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The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

December 2009

Volume 13 Issue 12


A little bit braver, stronger, wiser

Editorial

‘I am the Light of the world.’

- Jesus

Position Available

Family Store Manager – Inverell

Full Time (38 hrs/wk)

We are seeking an enthusiastic and

organised team player who has plenty

of initiative and motivation to oversee

and manage The Family Store at Inverell.

We offer a supportive and friendly

team environment. Best of all we

provide the opportunity to be part of

an organisation where you can really

make a difference. Salary packaging is

available.

For an application kit, please contact

Captain Chris Millard on:

(02) 6721 0443 or email chris.millard@

aue.salvationarmy.org

Applications close on Monday 14

December 2009.

salvos.org.au/light

live on 18 December 2009

supported by The Salvation Army Corps

Camberwell Corps

Centenary Events 2010

Saturday 6 March 2010 7pm

A celebration-dinner at Box Hill Town Hall

for everyone. A night of remembering the

past and looking to the future.

Sunday 7 March 2010 10am & 2pm

Special meetings led by Lt/Cols.

Carl and Val Schmidtke, with light

refreshments between meetings.

Saturday 8 May 2010

Salvo Youth are Out There

June 2010 ‘Salvos Out There’ –

enjoying a month of thanksgiving.

Saturday 21 August 2010

Salvos Out There Making Music

Saturday 13 November 2010

Salvos Out There Community Expo

CAMBERWELL

1910-2010

Register for any of these events, and we’ll keep in touch

by sending you details progressively as the year unfolds.

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Mail: 7-11 Bowen Street Camberwell 3124

Phone: 03 9889 2468

This year has been like, well ... woooossshhh! If your 2009 in

any way resembles mine, you’re probably wondering how

on earth it could be the first week in December. In fact, I

sometimes wonder if God ever intended for humanity to

live at such a pace. Somehow, I think not.

Of course, there is a part of me that finds this 110km/h pace

exhilarating and, moreover, grateful to be involved in the worldtransforming

mission of the Church in the 21st century.

So much has been accomplished this year alone through the

Church. This includes some monumental mission and ministry

initiatives through our arm of the Church, The Salvation Army.

One only has to take a look through the 2009 issues of Pipeline

to get a picture of this – a year packed full of mission that has

impacted locally at our corps and centres, regionally, nationally

and internationally.

We could spend a long time listing all the creative endeavours

that have resulted in lives being changed and people being drawn

close to the heart of God. I think of the incredible work of The

Salvation Army during Victoria’s devastating bushfires and amid

the Queensland and North NSW floods; the inspiration of Uprising,

the Army’s great renewal gathering in Sydney in June; the advance

in youth and children’s ministry; the multitude of local mission

stories we hear of, sometimes from the remotest areas of Australia.

Perhaps the stand-out mission initiative for the Army this year

has been the Braver Stronger Wiser (BSW) rural DVD. The vision and

reach of this project, not to mention the logistics, were astounding.

For those who may still be unaware of BSW, it comprises a halfhour

film that follows the journey of four rural Australians who

were diagnosed with depression, went through dark times of

depression, and emerged successfully managing their depression.

The DVD also includes extensive extras that can help people

when they’re feeling depressed, and help others recognise the signs

of depression in loved ones and friends and when someone may

be considering taking their own life. Faith in God, the realisation of

The Salvation Army

WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder

International Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria street

London EC4P 4EP

Shaw Clifton, General

Australia Eastern Territory

140 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Peter McGuigan, Captain

Communications Director

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

Graphic design: James Gardner,

Kem Pobjie

Cover photo: Image supplied

Pipeline is a publication of the

Communications Team

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

Published for:

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

by Commissioner Linda Bond.

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Contents

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Christmas Mosaic

Reflections on the Christmas season

Raelene Steep

Being Jesus to women behind bars

D E C | 2 0 0 9 | V O L U M E 1 0 | I S S U E 4

friendship, medical treatment, and much more, all play a vital part

in the stories as they unfold on BSW.

The Salvation Army invested a lot of time and resources into

BSW, and this year more than 300,000 copies have been distributed

to people across rural Australia. That is huge. More than 60,000

copies were posted direct into homes classified by Australia Post

as “very remote”. More than 13,000 copies were posted directly to

individuals who ordered BSW through 13SALVOS or salvos.org.

au. Tens of thousands have been distributed through more than

100 rural distribution points, rural ABC radio stations, and rural

doctors. And then there’s the tens of thousands more that have

been passed on by hand through the Army’s rural chaplains, corps,

centres, Salvos Stores and Family Stores.

We have heard amazing stories of lives transformed through

people watching BSW, and the media around its distribution was

extensive and ongoing for months after distribution began in

January. The project captured the heart of rural Australia, and the

DVD is now being used by rural community groups of all kinds as

a regular resource, including rural mental health networks. People

continue to ring us for copies.

Braver Stronger Wiser is a profound example of what’s possible

when God really wants something to happen and people are

listening. Good on you, Salvation Army!

– Captain Peter McGuigan, Communications Director

COVER STORY

8-13 HOW THE SALVOS HELPED REBUILD DARWIN

It’s 35 years since Darwin was devastated by Cyclone Tracy. In a six-page

special feature, Bill Simpson looks at how The Salvation Army responded

to the disaster, and how its relief work has had a lasting impact on Sydney

media personality Ron Wilson

FEATURES

5 the general’s christmas message

General Shaw Clifton rejoices at the birth of the Saviour

14-15 A first outback christmas

The Salvation Army’s Flying Padre service brings some festive cheer to a

remote Queensland community. By Naomi Singlehurst

16-17 northern exposure

Julia Hosking reports on the Unlimited conference in Rockhampton

18-21 putting god back into our bank statement

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory has been taken on a

“Spiritual Journey into Generosity”. By Kent Rosenthal

REGULARS

COPIES AVAILABLE: A copy of Braver Stronger Wiser is

included in this Pipeline. If you already have a copy, why

not give this one to someone else for Christmas. Single and

bulk copies of BSW are available. Phone 02 9266 9690. We

encourage corps and centres to order bulk copies and use

them widely as part of your ministry. The DVD appeals to all

Australians, whether living in cities or rural communities.

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6-7 INTEGRITY COLUMN

24-40 FROM THE COALFACE

also inside: Eight-page mission priorities supplement

IN THIS MONTH’S Women In Touch

Jesus behind bars: Captain Raelene Steep talks about her job

ministering to women in western Sydney’s prisons

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The General’s Christmas Message 2009

All my

heart rejoices

The myrrh the better

Used as an incense at funerals, myrrh would seem a strange gift to bring to the birth of a

child. But, as Commissioner LINDA BOND contends, its symbolism at the birth of Christ

should never be underestimated

Christmas more than any other season triggers memories.

A few years ago, I attended an ecumenical Christmas

program (more like a concert) at Westminster Central

Hall in London.

My most vivid memory of the occasion is of a skit; a very

funny skit. It involved two sheep retelling the Christmas story

from their point of view. When they got to the part about the

gifts of the wise men, one sheep asked the other: “Myrrh? Why

myrrh?” In an attempt to explain, the other sheep said: “It would

be like giving us mint sauce.” What a good line!

But the humour did not mask the point. In other words,

myrrh spells death. According to a web definition, myrrh was

an embalming ointment used, up until about the 15th century,

as a penitential incense in funerals and cremations. Some

commentators, who offer their perspective on the gifts given to

Jesus, see the gold as representing his kingship, the frankincense

as symbolic of his priesthood, but the myrrh pointing to his

suffering and death.

Why is there so much sadness in this most glorious of stories?

The purpose and manner of Christ’s coming deserved a choir

of angels. Now that’s fitting for the Son of God! And wise men

travelling great distances to honour the newborn king?

Of course, doesn’t God in flesh deserve the homage of the

world? But the slaughter of the innocents, the flight into Egypt,

the premonition of impending doom? Who needs myrrh at a

party when there’s gold around and the room is filled with the

fragrance of incense?

But God is into telling the whole story, the whole truth and

nothing but the truth. The shadow of the cross stood over the

cradle. When Christ Jesus, Son of God, came in flesh, he came into

our world, the world of the Herods, the world of the suffering,

the world of the refugees. John Gowans would say, “ours is not a

distant God, remote, unfeeling, who is careless of our loneliness

and pain”. No, Christmas says it loud and clear. “The Word

became flesh and blood and moved into our neighbourhood.”

(John 1:14 The Message)

And so the story keeps getting told. And we never tell it better

than when we, too, move into neighbourhoods of need.

I recall delivering Christmas hampers in a small prairie town

in Canada called Tisdale. Is there anything as exhausting and as

exhilarating as these kinds of home deliveries?

A fellow Salvationist and I went to visit one of the most

pathetic families. Mum was not there. She was known around the

town as the worst of the alcoholics, inhaling any kind of fumes

that would give her a high. No sign of a dad, just men who came

and went. That day, just little children – neglected children – were

in the house.

We brought in a large cardboard box filled to overflowing

with the makings of a Christmas dinner. When we put it on the

table, a couple of the children leapt right onto the table and began

digging in the box. We made their day!

Yes, our territory is going to celebrate this Christmas in a big

way. We will bring out the trumpets, decorate the trees and sing

our joy to the world!

But when the food vouchers are distributed, the toys given

out, the homes visited, we will be celebrating then as well for

we have entered into the suffering and the sadness of our world.

But not without hope! Salvation for Salvationists is more than

the Christmas give-away or a shoulder to cry on. We point to the

One who has come as Saviour! He gets at the core of the world’s

sadness – sin – and does something about it. He came! He died!

He conquered!

Myrrh? It wouldn’t be Christmas without it!

Commissioner Linda Bond is Territorial Commander of

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

What a night! The night our

Saviour was born! A night to

rejoice with all our hearts!

Sweet angel voices, sounding

far and near, announced his birth: Christ

is born! It was as though the entire sky

announced this matchless message. Joy filled

the air. Joy-bells still ring to hail his coming.

If we listen carefully, our ear attuned, we

can still hear the holy baby’s first cry from

the manger in Bethlehem. It is as though

from birth he has been calling us, entreating,

pleading with us to flee from the snares and

dangers that await our souls.

“Come to me,” he says. “Leave all

that grieves and burdens you. I can offer

freedom. I can give you all you need.”

So let us accept his divine invitation, you

and I together. Let us do so without delay.

He invites us all. He calls to the lowly and

the great alike. We cannot impress him with

our education or our income, so whoever we

are we approach him together with awe and

wonder as equals. He invites us to commit

ourselves to him. He wants us to return the

love he offers us all. The Christmas star, high

and bright in the sky, is a hope-filled sign of

divine love.

Coming to the newborn Christ-child is a

signal that we have come to our senses. We

come to him, deciding to live in obedience

to him, and finding our hope of Heaven in

him. He offers us the matchless prospect of

living with him forever. Who else promises

matchless joy both now and in all eternity?

For all these reasons my heart rejoices.

Christ is born!

General Shaw Clifton,

with acknowledgements to

Paulus Gerhardt (1607-76)

and The Song Book of The

Salvation Army, No 73

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Integrity

Growing Saints

Have we got Christmas

back to front?

Amid all the commercial trappings of the festive season, Captain

PETER McGUIGAN asks whether God can capture our attention

So much about Jesus is counter

cultural. “The greatest among you

shall be your servant,” he once

said amid a dispute among his

followers about who was greater. “Let

anyone who has not sinned cast the first

stone,” he challenged a group of people

about to kill a woman who had been

unfaithful to her husband.

Jesus’ death on a Roman cross could

be seen as the ultimate in counter cultural.

God dying for the world he loved; the

Creator for the created; impaled and in

agony at the hands of people who could

not handle the ugly and perverted image

they saw in the mirror of his countercultural

life. “Crucify him,” was their

frenzied and barbaric response.

And it was like that from the beginning

of Jesus’ life on earth. We celebrate

Christmas today by spending billions of

dollars on gifts and holidays, trees and

decorations, parties and celebrations.

There is nothing inherently wrong

with this. In fact, for many it provides

something different amid the humdrum

of life.

But these are merely the trappings of

Christmas, far removed from the real cause

for celebration – that God “became flesh

and made his dwelling among us” (John

1:14). The reality of the first Christmas

is that there were no spikes in consumer

spending, no trees to be erected, no special

holidays to be enjoyed.

Humanly speaking, Jesus’ entry

into the world was humble, marked by

simplicity. The King of Kings was born

in a stable, because there were no rooms

available in an unusually busy Bethlehem.

His parents were Jews of average social

standing, not yet married. The news of

his coming was first announced, not to

presidents and prime ministers, but to

“shepherds living out in the fields nearby,

keeping watch over their flocks by night,”

(Luke 2:8).

Of course, appearances can be

deceiving. Important news travels fast and

it wasn’t long before Jesus’ birth had been

noted in high places. Herod, Roman king

of the day, was incensed that a “king of

the Jews” could be born, and the plot to

murder Christ began in earnest.

Powerful awakening

There is a tension-filled irony in the

Christmas story, the power and thrust of

which can be lost on us as we go about the

now familiar and busy annual Christmas

rounds – the shopping, the tree, the sights,

the sounds, the food. By contrast, on that

first Christmas Day, God’s heaven broke

in upon his creation. Out in the fields near

Bethlehem, an angel of the Lord appeared

to the shepherds and “the glory of the

Lord shone around them, and they were

terrified” (Luke 2:9).

