When the smoke clears - The Salvation Army


When the smoke clears - The Salvation Army

When the

smoke clears

The long road to recovery for Victoria's bushfire survivors

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

March 2009

Volume 13 Issue 3

M A R C H | 2 0 0 9 | V O L U M E 1 0 | I S S U E 1

rise and go forward

one place - one purpose

rise and go forward

God’s Spirit is moving

one mission


oing whatever it takes

doing whatever it takes

one army

calling us

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,

Communications Director


Commissioner Linda Bond

Sydney Showground

Homebush, NSW

5-7 June 2009

Supported by

Colonels James and Jan Condon

Including pre-season sessions of the musical




For more information and program details visit: salvos.org.au/uprising

The Salvation Army


International Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria street

London EC4P 4EP

Shaw Clifton, General

Australia Eastern Territory

140 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Peter McGuigan, Captain

Communications Director

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

Graphic design: James Gardner,

Kem Pobjie

Cover photo: Shairon Paterson

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Jenny Ockenden







A special coverage of the Victoria bushfires, recounting stories of Salvationists

who were involved and looking at the long road ahead to recovery



Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns says we must place a higher value on the

common love and unity that binds Salvationists together


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


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



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

Salvation Army.

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

incredible dedication.

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

human beings.

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

we live.

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


Terry Meakin,

Earlwood, NSW

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

Salvation Army”.

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,

Southside, Qld

Saluting an

unsung hero

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;

lionel.hazel@optusnet.com.au; or phone

0434 047 508.

Thank God for Major Bruton’s

vision and investment in the lives of

those children.

Major Hazel Parker,

Birkdale, Qld

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

flame diminished.

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

social injustices.

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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Growing Saints

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

Salvationists together.

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

God’s People).

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

for Jesus.

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

and serve).

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

popular trends.

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

Australia Eastern

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

particular corps.


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The chaplain

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

their wake.

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,

7 February.

“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,”

he says.

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

and again.

The firefighter

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

brigade training.

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

I’ve experienced.

Once the smoke has cleared, it is

sometimes hard to travel through areas

you have been actively firefighting and see

the devastation.

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 smok

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

main fire.

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

relief centres.

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

roll on.

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

bushfire survivors?”

“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

the rubble.

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

are destroyed.

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

out everything.

“It’s so good to be able to tell someone

all this.”

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

long haul.

“At Emerald we were dealing with

bushfire issues for 12 months or more,”

Rodney says.

“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

commitment long-term.”

Major Graeme Rigley has been

involved in coordinating the Army’s



responses to loss of life and property in

northern Victoria.

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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When thesmokeclears

personal support – that we can help

“But, long-term, we hope the good

“We have developed such a good

provide it.

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

and compassionately.”

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

spiritual rebuilding.”

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.”





Salvos help


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

its website.


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

the public.

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.


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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


Horrific abuse

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

her story.

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

got worse.

“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

don’t know.”

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.

Passionate prayer

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

the same?

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

Army’s International

Development Office, UK

with the Republic of

Ireland Territory.




3-4 April 2009 • Parramatta Corps - 34-38 Smith Street Parramatta NSW

17th October 2009 • The Salvation Army, Orange NSW - Cnr Kite and McNamara Streets, Orange.


2 May 2009 • Canberra City Oasis Corps - Cnr Fawkner & Elouera Streets Braddon ACT

(One Day Conference)


3-5 April 2009 • Coffs Harbour Corps - 40 Mastracolas Rd, Coffs Harbour 2450


17-18 July 2009 • Bundaberg Corps - 48 Targo St, Bundaberg QLD 4670

Contact: ill.fight@aue.salvationarmy.org

Website: illfight.salvos.org.au

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On the eve of the Australia Eastern Territory’s

I’ll Fight social justice conference next month,


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

industrialised model.

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


Social salvation

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.

Justice neglected

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.

Learning process

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,”

he says.

Brian Kluth

“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.”

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 enough.

“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.”

Program overhaul

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

to Christ-centredness.

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

Giving programs.

“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.”

Busy schedule

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

total lifestyle.

“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.”

