The long road to recovery for Victoria's bushfire survivors
The Salvation Army
Australia Eastern Territory
Volume 13 Issue 3
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rise and go forward
one place - one purpose
rise and go forward
God’s Spirit is moving
oing whatever it takes
doing whatever it takes
rise and go forward
doing whatever it takes
God’s Spirit is moving
An experience that could revolutionise your life and your corps.
You will be entertained, educated, encouraged and engaged for
dynamic 21 st century mission.
Catching yourself in the act
Just over two years ago, I began 12 months of intensive
leadership and self-expression development. No-one asked
me to do it. I just happened to be at a point in my life
where I wanted to make the most of the rest of my life.
Ever felt like that?
The drive in me to do this had been gaining momentum for
some time. I knew, deep down, that I had some chips on my
shoulder that needed knocking off, and that I needed a better
attitude. For various reasons, I had allowed the circumstances
of my life to colour my outlook, my relationships and my
contribution to the world.
Little did I know what I was letting myself in for when I
signed up for the first in this series of courses. I could write a
book about those 12 months and what I learned – about myself,
about human behaviour, and about retraining yourself to live
a powerful, fruitful life rather than one resigned to “whatever
happens”. “You can be the cause for change in the world,” they
would drum into us. “Be the cause!”
The course opened with an allegory. There are two positions
in life; you’re either on the court playing the game, or in the
stands watching others play the game. I decided to get on the
court, but discovered that to remain on the court – to inject
yourself fully into life – you need some real muscle and drive.
Otherwise, how easy it is to slip back into the stands.
First, you need to identify the blind spots in your life that
restrain you, that hold you back from being a better person
or from reaching your potential. Then you “give up” those
attitudes, resentments, attachments, pride, etc, and learn to
think of your life in terms of contribution – to others and to the
world. You start to be the cause for change.
One of the most powerful things I learned during those 12
months was what I now call “catching yourself in the act”. This
is vital to being on the court and staying on the court. It takes
some time and discipline, but what a difference it makes. Let
me explain. This is where you “catch yourself” in the act of
being ungracious, for example, and, in that moment you say,
“That’s not who I am or what I stand for. I am a person of grace,
and that’s who and what I will be right now.”
You might catch yourself being too opinionated and
instantly decide to be quiet and listen. You might catch yourself
being lazy or procrastinating. In that moment, you give it
up and go about what you should be doing. You could catch
yourself holding back from contributing to a group discussion,
and you immediately give up the whole “self-protection” or “I
might stuff up” thing.
Many of us have what we think is “our world” with its
particular circumstances, “our story” of how we got there, and
“our right” to be in that place. This is me, after all. This is the
debilitating way many human beings think and, frighteningly,
the context from which they act.
The truth is that if you live to embrace others, and every day
to make a difference in the world – to live a life of contribution
– you will never be able to adequately define your world
because it is ever expanding and nothing is impossible.
In fact, that’s what Jesus Christ meant when he said “with
God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). This is the Godinspired
life that Jesus spoke about so often. His parables aimed
to expand our worlds and help us think and act beyond what
we had come to think of as “our life”.
Don’t box yourself in, in other words. Look up and see the
vastness of possibility that is in front of you – for yourself, your
family, your community, your church, your world. Don’t live
a predictable life. Let the creative, transforming Spirit of God
revolutionise your future.
– Captain Peter McGuigan,
Commissioner Linda Bond
5-7 June 2009
Colonels James and Jan Condon
Including pre-season sessions of the musical
ONE ARMY - ONE MISSION
ONE PLACE - ONE PURPOSE
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8-15 WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS
A special coverage of the Victoria bushfires, recounting stories of Salvationists
who were involved and looking at the long road ahead to recovery
6-7 CALL TO our LIFE TOGETHER
Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns says we must place a higher value on the
common love and unity that binds Salvationists together
16-18 HAVEN FROM THE HORROR
A recent visit to a women’s shelter in Sri Lanka brought Graeme Hodge to
tears and made him feel “ashamed to be a man”
20-21 Social Salvation
Major Cecil Woodward contends that William Booth’s ground-breaking
work In Darkest England and The Way Out is as relevant today as it was more
than a century ago
22-24 JOURNEY INTO GENEROSITY
The Salvation Army is adopting a more holistic approach to its planned
giving with, as Kent Rosenthal finds out, the help of an American pastor
4 Letters to the editor
33 FROM THE COALFACE
IN THIS MONTH’S Women In Touch
Worthy of his calling: Jenny Ockenden’s incredible journey of faithful service
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Disciples and servants
of the Lord
have been attending corps church
I services at 10am Sundays for three
months at the Earlwood centre of The
I am blessed to tell you how loving an
experience it has been to be welcomed so
Never have I been to a church so
centred in the Lord and possessed of such
a presence of the Holy Spirit.
The leadership of Majors David and
Shelley Soper is so godly driven and they
are much loved by the corps members.
They are also much loved in the wider
community in which they serve with
The spirit of unity which they create
augurs well for the Territory’s 2020 vision,
“One Army, One Mission”.
I have been a community worker
(voluntary) since 1977 in Earlwood
and am saddened by the deterioration
I have observed in society’s standards,
particularly the reduction in the number
of people committed to caring for and
Reclaim our holiness
The Salvation Army Southern
Territory’s On Fire magazine for 14
February contains an article from that
territory’s Chief Secretary Lieutenant-
Colonel Ray Finger, urging that territory to
recover its holiness teaching.
He says, “If we fail to return to the
roots of holiness The Salvation Army is
destined to become an insipid shadow of
itself, struggling for survival.” That edition
has two other articles on the Army’s
doctrine of holiness.
Our (Territorial Commander)
Commissioner (Linda Bond) is saying
virtually the same thing.
In a book by Stephen Court called
God’s Army, The History of the Salvation
Army, he quotes then Commissioner (John)
Gowans (1998) as saying, “If I ask myself
why I am a Salvationist today it’s because
serving their neighbours and fellow
To see The Salvation Army poised to
enter a dynamic phase of spiritual vitality
and growth in service and seeking unity
and renewal in the Holy Spirit, I am
impressed with the written statement of
intent, “corps will be places of nurture
and wholeness in Christ, promoting
soldiership as radical discipleship”.
This will need to be balanced with
a renewed commitment to serve the
practical needs of the community in which
I pray that the Salvos will stand up to
be both disciples and servants as the Lord
would want us to be.
May we be blessed and united in our
endeavours of service to bring glory to
God and to grow in our love of Jesus
Christ and in fellowship with the Holy
of those holiness meetings”, and “The
holiness meeting was one of the pillars of
the Army and if we don’t look after that
side of the Army, we’ll just be a frothy,
noisy, and just a temporary successful
With the demise of the two meetings
on a Sunday in most corps the opportunity
of teaching solid holiness has been lost.
Some alternative has to be found to
bring back the Holy Spirit into our Army,
or we will become a lifeless shell.
To use Lieutenant-Colonel Finger’s
words, “I don’t see why we cannot get
back to the two-meeting Sunday and use
that to teach holiness. We would need to
have officers who could teach it.”
Lieutenant-Colonel Neil Young,
read with interest the report on the
I life of Major Marjorie Bruton. She
certainly was an “unsung hero”, a
woman of vision and practical action
with excellent personal communication
During her time as the Divisional
Youth Secretary in the Armidale
division, she organised and ran a junior
soldiers’ camp in May 1959, held on
a sheep property called “The Forest”,
north of Barraba, attended by about 35
kids 7-16 years old. The girls bunked
down in the shearers’ quarters while
the boys “camped” in the shearing
shed. Years later, Major Bruton
(pictured) told me it was the very first
junior soldiers’ camp in the world.
As soon as we arrived, we had to
make our mattresses (paliasses) by
stuffing straw into large hessian bags
the size of the camp stretchers! I cannot
remember having a bad night’s sleep.
Studies and activities were
enjoyable and memorable while the
friendships made have lasted a lifetime.
It would be difficult to measure the
impact of such an event in the lives
of campers. The Territorial Youth
Secretary of the day, Major George
Carpenter, with Envoys George and
Norm Hazell, visited the camp.
This year will be the 50th
anniversary of that camp and it would
be very interesting to try and track
down each of those junior soldiers.
Perhaps we could have a reunion?
I would like to hear from any
former campers and can be contacted
at: PO Box 3100, Birkdale, Qld 4157;
firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone
0434 047 508.
Thank God for Major Bruton’s
vision and investment in the lives of
Major Hazel Parker,
Youth trained and sent
out to frontline mission
In place of the usual TC@Pipeline column, members of The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern
Territory Cabinet have been contributing to a series of articles discussing the Territory’s seven
Mission Priorities. This month, Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond takes a look
at the sixth Mission Priority.
It may be an age thing, but I often think back to my early
days, growing up in a Salvation Army corps in Nova Scotia,
eastern Canada. I was a rather reluctant Salvationist as
a child. But my eldest sister’s eagerness made up for a
battalion of half-hearted soldiers. The Army for her was truly
a find, a precious gift from the Lord. She fell in love with it as
a child and until the day she died, there was not a hint that the
Her enthusiasm was contagious. What it all boiled down
to was that, as a result, her siblings and children went to the
Army and were fully engaged in it whether they wanted to or
not! Please don’t consider this a complaint. Reluctant then but
grateful now! Why? Because the ministry skills I have now, were
developed as a child and young person in my home corps.
Mission Priority six is a powerful one for our Territory. It calls
for youth trained and sent out to front-line mission. This priority
is not a vague notion or a catchy pacifier to let our youth think
we really believe in them. We must stop thinking of our young
people as the Army of tomorrow. They are the Army of today!
Why? Because their generation desperately needs the good news
about Jesus and, quite frankly, many of us would not be on their
wavelength or know how to communicate. When Christian peers
speak into the lives of young people who lack purpose, waste
their giftedness and travel through life without a true sense of
belonging, it will be authentic.
Yes, youth are the Army of today. Why? Because many that
I have met are so turned onto the things of the Lord that they
have his passion for the lost surging through their veins. We
can’t make them wait for another day. This is their day! They are
on fire Salvos, hungry to translate the Word into their everyday
existence, eager to experience what it means to be holy and
daring when it comes to evangelising the darkest corners of the
community or society.
It is crucial that they be engaged in moving the Army forward
as the Lord directs. They need involvement in their local corps.
Their voices need to be heard on committees and councils. They
need to be our fighting force, radical disciples, soldiers in this
Army. They need to be entrusted with responsibilities by taking
up local officer roles. They need platform time to give their
testimony, lead in worship, preach a sermon, lead a Bible study.
They need skills training for ministry.
But this ministry cannot be confined to an Army hall. They
need the front line to express their passion for Christ. The
engagement and training inside and outside the walls of our
buildings have a goal in mind – deploying them for mission.
Their service will involve connecting with the poor and
marginalised in their area, sharing the Gospel through one-toone
encounters, participating in mission trips, crying out against
Our Army must have the energy, enthusiasm and daring of
our youth to keep us reaching higher and moving forward. Their
pace is quick but I am willing to try to keep up. How about you?
Commissioner Linda Bond is
Territorial Commander of
The Salvation Army
Australia Eastern Territory
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In the latest instalment of our series that examines the 12 calls to Salvationists issued
by The Salvation Army’s Spiritual Life Commission, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL PHILIP
CAIRNS says we must place a higher value on the common love and unity that binds
Call to our Life
Several years ago, my wife Jan and
I had the privilege of attending a
conference in Winnipeg, Canada.
We then travelled to a number of
places around the world making contact
with the local Salvation Army. What
we discovered was something truly
wonderful – a warmth of fellowship that
was beyond our expectation.
For example, the divisional
commanders in Halifax, Canada, invited
us to stay in their home for three days;
in Stockholm, Sweden, Salvationists
took us into their home and showed us
around their beautiful city for two days;
in Plymouth, England, the corps officers
took us home for lunch and invited us to
stay overnight. We were overwhelmed
by the generosity of spirit shown to us.
What was it that caused these
wonderful people to embrace us so
warmly? We certainly discovered that
through the Army we all had much in
common. The uniforms were familiar,
the music had a similarity about it, and
each Salvationist we met was totally
committed to the cause of Jesus Christ.
We discovered that what Commissioner
Robert Street says is true: “It isn’t an
exaggeration, an overstatement, or
a mistake to talk about the Salvation
Army’s unique fellowship” (Called To Be
But was it just our uniforms, our
music, and our structures that caused
this sense of closeness? Certainly our
common Salvation Army “language”
was a good starting point. But the
fellowship was far deeper than these
observable things. Alongside the shared
culture we felt a common vision for the
mission of The Salvation Army and a
passionate love for our Lord Jesus Christ
that spilled over into caring for us as
Importance of unity
Since returning home to Australia I
have had time to think through our
experiences in these other countries.
What has become clear to me is that
the retaining of our “life together” as
Salvationists depends on the unity of
these three things; our shared culture,
our common mission of saving the
world to Jesus, and our passionate love
What is our shared culture? There
are plenty of people questioning
“traditional” Army practices and
symbols these days. Is the uniform
really outdated? Is our military system a
remnant of a former century? These are
important questions, but questions that
need to lead us to the real meaning of
these cultural icons (so we don’t throw
out the good with the bad).
For example, we are not Salvationists
because we wear the same type of
uniform and look alike! Our “life
together” finds its meaning in our
public witness to the world that Jesus
is our Saviour and Lord. Our uniform
should never be just our membership
clothes. Our music (whether played by
traditional or contemporary groups) is
both a proclamation tool and a gift for
personal devotions. And our structures
are meant to be the means of putting the
kingdom resources in the right places.
There is a need to rediscover what it
is that gives our shared culture its real
meaning and purpose. It can no longer
be simply tradition or habit.
What is our common mission?
