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The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

JUly 2013

Volume 17 Issue 7





Day of Prayer

for Children


Also inside

General Linda

Bond Retires

Commissioner James Condon | Jonathan Browning | Major David Woodbury | Rhondda Kingston | Luke Geary





Raising children to be God’s own














Creative Ministry

Play it again, Sam

The Salvation Army


International Headquarters

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London EC4P 4EP

Australia Eastern Territory

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Sydney NSW 2000

James Condon, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Bruce Harmer, Major

Communications and Public

Relations Secretary

Managing Editor

Scott Simpson

Graphic design

Kem Pobjie


The Salvation Army is embracing

International Day of Prayer For

Children. By Simone Worthing



Esther Pinn meets five members of

Dubbo Corps’ SAGALA sections

who are jetting off to a worldwide

gathering in London next month


The Australia Eastern Territory gears up

for a Freedom Celebration in Sydney


Jonathan Browning says the path to

the true heart of God is a process of

transformation rather than a quick fix










47 Promoted to Glory

Cover photo

Shairon Paterson

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The Bible makes it very clear that children are

a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). It also

makes it clear that as adults, we have a Godgiven

responsibility to

“Direct your children onto the right path, and

when they are older, they will not leave it”

(Proverbs 22:6).

Parenthood is an enormous responsibility. For

Christians, that responsibility extends beyond

physical care for their children to the salvation of

their souls. We need to turn to God for guidance

and for the grace necessary to fulfil this greatest

of duties. The same applies for all those – carers,

family members, prayer pals, etc – who have an

influence over the shaping of a young person’s


Our cover story in this issue of Pipeline focuses

on the International Day of Prayer For Children.

What better way can there be to “direct your

children onto the right path” than to be daily on

your knees, bringing their precious young lives

before God?

A turning point in my own parenting came

with the realisation that my children are, in

essence, “on loan” to my wife and I from God.

They are his children – as we all are – and he

has entrusted the phenomenal responsibility of

raising them to us.

Surely, then, wisdom dictates that our

response should be to replicate Hannah (1 Samuel

1:26-28) and dedicate our precious gift of a

child back to God in prayer. In doing so, we are

recognising that they are always in his care.

Prayerful guidance

Most of us wish lots of things for our kids.

And often, particularly with Christian parents,

knowing our children have a healthy relationship

with God is usually high up, if not top of, the list.

But here’s a hard truth for parents to swallow.

You cannot guarantee that your children will

become followers of Jesus Christ. However, what

God does make clear is that he wants us to bring

our children up a certain way.

Ephesians 6:1-4 says, “Children, obey your

parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honour

your father and mother – which is the first

commandment with a promise – that it may go

well with you and that you may live long in the

land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to

anger, but bring them up in the discipline and

instruction of the Lord.”

There is a vivid picture being painted here of

parents with the Bible open and bringing their

children in front of what God is asking of them.

Prayer is an essential part of that process.

It’s only when we fall to our knees in humility

before God, with all our weaknesses and

imperfections, that we can seek the strength and

godly wisdom required to guide our children

along the path that leads to eternal life.

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

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College ‘to the lions’

It is hard for me not to take Terence

Carpenter’s letter to the editor (June

Pipeline) personally. I have taught

New Testament studies off and on at the

training college for the last 10 years, I

currently teach preaching and I have just

been appointed to oversight the continuing

training of lieutenants.

Firstly, I must say that as a staff member

at the college I feel a little like the Christians

in the second century. Tertullian once

quipped that: “If the Tiber rises too high or

the Nile too low, the cry is ‘The Christians

to the lions’.” If someone perceives a

weakness in the life of our territory, it feels

like it is “the college to the lions”.

However, regarding Terence’s criticism,

his perceived lack of “equipping and

empowering” amongst Salvationists, such

a lack cannot possibly be all the college’s

fault. I can think of at least five other

reasons, just off the top of my head!

Secondly, I also want to say that I

personally know all the officers who have

taught preaching at the college over the

last 15 years. The basis for our teaching

program has been expository preaching.

That is, biblically based, biblically shaped

preaching. They have all been teachers who

loved God’s Word and did their very best

to teach the cadets well. There may well

be some inadequate preaching going on in

our territory, but I do not think that it is the

college’s doing!

Magnetism of music

There is something special about music,

the language of the soul, which William

Booth appropriated to promote the Gospel

and attract people to the Salvation Army.

After reading about Orange’s “Just

Brass” program (Pipeline, April 2013),

it brought back memories of my early

cornet lessons as a young adult new to the

Army. My mentor, a very considerate and

patient elderly officer, introduced me to

band music, seeing the potential in his new

convert. I really wasn’t cut out for brass

bands, rather moving into songsters and

I also want to question that question

mark, “sound(?) theological training”. If

the question mark is there because Terence

thinks he may have used the wrong word,

he is correct. One man’s sound is another

woman’s heresy.

The School For Officer Training (SFOT)

“outsources” its theological study to its

sister school, The School for Christian

Studies. In these accredited classes, cadets

are exposed to all sorts of theological views,

it is true. I may not agree on every point of

theology with every one of my colleagues,

but I can assure you that theology here is

taught from within the generous orthodoxy

of Wesleyanism. The goal of the teaching

is precisely to lay a doctrinal foundation for

cadets’ ministry as officers.

On the matter of “‘exegesis’ teaching

as opposed to ‘apologetics’ at the SFOT”,

it is not clear to me how they are opposed.

They are essentially two different tasks.

Apologetics, an argued defence of the

faith, has a long and venerable history in

the church. Exegesis, a very different task,

is to grapple with a particular biblical text

in an effort to understand its meaning,

something that has never been neglected

here at the college.

I don’t know what to make of the

implied criticism of the “emerging church”,

a movement doing its best to tackle what

it means to be church in the postmodern

West, or Terence’s view of the inadequacy

of a gospel summary of “God loves you”. I

am also not sure that it is possible to preach

timbrels, where I felt a more congenial call.

Now I am more into woodwind instruments,

playing the flute, with a dabble in strings.

But it is this early introduction to the vast

opportunities my first officer presented

which fanned the flame of my love of

music, which I had as a toddler, before I

knew any words to sing. Music has that

ability to enhance and inspire and lift the

soul to heaven, in the loneliest of moments.

Captain Saunders, of Orange Corps,

like William Booth, knows the devil has

the power of worldly music at his disposal.

Some music reflects the dark side of man.

However, inspired by the “Just Brass”

a “‘meaty” sermon based on ... “end times

prophecy”. At least I wouldn’t be interested

in hearing one.

Of course we would want officers to

be regularly preaching the great themes of

Scripture such as repentance, regeneration

and holiness. But if they do not, can it really

be all the college’s responsibility? No new

lieutenant arrives at their first appointment

fully equipped to meet every pastoral,

administrative and ministry challenge. That

is why the territory has just implemented a

three-stage training program for officers. As

Mark Twain once said: “A man who carries

a cat by the tail learns a lesson he can learn

in no other way”. Lieutenancy is the third

stage of training where officers grasp the

metaphorical cat by the tail while they, in

context, continue to learn and develop as

ministers of the gospel.

Finally, I categorically reject Terence’s

veiled assertion that somehow the college is

contributing to the apostasy of the church.

Is it a perfect place? No. In our human

frailty we sometimes get things wrong.

Nevertheless, in my view, Booth College

is an untapped, quality resource in the

Australia Eastern Territory.

Booth College, of which the SFOT is a

part, has outstanding faculty and staff. As a

loyal and committed Salvationist I am proud

to work with them.

Captain Grant Sandercock-Brown,

Academic Program Officer,

School for Officer Training

program of South Barwon, the captain

echoes the philosophy of General Booth:

“Why should the devil have all the good

music?”. There is a great magnetism in

music, which can express the very secrets of

the soul and comfort others with its magic.

Music is the common language of

the world and the church. It is genius

to use what is such a great tool to build

relationships with communities and bring

souls to Christ. “Let the little ones come

unto Me”, through the love of music.

Eloise Rowe,

Maroochydore Corps

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James Condon

is Territorial

Commander of the

Australia Eastern


Children are a

God-given gift

In reinforcing The Salvation Army’s Mission Priority

5, Commissioner JAMES CONDON says he is

encouraged to find the territory passionate about

bringing children to Jesus through various programs

for young people


remember when I was a child there was a park

beside our home where children in the street

would gather to play and my father took me to

the swings.

I remember my days of attending Sunday School.

We used to go into church for the first 20 minutes on

a Sunday morning then our teachers would take us

out to Sunday School.

That is where I learned the stories of Jesus and

the great stories of the Old Testament – David and

Goliath, Jonah and the whale etc.

I thank God for dedicated Sunday School teachers

who greatly influenced my life and kept praying for

me long after I left Sunday School.

I have memories as a child of the gymnastics club

and the faithful instructors.

We all have memories of those who taught us and

cared for us.

Mission Priority 5 says, “The territory passionate

about bringing children to Jesus.” The children are

still around us and even in greater numbers and yet

in many of our corps we have less contact with the


How can we reach them, teach and train them in

the things of God?

There are some good initiatives across the

territory, including some vibrant Sunday Schools.

Mainly Music is connecting with many children and

families in the community and some with the corps.

There appears to be a renewed interest in SAGALA

(Salvation Army Guarding and Legion Activities).

There are a number of forms of kids clubs and other

programs reaching and teaching the children.

Psalm 127 verse 3 says, “Children are a heritage

from the Lord” – and The Message paraphrases it as,

“Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift?”

This Psalm is all about the importance of raising a

family with God at the centre.

Highly valued

Children – God’ best gift! Sadly children are often

seen as a liability rather than an asset but this Psalm

tells us they are a heritage and we can learn valuable

lessons from children with their inquisitive minds

and trusting spirits.

Children often speak pearls of wisdom that

should be noted and noticed. If we only see children

as a nuisance or a distraction we are missing the


I encourage us all to see children as a mission

possibility and opportunity to shape their future with

God at the centre. One commentator said, “We dare

not treat children as an inconvenience when God

values them so highly”.

When Jesus said “suffer the little children to come

unto me”, he was putting children at the centre of his

ministry and always made time for them and used

children to teach adults valuable lessons.

Christians must welcome children as Jesus did.

Children are a God-given gift to families and also to

the family of God. Let us value them, listen to them,

encourage them, learn from them and pray with them

and for them.

Many adults in our territory today made their

decision to follow Jesus when they were a child.

Let’s do all we can to see this happening more

and more.

Please pray for all who are engaged in children’s

ministries, that God would raise up leaders and

teachers for children’s ministry and that God would

lead us in creative ways of reaching out to children in

our nation.

We thank God for every child – they are a

precious gift.

Let us not abuse or use them, but raise them up to

be strong followers of Jesus.

A little child can lead us.

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World watches on as Munns officially welcomed

General Linda Bond retires







Commissioner James Condon at

the official welcome service for

Colonels Richard and Janet Munn

at Hurstville Corps on 23 June.

Colonel Richard Munn has

been appointed the role of Chief

Secretary for the Australia Eastern

Territory and his wife, Colonel

Janet, Territorial Secretary for

Women’s Ministries.

The Munns’ original welcome

service was postponed due to

delays with their visas being

processed, but this time the world

was watching as Salvationists and

friends were able to tune in to the

service through a live streaming on

the website.

The evening began with a

musical interlude by the Hurstville

Corps Band which was followed

by a welcome by Commissioner


“Two months in, we’re getting

to know them and appreciate them.

Esther 4:14 is often quoted, ‘or such

a time as this’. Over recent days I

have realised more and more that

God has appointed them for such a

time as this.”

The audience was delighted

with two performances by the

Burundi Choir from Auburn Corps

as they danced and sang in their

native African tongue.

Greater West Divisional

Commander, Major Gary

Baker, then shared on behalf

of the territory’s officers their

understanding of leaving behind

adult children when moving to a

new appointment.

“We acknowledge you are

paying this price to be in the corner

of the world called Australia.”

Menai Corps Ministry Assistant

Mark Soper followed, being the

spokesman for the soldiers and

youth of the territory.

“Our territory is blessed to have

you both. I believe you are divinely

important. We [referring to the

territory’s youth and soldiers] will

back you and follow you.”

As the Munns remained

standing, Commissioner Condon

presented a charge to the new

territorial leaders. Secretary for

Program Lieut-Colonel Laurie

Robertson came forward and

prayed for the Munns.

Colonel Richard Munn followed

with a word of encouragement,

thanking the territory for the warm

welcome. He also shared his desire

to fulfil the territory’s first mission

priority: The territory marked by

prayer and holiness.

“Mission Priority One sets the

tone. If we get that one right, all

the others [referring to the Seven

Mission Priorities] will fall into

place,” he said.

In a powerful message, Colonel

Janet Munn spoke from biblical

passages Isaiah 53 and Philippians

2 and encouraged the congregation

to empty themselves as Christ

emptied himself.

“When we see an Army on its

knees, we see a surrendered Army,

a humble Army position with

Christ to be raised up,” she said.

Meantime, the Newcastle and

Central NSW Division had the

privilege of welcoming the Munns

on Sunday 2 June at the Newcastle

Worship and Community Centre.

The contemporary team from

Newcastle Corps and a combined

Divisional Brass band each led


The Munns were then taken

on a virtual tour of the division

through a video that was earlier

put together by Major Gavin Watts,

Divisional Commander, and Envoy

Lucas Cairns, Divisional Youth

Secretary. The video showcased

the variety of expressions of The

Salvation Army within the division.

You can see this video at youtube/


The Munn were presented with

gifts from places within the division

including an Akubra from Dubbo

and a framed Ken Duncan photo

from the Central Coast.

Both Colonels Richard and Janet

then brought a powerful message

from the Word of God.

Colonels Richard

and Janet Munn

(above) at the

official territorial

welcome at

Hurstville; (below)


James Condon

presides over the

service. Photos:

Carolyn Hide

Our world leader served

with ‘dignity and grace’

After more than two years as

world leader of The Salvation

Army, General Linda

Bond has decided to enter

retirement. In response to her decision,

the Army’s international Chief of the Staff,

Commissioner Andre Cox, issued the

following statement:

“Following a period of personal

reflection and prayer, General Bond has

decided that she should relinquish the

Office of the General with effect from 13

June 2013. The General’s decision to step

down comes after 44 years of ministry. As

is required by our constitution, contained

in the Salvation Army Act 1980, the Chief

of the Staff will perform the functions of

the General pending the election of a new


General Bond, who holds a Bachelor’s

degree in Religious Education and a

Master’s degree in Theological Studies,

entered the training college in Canada as

a cadet in 1967 and was commissioned

as an officer two years later. She spent

the following nine years in corps

appointments, before being appointed first

as a member of the training staff at the

College for Officer Training in Toronto and

then as Territorial Candidates Secretary.

