War Cry Easter 2022

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CONTENTS 3 I Am Not Ashamed Of The Gospel It Is The Power That Brings Everyone To Salvation /who Believes (Romans 1:16 NIV) by GENERAL BRIAN PEDDLE 4 Je n’ai Pas Honte de L’évangile: C’est la Puissance de Dieu Pour le Salut de Quiconque Croit (Romains 1 :16) par GENERAL BRIAN PEDDLE 5 It Is Finished - Relief Or Victory by COMMISSIONER DEVON HAUGHTON 6 TOUT EST ACCOMPLI - Soulagement ou Victoire by COMMISSIONER DEVON HAUGHTON 7 John 19:30 ‘It Is Finished!’ by MAJOR JONATHAN KELLMAN

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The General’s Easter Message 2022

I Am Not Ashamed Of The Gospel, Because It Is The Power Of God That Brings Salvation To Everyone Who Believes (Romans 1:16 NIV) My greetings to you as we recognise and celebrate Easter 2022.

The Apostle Paul made the following affirmation in chapter 1 verse 16 of his letter to the church in Rome: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’ And I join Paul in declaring my fearless confidence in the truth, power and need of the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Easter and the preparatory time of Lent provide us with an opportunity to enter into the salvation story of God in an immersive way. It is important to remind ourselves of the foundational and overarching story of the gospel that is at the heart of both our spiritual reality and the mission of The Salvation Army. Wherever you are in the world, whatever your age, no matter your circumstances, the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news and is directly applicable and relevant to you. The gospel encapsulates God’s love for and choice of you; it communicates the provision of grace, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation; it contains the power of resurrection and promise of eternal life; it is the allencompassing story of Scripture that continues to be lived out in our lives today. For those who are more than familiar with the events of Easter, there may be the danger of taking a blasé approach to Holy Week, but I encourage all of us to focus on Easter 2022 with fresh eyes and expectation. Jesus is still the Saviour of the world. He is still the Way that leads to God. Today’s world is a melting pot of cultures, faiths, viewpoints and practices. Some people propose we de-emphasise the harder parts of the message, but it is the essence of the good news that makes the forgiveness of sin, the path of repentance and the reality of Heaven possible for each of us. The gospel has something to say. It brings hope, and offers an eternal dimension to impart a message that is desperately needed. Yes, we need to find relevant and respectful ways to communicate the gospel in our context, but there is no need for us to lose confidence in or shy away from the saving grace of God, made manifest in Jesus. If we don’t take the opportunity to share this message at Easter, when will we? Salvation Army, this is your moment to share the gospel with everyone – in every and any way you can. And may you know the presence of the risen Christ as you do so. Brian Peddle, General

GENERAL BRIAN PEDDLE

is the International Leader of the Salvation Army, which is at work in over 130 countries 3