Although the mission of “saving the
world to Jesus Christ” should hardly
need reiterating, The Salvation Army
does have its own theology of mission
which is important to understanding
our lives together as Salvationists. Its
focus is on Jesus Christ and a personal
relationship with him; the result of
this relationship is the infilling of the
Holy Spirit for the purity of life lived in
holiness (walking like the one we love
Need for reaffirmation
Our theology of mission includes a belief
in the transformation of sin-damaged
lives, the priesthood of all believers in
which we all have an equal part to play,
the sacrament of the whole of life, and
the realisation of our total dependence
on God to achieve anything at all in his
name. There is a need to reaffirm what
it is that gives our common mission its
focus and strength. It can no longer be
left to other traditions, influences or
And what about our passionate love
for Jesus? This must come first if we are
truly going to live our lives together as
Salvationists. Jesus tells us in John 13:34
to “Love one another. As I have loved
you, so you must love one another.” Its
implications are that when we have a
passionate love for Jesus, then we are to
have an embracing love for each other.
And so Scripture calls us to “be devoted
to one other in brotherly love” (Romans
12:10). This is the beginning of the Call
to our Life Together. I believe that there
is a need for us to value more highly this
common love and unity that binds us
together as Salvationists.
Philip Cairns is the
Territory’s Secretary for
We call Salvationists worldwide to
rejoice in their unique fellowship; to
be open to support, guidance, nurture,
affirmation and challenge from each
other as members together of the Body
of Christ; and to participate regularly
in the life, membership and mission of a
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The Salvation Army’s MAJOR ARTHUR FORD was
among the first to arrive in the bushfire-devastated
region to provide comfort to the injured and grieving.
By Faye Michelson
When smoke clears the
Saturday, 7 February will go down as one of the darkest days in Australia’s history. It was
on this day, and on the days that followed, that bushfires
tore through country Victoria leaving a path of death and destruction in
When the smoke finally cleared and the fires eventually brought under control the death
toll stood at more than 200. More than 1000 homes had been destroyed and hundreds of
thousands of hectares of land razed.
While the disaster was still unfolding The Salvation Army was there, on the ground and in the
thick of the rescue and recovery effort. The Army is still there now and will continue to be in the
months and years ahead as the victims of Australia’s worst natural disaster learn to cope with the
physical and emotional scars of the tragedy.
In this issue of Pipeline we bring you a special coverage of the bushfires, recounting the stories
of Salvos who were involved and looking at the long road ahead to recovery.
State Emergency Services Victoria
chaplain Major Arthur Ford was
at the Whittlesea command centre
just hours after the devastating
fires swept through Kinglake on Saturday,
“I was asked to go to the surgical and
medical section to be with people who had
been very badly burnt,” he says.
“Being with people” that night – and
the following days as Major Ford went up
and down the mountain – meant offering
what comfort he could to people who had
suffered horrible burns and those who had
suffered terrible losses.
“There were some horrific scenes
that I will never forget: people with flesh
hanging off them – and the smell of
burning flesh – they’ll be with me forever,”
But offer comfort he did – to the
severely burnt young man who was frantic
because he couldn’t find his wife (“he gave
me her mobile phone number and I was
finally able to get hold of her and reassure
him as he was put in the ambulance”); to
the injured woman who had lost her son
and grandchildren; to the traumatised
emergency services workers.
“On Sunday morning, a CFA firefighter
came up to me, saying, ‘I’ve got to talk to
you; I’ve just found five bodies’. He was
shaking all over,” Major Ford says.
It was a situation he faced again
At Kinglake, a police officer asked
Major Ford to spend some time with one
of his young colleagues.
“This officer had found 16 bodies,”
Major Ford says.
“He has little kids of his own, and then
for him to find children up there ... he was
emotionally disturbed. It will have an
effect on him for the rest of his life, just like
the rest of us.”
By Wednesday, an exhausted Major
Ford was told to go home and rest.
“But I was very emotional, trying to
comprehend it all. I had a shower and as
I was getting out clean clothes I burst into
tears because of the hundreds of people
who now have nothing,” he says.
“I was distraught because of the
horrific things I had seen and the people
I’d spoken with.
“A friend who is a doctor organised a
MICHAEL O’CONNOR works in the IT department
at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Melbourne.
He’s also a volunteer firefighter with Victoria’s
Country Fire Authority
have been a volunteer firefighter for
almost nine years and I’m the 2nd
Lieutenant at Yellingbo Fire Brigade.
I’m also responsible for managing
Like so many firefighters between
5-9 February, I was busy responding
to bushfires. My first call-out, a small >>>
State Emergency Services Victoria chaplain Major Arthur
Ford arrived at Whittlesea just hours after the bushfires
began their devastating rampage. Photo: Ben Knop
psychologist to debrief me before I went
back, which I really appreciated.”
As soon has he arrived back at
Whittlesea an emergency worker rushed
to find him. This person had just learnt the
remains of a close friend had been found
on the mountain.
“The counselling goes on, it never
stops,” Major Ford says.
“What do we say to people? It’s not
what we say, it’s listening, listening and
listening and reaching out and giving
them a cuddle, holding their hand and
saying we care about you. That physical
touch is very important.
“Up on the mountain, people come up
to talk to us and cry. We just put our arms
around them and they say, ‘Thank God for
the Salvos, thank God for the CFA, thank
God for the SES, thank God for all those
people who are helping us’.”
Michael O’Connor is a volunteer firefighter
with Victoria’s Country Fire Authority.
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grassfire, took our strike team to Wandin
and later to Healesville and the Kinglake
Exhaustion can be as forceful an
opponent as the fire itself. I was up all
night on Saturday 7 February with my
crew, returning for duty again on the
Monday and working through from
7.30am until 11pm.
I finally got to sleep about 1am but
was up for work (at The Salvation Army)
at 8am on Tuesday. I did attempt to work,
but was told by numerous people to go
home to bed.
I was advised that the Army has an
Emergency Services Leave policy and that
my time and effort was better spent with
the Country Fire Authority. It wasn’t until
I got home and slept for 15 hours that I
realised I was highly fatigued.
This fire tragedy, now known as “Black
Saturday”, has surpassed any natural
disaster in Australian history. What
sets this fire apart is the loss of life and
structural loss. The fire moved incredibly
quickly and was far more intense than any
Once the smoke has cleared, it is
sometimes hard to travel through areas
you have been actively firefighting and see
I tend to concentrate on the positives,
the looks on faces when you cut your
way into their home and offer some
cold drinking water. The calming effect
the presence of a fire truck has on home
owners as we manage the fire around their
home. The knowledge that you have made
a difference be it great or small.
I believe these types of events bring out
the best in people, the desire to help and
support others when they are down and
need it most, and the courageous spirit
of people to keep battling on, especially
when the odds are stacked against them.
There is a deep satisfaction in serving
and connecting personally with the
community. But one incident stands out
for me that made me stop and think about
I was at the supermarket on Sunday
8 February, buying some supplies for the
week, and I came across a very distressed
woman. I asked if she was okay, and
she told me that her son was missing;
he hadn’t been seen since the bushfires
As she told me her story, it became
clear that the person she was describing
was in fact a person we had seen and
spoken to at 4am that morning. I rang to
confirm the name, and was very happy
to report that I had personally spoken to
her son and that he was fine and well. The
woman was so grateful and hugged me in
In the past I haven’t been one to go
to church, sing songs in the chapel at
work, preach to others or read stories
from the Bible. However, after the events
of early February and my experience of
that “coincidence” in the supermarket, it’s
hard not to wonder about faith or a higher
power, and whether coincidences are
really coincidences at all.
The relief centre volunteer
Salvationist DAVID BARKER joined thousands of
volunteers throughout Victoria in helping bushfire
survivors. David was at the Army’s relief centre in
Traralgon on 13 February. This is his story ...
It’s two hours past our finishing time,
but Kevin* has just walked in and
broken down in tears in the foyer.
I am at Traralgon Corps in the
LaTrobe Valley, Gippsland, in Victoria. The
bushfires have claimed 21 lives around
these parts, with the added edge that the
blaze is an alleged act of arson.
The television crews and media
attention has largely been focused on the
Kinglake/Whittlesea area a few hours
north of here, the largest loss of life and
property, leaving this centre to concentrate
on helping the survivors.
The Salvos have been very fast to
respond to the fire, operating 14 disaster
relief centres throughout the state, getting
much-needed cash and goods into the
hands of survivors within two days of the
I’d been watching the news reports
from my home, safe in Melbourne’s
eastern suburbs, and wanted to help. As
a soldier (full member) of The Salvation
Army based at Camberwell, we are
quick to mobilise when a call comes from
our central headquarters head office,
requesting volunteers for the disaster
I join a five-person volunteer team to
take the two-hour drive to Traralgon, to
help bolster the Traralgon team. Plenty of
folk from the local Traralgon community
have come up to help out today, probably
totalling 40 in all, and everyone is put to
work sorting incoming goods, loading
up containers, trestle tables and kitchen
Captain Naomi Thorne, the local
corps officer, briefs us on arrival. An Ash
Wednesday survivor, Naomi has lived
through this before.
“As people come in, walk around with
them through the centre, give them bags
to fill up with clothes, food, equipment to
clean up their properties, and toys for the
kids,” she advised.
“The people are proud, and say that
there are others that need the goods more
than them. Be a listening ear for them,
hear their stories, and insist that they
David Barker carries supplies into The Salvation Army’s
relief centre at Traralgon. Photo: Major Mark Kop
leave with bags full of goods.”
Naomi doesn’t mention the eyes.
Incredibly sad bushfire survivors’ stories
I spent much of the day at the
reception door. You don’t know who is
coming in; it could be someone wanting to
donate goods or volunteer for the day, or
a regular welfare client coming in for their
appointment, or a bushfire survivor.
You say a gentle g’day and find out
within 10 seconds.
Jan and John come through. John is
in his early 60s. He had a fire plan, fire
pumps, the works. He defended his hobby
farm on a hill for another two hours after
Jan left with some family memorabilia.
They had planted 600 trees on their
property; their home was a strong, doublebrick
house with double-glazed windows.
Now it is rubble.
They are welcomed in and start to
walk around. Every so often, John starts to
weep, shaking his head in disbelief about
what has happened. They have the eyes.
Jan grabs her husband by the elbow.
“Let’s keep active,” she says.
“Keep going. We are bushfire
survivors, not bushfire victims.” I am
impressed with Jan’s good counsel, and
the support and the love and care this
married couple offer each other.
We talk a little later on, sharing a
cuppa. They will rebuild. The insurance
company has already paid out; it’s a fresh
start, a new opportunity with plenty to
look forward to. But they won’t plant so
many eucalypts around the house this
Craig and Deb, both in their 30s, >>>
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come in with their baby daughter, Beth.
Craig is walking around shell-shocked
and is clearly stunned by the kindness he
has been shown.
This young family lost everything.
But a mate of Craig’s, halfway through
renovating a house, has moved them in.
I walk around with them for the first few
minutes, and initially they are reluctant
to put goods in their bag. It takes a little
Craig sits down in the quiet area,
and the tears come. He asks, “How do
you know the people coming in here are
“We just know,” I say. I don’t tell him;
it’s the eyes.
A little later, I ask them about their
plans; they don’t know what they will do
yet. Two hours later they have left with
everything they need to get them through
the next two weeks.
Bob, 55, comes in with his wife and
her friend. Bob has come directly from
his property, blackened hands and face,
having spent the morning sifting through
He shows me the lump on his head
from a piece of fencing that fell on him
during the day.
There’s nothing left of the house. The
boat was on a trailer, and all that’s left is
the trailer frame.
“The aluminium boat frame has
melted, and there is just molten aluminium
on the ground.”
He shows me photos on his phone;
it looks like the countless other houses
destroyed as seen on the extensive news
footage. But Bob is standing in front on me
and it’s all so real and personal.
It was his dream house, and all that’s
left is a pile of rubble and a rude chimney
“What are you gonna do, Bob?”
James and Jenny, and Kaz, their mid-
20s daughter, have been in for a few hours
now. They had a large farm with a few
animals. They have loaded up their car
with essentials, including pet food and a
James had a well-developed fire plan;
their house burned to the ground.
There are too many bitter memories
associated with their place, and they
plan to move somewhere smaller, away
from the trees, but still local. James seems
comfortable in opening up and telling
me his story; my mates and I are Salvo
soldiers, wearing the Salvo uniform.
The uniform represents the legacy of
the Salvos; trust, integrity, helping out
people in tough circumstances. Reassuring,
providing a listening ear, offering hope
and helping getting people on their
journey once again.
It’s two hours past our finishing time,
and our team from Camberwell are getting
ready for the drive back home. In walks
Kevin, a big, strong bloke in his 40s, and I
meet him at the foyer.
“How’re ya going, mate?”
He tells me exactly how he is going.
Recently made unemployed due to the
economic downturn. Bushfire lit by an
arsonist. House destroyed.
His partner is not talking to him at the
moment because she didn’t want to move
into the bush anyway. Now all her things
Kevin has gone up to the property
and sifted through the ashes, but there’s
nothing left. His dog was injured in the
fires, and he has spent $1500 in vet bills
over the week. Today his dog is beyond
the suffering and had to be put down.
Kevin is in tears. Someone else passes
the tissues. I am welling up with tears,
hearing his story. He has come across some
very hard times.
He talks more. I ask the odd question
to keep him going.
He has been carrying this burden since
the fires and this is the first time he has
been able to talk it out, and he is tender
and raw. He is thanking me as he blurts
“It’s so good to be able to tell someone
We talk about what he is going to do
over the next few days. He has settled
down now. When he is ready, I arrange
some bags, and he starts loading up with
overalls, food, and some clothes.
I introduce him to another Salvo who
is staying on, making sure Kevin is OK for
now and still has someone to talk to.
The Camberwell Salvos team departs. My
head is spinning.
Two hours later, I am hugging my wife
and kids just that little tighter as I look at
the solid walls in my comfortable and safe
house. I am home.
Some 7000 people displaced by
bushfires. Those ravaged Victorians aren’t
so lucky to be home tonight.
*All names of bushfire survivors have been
The road to recovery
Saturday, 7 February brought
with it the worst bushfires in
Australia’s history. More than 200
people died and in excess of 1000
homes destroyed as the fires cut a path of
destruction across country Victoria.