She returned to corps ministry,

becoming Commanding Officer of the

Kitchener Corps, before serving at the

College for Officer Training in

St. John’s, Newfoundland, as Assistant

Training Principal, Divisional Secretary

of the Maritime Division and Divisional

Commander of the same division.

In 1995, she was appointed to

International Headquarters in London

as Under Secretary for Personnel. She

remained in the United Kingdom,

transferring to the UK Territory as

Divisional Commander, Central North

Division, in 1998. A return to Canada

came just over a year later, when she was

appointed as Chief Secretary, Canada and

Bermuda Territory.

In July 2002, she was appointed to the

USA Western Territory, where she served

as Territorial Commander and Territorial

President of Women’s Ministries. She

returned to International Headquarters

in 2005, as Secretary for Spiritual Life

Development and International External


In 2008 she became Territorial

Commander of the Australia Eastern

Territory. She was elected to The Salvation

Army’s most senior office in January 2011.

“Many of us came to know

General Linda Bond during her term

here [Australia Eastern] as Territorial

Commander. When I think of Linda I think

of one who always uplifted the name

of Jesus and the words come to mind,

‘the love of Christ compels us’,” said

Australia Eastern Territorial Commander

Commissioner James Condon.

“We thank God for our territorial

Mission Priorities and the slogan of One

Army, One Mission that were formulated

under her leadership. Then, when she

became General, One Message was added

and the International Mission Priorities

were launched.

“She is an anointed leader who God

has used in amazing ways during her term

as General. She has served with dignity

and grace.”

High Council


to elect 20th


The Chief of the Staff,

Commissioner André Cox,

has summoned members

of the High Council to meet on

29 July, 2013, for the purpose of

electing the 20th General of The

Salvation Army.

All leaders who are

commissioners on active service

or who are territorial commanders

or territorial presidents of

women’s ministries of whatever

rank qualify for membership of the

High Council.

This High Council will be

the largest in the history of The

Salvation Army. There will be 118

members – 64 women and 54

men – with an average age of 59.

Fifty-four will be attending a High

Council for the first time.

The High Council will not meet

at its usual venue of Sunbury

Court in Sunbury-on-Thames,

United Kingdom, as this historic

venue is presently undergoing

a major refurbishment. Instead,

it will meet at the Renaissance

Hotel, near Heathrow, to the west

of London.

The Chief of the Staff will

preside over the opening of the

High Council until such time as a

president and vice-president have

been elected. The deliberations of

the council will then be directed

by the president, preparing the

way for nominations for the office

of General and the election of the

next international leader of The

Salvation Army.

The announcement of the new

General will be webcast so people

all around the world will learn the

identity of the new General at the

same time.

For the latest information

go to

HighCouncil2013. A Twitter

feed, @HighCouncil2013, has

also been set up, along with a

Facebook page: www.facebook.


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Looking at

the bigger


It is time for us to move from

a reactive modus operandi to

a proactive one – attempting

to eradicate new issues on

a larger scale before they

become day-to-day problems.


Salvationist CASEY

O’BRIEN recently

spent 12 months as an

intern at The Salvation

Army International

Social Justice

Commission in New

York, where she wrote

a paper entitled “The

Thinking Salvationist”.

In an edited excerpt

from the paper, Casey

argues the case of

prevention rather than

cure for many of the

social ills that the Army

is called on to treat


friend of mine, a teenager,

recently fell off his

skateboard and grazed

his leg badly. There

was gravel and dirt stuck inside

the wound, yet being a typical,

stubborn teenager, this friend

decided that the best course of

action was to put a bandage over

the wound so that it would stop

bleeding onto his clothes.

Day after day he would clean

discharges from the wound, but

didn’t take the time to look at the

wound itself and see how it was

healing. After two weeks of this, my

friend’s mother decided that as pain

was still present, it was time to visit

a doctor, who promptly concluded

that due to a lack of proper care,

the wound had become grossly


The doctor was astounded

that the teenager had consistently

treated the symptoms of the wound,

but had done nothing to treat the

wound itself.

Within The Salvation Army,

and within the greater church, we

so often behave like this teenager

when it comes to issues of justice

in our world. For every social ill

we face in our day-to-day ministry,

there is a larger-scale issue at the


For instance, a homeless man

asking for food at his local corps

is an immediate problem. There is

no question that there are tangible,

practical needs which must be

recognised and met. However there

are larger problems also in place.

His homelessness and hunger could,

for example, be evidence of a failing

welfare system within the country

in which that man lives.

Like the teenager with the

wounded leg, the Salvation Army

Welfare Worker can satisfy the

man’s immediate needs by finding

suitable accommodation and

providing him with a meal (taking

care of the smaller-scale, although

not less-important problems).

However, these acts alone do little to

challenge the larger systemic issues

which caused those needs in the first

place (the large-scale issues) – that

is, to treat the actual wound itself.

Proactive prevention

In 1895, Joseph Malins wrote a

poem entitled “A Fence or an

Ambulance”, in which he pointed

out the importance of prevention.

The poem tells of the people of a

town which, having a dangerous

cliff nearby, discuss the best course

of action in protecting people from

being harmed by falling down

the cliff. Some argue that placing

a fence at the top of the cliff will

prevent people from falling in

the first place, while the majority

argue that placing an ambulance

at the foot of the cliff will allow

fast response to those who fall. The

poem continues:

“Then an old sage remarked,

‘It’s a marvel to me that people give

far more attention;

To repairing results than to

stopping the cause, When they’d

much better aim at prevention.

‘Let us stop at its source all

this mischief,’ cried he; ‘Come,

neighbours and friends, let us rally,

If the cliff we will fence, we

might almost dispense

With the ambulance down in the


This metaphor for proactive

prevention and reactive charity

is as relevant today as it was

in 1895. Across the world, The

Salvation Army is brilliant at

responding in an effective and

timely manner to social problems

which appear. Our work as a

charity, a result of our “heart to

God, hand to man”mandate, is

reputable across the world in areas

from rehabilitation centres to food


However, it is time for us

to move from a reactive modus

operandi to a proactive one –

attempting to eradicate new issues

on a larger scale before they become

day-to-day problems.

As an international body, we

need to look at the bigger picture,

because it is these bigger picture

concepts which dictate the way

in which the world operates. To

be ignorant of these concepts,

yet complain about and attempt

to fix the ways in which they’re

manifesting themselves on a dayto-day

level in our corps and social

centres, is to miss the point entirely.

As part of The Salvation Army’s

international vision statement

– “One Army, One Mission,

One Message” – Salvationists

are expected to “emphasise our

integrated ministry” and “stand for

and serve the marginalised”.

Booth’s example

By ‘thinking big’, we can achieve

both of these aims. However,

this is not a new concept. In the

early days of The Salvation Army,

William Booth was recognised

and valued for his ability to think

on both a big-picture and smallpicture

scale simultaneously – that

is, while challenging social evils

on a big-picture scale he came

up with practical answers to the

manifestations of these problems on

the day-to-day level.

For example, upon noticing the

many unemployed in Australia,

Salvationists (under Booth’s advice

in his book In Darkest England and

the Way Out) established the first

Labour Bureau in Melbourne.

This bureau used a model which

could be employed on a large scale

and, therefore, was subsequently

adopted by both the Australian and

British governments, completely

altering the ways in which these

countries dealt with unemployment.

Booth recognised the importance

of challenging the root causes of

problems, and this recognition can

be seen through his Seven Principles

for Salvation Army Social Services

ministries. Principle Two states that

Salvation Army programming must

“include strategies that alter social

circumstances and outside forces as

they contribute to suffering”, and

the remaining principles set out

practical ways to do so.

Paraphrased into modern

language, Principle Three argues

that, “Any remedy worthy of

consideration must be on a scale

commensurate with the evil with

which it proposes to deal. It is no

use trying to bail out the ocean with

a pint pot”. Booth recognised that

you cannot fight homelessness and

hunger by feeding one person – a

larger-scale response is required.

In many areas in which The

Salvation Army works, the need

for charity could be eradicated if

the root problems were addressed.

There are social issues in which The

Salvation Army is very involved

in the reactive response to, yet in

some cases, we are doing little to

challenge the large-scale problem,

failing to be proactive in rectifying

the problem in its early stages. >>>


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For example, The Salvation Army, in

many countries, is heavily involved in

chaplaincy and counselling services for

those returning home various wars, yet, in

many cases, is doing little to challenge the

actual sending of men and women to war

in the first place.

The case for refraining from sending

citizens to war is much more compelling

than the case for, yet as war is a socially

accepted norm, little is done to challenge

its very existence. While this could be

considered to be an extreme example,

perhaps it is time that The Salvation Army

tackled some of these socially accepted

practices and challenged them on a bigpicture


Using our voice

The need for effective advocacy within

The Salvation Army is being recognised in

many parts of the world. The International

Social Justice Commission advocates at the

United Nations for those whom we serve

in our corps and centres. Additionally,

various territories have integrated

advocacy into their programs and staffing


Luke Chapter 10 explores the concept

of a neighbour, and Jesus tells us that


Let us continue to

perfect our work

as the “ambulance

at the foot of

the valley” while

working hard to

build a “fence at the

top of the cliff.”

“every person is our neighbour so what

happens to each person, matters”.

Perhaps we have not even met these

neighbours yet, but as the movement who

is called to care for “the lost, the last and

the least” we must be the voice for those

who have no voice.

My prayer is that God will open our

hearts and minds to the changes he wants

to make in our societies – both small and

large scale.

Let us pray also that he gives us the

courage to use the voice he has given us to

stand up for the voiceless ... whether we

know them or not.

Let us be an organisation who, being

aware of that which is occurring around

them, recognises problems when they

appear rather than when they are too big

to rectify.

Let us continue to perfect our work as

the “ambulance at the foot of the valley”

while working hard to build a “fence at the

top of the cliff.”

As individuals, let us listen to what

God is trying to say through our thinking

and our advocacy for others.

Let us be Salvationists who hear God’s

living, relevant word for today’s world

and who act on it to bring about His

Kingdom on earth. Let us be Thinking


Casey O’Brien is a

Salvationist who

attends Sydney

Congress Hall

Zero Tolerance Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse will inevitably

focus at times on past abuse within The Salvation Army.

I want to reaffirm at this time our total commitment to our child protection policies. It is vital that all

who work with children follow these policies, as spelt out in our Caring for Kids/Safe Salvos manual. In

keeping with that policy, all allegations of sexual abuse must be reported to the authorities.

I also want to reaffirm our commitment to persons who suffered sexual abuse in the past within a

Salvation Army corps or children’s home. If you were abused, please tell us. Any persons who come

forward with complaints of abuse will be received with compassion. A careful restorative process will

then be followed.

If you feel you need to make a complaint, please contact us at our Territorial Headquarters.

Phone: 02 9266 9781


Mail: Professional Standards Office

The Salvation Army

PO Box A435

Sydney South 1235

Commissioner James Condon

Territorial Commander

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory


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Feature | Kids Day of Prayer

Kids Day of Prayer | Feature

On your

knees for


Through the eyes of a child ...

“God has helped

fight this big

bushfire with my

Dad in remote

Northern Territory,

where we live. My

Dad was fighting

this fire for six days

straight and only

five hours sleep.”

– Darcy Hockey

Photo: Shairon Paterson

Kids will be the top of

everyone’s prayer list for

one day this month with


looking at how the

Salvation Army world

will celebrate a special

international day of

prayer for children

the eyes

of a child” is the

theme of The


Salvation Army’s

International Day of Prayer for

Children (IDOPC) on 28 July.

The theme is based on

Deuteronomy 4:9, and, as adults,

the importance of teaching God’s

truth and what we have seen him

do in our lives, to our children.

The Army’s Australia Eastern

and Southern territories, together

with the New Zealand, Fiji and

Tonga Territory, have developed

and shared resources for the event.

“The three territories keep

in touch regarding children’s

resources,” explains Captain Steven

Smith, Australia Eastern Territorial

Strategy Development – Children’s

Ministry. “We have a great sense of

connectedness to each other which

continues to grow.”

Throughout the territories,

corps will celebrate the day with

special meetings that include

interactive messages, activities

focused on praying with and for

children, listening to children pray,

and focusing on the struggles that

children face all around the world.

“We are trying to create an

experience where children and

families can engage together,”

explains Captain Tracey Davies,

Territorial Children’s Ministry

Coordinator for the Australia

Southern Territory. “This includes

participating in the interactive

message and then the prayer

stations around the church.”

Earlier this year, a photography

competition for children was held

across both Australian territories

with the theme, “Something you

have seen God do for you”, based

on the verse from Deuteronomy.

Copies of these photos (see

selection of photos on this page)

have been used in resources for the

IDOPC and will be displayed in

corps on the day.

Sunday 28 July was chosen for

the IDOPC as it falls nearest on the

calendar to the significant date of

30 July 1880, when The Salvation

Army first began evangelical work

among children in England.

“Children have always been an

important focus of who we are, and

we acknowledge the vital role they

play in how we work out our vision

and mission,” says Captain Smith.

He emphasises that the IDOPC

is an important reminder that:

1. Children are an important

part of what The Salvation Army

is, and that we, as adults, must

advocate for and support them to

ensure their needs are met;

2. As a worldwide organisation,

we must make an intentional space

in our internal and external mission

where children cannot only grow,

but thrive.

“We take our work with

children, and the ability of children

to speak, to pray and to make a

commitment, very seriously,” he


Sharing stories

The IDOPC will also reflect the

diversity in which people can

continue to include children in

meetings and corps activities.

“Children’s prayers motivate

and move us, and remind us

that they have a true spiritual

expression which we must always

include,” says Captain Smith.

“They seem to think a lot more

creatively about prayer too.”

Adults are also encouraged to

think about the young ones and

how they see God.

“We need to share our stories

with kids and also to ask them to

engage and share where they’ve

seen God and what they have seen

him do in their world, their family,

their environment,” says Captain


“To start, this can feel clunky

and uncomfortable, but it just

needs to become a rhythm. Just

intentionally ask the questions and

don’t try to put a language around

kids’ experience of God; leave it

with them.”

Captain Smith and the

children’s ministry team believe

that praying with and for children,

and teaching them about God and

responding to him, is vital.

“We must make sure this

includes all children in our

communities, not just the ones who

come to the corps on Sundays,” he


“It could be kids who come to

the Family Store or connect with us

through centres or programs. They

are all seeking and searching, how

do we make space for that?

“All expressions of the Army

should be places that hear the voice

of children and respond, based on

God’s Word and his plan for us.”