Imagine the impact of this sudden

awakening in the lives of the shepherds.

The angel said to them: “Do not be afraid. I

bring you good news of great joy that will

be for all the people. Today in the town of

David a Saviour has been born to you; he

is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).

Then, “suddenly a great company of

the heavenly host appeared with the angel,

praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in

the highest, and on earth peace to men on

whom his favour rests’” (Luke 2:13).

The shepherds went to see Jesus and

found him in the stable. They then “spread

the word concerning what had been told

them about this child, and all who heard it

were amazed at what the shepherds said

to them ... [They] returned, glorifying and

praising God for all the things they had

heard and seen” (Luke 2:17, 20).

We live very comfortable and

scheduled lives in the West, some of us

at a cracking pace. This Christmas, I pray

God might stop us in our tracks, humble

us enough to pay attention, and show us

again the awe and wonder of his coming

into our world as the Christ child.

How he loved us – the divine breaking

in upon us, enfolding us in his plan to

redeem the world from its waywardness

and show us how to love God and love

each other; how to restructure our lives

around the principles of love; how to let

go of cynicism and self-focus, and instead

let our lives overflow with praise and

thanksgiving.

God knows, we need a fresh

awakening.

Captain Peter McGuigan is

Communications Director

for The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory.

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Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin 35

years ago this Christmas. Television news

presenter Ron Wilson tells BILL SIMPSON

how The Salvation Army helped him

survive the emotional aftermath and why

he will always support the Salvos

“People who had

never prayed found

God that night.”

It was the night before Christmas 1974. Darwin was celebrating the

Convinced they would die

“As Tracy moved past Bathurst Island, ghosted off into the night. Rain drenched

start of the holiday season. Darwin loves a party; any excuse will

Ron, then 20, lived with his parents and it took a sharp turn to the south-east and us. All hell broke loose.

do Darwinians to share a few drinks. Some say it’s the oppressive

younger brother at Nightcliff, Darwin’s aimed right at Darwin – more particularly, “The wind roared through in massive

humidity that comes with summer.

most northern suburb. Their home was right at Nightcliff.

gusts, each one sounding like the approach

Ron Wilson’s long association with

There was a little apprehension in the air, despite the Christmas Eve

celebrations. Cyclone warnings had been issued over the previous few

days. The warnings didn’t stop the parties. Cyclone warnings were not

unusual this time of the year.

Nevertheless, locals were stocking up on food and water, taping

windows and tying down loose objects outside.

At radio station 8DN, announcer Ron Wilson was acutely aware of

the cyclone situation. He had been alerting listeners for several days

that a cyclone was passing to Darwin’s north and could have some

impact on the city.

“The sea to the north of Darwin is very shallow and forms a large

bowl as it reaches out towards Melville and Bathurst islands about

50km away,” Ron explained to Pipeline.

“Cyclones have erratic paths because they follow the warm currents,

which give them their energy. Needless to say the shallow waters

around Darwin are like a magnet for cyclones.”

one street back from the beach.

The family had moved to Darwin

from Melbourne four years earlier.

They had immigrated to Australia from

Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, in 1959,

when Ron was four.

“By late on Christmas Eve, the winds

were becoming very strong,” he recalls.

“But we were still able to move around

outside without difficulty. We were still

planning to visit friends that evening.

“By 6 o’clock we had to cancel our

planned outing. The conditions were

becoming extreme, even though the

cyclone was already moving past Darwin

to the west. But suddenly, it changed.

“By 10pm, we knew it was going

to be bad. It was almost impossible to

move about the house. The air pressure

change was obvious. Doors and windows

slammed relentlessly. We quickly moved

all the mattresses in the house to a central

bedroom and climbed underneath.

“My mother was listening to the

Christmas Eve Mass from St Mary’s

Cathedral on the radio. Almost on the

stroke of midnight, there was a series of

crashing sounds on the broadcast. The

bishop announced that stained glass

windows in the cathedral had collapsed.

The broadcast was suddenly terminated.

“Minutes later, the roof of our house

of a jet aircraft. You could hear the crash of

broken buildings and cars as they crushed

each other. It was relentless. We were

convinced that we were going to be killed.

“People who had never prayed found

God that night.”

The storm raged for hours. As it

eventually calmed, the Wilsons dragged

themselves from beneath their mattresses

to survey the situation. Their home had

been destroyed. Everywhere they looked,

there was unspeakable carnage. But they

were OK. They had at least survived with

their lives.

Or had they? As suddenly as the storm

calmed, it was back with even greater fury. >>>

The Salvation Army started in the

aftermath 8 of Cyclone Tracy.

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Exhaustive response to tragedy

Ron Wilson and Major Ray Allen share their memories of Cyclone Tracy. Photo: Shairon Paterson

It battered Darwin for a further four hours,

wreaking terrible havoc. Weather bureau

wind gauges surrendered as speeds

exceeded 220km/h.

Helping hand from Salvos

First light of Christmas Day revealed

Darwin as a wasteland. Sixty-five people

were dead, hundreds injured and 30,000 of

Darwin’s 49,000 population homeless.

It was at this low point in Ron Wilson’s

life that his personal association with

The Salvation Army began. Thirty-five

years later, he still finds it difficult to

speak about Tracy and The Salvation

Army without becoming emotional, often

stopping to compose himself.

“Within 24 hours of Tracy’s havoc,

The Salvation Army was on the streets,”

he remembers. “Simple things; but things

we needed right there and then ... food,

clothes, a helping hand ... a smile and

encouragement to keep going.

“They stuck it out with us in the

miserable conditions with no electricity,

no running water, no sewerage facilities in

the oppressively humid heat and drizzling

rain in the weeks that followed.”

Ron’s brother, John, was on one of the

first evacuation flights out of Darwin.

John had already been accepted for

study at the Australian National

University in Canberra.

Within two months, Ron and his

mother were on an evacuation flight to

Sydney. His father stayed on in Darwin to

help rebuild the city.

Even then, the only possessions Ron

and his mother had when they arrived

in Sydney were their clothes. “Basically,

I had a pair of stubby shorts, T-shirt and

thongs,” he says.

“As ever, the Salvos were at Sydney

airport when we touched down. We spent

the next six weeks at the East Hills migrant

hostel. It was a very frustrating time – no

money of our own, no job, no friends; just

bad memories.

“The Salvos seemed well aware of the

risk of depression and through their daily

visits encouraged us on all the positives

that lay ahead.

Salvation Army officers visited us

every day, without fail. Each day they

handed us a $20 bill. It doesn’t sound like

much [today], but it was enough for treats

like a bar of chocolate. It also allowed

me to work a nearby public phone into

overtime trying to track down a job.”

The persistent calls paid off. Ron

landed a job at Wollongong radio station

2WL (now WaveFM).

“A week later, the Salvos arranged

for mum and me to travel to Wollongong,

where we were met by an [Salvation

Army] officer, who told me they had

rented us a unit and paid the first

month’s rent.

“The [unit] building was brand new.

It was probably better accommodation

than I had ever lived in before. Not only

that, but it was also furnished – all brandnew

furniture! Never once was I asked to

fill out a form, prove my need or given

a lecture.

“It was just friendship and help.

Eventually, we rebuilt our family and our

lives. And that is why I will always do

whatever, whenever, for the Salvos.”

Today, Ron is married to Helen and

they have three adult children.

He has had a 30-year association

with TEN 10 as news presenter on the

channel’s national breakfast program

and evening news.

Ron provides his presentation skills

to The Salvation Army at a host of events,

including Red Shield Appeal launches

in Sydney.

Bill Simpson is a

writer for Pipeline

and supplements.

Major Ray Allen was one of

the many Salvation Army

officers who worked

tirelessly to help the

people of Darwin in the aftermath of

Cyclone Tracy.

After receiving an emergency

call on Boxing Day 1974, he was

immediately deployed to Brisbane

Airport to assist with the massive

evacuation operation to airlift almost

the entire population of Darwin.

“I got into Brisbane at two

o’clock in the afternoon. My job was

to sit in the control room and find out

who was on the planes arriving and

what condition they were in,” says

Major Allen.

“I had to get everyone off the

planes and send them to wherever

they had to go. That went on until

six o’clock in the morning. It was a

long night.”

Ray was certainly thrown in the

deep end, dealing with the hundreds

of people arriving hour after hour,

and making sure they were all

properly cared for on arrival.

“One of the planes took off from

Darwin and we were told that 80 per

cent of the women on board were

‘expecting’ – some of them almost

ready to give birth,” he remembers.

Not knowing exactly what

condition the expectant mums would

be in, Ray organised for a fleet of

ambulances to meet them. “We raced

them off the plane when it landed

and one of the women had her baby

in the terminal at Brisbane Airport.

That was the sort of confusion we

were dealing with that night!”

At the end of his “shift”, Ray

returned home but had no sooner

climbed into bed when the phone

rang and he was told to get back to

the airport. There was a DC-9 going to

Darwin and he had to be on it.

Arriving in Darwin, Ray hit the

ground running spending most of his

time working in the warehouse and

distribution centre.

Major Ray Allen was heavily involved in

The Salvation Army’s immediate response

to Cyclone Tracy. Photo: Shairon Paterson

“We just got stuck into getting

supplies to the people who were

staying on (in Darwin), giving them

food, getting them bedded down,

helping get people who were leaving

on planes,” he says.

But what of Darwin itself, what

did the devastation look like?

“All we saw was twisted metal

and trees stripped of their leaves,”

Ray recalls.

“That’s all we saw because we

were flat-strapped for the entire

time we were there. We were just

racing around getting supplies in

from the southern states to help with

the reconstruction.”

After six long, hot days in Darwin,

Ray headed home, exhausted but

elated with what the Salvation Army

and many other organisations had

been able to achieve in what has

become the largest peacetime airlift in

Australia’s history.

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An Army of workers

mobilised

(Above left) Australia Eastern Territory

Commander Commissioner Leslie Pindred

inspects the cyclone damage, and

(above) with Captain Neville Brooks in

one of The Salvation Army’s makeshift

welfare centres. All photos supplied

By BILL SIMPSON

Cyclone Tracy devastated The

Salvation Army’s operations

in Darwin on Christmas Day

1974, destroying all of its

buildings and aeroplanes used for

outback ministry.

Despite the huge losses, Salvation

Amy personnel in the Northern

Territory capital went into immediate

action, working through the

carnage and personal loss to provide

emergency assistance in the form of

food, clothing, shelter, counselling

and repatriation to other states

for tens of thousands of distraught

families.

Sixty-five people were dead and

hundreds seriously injured. Seventy

per cent of homes had major damage.

Salvation Army officers and

volunteers were rapidly despatched

from other capital cities to support

their colleagues on the ground as they

struggled to help Darwin back to its

feet.

Australia Eastern Territory

Commander Commissioner Leslie

Pindred left his Sydney office to see

the Darwin devastation and Salvation

Army response for himself.

As in Darwin, other states and

territories were quickly on the

job. Hundreds of Salvationists and

volunteers from the community all

over Australia set aside Boxing Day

holidays and the next week, at least,

to ensure the people of Darwin were

looked after.

The Salvation Army established

an immediate national appeal,

raising more than $1 million in the

first few days. In Sydney, territorial

headquarters was turned into an

emergency operational centre on

Boxing Day. The switchboard couldn’t

handle the volume of calls. Extra

phones were installed. Staff and

volunteers handled calls 24 hours a

day for more than a week.

The public response was enormous

– so big in many centres that media

outlets were asked to plead with the

public for “no more”. Community

giving, especially of clothing, was so

plentiful that it was overwhelming.

Centres couldn’t cope.

In Sydney, the Eastern Territory

Public Relations Department on 5

January 1975, published a four-page

newsletter it called On the Scene to

keep its regular donors informed.

The first edition of what is now a

quarterly publication reported: “With

the help of a sympathetic public, a

remarkable feat was achieved.”

On one day alone, On the Scene

said, more than 6000 people were

evacuated by plane from Darwin

to other capital cities to be met

by The Salvation Army and other

organisations. Thousands more

followed over the following few days.

“In one way or another, every

evacuee has been helped by The

Salvation Army during the [Tracy]

emergency,” On the Scene reported.

“Many of the evacuees commented

about the fact Salvation Army workers

were on the job everywhere – from

Darwin to their final destination and

every point in between.”

On the Scene added: “So many

miracles took place in such a short

time and literally hundreds of people

undertook tasks without any interest

in personal recognition or glory that

they will be lost forever in the written

history of the event.

“Nevertheless, each and every one

of them contributed to the success of

the rescue operation and subsequent

rehabilitation program

“The Salvation Army alone would

never have been able to handle the

situation and would like to ... thank

everyone who assisted.”

pipeline 12/2009 13


Christmas

A first outback

Christmas

The Kmart Wishing Tree

The Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal is

Australia’s largest Christmas gift

appeal. Thanks to the generosity of

the Australian public, the appeal has

distributed more than 4.5 million gifts

to people in need over the past 21

years.

Last year, the appeal collected more

than 363,000 gifts. This Christmas,

organisers are hoping to raise over

400,000 gifts nationally for welfare

groups such as The Salvation Army, the

Brotherhood of St Laurence and Charity

Link.