The Salvation Army immediately
rolled into action setting up 15 emergency
relief centres, supporting communities
devastated by the fires. More than 150
people gave their time to assist at these
Two Army properties were destroyed
in the bushfires but, thankfully, no
lives were lost. The Overdale Rural
Rehabilitation Centre at Kilmore, and
the Army’s Camp Bambara at Mount
Disappointment were both razed to the
As well as assisting bushfire victims
with their immediate needs the Army is
also planning for the rebuilding process,
acknowledging the long road that lies
Melbourne Central Divisional
Commanders Majors Rodney and Jenny
Barnard were stationed at Emerald, in the
Dandenong Ranges, during the 1983 Ash
Wednesday fires. They understand The
Salvation Army needs to be there for the
“At Emerald we were dealing with
bushfire issues for 12 months or more,”
“But we know that eventually things
will settle down, the media will lose
interest, and life will go back to normal for
all these people who are volunteering here.
But the need won’t go away and that is
why The Salvation Army has got to make a
Major Graeme Rigley has been
involved in coordinating the Army’s
responses to loss of life and property in
He says the pressing needs have
been initially met but “we are now
needing to set up long-term structures to
support people, which means we need to
coordinate logistically with our people and
with other agencies, which takes time.
“It’s only when the victims of these
fires get to the point where they realise
their need – either material aid or >>>
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personal support – that we can help
“But, long-term, we hope the good
“We have developed such a good
community feeling persists and there will relationship with the community that we
“A lot of leadership comes down
to respecting others and to good local
relationships, and I’ve seen continually
that people love seeing the Salvos because
they feel safe with us.
“Ultimately, our financial and human
support comes down to us acting sensibly
In Kinglake, Majors David and Laraine
Philp have spent their time among the
locals and emergency workers, talking and
being talked to.
“We were involved in Ash Wednesday,
at Sunbury Corps, and once the initial
razzamatazz of the first week or so passes,
people can feel very abandoned and
forgotten,” says David.
“In Macedon there were marriage
break-ups and suicides. Winter comes and
a lot of people want to live on their blocks
and rebuild. They’re in a caravan, it’s cold
and it’s wet, the dust turns to mud and it
is a hard slog when you’re rebuilding.
be community leaders that engender that.”
David knows there are no easy
responses to people’s grief. There’s no
three-step process to dispel pain.
“You can’t say ‘why’. All you can say is
that God cares, despite everything you see.
There is random destruction and how do
you try and explain to people? You can’t
list global warming and climate extremes.
You can’t cite inappropriate planning
restrictions. It’s not what they need or
want to hear. It’s our job to listen.”
Major Daryl Crowden has been
involved in coordinating the distribution
of material aid at Wallan, one of the largest
emergency response sites.
Daryl says the hard work for the
survivors really begins when the media
leaves, the volunteers go home and life
starts to return to “normal” for everyone
The Salvation Army, he says, will be
there for them.
will play a part in rebuilding it, not just
with supplies, but with emotional and
According to associate professor Louise
Rowling, of the University of Sydney, there
can be no underestimating the emotional
cost of the bushfire tragedy.
“Many Victorians, particularly in
rural areas, have been deeply affected
by the economic downturn and longterm
drought,” Professor Rowling told
Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.
The key, she says, to physical,
emotional and spiritual healing is unity.
“Coming together is the first stage
of the process. These communities are
already geographically isolated and
would already have an existing sense of
community spirit and solidarity.
“Now, after the horrors of these shared
experiences, is the best time to build upon
this existing network of support to pull
each other through.”
By JULIA BEASY
By KENT ROSENTHAL
The Salvation Army Emergency
Services worked 24 hours a day
caring for flood victims in north
Queensland where two-thirds
of the state was inundated and 36 shires
declared disaster zones in February.
Townsville Faithworks and Riverway
Corps’ emergency teams flew to Ingham
where they were then airlifted by
helicopter to the evacuation centre at
Ingham State High School.
Bowen and Ayr personnel were also on
stand-by to help evacuees in their areas.
Captain Lincoln Stevens, of Townsville
Faithworks Corps, said staff and
volunteers provided up to 300 meals for
evacuees and all service staff each day.
“The Herbert River has been on a
roller-coaster ride, rising and falling
dramatically, and therefore our teams
have been kept busy with people being
evacuated, returning to their home and
re-evacuated again. The team has been
in Ingham for two weeks, serving over
100 meals per sitting, including breakfast,
lunch and dinner,” he says.
“It wasn’t just a flood – it was a flood
then it receded, then it was a flood, then
it got worse and then it receded and then
it came again. The ripple effect caused by
this also meant Bowen, Ayr and Mackay
SAES teams were activated.”
Around 2000 homes were inundated
in what has been described as the region’s
worst flooding in 35 years. While the
Army’s role was predominantly to serve
food, Captain Stevens said volunteers
mingled with the community between
meals to offer support and share stories.
He described the atmosphere as “typical
country town community spirit”.
“They were all going through a terrible
time but all cheery with each other. I
probably wouldn’t say high spirits, but
“There are people who have suffered
through this flood who have been given
their handouts from the Government,
from the relief fund, but they’ve asked
where they can send the money to help the
people affected by bushfires in Victoria.”
The Salvation Army has also raised
about $200,000 for flood victims through
Apart from serving meals and raising
donations, the Army joined the battle
against dengue fever, being among
several charities armed with cans of insect
repellent to hand out to the less fortunate.
As the number of confirmed dengue cases
rose above 245, Captain Shirley Spooner, of
Cairns Salvation Army, said the repellent
helped those already struggling.
“Because the people who come in to us
are in crisis, they are only thinking of the
necessities like food and drink. Repellent
would be considered a luxury item,” she
told The Cairns Post newspaper.
Meantime, Salvation Army emergency
teams were on standby in northern NSW
as floodwaters peaked in the area in mid-
February. As Pipeline went to print, more
heavy rain had been forecast for the area.
Envoy Ged Oldfield said The Salvation
Army Emergency Services had not yet
been called to serve meals to evacuees, but
it assisted flooded campers at Nambucca
River with accommodation and transport
home. Bellingen was isolated and rising
waters affected access to Wauchope, Port
Macquarie, Kendall and Kempsey.
As Pipeline went to print on 24
February, more than $15 million has
been donated to The Salvation Army’s
Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Of that, $3.3 million has already been
distributed to almost 8000 people to
provide food, clothing, toiletries, shelter
and other essentials.
In addition to financial aid, Salvos
Stores has been overwhelmed by the
amount of goods, such as toys and
clothing, which it has received from
Also, The Salvation Army
Emergency Services has provided more
than 12, 000 meals to emergency relief
These figures will rise significantly
as long-term care starts to be provided
and more people require assistance.
The Salvation Army says 100 per
cent of funds raised will be distributed
to the victims of the bushfires over the
coming weeks and months.
To donate to The Salvation Army’s
Victorian Bushfire Appeal please call 13
SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit www.salvos.
Photos: Shairon Paterson, and AAP
The swollen Ross River at Townsville.
pipeline 03/2009 15
Graeme Hodge is the Assistant Director of The
Salvation Army’s International Development Office, UK
with the Republic of Ireland Territory. As a passionate
advocate for social justice, his job regularly exposes him
to the worst of humanity and the sickening abuse that
is perpetrated on innocent victims. A recent visit to a
women’s shelter in Sri Lanka brought him to tears and
made him feel “ashamed to be a man”. Here he writes
about that experience ...
Sitting in a dimly lit room with
barred windows and the sounds
of voices echoing through the
many rooms of this building, I
could easily believe that I am in a prison.
However, the occasional sound of laughter,
the distinct absence of guards and the lack
of violent threats assure me that I am in a
safe environment rather than a jail.
But for most of the women and
children who live here, the choice to leave
is not one they can make. They are kept
prisoners by legal injustices or the shame
of their own victimisation and horrendous
ordeals. Although perceived as a prison by
some, the “home” guarantees safety within
its walls and the further promise of respect
and loving care.
The Haven and Sunshine House are
two facilities run by The Salvation Army in
a secure compound in inner-city Colombo.
They care for two groups of women.
The Haven is a place where women can
come for refuge. It houses older women
who have no-one to care for them, as well
as younger women and children. There is
a large room which is home to about 15
women, many of them pregnant as a result
of rape. They come here to have their
babies to avoid being stigmatised in their
home towns and villages.
Sunshine House is very different. The
women are sent here to await their trials –
not as perpetrators, but as victims.
The law in Sri Lanka requires victims
who are making allegations of rape,
trafficking, domestic violence or other
types of crimes commonly perpetrated
against women and children, to go to jail
to await the trial and then stay there until
it is finished.
The victims are locked away, often with
their children, to wait (often for years) as
the justice system progresses. There are
accounts of women and children in many
government facilities being pimped out to
paying customers while imprisoned. Such
accounts are fairly common. In addition,
overcrowding and horrendous conditions
make the intended “safety” of jail an
experience of abuse much greater than
they originally endured.
Sunshine House, in contrast, is safe,
clean and as pleasant as it can be with the
very limited resources it has. The women
and children here are not pimped out
and are loved by each member of staff.
But even the positive conditions cannot
mask the reality that the residents are still
As I sit opposite 41-year-old Lydia (not her
real name), I can’t help but agonise over
what I am about to hear. Having already
sat through hours of interviews with other
residents, I am not sure that I can cope
with yet another horrific account of abuse.
With an eagerness, Lydia prepares to share
her story with my colleague, Swarna, and
I. Swarna is The Salvation Army’s antitrafficking
coordinator in Sri Lanka.
After introducing ourselves and
explaining what we are doing, we ask
Lydia to tell us what life used to be like,
how she came to live at The Haven and
what her hopes are for the future.
Lydia apologises in advance, fearing
she might get emotional, and then begins
Lydia used to live in a village in
northern Sri Lanka. Working as a teapicker,
she dreamed of one day owning
a house and being able to support
her daughter. The dream seemed
unattainable when her hard work paid
her barely enough to feed them both.
Lydia’s husband left her with the strain
and hardship of poverty and no way of
supporting the family.
When a man came to her village
offering a better life and good income by
working for a couple of years in Saudi
Arabia as a housekeeper, it seemed as if a
dream-fulfilling opportunity was finally
coming her way.
The thought of leaving her daughter
was obviously hard, but the idea of
being able to provide for herself and
her daughter and own a small home
made separation seem like a short-term
The man laid out all the plans and
explained that 40,000 rupees ($530) would
cover the cost of the administration and
visa to get her to Saudi Arabia. In just a
few minutes the deal was done.
Lydia tells how she travelled to Saudi
Arabia and began work as a housekeeper.
All seemed fine until it was pay day. She
begins to cry as she explains that instead
of paying her, the men beat her. The abuse
“Another time they poured a chemical
down my legs,” she says, “which burnt
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‘Lydia’, who shared her horrific story of abuse at the hands of her ‘employers’ in
Saudi Arabia, is trying to rebuild her life at the Army’s Haven shelter in Sri Lanka.
Tears stream down my own face,
so many emotions are playing havoc
with my ability to hold myself together.
Having listened to the other women and
young girls, and now Lydia, I never felt so
ashamed to be a man.
I am enraged that other men could
consider this kind of abuse to be their
privilege as employers or “owners” of
others. I want to fix everything for Lydia. I
want to make the problems go away. I am
simply stunned by the horror of the stories
I have heard.
I have read stories and even watched
video interviews and dramatisations
detailing the struggle that trafficked
people endure. The evil of this trade slaps
me across the face and shakes me into
response. The reality is that the woman
who had been sitting opposite me is one
of more than two million people who are
trafficked every year.
and left me in agony.” She has scars that
will forever remind her of the torment she
“Then they used to tie my arms and
legs to a bed so that they were spread
apart, and men would rape me many
times. They put an injection in my arm
that made me sleepy and sometimes
unconscious. While I was asleep they
would rape me.”
Lydia struggles to get the words out
between sobs. She starts speaking in her
native Tamil as she recalls even more
traumatic events. Lydia reverts back to
Sinhalese and explains she doesn’t know
how many times she was raped because of
the effect of the drug on her body. When
asked what her hopes are for the future,
she begins to sob. “I just don’t know,” she
Glimmer of hope
As a result of being raped, Lydia is seven
months pregnant. After the baby is
born, Lydia hopes to give the child to an
adopting family in a good home. Then
she will return to her village, poorer than
when she left.
“I don’t know what I am going to do. I am
worried I am going to be a burden to my
sister and her husband. I don’t know how
I will ever be able to afford a place to live. I
A glimmer of optimism is expressed on
her face as she states that she is a Christian.
“I pray every day that God will take
this pain from me and help me find a
better life. I just keep praying.”
A monumental amount of pain is
healing slowly with the help of a fragile
faith and love in action. For Lydia, this is
the only way forward.
When I return to my accommodation at
the end of the day, my mind is racing with
the voices of the different women I have
spoken to. It still is.
With time for further reflection, I have
developed questions to help me cope with
their harsh testimonies.
What is the life experience of a
man who considers it justifiable to tie a
woman’s hands apart, pour chemicals
down her legs, drug her and rape her
repeatedly, bringing his friends over to do
What leads a man from the UK,
Germany or Holland to travel 11 hours on
a plane to have sex with a Sri Lankan boy
enslaved for no other reason than to satisfy
abusive men’s pleasure?
What prompts a man to choose
sexual services from one of thousands of
brothels in the UK, advertised as “massage
parlours” and the like in local newspapers,
while on his way home to his wife and
children? How can people pawn other
people for their own selfish pleasure and
I just don’t understand it; I may
never understand it. But my lack of
understanding motivates me to pray
passionately for this issue – for the people
caught up in it: trafficker and victim.
The Bible tells me that “faith without
works is dead”. If God’s only recourse
were to get his people to pray in the
hope that something would happen, my
faith would have waned a long time ago.
Instead, I believe he calls us to respond
with loving action.
Graeme Hodge is Assistant
Director of The Salvation
Development Office, UK
with the Republic of
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pipeline 03/2009 19
On the eve of the Australia Eastern Territory’s
I’ll Fight social justice conference next month,
MAJOR CECIL WOODWARD contends that
William Booth’s ground-breaking work In
Darkest England and The Way Out is as relevant
today as it was more than a century ago
The significance of General William
Booth’s book In Darkest England
and The Way Out as a blueprint for
Salvation Army social services for
more than 100 years is unquestionable.
Unfortunately, the focus on “services”
has often blunted the core sociological
and theological principles of this scheme.
The dilution of those core elements could
easily result in the genius of the scheme
being lost in the 21st century.