For more information, go





“I’ve seen God make our family, build

our hearts and help us and when we say

sorry, he forgives us.” – Eli Buckner

“God has given me my creativity. God

has given me my imagination.”

– Ethan Fuhrmann

“God has created nature to show us how

powerful he is and to help us to breathe in

oxygen.” – Jasmine Mitchell

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Feature | SAGALA

SAGALA | Feature

Dubbo Corps will have strong

representation at the Jamboree in

London next month with (from left)

Mel Fenton, Meg Fenton, James

Young, Alan Powell and Nick

Powell ready to attend the 100th

anniversary celebrations. Photo:

Shairon Paterson


of a


ESTHER PINN spoke to Dubbo Corps Officer Major

Colin Young after hearing that five members of

his thriving SAGALA sections are jetting off to a

worldwide gathering in London next month

Walking into Dubbo

Corps on a Friday

night, it’s not

uncommon to see

a couple of teenage boys cooking


The corps, located in NSW’s

central west, has a thriving

SAGALA (Salvation Army

Guarding and Legion Activites)

section with up to 45 young people

involved each week.

Based on the popular Scouts

Australia program, SAGALA aims

to multi-skill its participants, hence

the pikelet-making, but the spiritual

aspect is also paramount, according

to Major Colin Young, the Dubbo

Corps Officer.

“It’s about setting kids on life

courses,” he explains. “The kids can

develop leadership skills but it also

allows us to invest into the spiritual

side of these young people.”

Next month, three enthusiastic

SAGALA members and two leaders

are leaving behind their country

town to fly thousands of kilometres

to London.

From 3-10 August, SAGALA

participants and leaders all around

The Salvation Army world are

coming together for the 100th

anniversary of the movement called


A Guard leader at Dubbo for

the past four years, Melissa Fenton

believes Jamboree is a once-in-alifetime

opportunity for herself

and her 15-year-old daughter Meg.

Coming from a country town,

Melissa is hoping Jamboree will

influence her daughter to become a

SAGALA leader in the future.

“It will be an eye-opener for

Meg that there are other kids out

there that are older and still doing

SAGALA. We seem to start losing

them at this age [15 and up]. I’m

hoping it will be an inspiration to

Meg to stick around.”

Alan Powell, a Ranger leader,

and his son Nicholas, 16, have been

part of SAGALA at Dubbo for the

past five years. They are looking

forward to having new experiences

in a country they’ve never visited.

Major Young’s son, James, >>>

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Feature | SAGALA

SAGALA | Feature

SAGALA is thriving in the NSW central west town of

Dubbo with both the Legion and Guard sections

attracting many children. (Bottom left) Dubbo Corps

Officers Majors Colin and Kate Young with their son

James. Photos: Shairon Paterson

“It’s about

setting kids on

life courses.

The kids

can develop


skills but it also

allows us to

invest into the

spiritual side

of these young


15, will also join the Dubbo group

as they fly across the other side of

the world to meet other SAGALA

enthusiasts around the world.

Also, Thomas Hatton, 16, from

Deniliquin Corps will be tagging

along with the Dubbo crew to


Community investment

For roughly 25 years, on and off,

Dubbo Corps has run a SAGALA

group from their corps. Having

seen members come and go, Major

Young says he has witnessed

exceptional growth in the group

over the past five years.

Owing the success of SAGALA

to its current leaders, the group has

grown purely by word of mouth.

“We’ve had good leadership –

leaders who have taken complete

responsibility for it. They invest

in the kids and follow them up.

They also invest in the parents

and follow up them as well,” says

Major Young.

There are a number of large

families who attend SAGALA,

including Alan’s family, which

includes 10 children, and a majority

of the families are from Dubbo

Corps or other churches within

their local community.

“We’re investing in the

community as a whole, not just

this little corner [referring to their

corps],” says Major Young.

While most corps have six

SAGALA groups (Moonbeams,

Explorers, Sunbeams, Adventurers,

Guards and Rangers) to divide age

and gender, Dubbo created an extra

group called Discoverers.

Normally SAGALA does not

cater for children under five, but

Major Young explains by creating

the group, more parents were able

to become SAGALA leaders and

help run the program on the Friday


Along with life-skills

development, SAGALA has

provided Meg with opportunities

to grow her relationship skills.

When Meg attended public school,

she struggled to make friends but

found plenty of friendships at

SAGALA. Now she says she just

loves meeting new people.

Similarly, Alan explains that

SAGALA is an excellent social

outlet for his children who

are home-schooled. The most

important factor for Allen and

his family, however, is spiritual


“I just enjoy getting in there

with the fellas and sharing God

with them. That’s one of the biggest

things. Our main objective is to

allow them to develop a good

relationship with God.”

Esther Pinn is

a staff writer

for Pipeline and



skills for life


SAGALA has been active in

the Australia Eastern Territory

for many decades. While

not every corps hosts a SAGALA

group, approximately 1,100

children and teenagers participate

in the program around the territory,

with a larger portion of successful

SAGALA groups happening in

regional Australia.

“Where it’s successful, it has

someone who has time to devote

to it and has faith in the program,”

says Derek Hughes, Territorial Life

Skills Mission Coordinator.

In the 21st century, SAGALA

has become more diversified for

varying cultures which has seen an

explosion of the program in some

areas and removal of the program

in others.

Derek explains part of his role is

to advocate for SAGALA where it is

culturally appropriate.

The traditional SAGALA

program has also been adapted to

suit different Australian cultures.

For example, in Townsville,

there’s a large military base.

Derek explains that the use of the

SAGALA uniform is appropriate for

this region where in other areas the

uniform may not suit.

Essentially the SAGALA

program is helping children and

young people to develop life skills.

From cooking, fitness, CPR to

camping, SAGALA offers a wider

variety of practical skills.

“It gives kids access to things

they might not do at home,” says


Along with working towards

practical life-skill badges, SAGALA

also offers spiritual-based badges

with the aim to lead these young

people to Christ.

About a dozen SAGALA

participants will be presented with

their General’s Award this year at

the Freedom Celebration from 7-8

September at Sydney Olympic


A few SAGALA leaders will also

be given appreciation awards.

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Missing Persons Week | Feature

We value the vision

Salvos have long history

of reuniting families

7 July – 11 August 2013



The Salvation Army Family

Tracing Service has been

working to reunite families

for almost 130 years.

It has been an instrument of

connection, reconciliation and

reunion of “estranged” family

members since its inception in the

United Kingdom in 1885, with the

service now available through the

Army’s networks in more than 100

countries around the world.

In Australia alone, The Salvation

Army registers 2000 new searches

each year. In the Australia Eastern

Territory, the service has teams

based in Sydney and Brisbane.

Other teams are also located in the

Australia Southern Territory.

“The pain of the separation of

family members just gets me to the

bone and I’ve ached with them,”

says Brisbane-based Lyndal Barker,

the Australia Eastern Territorial

Director for Family Tracing


“Then when the relative

is located, and we are able to

provide the mediation to bring

about reconciliation, it becomes an

The Family Tracing Service’s Sydney-based team of (from left) Emma Ewin,

Andrew Garven, Mary Mendes and Louise Voets. Photo: Carolyn Hide

experience of working through the

past and whatever that was, and

looking to a healthy and ongoing

future for all those involved.”

In Australia, the Family Tracing

Service is involved in reuniting

40 families every week. The most

frequent requests are from adult

“children” seeking their parent(s).

In Queensland and NSW, the

service also conducts specific

searches relating to adoption cases.

“I just love being able to share

the great news with a hopeful and

anxious family member that their

relative has been found,” says


“And to hear the response of

‘I have been waiting for this day

to happen for so long. Thank you,

thank you so much to The Salvation

Army Family Tracing Service’, is

just so fulfilling.

“In my 11 years in this role,

for a person to be able to fulfil the

experience of knowing just where

they fit and belong never ceases to

bring a smile to my face.”

For more information on The

Salvation Army Family Tracing

Service, go to


What is





National Missing Persons Week

will this year run from 28 July-

3 August. It is an annual event to

raise community awareness of the

issues and impacts surrounding

missing persons.

National Missing Persons Week

has two primary aims:

1. To assist in the resolution of

missing persons cases through

heightened awareness and

increased sightings reports.

2. To raise community awareness

regarding issues facing

missing persons and their

families and friends.

It is important to remember

that people go missing for a variety

of reasons. In some cases, the

person may be escaping from real

or perceived family or personal

conflict, they may be victims of foul

play, while others may be asserting

their independence or taking time

out. Some simply forget to make


Any piece of information can

be crucial in resolving a missing

person’s case. If you have any

information that may assist in

locating a missing person or would

like to report a missing person:

• Contact your local police


• Contact the National Missing

Persons Coordination Centre on

1800 000 634;

• Contact Crime Stoppers on

1800 333 000.

If you believe you have sighted

a missing person, you can make a

report using the Missing Persons

Sighting Form which you can

choose to submit anonymously.

pipeline 04/2013 07/2013 19

Freedom Celebration | Feature

Get set for a celebration of

Colonels Richard and Janet Munn

(above top) will be the special

guests at the Freedom Celebration

which will have some amazing

talent on show including guest

artists such as Mark Vincent

(above), who was Channel

7’s 2009 winner of Australia’s

Got Talent, and Brittany Cairns,

contestant on Channel 9’s The

Voice, and Stan Walker, Channel

10’s Australian Idol winner (below

right). The event will be held at the

Sydney Olympic Park (right).



Freedom is something that

should be enjoyed by

everyone and that’s the

message conveyed at The

Salvation Army Australia Eastern

Territory’s Freedom Celebration on

7-8 September, to be held at Sydney

Olympic Park.

Major Carolyn Harmer,

coordinator of the Freedom

Celebration event, says the Army is

a worldwide movement that is both

multigenerational and multicultural.

Together we can help people find

freedom, freedom through faith,

freedom through community and

freedom through action.

Freedom Celebration is a

platform to promote The Salvation

Army to the wider community as a

movement of freedom, accessible

to everyone. It is an opportunity

to showcase the Army’s new

“freedom” language, a simple way of

communicating what we do and how

we do it.

“We feel that this is a great forum

to highlight this language on a broad

scale for the community to get a

better idea of what we are about –

we’re about people finding freedom,”

explains Major Harmer.

Using the freedom language can

also help Salvationists throughout

the territory explain the mission of

The Salvation Army in their own


Having recently joined the

Australia Eastern Territory leadership

team, the special guests at Freedom

Celebration will be Colonels Richard

and Janet Munn, the new Chief

Secretary and Territorial Secretary for

Women’s Ministries.

The Colonels will join

Commissioners James and Jan

Condon throughout the whole

weekend as the leaders of Freedom


A Freedom Carnival will be

staged on Saturday 7 September

to showcase the work and services

of the Army to the Australian


“There will be a little something

for everyone,” says Major Harmer.

From carnival rides to marquee

displays, a brass band parade to

multicultural dancers, she promises

there will be activities for everyone to

enjoy at the Freedom Carnival.

As guests wander through

the marquees along Riverina Ave

at Sydney Showground they will

find stalls and displays from many

Salvation Army services highlighting

our programs that help people find

freedom; freedom from addiction,

freedom from living on the streets,

freedom to be self-sufficient by

gaining employment, freedom to

age with dignity, respect and decent


That’s what we’re about in this

territory – people finding freedom in

so many different ways,” says Major


Guests will be entertained by

various multicultural Salvation Army

and community bands, dancers and

street entertainment at the carnival.

Freedom merchandise including tote

bags, iphone covers, frizbees and

wrist bands will also be available for


Alongside the carnival, a

multicultural food hall will be set up

in Exhibition Halls 2 and 3 at Sydney


“We want to highlight that we

are a global Army catering for a

multigenerational and multicultural

group of people,” says Major


A giant game of laser tag will

also be happening during the

Freedom Carnival at Charles Moses

Stadium for any teams feeling a little


On Saturday night guests will

be treated to an exciting Freedom

Concert with performances by

guest artists such as Mark Vincent,

2009 winner of Channel Seven’s

Australia’s Got Talent, Brittany

Cairns, contestant on channel Nine’s

2012 singing competition The Voice,

and country rock singer/songwriter

Tracey Faith.

The Freedom Celebration

weekend will kick off with the annual

Aged Care Plus Walkathon, which

raises funds for the various ministry

and mission arms of The Salvation

Army. During the walkathon a

morning tea will be held at the Dome

Theatrette to honour the Army’s


Before the carnival begins

at midday, The Salvation Army’s

Recovery Services Bridge Program

is having a “Back to Bridge”

gathering at Exhibition Hall 4 to

reconnect friends and give them the

opportunity to share their journey of

freedom through recovery.

A number of SAGALA members

(girl guards and boys legion) will

be presented with their General’s

Awards at Freedom Celebration

on the Saturday. Following the

presentation will be a performance of

the children’s musical Spend Awhile

on the Nile (see story in Creative,

page 9). Both events will be located

in Exhibition Hall 4.

On Sunday morning of Freedom

Celebration a special Young Leader’s

Breakfast will be held at Exhibition

Halls 2 & 3 to honour young leaders

from around the territory – both in

social services and corps work.

There will be two children’s

programs, Kid’s Church (Exhibition

Hall 4) and Mini Kids (The Dome

Mezzanine) happening on the

Sunday that will focus on the theme

of “Freedom in the Son”. Both

programs will run in conjunction with

the morning worship service.

Freedom Celebration will

culminate with a fantastic worship

service for the whole family on

Sunday afternoon. Featuring a

special performance from this year’s

Red Shield Appeal ambassador and

2009 Australian Idol winner Stan

Walker, everyone is in for a great


“It’s going to be an exciting

weekend and celebration for

Salvationists all around the territory,

an event not to be missed,” Major

Harmer says.

For further information about

Freedom Celebration, registration

and ticket purchase, go to

“We are a global army,

multigenerational and

multicultural. We’re about

people finding freedom

... freedom through faith,

through community and

through action.”


pipeline 07/2013 21

Saturday 7 September - Sunday 8 September 2013





















9am - Registration - ACP “Freedom Walkathon”

10.20am - Aged Care Plus “Freedom Walkathon”

10.30am - Seniors Morning Tea

11am - “Back to Bridge”

12pm - “Freedom Carnival”

(including Laser Tag competition)

1.30pm - SAGALA presentation

2.30pm - Children’s musical

“Spend awhile on the Nile”

6.30pm - “Freedom Concert”


8am - Young Leaders Breakfast

9.30am - Kids’ Church - “Freedom in the Son”

10am - Mini Kids

10am - Sunday AM Meeting

“Freedom through Christ”

12pm - Lunchtime Food Hall & Entertainment

2pm - Sunday PM Meeting

“Freedom through Salvation

5pm - Youth Supper









Feature | Welcome Home

Welcome Home | Feature

By Jonathan Browning

Where are we headed?