LE MESSAGE DE PÂQUES 2022 DU GÉNÉRAL

Je n’ai Pas Honte de L’évangile: C’est la Puissance de Dieu Pour le Salut de Quiconque Croit (Romains 1 :16) Je vous salue, au moment où nous reconnaissons et célébrons Pâques 2022. L’apôtre Paul affirme dans le verset 16 du premier chapitre de son épitre à l’église à Rome : ‘Je n’ai pas honte de l’évangile, car c’est la puissance de Dieu pour le salut de quiconque croit.’ Et je me joins à Paul pour déclarer ma confiance sans crainte dans la vérité et la puissance, et le besoin de tout le monde de l’évangile de Jésus Christ. Pâques et la période préparatoire de la Carême nous offrent la possibilité d’entrer dans l’histoire du salut de Dieu de manière totale. Il est important de nous rappeler l’histoire fondamentale et primordiale de l’évangile qui se trouve au cœur de notre réalité spirituelle aussi bien que de la mission de l’Armée du Salut. Où que vous vous trouviez dans le monde, quel que soit votre âge ou vos circonstances personnelles, l’évangile de Jésus Christ est une bonne nouvelle et s’applique directement et de manière pertinente à vous. L’évangile incarne l’amour de Dieu pour vous et son choix de vous ; il communique la provision de la grâce, la miséricorde, le pardon et la réconciliation ; il contient la puissance de la résurrection et la promesse de la vie éternelle ; il est l’histoire complète des Ecritures qui continue à se manifester dans nos vies aujourd’hui. Pour ceux pour qui les événements de Pâques sont bien connues, il y a le danger que l’on s’approche de manière un peu blasé la Semaine Sainte, mais je nous encourage tous à nous concentrer sur Pâques 2022 avec des yeux et des attentes neufs. Jésus est toujours le Sauveur du monde. Il est toujours le Chemin qui mène à Dieu. Le monde d’aujourd’hui est un creuset de cultures, de croyances, de points de vue et de pratiques. Il y a des gens qui nous proposent d’alléger les parties plus difficiles du message, mais c’est l’essence de la bonne nouvelle qui rend possible pour chacun de nous le pardon du péché, le chemin de la repentance et la réalité du Ciel. L’évangile a quelque chose à nous dire. Il apporte l’espérance, et nous offre une dimension éternelle pour partager un message dont le monde a un besoin désespéré. Oui, nous devons chercher des moyens pertinents et respectueux pour communiquer l’évangile dans notre contexte, mais nous n’avons pas besoin de perdre confiance ou de nous éloigner de la grâce salvatrice de Dieu, incarnée en Jésus. Si nous ne prenons pas l’occasion de partager ce message à Pâques, quand allons-nous le faire ? Armée du Salut, c’est maintenant le moment de partager l’évangile avec tout le monde – de tous les IT IS FINISHED – Relief or Victory possibles. Et puissiez-vous ressentir la présence du Christ ressuscité en le faisant. Brian Peddle, General

GENERAL BRIAN PEDDLE

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The Territorial Commander’s Easter Message 2022

IT IS FINISHED – Relief or Victory

John 19:30 - He said, ‘It is finished!’ (NLT)

eneral Brian Peddle, International Leader of G The Salvation Army in one of his addresses explained the difference of an expression; ‘All In’ frequently used in his country of birth. He said the term could either convey being exhausted or being fully committed and fired up to accomplish a task.

Jesus's words on the cross, ‘It is finished’ came at the end of a gruelling journey from his betrayal by a colleague, his hurried arrest on Thursday evening to His illegal trial and physical abuse. He experienced the denial of his best and trusted confidant, Peter, and then later total abandonment of his inner and outer circles of followers; and he was experiencing the most humiliating of all deaths at that time, being hung on a cross of shame. Therefore, it is natural to conclude that Jesus's cry, ‘It is finished’ was

a cry of relief that the physical and psychological agony was now coming to an end and, his task to redeem humankind was victoriously accomplished. We, too, experience moments when we are ‘All In’ weary, worn and sad on the journey of life abandoned by family, friends, and colleagues; abused, betrayed, and wrongly accused. You might even have experienced or are experiencing prison sentence for a crime you did not commit or even being dragged through courts on a matter that you are the victim and not the perpetrator of the crime. It is even compounded amid a pandemic where variances appear to be emerging with very limited respite. Your ‘It is Finished’ prayer is more a cry of relief than one of victory. However, it is comforting to know that Jesus understands and cares about you because he has been there. While Jesus’ cry ‘It is Finished’ being one of relief holds merits because; he was in all forms, not only God but human. We cannot afford to miss the fact that Jesus knew that he came to earth for this very purpose - to die. It was the choice he made. Matthew 20:28 ‘… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’ (NLT) Therefore, ‘It is finished’ was not just a relief but a triumphant shout from Jesus because he was ‘All in’, committed, fired up, and highly motivated to accomplish the mission of redeeming lost humanity. For Jesus, Good Friday was mission accomplished. Humankind now has direct access to God and, sin and death does not have the final say because after 5

death comes resurrection. According to Mary Fairchild in her article ‘7 Last Words of Jesus Christ on the Cross,’ ‘These three words (It Is Finished) were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ's earthly life, not only his suffering and dying. Not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world— but the very reason and purpose he came to earth was finished. His final act of obedience was complete. The Scriptures had been fulfilled.’ Similarly, for those who have entrusted their lives to the Lord and are following Him in obedience we experience the ‘All In’ fully committed and fired up to appoint people to Jesus Christ and disciple them in their faith. Further, they are pumped up to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and befriend those who have no friends. Jesus' cry ‘It is finished’ has paved the way for us to be victorious over sin and doing wrong. We possess Jesus' power to complete the Christian race. Lord, thank you for finishing the work of redemption for the whole world. I pray that we may experience your ‘It is finished’ from the many burdens and stress that we encounter on life's journey. May the Holy Spirit move us to the place where ‘All In’ speaks to being motivated and fully committed to a life of service for you. Amen.