To participate in the appeal simply

place a wrapped or unwrapped gift

under the Christmas Wishing Tree

located at the front of any Kmart

store. Take a gift tag from the tree to

specify the age and gender of a suitable

recipient and place it with your gift.

Welfare groups associated with the

appeal collect the donated gifts on a

regular basis for distribution to people

in need.

Gifts do not need to be purchased

from Kmart. Stores simply act as

facilitators, enabling welfare groups to

reach the wider public.

As an alternative to donating a gift,

people can make a cash contribution

at any Kmart store register. These cash

contributions are converted by Kmart

into Kmart gift cards which are then

distributed by the welfare groups,

allowing appeal recipients to choose

their own Christmas gift.

Gifts will be collected up until

Christmas Eve.

By NAOMI SINGLEHURST

Their eyes shining with excitement

and expectation, children

from the remote Queensland

town of Urandangie, together

with a number of parents and teachers,

unwrapped presents donated from

the Kmart Wishing Trees, delivered by

Salvation Army “Santas” Simon and

Natalie Steele, of the Army’s Outback

Flying Service.

Very few of the 30 or so local children

living in Urandangie, 190km south-west of

Mount Isa, had ever received a Christmas

present.

Freelance documentary photographer,

Dean Saffron, who was visiting

Urandangie in the lead-up to Christmas

2008, contacted Salvation Army Flying

Padres Simon and Natalie, to see if they

could help.

He explained to the Steeles some of the

immense challenges and hardships faced

by what he described as the community

of beautiful people in Urandangie. These

challenges include isolation, lack of power,

water, housing, transport and extremely

high living costs.

Simon and Natalie had already

planned to drop toys, donated through

Kmart Wishing Trees (see separate story

on opposite page), to a number of remote

properties and communities in an 800,000

square kilometre area, stretching from

Weipa in the Gulf of Carpentaria to

Birdsville to the Northern Territory border,

and so added Urandangie to their list of

areas to visit.

They said they were absolutely blessed

by the opportunity to deliver Christmas

games, puzzles and gifts to the delighted

children.

“That first visit to Urandangie was

so special for us. Community members

welcomed us so warmly and the children

were incredibly appreciative,” says Simon.

“The people are very strong and

resilient, and also very warm. We flew in

again recently with food and emergency

supplies after heavy seasonal rains had

cut off the community. While I was there I

asked more about some of the challenges.

Just to run generators, while paying the

huge fuel costs of an isolated community,

is absolutely crippling.”

Urandangie was originally established

in the late 1800s as a general store, and

became an important stop-over in the

1920s for travellers on stock routes. Today,

however, few services are available.

“[Last Christmas] the kids here were

just thrilled to bits because most had

never had a Christmas,” says Pam Forster,

manager of the Dangi Bush Resort, when

asked about Simon and Natalie’s visits.

“People love it here, but can feel forgotten.

“We recently had one couple whose

child passed away and it was so good to

be able to ring Simon and Natalie for help.

“They never hesitated and they were in

the plane in the next two hours and they

were out here. They did the funeral and

it was their first ever I believe, and it was

just beautiful.

“They are lovely people and [their

care] lets locals know that they’re not

forgotten. It’s just lovely.”

This month, the Steeles will again be

loading up their small aeroplane with

presents for the “Christmas run” to

Urandangie.

Their intention is to make it an

annual event, having developed a special

relationship with the tiny community over

the past 12 months.

“Since making our first trip to

Urandangie at Christmas last year,” says

Simon, “we’ve built up a good relationship

with the people out there and we now try

to visit at least once a month.

“We even started holding monthly

‘church’ services in the local pub! The

response has been very good – the people

are so welcoming and very appreciative.”

The Steeles will also fly presents

to Camooweal, a remote and mainly

Indigenous community 190km north-west

of Mt Isa, this month, as well as delivering

gifts to isolated cattle stations.

The whole community of Urandangie turned out for The Salvation Army Flying Padres Simon

and Natalie Steele’s Christmas gift drop, many of the children receiving a present for the first

time. All photos: Dean Saffron

Salvos at Christmas

For information about Salvation Army community Christmas lunches,

carols and church service times, as well as reflections on the meaning of

Christmas, please visit our website at salvos.org.au/Christmas

14 pipeline 12/2009 15


Northern

exposure

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s annual Unlimited conference went

on the road this year, with Rockhampton the host city. Pipeline reporter JULIA

HOSKING went along for the ride

From Friday 13 to Sunday 15

November, 150 people from across

The Salvation Army’s Central

and North Queensland Division

gathered at Capricorn Region Corps for

the Unlimited conference, a divisional first.

Eleven of the 15 corps in the division

were represented, with people travelling

from places such as Bundaberg,

Townsville, Emerald and Mount Isa.

Unlimited commenced on Friday

night with a prayer and praise night

led by Michelle Kay-Browning and the

enthusiastic Unlimited Worship Team.

The first keynote session, on Saturday

morning, was led by Lieutenant-Colonel

Miriam Gluyas, the Australia Eastern

Territory’s Secretary for Program. Using

2 Chronicles 16:9 as her theme, Lieut-

Colonel Gluyas said God is searching for

those who are committed to him; he is

searching for people like Noah.

Reverend Colin Stoodley, Director of

Training at The Pines Training Centre,

led the 11am session on Saturday. He

discussed how some people grow up

in Christian families and subsequently

“adopt” the promise of Christ, while

others first require an encounter with the

Holy Spirit.

On Saturday afternoon, the first block

of electives was held.

Reverend Stoodley spoke about

“Moving in the Spirit” which focused

on ways to live under the guidance of

the Holy Spirit, and Captain Meaghan

Gallagher, the Central and North

Queensland Divisional Communications

and Public Relations Secretary, hosted

“Exploring God’s Calling”. She said we

all have callings; some to soldiership or

officership and others to church ministry.

Lieut-Colonel Gluyas led “Healthy

Corps”, in which she mentioned

requirements for healthy and growing

corps, while the fourth option was

offered by Greig Whittaker (Prayer Team

Coordinator), “Radical Discipleship”, in

which he said that salvation is based on

Jesus and nothing else.

Additionally, Lieut-Colonel John

Hodge, the territory’s Secretary for

Education and Training, invited people

from across the division to a focus group

which examined education and training

needs.

During the second series of electives,

Michelle Kay-Browning explored the

who, what, where, why, when and how of

worship. Craig Stephens, the Corps Leader

for Ryde Community Ministry Centre,

led “Evangelism” in which he helped

Salvationists understand their spiritual

DNA, discover their inner evangelist,

and understand that soul winning is an

overflow of an encounter with the Holy

Spirit.

Shandri Brown, from the Territorial

MORE Team, discussed why youth and

children are important, and provided

strategies to reach those generations. Greig

also ran “Broken People”, a session where

he helped people to provide a context to

understand their salvation story.

Love That, on Saturday evening,

began with 75 young people engaging

in energetic and passionate worship led

by the Unlimited Worship Team. Narelle

Meldrum, from Centenary Corps in

Brisbane, then shared how her life was

transformed from darkness to freedom in

God (read Narelle’s testimony on page 19

of this month’s Women in Touch).

After Lieut-Colonel Gluyas introduced

“freedom” as the theme for the evening,

Shandri shared her testimony. She

explained how God had allowed her to

be broken in her childhood, but never

destroyed.

Greig then explained that all of our

salvation stories are about being rescued

by a King, before Lieut-Colonel Gluyas

invited the young people to walk from

their life in darkness, through the cross of

Jesus, to freedom in Christ.

In order to appeal to all musical tastes,

both worship sessions on Sunday offered

contemporary music as well as classic

hymns such as How Great Thou Art.

Reverend Stoodley delivered the

morning talk, with the emphasis being, “it

is no longer I, but Christ”.

The second session on Sunday,

and final session for Unlimited 2009,

commenced with Lieut-Colonel Philip

Cairns, Territorial Secretary for Personnel,

reaccepting Greg Pack into Salvation

Army officership as a captain. In January,

he will become the Corps Officer at

Petersham Corps in Sydney.

Lieut-Colonel Gluyas then preached

on the theme, “the mourner becomes the

missionary”.

The last act of the conference was to

farewell Central and North Queensland

Divisional Commanders, Majors Laurie

and Simone Robertson. In January, they

will take up appointments at International

Headquarters in London.

Throughout the weekend, delegates

could also visit various stalls which

provided information on the territory’s

Mission Priorities, Booth College, social

justice, church resource specialties and

Employment Plus.

Next year’s Unlimited conference is

scheduled for the June long weekend in

Townsville.

Julia Hosking is a staff writer

for Pipeline and supplements.

Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam Gluyas (above)

and Reverend Colin Stoodley (below) were

among the guest speakers at Unlimited.

Unlimited Kidz, organised by Central

and North Queensland Divisional

Youth Secretaries, Captains Jacob and

Julie-Anne Robinson, was held during the

Unlimited sessions over the weekend.

On Saturday afternoon, the children

visited a swimming pool, while “Kids

Church” was the focus for Saturday

morning and Sunday. This included the

children washing each other’s feet, drawing

pictures to God and writing prayers on a

calico cross.

Children enjoy their Unlimited Kidz activities.

All photos: Shairon Paterson

pipeline 12/2009 17


Putting

Steve Burfield will take over the running of the Planned Giving

Department in January. Photo: Shairon Paterson

God

back into our bank

statement

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern

Territory’s new planned

giving program has

been an outstanding

success with, as KENT

ROSENTHAL reports,

people being led on a

‘Spiritual Journey into

Generosity’

BRIAN KLUTH

The Salvationist response –

Diane Hill, Hurstville Corps

Having a mum who taught me the

value of tithing from an early age

and who was involved in the very first

planned giving program at Hurstville

Corps, this concept has become part

of my life and is now part of my whole

family’s way of life.

During this past year, I have been

challenged three times about my

generosity. In the first instance, it was

at the Colour Conference I attended in

April. Here I was challenged about their

(the Colour organisation) compassion

for the less fortunate in this world.

Secondly, I watched the Oscarwinning

film Slumdog Millionaire,

returned home and realised that I lived

in a palace.

The thirdly challenge I experienced

was at my corps during our planned

giving renewal series. We were using

the booklet 40 Days Spiritual Journey

to a More Generous Life. On day four,

I read: “Your bank and credit card

statements are theological documents.

They tell who and what you worship.”

Well, when my next bank statement

arrived I was shocked to realise it

showed outings, restaurant meals,

some favourite stores and payments

that cover our comforts, e.g. insurance

for our vehicles etc. There wasn’t

one thing on that statement to say

that I worshipped God – it was all for

pleasure!

I also read in the booklet: “Are

you rich? Did you realise that if you

personally make more than $1500 per

year you are richer than 75 per cent of

the world’s six billion-plus people.” I

worked that out to be $29 per week!

Both of these comments really

challenged me and I kept thinking

about them.

With regard to making a decision

about what to put on my pledge card,

well that took

a little while. I

didn’t put the

card in at our

corps’ covenant

service because

I needed more

time to think

and pray

about it. I have

subsequently

done so and I’m

content with my

decision.

DIANE HILL

The new “Spiritual Journey Into

Generosity” planned giving

program has been given an

overwhelming thumbs up by the

majority of corps who have used the new

material in The Salvation Army Australia

Eastern Territory this year.

Rolled out across 37 corps in the

territory, feedback from these centres

clearly indicates a massive rise in giving.

Key to this success has been the

overhaul of the territory’s new planned

giving program which has adopted a

more holistic approach. The philosophy

driving the new material is the belief that

encouraging a more generous lifestyle in

Christians, should naturally lead to an

increased generosity with our finances.

Dr Brian Kluth, an American pastor, is

the man behind the Spiritual Journey Into

Generosity concept. He was in Australia

earlier this year to share his thoughts on

Bible-based generosity to Salvationists

and other Christian churches, and spent

considerable time with the territory’s

Planned Giving Department.

Steve Burfield, a Director with

the Planned Giving Department, said

Salvation Army members had increased

contributions to their corps by an average

of 70 per cent in the past six months, and

11 new corps had signed up to the planned

giving program during this time. It brings

to 92 the number of corps committed to

the program.

Sense of ownership

While much of the increased interest in

planned giving is due to Spiritual Journey

Into Generosity, Steve said financial

contributions had already been steadily

increasing prior to adopting the new

concept. He attributes this to people’s

sense of ownership of their corps and the

realisation that they are stewards of the

ministries offered to members and the

broader community.

“One of the most common comments

from people, through their personal

testimonies, has been the fact that

they’ve been challenged about their bank

statements,” says Steve.

“Dr Kluth challenges people and asks

them where God has been present in their

bank statements during the week: Where

have you been spending your money?

Where have you been giving your money?

Has it just been at the local store?

“... corps have

indicated that this

is what they’ve

been looking for.”

“A number of people have commented

that they’ve never thought of this before or

been challenged by this before.

“Where’s God in my bank statement?”

Steve said Salvationists could identify

with Dr Kluth’s holistic approach to

generosity because it regards God as the

owner of everything - a God who has

given us all we have to use for his glory.

“[The teaching of] Brian has been

extremely well received [in this territory].