Is it home? One

thing we can all

agree on is that life

is certainly complex. It is a mixture

of ups and downs, with highlights,

victories, loves, challenges, losses,

disappointments and heartache.

Sometimes this varying range

of emotions and experiences can

leave us desperately searching for a

way forward – a path. However, the

path is not always clearly marked;

there are forks in the road and often

it feels as though we are travelling

on our own.

If we are honest, none of us like

being lost and even the forks in the

road can sometimes bring despair

or confusion rather than a sense of

relief that choices are available.

On the other hand often we

can be left with a nagging sense of

maybe we are going the wrong way

but it’s difficult to change direction.

However, we do have a few options

available. We can ...

• give up;

• wander around aimlessly;

• follow the crowd and choose a

more comfortable route;

• stoically grin and bear

“whatever” life has allotted us

and forge our own way;

• knuckle down and lead a life of

pious devotion and discipline

… surely this is the right way;


way home

Jonathan Browning oversees the Welcome Home project.

Photo: Shairon Paterson

“Here at the

Welcome Home

project we believe

that home is the

place where our

deepest longings

for transformation

are realised.”

• or look for and follow

Jesus wherever he leads us,

awakening to the invitations of

the Spirit for transformation.

There are always choices.

Options are part of the great allure

of our western culture. We live

in a consumer-driven, instantgratification

culture that reinforces

and values personal endeavour and

individual performance.

No wonder we find ourselves

hopelessly confused with no idea of

where we are heading and how we

are to get there.

Even following Jesus seems to

have options. It can include making

your own way, a quick-fix off-theshelf

type program that promises

growth and maturity in seven days

or a disciplined self-help process

that leads one on a steady incline of

ascent towards holiness.

God’s design

But is this really what heading

home looks like; quick fixes or

disciplined effort and striving for

the especially pious? Or does Jesus

promise us a life of transformation?

Here lays the key dilemma of

our age. In a society that hungers

and expects the quick fix, we will

gladly settle for change but miss

out entirely on transformation.

If we settle for change all we

will end up with is a behaviourmodification


It’s like a caterpillar only

learning how to crawl faster.

Imagine never being able to fly!

Here at the Welcome Home

project we believe that home is the

place where our deepest longings

for transformation are realised. It

is a place of union with God as we

take on the heart and mind of Jesus,

becoming more and more aware of

our life in God and his life in us.

Yes, it’s heady stuff and, yes,

it dares to believe that the life of

intimacy Jesus shared with his

heavenly father is God’s design for

each one of us as well. This is not

an experience that is reserved for

the select few or super spiritual but,

rather, stands as the fulfilment of

Jesus’ prayer (John 17:20-26) that

we might all be united with God

and that he would make his home

in us. It is an encounter with perfect

love that truly transforms both

heart and mind so that we express

and translate that perfect love into

our world.

Are we there yet?

It’s not just the child in the back

seat on the family holiday who gets

frustrated with the length of time

it takes to get there. Our children

only voice what we are all thinking

and what adults are sometimes too

polite to express.

It takes a while to get there. You

see the purpose of our journey isn’t

simply to change but to experience

transformation – to finally come


Home is the realisation of our

deepest longings, awake at last to

our true identity and purpose. We

are each God’s beloved child who

finds that our life and God’s are

joined together in perfect harmony,

so that we in turn carry and reveal

his perfect love into our world.

Home is both a place of rest and

action. The journey home is one of

awakening to this reality.

It’s a journey through life’s

experiences, the good and the

great, the not so good and the

downright tragic. In the middle of

these experiences we are stirred,

prompted, inspired as we learn

to open ourselves in faith to God

– and we stay open to the Spirit’s


This gradual awakening is our

ongoing participation in the life

of the Spirit. It is a progressive

knowing of the truth: we are

already in union with God. And

this growing awareness allows us

to move more fully into our life in

God and God’s life in us.

What do we

need to pack?


Before you enter this terrain

there are a few things

you should know.

There is no entry fee,

but it will cost you plenty

to make this journey.

Pack a lunch. Lose your map.

Travel lightly. The weather

is unpredictable.

I am prone to sudden washouts,

to the startling crumbling of earth.

It’s good to watch your step,

but what is underneath is strong

and you are welcome to settle there,

to rest the night

or stay for a season.

Be careful at dusk.

It’s when the beasts come to the water,

and it’s not that they would devour you,

but they are protective of their terrain

and will not easily yield.

I can tell you

they will never be utterly tamed,

but with choice morsels

and soothing words,

you may have them

eating from your hands.

If these warnings sound harsh, good;

this terrain is not

for the faint of heart

or for those who would travel

its contours crudely,

littering its landscape

and stripping its soil.

But I think you are made

of stronger stuff

and more tender,

that you already know

the lay of this land;

how its treasures will yield

to your searching fingers,

how its wellsprings will ease

your travellers thirst,

how its brambles and thorns

will give way

to the waiting hidden garden

where grows the sweetest,

most exquisite fruit

waiting to be consumed.

Jan L Richardson

24 pipeline 07/2013 25



Every Christian seems to have a favourite Bible verse that has either impacted them at one stage

in their walk with Christ, or continues to encourage and nourish them on their spiritual journey. In

this Pipeline column, selected people share their favourite piece of Scripture

My Favourite Verse – Rhondda Kingston

What’s coming up on

mySalvos this month

Spiritual formation: How are you

growing? Major Carolyn Harmer

brings us a three-part series on

spiritual growth.



Freedom Celebration: For

all the latest on this and

other events happening

around the Territory, visit

Freedom Stories: What’s God

doing in your life? Head to

mySalvos to read inspiring freedom

stories about Salvos from across

the Territory, and share yours.

“The Lord your God is with

you, he is mighty to save. He

will take great delight in you,

he will quiet you with his

love, he will rejoice over you

with singing.”



Zephaniah 3:17


have treasured this verse for many

years and it speaks to me in the

following ways:

“The Lord your God is with you ...”

This first part of the verse reminds

me that the Lord is my God. Even though

he owns the whole universe and knows

everybody intimately, he is my personal

God. It also tells me that God is with me at

all times, gently leading and encouraging


Musical instruments and human melody

are mentioned all through the Bible. In

fact, music was an important part of daily

life in the Hebrew culture, used in both

sacred and secular occasions.

me. Not leaving me alone, but always with


“... he is mighty to save ...”

God has saved me through the death

and resurrection of his Son, Jesus. His

blood covers my sin, saving me from

myself and from Satan’s hold over me,

saving me for eternity with him. And not

only me, but all who believe and repent.

This is mighty indeed.

“... he will take great delight in you


To think that the God of the universe

delights in me is mind-blowing. What

have I done to deserve God delighting in

me? Nothing. This speaks to me of God’s

grace and his mercy that doesn’t see me

for who I am, but sees me through the

blood of Jesus.

“... he will quiet you with his love ...”

Probably like most of us, my life is

a very busy one, serving God in varied

* Jubal, the son of Lamech and a

descendant of Cain, was a music patriarch

and is referred to in Genesis 4:21 as “The

father of all who play harp and flute.”

* Orchestras existed in Bible times and

instruments varied in types and styles,

from strings to wind to percussion.

* King David had 4000 instrumentalists for

his musical needs and requests.

* The harp, or lyre, is the most mentioned

instrument in the Bible. It was made of

wood with eight to 10 strings to pluck.

* The most mentioned percussion

instrument was the cymbal, mainly used

for celebrations, including the dedication

of the Jerusalem wall (Nehemiah 12:27).

* Timbrels, or tambourines, were also used

for happy occasions to make music for

singing and dancing. The Salvation Army

is the main denomination today to use the


ministries. I make sure that each day I

spend time with my Lord and, in some of

those times, I experience God quieting me

with his love. This is a time when my fears

are dispelled and I receive his peace and I

know that all is well – my future here on

Earth and especially my eternal future is

assured and secure in him.

“... he will rejoice over you with


How great will it be when one day

God will sing over me. I wonder what sort

of voice God has. Obviously it will be far

better than any human singing voice. Will

he be a tenor, or perhaps a bass baritone?

I won’t know until I experience this great

occasion for myself, and I am looking

forward very much to this part of my

future in Heaven with him.

Please reflect on the verse for yourself

and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to

you, as he does to me each time I read it.

* A “pipe” referred to by Jeremiah was

perhaps an oboe, used mainly at funerals

and sad occasions. In fact in chapter 48

Jeremiah compares the soulful, haunting

sound of a pipe to a sad heart.

* Trumpets, cornets and ram’s horns were

often used in relation to shouting praise to

God (Psalm 98:6). These instruments were

also associated with going into battle,

both spiritual and physical.

* The flute is only mentioned once in the

King James version of the Bible, in Daniel

3:5, but several times in more modern

translations. It may refer to a reed flute or

an instrument which closely resembles a

modern flute.

Information taken from the book 1001

Surprising Things you should know about

the Bible (Jerry MacGregor and Marie Prys)


pipeline 07/2013 27



Each month, Pipeline goes behind the scenes of Salvos Legal to bring you a

story from the not-for-profit law firm owned and run by The Salvation Army.

LUKE GEARY shares the story of Bill, a teenager who faced an uphill battle to

gain Australian residency after learning the truth behind his birth

When I first met Bill, he had just turned

15. His adoptive mother, Mary,

had come to see me very late one

evening at the Auburn Salvation

Army in Sydney. Bill was with her but didn’t really

understand much about what they were there for,

or why Mary was upset.

Bill was a very mature, gentle, almost stoic-like

boy; well mannered, softly spoken and patient.

Mary, too, was of a similar nature. She knew that

she had a complex legal problem on her hands but

didn’t know the answer to it. Frankly, nor did I.

Bill was born in rural Fiji, in a jungle-like region.

His parents had a challenging relationship and

were not able to care for Bill. As a baby, Bill was

given to Mary, his maternal aunt, to be raised in

Australia as if he were her own son. Mary was

married to Frank but they had been unable to have

children and were happy to care for Bill.

For 15 years, Mary and Frank looked after

Bill and treated him as their own son. Indeed, at

the request of the birth parents, Bill had not been

told that Mary and Frank were not his biological


Bill was a good boy. He studied hard, was the

star of his junior rugby league team and always

did as he was told. He was very close to Frank and

Mary. On all accounts, they were a very loving,

happy family despite being not materially well-off

and living in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Sadly, two months before I met Bill, Frank had

suddenly died.

Bill and Mary were now on their own. Frank

had been the sole provider and Mary was now

having a difficult time making ends meet. Bill was

ineligible for any government financial support, as

he was not lawfully in Australia (though, he did not

know this at the time).

Mary came to see me for legal advice because

she had recently made a decision to tell Bill the

truth about his birth.

She had heard that she could see a lawyer

confidentially, for free, at the Auburn Salvation

Army. Her goal was to keep Bill in Australia and

to regularise his migration status so that he could

have a future here.

My first concern was for Bill. It was clear that

he was at a difficult time in his young life, having

just lost the man he knew to be his father and now

being told that his mother was in fact his auntie.

That being said, he was remarkably strong

and, by the time I met him, seemed to have

already started to deal with these issues. However,

I thought it best for Bill and Mary to get some

professional advice, so called on a psychologist

friend who owed me a favour. Bill and Mary

couldn’t pay so my friend agreed to see them for

free. She may not have agreed so swiftly if I had

told her that she’d be seeing them for free for the

next three years!

Stressful time

After exploring the issues with his psychologist,

Bill had been very clear that he did not want to

go back to Fiji and live in a remote area. His life

was in Sydney – friends, school, sport and, of

course, Mary, the woman he knew (and loved) to

be his mother. I then connected Bill and Mary with

Salvation Army officers near their home for the

purposes of welfare and other day-to-day needs,

and focused my energies on a solution that would

allow Bill to stay in Australia.

I came to the conclusion that the only way was

to ask the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship

to personally intervene in the case. That required a

persuasive submission outlining why it was in the

public interest for Bill to stay. Of all the cases I have

run over the past 10 years, Bill’s is one in which I

can honestly say that as a client he was absolutely

blameless – he had done nothing wrong which led

him into a situation of difficulty; he had absolutely

no say in his circumstances and was in a position

of absolute jeopardy. There was no question of the

deserving nature of his cause; surely justice would

prevail, I said to myself.

We started building a mountain of evidence

– we got letters from classmates, teachers and

his football club, a comprehensive psych report

on his attachment to Mary and to the Australian

community. Then, as we were waiting on the

Minister to consider Bill’s case, Mary fell ill and

required hospitalisation.

Mary had a history of diabetes, severe arthritis

and partial blindness; she needed regular care.

For some years Bill had been assisting Frank in

providing this care. Now that Frank had died, Bill

had stepped up as there was no alternative.

However, the stress of this started to have an

impact on Bill – he was missing football practice,

missing classes and both he and Mary started

missing their regular appointments with the

psychologist who was providing counselling and

support. Bill never complained but it was clear this

was hard on him.

The local Salvation Army officers were

particularly helpful during this time and

their assistance was pivotal in re-establishing

momentum and confidence in the way ahead. The

psychologist was able to emphasise the need for

Bill to attend his school activities and they explored

other ways in which community-based supports

would be engaged to help Mary with her own


Almost instantly, things got back on track.

“The local Salvation Army

officers were particularly

helpful during this time

and their assistance was

pivotal in re-establishing

momentum and confidence

in the way ahead.”

Strong bond

The process of waiting for a government minister

to intervene is always a slow one, in my experience.

Bill’s case was, sadly, no exception.

We had a good case, though. Bill had support

from his local Member of Parliament, strong

community evidence of his integration, a very

compelling story and, of course, strong evidence

from the psychologist that removal of Bill from

Australia would cause him significant emotional

harm and would lead to Australia being in

breach of its international obligations under the

Convention on the Rights of the Child.

I eventually got a call from the Minister’s

office – he had decided to intervene to let Bill

stay in Australia and be a permanent resident,

and enjoy all the benefits of permanent residency.

Bill and Mary were overwhelmed with joy. It had

been an exhausting three-year process in which I

had seen Bill grow into a young man and provide

unwavering support for his adoptive mother,

through times of great difficulty.

When Bill came into my office so that I could

give him the final paperwork for his residency, I

asked him, what was next? Almost as if he was

afraid to ask, he said in a soft voice with his head

looking to the ground, “I’d really like to learn to


Mary was not in a position to teach him and

they didn’t own a car. As it turns out, the husband

of our Salvos Legal Chaplain, Major Lyall Reese,

runs a free driving education program at Auburn

Salvation Army. Bill is now a student.