COMMISSIONER DEVON HAUGHTON Is the Territorial Commander for The Salvation Army Caribbean Territory


Le Message de Paques 2022 du Commandant Territoire

TOUT EST ACCOMPLI - Soulagement ou Victoire

Jean 19:30 ... il a dit : «Tout est accompli!» (NLT)

e général Brian Peddle, Chef International de L l’Armée du Salut, a expliqué

dans l’un de ses discours la différence d’une expression, ‘All In »fréquemment utilisée dans son pays natal. Il a dit que le terme pouvait soit signifier être épuisé, ou être pleinement engagé et motivé pour accomplir une tâche.

Les paroles de Jésus sur la croix: «Tout est accompli» sont venues à la fin d’un voyage épuisant de sa trahison par un collègue; son arrestation précipitée jeudi soir à son procès illégal et à ses violences physiques. Il a connu la rejection de son meilleur confident, Pierre, puis plus tard l’abandon total de ses cercles intérieurs et extérieurs de disciples, et pour couronner cela, il a connu la plus humiliante de toutes les morts à cette époque, étant pendu à une croix honteuse. Par conséquent, il est normal de conclure que le cri de Jésus, «Tout est accompli» était un cri de soulagement que l’agonie physique et psychologique touchait maintenant à sa fin et que sa tâche de racheter l’humanité ait été accomplie victorieusement. Nous aussi, nous vivons des

moments où nous sommes fatigués, usés et tristes sur le chemin de la vie - abandonnés par la famille, les amis et les collègues; abusés, trahis et faussement accusés. Vous pourriez même avoir été condamné ou être condamné à une peine d’emprisonnement pour un crime que vous n’avez pas commis ou même être traîné devant les tribunaux pour une affaire dont vous êtes la victime et non l’auteur du crime. Cela est même aggravé au milieu d’une pandémie où des Variants semblent émerger avec un intervalle très limité. Votre prière « Tout est accompli» est plutôt un cri de soulagement qu’un cri de victoire. Cependant, il est réconfortant de savoir que Jésus vous comprend et se soucie de vous parce qu’il a été là. Alors que le cri de Jésus «Tout est accompli» étant un cri de soulagement a des mérites parce qu’il était sous toutes ses formes non seulement Dieu mais humain, nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre de manquer le fait que Jésus savait qu’il était venu sur terre dans ce but précis - mourir. C’est le choix qu’il a fait. Matthieu 20:28 « ... tout comme le Fils de l’Homme n’est pas venu pour être servi, mais pour servir, et pour donner sa vie en rançon pour plusieurs. (NLT) Par conséquent, «Tout est accompli» n’était pas seulement un soulagement, mais un cri triomphant de Jésus parce qu’il était « Tout dedans », engagé, enflammé et très motivé pour accomplir la mission de racheter l’humanité qui était perdue. Pour Jésus, le Vendredi saint était une mission accomplie. L’humanité a maintenant l’accès direct à Dieu et le péché et la mort n’ont pas le dernier mot parce qu’après la mort vient la résurrection. Selon Mary Fairchild dans son 6

article «7 dernières paroles de JésusChrist sur la croix », «Ces trois mots (tout est accompli) étaient remplis de sens, car ce qui a été terminé ici n’était pas seulement la vie terrestre du Christ, non seulement sa souffrance et sa mort, non seulement le paiement du péché et la rédemption du monde – mais la raison même et le but qu’il est venu sur la terre étaient terminés. Son dernier acte d’obéissance était complet. Les Écritures s’étaient accomplies.----» De même, pour ceux qui ont confié leur vie au Seigneur et qui le suivent dans l’obéissance, nous faisons l’expérience du «All In» pleinement engagés et enflammés pour diriger les gens vers JésusChrist et les enseigner dans leur foi. De plus, ils sont aspirés de nourrir les affamés, vêtir les nus et se lier d’amitié avec ceux qui n’ont pas d’amis. Le cri de Jésus : «Tout est accompli» nous a ouvert la voie pour que nous soyons victorieux du péché et du mal. Nous possédons le pouvoir de Jésus afin d’achever la course chrétienne. Seigneur, merci d’avoir terminé l’œuvre de la rédemption pour le monde entier. Je prie pour que nous puissions faire l’expérience de votre « tout est accompli» à partir des nombreux fardeaux et stress que nous rencontrons sur le chemin de la vie. Que l’Esprit Saint nous amène à l’endroit où « All In » parle d’être motivés et pleinement engagés dans une vie de service pour vous. Amen. Commissaire Devon Haughton est le commandant territorial pour le territoire des Caraïbes


