 Oct – home league Rockhampton: Wed 6 Oct-Thu 7 Oct – Central and North Queensland Division future strategy days Dulwich Hill: Sun 10 Oct – farewell to Colonels James and Jan Condon Wollongong: Mon 11 Oct-Thur 14 Oct – THQ officers retreat Collaroy: Mon 18 Oct-Thu 21 Oct – Tri-territorial conference #Hong Kong: Tues 19 Oct-Wed 20 Oct – China taskforce
Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Command; SAMIS Department, School for Christian Studies, School for Leadership Training, School for Officer Training, School for Youth Leadership, all THQ; Gospel Arts Camp, Collaroy (26 Sept-3 Oct); Sydney East and Illawarra Division chaplains forum (30).
Lieut-Colonels Laurie and Simone Robertson, International Headquarters; Serenity House, Qld; Shekinah Campbelltown, Shellharbour Corps, Shoalhaven Bridge Programme, Shoalhaven Corps, all NSW; Sydney East and Illawarra Division crisis and support services forum (1); Central and North Queensland Division review (7).
* Colonel Jan Condon only # Colonel James Condon only