Bill has also been approached to take part

in a rugby league development program and is

continuing in his studies.

Starting out in the legal profession you consider

grand ideals which don’t always match the reality

of the practice of the law on a day-to-day basis. For

many reasons, the law doesn’t always operate as

fairly or evenly in different parts of society, as we

might expect or hope.

In this case, however, I was privileged to play a

small part in the protection of a family unit, which

was perhaps not composed of a biological mother/

son relationship but certainly one which I have no

question was far stronger than any bloodline could

ever have indicated.

In this instance, the law met my idealistic

expectations and delivered an outcome that was

not only fair but also which was compassionate for

a boy who came to Australia unlawfully as a baby,

innocent and without blame in his own right.

It doesn’t always work out as we hope but we’ll

take the wins when they come and be thankful for


Salvos Legal is a full-time, not-for profit practice which provides services to two categories of clients:

Private – these are fee paying individuals and businesses.

Humanitarian – these are individuals ‘in need’ who are unable to afford a lawyer.

Contact us today and have the comfort of knowing that the fees you pay go towards funding

the provision of legal services to those in need. We help our private clients with:

Residential and Commercial conveyancing • Wills and Estates • Business law

Contract drafting and advice • Aged Care and Retirement Villages law

Salvos Legal

85 Campbell Street


Tel: 02 8202 1555

Fax: 02 9213 3920


28 pipeline 07/2013 29

Unlocking the Army’s archives

with Major David Woodbury

The whole world redeeming

When Australian songwriter Arthur Arnott penned the words to the song Christ For The

Whole Wide World, he was reflecting what had become a reality in the strategy of the

Salvation Army. Major DAVID WOODBURY looks at how a fledgling Christian mission in

east London spread like wildfire throughout the world

What started as a parochial

mission in the East End

of London was soon to

envelop the entire world.

As William Booth stood outside The Blind

Beggar public house on Whitechapel

Road and inadvertently commenced the

organisation which was to become The

Salvation Army, it is doubtful whether in

his wildest imagination he envisaged an

organisation that would encircle the globe.

For some organisations it would have

been a planned strategy; for the early

Salvation Army it was more to do with

the leadings of the Holy Spirit. We can

see and still trace the hand of God in the

development and spread of the Salvation

Army throughout the world.

It was quite clear that in the early

years both William and Catherine Booth

had no real interest in ministry beyond the

people of England. While their Wesleyan

theological background embraced a world

view, their pragmatic mindset was for the

immediate need in England.

William was convinced that his calling

was to the poor of the East End of London.

He was to tell his wife Catherine in 1865:

“Where can you go and find such heathen

as these, and where is there so great and

need for your labours?” For him the

mission field was confined within the

shoreline of his native England. For her

part Catherine Booth was totally opposed

to any overseas ministry.

A change in perspective

The Booths’ provincial view of ministry

was to change dramatically by 1880.

In that year, by means of spontaneous

spiritual combustion, the Salvation Army

was to commence operations in the United

States of America and Australia. This was

to be indicative of how the Army would

continue and continues to this very day, to

seed itself.

Salvationists (Christian Mission

converts) migrating to other countries,

and seeing the great need for spiritual

ministry, embarked upon the

commencement of a ministry modelled

on that of the Salvation Army. Almost

without exception there is within these

new ministries a compelling desire to be

connected to the international Salvation


The Reverend William Booth preaching alone on Mile End Waste, 5 July 1865.

By 1882 many believed that The

Salvation Army would soon be a spent

force and its work and influence would

soon diminish. At the opening of the

Clapton Congress Hall the leading

London newspaper of the day, The Times,

declared that The Salvation Army had

reached it zenith and might be expected to

decline. Nothing could have been further

from the truth.

It is difficult to know how much the

Founder’s change of viewpoint was

influenced by the natural expansion

taking place or whether it was more a

revelation of divine direction. We cannot

help but feel it was more the sense of

divine intervention, for after all Booth

had spent most of his life being open to

the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and we

must concur that in the move towards

internationalism he allowed God to guide


His seminal song, O Boundless

Salvation, may well reflect his mindset:

The whole world redeeming, so rich and

so free,

Now flowing for all men, come, roll over


Spiritual combustion

Although William Booth had been reticent

to expand the work of the Army beyond

the shores of England, as spontaneous

spiritual combustion occurred in

other countries he came to realise the

inevitability of an international Salvation


At a great farewell meeting on 12

February 1880, Booth despatched George

Scott Railton and seven young women to

the United States to take over a ministry

in Philadelphia, commenced by Amos

and Annie Shirley and their 16-year-old

daughter Eliza, who had become an

officer in The Salvation Army prior to

emigrating from England.

On the same day the Founder issued

a statement which indicated a broadening

of his vision. On the one hand, he wrote,

the phenomenal spread of the work in

England was absorbing all the force that

could be mustered, and on the other

there was the conviction that the grand

revolution now so blessedly started in

Philadelphia must and should spread with

incalculable speed throughout the States.

Spontaneous spiritual combustion also

occurred in Australia when John Gore

and Edward Saunders commenced the

Army in Adelaide on 5 September 1880.

John Gore had written to Booth seeking

support. However, unbeknown to Gore,

William Booth was already receiving

letters from people in Sydney, Melbourne

and Brisbane who had had connections

with the Salvation Army and who were

also seeking support to commence the

Army’s ministry in those cities.

The arrival on 17 February 1881

of Thomas and Adelaide Sutherland,

despatched by General William Booth

to oversight the work in Australia,

established The Salvation Army in the

Western South Pacific.

An international Army

The essence of the Army’s

internationalism was quick to spread

throughout the ranks as officers and

soldiers comprehended the vision of a

world-wide Salvation Army.

(Above) On 12 February 1880 William

Booth despatched George Scott Railton

to take over the Army’s work in the United

States of America; (right) Pioneers in the

United States, Amos and Annie Shirley.

The Army’s hymnology started to

reflect a wider vision and take on a global

perspective. For the opening of the great

Clapton Congress Hall on 13 May 1882,

Salvation Army songwriter William

Pearson penned the words of what was

to become one of the great hymns of

The Salvation Army. Within its lines is

reflected an international point of view:

O thou God of every nation,

… Save the world through Jesus’ merit,

… Send us where we ought to go.

The Founder became a committed

internationalist and signalled at a meeting

in the Exeter Hall during October 1884

that a great international gathering was

being planned.

In 1886, just six years after the Army

had ventured from English shores,

Salvationists assembled for the first

Salvation Army International Congress

from Australia, Canada, France, India,

Ceylon, New Zealand, South Africa,

Sweden, Switzerland and the United


The meetings, held from 29 May to

4 June 1886, caught the imagination of


It was estimated that more than

100,000 people lined the route of a great

march as Salvationists from around the

world moved through the city and along

the Thames embankment.

The rapid development taking place

stretched not only the meagre resources

of the fledgling organisation but also the

fabric of the Booth family.

Within the space of a few short years

between 1896 and 1903 three of the

Booth children, who held international

leadership roles, were to resign and leave

the organisation and a fourth was to die

tragically in a train derailment in the

United States.

Despite difficult challenges that

were to impact The Salvation Army in

the early part of the 20th century, its

internationalism was to grow stronger

until today the blue-bordered red flag

with the yellow star in its centre can be

seen in 126 countries around the world.

Major David Woodbury is

Pipeline’s founding editor

30 pipeline 07/2013 31

What would Jesus view?

Man Of Steel



Superman is the iconic superhero,

the 1938 comic-book creation from

whom so many caped crusaders

take their cue. He has been in the

public consciousness for 75 years; what

can we possibly learn from Man Of Steel

that would amaze a new generation?

Wisely, its producers don’t try. Instead

they strip back the accretion of a thousand

storylines and aim at their hero’s essential

wonder and purpose.

Man Of Steel’s screenwriter David

Goyer says the starting point was to begin

with the obvious – what would happen

if someone like Superman walked onto

the world stage? “He’s an alien,” Goyer

says. “If the world found out he existed,

it would be the biggest thing that ever

happened in human history. Just his

existence would change the face of the

Earth forever.” And so it does.

Man Of Steel offers a fresh take on the 75-year-old story of Superman.

The first act of Man Of Steel finds a

teenage Clark Kent trying to conceal his

identity, to live a normal, productive life.

As the adopted son of Jonathan Kent

(Kevin Costner), Clark learns that he

is “the answer” to the question, “Are

we alone in the universe?” He uses his

unique abilities to save life where he can,

but hides from the spotlight because he’s

been well prepared by his stepfather that,

“People fear what they don’t understand”.

However, the burrowing of an

investigative reporter by the name of Lois

Lane (Amy Adams) and the appearance

of a fellow Kryptonian called General Zod

(Michael Shannon) effectively bring the cat

out of the bag. Clark must reveal not only

who he is, but what his appearance means

for humanity. In a secure government

interview room, Lois Lane points to the

conspicuous symbol on his chest:

Lois: What’s the S stand for?

Superman: It’s not an S. On my world

it means hope.

Lois: Well, here it’s an S. How about

Super- [microphone feedback]

Superman: Excuse me?

It’s hard to look at Goyer’s goal and

Clark’s deliberate understatement, and

not think of the Christian parallels. It

is, after all, a faith built on another selfeffacing

saviour. Jesus likewise works

great wonders, reveals himself at just

the right time, offers hope and ends by

becoming “… the biggest thing that ever

happened in human history”.

Both he and Superman face criticism,

suspicion and superhuman foes. However,

the results are not the near-universal love

that Goyer offers his Man Of Steel. Why? It

has to do with the differing salvation these

heroes offer.

Both Superman and Jesus act to

end immediate suffering on numerous

occasions, but this is not their primary

purpose. Antje Traue taunts Clark as the

enemy Kryptonian Faora-Ul, that “…

for every human you save, we will kill a

million more”.

But Superman knows that. In a

Kryptonian spacecraft buried in the

Arctic, Clark has learnt his purpose is

actually to make millions of super men

and women. In the words of his real father

Jor-El (Russell Crowe): “You will give the

people an ideal to strive towards. They

will race behind you, they will stumble,

they will fall. But in time, they will join

you in the sun. In time, you will help them

accomplish wonders.”

Superman will help us unlock our true

greatness. By contrast, Jesus reveals there

is no greatness to boast about. Sin has

blackened the human heart to the point of

spiritual death. We can never do anything

for ourselves, no matter how great the


Man Of Steel is an uplifting, exciting

hymn to human potential. There’s no

doubt it will remind us of what could

be achieved if people were to selflessly

devote themselves to the good of others.

But it won’t “change the face of the Earth


It can, however, point the way to the

Son of God who’s already done that much,

and promises even more to the individual

who begins with Christ’s humility.




Another kids’ animation, and

another battle between good

and evil. Not unexpected for

the eve of the holidays, I grant

you. What’s also becoming increasingly

familiar, though, is the separation of death

from the sadness, as Hollywood spins

another modern fairytale.

Epic introduces viewers to troubled

teen M.K., better known to her parents

as Mary Katherine and to us as actress

Amanda Seyfried (Les Misérables). On

the death of her mother M.K. is sent to

live with her estranged father Professor

Bomba. Her dad is convinced the natural

world is inhabited by tiny soldiers; his

daughter is not. But M.K. has her eyes

opened when she stumbles into the

presence of Beyoncé ... er Tara, Queen of

the Leafmen. Her miniature men-at-arms

are responsible for protecting the life

force of the forest and their chief enemy is

Mandrake (Christoph Waltz), an agent of


The dying queen shrinks M.K. to her

own size and gives the teenager a seedpod

containing the life force of her kingdom.

If Mandrake can cause the pod to bloom

in darkness it will spell the end for this

leafy green world. But if M.K. can ensure

it opens under the light of the moon then

order will again be restored.

Epic has as many themes as its title

suggests. M.K. walks the path from

adolescence to adulthood. Alongside her

the independent Leafman Nod discovers

the value of teamwork.

The laid-back slug Mub and the

hopeful snail Grub provide us with a

pair of “the least likely heroes”. Even

M.K.’s father supplies a sub-plot about

the importance of persevering with your

dreams. It’s not surprising Epic had

five screenwriters, and they all seem to

have brought their favourite storyline.

However, the overarching theme is

the mystic balance undergirding our

marvellous, natural world. Ladies and

gentlemen, let me invite the real star to the

stage: neo-paganism.

The benchmark beliefs of neo-pagans

are animism and pantheism. Animism

suggests every natural element has a

spirit, and as the viewer’s eye tracks

across Queen Tara’s kingdom we’re

introduced to flower and insect-like

sprites who populate the forest.

Pantheism teaches that if there is a

“god” then it’s the divine universe, of

which we’re all a part. So, Ronin, the

leader of the Leafman explains, “Many

leaves; one tree. We’re all individuals but

were still connected.”

There’s nothing new about ecological

Colin Farrell

is the voice

behind the

character of

Ronin in Epic.

themes in kids’ films – The Lion King and

Wall-E – nor the suggestion that rocks

and plants have mystic personalities –

Pocahontas and FernGully. But the morals

of these stories seldom rise above the need

to keep all elements in balance. So in Epic

Mandrake isn’t evil because he brings

death, but because he wants to bring it to


“All in the name of balance – I’m sick

of balance! Today we’ll show them that

you just can’t stop the rot.”

Rather than death being presented as

the final result of our rebellion against

God, it’s recast as a sad but natural

process. When Queen Tara dies, the wise

glow-worm Nim Galuu tells M.K. her

tears are taking her in the wrong direction:

“I know you’re sad. I’m sad too. But Tara

wouldn’t want us to mourn. She’d want

us to celebrate her life – the life of the


But this is the saddest conclusion,

because when we reduce death to a stage

in the circle of life, we ignore the cancer at

the heart of creation and so our need for


God never meant death to be part of

life. It’s not even sensitive to kids’ feelings

to say so, because it only takes the passing

of one friend to demonstrate the paucity

of Galuu’s positivism. No, there’s only one

way to remove death’s sting and that’s

by providing a path to everlasting life,

naturally through the cross of Christ.

32 pipeline 07/2013 33

From the coalface



New name for peer support team


From the the coalface


Salvos celebrate a century on Sydney’s northern beaches



The Salvation Army Critical Incident Management Program

has a new name – the Critical Incident Peer Support

Program (CIPS).

“This new name more accurately reflects the role of the

peer support team, which is to support our peers who have

experienced a crisis, through debriefing, defusing and support,”

said Major Robin Pullen, Territorial Critical Incident Peer

Support Coordinator.

“It’s not about coming in to ‘manage’ the situation and what

needs to be done, or to deal with Human Resources issues,

which the old name implied and so caused confusion.”