John 19:30 ‘It Is Finished!’

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here are several emotions that we experience when we hear the words, ‘It is finished’. For those who are struggling through a difficult examination, when the examiner gives the instructions, ‘Time is up. Pencils down! Hand in your papers!’, some people panic. They leave the examination room, fearful that they may not have done enough work to pass the examination. Those of us who use prepaid cell phone service know that sinking feeling when we get the notification saying, ‘Your credit or data is about to expire. You have one more minute left for this call!’

Regardless of whether an exam is over, data has expired, the last flight or bus has departed or, we get terminated from a place of employment, at some point, many of us have or will experience moments that reflect the words, ‘It is finished!’ These incidents evoke feelings of sadness, disappointment, regret, anger and disillusionment. However, when we read John 19:28-30, we are left with a different set of emotions when we see the words, ‘It is finished’ being uttered by Jesus Christ, as he endured his crucifixion, the ultimate act of atonement for the entire human race. These three words replace one original Greek word called ‘tetelestai’. If we were around in the time Jesus lived on Earth and, we heard the word ‘tetelestai’, it would probably be coming from the lips of the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, after he would offer sacrifices in the temple and would come out and declare, ‘Tetelestai!’, meaning that he had atoned for the sins of the nation and now everyone was free to start all over again with sins forgiven, until the next Day of Atonement. It was not coincidental that Jesus died on the Day of Atonement, but when he uttered the word ‘tetelestai’, he was declaring that he had offered the ultimate atonement, one that would cover the sins of all mankind, it reminds us of the commencement of his ministry, when John the Baptist declared, ‘Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. ‘And Matthew 1:21 says,

‘She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.’ NIV. Our sixth Doctrine says, ‘We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will be saved. ‘Therefore, we reflect on the atonement of Jesus and; we boldly proclaim ‘tetelestai!’ ‘Tetelestai’ also denotes a sense of accomplishment. Because Jesus knew he had accomplished his mission on Earth, he says, ‘it is finished.’ He was satisfied that God would be glorified and mankind’s relationship with God could be reconciled. There were no regrets, as some of us experience at the end of a project or when we are in our death beds when we look back and see that we did not reach our goals. Instead, Jesus’ words echo the sentiments that the apostle Paul would express later in 2 Timothy 4:6-8 ‘6 For I am already being poured out, as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. 7. I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.’ We are still alive and while we still have life, we should spend that time serving the Lord and immersing ourselves in the business of kingdom building, embracing the fruit of the spirit, so that when we face the end of our 7

earthly lives, we can take our last breath with the word ‘tetelestai’ on our lips. Finally, the word ‘tetelestai’ signified the payment of a debt. In our day, there is great rejoicing when a mortgage payment is completed, and we get the deed to the property. Some people even have a debt burning celebration as now they are debt-free. Jesus’ words express that similar sentiment. The words; from a well-known song say, ‘He paid the debt he did not own, I own the debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away; And now I sing a brand new song, ‘Amazing grace’, Christ Jesus paid the debt I could never pay.’ Romans 6:23 reminds us ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ NKJV Today, we can say; it is finished. Just like Jesus did. We can confidently declare it if indeed our faith is in the Lord Jesus Christ and his atonement. If we have repented and our sins are forgiven if we are trying to live a life that is pleasing to God in thought, word and deed then our sole determination is to live so that we can receive the eternal reward from God at the end of the world. As we go from day to day, let us encourage each other to live in hope for the Major Jonathan Kellman Distrct Officer for the Belize District


