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Volume 13 Issue 4
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The power of the written word
Travelling on a train through suburban Melbourne a
few weeks ago with Communications Director Captain
Peter McGuigan, we got to talking about the power
of the written word. As our conversation developed it
became clear to us both just what extraordinary influence the
written word has on our daily lives. From when we wake until
our head returns to the pillow at night our eyes are literally
bombarded with messages, each one striving to shape our
During our conversation I repeated to Peter the story a
Melbourne friend had shared with me, about the circumstances
which led to his father becoming a Salvationist. It was the first
half of last century and this man’s father was working on a
farm in rural Victoria. A young Christian, as he worked the
fields he would spend time with God, seeking direction for his
life. One particular day as he prayed, he noticed a newspaper
blowing across the field straight towards him. Bending down
to pick it up he found it to be a copy of the Warcry. He read the
contents and within a year was at The Salvation Army Training
College in Melbourne. He went on to serve as an officer for the
next 60 years. The power of the written word.
I then told Peter about an episode of the TV show Gangs of
Oz I had seen a few weeks earlier. I only caught a few minutes
of the show but it was a poignant few minutes. A man was
sharing his story of a life of violent crime in Cabramatta, a
south-western suburb of Sydney. He spoke of the helplessness
he felt as his life spiralled out of control and of how in
desperation, he found himself at the door of a local church.
Entering the building he walked to the front of the church,
threw his arms in the air and cried out: “Are you there, God?
Please give me a sign.” The next day as he walked through
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Cabramatta he noticed two young men handing out leaflets. He
took one. The leaflet read: “Looking for a sign from God,” and
went on to explain the Gospel. The man’s life was transformed
and he went on to tell the TV show he is now happily married
with a young family and has held down a secure job for a
number of years. The power of the written word.
While both these stories are wonderful testimonies to the
positive influence of literature on our lives, on each occasion
there has been a higher power at work – the Holy Spirit
working in combination with the Word of God. The Bible is
the most powerful piece of literature ever produced. Why?
Because of its author. Scripture is quite explicit as to its origins.
2 Timothy 3:16 tells us that “all Scripture is inspired by God”
while 2 Peter 1:20-21, with regard to the prophecy of Scripture,
speaks about how “men spoke from God as they were carried
along by the Holy Spirit”.
This Easter we would do well to reflect upon the powerful
words uttered by Christ as he hung upon that cruel cross at
Calvary. The anguished “my God, my God, why have you
forsaken me” as our Lord bore upon himself the sins (your sin
and mine) of the world, his Father unable to look upon him; the
beautiful words of hope and forgiveness – “today you will be
with me in paradise” – Christ spoke to the criminal who hung
on a cross beside him; and finally the triumphant words “it is
finished” as our Saviour committed his spirit into his Father’s
hands, sin finally defeated once and for all. Possibly the most
powerful words we will ever read.
4-5 very early in the morning
General Shaw Clifton’s Easter message to the international Salvation Army
6-8 The suffering saviour
As Easter draws near, Billy Graham asks us to consider anew the significance
of Jesus’ death upon the cross
10-11 The CALL TO our LIFE in the world
Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam Gluyas believes there are three key areas to focus
on in winning the world for Christ
12-15 servant of suffering humanity
Graeme Hodge is one of The Salvation Army’s most passionate advocates for
social justice. He tells Scott Simpson why
16-17 joining forces against world poverty
Kent Rosenthal profiles the work of the Australia Eastern Territory’s new
International Development Office
22-23 an indomitable spirit
As the country prepares to celebrate another Anzac Day, Kent Rosenthal
meets the man who pioneered the work of the Red Shield Defence Service
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IN THIS MONTH’S Creative Ministry
A simple yet special ministry. Warren Stoodley’s service for God at the
Australian War Memorial
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The General’s Easter Message 2009
Very early in the morning
The early morning is a strange time. It can be filled
with positive expectation or deep apprehension. How
are you, early in the morning?
The 15th chapter of Mark’s Gospel opens with the
words, “Very early in the morning” (New International
Version), and then goes on to tell us what took place in those
history-splitting pre-dawn moments. The Son of God, the
Lord Jesus Christ, had been arrested in the night by Jerusalem
temple guards who had known where to find him because
his close friend and follower, Judas, had betrayed him for 30
pieces of silver. His yet more trusted friend, Peter, had openly
denied even knowing him. The high priest in Jerusalem
questioned Jesus in public and judicial condemnation soon
“Very early in the morning” Jesus, your Saviour and mine,
was handed over to the Roman occupying forces, for final
judgment. The governor, Pilate, interrogated Jesus but could
extract no replies. Jesus was like an innocent, defenceless
lamb led to the slaughter. By this stage he did not even open
his mouth to speak. Urged on by the early morning crowd,
Pilate delivered Jesus to the executioners. To curry favour
with the subjugated but volatile citizens, the governor
then released from prison a known killer, their compatriot,
All of this “early morning” action was but a precursor to
Golgotha, the place where Jesus would die. They mocked and
abused him first. They thrust a crown made of long thorny
spikes onto his sacred forehead. They offered him sarcastic
homage. Then came history’s most tragic, poignant walk – all
the way, outside the city walls, to Golgotha on Calvary Hill.
There, with two common thieves, Jesus was put to death by
crucifixion, a cruel and exceptional punishment by today’s
standards. They hammered nails into his hands and feet, then
raised him up on the cross to hang in slow suffocation as his
body slumped downward. At the very end, six hours later, he
muttered words to his Father in heaven asking forgiveness for
“Very early in the morning” is a good time to ponder
these events. Jesus himself was accustomed to rising early in
the morning to seek out the presence and the face of God the
Pre-dawn, for some, is a time for dubious deeds. It was
like that for the arresting guards and their masters. It was
as though their plotting needed to be done in secret and
completed in a hurry. The goodness of Jesus was to them a
threat, not a blessing.
How do you see it all? In the stillness and objectivity that
come “very early in the morning”, how does it all look to you?
Do the events of that night and the next day, as recorded in
the Scriptures, arouse your emotions? Do you feel the ugliness
and injustice of it? Do you feel the tragedy and pity of it? Yet
at the same time there is another dimension to our responses,
a subtle sense of gratitude that it happened, a growing
sensation deep within, witnessing to our personal realisation
that Jesus knew exactly what he was doing. He faced it all
with determination – for our sakes! It was all out of holy love
for the fallen human race!
“Very early in the morning” we begin to see also the
growing light of a new dawn. It is the glow of the resurrection
morning and the empty tomb. Calvary was a beginning not an
It is good to come to Calvary early in the morning. It is
always good to come to the Lord early in the day, each and
every day. Now, our risen and ascended Lord awaits our
approach, and a smile of loving approval comes early to his
face. I pray that his smile and his forgiveness may rest upon
each one of us this Good Friday and this Easter Day.
General of The Salvation Army
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When Jesus lifted up His voice and cried, “It is finished!” he did not mean that
God’s plan had been foiled. Though his physical death was near, he realised that
the final obstacle had been overcome and the last enemy had been destroyed. By
his death and resurrection Jesus Christ fully and triumphantly completed the task
for humanity’s redemption. As world-renowned church statesman BILLY GRAHAM
writes, he removed the barrier between God and us
Here was the Son of God dying
on a cross that was made for
the vilest of sinners. His was
the act of substitution raised
to the highest degree. Jesus Christ was the
Lamb of God who had come to take away
the sin of the world by his suffering and
death. Here was the blood of God poured
out in selfless love for a dying, doomed
To many people the mention of the
blood of Christ is distasteful. It grates
upon their proud egos to think that such a
price had to be paid for their wickedness.
A deep revulsion arises within them when
we mention the precious blood of Christ
and his supreme sacrifice on the cross. To
the natural man Jesus’ suffering and death
The message of the blood and the
cross and the work of redemption are still
foolishness to a people who would like to
believe that man can save himself by his
Modern man is in conflict with the
truth of God at this point. God speaks of
a fall and a condemnation, and his key
word is grace. Modern man speaks of the
soul’s native goodness, its aspirations
and natural good will. Man’s key word is
God speaks of the depths into which
men have fallen and the depravity of the
natural man. Man boasts of his nobility, his
ideals and his progress. God calls men to
believe in Christ or be lost. Man says that it
is enough to try to be like Christ. God says
that Christ is the Savior of the world. Man
says that Christ is just a great example. We
have drifted away from the biblical truth:
“Without the shedding of blood there is
no forgiveness,” (Hebrews 9:22, NIV). God
said that as a result of our rebellion and
sin, man must die. Jesus Christ became
our substitute. He suffered our death
on the cross. That blood is essential and
indispensable for our salvation. Without
its mark upon us, we are unfit to come
into the presence of the holy and righteous
First, the blood of Christ justifies
and saves us. “Since we have now been
justified by his blood, how much more
shall we be saved from God’s wrath
through him!” (Romans 5:9, NIV). The
word justify means to count righteous, to
clear of guilt, to acquit.
The word justification means “Just-asif-you-had-never-sinned”.
It means much
more than forgiveness. You and I cannot
justify people who have wronged us. We
can only forgive them. God alone can
Christ was nailed on a cross that was
meant for a notorious criminal named
Barabbas. But Barabbas was set free. He
was saved from the death he deserved.
The person who takes his stand at the
cross is saved forevermore. He can never
come into condemnation, for he is cleansed
by the blood of Christ.
Second, the blood of Christ cleanses
our consciences: “How much more, then,
will the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished
to God, cleanse our consciences from acts
that lead to death, so that we may serve
the living God!” (Hebrews 9:14, NIV).
From a cleansed conscience emerges
a changed life. The alcoholic can lift his
head with a new honour, dignity and selfcontrol.
The prostitute can be transformed
into a modest wife and loving mother.
The delinquent, with the youthful lust for
evil, can find the peace of Christ and yield
his or her energies to the service of God.
The business person who has made some
unethical transactions can be restored to a
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life of honesty and integrity. The blood of
Christ has cleansed their consciences from
Third, we are redeemed by the blood
of Christ. The Bible says, “You know that
it was not with perishable things such as
silver or gold that you were redeemed
from the empty way of life handed down
to you from your forefathers, but with the
precious blood of Christ, a lamb without
blemish or defect,” (1 Peter 1:18-19, NIV).
The word redeem means to buy back, to
recover by paying a price. On the cross
Jesus paid the price for our deliverance,
a price unthinkably greater than our true
value. He did this because he loves us. We
were redeemed, recovered, restored not
with corruptible things of silver and gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ.
A loving mother once saved her little
girl from a burning house but suffered
severe burns on her hands and arms.
When the girl grew up, not knowing
how her mother’s arms had become so
disfigured, the girl was ashamed of the
scarred, gnarled hands and always insisted
that her mother wear long gloves to cover
up that ugliness.
But one day the daughter asked her
mother how her hands had become so
scarred. For the first time the mother told
her the story of how she had saved her life.
The daughter wept and said, “Oh, mother,
those are beautiful hands – the most
beautiful in the world. Don’t ever hide
The blood of Christ may seem to be a
grim and repulsive subject to those who
do not realise its true significance, but to
those who have accepted his redemption
and have been set free from the slavery of
sin, the blood of Christ is precious. Have
you ever seen a person who was receiving
a blood transfusion? The blood is precious,
life-giving, certainly not repulsive.