Positive feedback

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

March 2009

You are personally invited to attend or bring a group to

Maximum Generosity SeminaR


March 12 and 19


March 17

for pastors and church leaders


March 18

• Biblical Insights and Ideas for Inspiring Generosity & Increasing Giving

• Resourcing Kingdom Ministry: Biblical Insights & Ideas for

Raising Resources

• 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

Future Ministry

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.”

Fresh approach

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

are entrusted.”

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

Army; 9am-midday

Sunday 15 March, Hurstville Salvation

Army; 9.30am

Sunday 15 March, Parramatta

Salvation Army; 6pm

Tuesday 17 March, Tudor Hotel, Box

Hill, Melbourne; 7am-8.30am and


Tuesday 17 March, Gymea Baptist

Church; 7.30pm-9pm

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,

Cronulla; 8am-midday

Sunday 21 March, Shirelive Church,

Cronulla; 9.30am-10.45am

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

e-mail phillip.mclaren@aue.salvationarmy.org

Gymea Baptist Church

e-mail karl.faase@bigpond.com

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Celebrating NSW Seniors Week

15-22 March

Loving pair

still in tune

Still picking


up the


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

a laugh.

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


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

now 71.

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

military chaplain.

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

services chaplaincy.

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 beginning”.

“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

and see.”

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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25 years

of officership

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?

Definitely not.

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

(Matthew 28:20).

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

living God.

• 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,”

(JB Phillips).

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

sustaining grace.

Robyn Smartt

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

of ministry.

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

sustaining me.

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Lynda Bliss

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

with addiction.

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



Book Reviews

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

get motivated.

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

you are!

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

at Midnight”.

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

the rest.

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View from The Collaroy Centre

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There are 25 interviews in the book, titled

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Voysey says his show is designed

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For example, to promote the book, he

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Sports ministry conference


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

physical beings.

“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

their communities.

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

to be.

“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.

From the coalface



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

government agencies.

“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

Indigenous communities.

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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From the coalface



Coral celebrates 100 years


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

Sydney’s south.

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

several great-grandchildren

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,”

he said.

Before cutting her birthday cake, Coral’s granddaughter

Jenny Duck-Chong sang Amazing Grace.

Welcome for

new cadets


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

full-time service.”

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

and holiness”.

“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.”

From the coalface


Ambassadors of Holiness


Joanne Catalano – Ryde Corps

Heath and Asena Firkin (William) – Bankstown

Peter and Rebecca Gott – Auburn

Tammy Rees – Auburn


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


Jon and Leah Belmonte ( Jonathan, Lorinda) –

Canberra City Oasis

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From the coalface


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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

Jakarta, Indonesia.

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.

For details email Belinda.Atherton-Northcott@aue.

salvationarmy.org.au. For resources and trivia questions visit


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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

Marie Gittins.

Major Gittins comes to her latest appointment following a

six-year appointment in


She was born in

Dorrigo, NSW and,

following commissioning

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

Gittins said.

“Although, while

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

fulfilling one.”

Meantime, The

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

and Robbie.


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From the coalface


From the coalface



session marks

50 years

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

Town Hall.

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

uni students

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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From the coalface


A year for

new soldiers

(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

10 months.

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

Challenge Award.

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

some months.

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

a management role. You will have leadership,

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For an application kit, please contact Debbie

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Applications close Monday, 27th March 2009.

Please forward any enquiries and applications to:

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The Salvation Army

PO Box 580



From the coalface


Taree Corps

promotes Salvo

mission on

Australia Day

(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


From the coalface



Fiji Salvos respond

to “worst-ever



(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


pipeline 03/2009 43

From the coalface


From the coalface


promoted to glory

promoted to glory

Served with enthusiasm

and joy

Mrs Lieutenant-Colonel

Olive Lynn was

promoted to glory from

Gosford on 7 October 2008,

aged 98.

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

Gosford Corps.

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

Carpenter prayed.

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,

and London.

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

Mrs Commissioner

Crystal Campbell

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

Parramatta Corps.

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

Women’s Ministries.

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

and welcome


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

also read.

“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

and find’’.

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

around Europe!

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,

and Bundaberg.

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


about people


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.

Study Success

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

Mavis Salt.

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.

Tertiary Service

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).

22-28 March

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

conference (3-4).

5-11 April

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).

engagement calendar

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

1-7 March

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).

8-14 March

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).

15-21 March

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


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