Child Month Feature

Serena Mitchell Q. What Corps do you attend? A. Castries Corps, St Lucia Q. What is your favourite food? A. I have tried a lot of different types of food, so I cannot decide which is my favourite. Q. What is your favourite colour? A. Honestly, every colour is special in its unique way to me. Q. What school do you attend, and what grade are you? A. I attend St. Joseph’s Convent School. I am in form 1. Q. What special skills or talent do you have? A. I have many, including painting. Another talent I have is playing the keyboard. Q. How long have you been doing it? A. I have been painting for 1 ½ years. Q. What is your favourite bible story and why? A. My favourite bible story is about Joseph, who interpreted the Pharaoh’s dreams. Q. Tell us something interesting about yourself that no one would have guessed. A. One thing interesting about myself is that I am always thinking about different things. For example: How? Why? When? etc. Q. Who do you consider to be your role model/inspiration? A. My father is my role model. Q. Tell us why? A. He is my role model because he does everything he can so my family is safe and is well cared for. He is someone who thinks of others more than himself. Q. What advice would you give to other children? A. Everyone has a talent that God blessed them with, so; do not be afraid to share your talent with everyone and use it in the way God wants you to use it. Q. Is there anything else would you like to tell us about yourself? A. I am someone, who likes to try new things, and I try to do my best in everything I do. 8


Greetings from the Territorial Youth & Candidates Secretary Hello friends,

'GOD HAS YOUR BACK'

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reetings to all of you, my loving and precious young people around the Caribbean Territory. As we enter another blessed year that God has given unto us, perhaps, some of you have been given new opportunities, new blessings, new jobs, new life; let us be thankful and bless the name of the Lord for his goodness, love, mercies and grace to us thus far. The Lord has been good to us. Listening to the news and watching what is happening in today’s world, there is a lot to make you feel discouraged as a young person in this life. I want you to remember that God has a plan for you and will fulfil it in you. God has your back. Isaiah 52:12b 'For the Lord will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.' Dear young people, there is no need to worry; God has your back, no need for fears and depression because God has promised us that he will not forsake us nor leave us; he will be with us till the end. Be assured of his promises and build your life on them. When the waves come your way, remember you have a Saviour who will take care of you. At times, you might wonder if you would ever make it in life, will I ever overcome this situation? I would like you to stop during May, which celebrates children to think about yourself, what do you want in life? Are you living the full potential of God’s purpose in your life? God has your back. You are well covered and protected by God’s Holy Spirit, and he will raise you and make you a successful young person. He has you back lean on him. Make all your request known to him. No headaches, no stress; God has your back. Happy Child's Month! Chancelyn Jean, Major

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AROUND THE TERRITORY... The War Cry highlights the Territory's efforts to assist many persons who were affected by the Coronavirus & Disaster

Port Maria Corps Brings Relief To Flood Victims

After the recent flooding experienced in the Community of Port Maria St. Mary, Jamaica, the Corps Officers, Lieutenants Wilner and Marie Hostin realized that the needs of the residents increased. They assisted 30 persons within the flood-prone area with food items recently. They are hoping to help more people in the Community. ‘We Salvationists care for our brothers and sisters spiritually and physically.’ Lieutenant Hostin said.

KINGSTON CENTRAL CORPS MINISTERED TO THE HOMELESS The Salvation Army Kingston Central Corps team were out ministering under the theme, 'Jesus is the bread and the living water' to over 70 homeless persons in Downtown Kingston recently. They; were gifted with bread and sausages following the short service.

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AROUND THE TERRITORY... 2021 YEAR IN REVIEW FOR THE GUYANA DIVISION

In June 2021, ten regions the Guyana Division were badly affected by flooding. Volunteers handed over food hampers to flood affected recipients.

The Georgetown Citadel Corps enrolled Junior and Senior Soldiers in June 2021.