When In Darkest England and The Way
Out was released in 1890, it encapsulated
a broad range of responses to the diverse
social problems which emerged as
societies moved from a predominantly
agriculturally based economy to an
Mass migration to the cities to provide
the workforce for the new factories led
to the demise of the old social order,
where tenant farmers and farm labourers
were totally subservient to the lord of
the manor. From a structured order of
dependence on the lord’s goodwill for
daily necessities, people were suddenly
thrust into a social order where labour was
the only commodity of value.
The early day Christian Missioners
and Salvationists engaged directly in the
lives of people for whom the industrial
revolution did not bring positive lifestyle
benefits. “They lost their foothold in
society,” said Booth and became “the
Morass of Squalor [made up of] the
improvident, the lazy, the vicious and the
By 1890, The Salvation Army was
already actively engaged in a range of
efforts to address the needs of this group,
the submerged one-tenth of society. For
example, providing accommodation
and work opportunities for ex-prisoners
began in Melbourne in 1883, rescue homes
for victims of human trafficking were
initiated in Glasgow and London in 1884,
an institution to assist alcoholic women in
Canada in 1886, and accommodation for
homeless men in London in 1887.
While these operations have usually
been labelled as providing a social service,
that was not the dominant perspective
of those engaged in these activities.
They were engaged in redressing and
correcting social injustices. They saw that
this newly emerging industrial society
had failed these people; alternative
arrangements and structures were needed
to fix these problems. It was not simply a
matter of providing new services. Better
structures were required which could be
incorporated within those of an industrial
When In Darkest England and The Way Out
was published it was not presented as a
handbook for providing social services,
but rather it enunciated a scheme of social
salvation. It was about creating new social
systems which would redress the negative
consequences of rapid industrialisation.
Over time, this original vision of a City
Colony, the Farm Colony and the Colony
Over-sea has been reframed within a
service delivery paradigm and thus
the perspective of reforming the social
structures has fallen from focus.
Another aspect of the approach
advocated within In Darkest England and
The Way Out which must be taken into
consideration is the theology of William
Booth. The “whosoever” was the focus of
his evangelicalism. He adopted that same
focus within his social reform agenda. He
stated, “The Scheme of Social Salvation is
not worth discussing which is not as wide
as the Scheme of Eternal Salvation set forth
in the Gospel”. But while the message
and the scheme were for the whosoever,
and ultimately the outcome would hinge
on each individual’s response, this could
never be an excuse for not attempting to
reach out. Booth forthrightly declares, “We
are not worthy to profess to be [Christian]
until we have set an open door before the
least and worst. The responsibility for its
rejection must be theirs, not ours.”
As someone who accepted and
embraced the Wesleyan theology of
entire sanctification (holiness) there was
an inevitable intertwining of personal
holiness and social action. As Donald
Burke (Canada 1986) observes, this entails
a commitment which “is directed towards
the establishment of a future which is more
and more in keeping with God’s intentions
for humanity and the world”. He then
reaches the conclusion that, “Wesleyan
theology when linked with a commitment
to the establishment of the Kingdom of
God should not motivate us so much to
the provision of social services which
are merely ameliorative or cosmetic. The
commitment to the Kingdom motivates
us to strive for social reform. To the extent
that we have not satisfied [that] focus ...
we have lost the evangelical Wesleyan
vision which motivates Christians to strive
for the establishment of God’s Kingdom”.
Although never articulated by the
early day Salvationists, their practical
engagement with social issues was a
natural and inevitable outworking of their
beliefs about God’s Kingdom.
Campbell Roberts (New Zealand 2007)
charges us that as an organisation we
have focused on “mercy” to the neglect
of “justice”. In the recently released book
Just: imagine The World of God, the essence
of God’s will and kingdom is graphically
described as being based on justice, mercy
and faith. Again it becomes clear that
organisationally we have allowed a social
service mentality to dominate the way
we approach social issues. This is not to
suggest that any of our social services are
not needful in 21st century society. But
if we are to be true to the fundamentals
of our tradition, we must embrace them
with an openness that allows us to identify
where a legitimate refocus is required.
In Darkest England and The Way Out
casts a vision which was based on practical
evangelical and holiness theologies. The
world was a place where “the whole
creation groaned” because of its alienation
from God. But at the same time the
Kingdom of God was being established
– the whosoever was invited to become
a citizen of the Kingdom and to work to
grow the Kingdom. This clearly included
engaging in actions that challenged and
overcame social injustices as part of the
transforming of society and individuals.
The message and the need for action is just
as necessary today.
Major Cecil Woodward is the Australia
Eastern Territory’s Social Program
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The Salvation Army is adopting a more holistic approach
to its planned giving with, as KENT ROSENTHAL finds
out, the help of an American pastor
Being generous with our giving is
more than just putting our tithe into
the collection plate at church on
Sunday. The way we serve others reflects
a lot about how we see God. If we have a
healthy sense of God’s goodness we are
more likely to recognise life’s blessings
and be generous. But if we picture God
as harsh and judgmental we can end up
wasting energy mulling over life’s hurdles.
Most of us are probably somewhere inbetween,
because generosity is a learning
process; a journey that lasts a lifetime.
To help individuals and corps along
this journey, The Salvation Army is
inviting Brian Kluth to Australia this
month. His message is about how lives can
be transformed by Jesus as people learn
to live and give generously based on the
Brian will speak from personal
experience, about how his own life as
a non-believer was transformed. His
generosity preaching and leadership
training ministry has taken him to
churches, organisations and conferences
around the world.
He is now Senior Pastor at First
Evangelical Free Church, Colorado
Springs, where he lives with his wife Sandi
and their three children. He has previously
worked with The Salvation Army and
is on the board of the US National
Association of Evangelicals.
In an interview with Pipeline, Brian says
no-one is born with the ability to be
generous, but that one of God’s desires
for us is that we learn to become generous
people along our spiritual journey.
“The Bible tells us that we are to excel
in the grace of giving and so this implies
that there’s a journey to it – that there are
increasing levels of generosity, and that
there’s a supernatural work of God in our
hearts to cause us to become generous,”
“You learn to give
and as you learn
to give from what
you have there’s a
grace that comes
into your life.”
The Australia Eastern Territory’s Planned Giving team (from left) Don Johnson, Captain John
Wiseman, Steve Burfield and Major Phil McLaren. Photo: Shairon Paterson
Brian believes it’s a natural tendency
to look at what we have and conclude we
don’t have enough, and so we hold on
harder to the little we have until somehow
“It’s really a spiritual journey to learn
to open your hand and to share freely
with whatever God has given you –
whether you have little or much – and
then to discover that God’s ability to meet
your needs really is part of the Christian
Brian’s approach is counter to what
he calls the “prosperity gospel” which, he
says, is based on greed.
“The prosperity gospel is a ‘give-to-get
mentality’. But I’m coming at it from the
perspective that you learn to give because
you’ve already received, and as you learn
to give from what you have there’s a grace
that comes into your life.”
Brian’s visit coincides with a shift in
approach to The Salvation Army’s Planned
Giving program in its Australia Eastern
Major Phillip McLaren, the Territorial
Appeals Director (Internal), met Brian
recently in the United States and was
inspired by his fresh approach.
“Not only is he passionate in teaching
about a lifestyle of generosity, he lives it. I
suppose I caught some of that passion and
drive that comes from the transformation
of God working in his life.
“I got excited about this approach
because it’s holistic. It’s not just about
putting in the plate on Sunday and it’s not
just about our Planned Giving programs
– both of which are important – but it’s
important that there’s a holistic approach
to teaching about generosity.”
The Planned Giving team will adapt
Brian’s resources to suit the Territory’s
particular needs, focusing on a spiritual
transformation that moves from selfcentredness
Brian’s approach is timely given the
current economic uncertainty and he will
help the Territory focus on a more holistic
approach to generosity as well as Planned
“It’s about a whole lifestyle and how
I use all that God has given me. Brian has
articulated that very well in his booklet
and in his preaching and teaching. He’s
appeared on NBC TV news and CBN TV
in the US and he’s a well sought-after
speaker around the world.”
Brian will be teaching and preaching
in three states across both the Army’s
Australia Eastern and Southern territories
while in the country. He will also
talk to other Christian churches and
Major McLaren says his Australian
visit this month is a great opportunity for
people to hear a different perspective from
someone who’s passionate about giving.
“He’s very balanced in his
understanding of the Scripture and he puts
it in a very practical way, and prosperity
theology is not part of his teaching.
“With this visit my hope is we would
all move a little further along the line of
generosity and see it not as a transaction
that I need to make but that it would be a
“We all have to pay bills, find rent for
the house, but I would hope and pray that
in this materialistic world and the culture
that we have to live in, our journey would
become more Christ-like in our living, in
our giving and generosity.”
Major McLaren says Brian’s generosity
is evident. When contacted about his
expenses incurred in his visit to Australia,
Brian replied: “I come without expecting
or requiring any honorariums or product
income sales. If someone chooses on
their own initiative to make any type of
honorarium I will accept it, but I am not
expecting it. I made a commitment before
the Lord a few years ago not to charge
for my ministry or speaking overseas but
instead allow the Lord to provide through
whomever he moves to assist me.”
Brian’s generosity teaching has already
been adopted in part by The Salvation
Army at Parramatta.
His book, 40 Day Spiritual Journey to
a more Generous Life, which has already
sold more than 400,000 copies, has drawn
positive feedback from Army Mission
Team members (at Parramatta) who
commented that it puts the term “riches”
in perspective and provides a clear focus
on the central role of giving to the local
The Territory’s Planned Giving
Director Steve Burfield said people might
be sceptical about Brian’s approach at first
because it’s such a new concept.
“It’s a case of being challenged, as I was
Brian being interviewed on CBN National
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Sy d n e y
You are personally invited to attend or bring a group to
Maximum Generosity SeminaR
March 12 and 19
for pastors and church leaders
• Biblical Insights and Ideas for Inspiring Generosity & Increasing Giving
• Resourcing Kingdom Ministry: Biblical Insights & Ideas for
• Kingdom Business: Knowing God as Your Provider by Living
Openhanded in a Tightfisted World
• Inspiring Generosity: A Vital Part of God’s High Calling for Your
Brian with his wife Sandi and three children (from left) Joshua, Bethany, and Jeremy.
when I visited Brian in the US and sat
under his ministry. I would like people
to take that step of faith. Whether it’s a
big one or a small one, it’s all part of the
journey towards generosity.
“Brian has a fresh approach and a
passion that comes from a biblical point of
view – that’s what it’s about.”
During a radio interview in South Africa
last year, Brian was asked whether he
thinks God wants everybody to be rich.
His response was that he thinks God
wants everyone to learn to become
generous. It’s a message he’s taken to
Africa, India, Asia and the former Soviet
“That message of learning to become
generous can be delivered all over the
world and it resonates with every person,
that it’s something we learn,” Brian says.
In Western cultures, Brian says
consumerism, materialism and greed
have been promoted at the expense
of generosity and that economically
prosperous nations need to learn a fresh
“We need to learn in a fresh way who
God is, who we are and how we are to be
managers of whatever we are entrusted,
and also to be generous with whatever we
One of the most generous men Brian
has met, he says, lives in a rubbish dump
in the Philippines and gives half his wages
to help the poor. That man earns just $8 a
“He literally gives nearly half his
income to help the poor and he’s a man
who rejoices in the provisions of God.
Because the Lord provided him with a suit
out of the dump and a pair of eye glasses
out of the dump and a pair of shoes, and
he’s rejoicing in God’s goodness while
living in utter squalor.”
Brian says his goal in Australia is to
follow this man’s example – to become
and to be a God-servant during his time
“I just want to help inspire people on
their journey to greater generosity. God
does want us to grow in generosity and in
how we understand that. So if I can come
to Australia and bring encouragement,
bring the Scriptures, bring other true
stories and bring biblical instruction, then
that’s my desire.”
Kent Rosenthal is
News Editor and
journalist for Pipeline.
Where you can hear Brian
speak in Australia
Thursday 12 March, Penrith Salvation
Sunday 15 March, Hurstville Salvation
Sunday 15 March, Parramatta
Salvation Army; 6pm
Tuesday 17 March, Tudor Hotel, Box
Hill, Melbourne; 7am-8.30am and
Tuesday 17 March, Gymea Baptist
Wednesday 18 March, The Greek Club,
South Brisbane; 12.45pm-1.45pm and
Thursday 19 March, Campsie
Salvation Army; 9.30am-1pm
Saturday 20 March, Shirelive Church,
Sunday 21 March, Shirelive Church,
Th e Sp e a k e r f o r t h e e v e n t w i l l b e Re v. Dr. Br i a n Kl u t h
Fo r m o r e In f o r m a t i o n Co n t a c t:
Brian Kluth, Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Free Church, Colorado Springs.
Brian preaching and leadership training ministry has taken him to cities,
churches and conferences across the USA and around the world.
For more detail see Brian’s web site www.generousitygiving.org
Brian has a passion for teaching people to live and give generously and to see lives transformed
as they become like Christ. We have used Brian’s material and experienced his generosity.
I am happy to endorse and support Brian’s visit to Australia.
Phil McLaren, Major Internal Giving DirectorThe Salvation Army
Brian’s ministry in the area of stewardship has grown and is very influential in the north America church scene.
I have confidence in Brian’s character, skills and experience and believe he will have much to teach Australian
church leaders in the area of financial resources for ministry.
Karl Faase - Gymea Baptist Church and Arrow Leadership Australia
The Salvation Army 0439 346 460
Gymea Baptist Church
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Celebrating NSW Seniors Week
still in tune
By MICHELE TYDD
If you think romance belongs to the
young, take a look at this besotted
couple from Towradgi, a northern
suburb of Wollongong.
At 90 and 92, Delia and Herb Epps
have just celebrated a rare milestone –
their 70th wedding anniversary – and they
are still crazy about each other.
“Kids will look at us and say ‘they
couldn’t be in love, they are too old,’ but
that is rubbish – I couldn’t exist without
Herb’s love,” Delia said.
And if 70 years wasn’t enough, their
story goes back well before then.
English immigrant Delia Trueman
caught Herb Epps’ eye when she was five
and he was seven, at a Salvation Army
concert in Wollongong in 1923 while
singing with her four sisters.