Fourth, the blood of Christ was
shed for all. When Jesus served the Last
Supper to His disciples, he took the cup
of wine and said, “This is my blood of the
covenant, which is poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sins,” (Matthew
Speaking of his crucifixion, Jesus
himself said, “I, when I am lifted up from
the earth, will draw all men to myself,”
(John 12:32, NIV). By “all men” he did not
mean all people without exception, for
there are many who refuse to be drawn to
him. He meant rather all people without
distinction, whether it be of class or colour
or anything else.
The appeal of the cross of Christ is
“On the cross
Jesus paid the
price for our
our true value.
He did this
universal. I have met people of every
race who have trusted in the merits of
Jesus Christ and his shed blood for their
salvation. The power of the cross reaches
into opium dens, salvaging and redeeming
people from a living hell. It touches the
hearts of slum dwellers and penthouse
owners. It penetrates into the mansions
of the elite where men and women live in
luxury, bringing them peace and joy that
money cannot buy. It changes the headhunter
into a soul-saver. It gives people
of every nation dynamic and purposeful
The power of sin has been broken
by the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ on
Calvary; the power of sin was completely
overcome by his victorious resurrection
on the Sunday morning that we call the
first Easter. That is why we can sing with
the hymn writer: “In the Cross of Christ I
This article appears
courtesy of the Billy
Captain Peter McGuigan rewinds to 1959 when God was
doing some big things in Australia. Can it happen again?
Australia’s most hallowed
public arenas, the Melbourne
and Sydney cricket grounds,
have hosted some great
events and have been filled over and
over with crowds wanting to be part of
Of course, given Australians’ love of
sport, it’s usually cricket or football that
draws the crowds to these venues and
others around the nation. People come
wanting action, a game that keeps them
on the edge of their seats and frequently
brings them to their feet. Someone to
cheer for, a performance by their team
they can be proud of.
And there have been some
memorable finals. The 1965 St George
versus South Sydney rugby league
grand final is one that comes to mind.
One of the largest crowds in its history
crammed into the SCG – 78,056. Fans
filled every available space, some going
to great lengths to find a spot. The
record books show that St George won a
close game, 12–8.
The 1970 Australian rules grand final
at the MCG is equally memorable for
Melburnians. With its greater crowd
capacity, 121,696 people packed into the
MCG that day to witness Carlton defeat
Collingwood, 111 points to 101, in an
Surprisingly though, the largest
crowds on record at Australia’s two
most famous sporting venues did not
come out to watch sport. They came
out to hear Christian evangelist Billy
Graham preach in his final crusade
meetings in 1959 – 50 years ago last
In Melbourne, the crowd of 143,750
broke all attendance records at the MCG.
In Sydney, 150,000 filled both the Sydney
Showground and the adjacent SCG. The
figures themselves, of course, are not
the full story. They were the culmination
of weeks of crusade meetings held
throughout Australia in smaller venues.
During these weeks, more than
130,000 people decided to commit
themselves to faith in Christ and to
Christianity. Many had not previously
done so. More than a million people
listened to the final Sydney rally
either by landline or by the live radio
broadcast. One church in Sydney, St
Stephen’s Presbyterian, received a list of
600 people to follow up.
Having since been through the
materialistic 1970s, 80s and 90s, when
interest in church fell sharply, many
today may wonder what all the fuss was
about. But, like those who have come
out for the great sporting fixtures of our
times, these Australians wanted to be
part of something great. They wanted
someone to move them, to give them a
dream, to lift them above the humdrum
of life and give them something to cheer
Billy Graham, of course, had become
a worldwide phenomenon. There was
something about this evangelist that
marked him above others who, rather
than inspiring confidence in the Gospel,
Put simply, it was the integrity of the
leadership he demonstrated – both at
the podium, with his message of hope
and new life in Christ, and in person,
with his ability to inspire self-esteem in
people while at the same time directing
or advising them. He had something
great for them to believe in and to be a
This is why people broke attendance
records to see and hear Billy Graham.
He offered more than a spectacle, more
than a win on the day. He offered an
experience of God that would give
much more point to life – substance that
would last and empower.
In Just As I Am, Billy Graham’s
autobiography, the evangelist said
he told Australians in 1959 that their
attendance at his crusade meetings was
“absolute proof of Australia’s great
Are we as hungry today for the life
and power promised in the gospels?
Unquestionably, there is a search going
on. It is a spiritual quest that last month,
in the aftermath of Victoria’s horrific
bushfire toll, moved from being an
underlying current to the forefront of
our consciousness – personally and
nationally. Now is a good time for
Australians to exercise their innate skill
for discerning that which is fair dinkum.
We knew Billy Graham’s message was
the genuine article back in 1959 and God
has not changed.
This Easter, the greatest move
forward we could make is a move
towards God. That means both the
non-religious person finding faith and
new life in Christ, and the churchgoer
experiencing a renewal of their faith and
determination to be the hands, face and
voice of Jesus to others.
A packed MCG for the Billy Graham
Crusade in 1959. Photo: The Herald and
Weekly Times Photographic Collection
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In place of her usual TC@Pipeline column, Commissioner Linda Bond has asked officers of The
Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory to contribute to a series of articles discussing the
territory’s seven Mission Priorities. This month, Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Green takes a look
at the seventh Mission Priority.
“Onward Christian Soldiers marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus going on before!
Christ the Royal Master leads against the foe
Forward into battle, see his banners go.”
This song was not written by a Salvationist. It was written
by Sabine Baring-Gould in 1865, the year of the birth of
our movement. It reflects the attitude of the times, but
more importantly it is a reflection of 2 Timothy 2:3.
This song, among quite a few others in the same vein found in
The Salvation Army song book, highlights the difference between
membership and soldiership.
Soldiership opens to us the whole world. By belonging to a
visible, credible, respected Army of salvation we are enabled to
sit with the dying, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, protect the
young and the vulnerable, and also be at home with the rich and
powerful in our community and nation. Doors open to us that are
not open to many others. Not only that, we can enjoy fellowship
and worship with like-minded people.
Being a soldier means being an action man or woman: Be
strong, be daring, be courageous, go forward, fight against sin
and injustice, raise the standard, preach the Gospel, go care for the
dying, go seek the lost.
Because being a soldier is so action-orientated, we need to
study our doctrines well and learn our history, study the Bible,
take courses in areas where we see a need and want to be equipped
to meet that need.
To be a soldier takes commitment and to take that step means
to know your sins forgiven and in prayerful thought follow God’s
direction for your life.
You need to be brave to be a soldier because you never know
where God’s direction will take you. He will amaze you!
This Territory is in a personnel crisis because we are very short
of available officers. Many corps and centres are without officers
because not enough people – young and not so young – are taking
up the challenge.
God is still calling his people. Some are responding eagerly
and with joy, while others are finding excuses for not seeking
God’s way in their lives.
We will not, however, produce officers unless we first take on
soldiership. If we are going to grow corps healthy and multiplying
we need to provide the officers and soldiers to absorb that
I have been a senior soldier for 51 years and an officer in this
Army for 44 of them. I have found wonderful fulfilment and joy in
serving God in this way.
God has taken me to many places of service in Australia and
overseas; places I could never dream of. He has also taken me
to places of the heart in people who are hurting and needy and
We are not called to be action men and women in our own
strength. The strength is the Lord’s – we only have to be available
Be daring, take the challenge of soldiership and/or officership
now and stand back and see what God will do.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Green is Corps Officer at
Taree. She was formerly the Australia Eastern Territory’s
Secretary for Programme
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Continuing our series that examines the 12 calls to Salvationists issued by The Salvation
Army’s Spiritual Life Commission, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL MIRIAM GLUYAS believes
there are three key areas to focus on in winning the world for Christ
We are The SALVATION
Army. The salvation of
the world is our main
business. As soldiers, that’s
what we signed up for: “We witness
that we freely enter into this covenant,
convinced that the love of Christ
requires the devotion of our lives to his
service for the salvation of the whole
Big calling! Great calling! Former
General John Gowans made it clear
when he called us to: “Save souls, grow
saints, and serve suffering humanity.”
Salvation Army founder William
Booth said: “Get saved, keep saved, get
someone else saved.” I’m convinced that
all of us would say “yes” to all of that,
but how do we live it out in a country
where so few people follow Jesus?
Christ requires the devotion of our
lives to his service for the salvation of
We need to live simply
An African lady, at an Australian
conference, once asked a serious
question: “Why, in your country, would
I need God? In my country, when I
need food, I call on God. In my country,
when I need somewhere to live, I call
on God. In my country, when I need
my child healed, I call on God. I come
to your country, and when I need food
I go to The Salvation Army; when I
need a place to live, I go to the Housing
Commission; and when I need my child
healed, I go to the doctor. Why would I
need Him?” And yet we do!
Perhaps in a time of fire, flood and
global crisis, people start to rethink
values and realities. Is there something
more? We need to take care that in
a world where busyness, emails,
mortgages, deadlines, the clock and the
dollar drive us, we don’t lose what life is
It’s all about relationship. “Love the
Lord your God with all of your heart
and with all of your soul and with all of
your strength and with all of your mind
and your neighbour as yourself.”
It’s about my relationship with Jesus
– making sure He is the most important
person in my life, and knowing intimacy
It’s about my relationships with
others; having time for friends and
family. It’s about having time to build
relationships with not-yet-Christians,
sticking with them, being “salt and
light” to them, sharing Jesus, and living
so that they want what I’ve got.
Matthew 20:26 says: “Whoever wants
to be great among you must be your
On the night of the crucifixion, Jesus
left his disciples with a lesson in service.
“He got up from the meal, took off his
outer clothing, and wrapped a towel
around his waist. After that, he poured
water into a basin and began to wash
his disciples’ feet, drying them with the
towel that was wrapped around him,”
He went on to explain: “You call me
Teacher and Lord and rightly so, for that
is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and
Teacher, have washed your feet, you also
should wash one another’s feet. I have
set you an example,” (John 13:13-15). A
spirit of servanthood.
I’ve been privileged to minister
alongside people who know what this
is all about. These people didn’t send
people to “welfare” to have their needs
met. They loved and served them
individually as they came as refugees to
• They taught them English;
• They sat with and taught their
children as they did their
• They bought them food, clothing,
prams and other goods;
• They showed them how to live
in houses that have modern
• They became the godparents of their
children at dedications;
• They advocated for them ... and so
Many of the refugees then became
Christians. Why? Because of the
kindness and love of Christians.
Every one of us has been gifted by
God to serve this age and we need to use
that gifting wisely. We can’t afford to say
that I have the gift of mercy but not the
gift of giving, so I won’t tithe and then
There are some universal principles
of serving, giving, sharing our
testimony, sharing Jesus. It will take all
of us, doing whatever it takes, to see his
Kingdom come and his will be done.
Live like Jesus
People are attracted to Jesus, and we
need to live like Him. The world sells
us a lie: “If it feels good, do it.” The
trouble is that people then spend their
lives dealing with the guilt and shame of
what they did, and find it so difficult to
find the freedom that they long for.
We used to sing the words of the
song: “My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou
art mine, for thee all the pleasures of sin I
I was somewhere recently and the
words of the song had been changed to:
”For thee all the heartache of sin I resign.”
Pleasure? Yes. Heartache? Yes. The
world needs us to live like Jesus. We
must live counter-culturally.