The Annual Christmas Treat for the children in December 2021 was a success. Many children were gifted with tri-cycles and toys. 11


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n the densely populated community of Allman Town, Kingston 4, the tightly nestled poorly structured homes, the rusty zinc fences, young men who should be at work or school sitting idly on the sidewalk is the tell-tale sign of poverty in Jamaica. Growing up there was not a bed of roses for 34 years old Aldene Terri-Ann Thomas-Whyte and her sister, Krishna. They grew up seeing their parents struggling financially to provide for them. At the tender age of two years, Aldene’s mother had to enrol her in The Salvation Army Allman Town Basic School on Prince Whales Street because she had to work and would need a steady income to pay for her dwelling. The early start in Basic School gave Aldene the advantage at only five years old to enter primary school a year earlier than mandated by law. Equipped with a good educational start at the Salvation Army Allman Town Basic School, she excelled in primary school and was awarded a place at the Alpha High School five years later. Aldene was excited about her success. Her mother, who was proud of her achievement, encouraged her to settle down and study hard because she would need that to succeed in high school. To her mother's advice, Aldene quipped, ‘I got this man’, but at the end of her first academic year in school, Aldene found herself second to last in her class. Shocked and dismayed at her failure, Aldene decided to buckle down in the second year and started her academic competition with her peers. She was doing so well she was enrolled in a pilot project at school that allowed her to sit four subjects at the Caribbean Examination Council (C.X.C.)

level that she passed. At the end of the year, she was awarded second place in class. Aldene recalled how proud her mother was of her achievements the following year. Aldene was passionate about succeeding and also joined the school swim team and became one of the best swimmers. She filled her young life with so many activities at school and church, she left no room for becoming idle. Aldene continued to excel and in 4th form, was asked by her teacher to join the Jamaica Swim Team. She was so excited she ran home and told her mother the news, only to have her hopes crushed when her mother told her “no”. Aldene reflects back. “In my mother’s mind, only education could take us out of poverty.” Disappointed, she continued to focus on her studies, gaining a total of ten C.X.C’s before reaching 5th form, where she left school at 15 years. She went on to do 'A' levels exams and successfully completed all levels of high school. Being from a poor family, she could not afford to attend the prestigious University of the West Indies. ‘My father was a seller in Cross Road,’ she explained, “He was more of a silent father who provided financial and disciplinary support to my mother.’ Aldene describes her first job as a sales

representative at a telecommunications company called Annbell, in New Kingston, where she worked long hours for minimum wage. Even though she did not like the job, it was a means of income. Six weeks later she was promoted to another location on Red Hills Road and given more responsibilities. Two weeks later, she was transferred to another location. This was when she decided that the job was not for her and she began seeking other jobs. One day her f a t h e r ’s b o s s suggested s h e join the Jamaica Defense F o r c e (JDF). With the s a m e resistance she received from her mother when she wanted to join the Jamaica Swim Team, her father said, ‘You’re not joining. Go look for work!’ Nevertheless, her sister, who is her biggest motivator, encouraged her to still try. She disobeyed her parents' wishes and applied to become an officer in the JDF. Continued on page 13

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‘My father was upset when he found out I had applied and told me not to come home if I was not successful.’ She was reluctant to continue the process but her sister kept encouraging her. After completing the physical test, she was one of two persons selected to join the Army. Bruised and tired, she returned home from the selection process, feeling it might be too hard and that she would not enter the Army. However, through perseverance she did join the JDF at 17 years old. Over the 16 years of employment in the JDF, Aldene has worked in the Information Technology field, a Military Police, an Administrative Officer, a Coast Guard and Reserves, in Human Management and Recruiting at the Caribbean Institute of Professional Military as a Standards Officer and Acting Chief Instructor. She was finally sent to the Infantry to be rounded as an officer in the Army. Aldene was married in 2015 to her husband Mark Anthony Whyte, and they have a four-year-old daughter, Savannah. Aldene says she’s humbled by her life’s

experience and lauded her fellow officers who helped her find her footing after being sent to the Infantry in Westmoreland. She moved back to Kingston in December 2021. For Aldene, she considers herself to be determined, humble, caring, honest and conservative. She regards God, the family, and church as the strong forces that keep her going through good and bad days. She reflects on her youthful days when she had to balance her church activities with home and school. She has enrolled as a Junior Soldier and a Brownie and was often at Corps after completing her chores and homework every day. ‘I was a part of it all,’ she beams. ‘Singing company, Girls Guide, you name it. My sister and I were there religiously every day.’ Her mother ensured that every Sunday, they were present in church. This dedication was such a natural part of their lives, that even while in training, Aldene would take time off to attend church. ‘I would say that the Salvation Army played a big part in molding me and my sister, as we spent

many hours at church in various activities.’ This impact left her considering expanding her horizons, hinting that she may join the Salvation Army like her sister Krishna, now a Cadet in the Canada and Bermuda Territory. ‘Or I may join the Red Cross,’ she said. Aldene offers these words of advice. ‘Be all you can. Believe in yourself, and don’t be afraid to take chances. One ounce of motivation can take you a long way.’ Aldene who was re-committed as a Senior Soldier in 2018, says: ‘You can triumph through the adversities in life.’