A number of corps have indicated that this

is what they’ve been looking for, that it’s

challenging and that they’d never thought

of it [planned giving] like that before,”

Steve says.

“It’s not about money, as there are

obviously many other spiritual factors

involved. But at the end of the day, we

have to put figures out there to get an

indicator of how we are going, even

though there’s so much more happening

spiritually behind the scenes than people

will ever know.

“Our biggest hope is that people will

have a relationship with Jesus – that’s

more important. It’s been a successful year

and we’ve certainly seen God working in a

lot of people’s lives.”

Changes in personnel

The Planned Giving Department is keen to

build on the positive response to Spiritual

Journey Into Generosity by adding more >>>

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The Territorial Planned Giving team (from left) Don Johnson, Major John Wiseman, Steve Burfield, and Major Phil McLaren. Captain Alice

Fean, who is also part of the team, based in Brisbane, was absent for the photo. Photo: Shairon Paterson

Manager and Chaplain at the Army’s

Macquarie Lodge aged care centre. Filling

his chair will be Major Sue Winterburn,

who is returning to Australia having spent

the past three years serving in the New

Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory.

Despite the staff changes, Steve says

the approach of the department will

remain the same. He believes that planned

giving is all about developing current, and

creating new relationships with people,

and this requires faith and goodwill from

everyone involved.

“God has blessed people through

his generosity and he’s led us all on a

journey,” he says.

“Many people have been challenged

and they have acted on that challenge and

have been blessed through those actions,

because it was a step of faith.

“They’ve been challenged by their faith

into action.”

Kent Rosenthal is News

Editor and staff writer for

Pipeline and supplements.

The corps response – Capricorn Region Corps

By Captain MEAGHAN GALLAGHER

Capricorn Region Corps, admittedly

with some trepidation, embarked

on the new planned giving program,

Spiritual Journey to Generosity, earlier

this year.

The results have been outstanding,

with an increase in financial giving of

more than 120 per cent.

This significant rise in generosity

has come about due to hearts that

have been renewed, restored and

transformed.

In talking to corps members, some

of whom have been through a number

of planned giving programs, it is

obvious this new planned giving format

has impacted them greatly.

Feedback has included comments

such as:

“It’s had a huge impact on me.”

“The studies were great.”

“I have become more aware of what

God has given me.”

“I’m now more open to giving to

God than before.”

“For me it’s been a spiritual

transformation.”

“These are the best planned giving

resources The Salvation Army has had.”

People new people to Capricorn

Region Corps have said that in other

churches they’ve been involved in the

teaching has “never given so much

focus on the heart”.

Corps members have even

commented positively to other Christian

friends and the Army has been able to

provide resources to other Christians

within Rockhampton.

With the focus of Spiritual Journey

to Generosity being on the heart and

where a person is at with God, there is

the opportunity for people to grow and

for God to transform lives.

An ongoing prayer is that the folk at

Capricorn Region Corps will continue

their focus on God and giving in all

aspects of their life.

The corps officer response –

Major Keith Hampton, Caboolture Corps

What’s that old expression, “the

proof of the pudding is in the

eating?”

The latest 40 Day Spiritual Journey

to a More Generous Life program,

that is being promoted around the

territory, is the tool that was used in

our recent planned giving renewal

program at Caboolture.

It was a time for us to revisit our

giving, and everyone in the corps

was invited to receive a copy of the

booklet and join the 40-day journey.

For three Sundays I followed the

theme of the journey and everyone

was encouraged to take part during

the week in reading the booklet. We

also used it in our midweek Bible

studies and prayer meetings.

We are all different, some like

reading while others flip through

books and some of us start reading

from the back. There are some in our

congregation who can’t read at all. So

the book is not totally conducive to

everyone in a congregation. It is a tool

and as such is worthwhile to those

who still read books.

I have heard from a few Territorial

Planned Giving Department staff

members who met the booklet’s

author, Brian Kluth, when he visited

Australia earlier this year. They were

impressed and blessed by him.

I think, as a recent recipient of

the new program, our congregation

would have been similarly inspired by

a DVD of Brian introducing his book

and his testimony as a lead-in to the

program.

The result of this new planned

giving program is that our corps

giving at Caboolture has increased

almost 90 per cent on our previous

giving.

I’ve heard it said it’s not all about

money! I agree, but money is very

important in the ongoing mission.

As a result of the

significant increase

in giving to the

corps through the

40 Day Spiritual

Journey to a More

Generous Life

program, we can

now do more for

the Lord.

MAJOR HAMPTON

corps to the program over the next 12

months. While a specific target hasn’t

been set the hope is that eventually all

corps in the territory will be part of a

planned giving program.

It’s also a big year ahead for the

department personnel-wise, with Major

Phil McLaren, who has been Territorial

(Internal) Appeals Director for the

past nine years, leaving to take up an

appointment as Divisional Commander

for the Army’s North NSW Division.

“After nine years it will be hard to

leave the department, but I go having

thoroughly enjoyed my time in the role,”

Major McLaren says.

“I’m particularly encouraged that

we’ve been able to implement the

Journey Into Generosity material,

building on the great planned giving

work carried out over many years.

“I’m really excited about Journey

Into Generosity, which I believe takes

the planned giving concept into a more

holistic approach and encourages a

generous lifestyle in all aspects of our

Christian living, not just our financial

giving.”

Steve, who has spent the past five

years working alongside Major McLaren,

will step up as the new Territorial

(Internal) Appeals Operations Manager.

Also moving on from the department

is Major John Wiseman who, from

mid-January, will be the new Assistant

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Send a Christmas greeting to Salvation Army

personnel serving overseas

CANADA AND BERMUDA

TERRITORY

COWLING, Major Alison

95 Thorncliffe Park Drive #2605

TORONTO ONTARIO M4H 1L7

Email:

alison_cowling@can.salvationarmy.org

GERMANY

BROWN, Majors Ross and Jo-anne

S¸dblick 5a

04329 LEIPZIG

GERMANY

Email: rkjtbrown@hotmail.com

GHANA TERRITORY

DALE, Katherine

The Salvation Army

Begoro Rehabilitation Centre

P O Box CT 452

Cantonments

ACCRA, GHANA

Email: dickydale_2000@yahoo.com

INTERNATIONAL

HEADQUARTERS

Mailing Address:

The Salvation Army International

Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria Street

LONDON EC4V 4EH

UNITED KINGDOM

DUNSTER, Commissioner Robin

Email: robin_dunster@salvationarmy.org

PEARCE, Commissioner Lyn

Email: lyn_pearce@salvationarmy.org

POBJIE, Commissioners Barry and Raemor

Email: barry_pobjie@salvationarmy.org

raemor_pobjie@salvationarmy.org

REES, Lieutenant–Colonels David

and Christine

Email: david_rees@salvationarmy.org

christine_rees@salvationarmy.org

WATTS, Major Mark

Email: mark_watts@salvationarmy.org

SEYMOUR, Lieutenant-Colonel Geanette

The Salvation Army

International Social Justice Commission

221 East 52nd Street, New York

NEW YORK 10022

Email:

geanette_seymour@salvationarmy.org

KOREA TERRITORY

JOHNS, Envoy Joy

The Salvation Army Territorial

Headquarters

Central P O Box 1192

SEOUL 100-611

REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Email: joy.johns@kor.salvationarmy.org

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

TERRITORY

Mailing Address:

The Salvation Army Territorial

Headquarters

P O Box 1323

BOROKO NCD

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

GEE, Captain Christine

Email:

christine_gee@png.salvationarmy.org

GILL, Major Heather

Email: heather_gill@png.salvationarmy.org

BEESON, Malcolm and Dawn

Email: malcolm_beeson@png.

salvationarmy.org

dawn_beeson@png.salvationarmy.org

ROBINS, Wayne and Janine

The Salvation Army

Lae Primary School

P O Box 138

Eriku

LAE, MOROBE PROVINCE

PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Email: salps@datec.net.pg

SOUTHERN AFRICA

TERRITORY

WHITE, Captains Peter and Gail, with

Peta-Erin and Alexandra

P O Box 1018

JOHANNESBURG 2001

SOUTH AFRICA

Email: peter_white@saf.salvationarmy.org

gail_white@saf.salvationarmy.org

UK TERRITORY WITH THE

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

GODKIN, Captain Peter

The Salvation Army

Stamford Corps

65 Caithness Road

Stamford PE9 2TF

UNITED KINGDOM

Email:

peter_godkin@salvationarmy.org.uk

ZIMBABWE TERRITORY

HAWKE, Captains David and Kim

The Salvation Army

Enterprise House

P O Box 3208

BULAWAYO

ZIMBABWE

Email: kimmethg@hotmail.com

GARLAND, Captain Elizabeth

The Salvation Army

P O Box 14

HARARE

ZIMBABWE

Email: elizabeth_garland@zim.

salvationarmy.org

AUSTRALIA SOUTHERN

TERRITORY

BARBER, Captain Kaye

5/103 Piedmont Street

BOX HILL STH VIC 3128

Email: kaye_barber@aus.salvationarmy.org

KERR, Captains Allan and Carolyn

22 Waratah St,

KYAMBRAM VIC 3620

Email: carolyn_kerr @aus.salvationarmy.org

allan_kerr @aus.salvationarmy.org

EAST TIMOR

DALY, Major Allan

8507514 Snr Rep A Daly

Sallyman HPOD

AFPO5 Dili

Op. Astute

Australian Defence Force

SYDNEY, NSW 2890

Email: allan.daly@aue.salvationarmy.org

The following personnel have completed

their international term and will be in

Australia for Christmas. Greetings may be

sent via the Overseas Personnel Service

Office:

PO Box A435

Sydney South NSW 1235

SMARTT, Majors Howard and Robyn with

Christopher and Matthew

WINTERBURN, Majors Jeff and Sue with

Tiana

ALLEY, Majors Kelvin and Julie

HENRY, Major Ian

22 pipeline 12/2009 23


From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

News FEATURE

From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

News FEATURE

Celebrating our

unity in diversity

By KENT ROSENTHAL

Commissioner Linda Bond (above) was

the main speaker at the Multicutural

Service which drew together people

from a range of nationalities. All

photos: Shairon Paterson

The Campsie Corps of The Salvation Army held its annual

Multicultural Service on 1 November. Aptly themed “Unity

in Diversity”, people of many different nationalities and cultural

backgrounds gathered at the Sydney corps to celebrate God’s

bounty.

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Commander

Commissioner Linda Bond told the congregation about her

experiences travelling overseas and how meeting people from

different cultures had enriched her life.

She shared anecdotes of how different cultural traits she’s

witnessed have enhanced her enjoyment of travelling and living

abroad.

When people share faith in God, Commissioner Bond

said, differences in language were no longer a barrier, but an

opportunity. She reminded them of the Apostle Paul’s letter to

the Galatians: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free,

male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

“Diversity is regarded as a gift from God if we are all united

in the Christian faith,” Commissioner Bond said.

“We confess that we are sinners and no-one is born righteous.

No nation is born righteous. We are not saved by the flag of our

nation but by Jesus. That’s why I love The Salvation Army flag

so much. Because Christianity is above culture – we are God’s

chosen people.

“We have the flags of many nations on display here today,

but it’s The Salvation Army flag that unites us.”

The congregation sang They Shall Come From the East as

representatives from countries in Asia, the South Pacific and

Africa gathered on the platform.

At the start of worship, prayers were offered in the native

tongues of Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Korea and China. Members

of Hurstville Chinese Corps performed a drum dance, while

a group from Sydney Chinese Corps also danced during

a collection to support an endowment fund for officers in

developing countries. Members of the Sydney Korean Corps

presented an instrumental piece on piano, flute and violin.

A poignant moment of the worship was the testimonies given

by two people during the service.

Bimal, from Nepal, arrived in Australia last September and

became involved with The Salvation Army earlier this year. He

spoke about seeing God’s love in action through people from all

nations at Campsie Corps, and said he is looking forward to the

day when he becomes a senior soldier at the corps.

Another testimony was given by Amy Ramshaw, originally

from Malaysia, who is the Chinese ministry leader at Tuggerah

Lakes Corps. She told of her journey of faith discovery through

Bible studies.

The Campsie multicultural meeting has been an annual event

for a number of years and brings together people from many

Salvation Army corps across Sydney.

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News FEATURE

Care and concern in Katoomba

Captain Colin Young shares breakfast with two visitors to the program run by Upper Blue Mountains Corps. Photo: Adam Hollingworth

By NAOMI SINGLEHURST

It is the time of the Great Depression

and stuck over the welcome to town

sign is another notice which reads: “No

jobs here – turn back.”

Although only a scene in one of

his favourite movies, it is beginning to

resonate all too strongly with Katoombabased

Salvation Army Captain Colin

Young.

The Salvation Army Upper Blue

Mountains Corps runs a welfare service

and also holds a breakfast program six

days per week. In the past 12 months,

demand for both services has doubled.

“It concerns me that we are beginning

to see echoes of that depression time,

when large numbers of individuals took

to the road to find jobs and shelter,” said

Captain Young.

“We are seeing more and more of these

displaced people than we have ever seen

before. The hope of finding cheap rent

seems to be drawing increasing numbers

of people into the Blue Mountains.