“He said to his mother ‘can we take
that girl home – her family has five girls so
they wouldn’t miss her’,” Delia said with
But Herb recalled he had to wait until
Delia was 15 before he asked her out on
a date. “We went on a picnic to Stuart Park
and then to the pictures,” he said.
They married at The Salvation Army
Citadel in Wollongong which was then on
the corner of Keira and Victoria streets, just
months before the start of World War II.
“On our wedding day, Herb’s mother,
Florence, announced at the end of her
speech ‘you can now take that Trueman
girl home’,” Delia recalled.
They were married on January 14,
1939, which, according to Herb, was one of
the hottest days Australia has ever had –
45.3 degrees. Their honeymoon was spent
at Katoomba at the Palais Royale. They
had three children – Colin, Joyce and Joe.
Their eldest son, Colin, died aged 63.
Herb worked several jobs and retired
in 1981 as the IMB Building Society’s
loans manager. Delia worked for Guests
cakes shops, which were once scattered
throughout the Illawarra.
They are still both active members of
Wollongong Salvation Army, with Herb
still playing baritone in the band.
Delia rose to become district governor
in the Quota Club from 1979 to 1981.
They are both thrilled to reach this
milestone in their marriage.
“We feel pretty special because none of
our friends have got this far,” Herb said.
He believes the secret is give and take.
Delia agreed and added that Herb was
always there to support her.
“Even when I was Quota governor
and had to travel, Herb was at my side,
carrying the heavy equipment that went
with the position,” she said.
But it has not all been smooth sailing,
says Herb, who freely admits they argue
“like a normal couple”.
“Anybody who says they don’t argue
is telling lies,” he said.
This article appears in Pipeline courtesy of the
Illawarra Mercury newspaper.
Delia and Herb Epps, of Towradgi, who were married in 1939, agree that the secret for
success in their relationship has been a willingness to compromise. Photo: Robert Peet
By BILL SIMPSON
In his book Picking up the Pieces, Don
Woodland says of retirement: “...
this is not the end of the road, but a
bend (with flexibility) ... to continue
meeting people at their point of need.”
Eight years into retirement as an active
Salvation Army officer, Lieutenant-
Colonel Woodland, with the support of
his wife, Bernice, is still navigating the
bend. The needs of the people are still
firmly in his vision.
They always will be, he suggests.
That’s the way he is made. His
commitment to God through The
Salvation Army didn’t end when he
reached the retirement age of 65. He is
Former Governor-General Michael
Jeffery puts it this way in the Don
Woodland book: “In life, we come across
characters who have a significant impact
on the social condition. Don Woodland
is one such person.”
Major-General Jeffery first came
in contact with Don Woodland in
Brisbane in 1969. The then Major
Jeffery was a company commander
in the 8th Battalion Royal Australian
Army Regiment. Don Woodland was
appointed by The Salvation Army as a
They would serve together for the
next 12 months in the Vietnam War
– Major Jeffery with the Australian
Army and Don Woodland with The
Salvation Army. The Vietnam War was
Don Woodland’s introduction to trauma
Their paths would cross several
times in the following 35 years, mainly
through Don Woodland’s unique
ministry of trauma counselling with
police, fire brigade and emergency
Don Woodland was there for people
in trauma when 35 people were
murdered at Port Arthur in 1996, 15
backpackers perished in a Childers hotel
fire in 2000, Stuart Diver was rescued
from the rubble of the Thredbo landslide
in 1997, a tsunami swept away 13 coastal
villages of Papua New Guinea and more
than 2000 people in 1998.
He was there for victims of a
Newcastle earthquake, Kempsey
and Grafton bus crashes, dozens of
car accidents and house fires. He
assisted police, fire, ambulance and
other emergency services officers,
Salvation Army officers and members
of the public traumatised by stressful
Last month, he was down in Victoria
helping in the wake of the devastating
Officially, as far as his Salvation Army
service was concerned, it ended with
retirement from active officership in
2001. But retirement, he says, was just
a bend in the road that provided the
flexibility to work with whoever could
use his services.
He was contracted by the Seventh
Day Adventist Church to work with
people traumatised by a tsunami in
Papua New Guinea and debriefing
missionaries returning to Sydney after
many years overseas.
Lifeline engaged him to help its
telephone counsellors deal with
traumatic incidents. The Lutheran
Church employed him to conduct
training sessions for its trauma
He has shared his expertise with
Logan Hospital (Qld) chaplaincy
department, assisted in the
Photo: Shairon Paterson
establishment of chaplaincy within
the Queensland Ambulance Service
and supported chaplaincy at Calvary
Hospital in Canberra.
A steady stream of trauma victims
are sent by various organisations to his
Sydney home for help.
He and Bernice are part of a caravan
mission of Salvationists – mostly
retired – who travel to country areas
to encourage others. When home, they
support their Hurstville Corps band and
In the midst of the “retirement”
schedule, Don suffered a heart attack,
requiring five by-passes. He called it a
“New every morning are the
promises of our Lord and, indeed, every
morning is a new beginning with new
opportunities to meet people at their
point of need and share the wonderful
news of the Gospel through the life I
live,” he says.
“This morning was a new beginning
and the day will bring new adventures.
Whether there will be a new beginning
tomorrow, we will just have to wait
There is a good chance, though, that
Don Woodland will be checking just
before midnight in case a new adventure
is about to appear. If it does, his bag will
be packed and he will be ready to go.
As for Bernice: “She is the one who
makes sure I am ready and gets me
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Philip and Deslea Maxwell
Deslea says... From the moment
the chorus “The more I surrender
to Jesus my Lord” was sung
one Sunday morning many years ago, I
determined to answer the call of God upon
my life and follow him. What a journey!
It has been my privilege throughout
officership to be the vessel by which God
has touched people’s lives. In turn, God
has ministered to me.
Has the journey always been smooth?
Has the journey always been easy and
enjoyable? Definitely not.
Has God always been faithful? Absolutely!
As I continue on this journey, my
desire is to grow more and more into the
image of the One who I have been called
to serve. In the words of Christian writer
John Stott: “May your Word be our rule/
May your Holy Spirit be our teacher/And
may your glory be our supreme purpose.”
Philip says... By today’s measure, 25
years in one career is an incredible
achievement. Over this time, whether
in corps, divisional or territorial
appointments, I have been humbled by
how God has sought to use me but more
importantly, how God has worked in me.
Appointments are one thing; the qualities
that mark these appointments are another
more significant insight.
Three qualities have marked out
these years for me. The first is a sense of
calling. The same driving conviction that
pre-empted my application to college has
punctuated my life’s journey. It has been
the stabilising point when confronted with
challenges or difficulties that at the time
mark out the road of obedience (Ephesians
The second dynamic that has marked
my road is the sense of God’s presence.
Intimacy with Christ has been both a
source of comfort and of confidence
The third quality is a sense of
purpose. “I am Christ’s workmanship,”
(Ephesians 2:10). His trademark is seared
into my life. The exciting thing is that there
is more of God to be discovered and more
of myself to be learnt.
Officers of The Salvation Army in the Australia Eastern Territory –
Majors who completed a quarter of a century of service in January –
describe their journey in ministry and their vision for the future.
Wayne and Robyn Maxwell
Robyn says... To serve the Lord
in The Salvation Army is an
overwhelming privilege, and I can
honestly say that I am more fulfilled today
than ever before.
I have never felt ready or adequate for
the appointments God has given me but I
know that “my God is!”
My passion is:
• To see women reach their God-given
• To live a holy life.
• To encourage those in my world to
serve well the one and only true and
• To commit to being faithful to the end.
My heartfelt desire for my life and
ministry is expressed in Philippians 3:10:
“For my determined purpose is that I
may know him, that I may progressively
become more deeply and intimately
acquainted with him, perceiving and
recognising and understanding the
wonders of his person more strongly
and more clearly, and that I may in some
way come to know the power outflowing
from his resurrection, as to be continually
transformed into his likeness,” (Amplified
Wayne says... Officership is an adventure
in partnership with God. Challenges and
opportunities have always occurred and
will continue to do so. They are part of the
process of making us into the people God
wants us to become.
Yet what is necessary in my life is a
daily personal submission to the will of
God. Over the last 12 months, God has
been challenging me about my spiritual
walk and a key verse that continues to
confront me says: ”Your Father already
knows your needs. He will give you all
you need from day to day if you make the
kingdom of God your primary concern,“
(Luke 12:30-31, NLT).
There is still much more to be done as
I keep on this adventure of faith and God
is gradually refining my spirit. I find it
amazing that God can take this vessel and
use it to his glory.
It is my desire that I continue to
develop an open heart that allows the
Spirit of God to direct my path. My prayer
is that – always – the Kingdom of God will
be my primary concern.
Robyn says... I am thankful to God
for the many opportunities he
has given me for service through
Salvation Army officership. Over these
years, God has refined the spiritual and
life gifts he has given me and shaped my
passion for offering renewal, refreshment
and empowerment to those in ministry.
The variety of appointments – from
corps, drug and alcohol rehabilitation,
clinical counselling and pastoral care of
officers, both in the Australia Eastern
Territory and the Canada and Bermuda
Territory – have taught me to trust God
and keep growing deeper into him.
Ron and Lyn Whitehouse
I have a strong belief in emotional and
spiritual wholeness and actively encourage
those I work with to keep growing in their
personal relationship with God and in
their understanding of themselves so they
will be free to minister God’s love and
grace to others.
Scripture is formative in my ministry
and a verse that has continually drawn me
back to Jesus is Philippians 4:13: “Jesus,
who fills me with his dynamic power, has
made me able to cope with any situation,”
Lyn says... I was enjoying being
mother to my three children when
the Lord quietly and gently asked
me to serve him as a Salvation Army
officer. I was obedient, and over the
years of officership, even though it has
been difficult, have juggled the roles of
mother, corps officer, wife and confidante,
remaining faithful and committed to God’s
call upon my life.
After many years as a corps officer,
with my husband Ron, the past two
years have been spent as Chaplain to the
Western Sydney Courts of Mt Druitt and
Penrith. Here, I have found my motherly
skills being put to good use. There have
been many wonderful opportunities to
show the love and grace of Jesus, in very
practical ways, to many people. Often,
it has simply been by being a friend and
supporting them in their time of need.
Praise to God for his faithful and
Ron says... After 20 years of local
officership in Campsie Corps and St Marys
Corps, I was surprised when vividly
called by God to serve as a Salvation Army
officer. The acceptance of this call has
provided many wonderful opportunities
and challenges and I marvel at the
faithfulness of God throughout the years
My only ambitions have been to give
my best and serve the Lord faithfully.
Most of my ministry has been in the role
of corps officer with my wife, Lyn. For
one year I was Director of the Red Shield
Appeal in Western Sydney, and for the
past two years have had the incredible
privilege to minister as the Chaplain in the
Western Sydney Courts at Penrith.
Now approaching retirement, I give
thanks and praise to God for calling and
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Christine says... I remember my
call distinctively as a time when I
totally surrendered completely to
God’s will – his purpose for my life. I was
married to Graham and had three small
children, but entrusted them to be a part of
God’s will in officership
Over 25 years there have been
occasions when I have felt distant from
God and times when I have felt really
close. There have been times of ill
health, times of crisis, times of joy, times
when miracles occurred. But God, as he
promised, has been with me every step of
the way. I have no doubt about that at all.
We have shared with some beautiful
people over the 25 years, who are still
Lynda says... It is a privilege to have
been called by God to be a Salvation
Army Officer. Over the last 25
years I have been extremely privileged
to work in the Army’s social ministry –
from women with children to adults with
disabilities, Recovery Services to Aged
Care, and then in administration.
friends today. I love being a Salvation
Army officer and enjoy all that it has
to offer – both the challenges and the
blessings of officer ministry.
Graham says... Twenty-five years.
What an exciting journey it has been; I
wouldn’t trade it for anything. I still enjoy
officership so much and look forward to
each new day with its new challenges that
help in my personnel development and
my relationship with God.
My passion in life will always be to
share God’s Word and grace with folks
who need the Saviour and, particularly in
the last 10 years, to help those who suffer
Invitation to …
A forum for creative people in The Salvation Army
I have learnt many things and
witnessed lives changed (hallelujah!). I
have also changed and grown with the
Holy Spirit’s guidance.
I have had many experiences that
would not have come my way if I had not
obeyed God’s call and his ongoing leading
in my life. All praise to Jesus.
Graham and Christine Tamsett
learn to inspire
Review by Captain Peter McGuigan
Don’t know about you, but
when I hear the word “study”
I think of hard work. Whether
it’s studying culture, human
behaviour, demographics, or the subject
of a Masters thesis, it can take a lot of selfdiscipline
to get started and, therefore, to
In More Stories that are Seen,
Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Clarke has
given us “12 Studies on the Parables of
Jesus”, the book’s subtitle. But by studies,
I’m sure he’s not meaning that we sweat
them out, procrastinate about doing them,
and lose nights of sleep thinking about the
fact that we’re behind in our study.
On the contrary, I’m sure he wants us
to journey together with the living Christ
so that the Word who became flesh and
dwelt among us 2000 years ago, does so
again with us in the chaotic times of the
21st century. That’s the power of these
parables, rich in meaning, inspiration and
challenge for living the Christ life today.
And there is plenty of reason why this
should be our experience through Lieut-
Colonel Clarke’s latest offering. The book,
a sequel to Stories that are Seen (dare I state
the obvious), has a freshness about it that
makes you want to pick it up and at least
explore the first “study”.
This fresh feel to the book is due first
to the layout. It is a much more appealing
layout than the original, featuring a
three-colour theme, the use of banners
for section headings, and a larger, easier
to read “serif” font. I also like the way
the “study” sections have been retained
from the original book, and are common
throughout the 12 “studies”.
Each study is split into five sections
– Scripture (the parable), First Century
Palestinian Setting, The Parable as a
Mirror, Reflection, and My Response
and Personal Prayer. Combined with the
improved and more attractive layout, this
helps for much easier navigation of the
pages as you turn them. You know where
Now for the content. Like the original
book, More Stories that are Seen probes
deeply into the stories Jesus told to
teach humanity about God and us; our
behaviour and morality; the relationship
between human life and eternity; the
overarching principles of love and
righteousness; not to mention some
practical ideas for everyday life.