There’s something magnificent
about living free and loving Jesus. Many
Aussies don’t like church, but they like
Jesus. What will that mean for us? How
will people know Jesus if they don’t see
him in me?
Live simply. Embrace servanthood.
Live like Jesus.
These three things are key for us if
we are to win the world for Jesus.
Gluyas is the Australia
Secretary for Programme.
Call to our Life
in the World
We call Salvationists worldwide to commit
themselves and their gifts to the salvation
of the world, and to embrace servanthood,
expressing it through the joy of self-giving and
the discipline of Christ-like living.
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Graeme offers himself in service to the Lord during a recent ‘pilgrimage’ to Iona on the west coast of Scotland.
The son of Salvation Army missionaries, Graeme Hodge was regularly exposed
to the travesty of human inequality during his childhood. Graeme tells SCOTT
SIMPSON that the influence of those experiences has been significant and is why
today, he is one of the Army’s passionate advocates for social justice
There was little about the room
to suggest it was a nursery.
There were no warm colours, no
pictures on the walls, no cuddly
toys, but all the same it reverberated with
the cries of newborn babies.
These were infants abandoned by their
mothers within weeks, days, even hours of
their birth, left to die on the giant rubbish
dumps of Manila, the capital city of the
Into this late-afternoon scene walked
a young boy still dressed in his school
uniform. It seemed a strange place for
someone so young to be, yet his confident
manner suggested someone familiar with
the environment. He quietly made his way
to a cot and calmly proceeded to change
the nappy of the worm-riddled baby it
Fast-forward 25 years and that young
boy, now a man in his early 30s, is in a
different room, this time in Sri Lanka.
Sitting across the table from him is a
distraught young woman. She’s been
trafficked, gang-raped, tortured. She’s
pouring out her heart, pleading for justice.
As he listens to the woman’s story
the man briefly allows his mind to return
to that room in Manila all those years
ago, and then to all the cries of anguish
he’s heard from abused people in the
intervening years. Struggling to keep
his emotions in check, he forces himself
to return his attention to the present as
the young woman continues her horrific
tale. His passion for social justice has just
The man is Graeme Hodge, an
Australian who is Assistant Director
of International Development for The
Salvation Army’s United Kingdom with
the Republic of Ireland Territory. He’s only
been in his new role for six months but his
life and work experience has prepared him
“Having grown up in the Philippines
where my parents were missionaries, and
living with poverty and having friends
who lived on rubbish dumps down the
end of the road, these kinds of things
stay with you,” says Graeme, the son of
Australia Eastern Territory Salvation Army
officers Lieutenant-Colonels John and
“To be exposed to these kinds of things
was huge because it changes your global
perspective, it changes how you view
things; it changes the value you place on
things and the value that you place on
“I have very clear memories of helping
out after school in an orphanage for babies
who had literally been dumped on rubbish
dumps and changing nappies of kids who
were literally riddled with worms.
Those kinds of things, they influence
the way you think about the world around
Graeme spent eight years of his childhood
in the Philippines where his parents
worked for The Salvation Army. He
returned to Australia to do his high school
education before studying early childhood
teaching at university.
He had a few different jobs postgraduation
including a stint working
for the Army in the United States and a
planning role in the lead-up to the 2000
Sydney Olympic Games. Ultimately,
though, he found his thoughts constantly
being drawn towards how he could better
“I’d been working in the US and had
returned to Australia and was essentially
looking for the next thing to do,” he says.
“I knew I didn’t want to go back
to teaching – I was an early childhood
teacher – and then the opportunity
presented itself to go to the UK and do the
Timothy [now called Essential] course.
“The Timothy program is a leadership
and discipleship/mentoring program. It’s
essentially being mentored by one person
for an entire year, shadowing that person
and either working in a placement or with
that person in that role. It was probably
the best year of my life.”
the end of the
At the end of his year on the Timothy
course, Graeme was offered a position
by the UK with the Republic of Ireland
Territory as events manager for its
“ALOVE” program, which comes under
the umbrella of its youth department.
Included in his job description was
organising the hugely popular and
influential Roots conference. It was a
position he held for four years.
“All of the things I was working on
had a social justice element to them but
over time I began to feel it wasn’t enough
for me to just dip into this [social justice].
It’s always been a part of my heart but I
wasn’t sure necessarily how to express it.
“Then there came an opportunity to
move into international development
work – poverty alleviation stuff that The
Salvation Army does – and I went for
it. It’s been a perfect fit for me because
I’m passionate about it and I want other
people to be passionate about it.”
Graeme’s passion for his work saw him
elevated to the role of Assistant Director of
International Development on October 3
On October 4, he married his long-time
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(Clockwise from far left) Graeme with his wife, Emily, on their wedding day; working on a water
project and playing with children on a mission trip to Africa; attending an anti-poverty rally in
London; with his parents, Lieutenant-Colonels John and Pamela Hodge. Photos supplied.
girlfriend, Emily, the daughter of Majors
Richard and Caroline Mingay, the corps
officers at Sutton Salvation Army where
“Emily has been a real blessing to me.
She also has a real passion for social justice
and is very supportive of the work I do
which is important.
“I have to travel quite a bit with my
job – I’ve been to places like China, India,
Sri Lanka, Malawi and Zambia – and being
away is not easy at times, particularly
now that we’re married. It was wonderful
earlier this year when Emily was able to
accompany me on a trip to Zambia and it’s
something we plan to do again.”
It’s been more than eight years since
Graeme left Australia on the “next stage”
of his life’s journey. Having lived on four
continents in his 32 years, does he feel as
though he’s finally put down roots and can
readily call the UK “home”?
“Over the course of the time I’ve
been here I’ve settled into a community
in south-west London – in Sutton – and I
feel very called and passionate about that
community. I also feel very passionate
about and love the job I’ve been doing.
“However, I’ve never been scared of
moving to different places. If I’m scared
of anything then it’s making sure that it’s
the right thing to do and I just don’t get
caught up in a great idea.
“I don’t think much about where
God might call me in future. Obviously
now being married it’s not just about my
decision, it’s actually about us and where
God wants us to be and for the foreseeable
future it’s in London.
“The job that I’m in, the ministry
and mission that I’m involved in locally
means that the best place to do that at
the moment is here. If that changes in the
future then we’ll see what happens.”
At the same time as Graeme was getting
to grips with his new role as Assistant
Director of International Development
in the UK, 17,000km away in Sydney
his mother was going through a similar
Earlier this year, Lieutenant-Colonel
Pamela Hodge was appointed as Director
of the Australia Eastern Territory’s
International Development office (see
story on page 18) and now regularly ‘’talks
shop’’ with her son.
“Working in similar roles has
definitely added an extra dimension to my
relationship with Graeme,” says Lieut-
“With him living so far away and
having done so for a number of years, it’s
lovely that we have something extra in our
lives now that we can share.
“Late last year I actually spent some
time with Graeme in the UK office
learning about how they go about their
international development work. We
also speak regularly on the phone – even
if we’re only supposed to be having a
social chat we can find ourselves slipping
into conversation about the Army’s
international development work.
“John and I are very proud of Graeme
and his passion for social justice. I guess
the inequality he witnessed when we were
in the Philippines has influenced who he
is today, but John and I can’t really take
credit for that. Graeme has taken this
passion for social justice to a whole new
level; it just blows me away the passion he
fight and it’s
a fight worth
As the son of missionary Salvation Army
officers who spent many years serving in
a Third World country, and now with his
prominent role in the Army’s International
Development program, Graeme has had
considerable exposure to some of the
worst depravities known to humanity.
Has he developed a means to cope with
the horrors he encounters or do things still
“Absolutely, without a doubt,” he says.
“There are things regularly on these visits
I make that never fail to shock me and I
think if I ever get to a stage where I’m no
longer moved, no longer challenged and
no longer angered by those situations I
encounter, then I need to do some serious
work in my life.
“I mean, if you’re sitting across
the table from a woman who has been
trafficked, who’s telling you about the
abuse she’s endured and the rape she’s
suffered and the chemicals that were
poured down her body and the fact that
she’s now pregnant with a baby from
what could be any of 20 of 30 guys who’ve
raped her and she doesn’t have any money
and she doesn’t know what she’s going
to do with her life, that kind of stuff slaps
you in the face and you think what on
earth is this world all about when women
are treated in such a way as that. If you’re
not moved by that then you’re not human.
“Those are the type of things that drive
me to get out of bed every morning, all
those different names and faces of people
I’ve met, they stay with you and quite
rightly so because that’s not how God
intended his creation to be. It makes you
fight and it’s a fight worth fighting. If that
doesn’t make you passionate then I don’t
know what will.”
Scott Simpson is
Managing Editor of
Pipeline and supplements.
He recently spent time on
assignment in the UK.
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The International Development team of (from left) Major Nancy McLaren, Tony Auld, Captain Jeanne Johnstone, Alana Zammit, Lieutenant-
Colonel Pamela Hodge, and Paul Mergard. Photo: Shairon Paterson
Joining forces against
By KENT ROSENTHAL
The fight against global poverty
can seem far removed from
everyday life in Australia. The
reality, however, is that each day
we make simple choices which ultimately
will have a significant impact on the
quality of life for others in our world.
It’s one of the aims of The Salvation
Army International Development Office
(SAID-AUE), a new department of the
Army’s Australia Eastern Territory, to
demonstrate how our choices can make a
world of difference to those in need.
Launched in January this year, SAID-
AUE, which brings aspects of the Army’s
overseas work into the one office, has
been formed to better coordinate various
Salvation Army projects already serving
the world’s poorest people and to raise
awareness within the Territory of the work
It incorporates The Salvation Army
Australia Development Office, which has
been relocated from Canberra, the projects
function of the Overseas Service Office,
Child Sponsorship, and Project 1:8 mission
It will be headed by Lieutenant-
Colonel Pamela Hodge who has been
appointed as SAID-AUE Director.
“While the Army is well known for
helping Australians in need, such as those
impacted by bushfires, battling addiction
or suffering from homelessness, it also has
a prominent work in countries gripped by
extreme poverty and injustice,” Lieut-
Colonel Hodge says.
“Every day 27,000 children die
internationally from poverty-related
causes, succumbing to pneumonia,
diarrhoea, malaria, measles, HIV/AIDS,
neonatal complications and starvation.
At least two-thirds of these deaths are
In the first few months of 2008, the
global food crisis plunged another 115
million people into hunger and poverty.
And now the global financial crisis is
having its impact.
“The new department will allow
the numerous Army projects fighting
against poverty to share resources and
avoid overlap. Another advantage is the
recent employment of an Information and
Resources Officer whose role will be to
raise awareness of the Territory’s overseas
aid activities,” Lieut-Colonel Hodge says.
Many years in the making
The new office builds on the platform
already created by the work of many
dedicated Salvationists over the years. The
Army established an overseas aid office
in Canberra 17 years ago to liaise with the
Federal Government on AusAID funding
for the projects of missionaries based
The Child Sponsorship program has
also been growing and developing over
the past 20 years, and teams of Australian
Salvationists have been travelling on
mission trips or camps to share with fellow
Salvationists overseas. The program is led
by Major Nancy McLaren and involves a
team including Captain Jeanne Johnstone
and Robyn Taylor.