The debriefing process involves trying to alleviate the stress

a person is under who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic


“Every person responds to a critical incident differently,

due to their own experiences and circumstances, so what will

affect one person might not bother someone else,” Major Pullen


Defusing refers to working with a group of people

who’ve experienced a critical incident. “It involves providing

information and education about what they are experiencing,

helping them understand that they are reacting normally to

an abnormal event, and giving them strategies to help calm

themselves and work through the issues,” said Major Pullen.

For example, when natural disasters strike, such as the recent

floods in Bundaberg, CIPS sent in a team to talk with volunteers,

be available for them and provide information around stress.

“It was basically a team debrief,” said Major Pullen. “Our

team is about supporting our own people so they can look after

someone else.”

Trained personnel

The CIPS team is made up of Salvation Army officers and

employees across the territory. Major Topher Holland is

the NSW and ACT coordinator and Major Chris Reid is the

Queensland coordinator.

The team offers a confidential service to officers, staff and

volunteers within The Salvation Army and also makes referrals

when further assistance is required.

“Team members are trained personnel who are nominated

by their divisional commanders,” explained Major Pullen. “The

selection process is thorough, and all team members attend

ongoing training events each year.”

Major Lyndsay Smith, Senior Chaplain to Fire and Rescue

NSW who has also served with The Salvation Army’s Critical

Incident Team since its beginning 10 years ago, is an accredited

trainer in crisis intervention and conducts most of the training

for the team.

“If there has been an emotional, psychological or spiritual

impact on a person from an event, then it can be considered a

critical incident,” Major Smith said. “The crisis is the person’s

response to it.

“The important thing is to acknowledge it and know that

you don’t have to deal with it alone. Get support and help,

whether through family, friends and colleagues, or calling the


“We are just a phone call away. A call may be just what

you need to talk through what is happening and stabilise the

situation. Help is out there; please make the most of it.”

If a person experiences or sees a critical incident and

Despite a name change, The Salvation Army’s critical incident

peer support team still offers expert counselling.

is stressed or traumatised, the first step is to call the CIPS

telephone number in their area (see below).

“Talking through what has happened may be enough for

some people, while others will require face-to-face contact to

work through the issues,” said Major Pullen.

If face-to-face contact is preferred, the CIPS coordinator

will contact a team member who is the most suitable and

experienced to help in that particular situation, who will then

travel to meet the person needing assistance.

Further support and follow up calls or visits will continue as

long as required.

To contact the CIPS, call:

NSW/ACT: Major Topher Holland - 0438 657 798

Queensland: Major Chris Reid - 0418 457 437

The Salvation Army celebrated 100 years of ministering to

the Northern Beaches region of Sydney at the “Back to the

Beaches” weekend at The Collaroy Centre from 31 May to

2 June.

“Honouring the Past – Handing on the Baton” was the theme

of the weekend, with music camp attendees from both the past

and present turning out to reminisce the many years of memories

shared at the camp (also known as Gospel Arts Camp or EQUIP).

“The highlight was seeing the young people honouring those

who had put in the hard yards over the years at music camp,”

said Major Brian Smith, Dee Why Corps Officer.

On the Saturday morning, more than 110 stalls were set up

for a car boot sale. Along with Salvation Army service stalls such

as Aged Care Plus, Salvation Army Emergency Services (SAES),

Salvos Counselling and Salvos Stores, the event was also shared

with many members from the community.

About 1000 people filed through the marquees, enjoying the

attractions including rides and face-painting and listening to toetapping

music from the Salvo Country Band.

The entertainment continued with the Belmore Brass Band

and Sydney Congress Hall timbrels performing at the car boot

sale and Wollongong Corps Officer, Captain Ray Lotty, amused

the audience with some magic tricks. The Agents of T.R.U.T.H.

also made an appearance to entertain the children.

On the Saturday evening, a cabaret-style dinner was held

not only to celebrate 100 years in the Northern Beaches, but to

honour the efforts of those who contributed to raising funds for

There was plenty of colour and sound at “Back to the Beaches”

weekend with activities for children (top) and a performance by

the Sydney Congress Hall timbrel brigade.

The Salvo Country Band (top) entertains the crowds that gathered

for the festive occasion at The Collaroy Centre, (above) which

included a car-boot sale amongst a myriad of marquees.

the Army’s Red Shield Appeal. Senator Bronwyn Bishop, Federal

Member for Mackellar, also attended the cabaret dinner.

“It was great to say thank you to the people who helped out

with the Red Shield Appeal,” said Richard Javor, manager of The

Collaroy Centre.

The following morning a final worship session was held.

About 130 corps members from Dee Why and Manly turned out

to the meeting.

Special guest, Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam Gluyas, Chief

Secretary for the Papua New Guinea Territory, spoke at all three

sessions across the weekend. She focused on the Bible passage,

Jeremiah 29:11.

“She looked at what happened in the past but also the

importance of looking towards the future,” said Major Smith.

“She also challenged us that our ‘memories should never

be greater than our dreams’. God is still planning a great

future for The Salvation Army on the Northern Beaches and us


Lieut-Colonel Gluyas also enrolled a new soldier, Helen

Cannon, for Dee Why Corps.

Time was spent at the graveside of Elizabeth Jenkins at

Collaroy, honouring her generosity of the many acres of land she

gave to The Salvation Army.

Major David Woodbury also produced a DVD called A Cup

of Compassion about the history of The Salvation Army in the

Northern Beaches area. It can be purchased from Salvationist

Supplies ( for $20.

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New mission meets growing need on NSW South Coast

From the the coalface


Granville couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

The Salvation Army’s Shoalhaven Corps Bay and Basin

Mission, an outpost on the South Coast of NSW, was

officially opened on 2 June.

Joanna Gash, Shoalhaven Mayor and Federal Member for

Gilmore, presided over the opening which was attended by

members of the corps with music being provided by the corps


Members of the Sanctuary Point Men’s Shed were also in

attendance, with The Salvation Army Emergency Services team

putting on a sausage sizzle.

“The Shoalhaven Corps and ACT and South NSW Division

have had a vision for a [church] plant down in this area for

around 15 years, so it’s wonderful to see the realisation of this

vision,” said Lieutenant Alice Folan-Foley, Mission Leader.

Lieut Folan-Foley has been serving as Assistant Corps Officer at

Shoalhaven Corps for four years.

The mission will provide welfare two days a week, a Positive

Lifestyle program and Moneycare one day a week and, from

August, a weekly ladies group, Bible study and church service.

Final approvals for the opening of a Salvation Army Family

Store are also near completion.

“We have seen such an increase in need for welfare and

general services, especially as this area has been growing,” said

Lieut Folan-Foley.

The local council, community and St Vincent de Paul, who

are next door, have welcomed and supported The Salvation

Army opening its mission.

“St Vincent de Paul is looking forward to working together

with us to help build and serve this community,” said Lieut

Folan-Foley. “It’s fantastic that the mission has opened and we

can begin to meet the huge need here. We recently celebrated the

seed being planted in this community and we will watch as it

Shoalhaven Mayor Joanna Gash opens the Bay and Basin Mission

with Lieutenant Alice Folan-Foley.

takes ground and grows according to God’s will and way.”

The Bay and Basin Mission services the Jervis Bay and St

Georges Basin Region of the City of Shoalhaven.

Eric and Betty Davidson, adherents at The Salvation Army’s

Granville Corps in Sydney, celebrated their 70th wedding

anniversary surrounded by family, friends and corps

members on 1 June.

The Queen, Governor General, Prime Minister and the

Governor of NSW all sent letters of congratulations and

warm wishes to the Davidsons for reaching this significant

milestone. The Army’s Australia Eastern Territorial Commander,

Commissioner James Condon, also sent congratulations on

behalf of the territory.

“It was just beautiful and I was speechless when I walked

into the hall,” said Betty.

The devoted and happy couple still live in the same house

they built in the late 1940s and are firmly committed to each


“We are just as close as ever,” said Eric. “The Lord sure led

me to the right girl!”

Eric and Betty met at Guildford Baptist Church Sunday

School 75 years ago. Betty had just turned 14 and Eric was

almost 15.

Married in 1943, Eric and Betty then had a son and daughter

of their own, adopted a baby girl, and fostered other children

over the years.

“During Eric’s working days our home was also a remand

home for the Department of Child Welfare and we’ve lost count

of the number of children we looked after,” said Betty.

The Davidsons have worshipped with The Salvation Army

for almost 20 years, beginning with the then Toongabbie Corps

until it closed and since then at Granville.

The Davidsons were both involved with Kids Club at

Granville for many years and Betty baked and sewed for the

missionary mornings.

These days, Eric attends Home League with Betty. Previously

he spent his time sorting goods donated to The Salvation Army.

“They both have a very firm faith and are loyal Christians

and haven’t slowed down much in their service,” said

Lieutenant Jon Cory, Granville Corps Officer.

“They are just great people and devoted to God and each


Eric and Betty Davidson at their 70th wedding

anniversary celebration.

Just Munn to lead Just Men conferences

Hadleigh Lodge stories impact Broken Hill students


team from The Salvation Army Blue Mountains Recovery

Services Centre (Hadleigh Lodge), including five recovery

program participants, made a big impression on young

people during an outback mission trip to Broken Hill from 15-21


The team of 10 visited two schools – Broken Hill High and

Wilyamma High – sharing with the students the dangers of drug

and alcohol abuse and gambling addiction.

Hadleigh Lodge’s program participants told their own stories

of dealing with addictions, which had an effect on many students.

Allan, a recovery service Bridge Program participant, said

he was willing to share his story because he wanted to make a

difference in people’s lives.

“When I saw the concentration on the students’ and teachers’

faces, it was a sense of achievement because I could tell they were

very interested in my story,” he said.

For Allan, the mission trip was also an opportunity to develop

a deeper relationship with God.

“This experience has brought me closer to God and to

understanding that without God’s help, it would never have

succeeded the way it did,” he said. “The experience for me was

spiritual and breathtaking and was very helpful and beneficial for

my own recovery when I leave [the] program soon.”

The deputy principal of Broken Hill High was so impressed

by the quality of the presentation made to the Year 9 and 10

students that he asked the team to hold another session with the

school’s Year 11 and 12 students.

“I had one student come to me after the presentations, very

worried about one of her friends,” said Captain Paul Morrice,

Manager of Hadleigh Lodge. “I was able to give her some advice

on how she may be able to help him.”

While the team was in town, they assisted Broken Hill Corps

with some odd jobs including building a garden shed. A few of

the team members completed yard work for an elderly lady from

the local community. They also led the Sunday morning meeting

at the corps.

The final stop on the trip was Wilcannia Central School, where

the team shared with the young people. Overall, Captain Morrice

believes the trip was a success and that God moved through

the team members as they ministered to the communities they


“I believe that God was glorified through this trip and we

believe that we achieved what we set out to do – plant the seed,

even if we never see the outcomes of the seeds that were sown.”

sex and power” is the

theme for The Salvation


Army Australia Eastern

Chief Secretary Colonel Richard

Munn will be the guest speaker at the

Just Men conferences.

Territory’s Just Men conferences to be

held later this month, with Chief Secretary

Colonel Richard Munn the guest speaker.

The picturesque Queensland Camping

and Conference Centre at Mapleton is

the venue for the Queensland conference

from 19-21 July. The Collaroy Centre on

Sydney’s Northern Beaches will host the

second conference from 26-28 July. The

conference program is the same in both


“[Author] Richard Foster’s insights

into the three greatest areas of temptation

are applicable to all people, yet maybe

especially to men,” said Colonel Munn.

“This is not the domain of Hollywood

and high stakes political scandals only;

there are subtleties in our homes and

places of work.

“The ancients knew this of course, thus

the monastic ideal of poverty, chastity and

obedience. So how we handle our money,

express our sexuality and channel power

in our day, age and culture is always

worth pondering. We’ll be honest without

being sensational; candid without being


Three workshops will also be offered

at the conference: Leading Men to Christ,

Discipling Men and Invigorating Men’s


“The conferences are open to

everyone,” said Malcolm Beeson,

Territorial Men’s Ministry Coordinator.

“It’s a time to get men together, to inspire

them, to get them ready to disciple people,

to let God speak to them, and for them to

make new friends.

“We’d like to see some younger

guys come along, Christians and non-

Christians; it’s not an exclusive club for


The conference also offers free time

and entertainment, with Christian

magician Christopher Wayne performing

on the Saturday night, and arcade

machines available for playing.

The final session of the conference will

be a time of ministry where men can talk

and pray together, request prayer, give

thanks and fellowship.

Registrations for the conferences have

been extended.

Contact Malcolm Beeson at: malcolm. or call

0478 300 737.

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From the the coalface


Community project brings country town back to life



small general store in the village of Quambone, 210km

north-west of Dubbo, recently became the focal point for

a community development project, the results of which

are transforming the local area.

This project was part of the “Partners in Projects” initiative,

established last year by Salvation Army rural chaplains Majors

Trevor and Maree Strong with the Rotary Club of Canberra East.

“We have been associated with this club since 1992, and

when the members heard about our ministry in rural chaplaincy

and our ideas for 2012 National Year of the Farmer, they wanted

to do something to help,” explained Major Maree.

The first project involved completing an extension on a

farmhouse for owners who had suffered through drought and

floods. Wanting to do more, 11 Rotarians then joined Salvation

Army volunteers for the “Farm Hub Project” held prior to the

Christmas Bush Mission in 2012.

Volunteers stayed on the property “Thurn”, near Quambone,

and travelled daily to various farms to work and serve in

practical ways. The Rotarians supplied food for the entire project

as well as hampers and gifts for 40 farming families.

The external makeover of the Quambone store and post

office, a Mother’s Day craft project at the primary school and a

family barbeque event took place in May this year.

Again, the Rotary Club of Canberra East supplied labour and

Rotarians and Salvationists work together on the

external makeover of the Quambone Store.

all food while the building materials were funded by a generous

donation to rural chaplaincy.

“The store really is a ‘mission’ and in a village that only has

a small pub, a primary school of 24 students, a few homes and

two small churches with monthly services, it is starting to bring

‘life’ back to this struggling area,” said Major Maree.

Darius and Kathy Smith, who moved to Quambone from

Western Australia, reopened the store last November.

“They believe that God has called them to move across the

country to serve him through service in the store in this isolated

community,” said Major Maree.

The couple has Salvation Army connections – Darius was a

junior soldier and the couple married at Perth Fortress Corps

25 years ago. “Now their store is like a mission house – people

come in, they listen to the farmers, care for people and serve

them. They’re not just running another business,”.

The Strongs will return to Quambone on 9-11 August to

work alongside a rural mission team from The Salvation Army

School for Officer Training and volunteers from the Dubbo

Corps, to refurbish the inside of the Quambone store and post

office. The team will run activities at the school, visit farmers

and hold a Sunday service and community barbeque.