Session (i.e. study) titles include “An
Abundant Harvest – The Sower and the
Seed”, “Small Beginnings – The Mustard
Seed and the Leaven”, “Excuses! Excuses!
– The Great Feast”, “Know Yourself –
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector”,
“Sell All – The Hidden Treasure and the
Pearl”, and “Keep Knocking – The Friend
I particularly like ‘The Parable as a
Mirror’ section of each session. This is
really where the rubber hits the road. You
look at the parable and see yourself in
it. Take for instance the session “Know
Yourself”. In these pages, your life can be
revolutionised as you realise that you will
never really know yourself until you see
yourself through the eyes of God – and
God sees you through Christ and the cross,
with deep sacrificial love. That’s what I
got from reading that section. It reminded
me of Stuart Townend’s song How Deep the
Father’s Love For Us, which I then couldn’t
stop singing for the next week
Perhaps the most compelling
encouragement to engage with More Stories
that are Seen comes to us through the
author’s own testimony. “The impact of
these parables has challenged the priorities
of my life,” he writes in the preface.
“Among them has been the need to live
a simpler lifestyle, [and to] moderate my
attitudes and behaviour towards others,
especially those closest to me.”
When I read that, I wanted to read
More Stories that are Seen is available from
Phone (02) 9266 9511. Cost: $9.95
The Collaroy Centre Sydney, Australia 21-25 September 2009
Brengle Create will be a unique opportunity for creative Salvationists to immerse
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International guest presenters:
Dr Roger Green
View from The Collaroy Centre
Commissioner Linda Bond
Australia Eastern Territory
Roger Green is Professor and
Chair of Biblical and Theological
Studies, Gordon College, USA
Special guest presenter:
The Holy Spirit and Songwriting
Darlene Zschech is recognised
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leadership and songwriting
Lieutenant-Colonel Janet Munn
The Spiritual Disciplines
Janet Munn is the international
Salvation Army’s Secretary for Spiritual
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Brengle Create is an initiative of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory
Special guest presenter:
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The Doctrine of Holiness
Alan Harley is retired and lives in Sydney.
He was formerly Vice Principal and Senior
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PLUS: A variety of inspiring and experienced
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Review by Bill Simpson
Sheridan Voysey is a Christian
author, broadcaster and
commentator on social issues.
He has been hosting a threehour
Sunday night national radio program
for the past three years, interviewing highprofile
people like former Deputy Prime
Minister John Anderson, social activist the
Reverend Tim Costello, media personality
Andrew Denton, entertainers James
Morrison and Marina Prior, and authors
Philip Yancey, Thomas Keneally, Adrian
Plass, Max Lucado and Tony Campolo.
Voysey has now published a book of
what he calls a “collection of the best”
interviews from his program, Open House.
There are 25 interviews in the book, titled
the same as his radio show.
Voysey says his show is designed
to explore life, faith and culture from a
Christian perspective, which indicates
what the reader could find in the
For example, to promote the book, he
publishes quotes from three subjects.
Andrew Denton: “I went to a Jewish
kindergarten, a Catholic primary school
and a Church of England secondary
school. I came away not subscribing to any
Marina Prior: “I had all the worldly
things, the trappings of status and success.
But I used to lie awake at three in the
morning just feeling empty.”
Philip Yancey: “I will have to be honest
with you, Sheridan, and say one reason
(I’m still a Christian) is that I haven’t
found a better alternative. And I’ve looked;
I really have.”
The full Yancey interview is probably
worth the price of the book, even if just to
try to understand what he means.
Voysey’s published interviews each
run for about 10 pages and are mostly light
and entertaining. It’s an easy to read book,
interesting for the Christian who wants to
know where some prominent people stand
$14.95 + postage and handling
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Sports ministry conference
By KENT ROSENTHAL
Acceptance that God has gifted us with physical as well as
spiritual abilities was the motivation for Christians with a
passion for sports ministry to gather at The Salvation Army’s
Collaroy Centre in January.
Sarah-Jane Alley, organiser of the Sports Impact Conference,
said it was important to recognise that God has made us as
“God created us in his image and therefore he created us to
be physical. He has given us these gifts and therefore we can
use them to glorify him. At the conference we looked at how we
explain the Gospel and how can we tell people the story of Jesus
in different contexts.”
Delegates from around Australia and the South Pacific
discussed different strategies and models in sports ministry and
how to use sport to evangelise and make a positive impact on
Sarah-Jane said mixing sport and spirituality can be a
challenge in the Australian sporting environment.
“Sport and spirituality don’t often get put together. The
culture of sport in Australia is often associated with alcohol and
lots of negative images. People might think that as Christians
we shouldn’t be involved with sport because it’s sometimes got
such a bad reputation. But that’s not true, that’s where we need
“Also, we need to think about the Christian athlete as well.
How do we serve them if they want to use their gift to glorify
Conference delegates enjoy a practical session at Collaroy Beach.
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Delegates pose for a group photo at The Collaroy Centre.
God and use sport as an avenue to express their faith?”
Brian Codrington, from the International Sports Coalition,
spoke to delegates about using partnerships in sports ministry
and finding links between churches, community groups and
“To me it’s all a matter of seeing an end result, to see a life
transformed and a community transformed. If we are going to
do that we can make use of a whole range of resources churches
have to offer and the resources that other groups, government
and non-government, have to offer as well.”
Brian said the apprehension of some government agencies
to engage with church-based groups has eased in many cases
when they realise the positive influence the ministry has had
on communities. In one instance, persistence and refusal to
compromise on Christian values paid off in the end with
funding from the government agency AUSaid.
“It’s been interesting when we didn’t compromise and we
didn’t back down and pretend we are not a church-based group.
We were adamant we are about seeing people’s lives changed.
AUSaid came back a couple of years later and asked how they
could assist in our ministry. So the Lord has a way of working.”
The International Sports Coalition has been asked to do
further work in Pacific island nations and with Australia’s
The Sports Impact Conference was a recognised training
conference and delegates received a Level 1 Certificate in
International Sports Leadership Training.
Other speakers included Salvationists and sports ministry
experts Bill Hunter and Adrian Kistan.
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Coral celebrates 100 years
By KENT ROSENTHAL
Lieutenant-Colonel Coral Duck-Chong celebrated her 100th
birthday on 21 January with 70 family members and friends
at The Salvation Army’s Macquarie Lodge at Arncliffe in
An address and blessing by Commissioner Earle Maxwell,
former Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army, was a highlight
of Coral’s celebrations.
Commissioner Maxwell spoke of Coral's early days as a
Salvationist, almost 80 years ago, when she and Commissioner
Maxwell’s mother, Mary, were in the same session at The
Salvation Army Training College at Petersham.
Coral was born Coral Taylor at Marrickville in 1909. She
began officer training in 1931 and a year later married fellow
officer Bob Duck-Chong.
The couple served as officers for 34 years in Goulburn,
Armidale and Sydney. They raised six children – Neil, Gordon,
Errol, Lyndon, Mel and Bethel – with 10 grandchildren and
After their retirement in 1996, they moved to Collaroy
Plateau, on Sydney’s northern beaches. Bob died in 1996, but
Coral remained on the northern beaches before moving to
Macquarie Lodge recently.
During the birthday celebrations, Errol Duck-Chong recalled
the story about how his father became involved with the Army
and eventually met his mother.
Bob lived with his parents who had migrated from China
and settled in Tingha, in northern NSW, in the late 1800s. Errol
said they weren’t Christians.
“I guess dad was known as one of the lads around the town
and the corps officers at that time, Major Alfred Whittaker,
knew dad and invited him to the Army.”
Bob was not interested in attending so he stood in the
shadows outside the hall on several Sunday evenings listening
to what was happening inside. A few Sundays later the
invitation was extended and he came in from the shadows and
made his way to the penitent form. His life was changed and
within a couple of years he was at the training college. After
being commissioned in Sydney he met Coral at Ashfield Corps
where Coral’s family attended.
Coral addressed the gathering at her 100th birthday, saying:
“I really cannot say enough in the way of thankyou for your
presence here this afternoon. It’s so encouraging to see people
who have touched my life and made it better. God bless you
Major Chris Witts, representing Territorial Commander
Commissioner Linda Bond, offered formal congratulations
and presented Coral with letters from the Commissioner and
General Shaw Clifton. Coral’s oldest son Neil was MC for
the afternoon and presented greetings from the Queen, the
Governor General, Prime Minister and other dignitaries.
Major Witts then prayed that the occasion would hold the
happiest of memories.
“What a different world we live in to the one into which you
were born. In spite of the fast pace of change, God has kept you
in the embrace of his love as a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ,”
Before cutting her birthday cake, Coral’s granddaughter
Jenny Duck-Chong sang Amazing Grace.
By KENT ROSENTHAL
Fourteen new cadets were officially welcomed to the School
for Officer Training at Bexley North, Sydney, last month.
Officer Recruitment Team Director Captain Craig Todd
introduced the 2009-2010 session cadets, known as the
Ambassadors of Holiness, and Colonel Jan Condon (pictured
below), tied their sessional pennant on The Salvation Army flag
and dedicated it with a prayer. She said although Salvationists
do not worship the flag, it is symbolic of all they believe and so
the banner is held high.
In his formal welcome speech before lunch, Training College
Principal Major Gavin Watts said to the cadets: "I’d like to tell
you I’m a passionate Salvationist, a passionate Salvation Army
officer, and by that I mean I love seeing men and women, boys
and girls, come to know Jesus and be all they can be in Christ.
“I’m also passionate about the School for Officer Training
– equipping leaders to be the best Salvation Army officers that
they can be. And in this next two years we want you to grasp
every opportunity for growth. We want you to be empowered,
and to be encouraged, to be challenged, in your journey into
After the cadets were introduced, Chief Secretary Colonel
James Condon thanked the cadets for answering God’s call.
“Thank you for answering our prayers. Do you know you
did that? You answered someone’s prayers as well as answering
God’s call. And it may not have been our prayers – somewhere
along the way someone would have prayed this for you and
your life in terms of obedience to the call of God,” he said.
He added it was fitting that General Shaw Clifton chose the
title Ambassadors of Holiness for this year’s intake of cadets.
“You bear the name of our first Mission Priority in one sense
– following the 2020 Summit for the Territory last year – and the
number one Mission Priority was “A Territory marked by prayer
“So as ambassadors for holiness we are excited that you
have come to the college, that you’ve answered God’s call and
that you are here safely now. My prayer for you is that this will
be a great two years. It’s a school, a place of learning, a place of
preparation. It’s a place of growth.”
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Ambassadors of Holiness
THE GREATER WEST DIVISION
Joanne Catalano – Ryde Corps
Heath and Asena Firkin (William) – Bankstown
Peter and Rebecca Gott – Auburn
Tammy Rees – Auburn
SYDNEY EAST & ILLAWARRA
Ben De Cleene – Street Level Mission
Nathan Hodges – Earlwood
Craig Sutton – Petersham
Photos: Shairon Paterson
Simon Harlow – Bundamba
Ian and Tammy Shelley (Jemmima, Jordon, Josiah,
Hannah, Kaelen) – Gympie
Lieutenant-Colonels Robert and Coral Duck-Chong.
Coral enjoys the celebrations. Photo: Shairon Paterson
ACT & SOUTH NSW
Jon and Leah Belmonte ( Jonathan, Lorinda) –
Canberra City Oasis
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Director, Wills and Bequests, The Salvation Army PO Box 9888, in
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Trivia nights to
aid overseas cadets
Cadets at Booth College in Sydney wants Salvationists in the
Australia Eastern Territory to hold fund-raising trivia nights
to support training college cadets in developing territories.
Cadet Belinda Atherton-Northcott suggested following
the lead of the Australia Southern Territory Training College
which has pioneered an initiative called TACO (Train A Cadet
Overseas) Trivia Nights.
TACO started in 2007 with a simple social night at the
training college in Melbourne, serving tacos and enjoying a
trivia quiz. The first night raised $1200 for the training college in
Belinda said overseas training colleges often have long
waiting lists and less than adequate facilities. The money raised
through TACO events goes toward basic needs such as food,
books, resources and facilities.
“We are so blessed in this country and territory and our
people are generous and compassionate. We hope that people
in corps and centres as well as Divisional and Territorial
headquarters’ will get behind this initiative just as they do with
other causes,” Belinda said.
“Just as in the Southern Territory, we plan to dedicate the
first of our regular social nights for the training college cadets,
officers and staff at Booth College to TACO.”
TACO is the brainchild of Lieutenant Peter Brookshaw from
the Southern Territory.
Lieut Brookshaw wants it to become a global initiative with
a territorial TACO coordinator appointed in each First World
country where the Army operates.
”We may be a long way off from this but we can begin in our
own backyard, our own corps, division or, in our case, training
college,” Belinda said.
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Lockyer Valley welcomes new leader
Members of The Salvation Army’s Lockyer Valley Corps,
west of Brisbane, have welcomed their new officer, Major
Major Gittins comes to her latest appointment following a
six-year appointment in
She was born in
Dorrigo, NSW and,
as an officer, served in
various country NSW and
Sydney posts before being
sent to Pakistan in 1981.
“I was there for 12 years
working with the Army’s
medical ministry,” Major
there, I witnessed the rise
in fundamentalism in
Pakistan, I was fortunate
Major Marie Gittins welcomes the to be working with a
opportunity to be a part of the wonderful Muslim doctor
Lockyer Valley community. and was also involved in
training local women as traditional birth attendants.”
Describing herself as a country person, Major Gittins said
she was delighted to be serving in the Lockyer Valley area.
“I enjoy seeing every age group represented at our church
services. We might only be a small church here, but we are a
Salvation Army Corps in
Young officially welcomed
their new officers, Captains
Lindy and Justin Davies
and their family, at a
celebration on 1 February.
The Davies’ had been
the officers at Lockyer
Valley for the previous three
Captain Lindy said
they were looking forward
to settling into the corps
and local community and
Captains Justin and Lindy Davies working alongside other
with their children Joseph (top) ministers of churches in the
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Twenty members of the Courageous session of cadets
gathered at Redcliffe Salvation Army for three days of 50th
anniversary reunion celebrations in January.