Paul Mergard, who is based in
Brisbane, oversees Project 1:8 which
focuses on sending teams out onto the
international mission field, while Lismorebased
Tony Auld carries out the role of
International Community Development
manager. Alana Zammit has been
employed in an administrative capacity.
A new website which features
information about the SAID office was
launched this month (salvos.org.au/
said). It also features case studies on how
various Salvation Army projects have
impacted people’s lives.
“It’s important that we’re able to share
the great news of people being helped and
lives being changed and the website will
do that,” says Lieut-Colonel Hodge.
“The website will also raise
awareness of some of the social justice
issues associated with international
Lieut-Colonel Hodge also believes it’s
important to communicate the message
that poverty and justice issues have
ramifications in Australia as well.
“Our overseas water projects will
highlight the need for us to be careful with
our use of water here, while the human
trafficking projects will highlight that
people are being trafficked to Australia
and that we need to try to stamp that out,”
The website will also offer people an
option to make a contribution to Child
Sponsorship projects, and through the
“Gifts that Keep on Giving” catalogue
which has been running for three years.
The catalogue allows people to buy a
gift voucher for a friend or family member.
The voucher can then be used to purchase
such things as a goat, a pair of rabbits or
medical supplies, with the actual gift going
to impoverished people overseas. The
catalogue raised more than $66,000 during
the Christmas period last year.
“This gift catalogue is a great way for
us to raise funds for our projects and it’s
a way that captures the imagination of
people,” Lieut-Colonel Hodge says.
The SAID-AUE office is also promoting
a mobile phone recycling project which
involves a partnership with the Aussie
People who have mobile phones they
want to dispose of can give them to the
SAID-AUE office. The phones are then
reconditioned and sold to raise funds for
projects (see ad on page 37).
“The partnership will bring muchneeded
funds into the office for projects,”
says Lieut-Colonel Hodge. “It also has
the added bonus that by recycling mobile
phones we are helping to protect our
The SAID-AUE team will be promoting
its work at the I’ll Fight social justice
conferences being held at a number of
locations across the Australia Eastern
Territory over the next few months.
Kent Rosenthal is News
Editor and journalist for
Pipeline and supplements.
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The Harrington Community Church, located in the centre of the town, is open to the public every day of the week.
On the picturesque Mid North Coast of NSW,
William Booth’s vision for the church in the
community is being realised. BILL SIMPSON
took a trip to Harrington Waters to see for
himself how a town is being transformed
“The church is very popular
in this place.”
Turning east off the Pacific Hwy
just kilometres outside Taree on
the NSW Mid North Coast, it’s
only a matter of minutes before
the first tangible sign of a new housing
and shopping centre development
The sign is unexpected; a surprise. It’s
not a house or a shop – not even a loud
billboard proclaiming to the world what
Rising high above the treetops on
the edge of the emerging village – even
before a house or shop is spotted – is a
magnificent church spire topped with the
cross of Christ.
This is Harrington Waters, abutting the
ageing seaside villages of Harrington and
The spire rises alongside a sandstone
church building with prominent bell tower
whose bells ring every hour in daylight,
and cross-centred stained-glass windows
– a gift to the community from the
Harrington Waters developers, the Roche
The church is the centrepiece of a
development intended to house up to 5000
Salvation Army founder William Booth
would be pleased. It was his vision to
have the Church – The Salvation Army
– strategically positioned at the centre of
Dream a reality
At Harrington Waters, William Booth’s
dream is a reality. The Salvation Army has
been chosen to oversight the church from
its Hannam Vale Corps, 30km away and
on the western side of the highway.
Salvation Army services and Sunday
school are held at the Harrington Waters
church every Sunday morning, with Bible
study and other community activities
during the week.
The first service started in September
without any traditional Salvation Army
membership in the village. Five months
later, around 50 people regularly worship
As you drive into Harrington Waters,
your eyes are fixed on the spire cross. The
church occupies prime spot at the entrance
to the village’s new shopping centre, built
in a semi-circle on the edge of an open
courtyard with wishing well at the centre
and cafe tables, chairs and umbrellas.
A dozen or so shops – including a
major supermarket chain, chemist, bakery,
flower shop, cafes, real estate agency and
credit union – form the first stage of the
Beautiful new homes are being built
just beyond the shops.
It’s impossible for shoppers to arrive at
or leave a store without seeing the church.
It stays open from 9am to 5pm, inviting
shoppers to stop and meditate during their
As we spend time on our first
inspection in the middle of a warm
midweek summer’s day, shoppers are
doing what the invitation offers.
A young woman leaves the church
after spending a few minutes inside. She
smiles in our direction and says: “God is in
A bearded man in dark blue stubbie
shorts and T-shirt follows her out. “I
needed those few minutes,” he says.
A grandmother sharing cool drinks
with two grandchildren under an umbrella
at the outdoor tables is explaining to her
girls that people go into the church to “talk
Another woman walking past carrying
shopping bags says: “The church is very
popular in this place.”
As the woman stops for a few seconds
at the church door, Hannam Vale Corps
Officers Envoys Randall and Glenda
Brown arrive to take us through their latest
We share the stories of the shoppers.
They smile in the direction of each other.
“Thank you, Lord,” Randall whispers. This
is exactly what they wanted the church to
achieve. People are spending time with
In a sense, it’s the new Salvation
Army. Yet, it’s really the original Salvation
Army – centred in the community for all to
The first thing Envoys Randall and Glenda
Brown want understood is that this is not
about them. It’s about God working in a
Glenda points to the chemist shop. Two
women workers have started attending
the church. It’s here for them, she says. She
has similar stories.
It’s open during the week so that
people can come and meditate, Randall
A local real estate agent opens and
closes the church on weekdays. During
our visit, he was proudly showing off his
jewel to interested observers.
Community involvement is a key,
Randall says. The Salvation Army was
approached by the developers because of
its reputation for being interested in the
Harrington community over many years.
In return, The Salvation Army
encourages the community to share in the
church. It is called Harrington Community
Randall and Glenda identified three
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couples living in Harrington and asked if
they would manage the church activities
on Sunday and weekdays. Randall and
Glenda provide weekly training to the
As the oversighting envoys, Randall
and Glenda take turns in preaching at
the Sunday services. They also have the
Hannam Vale Corps to run and another
community church established at nearby
Moorland in 2005. Each church has an
average Sunday attendance of around 50.
Moorland started in much the same
way as Harrington Waters.
Randall and Glenda moved to Hannam
Vale from Sydney about 20 years ago.
Randall was editing a youth magazine.
Hannam Vale seemed a nice, quite place to
continue the work.
It was, at the time, an outpost of
Taree Corps. Randall and Glenda became
envoys and took responsibility for running
Hannam Vale, which was upgraded to
Almost five years ago, a Moorland
resident approached Randall and Glenda,
dispirited that his village no longer had an
active church operating.
Would The Salvation Army come
to Moorland, he wondered. An empty
community hall was available. Randall
and Glenda identified leaders and
Moorland outpost was established.
“The message is that everybody can do
this,” Randall says.
“We need to reach new communities.
The empty buildings are already there. The
people are already there. They just need us
to be there.”
Glenda says: “Australia can be
transformed suburb by suburb, town by
town. Look at Harrington Waters. Fifty
people are coming to church now who
were not going to church six months ago.”
Randall sees it like this: Usually, The
Salvation Army decides to start a church
and then has to build a building. Under
the Moorland and Harrington Waters
models, buildings are made available or
found and The Salvation Army starts a
In both the Moorland and Harrington
Waters cases, it was the local community
which asked The Salvation Army to come
“There are disused churches and halls
in suburbs and towns all over Australia,”
“We just have to think differently and,
well, move in.
“A lesson we learned at Hannam
Vale was that we expanded our building
because we thought that if we had the
room, 200 people would come. But God
said it doesn’t always work that way. He
said we had to go into the community
where the people are.
“That’s what we did and now we have
three buildings in three separate villages
and we basically have about 200 people a
Bill Simpson is Editorat-Large
for Pipeline and
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(Clockwise from top left) The
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Celebrating Anzac Day April 25
Mick Gilbert with his wife Lyn, and (above) the Gilbert’s house in Canberra is
adorned with many of the awards Mick has earned. Photos: Shairon Paterson
The RSDS on Anzac Day
By JULIA HOSKING
The Salvation Army’s Red Shield
Defence Services representatives
will again be heavily involved
in Anzac Day services across the
country this year.
The RSDS acknowledges that its
involvement with the military on
Anzac Day is vital to its ministry, as it
offers them a further opportunity to
build relationships with Australia’s
RSDS representatives will lead
or be involved in dawn services at
seven Army barracks – Duntroon,
Holsworthy, Singleton, Enoggera,
Townsville, Puckapunyal and Darwin
– while other team members will
provide assistance at a further five
ceremonies. It is supplying buglers
for several community ceremonies,
and in most of the towns where
services are held, they will join the
Chief Commissioner of the
RSDS, Major Barry Nancarrow,
believes that Anzac Day enables the
representatives to “build a rapport
with the Digger, and when they
see us leading a dawn service, they
get another dimension of what the
Major Nancarrow says the
motivation for his work and ministry
is “Jesus for the soldier”.
“Everything that the Red Shield
Defence Services do is driven by that,
which includes our involvement with
the Anzac Day ceremonies.”
Anzac Day is a busy day for many in The Salvation Army and in particular its Red Shield
Defence Service representatives. KENT ROSENTHAL meets the man who pioneered the
work of the RSDS in Australia
When Mick Gilbert turned
65, he knew he was still too
young to retire. So, he went
on to establish The Salvation
Army’s Red Shield Defence Services
at Australia’s Royal Military College,
Duntroon, where he served for another 10
With his Armed Forces background,
Mick was the ideal man to mentor the
young Army cadets in Canberra where
he became known as “The Saint” for his
work serving refreshments and supporting
recruits from both Australia and overseas.
When he took up the role Mick was
given the status of envoy. Its non-religious
connotation, unlike that of a chaplain, he
believes gave him greater freedom to move
among the military college’s multicultural
He recalls how it allowed him to bridge
the communication gap with a group of 14
Muslims from Kuwait who were training
at the college.
“I was asked to be their mentor and I
was able to sort out their prayer times, the
food they ate – and we became very good
friends,” he says.
“Because they were Muslims they
wouldn’t talk to the chaplains but they
would talk to me. I was just one of them
virtually, as an envoy not an officer, so I
had a lot in common with them.
“I came to The Salvation Army as an
outsider virtually – as a 12-year-old from
a non-Salvation Army family. My story
goes back to 1934 when I heard the [Army]
band in my street in England. The band
used to come once a month to play for
the patients at a hospital at the back of
our place and the Lord touched me and I
followed the band to the Army hall.”
Mick played in his local corps’ junior band
until World War II broke out. He joined
the Royal Navy, while still under-age, and
went on to serve in the north Atlantic,
Mediterranean, East Indies and the Pacific.
He was a bow man on a tank landing craft
in the D-Day landings in Normandy.
Mick immigrated to Australia in
1948 and worked as a baker. He’s been
a Salvationist for more than 60 years.
Around Canberra, he became well known
for his volunteer work helping at fires,
floods and any other disaster where a kind
word and a good brew were needed.
He has a strong connection with Old
Parliament House where, from 1978 to
1986, he was a chef and then for the last
two years of service in the building, from
1986 to 1988, as a security guard.
