April 2009 - Salvation Army


April 2009 - Salvation Army

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

April 2009

Volume 13 Issue 4

Easter feature

Very early in

the morning


rise and go forward

one place - one purpose

ise and go forward

God’s Spirit is moving

one mission


ing whatever it takes

doing whatever it takes

one army

calling us

rise and go forward

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5-7 June 2009

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God’s Spirit is moving

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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

The Salvation Army


International Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria street

London EC4P 4EP

Shaw Clifton, General

Australia Eastern Territory

140 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Peter McGuigan, Captain

Communications Director

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

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Kem Pobjie

Cover photo: A re-enactment of

the crucifiction of Christ, AAP

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A simple yet special ministry


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.


Scott Simpson,

Managing Editor

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

in Australia





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

his persecutors.

“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.

Shaw Clifton,

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

are foolishness.

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

own goodness.

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

dead works.

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

them again.”

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

26:28, NIV).

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


a price


greater than

our true value.

He did this

because he

loves us.”

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

Graham Evangelistic


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

a spectacle.

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

absolute thriller.

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,

evoked suspicion.

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

part of.

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

spiritual hunger”.

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

and obedient.

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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in the


Growing Saints


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


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

the world!

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

all about.

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

with him.

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.

Live simply!

Embrace servanthood

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,”

(John 13:4-5).

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

our land.

• 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

much more.

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

give generously.

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.

Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam

Gluyas is the Australia

Eastern Territory’s

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.

12 pipeline 04/2009 03/2009 13

Servant of



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

Pamela Hodge.

“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


Mentoring program

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

serve God.

“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.”

“(I had)


who lived

on rubbish

dumps down

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.”

Married life

Graeme’s passion for his work saw him

elevated to the role of Assistant Director of

International Development on October 3

last year.

On October 4, he married his long-time

14 pipeline 04/2009 15

(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

Graeme worships.

“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.”

Family ties

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-

Colonel Hodge.

“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


“It (social


makes you

fight and it’s

a fight worth


Still shocked

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

shock him?

“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.


pipeline 04/2009 17

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

world poverty


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

being done.

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,”

she says.

Practical assistance

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

Recycling Program.

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.

pipeline 04/2009 19



at the


heart of

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

lies ahead.

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

Crowdy Head.

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

every community.

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

on Sunday.

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

shopping centre

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

busy schedule.

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

this place.”

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

to Jesus”.

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


God-centred mission

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


pipeline 04/2009 21

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.

Thinking differently

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

corps status.

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

to town.

“There are disused churches and halls

in suburbs and towns all over Australia,”

Randall says.

“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

week, anyway.”

Bill Simpson is Editorat-Large

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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


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

Army personnel.

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

‘Sallyman’ is”.

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.”

An indomitable

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.”

Military service

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.

Street ministry

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

“T” (temperance).

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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Serving Suffering



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

illegal dwelling.

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

every night.

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

regulars, explains.

“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.”

Business backlash

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

for Margaret





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

of ministry.”

Lauren Martin is a journalist

with The Salvation Army’s

Communications team

Jeff’s story

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

Bay township.

“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.


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

North Queensland.

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,”

she says.

“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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From the coalface



Canberra daring to dream


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

for Townsville


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.

From the coalface



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


The Dream

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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From the coalface


From the coalface


Public welcome

for cadets

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.

Manly launches

community centre

(Captains Grant and Michelle Kingston-Kerr)

Captain Grant


Kerr launched

the Manly Corps


Centre in February

in the presence

of 100 people

including federal,

state and local

council members

and leaders

from community

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

community events.

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

celebrate God.

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

God better.

Young people participate in

workshops at an ID weekend.


in tough times


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

attend church.

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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From the coalface


From the coalface


Homecoming in


(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

God’s greatness.

Aquatics carnival

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

family witness.

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

the school.

Major Bill

Hutley with


junior soldier

Joseph Murray

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,’’

they said.

“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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From the coalface


From the coalface


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


Children dedicated

at Longreach

(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

afternoon meeting.

Lay worker’s

spiritual retreat

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

Townsville prays

for flood, fire


(Captains Dale and Darlene Murray)

Captain Darlene Murray places

flowers at the foot of a cross.

Townsville church

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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From the coalface


From the coalface



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

Special Projects.

Also in the group was Major George Polarek, Assistant to the

Executive Director.

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

a tree.

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

“Raised Up”.

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

be Holy.

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

the day.

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.


International leaders


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.

Lieutenant-Colonels Helen

and Dan Starrett release

celebratory balloons.

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

zonal conferences.

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.

pipeline 04/2009 39

From the coalface


about people


Effective 2 March: Captain Kim Hawke, Administrator to Enterprise House;

Captain David Hawke, Associate Administrator to Enterprise House,

Zimbabwe Territory.

Effective 9 March: Majors Allan and Fran Flemming, Mentors to Newly

Commissioned Officers.

Effective 12 March: Major Christine Longbottom, Divisional Womens

Ministry Secretary (additional appointment, protem), Sydney East and

Illawarra Division.

Effective April: Captains Gaina and Jenny Vali (from Papua New Guinea

Territory), Team Members, Cairns Multicultural Ministry, Central and North

Queensland Division.

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

5 March.


Commissioner Barry Pobjie of his mother Lenore Barlow on 27 February.

Study Success

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

Christine Unicomb.

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

conference (3-4).

5-11 April

Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie, IHQ; Engadine Corps, Faith

Cottage, NSW; Dalby Corps, Longreach/Rural Chaplaincy base, Qld; School

for Officer Training, THQ; Territorial youth pastors’ retreat (7-9); Good

Friday (10); Red Shield Easter Camp (10-17).

12-18 April

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

meeting (16).

19-25 April

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).

3-9 May

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.

engagement calendar

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


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

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