“Rents are at least $100 per week

cheaper here than many of the cheapest

rents in Sydney, and yet we remain close

enough to stay in contact with the city

employment market.”

Captain Young said that while many of

the people coming to The Salvation Army

for help are unemployed, most had held

jobs until recently or had moved to the

area to start new employment which had

then fallen through.

“We mainly have singles and couples,

but we have seen a number of families

who have school-aged children and been

unable to find housing for some time, and

that has just completely disrupted the kids

lives,” he said.

With government funding and great

support from the local St Vincent de Paul

service and Uniting Church, The Salvation

Army also runs the Blue Mountains Men’s

Accommodation program.

It can also book others who find

themselves desperate and homeless into

local tourist accommodation for a short

period of time, as they look for secure

housing.

The service has also been running a

breakfast program which serves more

than 200 meals each week, not only for the

homeless and hungry, but also for those

who live locally and who are in need.

“The breakfast program allows us

[which includes a team of 16 dedicated

volunteers] to get to know people and

their needs better,” said Captain Young.

“Our old corps building leaves a lot

to be desired,” he laughs, “but it has very

much become a safe place, a kind of home

for many people who have nowhere else

to go.”

Many who may have mental health

issues or are socially isolated for a number

of reasons, come along regularly for what

Captain Young describes as that sense of

fellowship and community.

“We had one lady who used to come

to breakfast daily until one day she just

stopped and we were really concerned,”

he said.

“So we sent one of our welfare workers

around to see her, and her dog [who was

her only companion] had died. And this

poor lady was just completely lost – she

didnt know what to do.

“The welfare worker found her alone,

unable to cope, in the house, which was

in an abysmal state, with her dead dog. So

she gently helped bury the dog.

“Our worker found out that the

woman had been covering up the fact

that she had cancer for some time. We

were able to give her immediate help and

support, get her to hospital and contact

loved ones from interstate.

“Without coming to know others

through the breakfast program, she almost

certainly would have died alone, in her

home, with absolutely no-one to care.

Instead, she died surrounded by friends.

“For some, this community breakfast

is their only contact with others, and apart

from the breakfast program they are just

completely isolated. These are people

who kind of get lost as the world goes on

around them.

“Our goal is to make this one place

where they are truly cared for and valued

as somebody special.”

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Music and

Creative Arts Coordinator, Graeme Press, has been handed

the prize role of Music Director for the 27th annual Carols in the

Domain spectacular in Sydney.

The event, Australia’s largest free Christmas concert, will this

year be held on Saturday December 19 and will showcase some of

Australia’s top entertainers.

Tens of thousands of people will be at the Domain for the

concert, while those who can’t make it to the inner-Sydney venue

can enjoy the spectacular event live on television via the Seven

Network.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for me personally and I

am honoured and delighted to be involved in such a significant

event at this level,” says Graeme who is also the leader of The

Salvation Army’s Sydney Staff Songsters.

“To be able to talk into the content of the night is also a

privilege. I love the spirit of Christmas and all it represents – the

coming of Christ into our world bringing love, joy, hope and

peace. What a buzz to be able to take that spirit into such an

iconic event in Sydney’s December calendar.”

Graeme has been involved with Carols in the Domain for the

past five years, but has never previously had the responsibility of

Music Director. He joins some of the elite of the Australian music

industry, with others to have held the job including Tony Hatch,

Michael Harvey and more recently, Jamie Rigg.

“I am fortunate to have worked with Michael and Jamie

closely and they are good friends,” said Graeme.

“They know the heavy demands of this show and Michael is

coaching me through this, my first year as Music Director.”

It’s a high-pressure position and one that will keep Graeme

extremely busy, both in the lead-up to the event and on the night.

The Carols in the Domain concert lasts almost three hours and

features more than a dozen acts.

“I am really looking forward to working closely with the

artists, musicians and the production team. It’s an exciting line-up

each year and this year promises to be no different,” he said.

“Young, contemporary artists as well as seasoned performers

grace the Domain stage each year and to be working alongside

them, preparing the music arrangements and conducting on the

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By SCOTT SIMPSON

Booth College Gala Day

resounding success

Booth College School for Officer Training, at Bexley North

in Sydney, held its annual Gala Day on 7 November,

attracting around 2000 people to its markets, sporting events and

entertainment.

There were almost 30 market stalls which included the sale of

Fairtrade goods, children’s toys and hand-made clothing, while

SAGALA hosted an information stand.

Touch football competitions throughout the day resulted in

the Ryde team winning the men’s final with Glebe the runners-up.

Hurstville won the women’s final and Menai the mixed decider.

Hurstville Chinese Corps provided entertainment in the

form of traditional dancing and Sydney singer-songwriter Jenny

Briddle performed, accompanying herself on guitar. There was

also entertainment for the children including face painting.

The Salvation Army’s Graeme Press will be the Music

Director at this year’s Carols in the Domain.

evening is proving to be and will be a highlight of my year.”

The Salvation Army will be heavily represented at Carols in

the Domain. In addition to Graeme being the Music Director for

the event, more than 100 Salvos will be part of the massed choir.

Also, funds raised from the concert will go to The Salvation

Army Oasis Youth Support Network.

Second-year cadet and

gala event chairman Marco

Lupis said all involved with

the successful day were

pleased with the perfect

weather. He said all funds

raised would go towards

officer training in the

Australia Eastern Territory.

First-year cadet John Belmonte

works the fruit and vegetable stall

at the Booth College Gala Day.

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Townsville stages

own Uprising

(Captains Lincoln and Leanne Stevens)

Townsville Faithworks Corps hosted its own Uprising

weekend in October, with more than over 300 people

attending over the three sessions

Similar to the Sydney event earlier this year, there was a

Saturday night session followed by Sunday morning and Sunday

evening worship.

The weekend included a DVD viewing of Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory Commander Commissioner Linda

Bond’s preaching at the Sydney event.

Corps Officer at Townsville Faithworks, Captain Lincoln

Stevens, said many people commented on how good it was to

have a taste of the Sydney Uprising weekend and were inspired

by the commissioner’s messages.

“The Uprising weekend also assisted some of our people up

here to know what is going on in the Army and be inspired and to

know who is who,” he said.

At Sunday lunchtime, about 80 people shared in fellowship

with a spit roast followed by a viewing of the new Salvation

Army historical documentary, Our People.

“There were tears in people’s eyes as they saw, felt, and heard

the passion of our founders and there were comments of how we

want to do the same today,” Captain Stevens said.

“There was also the opportunity over the weekend for people

to participate in prayer for The Salvation Army, using the prayer

room which was set up with seven stations highlighting the seven

Mission Priorities.

“Not only did we duplicate Sydney’s Uprising with the

territorial commander but we also had a cross set out on the floor

as well and almost all the congregation of 117 people came out on

Sunday night to the cross to pray and sign the same commitment

cards used at Sydney’s Uprising.

“In signing these cards these people were committing to doing

their part in seeing the vision fulfilled and doing whatever it

takes to see the seven Mission Priorities become a reality in north

Queensland.”

Centenary Corps

heads to Inverell

(Captains Andrew and Paula Hambleton)

Brisbane’s Centenary Corps members packed their cars and

headed to Inverell, in northern NSW, for a weekend of

ministry and worship on 23 October.

Centenary joined with Inverell Salvation Army to meet the

community through a free car wash, coffees, sports ministry and

face painting.

The corps then joined the town parade with their Salvos coffee

van, meeting thousands of people and handing out balloons.

A talent night was held on Saturday which showcased a

diverse range of acts and talent. On the Sunday, Centenary Corps

led the congregation in a journey of grace through worship,

drama and the Bible message.

Townsville Faithworks Corps members gather around the cross.

Prayers written on the cross at Townsville’s own version of Uprising.

Centenary Corps members join in the town march at Inverell.

‘Our People’

launched in

Australia

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s

documentary film Our People has been launched in Australia

by its publishing label Carpenter Media. The event was held at

the territory’s Booth College in Sydney on Sunday 11 October. It

included a full screening of the documentary – a powerful and

beautifully illustrated account of the lives of Salvation Army

Founders William and Catherine Booth and their vision of

unloved and disadvantaged people transformed in Jesus Christ.

Five years in the making, the 78-minute film combines

interviews with experts on Salvation Army history with

historical images, press clippings and specially commissioned

art depicting the Booths and the Army in the mid-to-late

1800s and early 1900s. These are woven together as part of a

compelling narrative written by Major Peter Farthing, the film’s

Executive Producer and Australia Eastern Territory’s Secretary

for Spiritual Life Development. The narrator is British actor

Russell Boulter.

At the launch, Major Farthing named and thanked those who

had contributed to making Our People, including co-producer,

filmmaker and editor Corey Baudinette of Radiant Films; artists

and family members. The major’s 94-year-old mother Elsie

Farthing was present for the launch.

He also acknowledged the support of the Australia Eastern

Territory and thanked immediate past Territorial Commander

Commissioner Les Strong and current Territorial Commander

Commissioner Linda Bond. “We want to thank Major Peter

Farthing for Our People,” said Commissioner Bond. “This is a

moving and powerful resource that we pray will have a major

impact, not only on the spirit and mission of The Salvation

Army in Australia, but on the international Army as well.”

“Our People tells the story of The Salvation Army to new

generations around the world,” said Major Farthing. “The

remarkable lives of William and Catherine Booth will inspire

Christians and warm the hearts of many. For Salvationists it will

underscore the purposes on which their movement is founded.”

The international launch of Our People was held in August

at the Genesis Cinema in London’s East End – not far from the

where The Salvation Army began.

For copies of Our People, phone Salvationist Supplies on (02) 9266

9511. Cost: $24.95.

Major Peter Farthing

pictured with his

94-year-old mother

Elsie Farthing at

the launch of Our

People.

Ballina opens

renovated hall

(Captains Peer and Gai Cathcart)

Ballina Corps has returned to its newly renovated and

extended church after six months of moving, demolition,

building and painting.

During the renovation, the local Seventh Day Adventist

church allowed corps members to use their building for

worship.

“This shows us what can happen when we as the body of

Christ, work together rather than against each other,” Ballina

Corps Officer Captain Peer Cathcart said.

“And because we were able to come into an already set-up

church rather than trying to set up every week, it allowed us to

get through the whole six months without having to call off any

of our normal ministry.”

The opening celebration of the new corps premises was

officiated by North NSW Divisional Commander Major Gary

Baker and Major Judith Baker, and was also attended by

previous officers of the corps. Captains Phil and Gwen Sharp

cancelled their service at Lismore and encouraged corps member

to make the 40km trip to Ballina to support the celebrations.

Also at Ballina Corps, four new senior soldiers – Rachel

Cathcart, Wilma Grace, and Peter and Deidree Leadbeatter

– were enrolled on 27 September along with two adherents –

Margaret Robinson and Andrew Magnay – while there were

recommitments from senior soldier Norm Parker and adherent

Janette Short.

The new soldiers and adherents participated by leading

songs and prayers and reading the Bible.

The diversity of the group enrolled is considerable in age,

gender and race. It is one of the largest enrolments Ballina Corps

has seen for some time.

The renovated hall at Ballina which took six months to complete.

25 years celebration

at Port Macquarie

(Majors Gary and Sharon Cooper)

Port Macquarie Corps celebrated its 25th anniversary

on 19 and 20 September with the theme “We’ve Only

Just Begun”. Special guest for the weekend was Territorial

Commander Commissioner Linda Bond.

An anniversary dinner on Saturday evening was

followed by a “Celebration of Musical Excellence”.

Following the Sunday morning service, a corps lunch

was held before the weekend concluded with a Sunday

afternoon fellowship program.

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Wollongong

Salvos honoured

Two Wollongong Salvationists have been recognised for their

long-term work in the community.

Wollongong Corps First Floor Restoration Program Manager

Jayne Wilson was named community category winner of a city

shopping centre Top Gong promotion.

Jayne was nominated by Wollongong Corps Officer Major

Kevin Unicomb for her many years service assisting people in

addiction and supporting their families. She won $5000 and a

12-month promotional program at the shopping centre.

John Matthews was honoured by Dapto RSL Sub-Branch and

Lakeside Memorial Park Cemetery and Crematorium for almost

15 years leading the annual Armistice and Remembrance Day

commemoration at the park and supporting at other events. His

wife, Bernice, was also recognised for her assistance to John.

The sub-branch presented John with a $1000 cheque for

Care centre hosts

kids breakfast

The Salvation Army’s Centennial Lodge Crisis Care Service

in Cairns hosted a breakfast for 81 children and parents in

October.

The theme focused on “Calming the Storm”, from Matthew

8:23-27. Participants used body movements and sounds in an

activity which re-enacted the story. The event was supported by

clients from the men’s program who acted out the story. There

was a paper boat making session and children were asked to

float their boats in a small pool.

With the move of Centennial Lodge’s chapel service to

Cairns Corps, commitment and reconciliation is evident in the

teaching ministry, centre manager Major Hector Crisostomo

said.

A new activity program called “Spiritual and Value

Formation Group”, for both men and women residents, was

introduced in September. The program aims to create spiritual

awareness in clients as a holistic approach to service.

In line with this new initiative, a Sunday school and literacy

class was launched with the help of Divine Hermosura who has

teaching experience in primary education.

Major Melba Crisostomo (front) from Cairns Crisis Care Centre with

young people at Sunday school.