“When I retired in 1988 I said, ‘where
do I go from here? I’m not just going to
sit around and die’. I still had plenty of
energy so I went off to the Major General
at Duntroon and told him, ‘I’m a returned
serviceman, I don’t need a house, I don’t
need a wage because I’ve got my own
home – I’m on a veteran’s pension – can
you find me something to do?’
“He said I was just the man he was
looking for. And I knew I was where I was
So in 1988, Mick was appointed as the
first Salvation Army envoy to the Royal
Military College, Duntroon.
He was awarded an Order of Australia
Medal for his 10 years with the Red
Shield Defence Services and 15 years with
Salvation Army Emergency Services,
including a period as divisional director.
In 1997, he received The Salvation
Army’s highest national award – the
Certificate of Exceptional Service – for
establishing the Red Shield Defence
In 1998, he retired as envoy at
Duntroon, at the age of 74. At his farewell
parade he was awarded a Commander
Training Commendation for excellent
service. He had been made an honorary
graduate of the college in 1997.
Since ending his service at Duntroon, Mick
has been involved with the Red Shield
refreshment booth at the ACT Family Law
Courts, conducting a program for seniors
(mostly war widows) and enlightening
visitors on naval lore at the Australian War
Memorial’s Discovery Room.
Even now Mick participates in street
ministry for the Gungahlin Corps (North
Canberra) at a local market place. But he
admits he’s starting to slow down.
“When you get to my age, 86, you
say, `well thank the Lord! It’s been all
At their home in suburban Canberra,
Mick’s wife Lyn laughs that their home is
like a museum. There’s naval memorabilia
lining the shelves in the living room and
hallway, including models of ships Mick
served on, portholes and lamps, flags,
photos, plaques and even an old rum
barrel and ration measurer. Mick quickly
points out that his war ration rating was
originally “U.A.” (under-age) and later
Mick and Lyn’s home is aptly named
“HMS INDOMITABLE” after the last ship
Mick served on in the Pacific at the end of
World War II.
Mick’s passionate memories are a
testimony to his life carrying the Salvation
Army message in the arenas of both
tragedy and joy.
“I’ve had a very full life. To God be the
Kent Rosenthal is News
Editor and journalist for
Pipeline and supplements.
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Captain Darren Elsley chats with a regular
visitor (above and right) to the Army’s dropin
centre, while (far right) Captain Leanne
Elsley helps a man choose some fruit and
vegetables. Photos: Lauren Martin.
It’s regarded as one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations and with luscious
rainforests, white sandy beaches, fine dining and good shopping, it’s not hard to see why.
But, as LAUREN MARTIN finds out, you don’t have to scratch too far below the shiny
surface to see another, seedier side to Byron Bay
Cross the overgrown, unused
railway line that borders Byron
Bay’s cosmopolitan shopping
district and you’re in another
world. Under the canopy of tropical
rainforest the air is thick and the heat
is stifling, broken only by the summer
downpours that can quickly turn the rich
soil underfoot into swampland.
It’s here that many of the community’s
most marginalised residents struggle
to survive. Their makeshift homes are
eclectic. Some are a bare minimum of a few
tarpaulins strung up between the trees.
Others are large tents fitted with freestanding
beds, tables, chairs and eskys – a
lot to lose if the authorities discover the
The Salvation Army’s Byron Bay
Mission Team Leader, Darren Elsley,
estimates there are at least 100 people
sleeping rough in the Byron Bay township
Many of them are regulars at the Army
drop-in centre, a place where they can
relax and enjoy a light meal away from the
stresses of being on the street.
“These areas being open are vital for
people that have frowned-upon diseases
like alcoholism, drug addiction, mental
illnesses, traumas etc.,” David, one of the
“We aren’t allowed to communicate
with society once we’ve been damaged in
some way or another. I’m not a loner, I’m
an educated man and I’m a friendly sort
of person and people don’t mix with me
because of this cliche.”
It’s this marginalised group of people
that The Salvation Army’s Captains Darren
and Leanne Elsley are ministering to in
Byron Bay. Their drop-in program operates
four days a week from a community centre
in the centre of town. They serve tea, coffee
and toast for breakfast and whatever other
meals that are donated by the community.
Once a week, providores from the
local organic markets donate fruit and
vegetables. It’s a happy, social setting – a
“safe place” as Darren calls it.
“In a sense we provide this little oasis
here for them where they can come and
feel loved and accepted,” he says. “That’s
what we’re trying to do; love these people
in Jesus’ name.”
Darren says the biggest problems in
Byron Bay are homelessness, addiction
and mental health issues. They are issues
which go hand in hand with each other.
Leanne agrees and cites many
examples of people she serves who have
had their makeshift home removed by
local authorities because it is an illegal
“We provide this
little oasis ... where
they can come
and feel loved and
“It’s a huge issue trying to find a place
where they could camp permanently,” she
“Even permanent campsites just for
those who want to camp as a resident in
a caravan park is near impossible to get.
Whenever there’s any big festivals in town
they’re all cleared out, basically. They’re
told, ‘you can’t stay here because we need
[the campsites] for those who are coming
in for the festivals’.”
Darren says support from the local
business community for what the Army
is trying to do in Byron Bay is not always
“Maybe it sounds a little controversial
but I don’t think the business community
likes the idea of these folk [the homeless]
hanging around in the parks because it’s
not good for tourism and they rely on
tourism, that’s the main industry of this
One of the volunteer helpers at The
Salvation Army drop-in centre says many
clients are treated badly by both locals and
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School’s back in
Jeff at his ‘home’ near Byron Bay (above) and receiving a visit
(top right) from Captain Darren Elsley. Photos: Lauren Martin.
“People come, they buy their Armani
clothes [in the town’s high-end shops]
but they look at the freak show too. It’s
entertaining for rich people.”
Despite the obstacles, Darren and
Leanne are doing their best to work with
the community to find solutions to some
of the issues their clients face.
They are hoping to secure permanent
premises for The Salvation Army in Byron
Bay, where they will be able to offer
showers and laundry facilities, run the
drop-in centre on a full-time basis and
start some recovery-based programs. And
they’re hopeful that other Salvationists
with mission on their hearts might join
“The folk here are really open to prayer
and to talking about faith matters,” says
“I’m certain I’m fulfilling my covenant
as a Salvation Army officer – to love the
unlovable, to feed the hungry, clothe the
naked, so yeah, I just love doing this sort
Lauren Martin is a journalist
with The Salvation Army’s
Living in lush north NSW rainforest,
just minutes from the beach and the
cosmopolitan Byron Bay town centre,
might sound like a dream come true for
some of us. For Jeff, though, it’s a daily struggle to
Ten years ago his mother died, leaving the then
34-year-old homeless. He’s been without a job
since an accident left him unable to work and with
child support to pay and rents in Byron Bay at a
premium, he’s been unable to secure long-term
That’s how he found himself living illegally in
the swampy bushland that surrounds the Byron
“It’s really dangerous where we live,” he says.
“There’s brown snakes, there’s spiders … we live
with the elements, you know.”
He’s one of dozens of homeless bush and beach
dwellers in the area. They sleep under tarps and
in tents, with no running water or electricity. And
they live in constant fear of being evicted by local
“We find it’s really unfair when they just come
in and cut the tarps and cut the tents down,” Jeff
says. “And we end up coming together and we sit
in a park and we get told to move on, so we move
on then we get told to move on somewhere else.”
Jeff, like the majority of his colleagues, suffers
from a mental illness. His anxiety leaves him
marginalised and hinders his efforts to find and
hold on to stable accommodation.
He feels lonely and depressed most of the time
but finds solace at The Salvation Army’s Byron
Bay drop-in centre.
“If I don’t come here I’m feeling very lonely
and it feels like I don’t have anywhere to go,” he
explains as he munches on a piece of toast and sips
a cup of tea at the centre.
“Having this here, just for a couple of hours,
just breaks down the day and gives me a sort of a
sense of a feeling in a family.”
Envoy Margaret Potter spends much of her week working for Scripture Union Queensland in school chaplaincy after she and her
husband, Alan, ‘retired’ in 2001.
By BILL SIMPSON
Envoy Margaret Potter has gone
back to school since she retired
from active officership.
Margaret and husband Alan
retired as full-time envoys in 2001 after 12
years in the role.
Before entering officership in mid-life,
Margaret was a primary school teacher.
Alan was a purchasing officer. Their initial
appointment was Corps Officers at Ayr in
Most of their service was in Red
Shield Defence Services at Australian
Army camps at Holsworthy (Sydney) and
Canungra (Gold Coast). They live on the
Gold Coast in retirement.
Ill-health has kept Alan from remaining
“over-active” in retirement.
He helps out as a collector
for his corps – Gold Coast Temple –
and deliberately involves himself in
delivering junk mail for the exercise and
opportunities to witness about his faith.
Margaret spent the first three years of
her retirement settling into a new lifestyle.
But she had more to give and she knew it
was “back at school”.
Scripture Union Queensland engaged
Margaret as a primary school chaplain on
the Gold Coast. Her support is to the entire
school community – students, teachers,
staff and parents.
One morning a week, she provides a
breakfast program to children. For two and
a half days, she supplies direct chaplaincy,
especially to students affected by family
grief, loss, separation, divorce and other
serious personal matters.
Helping with self esteem and
friendship issues is also a significant part
of Margaret’s role.
She also organises weekend camps and
day outings for students, including taking
children to local parks for a day of fun.
“Chaplaincy is about building
relationships. A few hours at the park
playing with the children outside the
school environment helps to achieve that,”
“The children see that we can have fun
even though we sometimes have serious
stuff to discuss at school.”
Margaret also teaches religious
education classes two days a week.
Her return to the school playground
after officership was an obvious choice,
given her background, she says. She is
also 15 years younger than Alan, so wasn’t
really ready for permanent retirement
when he reached the required age.
“I had been out of teaching so long that
[teaching] wasn’t an option. But given the
experience I had gained through being
an envoy, school chaplaincy seemed very
Although not officially classified as a
chaplain in her Salvation Army service,
Margaret’s role involved supporting
Australian Army families through difficult
As a school chaplain, she needs to
be careful about how she exercises her
faith. “I can’t be seen to be exclusive. But
the school community know who I am
through how I live.”
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Canberra daring to dream
By KENT ROSENTHAL
The long-held dream of Canberra City Oasis Corps to create
better links between church and recovery services is being
Canberra City is so serious about its mission that it has
adopted the “Dream Statement” of Canberra Recovery Services.
Corps Officer Captain Carole Smith said the statement is about
bringing corps and social work together.
“We are looking at our recovery services and exploring ways
to better support the families of the recovery men so they stay
better connected to the church in the long term. This is very much
part of the Territory’s Mission Priorities,’ she says.
“At the moment we deal a lot with the recovery guys but they
leave because they are either not in town or their families aren’t
connected to the church, so we’re looking to develop stronger
relationships with their families where we can.”
While corps and recovery services are administered
separately, Captain Smith said officers have fostered a deliberate
relationship between the two ministries over the years.
Canberra City’s previous officers, Captains Stuart and Donna
Evans, say the current mission activities at the corps are a product
of a dream first articulated in 1997 by Canberra Recovery Services
employee Bernice Quinn.
Captain Donna Evans explained Bernice’s vision by likening
the devastation of addiction to that of the bushfires that swept
through Canberra in 2003.