FRENCH GUIANA’S SOLDIERS ARMED WITH THE CALLED TO BE A SOLDIER GUIDE Guiana received approximately 600 copies of the discipleship manual "Day by Day". During a recent holiness meeting in Cayenne Corps, Major Gildas Mamona Madzou informed the Congregation about Fthatrench new publication from IHQ, stressing that it has been made available for all the Salvationists throughout the world.

All the members were presented with a copy of the handbook. The 150 members who were present received their free copy of the book. Following the distribution, Major Mamona, announced that every other Tuesday, there will be an evening Soldiers' study class using the book. They are currently at the second Chapter, "Knowing God".

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Managing Anxiety & Stress Lasilva Thomas (Dr.) Consultant Psychiatrist

veryone reacts differently to E stressful situations like the Covid-19 pandemic. This can be

a time of strong emotions in both adults and children. You may feel anxious, anger, sadness or overwhelmed. Learn the common signs of stress such as changes in sleep, eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems and increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. Find ways to reduce your stress to help yourself and the people you care about. • Take breaks from news stories including social media. • Take care of your body. • Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. • Try to eat healthy well balanced meals. • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs. • Take time to unwind. • Allow the mind to connect with your body e.g. by walking barefooted on grass or by enjoying the breeze or sunset. • Try to do activities you enjoy.

Connect with others by phone, text or email. • Share your concerns and feelings with people you trust. Control the things you can control e.g. we can wear mask and practice good hygiene and for those things you cannot control you can change your attitude towards it. • Speak positive things to yourselves. If you or someone you know has pre-existing mental health conditions continue with treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Contact a healthcare provider with any concerns or if stress gets in the way of daily activities for several days in a row. If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed, having emotions like sadness, depression or anxiety get support by contacting the helpline for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at 888-NEW-LIFE (888-639-543) or find a health care provider for treatment of Substance Use Disorder and mental health. Learn more at the Ministry of Health and Wellness website and the Bellevue

Hospital’s website. Additionally, the Ministry of Health and Wellness provides Covid-19 resources and protocols. Let’s take care of ourselves, our family and our communities. Coping with Stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. References https://youtu.be/BTx1vELv7zU“Covid-19 Managing Anxiety and Stress” https://youtu.be/fq_ssu6ns9w Learning to relax covid -19 Dr.Suriya Daya http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/speakup-and-seek-help-j-cans-suffering-fromdepression-mental-health-disorders-urgedto-break-silence_183616 article by Dr. Kevin Goulbourne https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ community/mental-health-non-healthcare.html https://www.moh.gov.jm/

The Story of the Hot Cross eaten every Good Friday in Good Friday, they won’t go Christian communities. They mouldy during the following Buns On Good Friday Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns, One ha’penny, Two ha’penny, Hot Cross Buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons, One ha’penny, Two ha’penny, Hot Cross Buns

In Ireland, UK and as far abroad as New Zealand, Australia, Canada and India, Hot Cross Buns are

are symbolic of this significant day in Christian faith, when Jesus was crucified. Each bun is decorated with a cross made from flour paste, which represents the cross on which Christ died. The spices in hot cross buns are said to represent the spices which were used to embalm Christ after his death. One old belief says that if you bake your Hot Cross Buns on 14

year. Another tradition states that a hot cross bun was always kept from the batch baked on Good Friday, in case anyone in the family became ill during the next year. A small piece of the bun would be broken off to feed to the patient. These buns had extremely holy connotations and were believed to be able to cure all ills, including the most dreadful diseases.


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JOHN 19: 25 - 30

KING JAMES VERSION

25 Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

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