Wollongong Salvation Army’s Jayne Wilson with other Top Gong

award winners. Photo courtesy Kirk Gilmour, Illawarra Mercury

The Salvation Army in honour of his and Bernice’s work. John

requested the donation be given to the Illawarra Community

Welfare Centre.

Making connections

at Young Cluster

(Captains Justin and Lindy Davies)

The Young Cluster had its first “Connect” activity at Grenfell

Corps on 25 October, which involved a Sunday afternoon

service followed by a barbecue.

Around 50 people, aged from three to over 80, participated

in an activity connecting giant Lego blocks and creating a web

of prayer. The activities, prayer and fellowship were aimed at

bringing together members of the three corps in the cluster –

Young, Grenfell and Cootamundra. The theme was “Connecting

with others – our community and with God”.

ACT and South NSW Divisional Youth Secretary Karen

Connors and Majors Maree and Trevor Strong worked with

Captain Lindy Davies and a mission team of about 10 people

from the Young Corps to create the afternoon.

Many of the new people who have started attending open

church on Friday at Grenfell came on the Sunday.

A web of prayer was a feature of the gathering at Grenfell which

attracted people from the Young Cluster.

Mission marks 10

years of Hills Corps

(Majors Colin and Lyn Daines)

As part of the Hills Corps 10th anniversary celebrations, 16

adults and nine children from the corps travelled to Forbes-

Parkes Corps for a weekend mission in October.

The teams served alongside the locals in specific projects and

were joined by Salvation Army rural chaplains Majors Bob and

Estelle Strong.

The “Backyard Blitz” team created a garden, fence and

pergola makeover at the corps officers’ quarters, the “Storeroom

Makeover” team reshelved and restocked an overcrowded

storeroom, and the “Technical Production” team recabled and

relocated the audio and visual equipment in the main hall.

The “Kids Zone” team entertained 19 kids at the park, then

joined forces with the Agents of T.R.U.T.H. Safari team for a

time of ministry to 30 children. The “Women’s Ministry” team

enjoyed an afternoon of coffee and craft at a local cafe.

On Sunday morning, the Hills team led congregational

worship, including children’s puppetry, testimonies and the

preaching of God’s word. The Hills Corps Kids Ministry team

led children’s church activities.

The Hills Corps mission team which visited Forbes-Parkes Corps.

Gratitude for

service workers

(Lieut Richard Day and Captain Gaye Day)

Tarrawanna Corps in Wollongong held an appreciation

service on 25 October to thank staff and volunteers from

several Salvation Army and other agencies whose work connects

with the corps.

Representatives from the Illawarra Community Welfare

Centre, Employment Plus, Carinya Cottage (domestic violence),

Salvos Stores and The Smith Family (school program) were

presented with appreciation certificates and pens.

The presentation was made by Sydney East and Illawarra

Divisional Commander Commissioner Les Strong and

Commissioner Coral Strong.

Corps members who recently completed their Emergency

Services accreditation were also presented with their certificates.

SAGALA awards

presented at

Maitland

(Captains Ray and Joy Lotty)

Seven Maitland City Corps members received special awards

during a SAGALA church parade in August.

Commissioner’s Adventurer Awards were presented to

Stephen Batcheldor, Isaac Bower and Trent Cole. Four General’s

Legionnaire Awards were also presented with Mark Bower

(Ranger Leader) introducing each of the recipients – Mathew

Ralston, Neville Thompson, Benjamin Walkom and Bayden

Ellison – to the corps before they received their awards.

Only 26 General’s Awards were presented worldwide in

2008, so having four young men achieve this award in one corps

at the same time was a significant acievement.

Each of the boys made decisions to follow Christ last year

while working towards their Prayerworks badge.

Andrew Batcheldor (Adventurer Leader) watches as Newcastle

and Central NSW Divisional Youth Secretary Cathryn Ford presents

General’s Awards to Maitland Rangers (from left to right) Bayden

Ellison, Benjamin Walkom, Neville Thompson and Mathew Ralston.

Among those at the Tarrawanna appreciation service were (from

left) Sharon Phillips (The Smith Family), Darryn Lloyd (Employment

Plus), Allison Jones (Illawarra Community Welfare Centre),

Commissioner Les Strong and Captain Gaye Day.

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CORPS INTERNATIONAL ENROLMENTS NEWS

Brisbane City Temple

(Majors Earle and Christine Ivers)

Lorraine Frohloff, a client of The Salvation Army Individual

Lifestyle Support Service and Brisbane City Temple corps

member, was enrolled as a senior soldier in August.

Lorraine’s testimony, relayed by support service manager

Captain Ed Henderson, portrayed her uncomplicated faith in

Jesus and her enthusiasm to serve as a soldier.

Mackay Corps

(Lieutenants Jeff and Terri Goodwin)

Macquarie Park plant

Three senior soldiers were enrolled, 15 adherents

acknowledged and three junior soldiers sworn in at

Macquarie Park, in Ryde, last month. The ministry has been

given plant status and is now called the Macquarie Plant.

Ministry Coordinators Craig and Danni Stephens have

been working with this diverse worshipping community for a

number of years.

Redcliffe Corps

(Lieut-Colonels Brian and Elaine Hood)

Recruiting Sergeant Lieutenant-Colonel Joyce Greentree’s

soldiership classes resulted in an enrolment ceremony at

Redcliffe City on 18 October.

Three new soldiers and two new adherents were enrolled,

with ages ranging from 22 to 93. Friends and family of those

involved and 16 extra people in the congregation shared the

occasion.

(From left) Brisbane City Temple Corps Officer Major

Earle Ivers, Lorraine Frohloff, Jill Austin and Captain Ed

Henderson.

Boonah Corps

(Envoys Marcus and Lois Young)

More than 40 people shared in a special occasion at Boonah

Corps, in south-east Queensland, when Gail Falkenhagen

was sworn in as a senior soldier in October.

The congregation was moved by Gail’s words as she

explained that despite attending the corps for 22 years, it has

only been in the last few months that she has felt a genuine

call to become a soldier. This has been a big struggle and she

testified how great God is. Gail has been very active in the

community and corps over the past 22 years.

Panania Corps

(Captains Chad and Jodie Pethybridge)

Gordon Russell recommitted his covenant with God as a

senior soldier on 1 November at Panania Corps.

Gordon felt his original commitment, at the age of 14,

seemed outdated and impersonal so at 55, he decided it was

time to get things right and allow God to lead his choice rather

than those around him.

Through various events in his life and the resulting selfassessment,

Gordon decided soldiership, although demanding

and intense, would be well suited to his life.

After attending soldiership classes with Majors Elwyn and

Raewyn Grigg, he was re-enrolled in front of his corps family

and other extended family and friends.

Mackay Salvation Army enrolled Tate Goodes as a junior

soldier on 1 November with 55 people in attendance,

including Tate’s family. The enrolment was followed by lunch and

fellowship. Pictured (from left) are Lieutenant Jeff Goodwin, Sarah

Goodwin (Tate’s prayer pal), Tate Goodes and Captain Evonne

Packer (Junior Soldier Sergent).

Carina-Mt Gravatt Corps

(Majors David and Michele Terracini)

The senior soldier enrolment at Carina-Mt Gravatt Salvation

Army in Brisbane on 28 June was a unique occasion with

16-year-old triplets, Rachel, Sarah and Timothy Lumley, being

sworn in.

They were in full Salvation Army uniform as the ceremony

was conducted by Major David Terracini.

The Lumley triplets have attended Carina Corps all

their lives with their parents, Graham and Judith Lumley,

participating in all children’s ministry activities and completing

their corps cadet studies and soldiership preparation classes

before enrolment.

Their grandmother, Marjorie Cathcart, watched the

ceremony proudly as the children represented the fifth

generation of Salvationists in her family.

A special feature of the enrolment was that it was the final

soldiership ceremony of the Carina Corps before its official

amalgamation with the Mt Gravatt Corps in August this year.

(From left) Rachel, Sarah, and Timothy Lumley with Corps

Officer Major Michele Terracini.

(From left) Major Belinda Spicer enrols new senior

soldiers Rita Surian, Natalie Azapardi and Hamish

Nicholson.

Help Wanted

On the weekend of the 17 and 18 July 2010, The

Salvation Army Ipswich Corps will be celebrating its

125th birthday.

Thursday 15 (am) – Women’s Ministries celebration

Friday 16 (pm) – Back to SAGALA and United Legion

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 – Program and meetings

and other activities are being planned, with special

guests and artists.

We are looking for old photographs (please write

your name and address on the back so they can be

returned), stories and general information from past

attendees. Please send to Captain Margaret Dobbie,

PO Box 49, IPSWICH QLD 4305.

Accommodation can be arranged – check with us for

special rates at local motels. Telephone: 07 38123117

Corps Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Hood, Lieutenant-Colonel

Joyce Greentree (Recruiting Sergeant), Gladys Fryer, Joan Rae,

Darrin O’Donnell (new soldiers), and Islay Costa and Kate Turner

(new adherents).

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Peace only Christ can bring

Major Jim Cocker, an American Salvation Army officer, has been serving in the Papua New

Guinea Territory for the past two years. In October, he was part of a Salvation Army team taken

deep into the PNG highlands to be part of a remarkable ceremony which signalled an end to

years of tribal fighting in this remote area. Major Cocker has written an emotional account of

the experience, which he has allowed Pipeline to reproduce ...

In 1981, I was commissioned as a member of the God’s

Soldiers session of Salvation Army cadets. Never has my

session name meant quite as much to me as it did last

weekend (October 19).

I had the opportunity to travel to the Okapa area of Papua

New Guinea, and the village of Misapi. The last time I visited

this area was at Easter, when I spent two days walking in and

two days walking out of the mountains to visit two of my

former cadets, Captains Michael and Julie Hemuno.

This time I was blessed to do the trip via a helicopter owned

and operated by New Tribes Mission Aviation. Accompanying

me on the journey was the PNG Territory’s Chief Secretary and

his wife, Lieutenant-Colonels Hans and Marja van Vliet, and the

Divisional Commander for that area, Major David Temine.

The purpose of our visit was to facilitate and celebrate what

is hoped to be a lasting peace between two tribes which have

been fighting for over 26 years.

Secret infanticide

Captain Michael is an extraordinary man who understands his

calling in terms of going for souls and going for the worst. He

would have made the Founder quite proud.

For the past two years, Michael has been sharing the gospel

message with about 15 villages in the Okapa area that have

been fighting against one another.

During my Easter trip, Michael and I

were able to do some preliminary work

of trading Bibles for weapons. I was able

to share my own personal testimony and

meet some of the war lords from these

areas, encouraging them to try peace – the

peace only Christ could give. How thrilled

I was to be invited back to celebrate with

them a formalised peace treaty that will

forever change their lives.

Over the 26-year conflict, hundreds

of men from both tribes have been

murdered. Years ago, when the war first

began, it was with bows and arrows. But

recent illegal activities have escalated the

problem to guns and bullets. This led the

young mothers of the villages to begin a

practice of their own.

In an effort to fight against the

atrocities inflicted by the men of their

village and in a desperate attempt to

reduce the fighting forces for the years to

come, they simply chose to smother and

kill their infant male children upon birth.

It was a secret infanticide within

the villages and known only by the midwives and mothers

involved. Even as the men were dying in their hundreds, they

were also simultaneously burying dozens of male babies each

year.

While the women grieved deeply for their newborns they

believed in their hearts that if their babies grew into young men,

the pain upon their inevitable death would be even greater.

They didn’t want to prolong the war by providing manpower.

This terrible secret only came to light in the past year, when

peace was finally being considered.

As the helicopter flew over the last mountain pass, we were

greeted by a site that will forever remain in my memory. Giant

flags, hung on bamboo poles, were waving in the breeze. Never

has a lump in my throat been quite as large as at that moment

when I saw the Army’s red, yellow and blue flag wafting in the

breeze beside the PNG and provincial flags.

Covering every possible inch of land were about 2000 people

who were waiting for us, and as the helicopter landed you could

already sense the excitement in the air. They were a people

anxious to have peace for the first time in many of their lives.

We were escorted up a hill to a large field, to a bush-made

grandstand where I was warmly and affectionately greeted by

a number of people I’d come to know from my previous trip. I

was humbled that they remembered me.

Major Jim Cocker (left) with Lieut-Colonels Hans and Marja van Vliet, prepare to distribute

Bibles to villagers in the PNG highlands. All photos supplied

Salvation Army brokers deal to end hostilities in PNG

In a peace deal negotiated by The Salvation Army,

warring tribes in Papua New Guinea have ended a

26-year-old battle that has claimed numerous lives and

reportedly led tribeswomen to kill their newborn male

babies in a desperate bid to stop the fighting.

The story captured international attention late last year

after PNG’s The National newspaper reported claims by

some women they were so sick of the fighting they had

killed their baby boys to avoid raising them only to lose

them when they became warriors.

The peace ceremony, held on October 30 and brokered

by The Salvation Army, was held at Misapi station in the

remote Gimi area of Okapa district in Eastern Highlands

province.

Chief Secretary for the PNG Territory, Lieutenant-Colonel

Hans van Vliet, his wife, Lieut-Colonel Marja van Vliet, and

Secretary for Personnel, Major Jim Cocker represented The

Salvation Army at the event.