The Courageous session of 42 cadets were commissioned as
officers on 5 January 1959, by then Commissioner Frederick
Coutts (later to become General) on the platform of Sydney
Commissioner Alistair Cairns and Colonel Margaret Martin,
on staff at the training college in the late 1950s, were also at the
Those who attended the reunion hailed from as far as
Atherton in north Queensland to Broken Hill in NSW.
Major John McGuigan led an afternoon of memorabilia
and nostalgia. Courageous – The Movie, produced and directed
by Major Kingsley Alley, was screened, reflecting on life at the
training college 50 years ago.
After the roll call when each person introduced themselves,
To God Be the Glory was sung and Major McGuigan read from
Psalm 115:1: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be
the glory because of your love and faithfulness.”
Major Alley read messages from those unable to attend.
The Redcliffe Citadel was filled on the Sunday for the
holiness meeting, led by Major Fred Shaw, and the sessional
chorus Courageous for Jesus was sung. Lieutenant-Colonel
Derrick Jessop spoke about college days and Bette Simpson gave
a testimony of how God had led her during the last 50 years.
In her Bible message Major Beryl McGuigan reminded the
congregation from Acts 4: 13: “When they saw the courage of
Peter and John ... they took note that these men had been with
Plan to support
University students associated with The Salvation Army in
northern NSW are invited to contact North NSW Divisional
Youth Secretaries Captains Roscoe and Melanie Holland.
As part of their ministry in the region, Captains Roscoe and
Melanie want to make better connections with people associated
with the University of New England and Southern Cross
The two universities have campuses in Lismore, Coffs
Harbour, Armidale and Port Macquarie.
“Going to university can be a profound challenge in all areas
of life, and many of the people moving to regional centres for
study do not have good support networks. We hope to build
relationships with these students and staff too,” Captain Melanie
She wants to set up a university fellowship for the North
NSW Division. “It’s about responding to their needs and making
sure that they are getting adequate support, whether that’s
financial, physical, emotional or spiritual.”
Captain Melanie said although her own time at university
was an exciting experience, it was important for her to connect
with other believers and receive support in the process.
“There are a lot of challenges to your personal belief system,
so I want to connect with people, help them and see if there is
interest in setting up a fellowship.
“The reality with a lot of regional centres is that people move
away from home and their traditional support base.”
For more information, contact melanie-anne.holland@aue.
Farewell for officers
Maryborough Corps officers Captains Malcolm and Wendy-
Sue Swann were farewelled on 4 January in a service
which also featured the enrolment of two new Senior Soldiers.
Pictured (from left) are Captain Wendy-Sue Swann, Deanne
Stewart, newly enrolled soldiers Kath and Ron Davies, and
Fay Nicholls, the recruiting sergeant who took them through
their soldiership classes. The Swanns have taken up a new
appointment as Corps Officers at Dubbo.
Rural chaplain in Qld press
Courageous session members gather for their 50-year reunion at
Redcliffe in Queensland.
Commissioner Beulah Cairns led a moving Sunday afternoon
session which focused on the international service of many from
the Courageous session. A map was displayed indicating places
around the world where session members had served. A time of
remembrance honoured those who had been promoted to glory.
The three-day celebration also included a bus tour of the
Port of Brisbane, picnic at Manly Beach, a celebration dinner and
closing ceremony led by Commissioner Alistair Cairns.
Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper ran a full-page feature at the end of January on The Salvation Army’s
project to tackle rural depression, and the Braver, Stronger, Wiser DVD being distributed in the bush.
Journalist Trent Dalton also interviewed Rural Chaplain Major Ron McMellon (pictured in the cartoon which
accompanied the story) about his work ministering to the population of a 400,000sq km area of south-west
Queensland’s outback. Major McMellon spoke about his work visiting and talking to families and helping
them deal with the hardships they face. Cartoon courtesy of The Courier Mail newspaper.
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A year for
(Captains Noel and Tracy Payne)
Gadza Moyo signed his Articles of War and became a Senior
Soldier of Shellharbour Corps on 14 December.
Corps Officer Captain Tracy Payne said it was a day of
great celebration and pride because, not only was Gadza’s
commitment a challenge and testimony to the corps, it marked
the ninth enrolment service conducted at Shellharbour Corps in
In 2008, Abram Unicomb, Darryn Lloyd, Todd Unicomb,
Kyarna Cruse, Megan Eades and Gadza Moyo committed
their lives to God as soldiers, while three other members of the
corps made a public re-commitment to their soldier’s covenant
– Nicole Howarth, Eric Kearl and Ray Siggee. Also in 2008,
Maureen Moore and Jock Taylor become adherents.
“As God has called these individuals to commit themselves
to his service, it has been a time of challenge and encouragement
for the whole corps family. Hence, there is great excitement
about what 2009 has in store!” Captain Payne said.
(Back row from left) Darryn Lloyd and Ray Siggee, with (centre from
left) Eric Kearl, Abram Unicomb and Kyarna Cruse, and (front from
left) Jock Taylor, Gadza Moyo, Nicole Howarth and Maureen Moore.
SAGALA award celebrations
(Captains Malcolm and Wendy-Sue Swann)
SAGALA church parade was held during Dubbo’s Young
A People’s Celebration weekend recently. The young people,
including SAGALA members, helped with the leading of the
meeting which included presentation of Junior Soldier and
SAGALA awards. Southern Cross awards were presented to
Tamara Townsend and Meg Fenton, and the Commissioner’s
Challenge Award, the highest in the Adventurer/Sunbeam
section, was presented to Courtney Hood by Divisional Youth
Secretary Captain Cathryn Ford.
Meantime, Hayley Brodrick of Springwood Corps was
recently honoured with the General’s Award.
SAGALA members and leaders sing during the YP Celebration at Dubbo,
while (right) Captain Cathryn Ford enrols Taamin Boland as a Sunbeam while
Madelyn Fardell looks on.
Captain Cathryn Ford speaks to Courtney
Hood before presenting her Commissioner’s
Enrolments at Panania
(Captains Chad and Jodie Pethybridge)
Two Senior Soldiers were enrolled at Panania Corps in southwestern
Sydney on 18 January.
Tim and Ayly Girling approached Corps Officers Captains
Chad and Jodie Pethybridge about soldiership after feeling
called to make this further commitment in their relationship for
Tim said when he heard Territorial Commander
Commissioner Linda Bond speak at the Unlimited conference
last year and she posed the question, “It’s not why shouldn’t
you but why wouldn’t you?” that he knew he had to make a
commitment to soldiership.
Ayly’s direction toward soldiership was similar and she also
asked herself, “If God’s grace sees me as I am, what right do I
have to withhold myself from him in this way?”
Captain Jodie Pethybridge enrols Ayly and Tim Girling, as
flagbearer David Shaw watches.
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Ideally, you will have had previous experience in
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(Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Green)
Taree Corps took a step of faith on Australia Day and joined
the celebrations on the Manning River organised by the
Greater Taree City Council.
Thirty corps members handed out 500 information bags to
the crowd who had come to enjoy the festivities. Salvationists
had the chance to engage the community in discussion about
the DVD Braver, Stronger, Wiser, which deals with the issue of
depression in rural communities, which was included in the bag.
There was a high level of community awareness about the
Braver, Stronger, Wiser DVD, with most people commenting they
had heard about it in the media.
By the end of the day Taree Corps had distributed all but 80
of its 1000 DVDs.
The Army’s Red Shield marquee had two screens in constant
use, one showing a film about Taree Corps and the other playing
the Braver, Stronger, Wiser DVD.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Green, recently appointed
as Corps Officer at Taree, said it was great to see so many
Salvationists wearing their uniform and mingling with the
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Fiji Salvos respond
By MAJOR GORDON DALY
(Divisional Commander, Fiji)
It began to rain in the western district of Fiji on 8 January. Not
just ordinary rain but torrential rain that continued for three
days, dumping more than 700mm of water on the towns of Nadi
and Ba and on the highlands catchment areas.
The resulting flood has been described as Fiji’s worst-ever
natural disaster. Every stream became a river and rivers became
uncontrollable torrents that quickly overflowed their banks
and rampaged through communities, destroying crops, homes,
bridges and roads.
Stories abound of the horror and heroism of those three days.
And just when things seemed at their worst, yet another storm
system moved through the region causing further flooding
although not to the extent at first predicted.
In Nadi, floodwaters went through the main shopping area
and into several villages. Some people were stranded on their
rooftops for two days waiting for the waters to go down.
The Salvation Army hall at Nadi escaped the flooding and
was quickly put to use as an evacuation centre for more than
100 people from the immediate area. Captains Jeremaia and
Amelia Naviko and their corps members, some of whom had
their own homes flooded, sprang into action to provide food for
the wet and tired evacuees, including one pregnant woman who
gave birth at the height of the flood and was housed in as much
comfort as possible in a storeroom at the hall.
Captain Jeremaia, a burly former policeman, helped rescue a
number of people from the rising floodwaters in their homes. In
some houses the water reached the ceiling and the streets were
flowing with fast-moving floodwater and debris.
Following the flood, as people returned to their homes to
see what was left and what could be salvaged, Captain Jeremaia
formed teams armed with brooms and shovels and a water
blaster, to clean up houses.
In Ba, the Salvation Army hall and officers’ quarters are
located close to the Ba River, which burst its banks three times
during that week, sending torrents of water through the corps
hall. Fortunately, the hall is a two-storey structure.
Corps Officers Captains Vilikesa and Sesenieli Bogi watched
the rising waters from upstairs at their home, and Captain
Vilikesa set out to assist their neighbours. One man was in his
house drinking and asked Captain Vilikesa to leave him to
die, but was persuaded to abandon his house and take refuge
upstairs at the Bogi’s house. Captain Bogi had to break down the
front door of another house to rescue some women who were
also reluctant to leave their home.
Lautoka Corps was not affected by flooding, but more than
50 people in the neighbourhood had to abandon their homes
and take refuge at the Army hall. Food was scarce but Corps
Officers Captains Lasarusa and Limaina Turaga, along with
Social Services Officer Captain Ulamila Vakawaletabua and
corps members, managed to provide meals for the people over
a period of several days. One person walked 15km to Lautoka
Corps to receive emergency food supplies.
The task of cleaning up and rebuilding has only just begun
Captain Jeremaia Naviko indicates the height of floodwaters at a
house in Nadi, Fiji.
and The Salvation Army is already receiving many requests
for assistance including basic food items, household goods,
and bedding. As parents struggle to send their children back to
school for the year, numerous requests have been received for
assistance with the cost of school fees.
Meantime, Salvation Army relief teams also responded
to severe flooding in and around the city of Semarang on the
Indonesian island of Java.
Semarang is the location of the headquarters of The Salvation
Army’s Jawa and Bali Division as well as two corps, a school,
retired officers’ quarters and a home for the elderly.
All these facilities have suffered from flooding but Divisional
Commander Major Mitra Smarta says the region’s Salvationists
and workers, along with people under their care, are accounted
for and are safe and well.
A relief team provided food and other support to people
in the care of the Army and also to members of the wider
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promoted to glory
promoted to glory
Served with enthusiasm
Olive Lynn was
promoted to glory from
Gosford on 7 October 2008,
Major Bill Mole
conducted a cremation
service at Palmdale
Crematorium and a service of
thanksgiving for Mrs Lieut-Colonel Lynn’s
life and service at The Salvation Army
In the thanksgiving service, tributes
were brought by her son Robert Lynn and
her grandchildren. Major Stan Evans read
a message from Chief Secretary Colonel
James Condon, and then brought a tribute
on behalf of the Gosford Corps and of
Salvation Army officers. Alison Beveridge
read from the Scriptures and Major Cheryl
Mrs Lieut-Colonel Lynn was described
as a loving devoted mother and a doting
Major Evans and Major Mole shared
their tributes interwoven with the
thoughts of others who said that Olive
demonstrated a genuine interest in others,
always fully engaging, speaking words of
affirmation and encouragement.
That quality, even more than her gifts
and abilities, which were many, gave her
stature. Olive was described as a generous,
warm-hearted woman who served the
Lord with enthusiasm and joy.
She was also described as “a quiet,
shy lady, interested in other people, who
had a great knowledge of the Bible – a real
student of the Word”.
In later years, Olive loved attending
the Home League and meetings at Gosford
Corps and Woodport Retirement Village
Chapel. Even as her sight failed, she
still sang the songs. It was obvious she
knew the words of the songs from The
Song Book of The Salvation Army off by
heart. She seemed happiest when in her
Salvation Army uniform.
Olive Speed was born on 4 January
1910, the second of six children to Albert
and Frances Speed. Throughout her
life she valued the privilege of having
had Christian parents whose faith and
devotion to God were influential in her
own perception of the reality and love of
As a child, she responded to the love
of God and her attendance at the Bethel
Mission near her home led to a gradual
growth in the knowledge and love of her
Olive came into contact with The
Salvation Army as a teenager when two
women officers came to plant a corps in
her home town of Staveley, Derbyshire, in
the UK. She became convinced that God
had a ministry for her in the Army, and at
the age of 18 was enrolled as a soldier. Two
years later, she became a cadet in the 1931
Workers session at The Salvation Army’s
International Training College in London.
Following commissioning, Olive’s
officer service began at Banbury Corps.
After two years she was posted to
Scotland where for six years she served on
divisional and territorial headquarters.
It was during this period that she met
Captain Samuel Lynn. They were married
in 1940. Their united service began at
Anderston Citadel in Glasgow and
continued until 1970 when Samuel was
promoted to glory from the command of
the West London Division.
Throughout this time, Olive and
Samuel proved that the joys of serving
God and people far outweigh the
difficulties. The 10 years of their corps
leadership took them to such places as
Rutherglen, Blackpool, Clapton Congress
Hall and Regent Hall in London, before
a number of divisional appointments in
Scotland, the north and south of England,
Widowed and retired in 1970, Olive
joined her son Robert and his wife
Beverly in Sydney, where she found less
conspicuous ways to express her love for
God and was blessed with the opportunity
of sharing the growing years of her four
grandchildren, Deborah, Matthew, Kristen
and Victoria and to see the birth of two
Initially, Olive lived with Robert and
Beverly and became an active soldier
in the North Sydney Corps as well as
assisting in the Home League Department
at Territorial Headquarters. This provided
the opportunity to continue her ministry of
helping people and testifying to her faith.