“This is all about experiencing God with people in the

bush,”said Major Maree. “It’s not about being roving welfare

workers; it’s responding to people’s spiritual needs while

building deep, lasting community.”

Children at Quambone Primary School paint pots to

be filled with cosmetics for Mother’s Day.

Miles of smiles as dental

volunteer receives award

Dr Colin Seaniger, nominated by The Salvation Army ACT

and South NSW Division for his work with its ACT Dental

Support Program, has received a highly commended honour at

the ACT Volunteer of the Year awards in May.

Since October 2008, Dr Seaniger has collaborated with

the ACT Health Directorate and The Salvation Army in an

innovative program providing access to affordable and timely

dental care to the homeless and low-income earners in the ACT.

“Dr Seaniger volunteers his services as a dentist free of

charge for half a day per week and has enabled over 90 people

to experience healthy, functioning and aesthetically pleasing

teeth,”said Captain Christine Gee, Divisional Mission and

Resource Director – Social.

“Known for his courteous and considerate approach, Dr

Seaniger’s commitment to public oral health has contributed

positively to the social, economic and employment prospects of

many vulnerable ACT residents and their families.”

Natalie Howson, Director General of the Community Service

Directorate, presents the volunteer award to Dr Colin Seaniger.

Photo courtesy of Bob Pillifeant

Family Store in Young

rises from the ashes

Laurie Anderson and new Family Store manager Richard

Spotswood at the refurbished premises in Young. Photo courtesy

Young Witness.

The Salvation Army Family Store in Young is back up and

running, two years after the premises was destroyed by fire.

The Mayor of Young, Councillor Stuart Freudenstein,

attended the official reopening on 3 June, showing his

support for the work of The Salvation Army in the town

and surrounding districts. Other special guests included

The Salvation Army ACT and South NSW divisional leaders

Lieutenant-Colonels Philip and Jan Cairns, Major David Eyles

(Divisional Secretary), Major Sharon Coulter (Divisional

Seniors Secretary) and John Scarano (Divisional Finance


“This is a beautiful premises and a great leap forward for

us,” said Laurie Anderson, Young Corps Leader. “Having a

Family Store gives The Salvation Army another face in the

community and a point of contact with people.

“We are overjoyed with the support from the Young

community through their donations and in patronising the

store and we are now looking forward to serving them through

the store.”

Richard Spotswood is the new Family Store manager.

Port Macquarie Corps honours centenarian

Port Macquarie Corps recently

honoured its No.1 soldier, Ruth

Gluyas, who turned 100 on 10 May.

At the conclusion of the Sunday

morning meeting, Corps Officer Major

Brett Gallagher invited Ruth to join him

in front of the congregation where he

thanked her for many years of faithful

service to the corps and for being a loyal

soldier of The Salvation Army.

After praying for Ruth, he led her

through a guard of honour made by the

young people of the corps.

Ruth moved to Port Macquarie

from Ballarat in 1978. The local corps

at that time was Wauchope and Ruth

became involved there. It wasn’t long

before meetings were being held in Port

Macquarie and at this point Ruth went

into her “fundraising” mode. She worked

tirelessly raising funds for the initial

building, then several years after that,

raising more money for the new hall.

During this time, Ruth was the League

of Mercy secretary (hospital visitation), a

role she thoroughly enjoyed and for which

she is well remembered. At the age of 100,

Ruth took part in this year’s Red Shield

Appeal by manning a table at a shopping

centre in Port Macquarie.

Ruth has one son, an only child Leslie,

who is the father of Lieutenant-Colonel

Miriam Gluyas and Captain Phil Gluyas.

She is also a very proud grandmother

of four, great-grandmother of 16 and

great-great-grandmother of seven.

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Salvos website goes back to school

The Salvation Army’s official website

for the Australia Eastern Territory

now has a special section for school

students. The Salvos Schools and

Community Initiative can be viewed at

“The aim of this initiative is to

empower and equip students to

become proactive citizens of their

society,” said Bee Orsini, Oasis

Schools Liaison.

“It provides opportunities for

schools to further engage with The

Salvation Army, to equip and support

teachers to educate students about

social issues, and connect students

to ways they can volunteer and get

involved,” said Bee.

The schools section includes:

• See it: Salvos Outreach –

presentations and workshops

• Study it: Salvos Education –

national curriculum mapped


• Change it: Practical Engagement –

volunteering opportunities

“Through our focus on the

growing incidence of youth

homelessness, our education and

outreach programs encourage

students to explore their social

conscience and gain an understanding

of the world around them,” said Bee.

“The program cultivates an

environment where students can

participate in opportunities which

inspire them, challenge them and

provide a platform to develop the

skills needed to be an effective

community leader who contributes

positively to their school and broader


Bee Orsini, (centre), is pioneering a new

schools initiative for The Salvation Army.

Photo: Shairon Paterson

Mackay Corps celebrates 125 years of service

The Mackay Corps, in central Queensland, was last month

joined by families from Mainly Music and J.A.M (Jesus and

Me), to celebrate 125 years of The Salvation Army in the town.

During the celebration service the corps officers, Lieutenants

Jeff and Terri Goodwin, opened a time capsule that had been

put in place in 1988 to mark 100 years of The Salvation Army in

Mackay. Lieutenant Jeff then spoke about the past, the present

and the future.

“We all have a past; good and fond memories and also

hurtful ones,” he said.

“God wants us not to live in and be caught up in the hurts

and mistakes of the past, but to move on to the future he has

planned for all of us, as Jeremiah 29:11 says, we can use the past

hurts if it will help someone in the present, but we cannot dwell

on the mistakes of yesterday.”

A free barbecue gave everyone the opportunity to continue

the celebration after the service.

Lieut Jeff Goodwin reveals a Salvation Army flag that had been

placed in a time capsule 25 years ago.


Commissioner James Condon officially opened The Salvation

Army’s Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus centre at

Collaroy on Saturday 15 June (pictured below).

Attendees were privy to a preview of Aged Care Plus’

newest and most innovative residential centre. Elizabeth Jenkins

Place is a state-of-the-art residential aged care centre that has

been designed with industry experts to create a home-like

From the the coalface


Aged Care Plus opens new state-of-the-art centre

Young Hope program calls for more foster carers



statewide campaign is encouraging more people,

including single adults and those from different

backgrounds, to consider becoming a foster carer.

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA)

launched the Fostering NSW campaign on 30 May at Sydney’s

Parliament House, with The Salvation Army’s Young Hope

program supporting the call for more carers.

ACWA is the peak body for non-government organisations

such as The Salvation Army, involved in out-of-home care. Since

the beginning of the year, the Army has provided foster care to

children, aged from newborn to 16, through the Young Hope


About 18,000 children are in foster care across NSW and by

the end of June, Young Hope had provided out-of-home care to

59 young people.

Young Hope is jumping on board with the Fostering NSW

campaign to petition for more carers to support the influx of

children needing care.

“The sector [foster care] needs more foster carers because

there’s not enough foster careers in NSW, especially for the older

age bracket,” explained Captain Michelle White, Director of

Young Hope.

Young Hope offers varying types of foster care, including

respite care, emergency care, short-term care and long-term care

for people of different demographics and backgrounds.”

The NSW Government has invested $1 million to help recruit

450 new carers through the Fostering NSW campaign. Minister

for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, spoke at the

launch of the campaign about the Government’s continuing

support to non-government organisations providing foster care.

environment that not only provides residents with a great place

to live, but one in which they can receive the very best care.

During the opening tour, future residents expressed great

delight at their new home.

“The rooms are fabulous and the dining rooms just

delightful!”said Betty.

Ted, currently living at Warringah Place Retirement Village,

can’t wait to move in.

“It’s so roomy with a beautiful design and a place that is safe

and will be very special to live in,” he said.

Elizabeth Jenkins Place is made up of seven low-rise houses

with each containing its own kitchen, living area and private

dining room. In the communal areas, the centre offers residents,

families and friends a putting green, freestanding chapel, cafe,

shop, hairdresser and medical precinct.

The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus is very proud of its

newest residential aged care centre and the opportunity it

presents to deliver truly person-centred care that goes beyond

the physical to ensure each resident is healthy, comfortable and,

above all, loved.

Elizabeth Jenkins Place Aged Care Plus Centre will welcome

its first residents in September.

If you would like to know more about this centre and

the care offered, please contact Suzie Haas, Client Services

Coordinator – EJP, on 1300 111 227 or email acp.enquiries@aue. to arrange a private tour.

“There is [an] urgent need for new foster families to provide

safety and stability for vulnerable children and young people,”

said Ms Goward.

“We will not change a child’s life without an agent [referring

to foster carers] who cares, who loves, who’s patient, who’s kind

– and that’s you. That’s our foster carers. We are grateful for the

gift you give to the children of NSW.”

For further information about becoming a foster carer in

NSW through Young Hope, visit

Captain Michelle White at the Fostering NSW campaign launch.

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From the the coalface



Alberto races to bronze at World Championships

Alberto Campbell, the adopted son

of Salvationists Paul and Julie-

Anne Staines, ran a personal best

time of 49.73 seconds to win a bronze

medal in the 400m at the 9th INAS

Athletics World Championships in Prague

last month. It was the first medal for

Australia at the Championships.

INAS is an international charity and

the recognised International Federation

(IOSD) for athletes with an intellectual

disability. It is a global organisation that

promotes inclusion through sport and

is a full member of the International

Paralympic Committee representing

intellectual disability.

Alberto runs with an AWD-T20

classification, meaning he is an athlete

with an intellectual disability.

On the final day of the

Championships, the Australian 4x400m

relay team – Alberto, Paul Gilbert,

Matthew Pascoe and Terry Price – also

won bronze for their country and set a

new Australian record.

The time for the team was 3:32.81.

“I worship God when I run,” says

Alberto. “He is the one who made me fast.

Alberto Campbell and his adoptive parents Paul and Julie-Anne Staines after he won the

bronze medal at the INAS Athletics World Championships in Prague.

I always thank him after races, whether I

win or lose, I run for God.”

Alberto, who was adopted from

Jamaica, attends The Salvation Army’s

Life Community Church Mission at Slacks

Creek in Queensland.

To read more about Alberto and his

family, see Pipeline, February 2013.

Roma Corps

Majors Mark and Julie Campbell,

South Queensland divisional

leaders, recently enrolled Kaylar O’Meley

and Lynette Franklin as senior soldiers at

Roma Corps.

Envoy Judith McAvoy, Roma Corps

Officer and Indigenous Ministries Leader,

met Kaylar during the 2011 Queensland

floods. Kaylar assisted Envoy Judith in her

spare time, continued to meet with her,

and then began attending Salvation Army

meetings. She is now actively involved.

“She is dedicated to the work of the

Lord, especially seeing children’s lives

changed. She has a servant attitude and

is willing to serve wherever the need is,”

said Envoy McAvoy.

Lynette’s introduction to The Salvation

Army came through the Family Store

where she became a volunteer, started

attending the corps and has now

committed her life to God.

“Lynette has made some great changes

to her lifestyle which has led to her

becoming a soldier,” said Envoy McAvoy.

“She is willing to be available to help

wherever necessary.”

Stanthorpe Outpost

Lieutenants Steve and Lydia Spencer,

corps officers at Warwick, oversaw the

first enrolment of senior soldiers at nearby

Stanthorpe in 50 years, on 2 June. Don

Dowding and Ron Johnson were enrolled

as soldiers at the outpost in front of an

encouraging congregation, supported by

the Warwick Corps band.

Letters of encouragement from

Commissioner James Condon (Territorial

Commander) and Major Mark Campbell

(Divisional Commander South

Queensland Division) were read out.

Don said he wanted to be a senior

soldier so that he could serve God,

and his testimony during the service

acknowledged the role that Captains Mark

and Cathryn Williamson (former officers

of Warwick/Stanthorpe) had played in his


Ron shared that he had finally found

a church to call home and that he “can’t

wait to contribute”.

Dee Why


Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam Gluyas,

Papua New Guinea Territory Chief

Secretary, enrolled Helen Cannon as a

senior soldier during the recent “Back to

the Beaches”weekend at The Collaroy

Centre. Helen had been attending another

church before feeling welcomed at The

Salvation Army several years ago, and

was guided through soldiership classes by

Major Graham Harris.

“Helen has a passion and heart for

working with people in hospital,” said

Major Clair Smith, Dee Why Corps Officer.

“She completed a chaplaincy course, and

visits people in Mona Vale Hospital each


“Helen is very pro-active at the

hospital, is involved in chapel services

there and takes toys for the children at

Christmas time.”

(Left to right) Major Mark Campbell, Envoy

Ernie McAvoy, Lynette Franklin, Kaylar

O’Meley and Envoy Judith McAvoy.

(Left to right) Lieutenant Lydia Spencer,

Ron Johnson, Don Dowding and Lieutenant

Steve Spencer.

(Left to right): Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam

Gluyas, flag bearer Major John McGuigan,

Helen Cannon, and Major Graham Harris.

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From the coalface



German celebration an inspiration for delegates


From the the coalface


USA Central Territory congress proclaims victory



The theme of The Salvation

Army Germany and

Lithuania Territory’s congress

– “Inspiration” – was affirmed by

special guest General Linda Bond


“I firmly believe that the Holy

Spirit will inspire us,” she told the

congregation of around 700 people

who gathered in Siegen, Germany,

for the opening ceremony. “He is

the great inspirer and he is here!”

In her Bible message, the

General called on delegates to make

God the centre of their lives and the

centre of The Salvation Army. Many

people responded to the challenge

by kneeling at the mercy seat.

The music festival on Saturday

took the theme “Inspiration –

Celebrating Jesus!” Contributions

ranged from traditional Salvation

Army music from the German Staff

Band to interpretive dance from

Shaw Coleman and contemporary

music from vocalist Ben Fischer.

The program also featured

instrumental soloists Alexander

Valerstein (cornet) and Stephen

Kane (euphonium). In addition,

delegates from the countries which

form the territory with Germany

– Lithuania and Poland – had

opportunity to speak and sing

about their culture and faith.

Throughout the weekend, music

and dance items were provided by

African Swing Salvation – which

also featured a junior section – as

well as by the territorial youth choir

and representative corps worship


In the Sunday morning meeting,

the General challenged everyone in

the congregation to live holy lives.

“God’s plan is for us to be holy,

and when we don’t accept that we

are being disobedient,” she stated.

Again there was a wave of response

as people knelt at the mercy seat.

“Inspiration – Get Moving” was

the theme of the Sunday afternoon

meeting. The General spoke about

a Salvation Army that was fighting

against injustice, standing up for

the oppressed and freeing people

from many different kinds of


She called upon the delegates

as true, authentic Christians – to

carry the message of the gospel into

the whole world.