Also in attendance was North Western Divisional

Commander Major David Temine.

Leaders of the rival tribes and representatives of the

Emotional ceremony

Words are quite inadequate to describe the events of that

morning and even now, a full week later, a lump of emotion

wells up within me as I attempt to write about the ceremony

which started with a number of village elders providing

speeches and welcome gifts. This was followed by a reenactment

of one of the key battles.

The men of the two villages stood facing each other; one

group armed with spears and shields and the other with their

bows and arrows and guns. For about 10 minutes the guns were

fired and the men re-enacted what had consumed their lives for

so long. This was to be their final battle and while no-one would

be hurt the men conducted themselves just as if the battle was

real.

It occurs to me even now, that these were not men who were

“acting” someone else’s events from history, but they were

reliving their own involvement in battles that had gone before.

Even the wailing of women was real as they remembered how

much blood had been lost in years gone by.

When the two warring clan chiefs entered they turned to us

on the platform and called us to come and stop the killing. We

came down from the platform with only our Bibles in our hands.

Once again we watched as, one by one, the men asked for a

Bible in exchange for their guns. When the men from each tribe

had given their speeches and laid their guns on the ground, they

received their Pidgin Bible.

One of the most moving moments during the ceremony was

when a broken-hearted woman stood and came forward. She

said it was the men’s actions that had given them so much pain

over the years, and because of their actions they saw no value

in raising boys who would only take up arms and bring more

destruction.

While I certainly don’t condone their actions (infanticide),

I saw the desperation in their eyes and in their voices that

allowed me to begin to understand their actions. In a society that

is so male-dominated, their only recourse was to withhold the

very thing the men needed – sons. They did what God did. They

sacrificed their own sons for the hope of peace. >>>

Army swapped sorcery bags, weapons and sacred traditional

items for Bibles at the ceremony.

Major Temine said the fighting had its roots in sorcery

accusations traded between two groups involving Zugu,

Taro and Tawansaru villages, and Amusa,Tarotu, Fusa and

Takaitu villages in west Okapa in 1983. He said because of

the remoteness of the area, no government authorities or

non-governmental organisation could intervene.

The warring tribes finally responded to a Salvation Army

peace initiative and attended a week-long peace conference

in November last year, during which the women made the

shocking revelations.

Around 40 men and women leaders from both sides

came together for the first time in more than 25 years to

eat, share, converse and sit together. It was the beginning

of a new era for the Gimi people, Major Temine said.

He said it has taken more than a year to persuade the

warriors to stop fighting and choose the Bible over bows

and arrows.

There are no figures on the number of lives the fighting

has claimed, though it is believed to be in the hundreds.

Tribesmen (above) re-enact battle scenes, while (below) Lieut-

Colonel van Vliet swaps a Bible for weapons.

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The helicopter carrying The Salvation Army delegation prepares to land

near Misapi, as the Army flag flutters over the crowd.

A young father then came forward with his eight-year-old

boy who was carrying a home-made rifle. The father pledged in

the presence of all that “his son would never be allowed to grow

up in the same way that he had been raised, but that he would

now have the opportunity to know peace”. He then took the rifle

from the boy’s arms and placed it on the ground before us; a pile

that was steadily growing as the hours passed.

Sweet aroma to God

Eventually the pile of guns, bows and arrows, shields and

sorcery bags was consumed in a large bonfire. Tribal leaders

then announced that their annual allocation of government

funds, which is given to their province, would be distributed

to The Salvation Army and New Tribes Mission to help erect

schools and health centres because there would now be the

sound of children laughing and playing again.

I’m sure that at that moment the smell of burning wood and

melting metal was a sweet aroma to God.

When the ceremony finished, the other members of our

team got back into the helicopter to fly the eight miles over

General Shaw Clifton has announced that, following

extensive consultation with senior Salvation

Army leaders, both at International Headquarters

and further afield, he has decided to appoint

Commissioners Barry and Sue Swanson respectively, as Chief of

the Staff and World Secretary for Women’s Ministries.

The appointments are effective from Saturday 1 May

2010. Commissioners Swanson are officers of the USA Central

Territory, currently serving as leaders of that territory.

Commissioner Barry Swanson takes up his appointment as

Chief of the Staff in succession to Commissioner Robin Dunster

who, at the time of her retirement in May 2010, will have served

as Chief of the Staff for four years, and as a Salvation Army

officer for 40 years.

Commissioner Sue Swanson takes up her responsibilities

as World Secretary for Women’s Ministries in succession to

Commissioner Lyn Pearce, who will also enter retirement.

Tribesmen show off the weapons of war that have been

used over the past 26 years of fighting.

the mountains to where the Misapi Corps and health centre is

located. I chose to hike the three-and-a-half hours to Misapi with

my brother, Michael.

Here was a place so remote, where no government was

involved, where there were no police and no services, but The

Salvation Army was there! I was so proud to belong to our

Army at that moment and know that God’s soldiers are still

fighting for his Kingdom.

I pray that the testimony of God’s officers and soldiers at

the Misapi Corps will continue to be the glue that will hold the

peace for years to come.

Major Jim Cocker is an American Salvation Army

officer who is the PNG Territory’s Secretary for

Personnel

Swansons appointed to Salvation

Army international leadership

Commissioners Barry and Sue Swanson became officers in

1978. The have previously served at International Headquarters,

in 2007, as International Secretary and Zonal Secretary for

Women’s Ministries, the Americas and Caribbean Zone,

respectively.

Commissioners

Barry and Sue

Swanson have

been appointed

Chief of the

Staff and World

Secretary

for Women’s

Ministries,

respectively.

General warmly welcomed

in Zimbabwe and Brazil

Hundreds of Salvationists packed Zimbabwe’s Harare

International Airport to welcome The Salvation

Army’s World Leader, General Shaw Clifton, and his

wife, Commissioner Helen Clifton, to the country.

Prior to attending the Army’s Zimbabwe Territorial Congress,

the General paid a pastoral visit to the country’s Vice President,

Joice Mujuru, a Salvationist, at her office. She commended

the role being played by The Salvation Army in Zimbabwe in

education, health and community development. She said the visit

of the General had cemented the relationship between the people

of Zimbabwe and the Army.

A massed timbrel brigade presents a display during General Shaw

Clifton’s visit to Brazil.

The international leaders then received a warm welcome from

students, teachers and parents of Mazowe High School where,

30 years ago, the General was vice-principal and Commissioner

Clifton taught English.

Over the three days of the Congress, attended by more than

16,000 Salvationists, the General and Commissioner Clifton were

special guests at numerous events including officers councils, a

soldiers’ rally and Sunday meetings. A highlight was a march of

witness through the streets of Harare on the Saturday morning,

in which more than 6500 Salvationists took part, bringing the city

centre to a halt for an hour.

In all the meetings at the city’s Glamis Stadium, many people

lined the mercy seat. Thirty-seven young men and women

accepted the call to Salvation Army officership.

Meantime, the visit of the General and Commissioner Clifton

to the Brazil Territory was marked by special meetings in three

divisions of this vast country.

In Sao Paulo, the General spoke to a gathering of almost 1000

people before travelling to Porto Alegre, in the south of Brazil, to

take part in a festival which united almost 500 Salvationists and

friends.

The final meeting of the visit was held in Recife, where

the General was received by the Governor of the State of

Pernambuco, Eduardo Campos. During this meeting a funding

contract was discussed and agreed for work with street children

to be undertaken by the Army.

In the three public meetings held during the visit many

people sought spiritual renewal at the mercy seat, responding to

words of challenge and encouragement given by the General.

Crowds flock to

hear Chief of the

Staff in India

MORE than 10,000 people attended meetings in the

India Northern Territory led by the Chief of the

Staff, Commissioner Robin Dunster.

At Bareilly and, three days later, at Batala,

grand marches of witness were held, accompanied by traditional

Punjabi bagpipe and drum bands. Local people witnessed the

unusual sight of thousands of Salvationists marching through the

streets, shouting “Hallelujah!” and praising the Lord.

At the training college in Bareilly, the visitors were welcomed

with great love and enthusiasm by cadets and staff. The Chief,

quoting Mother Teresa of Calcutta, in a Bible message said:

“There is more hunger in the world for love than for bread.”

At a public meeting later that day, the Chief encouraged

people to stand firm in their faith in every situation and all

circumstances. She challenged her listeners to rededicate their

lives to God. More than 200 people moved forward to kneel at the

mercy seat.

More than 3000 people attended a youth rally in Amritsar

the following day, held at the Batala School compound. When

Commissioner Dunster invited her listeners to the mercy seat

to make a right choice about their future, young people flocked

forward to give their lives to God.

A public meeting the next day saw the Chief greeted by

thousands of people raising their hands in welcome.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Commissioner Dunster was

taken to see The Salvation Army girls’ hostel in Gurdaspur, before

an evening visit to MacRobert Hospital where a large crowd had

gathered.

The final day in northern India included a tour of territorial

headquarters and a meeting with officers and employees where

the Chief urged her listeners to sacrifice themselves for the Lord.

When she gave an invitation to the mercy seat many officers

rededicated themselves to God.

Cadets and staff from the training college in Bareilly greet

Commissioner Robin Dunster and her support officer, Lieutenant-

Colonel Edna Williams.

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promoted to glory

promoted to glory

Loving, humble and faithful

Eric Keith Walker

was promoted to

glory on 26 August, aged

87.

On 2 September,

the centre of Woonona,

a northern suburb of

Wollongong, was brought

to a standstill as, to the accompaniment

of a combined Salvation Army band,

many people, young and old, marched

down the main street as a mark of respect

to the influence of Keith Walker in the

community.

Following the procession, Major Philip

Maxwell conducted the committal service

at Wollongong Corps.

A prayer was said by Wollongong

Corps Officer, Major Kevin Unicomb. The

songs sung and heard included How Great

Thou Art, What a Friend We Have in Jesus,

My Jesus I Love Thee, and When the Trumpet

of the Lord.

Tributes were given by Annette

Valtonen, Leigh Wright, Joanne Walker,

Gwen Hosking and Major Leonie

Ainsworth. Major Graham Harris read the

Scriptures from John 14:1-6.

(Eric) Keith Walker was born on

29 April 1922 at Woonona, to William

and Selena Walker. He was the second

youngest of 15 children; nine boys and six

girls.

Keith lived in Woonona all his life and

faithfully attended Woonona Corps.

In 1946, Keith married Ruth Carter

and together they had six children; Valda,

Russell, Geoffrey, Robert, Kenneth and

Annette. Keith loved Ruth with all of his

being. They were the other half of each

other.

Keith was confident, quiet, proud,

generous, loving, humble and faithful. His

greatest aim in life was to do what God

wanted of him, and to show others God’s

love through the way he lived his life.

From the age of 15, Keith worked as

a maintenance fitter in various coalmines

until he retired in 1982. He often held a

second job so that his family did not have

to go without.

Apart from his family, Keith has three

other loves: God, The Salvation Army, and

sport. He enjoyed playing hockey, cricket

and tennis.

Keith’s love for The Salvation Army

emerged from birth. He became involved

in most areas of The Salvation Army’s

missions and ministries at Woonona

Corps and loved it all. From the age of 12

to 79, Keith was a bandsman. He played

the cornet and then the tenor horn. Keith

was also a songster, band sergeant, and

quartermaster and sang in the Male

Voices, who performed at his funeral.

Keith was twice appointed the

Woonona Corps Treasurer; his time in that

role totalled more than 40 years.

After retirement, he was also actively

involved in a weekly hotel ministry. He

did this with his two sisters, Dorrie and

Bell, and later with his wife, Ruth.

Keith was a wonderful husband,

father, father-in-law, grandfather and

great-grandfather. He loved each member

of the family; they were all very important

to him and he delighted in having them

around.

Earlier this year, Keith and Ruth

started attending Wollongong Corps. They

both enjoyed listening to the band and the

songsters, and received great fellowship

with others.

In her eulogy, daughter Annette said:

“Dad, we love you and we will miss you.

I have the assurance of my salvation

through Jesus Christ that one day I will see

Dad again in Heaven and I hope and pray

that you all can say the same.”

Quiet and unassuming

Albert George Kerr,

formerly of Mitchelton

Corps, Queensland, was

promoted to glory on 31

July, aged 77.

A service of tribute

was held in the Stafford

Salvation Army Citadel

on 6 August, conducted by Major Ted

Harmer. It included tributes from the

RSL and a family tribute from his eldest

daughter, Leonie, who is a part of Mackay

Corps in North Queensland. Amazing

Grace was sung as a familiar reminder of

God’s love for all.

Bert, as he was affectionately known,

was actively involved in fundraising

within the hotels and shopping centres

of Mitchelton and Stafford Corps until ill

health prevented him from continuing this

work.

Born in Hamilton, Victoria on 14

February 1932, Bert became a Salvation

Army soldier when he was 18, and for

some time he was the corps drummer

until military service intervened. Bert saw

action in Borneo, Malaysia and in Vietnam

as part of the 17th construction squadron.

In 1958, Bert was transferred to

Queensland. That was the same year he

married Patricia Margaret (who passed

away in 2001). They had nine children, 12

grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Their son Bruce died in 2002.