“The devastation we saw from the fires is not unlike what we
see in the lives of those who attend our corps. Lives ravaged and
destroyed by an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling and sex,
but also lives ravaged and destroyed by legalism, grief, pride,
cancer and anger. Lives in ashes. Lives that are smoking, burnedout
stumps,” she said at an officers’ councils meeting late last
To address the dream, Captain Smith said the corps and
recovery services are helping people affected by addiction to
develop a new, safe, social network.
“If you’ve lived with addiction all your life, the people that
you’re connected with may not be healthy. People have got to
not just get over their own physical addiction and work all that
out, but many need to redevelop new networks where they can
feel safe. That’s where the church has to step up to offer a safe
Captain Smith said people from recovery services attend
church and Bible studies at the corps – and some come to faith
along the way.
The corps has the benefit of also running drug and alcohol
counselling outreach services which provide another option to the
10-month residential program.
“While some of our clients have been past participants
of the Bridge Program, most come from the community. We
also offer education programs to the local schools. As part of
the partnership with Canberra Recovery we are developing
opportunities for work experience and development of personal
skills for Canberra Recovery clients through work experience and
basic computer training.”
New rehab centre
By KENT ROSENTHAL
Majors Bruce and Carolyn Harmer have been campaigning
for four years to relocate and expand The Salvation Army’s
addiction treatment centre in Townsville to make room for
women and their families.
Although some government approvals are still in the
pipeline, property department personnel representing Townsville
Recovery Services have already sought expressions of interest
from architects to design a new addiction treatment centre with
residential services for 70 people affected by dependency on
alcohol, drugs and gambling.
The service will provide accommodation and treatment for
women with children and for a larger number of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander people.
The Harmers, who have managed the Townsville Recovery
Services centre since 2005, said the current hostel has room for
30 men who live on site during months of counselling, group
therapy and work therapy, but there is no accommodation
provided by The Salvation Army for women seeking help, and
very little from other agencies in Townsville. The Army offers an
outpatient service for women, which has about 50 clients on their
The Army announced a year ago its commitment to building a
new 70-bed treatment centre worth about $10 million on a 10.38ha
Major Bruce Harmer said the complex will mark a new era for
treatment provision through the Army and will assist thousands
of Queenslanders. Along with residential care, detoxification
beds, day programs and out-client services, the new treatment
centre will provide other services such as support groups for
people bereaved by suicide, numeracy and literacy classes, art
groups and other experiential groups.
“The development and establishment of this new service
is a bold plan but one that, under God, is achievable and very
much needed as The Salvation Army enters into a second century
of service in Central and North Queensland. The partnerships
required to make this new centre become a reality have been
nothing short of miraculous. Clearly God’s hand has been on this
initiative,” Major Harmer said.
The project has involved partnerships and approvals by
Recovery Services Command, Townsville Social Planning
Services, Townsville City Council, Queensland State Government
Majors Carolyn and Bruce Harmer with
plans for the new rehab centre.
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and the traditional owners of the land, the Wulgurukaba people
and the Bindle people.
“The traditional owners have been supportive and have
remarked on how important this new centre will be for their
people also,” Major Harmer said.
One of the elders, Auntie Elsie, said: “We are praying for The
Salvation Army because we know this new centre will help our
people so much.”
The current request for expressions of interest from architects
will refine the project plan ready for the next phase.
“God is good and his hand is clearly seen in the tapestry of
cooperation and support that this project has received at so many
different levels,” Major Harmer said.
“We look forward to the day when this service is a reality and
people are finding relief from their addictions and entering into a
new relationship with God as their personal Saviour and life-time
I dream of a Salvation Army corps that receives the underdog,
the alcoholic, the drug addict, the gambler and those whose
lives have been hurt by other abuses.
I dream of a Salvation Army corps where these people can
come and receive love and understanding.
I dream of these people becoming new persons in Christ
and going on to maturity in Christ.
I dream of a new community of people, whose lives were
once ruined by sin and failure but who now, through the grace
of God have been embraced by the church that meets at The
Salvation Army hall, and who have become productive and
effective citizens of the kingdom of God.
I dream of a Salvation Army hall, filled with rejoicing
people – rejoicing because they know they have been saved
from a life of sin in which they were victimised by abuses.
I dream that these people are so excited about their freedom
that they will do anything to get other people into that same
I dream of winning these people to Jesus so that they can
experience a relationship with God in the power of the Holy
Spirit. This relationship will be expressed in worship to God,
fellowship with other believers, and loving ministry to nonbelievers.
I can see this dream being fulfilled in my lifetime.
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Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond officially
welcomed 14 Salvation Army cadets as Ambassadors of
Holiness at Rockdale Corps on 26 February.
Cadets Ian Shelley and Asena Firkin testified they were
where God wanted them to be and were excited about what the
Lord had in store for their future.
Commissioner Bond led the installation of principals for
both Booth College (Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodge) and School
for Officer Training (Major Gavin Watts as Principal and Major
Wendy Watts as Director of Spiritual Formation). She reminded
them there is no appointment more important than teaching
Major Gavin Watts spoke of the work God has done in his
life and of his confidence in the Lord’s plans.
During the message, Commissioner Bond told the cadets
that being an Ambassador of Holiness is a heavy responsibility, but
more importantly a high calling. The cadets and congregation
were encouraged by the commissioner to live a life of holiness.
“We’re called to belong to Jesus, we’re called to be holy, and
we’re called to ministry,” she said.
Parramatta music team and Hurstville band led the service
in powerful praise and worship, with songs including Salvation
Is Our Motto and Let Us Sing of His Love.
Majors Gavin and Wendy Watts (front) with some of the new cadets.
(Captains Grant and Michelle Kingston-Kerr)
the Manly Corps
Centre in February
in the presence
of 100 people
state and local
Young Manly Corps members entertain organisations.
at the launch.
A DVD was
screened showing current activities at the community centre,
and Captain Kingston-Kerr outlined proposals for coming
months. Captain Kingston-Kerr has been manager of The
Salvation Army’s services in Manly for the past seven years.
“Two years ago we had a fundraiser at the Steyne Hotel to
raise funds for staff positions. Now we are at the next stage of
development and are looking for interested supporters.”
The community centre currently hosts a soup kitchen
five days a week and opens the premises for two Alcoholics
Anonymous and two Narcotics Anonymous meetings a week.
It provides a base for crisis support, referrals and a range of
Besides Captain Kingston-Kerr, the corps has three full-time
staff positions – a community program manager, youth and
community coordinator and a chaplain.
“My wife also works part-time in administration. We are
hoping to employ an addictions counsellor and a part-time
bereavement counsellor. There are also building upgrades we
are hoping to find funding for,’’ he said.
“We deal with a wide range of issues, particularly
alcohol, drug and gambling, homelessness, mental health
and loneliness. We are intending to expand our services to
include basic living skills, bereavement counselling, addiction
counselling and small groups and family support. These
services will be available for people of all ages.”
Young people explore
identity in mission
Twenty-five young people and their leaders from North NSW
Division gathered at Yaraandoo, east of Armidale, in February
for the first ID weekend of 2009.
Divisional Youth Secretary Captain Melanie Holland said the
group had an amazing time learning about the heart of worship
and sharing together in friendship.
“It was inspiring to see the young people from Tamworth,
Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Lismore and Ballina so eager to love and
honour God through their lives. Our desire is that each delegate
has gone home with a passion to worship God in spirit and in
truth – through their songs, prayers, words, relationships, choices
and service,’’ she said.
“We are so appreciative of all the corps for promoting this
weekend, and we have great hopes for the next ID weekend,
scheduled for August.”
ID is a youth discipleship initiative of the Australia
Eastern Territory, reaching high school students and young
adults. The North NSW Division runs the program as an
intensive, two weekends a year. Topics include evangelism,
Children gather to celebrate God in Kempsey.
worship, discipleship, social justice, mentoring and leadership
The goal is to equip and motivate youth for mission in their
local corps, giving them practical skills and opportunities in
“The weekends have a serious intent – to win the world for
Jesus – but are also filled with inspiration, friendship and fun,”
Captain Melanie said.
Also in February, members of the North NSW Division met
at Kempsey, along with Nambucca River and Port Macquarie
Corps members, to celebrate the children in their churches and to
The Agents of T.R.U.T.H made a special appearance and
participants looked at how young people can be filled with
the Holy Spirit to save, grow and serve in their local churches.
Children were reminded there is no junior Holy Spirit, but one
Spirit that gives everyone talents and abilities to love and serve
Young people participate in
workshops at an ID weekend.
in tough times
By KENT ROSENTHAL
visiting American pastor has encouraged Salvationists not
A to be discouraged by the current economic crisis, but to
focus on God as provider.
Reverend Brian Kluth, who spoke at various Salvation Army
and other church seminars around Australia last month, said we
should not regard the organisation we belong to or the company
we work for as our provider, but instead consider God as able to
meet all our needs.
“With all the bad news about the economy in the media, it’s
understandable that people are worried about what’s going to
happen to their jobs, their church ministries, their appeals, their
giving and themselves,’’ Brian told a seminar held at the Army’s
Australia Eastern Territorial Headquarters in Sydney.
“The Bible says that we are to encourage one another and
spur one another on to love and good deeds. So I pray that I
would be an encouragement to you in whatever you are doing.”
Brian mentioned the example of the prophet Haggai in
the Old Testament, who appealed to the people of God to
be generous towards the building of a temple in a period of
“There are times when God allows cold economic winds to
blow in an economy – so what’s the message? The Scripture in
Haggai basically says God is calling us to consider our ways,
“Basically God spoke and said, ‘You are putting your own
desires ahead of me, you’ve become so materialistic as a society
– even as God’s people’ – so He said, ‘Consider you ways’.”
Brian said his seminars in Australia and around the world
are not revealing anything new.
“If you hear anything totally new it’s probably heresy,” he
said. “It’s about the things that we kind of know [from Scripture]
but need to be reminded of.”
Dubbo youth earn awards
(Captains Malcolm and Wendy-Sue Swann)
The Salvation Army hall at Dubbo filled quickly as the
SAGALA sections marched into their Sunday morning church
parade last month.
There were 35 children at SAGALA activities on the preceding
Friday night, with many of them returning on the Sunday to
Special badges were presented to those who participated
in activities during the school holidays. MEGA (Moonbeam/
Explorer Graduation Award) stars were presented to Courtenay
Wark-Austin, James Austin and Harrison Powell (Flynn Boland
was absent). This award recognises the achievement of earning 10
Commissioner’s Sunbeam Awards were presented to Margaret
Fenton and Tamara Townsend, following which Margaret was
enrolled as a guard.
Moonbeams and Explorers after the presentation of their badges.
From left are Captain Cathryn Ford, Courtenay Wark-Austin, Harrison
Powell, James Austin and Jonathan Parker.
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(Majors Mark and Julie Campbell)
(From left) Majors Mark and Julie Campbell, Colonels Jan and
James Condon and Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie.
Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie visited Parramatta
Corps last month, a “coming home” for them having
been soldiers there and divisional leaders in the Greater West
Division before leaving for Russia and a journey that took them
into international leadership.
At the evening meeting, Commissioner Raemor Pobjie
expressed appreciation for the support that they had received
over the intervening 10 years and confirmed how God had
used these years to teach her significant lessons. Her words led
beautifully into the message of the band which played the hymn
How Great Thou Art.