The General

meets young

people who

had built a Lego

city as part of

the congress



About 4000 Salvationists converged on St Louis, Missouri,

for the USA Central Territory’s Family Congress under

the leadership of General Linda Bond (Ret.).

From the moment the General exclaimed, “This is a victory

congress. The Holy Spirit is going to do a new thing that could

very well spark revival around The Salvation Army world,” she

had won over her listeners with her fervour and hope.

Her strong, clear Bible messages – sprinkled with humour

and anecdotes – expounded on the International Vision, One

Army, One Mission, One Message.

Many Salvationists felt compelled to kneel at the mercy seat

at the end of each session, with others standing to show a deeper

commitment. Anchored by the Chicago Staff Band, each meeting

was packed with blessings. Highlights included the enrolment

of 160 senior soldiers; a massed singing company of nearly

200 children; the presentation of Certificates in Recognition of

Exceptional Service to two women soldiers for their support

of missions and youth; an original musical drama based on

William Booth’s essay In Heaven but Not of Heaven; and moving

testimonies of transformation given by officers, soldiers and


The God-glorifying event was supported by territorial

leaders Commissioners Paul and Carol Seiler, and USA national

leaders Commissioners William and Nancy Roberts.

There was a myriad of family opportunities during the

congress, including a leisurely Saturday afternoon at the

zoo. During main meetings, dynamic, spiritually enriching

programming for children was provided.

Special activities for youth and young adults included a late

Historic commissioning weekend in Italy

The Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Andre Cox, played a

leading role in an historic day for The Salvation Army in

Italy when he commissioned and ordained four Salvation

Army officers.

Lieutenants Luigi and Valentina Capuano, and Luca

and Francesca Longo are the first officers to be trained and

commissioned in their homeland for 54 years.

Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel Daniel Naud

welcomed special guests, representatives of civic authorities and

other churches to the commissioning meeting, which was held

The four cadets of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection session sign

their covenants.

The 32 members of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection session.

Photos: Rick Vogeney

night “afterglow” at a museum, a contemporary Christian music

concert, and a Soapbox with the General where she answered

a broad spectrum of questions. She told the young people:

“William and Catherine Booth’s heart is in the youth. This is a

revival generation. Our greatest days are ahead of us, and you’re

going to be a part of it.”

Echoing this sense of promise, on Sunday morning 32 cadets

were commissioned as Salvation Army officers by the General.

Again, the General’s heartfelt preaching on holiness met people

where they were, with large numbers of people moving to

the place of prayer. A call to officership resulted in nearly 130

responses. In the exuberant final meeting the General challenged

the new lieutenants to be their God-given best.

in the Methodist Church in Rome. The Chief of the Staff gave

recognition to four officers present who had been among those

cadets commissioned more than 50 years ago.

Speaking about the need for more officers, he noted that

the addition of four new officers increased the Italy and Greece

Command’s officer strength by 20 per cent.

Lieut Luigi Capuano testified to God’s care for him even

when, as a boy, he did not know him. He explained that when he

met Valentina, who introduced him to The Salvation Army and

to faith, he realised that God had been there all the time. Lieut

Francesca Longo, in her testimony, emphasised the importance

of bringing the gospel to those who have yet to hear it.

The meetings were enriched by music group contributions

from Rome and Naples corps’ and a band augmented by

Salvationists from France.

On the Sunday, the visiting leaders were warmly greeted by

Salvationists and friends at Rome Corps. During the meeting

the worship team from the host corps brought encouragement

through a variety of songs. A 13-strong group from Greece that

had travelled to Rome for the special weekend, sang to the glory

of God.

Commissioner Silvia Cox, in her Bible message, referred to

the story of Esther and to verses from Jeremiah to show that

despite the circumstances or sufferings, God wants to use his

people according to his plan. But, she added, if anyone refuses

to be used by God, he will choose someone else.

The commissioner’s final exhortation – “do you want to be

part of God’s plan” – led many people to kneel at the mercy seat

and dedicate their lives to the Lord.

44 pipeline 07/2013 45

From the the coalface


Promoted to Glory




Major Gwen Robinson

was promoted to

glory on 16 May, aged

86 years. A thanksgiving

service was held in the chapel of the

Woodport Retirement Village at Gosford,

conducted by Major Stan Evans.

Woodport Village chaplain Val Hopewell

read from John 14, and a letter from the

Territorial Commander, Commissioner

James Condon, was read by the retired

officers chaplain Major Lillian Hodges.

Gwen “Robby Robinson” was born on

5 August 1926 in Mungindi, on the border

of NSW and Queensland. She was the

eldest of six children born to Francis and

Ethel Robinson.

The children grew up in a wonderful

country atmosphere. They were a long

way from town, however, their mother

was a trained teacher so they were mostly


The family moved to a property

named “Day Dawn”, near Tewarri, 20km

from the Queensland border. It was a very

large property and the family learned

how to work with sheep, cattle and

horses. Gwen, quite successfully, tried her

hand at cooking. This was to stand her

in good stead for later years, when she

worked in Salvation Army homes.

Gwen and her sister Adel went to

Moree Hospital to be trained as nurses,

and this became their life’s work.

While in Moree, Gwen was introduced

to The Salvation Army and, following her

conversion, she was sworn in as a soldier

in 1951.

Gwen moved to Sydney and in

October 1953, received a certificate from

The Salvation Army’s Bethesda Hospital

stating that she had “received training

in midwifery” for one year and, having

passed exams, was now qualified to act as

an obstetrical nurse.

Gwen attended Marrickville Corps

before entering The Salvation Army

Training College at Petersham in 1954

as part of the Shepherds session. She was

commissioned as an officer in January


Skilled as a nursing sister, Gwen

served God, The Salvation Army and

others through a variety of appointments.

She served faithfully at Boothville

Hospital in Queensland; Shaftesbury

Court hostel, Sydney; Moyne aged care

centre, Canowindra; Warrina Village aged

care, Bass Hill; Winderradeen House,

Sydney; Shaftesbury Court Burwood

ILU’s; Macquarie Lodge aged care,

Arncliffe; and Maybanke Hostel, Dulwich

Hill, before returning to Boothville

Hospital in 1981.

Gwen entered retirement in September

1986, and moved to Gold Coast Temple

Corps where she was a very active

member. She completed a counselling

course and became a pastoral care worker.

Gwen is greatly missed from the corps

and Home League meetings.

Gwen always smiled to show her love

of her Lord. When she visited door-todoor

during her training college days, her

favourite Bible reading was Psalm 121.

Her faced beamed when she read this

psalm and during her pastoral care visits

with Gold Coast Temple Corps, she would

love to read it. Gwen finally moved from

the Gold Coast to the NSW Central Coast,

where she moved into a self-care unit at

Woodport Retirement Village.

She remained very active, attending

church services and ladies meeting as she

was able. Because of her love and care

of people, throughout her life Gwen was

described as a “Shepherd’s Shepherd”.


Comes with small group study guide.

Tunderstand prayer deeply. You overhear conversations or talks,

as the speakers share their stories and hard-won insights. You

and helped to go deeper with God.

The sessions are:

1. Pete Greig and Lyndall Bywater: When God Seems Silent

2. Carole Bate: Discover Prayer and Fasting

3. Lyell Rader, Damon Rader, Herb Rader: The Power of Praying

for Others

4. Pete Greig and Lyndall Bywater: The Praying Church

5. Jude Gotrich: Fresh Pathways to Prayer

6. Lyell Rader, Damon Rader, Herb Rader: Everyday Questions

about Prayer

7. Joy Webb and Robert Street: How I Pray

8. Joy Webb and Robert Street: The Prayers Behind the Songs

9. Jude Gotrich, Carole Bate and Carol Jaudes: Creativity and

the Word of God.



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Conversations on Prayer










9 sessions for your small group, corps, or personal enjoyment.




Produced by Carpenter Media, Conversations on Prayer is

a nine-session series featuring Christians who have a deep

understanding of prayer. The casual approach adopted by

the producers allows you to feel as though you are sitting in

on intimate conversations as the speakers share their stories

and hard-won insights, an experience you will find both

moving and inspiring. It’s a series that will enrich and deepen

your walk with God.

The sessions include:

1. Pete Greig and Lyndall Bywater - When God Seems


2. Carole Bate - Discover Prayer and Fasting

3. Lyell, Damon, and Herb Rader - The Power of Praying for


4. Pete Greig and Lyndall Bywater - The Praying Church

5. Jude Gotrich - Fresh Pathways to Prayer

6. Lyell, Damon, and Herb Rader - Everyday Questions

About Prayer

7. Joy Webb and Robert Street - How I Pray

8. Joy Webb and Robert Street - The Prayers Behind the


9. Jude Gotrich, Carol Bate and Carol Jaudes - Creativity

and the Word of God

Conversations on Prayer, complete with small group study

guide, is available from Salvationist Supplies in Sydney

( for $14.99.

From the coalface


about people


Effective 1 July: Captain Glenn Price, Divisional Secretary, Russia

Division, Eastern Europe Territory; Captain Julia Price, Divisional

Projects Officer and Youth and Children’s Secretary, Russia

Division, Eastern Europe Territory.


Major David Morgan of his father, Donald Morgan on 19 May;

Majors Max and Sue Hale of their niece, Erin Graham on 18 May;

Captain Maureen Nancarrow of her mother and Captain Evonne

Packer of her grandmother on 4 June; Major Jennifer Peterson of

her mother, Betty Carlisle on 8 June; Major Robert Holley , Lieut-

Colonel Elaine Rowland of their brother, Graeme Holley on 17

June; Major Ian Henry of his sister, Merlene McLucas on 20 June.


Lieutenants Dean and Rhonda Clutterbuck, a boy, Julian

Alexander-Michael on 23 May; Lieutenants David Northcott and

Belinda Atherton-Northcott, a girl, Emily Anne on 9 June.


To Territorial Envoys: Craig and Danni Stephens.

Promoted to glory

Brigadier Mary Maxwell on 19 June.


Captain Yolande Soper on 27 May as Corp Officer at Tenterfield.


Lieutenant Bev Clarke; Majors Lyn and Colin Daines on 31 July.

School for Officer Training

The following candidates have been accepted for the 2014

Messengers of Light session: Perry and Bronwyn Lithgow.

Study Success

The following officers have graduated with a Master of Theology

at Alphacrucis: Major Irene Pleffer.

The following officers have graduated with a Bachelor of

Theology at Booth College: Lieutenant Bronwyn Barkmeyer,

Major Lyn Cook, Lieutenant Tara McGuigan, Lieutenant

Matthew Moore, Major Denise Parkinson.

The following officers have graduated with a Diploma of

Theology at Booth College: Lieutenant Bronwyn Burnett,

Lieutenant Stephen Gorringe, Lieutenant John Humbley,

Lieutenant Darryn Lloyd; Lieutenant Lesley Newton, Lieutenant

Kate Ryan, Lieutenant Matt Ryan, Lieutenant Dominic Wallis,

Lieutenant Beth White, Lieutenant Christian White.

The following officer has graduated with a Diploma of Christian

Studies at Booth College: Envoy Seamus Corcoran.

time to pray

30 June – 6 July

Griffith Corps, Dulwich Hill Corps, Dulwich Hill Community

Welfare Centre, The Anchor Men’s Crisis Centre, Sydney East and

Illawarra Chaplaincy Services, all NSW; Oasis Youth Residential

Service, ACT; Wynnum/Capabala Community Welfare Centre,

Qld; Queensland Performing Arts School, QPAS (30 June-6 July).

7-13 July

Lieut-Colonels Ian and Wendy Swan, Hong Kong and Macau

Command; ACT and South NSW Divisional Headquarters,

Mountain View Aged Care Services, both ACT; Campbelltown

Corps, Narwee Corps, both NSW; Samaritan House Mackay,

Qld; Interstate Basketball Carnival (hosted by South Queensland

Division (7-13).

14-20 July

Colonels Lindsay and Lynette Rowe, Tanzania Territory; Job Link,

Nambucca River Corps, Dee Why Corps, Chifley Mission, all

NSW; Indigenous Ministries Outpost, Qld; Just Men, Brisbane (19-

21); Delve, Collaroy (19-21).

21-27 July

Kempsey Corps, North NSW Division Chaplains, Burwood Corps,

Lithgow Corps, Maclean Corps, all NSW; School For Officer

Training, THQ; Third Year Officers Residential (22-26); Central and

North Queensland Division Officers Fellowship (22-26); Aged Care

Plus Review (26); Just Men’s Conference (26-28).

28 July – 3 August

Captain Kaye Barber, Australia Southern Territory; Toowoomba

Crisis Centre, Qld; Young Cluster (Cootamundra Corps, Grenfell

Corps, Young Corps), Ballina Corps, Petersham Corps, Tweed

Heads Corps, all NSW; Annual Day of Prayer for Children (28);

Tri-Territorial Recovery Conference (29 July-1 August); Youth

Ministry Conference, Collaroy (2-4); International SAGALA

Jamboree, England (3-10).

4-10 August

Hurstville Corps, Casino Corps, Bathurst Corps, all NSW; Central

and North Queensland Divisional Headquarters, Salvo Care Line

Brisbane, both Qld; Officers Brengle (6-15); Territorial Advisory

Board (8); Salvos Stores Review (9); ACT and South NSW Division

Refresh Weekend (9-11); Youth Ministry Conference, Sunshine

Coast (9-11).

engagement calendar

Commissioners James (Territorial Commander)

and Jan Condon

*Coffs Harbour: Mon 15 July – Tri-Territorial Recovery Conference

Collaroy: Sat 20-Sun 21 July – DELVE

*Bexley North: Mon 22 July – Lecture at School For Officer


Stanmore: Mon 22 July – Third Year Review Dinner

#Bexley North: Tues 23 July – Women’s Ministry Seminar at School

For Officer Training

London: Fri 26-Sun 28 July – Pre High Council Gathering

London: 29 July – High Council

#Commissioner Jan Condon only

*Commissioner James Condon only

Colonels Richard (Chief Secretary) and Janet Munn

#USA: Thu 27 June-Wed 10 July – Western Bible Conference,


*Stanmore: Thu 4 July – Pre-retirement Seminar Dinner

*Brisbane: Fri 19-Sun 21 July – Just Men Conference

*Stanmore: Tues 23 July – Officers Third-Year Residential lecture

and dinner

#Sydney: Tues 23 July – Women’s Ministries Training Day Booth


*Collaroy: Fri 26-Sun 28 July – Just Men Conference

# Colonel Janet Munn only

* Colonel Richard Munn only


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