In his message, Major Harmer said: “In

life, Bert crowned Jesus Christ as Lord and

Saviour and he died in full assurance of

faith.

“Bert was a good comrade of the corps

who did what was in his ability to do in

the service of the Lord.

“Quiet and unassuming, he will be

missed by family and friends of the corps.”

A helpful and reliable man

Ronald Emerton was

promoted to glory on 2

September, aged 87.

A service of

thanksgiving was

conducted on 14 September

at The Salvation Army’s

Taree Citadel, led by Major

David Palmer.

Tributes were shared by Jared Atherton

and Aileen Hawkins. Major Jim Ferguson,

Major Lea Palmer and Lieutenant-Colonel

Lynette Green (Taree Corps Officer) also

took part.

Trust and Obey, a favourite song of

Ron’s, was sung at the service, and Psalm

23 was read.

Ronald Victor Emerton was born at

Stewart’s River on 4 July 1922.

He grew up on a farm which had no

modern machinery which meant that

he was involved in long hours of hard

physical work. He helped with many

chores associated with cows and calves,

gardening, wood chopping, fencing and

much more.

Ron attended Stewart’s River Primary

School from 1927 to 1936. After leaving

school he continued to work on the farm

as well as being a “tailer out” at a local

sawmill, and as a timber cutter. He was

also employed as a truck driver and a

tractor driver.

In his teens, Ron was converted in

a mission meeting organised by a bush

missionary, James Preece.

Ron married Jean in 1944, and they

celebrated 65 years of marriage earlier this

year. They had two children; Carole and

Lyndsay.

When they moved to Taree, Ron

began working at Griffen Engineering

and became a qualified crane driver and

chaser.

In his retirement, Ron was well known

as the “Mr Mower Fix-it Man”, having

a big work shed at his house where he

repaired and rebuilt dozens of all types of

lawnmowers.

Ron grew up in a Christian family,

which attended a Methodist church, and

he was a member of Christian Endeavour.

He worshipped at Hannam Vale Salvation

Army before going to Taree Corps.

He has been a constant and reliable

supporter of the ministry of Taree Corps,

especially helping his wife Jean with all the

activities she has been involved in.

Ron is survived by Jean and other

family members; Carole and Geoff,

Lyndsay and Sue and grandchildren

Tracey Fischer, Symone and Jared

Atherton, and Kelly Emerton.

A dedicated man of God

Alvin Charles Carey

was promoted to glory

on 4 September, aged 82.

A thanksgiving service

was held at the Port

Macquarie Salvation Army

Citadel on 9 September.

The service was led by

Envoy Ged Oldfield, a long-time friend

of the family. Tributes were given by

Alvin’s daughter, Debbie Cooper, and

grandchildren, Mitchell, Jessie and Reece

Carey. Bandmaster Graeme Lucas brought

a corps tribute, Bruce Carey (brother)

read from the Scriptures, and Major Gary

Cooper (Port Macquarie Corps Officer) led

a time of prayer.

Alvin (Al) Charles Carey was born on

7 September 1926 in Campsie. He was the

eldest son of Tom and Flo Carey. In 1928,

when Al was two years old, the family

moved to Taree.

Al, along with his brother, Bruce, and

sisters, Valma (deceased), Betty (deceased)

and Ailsa, grew up in The Salvation Army

Taree Corps.

When he was 18, he joined the

Australian Air Force and served for 18

months in the ammunitions disposal unit.

Upon leaving the Air Force, he became an

apprentice carpenter.

In 1950, Al met Shirley Smith and they

married on 12 January 1952. They soon

welcomed three children; Debbie, Bram

and Neville. In 1959, God called both Al

and Shirley to train as Salvation Army

officers in the Greathearts session.

Corps appointments followed at

Cowra, Rockhampton, Mackay and Mt

Isa, where they welcomed another son,

Andrew (deceased). Two weeks after

Andrew’s birth, the family was moved to

Grafton Corps.

When Al’s health became a problem

and he felt he could not give his all to his

work, he stepped aside as an officer. He

took his place back at Taree Corps and

at various times held positions as corps

sergeant major, young people’s sergeant

major, corps cadet counsellor, bandsman

and songster.

After spending some time travelling,

and 10 years living and working on his

brother-in-law, Tom’s, property at Mulgoa,

Al and Shirley moved to Lake Cathie

where their children and grandchildren

settled.

Al enjoyed gardening and always grew

fresh vegetables and fruit for the family.

He spent the rest of his life involved in

Port Macquarie Corps as young people’s

sergeant major, bandsman, songster and

volunteer helper at New Horizons and the

Family Store.

Al and Shirley have 10 grandchildren;

Mitchell, Samuel, Reece, Jessie, Rachel,

Levi, Jacob, Michael, Amy and Grace, and

three great-grandchildren; Ziian, Raia and

Isabelle.

Al was a quiet man of God; selfless,

wise, strong, encouraging and good. He

was a man of integrity.

A Crusader to the end

Major Eric Arthur

Hopkins was

promoted to glory on 15

October from the Royal

Perth Hospital, aged 89.

A memorial service

was conducted by Major

Gordon Cocking on

Sunday 25 October at The Salvation Army

at Hamilton, Newcastle. A large crowd

of family and friends gathered for the

occasion.

Tributes were read from Australia

Eastern Territory Commander

Commissioner Linda Bond and a fellow

Crusader, Commissioner Alistair Cairns.

Both highlighted the fact that Major Eric

Hopkins was a dedicated Salvation Army

officer, family man and gentleman with

passion for the souls.

Commissioner Cairns referred to

Galatians 2:20 (the Crusader session’s

verse) where the Apostle Paul says: “I

have been crucified with Christ and I no

longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life

I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son

of God, who loved me and gave himself

for me.” The connection was that Major

Hopkins was indeed a man who had fully

surrendered his life to the service of Christ.

One of his daughters, Gwenda

Hammami, represented the family and

brought an insight into a wonderful family

man who not only honoured his Lord but

also loved, honoured and respected his

wife and children as a genuine man of

God. His sense of humour and fun was

also remembered.

Lieutenant-Colonel Pat Egan

represented the retired officers of the

Newcastle and Central NSW Division,

with the recurring theme that Eric was

a “good man” whose personality and

genuine Christian faith warmed the hearts

of all he met.

Christine Harrison spoke on behalf of

the Newcastle Worship and Community

Centre, again referring to Major Hopkins’

genuine faith and inspirational testimonies

along with his interest in the young people

of the corps and his remarkable practical

pastoral care ministry.

Inspirational songs such as When the

Trumpet of the Lord and There’s a Land That

is Fairer Than Day reflected the victory

tone of the service, while a vocal duo, I’m

a Child of the King, was presented by Les

Holland and Kevin Young.

Eric Arthur Hopkins was born on 20

July 1920 at Granville, Sydney. Brought up

in Dooralong on an orchard and then at

Baerami Creek on a dairy farm, he moved

to Maitland when his parents bought a

vegetable garden.

In Maitland, Eric heard a Salvation

Army open-air meeting and committed his

life to the Lord at the age of 17.

Soon after, Eric was sworn in as a

senior soldier, on 20 December 1937. In

1940, Eric was accepted into The Salvation

Army Officer Training College and in

March 1941, he left West Maitland Corps

to join the Crusader session.

In January 1942, he was commissioned

as Pro-Lieutenant Hopkins and appointed

as the corps officer at Deniliquin.

Following that, he was appointed to the

Bexley Boys Home, Kalbar Boys Home

and Red Hill Mens Eventide Home,

respectively.

On 19 January 1946, Eric married

Marguerite (Marge) Judd. Captain

Hopkins was serving at St Peters Mens

Industrial Home at the time.

In 1948, he was the corps officer at

Mortdale Corps and then Five Dock Corps.

After that, in January 1950, he temporarily

resigned, but was reaccepted as an officer

in November 1952.

In 1953, Eric and Marge were

appointed to Mackay, before further

appointments at Kingaroy, Paddington

and Newcastle City corps. In 1963, Major

Hopkins commenced at Orange Corps,

which was followed by appointments

at Mayfield, Albion, Taree, Rockdale,

Petersham and Bundaberg corps,

respectively. His final appointment was

as the maintenance coordinator for the

Australia Eastern Territory’s Property

Department. In August 1985, Major

Hopkins retired.

During retirement, Major Hopkins

was the Branch President for the Retired

Officers League in Newcastle (1988-1991)

and a chaplain in the Newcastle Courts

(1989-1994). He relieved at Coffs Harbour

and Atherton corps, worked for Wallsend

Meals on Wheels and enjoyed gardening

and woodwork.

Eric was an excellent husband to

Marge, a loving father to Gwenda, Anne,

Graham and Donald, and a devoted

grandfather and great-grandfather.

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about people

International Appointments

Effective 1 January 2010: Major Philip Maxwell, Secretary for Business

Administration and Major Deslea Maxwell, Director of Schools, Papua

New Guinea Territory.

Effective 19 February 2010: Majors Gary and Sharon Cooper, Corps Officers

at Hamilton Meadowlands, Ontario, Great Lakes Division, Canada.

Effective 1 May 2010: Commissioner Barry Swanson, Chief of the Staff and

Commissioner Sue Swanson, World Secretary for Women’s Ministries,

International Headquarters.

Bereaved

Major Sandra Lesar of her sister Shirley George on 21 October; Major

Laurel Witts and Envoy Christine McLachlan of their mother and Major

Susan Reese of her aunt, Olive Harris on 24 October; Envoy Marcus

Young of his brother Trevor William Turnball on 3 November; Captain

Philip Inglis of his grandmother Ivy Inglis on 12 November.

Promotion

Majors Bruce and Margaret Dobbie to that rank, effective 29 September;

Major Mel Stephens to that rank, effective 29 September.

Reacceptance

Captain Greg Pack on 16 November as Corps Assistant at Capricorn

Region Corps and then Corps Officer at Petersham in January as

previously announced.

Resignation

Captains Russell and Jackie Morgan, effective 29 September.

SAGALA Awards

The following people have received the Commissioner’s Challenge

Award: Nicholas Cannon, Gordon Neden, Rosina O’Sullivan, Brooke

Hayman, Jessica Spence, all Caboolture Corps; Sarah Kaati, Dee Why

Corps; Amy Wallace, Pine Rivers Corps; Esther Parker, Miriam Parker,

both Dubbo Corps. The following people have received the General’s

Award: Shana Baker, Hervey Bay Corps.

time to pray

29 November - 5 December

Campsie Corps, Dulwich Hill Corps, Eastlakes Corps, Panania Corps,

Wellington Corps, all NSW; Toowoomba Crisis Accommodation, Qld;

Advent commences (29); Divisional Youth Secretaries conference (1-3);

Covenant day (3).

6-12 December

India Eastern Territory; Glen Innes Corps, Moree Corps, Shellharbour

Corps, all NSW; Mackay Corps, Nambour Corps, all Qld; Property

Department, THQ; Commissioning (6); Recovery Services camp (8-11).

13-19 December

Congo Brazzaville Territory; Cooma Corps, Newcastle and Central NSW

Divisional Headquarters, Oasis Youth Support Network, Port Stephens

Corps, all NSW; Cairns Corps, Qld.

20-26 December

Latin America North Territory; Mount Isa Corps and Indigenous

Ministries, Qld; Hannam Vale Corps, Mudgee Corps, all NSW;

Information Technology Department, Officer Recruitment Team, The

Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Head Office, all THQ; Christmas Day

(25).

27 December - 2 January

Malawi Command; North Brisbane Corps, Qld; Bega Corps, Cardiff

Corps, Raymond Terrace Corps, West Wyalong, all NSW; New Year’s

Day (1).

engagement calendar

Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)

Booth College: Thu 3 Dec – Covenant Day

Booth College: Fri 4 Dec – Principal’s reception

Sydney Congress Hall: Sat 5 Dec – Silver Star luncheon

Sydney: Sun 6 Dec – Commissioning

Stanmore: Mon 7 Dec – Wider Cabinet

Collaroy: Fri 11 Dec – Recovery Services Men’s Bible Camp

Moree: Sun 13 Dec – Corps visit

Collaroy: Mon 11 Jan – Northern Beaches Aged Care centres

Gosford: Fri 15 Jan – Woodport Aged Care Centre

London: Wed 20 - Sun 31 Jan – General’s Consultative Council

Colonel James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon

Booth College: Thu 3 Dec – Covenant Day

Booth College: Fri 4 Dec – Principal’s reception

Sydney Congress Hall: Sat 5 Dec – Silver Star luncheon

Sydney: Sun 6 Dec – Commissioning

Stanmore: Mon 7 Dec – Wider Cabinet

Cardiff: Tues 8 Dec – Retired Officers Christmas function

*Campsie: Wed 9 Dec – Home League Christmas meeting

Rockhampton: Sun 10 Jan – Central and North Queensland Division,

installation of divisional commander and divisional director of women’s

ministries

Tamworth: Fri 22-Sun 24 Jan – Corps visit and Country Music Festival

#Sydney: Sun 31 Jan – Sydney East and Illawarra Division officers

welcome, candidates farewell, installation of divisional commander and

divisional director of women’s ministries

*Sydney: Sun 31 Jan – The Greater West Division, installation of

divisional commander and divisional director of women’s ministries

* Colonel Jan Condon only

# Colonel James Condon only

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