Commissioner Barry Pobjie’s message was punctuated with
expressions of confidence that God is ultimately the winner and
that we share in that victory. He related recent experiences in the
Army’s South Pacific and East Asia Zone which bore witness to
makes big splash
More than 200 Salvationists from Newcastle and Central
NSW Division braved overcast skies last month to attend
the Divisional Aquatics Carnival at Swansea.
This year’s Encouragement Cup was awarded to Westlakes
Corps. The overall winners were Eastlakes (564 points) followed
by Newcastle (185) and Northlakes (122).
Divisional Commander Major Kerry Haggar thanked all who
supported the carnival and said it was a relaxed event where
families gathered to have a great time together. She encouraged
corps members in the division to attend next year’s carnival.
Divisional Commander Major Kerry Haggar presents the
Triumph Cup to Major Sandra Holland (Eastlakes Corps).
(Majors Bill and Judith Hutley)
Gladstone Corps rejoiced in February when eight-year-old
Joseph Murray was enrolled as a junior soldier.
Joseph is the first junior soldier to be enrolled since July 2004.
Before signing his promise he recited it with thoughtfulness and
Joseph’s prayer pal, Mike Evans, committed him to God as
he signed his Junior Soldier’s Promise at the holiness table.
Joseph’s father Warren held the Army flag during the
ceremony, while family members travelled from Brisbane and
Maryborough for the occasion.
After his enrolment five of his cousins (junior soldiers and
corps cadets) joined him on the platform as a sign of a great
Joseph also recited his promise at his Christian school during
a special assembly where the principal presented Major Bill
Hutley with $1015 for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal on behalf of
and his father
(Majors David and Shelley Soper)
Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie visit Earlwood Corps,
accompanied by Commissioner Linda Bond and Lieutenant-
Colonels Ian and Marilyn Hamilton.
Earlwood’s recent Commitment to Service ceremony was
blessed with a visit by Territorial Commander Commissioner
Linda Bond and Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie.
Over recent years, long-serving Salvationists have been
honoured for their service. At the ceremony in March,
Commissioner Bond presented certificates acknowledging all the
new members taking on responsibilities at the corps.
She presented 41 people with certificates for Commitment
to Service in the corps and broader community. Their service
represents an intentional process towards achieving the corps’
mission statement, “to connect, build relationships, explore faith
and serve others in the spirit of Jesus so that people reach their
full potential in God”.
The roles that were acknowledged included kids hope
mentors, hotel ministry, meals ministry, phone ministry, home
visitation and pastoral care. New members are also providing
ministry in the hotels and street. A new children’s ministry
coordinator was acknowledged, as well as Mini-Musicians
team members, worship team members, community outreach
and dance group ministries. Two new band members were also
The guest commissioners were accompanied by Sydney East
and Illawarra divisional leaders Lieutenant-Colonels Ian and
Marilyn Hamilton. Earlwood Corps took the opportunity to
honour the Hamiltons and express their love and gratitude for
their commitment, support, friendship and excellent pastoral
Commissioner Barry Pobjie spoke of his childhood and
his transformed life, which inspired many in the congregation
who had also endured difficult childhood years and were now
growing in grace and experiencing the transforming power of
the Holy Spirit.
Commissioner Raemor Pobjie gave a challenging message
about the re-enforcing power of the Holy Spirit.
Sydney Korean Corps
celebrates 13 years
(Major Jei-Oh Han and Major Haeng-Sim Jang)
ydney Korean Corps celebrated its 13th anniversary on 15
February at Belmore.
More than 120 people gathered for the festivities and corps
soldiers were inspired by Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional
Commander Lieutenant-Colonel Ian Hamilton’s sermon, which
was translated by Major Hwan-Ki Kim.
With the theme of “It’s your decision,” based on Judges 2:1-
15, Lieut-Colonel Hamilton focused on keeping a covenant with
God. He encouraged the congregation not to accommodate the
enemy and to break down the altars that are not of God, making
sure the next generation knows, loves and serves God.
Lieut-Colonel Hamilton said it was always an encouraging
experience to visit the Sydney Korean Corps.
“There is lots happening as well as people getting saved and
God’s people waiting on him and seeking his will and purpose
for the corps and his people.”
Korean Corps members gather for their anniversary.
Salvos stop traffic at Sexpo
dozen members of The Salvation Army’s Centenary
A Corps spent four days at the Brisbane Convention and
Expo Centre last month, raising awareness about human sex
Beneath a “Stop the Traffik” banner, the team ran a stall at
the Sexpo event. They handed out fair trade chocolates and antitrafficking
materials, and informed people about the situation in
Australia, took signatures on a petition and received donations
to Samaritan House.
They encouraged visitors to slap a handprint up on the wall
and write down their immediate reaction to the injustice. Each
day the team touched base with other staff and exhibitors and
invited Sexpo guests to sit on The Salvation Army “lovesac” for
a talk, a rest, or to watch film clips.
Sexpo provided the $2500 stall for free after two members of
the Centenary Corps approached the organisers. Corps Officers
Captains Paula and Andrew Hambleton were pleased with the
“Earlier this year we challenged the church to live in the
danger zone. Our corps members took this challenge seriously,’’
“Our stall allowed us to be God’s love to people normally
shunned by the Church. It truly presented us the opportunity to
extend the hope of God to the lost, the last and the least.”
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Gosford enrols three soldiers
(Majors David and Lea Palmer)
large congregation witnessed the swearing-in of three senior
A soldiers at Gosford Corps recently.
A chance meeting with some Salvationists at the gym led
Jenny Kearns to worship at Gosford Corps and answer God’s
call to become a soldier. Jenny is now involved with The
Salvation Army Emergency Services and is a willing kitchen
volunteer at the corps.
Kevin Chalker had previously been a Salvationist many
years ago, and has now returned to the Army to continue his
journey. Kevin lovingly tends the playground for the playgroup
and is a willing helper in maintaining the grounds.
Until recently, Fay Clifton didn’t believe it was necessary
for her to be a soldier – she was already a faithful soldier of
Jesus. God, however, asked more of her and she obeyed. Fay is a
volunteer at the corps’ community services and is a helper in the
Gosford Corps also held a thankyou parade in March.
More than 180 people joined together to thank the Central
Coast American Motorcycle Association and the Central Coast
Fire Brigades for their contribution to The Salvation Army
Community Services Christmas hampers and toy run. The
bikers were involved in an annual toy run and the fire stations
were drop-off points for toys and food.
The day of the toy run in November last year was wet and
overcast, but this did not stop more than 100 Harley Davidsons
being ridden from Erina to The Entrance on the Central Coast.
The bikers are passionate about the run and their involvement in
receiving donations of toys for the families of the Central Coast.
A Harley Davidson motorcycle held pride of place inside the
church for the parade. During the meeting the owner of the bike
was asked to start and rev his motorcycle. Reference was made
to this sound echoing through the streets of the Central Coast as
they rode for others’ benefit. At the end of the service the owner
rode down the aisle and out through the foyer.
After the service all were invited to view the 25 motorcycles
lined up in the car park and the fire truck from Kariong Fire
From left are Majors David and Lea Palmer with new
senior soldiers Jenny Kearns, Kevin Chalker and Fay Clifton.
Members of the Central Coast American Motorcycle
Association were thanked for organising a toy and food run.
Enrolments at Tweed Heads
(Captains Alwyn and Deborah Robinson)
Tweed Heads Corps enrolled three new soldiers on 8
February. New soldiers Dee Clarke, Beryl Maina and
Michael Porter attended a “Classes To Ministry” session
before coming to the conclusion that God wanted them to
be soldiers, releasing them into greater ministry and service.
Pictured (from left) are Captain Deborah Robinson, with Dee,
Beryl, Michael, Allan Griffin (with flag) and Captain Alwyn
(Captains Mervyn and Maryann Dovey)
Captain Mervyn Dovey said he was privileged to dedicate
Amber Richens’ children to the Lord on 15 February.
Amber featured in February’s Pipeline after her enrolment
as a senior soldier. Following that, Amber decided to bring
her children in thanksgiving and dedication to the Lord in the
presence of 22 people.
She is keen for her children to grow and serve in the ways
of Jesus. The dedication theme was “Children – God’s special
Meantime, Captain Maryann Dovey has started junior
soldier classes/Sunday school before the regular Sunday
lay workers’ spiritual retreat attracted 25 delegates on 26
A and 27 February at the Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort. The
retreat theme was “Fill My Cup, Lord!”
Guest presenter, Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries
Colonel Jan Condon, likened human life to a cup shaped by
experiences and beliefs through life.
Colonel Condon spoke about “My Cup of Life”, “The
Open Cup”, “The Chipped/Broken Cup” and “The Cup of
for flood, fire
(Captains Dale and Darlene Murray)
Captain Darlene Murray places
flowers at the foot of a cross.
groups gathered on
15 February at the city’s
civic centre for a bushfire
and flood prayer reflection
Captains Dale and
Darlene Murray, of
Townsville Riverway Corps,
represented The Salvation
Army at the service hosted
by Townsville Mayor Les
Tyrell. Captain Darlene
led an intercessory prayer
After the service,
attended by 300 people,
participants placed petitions
on a prayer wall and
flowers at the foot of a cross.
From left are Home League Secretary Barbara Dakin, Tanith-Rose,
10, Timothy, 6, Tahni- Belle, 3, with mother Amber Richens, and
Tiahna-Jane, four months, held by Captain Mervyn Dovey.
Compassion” which included a prayer walk and concluded with
a worship session “The Cup of Blessing”.
Captain Janice Rees introduced a change of pace and an
opportunity for fellowship and fun by leading a session of fast
games. The Chief Secretary, Colonel James Condon, was special
dinner guest and offered thoughts on “Connecting with God” in
church, through the beauty of nature and in retreating to places
away from the busyness and noise of everyday living and work.
To help illustrate his talk both Jan and James shared photos
from their appointment in Papua New Guinea, bringing a
poignant reminder of the importance of the Self-Denial Appeal.
The Divisional Director of Women’s Ministries, Lieutenant-
Colonel Marilyn Hamilton, also joined the group for dinner.
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Army’s gift to tsunami victims
Sydney Salvationist Errol Duck-Chong has been to Indonesia to inspect The
Salvation Army’s work in restoring the region of Aceh, devastated by the
Boxing Day tsunami in 2004. This is his edited report.
After flying from Sydney to Medan, Indonesia, I met
Lieutenant-Colonels Dan and Helen Starrett. Lieut-Colonel
Dan is Executive Director of The Salvation Army World Services
Organisation (SAWSO) and Lieut-Colonel Helen is Director of
Also in the group was Major George Polarek, Assistant to the
I was in Indonesia to witness the dedication of the Army’s
latest project of 500 new homes built for tsunami affected
families in Leuhan. Almost 1250 homes have now been provided
by the Army.
Prior to 26 December 2004, few Australians would have
known of Aceh. It became a household name from that day as a
monstrous tsunami swept away its people and buildings.
Before going to Leuhan, I was able to visit two Army
children’s homes in Medan, which accommodate 150 girls and
The next day, we travelled with the leadership team in a
12-seater Missionary Aviation Fellowship aircraft to Nagan
Raya, where we were greeted by women in traditional dress
who presented garlands to guests.