For a number of years, Olive was
happy at the Trigg Village in Collaroy,
where she made good friends and found
avenues of service at Elizabeth Jenkins
Place and Dee Why Corps.
In more recent times, she was resident
at Woodport Retirement Village and
enjoyed the fellowship at Gosford Corps.
Despite declining health, she continued to
witness and influence people to her Lord.
A fervent and robust faith
was promoted to glory
from Sydney on 8 October
2008, aged 86.
A private family funeral
was held at Dural Corps
on 11 October and a public thanksgiving
service was held the next day at
Mrs Commissioner Campbell’s public
ministry was remembered for powerful
prayer, passionate preaching, and for
children’s stories that captured entire
At the private funeral, her
grandchildren spoke of her humour, her
prayer life, her enabling and her biblical
referencing in everyday life. Other
comments praised her encouragement,
communication, pragmatism and
Letters were read from a daughter,
Marion, who was unable to attend, from
General Eva Burrows (R) and from the
territorial commanders from New Zealand
and the Australia Southern territories.
Colonel James Condon spoke on behalf of
Australia Eastern Territorial Commander
Commissioner Linda Bond.
Crystal Cross was born on 27 October
1921 in Atherton, north Queensland. She
was the fourth child of Salvation Army
officers Ensigns Annie and Matt Cross.
The family moved to Western Australia
in 1925 and became fully engaged with the
mission of the Army’s Highgate Corps.
The foundations of Crystal’s fervent
and robust faith were shaped in the
resilience and optimism of her invalid
father, the quiet grace of her mother, and a
vigorous family and corps life.
Crystal nursed her mother in illness
and was 12 when her mother passed away.
Primary Leader in the Highgate Corps and
infant school teacher, Crystal’s sense of
vocation in the service of God and others
developed towards her committing her life
to officership in The Salvation Army.
She entered the Army’s Melbourne
Training College from Highgate Corps in
1944 as a member of the Liberty session of
Commissioned the same year, she was
appointed Corps Officer of Ascot Vale
and then Echuca Corps in Victoria before
serving on the Training College staff in
During the Second World War she
met her future husband, Don Campbell.
Quickly they sensed God’s direction for
their lives together.
The next year they married, Crystal
then joining Don at Sandy Bay Corps in
Tasmania. The Campbells subsequently
had five children; Helen, Marion, Craig,
Ian and Laurel.
An appointment to Invermay preceded
a move to Western Australia, where the
couple served at Collie, Geraldton, Mount
Hawthorn, Albany and Maylands corps’.
In 1961, the Campbells were appointed
to youth work in western Victoria. Public
Relations service in 1963 preceded corps
leadership at Norwood in South Australia
and then Adelaide Congress Hall.
Divisional leadership followed.
Major Crystal Campbell was appointed
Divisional Home League Secretary in
Tasmania in 1970 and then, in 1974,
Divisional Director of Women’s Services
and Divisional Home League Secretary in
Melbourne Central Division.
In 1978, Majors Donald and Crystal
Campbell returned to the Melbourne
Training College, Donald serving as
Training Principal. During that time
the couple was promoted to the rank of
A brief appointment at Territorial
Headquarters in Melbourne preceded
appointments as Chief Secretary and
Territorial Secretary for Women’s
Ministries in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga
Territory, then as that territory’s Territorial
Commander and Territorial President of
In 1986, Commissioners Donald and
Crystal Campbell became territorial
leaders of The Salvation Army Australia
Southern Territory. They retired in 1989,
and Glenelg Corps (SA) was ‘’home’’ for
18 years. In recent years the couple had
lived in Sydney.
Mrs Commissioner Campbell was
promoted to glory from the Bethshean
Nursing Home in the Sydney suburb of
A man of prayer
Dudley Schoupp was
promoted to glory from
Sydney on 13 December
2008, aged 83.
A service of
thanksgiving was held at The Salvation
Army Campsie Corps, one of the corps
Lieut-Colonel Schoupp led as its Corps
Tributes were brought by Major
Lyn Prince, representing Lieut-Colonel
Schoupp’s daughter Denise who had
cared for him during the months prior to
his entry into Macquarie Lodge. Denise
shared memories of her father – his love
and care, fun and sense of humour, his
likes and dislikes.
Envoy Alan Staines represented the
Army’s Sydney Congress Hall Corps,
speaking of Lieut-Colonel Schoupp’s
influence and also of the loving term
“Cuddly Dudley”, by which he was
affectionately known. This really captured
his strong pastoral heart and “come
alongside” approach to ministry.
Envoy Staines also drew attention
to Dudley’s regular attendance at
Sunday morning prayer meetings, and
his willingness to pray and be involved
whenever and wherever possible.
Major Allan Flemming (Corps Officer,
Sydney Congress Hall)) represented the
officers of the territory.
He had emailed many and read their
messages which gave a broad overview of
Dudley’s life and influence.
Letters of appreciation from Territorial
Commander Commissioner Linda Bond
and the Retired Officers Fellowship were
“Even in retirement his love and care
for people were marks of his Christian
witness,” Commissioner Bond had
written. “He had time for people and gave
of himself freely. He was known to be a
man of prayer.”
A vocal tribute was brought by Sister
Jean Fouracre and other friends took part
as requested by Dudley.
A special message received from
Commissioner Harry Read – a one-time
Territorial Commander of the Australia
Eastern Territory – referred to the time of
year: “Isn’t it wonderful that Dudley is
home for Christmas!”
In bringing the service to its
conclusion, Major Errol Woodbury also
referred to the Christmas theme – the
wonder in why the simple shepherds were
first to hear the news of Jesus being born
and their obedient response to ‘’go and see
Major Woodbury likened this to the
wonder in why God would call a young
man like Dudley Schoupp to “go and
see and find” and then in his obedient
response – the outcome of which only
eternity will reveal.
Dudley Schoupp was born in Glen
Innes on 13 March 1925 – the twin brother
of Lionel, the only two boys in a family of
As children, they were encouraged
to join The Salvation Army Sunday
school. But it was when Dudley attended
Salvation Army youth councils in
Armidale and heard the Divisional
Commander Brigadier Brooks say, “Give
God the best years”, that the message of
Salvation and the Christian life really hit
home in him.
All the way home the wheels of the
train seemed to echo “Give God the best
years ... Give God the best years ...”
That day, he told his parents he felt
God wanted him to be a Salvation Army
officer. But his parents weren’t convinced!
Dudley’s sister Phyllis was herself an
officer at Moree at that time.
Dudley applied for officer training,
was accepted and entered the Sydney
Training College from Glen Innes as a
cadet in the Valiant session. The year was
1943; he was only 17.
One of his cadet colleagues was Lillian
Hemingway. One day, she needed help
with her bags and he obliged. Little did
he know that, due to this act of generosity,
many years later following their marriage
in June 1949 he would carry them all
Following commissioning in 1944,
Lieutenant Schoupp’s early appointments
prior to marriage were as Corps Officer
at Roma, Innisfail, North Rockhampton,
Atherland Tablelands and Toongabbie.
It was while stationed at North
Rockhampton he found Lillian stationed at
Divisional Headquarters in Rockhampton
and the friendship blossomed.
Following their marriage, Captain and
Mrs Schoupp served in a succession of
Corps Officer appointments – Lane Cove,
Liverpool, Leeton, Crookwell, Parkes,
Broken Hill, Gosford, Lambton, Wynnum,
From 1966 to 1971, Major and Mrs
Schoupp served in New Zealand as Corps
Officers of Dunedin South Corps. Then,
back in Australia, came Campsie, Sydney
Congress Hall, and Brisbane City Temple
Two Divisional Commander posts
followed, first in Central and North
Queensland Division from 1976 to 1980,
then Sydney West Division to 1983.
Promotion to lieutenant-colonel came in
From 1986 to 1990, Lieutenant-Colonel
Schoupp took on a series of territorial
appointments – Staff Secretary, Social
Services Secretary and then Field Secretary.
While Field Secretary he also served
as Liaison Officer to the then Advisory
Council of Salvation Army Soldiers.
Dudley and Lillian retired from active
service on 1 April 1990. They became
soldiers of Sydney Congress Hall Corps,
where they faithfully served.
On any given Sunday, Dudley could
be seen welcoming people as they arrived
and they would warm to his welcoming
smile and handshake.
More promoted to glory reports will appear in
the April issue of Pipeline.
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From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Effective 6 February: Captain Chris Radburn, Chaplain, Nepean Hospital –
Western Sydney, The Greater West Division.
To Captains Joanne and Steven Smith, a daughter, Susannah Grace, on 11
Major Mavis Stevens of her brother Harold on 21 January; Cadet Leah
Belmonte of her grandmother Kathleen Hargraves on 29 January; Major
Howard Smartt of his mother Ivy Smartt on 1 February; Mrs Aux.-Captain
Beryl O’Brien of her mother and Major Ramona Kinder of her grandmother
Nellie Venner on 3 February; Major Nellie Moed of her mother Antonia
Moed on 12 February; Major Peter Davey of his brother Gavin Davey on 14
Lieut-Colonels Christine and David Rees to that rank, effective 1 February.
The following people have graduated from the School for Leadership
Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) – Bernie Muendel, Julie
Podmore, Majors Cheryl Carpenter, Graeme Craig, Heather Drew, June
Grice, Russell Grice, Peter Pearson, Bruce Pratt, and Captain Clair Smith.
Diploma of Management – Wayne Cook, Eliana Day, Lana Luxford,
Matthew Nelson, Violeta Stojanovski, Patricia Tsui, Greg Waldron, Major
David McMurray, Captains Hector Crisostomo and Grant Kingston-Kerr.
Diploma of Pastoral Counselling – Major Lisa Venables and Captain
Christine Wright (both from Australia Southern Territory).
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work – Mykel Carlsson.
Certificate IV in Community Services Work – Jean Brown, Mykel Carlsson,
John Harris, Stewart Hartley, Diana Marx, Andrew McCrudden, Tina
Powell, Gillian Rutherford, Laurell Schmith, and Craig Sutton.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – Jason McMillen, Linda Mill,
Tara Sippel, John Unicomb, Major Jeanette Stoltenberg, and Captain
Certificate IV in Christian Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – Robert Blake,
Ross Gilmore, John Harris, Joy Inglis, Majors Bruce Carpenter, Peter
Dollin, Ruth Dollin, and Captain Nigel Roden.
Certificate II in Information Technology – Ruby Guervara and Xanh Tran.
Key Management Skill Set – Gwenyth Crossman, Robert Illidge, Diane
Jackson, Elisa Smith and Jenny Stephenson.
Enterprise Based Trainer and Assessor Skill Set – Sue Stephenson.
John Alexander, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s
Workplace Relations Director has been invited to serve on the Advisory
Board for the Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR) at Sydney Law
School, University of Sydney.
Songsters’ ministry weekend (21-22).
Uganda Command; Northside Corps, ACT; Central Coast Recovery Services
Centre, Narellan Corps, Prestons/Wattle Grove Mission, Rockdale Corps,
Youthlink, NSW; South Queensland divisional review (25-26); South
Queensland divisional youth councils (27-29).
29 March-4 April
Ron and Susan Petterson, Papua New Guinea Territory; Ayr Corps, Boonah
Corps, Youth Outreach Service, Qld; Family Tracing Service (Sydney),
Temora Corps, NSW; Self-Denial Altar Service (29); I’ll Fight social justice
Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie, IHQ; Engadine Corps, Faith
Cottage, NSW; Dalby Corps, Longreach/Rural Chaplaincy base, Qld; School
for Officer Training, THQ; Territorial youth pastors’ retreat (7-9); Good
Friday (10); Easter Sunday (12); Red Shield Easter Camp (10-17).
Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)
Sydney: Fri 27 Feb-Fri 6 Mar – Territorial Headquarters review
Sydney: Wed 4 Mar – Workplace Relations conference
Campsie: Sun 8 Mar – Campsie Café Church visit
Sydney: Mon 9 Mar – Finance conference
Broken Hill: Sat 14-Sun 15 Mar – Corps visit
Booth College: 19 Mar – Lecture
Bega: Sun 22 Mar – Corps visit
Streetlevel Mission: Fri 3 April – Streetlevel Mission visit
Greater West Division: Fri 10-Sun 12 Apr – Divisional Easter meetings
Sydney: Sat 25 Apr – ANZAC Day service at Hyde Park
Young: Sun 26 Apr – Meetings with Caravan Mission Team
Sydney: Wed 29 Apr – Red Shield Appeal launch
Colonel James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon
Sydney: Fri 27-Fri 6 Mar – Territorial Headquarters review
Parramatta: Sun 1 Mar – Corps visit with Commissioners Barry and Raemor
Booth College: Thu 5 Mar – Lecture
Sydney: Mon 9-Thu 12 Mar – Sydney retired officers’ meeting
Armidale: Sun 15 Mar – Corps visit
Mackay: Sun 22 Mar – Corps visit
Earlwood: Sun 29 Mar – Self-Denial Alter Service
Sydney: Fri 3-Sat 4 Apr – I’ll Fight conference
Newcastle & Central NSW Division: Fri 10-Sun 12 Apr – Divisional Easter
time to pray
Commissioner Lyn Pearce, International Headquarters; Taree Corps,
Rouse Hill Mission, NSW; Brisbane Recovery Services Centre (Moonyah),
Indigenous Ministries (DHQ) Outpost, Qld; Womens Ministries, THQ;
Workplace Relations conference (4-6); corps leadership forum (4-6); World
Day of Prayer (6).
Chaplaincy Services, ACT; Calamvale Corps, Qld; Leeton Corps, Blue
Mountains Recovery Services Centre (Hadleigh Lodge), NSW; Newcastle
and Central NSW Division youth councils (7-8); Finance conference (9-11);
Property conference (11-13); Homelessness services conference, NSW (11-13);
Visit of Brian Kluth (stewardship) to Australia (12-22).
Lieutenant-Colonels Graham and Rhondda Durston, The Philippines
Territory; Bateman’s Bay Corps, Orange Corps, Singleton Corps, Young
Cluster Corps, NSW; Bundaberg Corps, Qld; School for Christian Studies,
THQ; Territorial Policy and Mission Council retreat (16-18); Territorial
SAGALA leaders’ training weekend, Riverview, Qld (20-22); Sydney Staff