Police with sirens escorted our convoy to the Bupati’s
(Regent) office for an official welcome. Police then led us to
Leuhan, 10km from the coast where we saw the new homes built
on cleared jungle. Families had been living for more than three
years in barracks. Today they were moving into their new homes
– a dream come true.
Aceh’s population is mostly Muslim. It was moving to see
the response of our brothers and sisters in gratitude for this
priceless gift of a new home.
Traditional musicians and dancers welcomed officials at the
handing over ceremony.
International Secretary Commissioner Barry Pobjie,
Territorial Commander for Indonesia Colonel Basuki
Kartodarsono, Lieut-Colonel Dan Starrett, Ms Karen Ng,
Business Manager for The Salvation Army Hong Kong
Command, and Yoppy Simanjuntak, THQ Project Manager and
Committee Coordinator, were among the official party.
Each speaker and new home owner received gifts of rice and
Much still needs to be done to help the residents to connect to
nearby communities and become self-supporting. The Salvation
Army is assisting.
As we returned to the airport, we were shown a 30m-high
tower indicating the height of the tidal wave. In the rebuilding
of homes and lives, we saw hope. We saw God.
Salvos youth to
gather in Sweden
One thousand young Salvationists from
around the world will attend a World
Youth Convention in Stockholm, Sweden, in
The gathering, to be led by General Shaw
Clifton with Commissioner Helen Clifton, will
run from 15 to 18 July and have as its theme
The venue will be Aula Magna, part of
Stockholm University, and the focus of the event
will be Salvationism. Discussion topics include
realism, idealism, inclusiveness, compassion,
simplicity, internationalism, visible and audible.
The General writes: “I invite all Salvationists
to be in prayer for this historic occasion. God
has blessed us with fine young people all
over the world. May those who attend the
World Youth Convention be deepened in their
commitment to Christ and to serving a broken
and hurting world.”
Immediately prior to the convention a
number of delegates will take part in a weeklong
event called “Time to be Holy 458”,
to be held at the Centre for Spiritual Life
Development in south London, UK. The event’s
title refers to song 458 in the English-language
Song Book of The Salvation Army, Take Time to
There will also be opportunity for delegates
to take part in a “Time to Serve 24/7” program
hosted by the United Kingdom Territory with
the Republic of Ireland.
World Youth Convention delegates will
be chosen by the Army’s territories and
commands, each of which has been allocated
places according to the number of its soldiers.
Delegates, aged from 18 to 28 at the start of the
convention, must be soldiers or adherents who
demonstrate a commitment to future service
as active Salvationists. During the convention
they will study and debate the General’s New
Love, which they will be encouraged to read
before arriving in Sweden. The book includes
contributions by writers from all over The
Salvation Army world and seeks to show that
Christian holiness is relevant to every human
situation, including the major global issues of
Because the convention is restricted to 1000
delegates, territories and commands are being
encouraged to organise youth events to coincide
with the convention. Some of these may be
linked to the convention via satellite, enabling
the General and others to address as many
young people as possible around the world.
Internet technology will also be used to make
as many Salvationists as possible feel part of
the convention even if they are not able to be
present in Sweden.
General Shaw Clifton has
convened a meeting of
the most senior leaders of The
Salvation Army to gather in
London from 7 July to 13 July,
Salvation Army leaders
from every territory and
every command in the world
will be present, with senior
officers from International
Headquarters. The total
number attending will be 135,
including the General, the
World President of Women’s
Ministries and the Chief of the
The main purpose of the
conference will be to seek the
guidance of God for the future
witness and service of the
Army globally. The conference
will also address international
issues which affect the life
and work of The Salvation
Army around the world. The
event also provides a valuable
opportunity for senior leaders
to meet one another in
Christian fellowship, to be in
prayer together, and to feed
upon God’s Word.
The General is requesting
widespread prayer support for
this key event.
A tower on the foreshore marks the
height – 20m – of the tsunami at Aceh.
and Dan Starrett release
Homes built by The Salvation
Army for tsunami-affected
Photos: by Errol Duck-Chong
Zonal leaders meet in Bali
The Salvation Army’s South Pacific and East Asia Zonal
Leaders Conference in Bali during February was led by the
Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Robin Dunster.
Territorial, command and regional leaders joined together
in discussion, reflection, fellowship and prayer. The Chief was
supported by the International Secretary for South Pacific and
East Asia, Commissioner Barry Pobjie, Commissioner Raemor
Pobjie (Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries) and Lieutenant-
Colonel Gillian Downer (Under Secretary).
During the conference delegates explored the themes “A
Salvation Army”, “A Sanctified Army” and “A Sensible Army”.
These were further developed through a series of Bible studies
conducted by Lieut-Colonel Edna Williams (support officer to
the Chief of the Staff). The themes had also been studied in other
The host territory, Indonesia, and its Territorial Commander
Commissioner Ribut Basuki Kartodarsono provided a warm
welcome to delegates at a united meeting at Bali’s Denpasar 2
As delegates arrived, each was presented with a garland of
flowers before traditional Balinese welcome dances were
performed by girls from a local children’s home.
Delegates marched into the meeting behind their national
flags which were carried by children from the corps. The
congregation gave the visitors an enthusiastic welcome. Bamboo
xylophone music played by boys from the William Booth Boys’
Home provided a Balinese flavour to the meeting.
Following the Bible message from the Chief of the Staff many
people responded to the challenge given and rededicated their
lives at the mercy seat. In true Salvation Army style the meeting
concluded with the rousing song Joy in The Salvation Army.
Delegates to the leaders conference. The Chief of the Staff is in the
centre of the front row.
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Effective 2 March: Captain Kim Hawke, Administrator to Enterprise House;
Captain David Hawke, Associate Administrator to Enterprise House,
Effective 9 March: Majors Allan and Fran Flemming, Mentors to Newly
Effective 12 March: Major Christine Longbottom, Divisional Womens
Ministry Secretary (additional appointment, protem), Sydney East and
Effective April: Captains Gaina and Jenny Vali (from Papua New Guinea
Territory), Team Members, Cairns Multicultural Ministry, Central and North
Effective 6 April: Major Lynda Bliss, Associate Officer, Forbes/Parkes Corps,
The Greater West Division.
Effective 16 April: Majors Bruce and Cheryl Carpenter, Corps Officers, Dee
Why Corps, Sydney East and Illawarra Division (protem).
Effective 1 May: Lieutenant-Colonels Ian and Marilyn Hamilton, Secretary
for Programme and Assistant Secretary for Programme, Australia Southern
Territory; Commissioners Les and Coral Strong, Interim Divisional Leaders,
Sydney East and Illawarra Division.
To Captains Melanie-Anne and Roscoe Holland, a son, Reuben Eli Scott, on
Commissioner Barry Pobjie of his mother Lenore Barlow on 27 February.
Major Kerry Haggar has completed a Master of Administrative Leadership
at the University of New England. She will graduate later this year.
Major Marie-Louise Craig has completed a Bachelor of Theology at St
Mark’s Theological College, Charles Sturt University. She has been awarded
first class honours and will graduate in April.
The following people have graduated from the School for Leadership
Diploma of Management – Charles Roberts.
Diploma of Pastoral Counselling – Pamela Freeman, Majors Darren Elsley,
Romona Kinder, Robyn Maxwell, and Captain Lyn Cathcart.
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs – Sam Bramall.
Certificate IV in Christian Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – Captains Jeffrey
Bush, Petra Dorman and Steven Dorman.
Certificate IV in Community Services Work – Sam Bramall, Captains Jeffrey
Bush and Gaye Day.
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – Tony Devlin, Major Terry Grey,
Captain Lyn Edge.
Enterprise Based Trainer and Assessor Skill Set – Serena Woroglian, Major
time to pray
29 March-4 April
Ron and Susan Petterson, Papua New Guinea Territory; Ayr Corps, Boonah
Corps, Youth Outreach Service, Qld; Family Tracing Service (Sydney),
Temora Corps, NSW; Self-Denial Altar Service (29); I’ll Fight social justice
Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie, IHQ; Engadine Corps, Faith
Cottage, NSW; Dalby Corps, Longreach/Rural Chaplaincy base, Qld; School
for Officer Training, THQ; Territorial youth pastors’ retreat (7-9); Good
Friday (10); Red Shield Easter Camp (10-17).
Southern Africa Territory; South Qld Chaplaincy Services – Hospital, Court
and Prison, Rural, Police, Retired Officers, Fire and Rescue Service, Motor
Cycle Racing, Qld; Easter Sunday services (12); National Advisory Board
Nigeria Command; Gold Coast Recovery Services Centre, Qld; Bingara
Corps, Macquarie Lodge Aged Care Services, Montrose Residential Aged
Care, Sydney Chinese Corps, Woonona Corps, NSW; Newcastle and
Central NSW Division kids’ camp (20-24); Recovery Services review (23);
Anzac Day (25).
26 April-2 May
Captain Kaye Barber, Australia Southern Territory; Tuggeranong Corps,
ACT; Blacktown City Corps, Deniliquin Corps, Sydney East and Illawarra
Divisional Headquarters, NSW; Salvation Army International Development
Office (SAID), THQ; Sydney East and Illawarra Division youth councils
(1-3); Central and North Queensland Division youth councils; Sydney Staff
Songsters ministry weekend (2-3).
Captain Peter Godkin, United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of
Ireland; Caloundra Corps, Mount Gravatt Corps, Qld; Goulburn Corps, The
Anchor, Weeroona Village, NSW; Booth College, THQ.
Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)
Streetlevel Mission: Fri 3 April – Streetlevel Mission visit
Greater West Division: Thu 9-Sun 12 Apr – Divisional Easter meetings
Sydney: Mon 20 Apr – Red Shield officers and Ex-servicemen and Women’s
Association annual luncheon
Earlwood: Tue 21 Apr – Holiness meeting
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
South Queensland Division: Wed 29 Apr-Mon 4 May – Corps visits
Tuggeranong: Sat 9-Sun 10 May – Corps visit
Brisbane: Sun 24 May – Red Shield Appeal
Bexley: Fri 29 May – Booth College retreat day
Hervey Bay: Sat 30-Sun 31 May – Corps visit
Colonel James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon
Sydney: Fri 3-Sat 4 Apr – I’ll Fight conference
Newcastle & Central NSW Division: Fri 10-Sun 12 Apr – Divisional Easter
meetings at Gosford, Wyong Oasis, Tuggerah Lakes, Newcastle
* Sydney: Thur 14 May – Chapel service, Weeroona
* Sydney: Mon 18 May – Guest speaker Australian Church Woman’s Annual
Service of Dedication – Eastwood Baptist Church
Sydney: Wed 20 May – TPMC and Chapel: William Booth House
Lake Munmorah: Fri 22 May –Lecture: School for Youth Leadership
Sydney: Sun 24 May – Red Shield Appeal
Canberra: Thur 28 May – Inter-Territorial Executive and Cabinet Secretaries
* Colonel Jan Condon only
PRAYER PRIORITY: JOIN A TERRITORY-WIDE PRAYER MEETING
Commissioner Linda Bond invites corps and individuals to join her in prayer
for The Salvation Army’s mission in the world every Thursday morning from
7.30am to 8.00am. Please pray for:
• Spiritual renewal and growth across The Salvation Army
• Transformation of people’s lives through the Army’s ministry
• The dynamic impact of The Salvation Army’s mission initiatives and programs