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The Salvation Army
Australia Eastern Territory
Volume 17 Issue 7
Day of Prayer
Commissioner James Condon | Jonathan Browning | Major David Woodbury | Rhondda Kingston | Luke Geary
THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY JULY 2013 | VOLUME 14 | ISSUE 3
Raising children to be God’s own
BRUSH WITH THE SALVO MAN
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL SETS SAIL
BRASS BANDS IN ACTION
IN THIS MONTH’S
Play it again, Sam
The Salvation Army
WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder
101 Queen Victoria street
London EC4P 4EP
Australia Eastern Territory
140 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
James Condon, Commissioner
Bruce Harmer, Major
Communications and Public
12-13 IT’S CHILD’S PRAY
The Salvation Army is embracing
International Day of Prayer For
Children. By Simone Worthing
14-17 JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME
Esther Pinn meets five members of
Dubbo Corps’ SAGALA sections
who are jetting off to a worldwide
gathering in London next month
20-21 LET’S ALL CELEBRATE
The Australia Eastern Territory gears up
for a Freedom Celebration in Sydney
24-25 THE RIGHT WAY HOME
Jonathan Browning says the path to
the true heart of God is a process of
transformation rather than a quick fix
4 YOUR SAY
27 SOUL FOOD
28-29 INSIDE SALVOS LEGAL
30-31 ARMY ARCHIVES
32-32 WHAT WOULD JESUS VIEW
34-45 COALFACE NEWS
47 Promoted to Glory
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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
“Direct your children onto the right path, and
when they are older, they will not leave it”
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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Commander of the
Children are a
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
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.
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
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
We thank God for every child – they are a
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
By ESTHER PINN
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
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 video.salvos.org.au 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
“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
“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.
and Janet Munn
(above) at the
presides over the
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 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
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
“She is an anointed leader who God
has used in amazing ways during her term
as General. She has served with dignity
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
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
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
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
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
For the latest information
go to www.salvationarmy.org/
HighCouncil2013. A Twitter
feed, @HighCouncil2013, has
also been set up, along with a
Facebook page: www.facebook.
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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.
spent 12 months as an
intern at The Salvation
Commission in New
York, where she wrote
a paper entitled “The
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
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.
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
“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
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”.
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
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
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
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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
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Feature | Kids Day of Prayer
Kids Day of Prayer | Feature
Through the eyes of a child ...
“God has helped
fight this big
bushfire with my
Dad in remote
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
of a child” is the
theme of The
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,
“We take our work with
children, and the ability of children
to speak, to pray and to make a
commitment, very seriously,” he
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
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:
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
“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
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
setting kids on
skills but it also
allows us to
invest into the
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
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
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
By ESTHER PINN
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
“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
Derek explains part of his role is
to advocate for SAGALA where it is
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
Artist: CINDY ALSOP
By BEN MOYES
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 salvos.org.au/
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
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.
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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).
By ESTHER PINN
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
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
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
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
For further information about
Freedom Celebration, registration
and ticket purchase, go to
“We are a global army,
multicultural. We’re about
people finding freedom
... freedom through faith,
through community and
pipeline 07/2013 21
Saturday 7 September - Sunday 8 September 2013
SYDNEY OLYMPIC PARK
JAMES & JAN CONDON
& JANET MUNN
FREEDOM CONCERT • LASER TAG COMPETITION • FREEDOM CARNIVAL
CHILDREN’S MUSICAL • AGED CARE PLUS WALKATHON • BACK TO BRIDGE
MULTI-CULTURAL FOOD HALL • SENIORS MORNING TEA
SUNDAY AM - “FREEDOM THROUGH CHRIST” • SUNDAY PM - “FREEDOM THROUGH SALVATION”
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
COMMISSIONERS JAMES & JAN CONDON
COLONELS RICHARD & JANET MUNN
MORE INFO • REGISTER • VOLUNTEER
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;
Jonathan Browning oversees the Welcome Home project.
Photo: Shairon Paterson
“Here at the
project we believe
that home is the
place where our
• 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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
have treasured this verse for many
years and it speaks to me in the
“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
MUSIC IN THE BIBLE
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
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
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!
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
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.”
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
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Contact us today and have the comfort of knowing that the fees you pay go towards funding
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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
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
Now flowing for all men, come, roll over
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
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
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
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What would Jesus view?
Man Of Steel
RELEASE DATE: 27 June
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
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
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
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.
RELEASE DATE: 27 June
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
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
is the voice
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
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
New name for peer support team
By SIMONE WORTHING
From the the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Salvos celebrate a century on Sydney’s northern beaches
By ESTHER PINN
The Salvation Army Critical Incident Management Program
has a new name – the Critical Incident Peer Support
“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
“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
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
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
“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
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,
“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 (www.salvossuppliessyd.com) for $20.
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New mission meets growing need on NSW South Coast
From the the coalface
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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
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
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
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
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
Contact Malcolm Beeson at: malcolm.
email@example.com or call
0478 300 737.
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From the the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Community project brings country town back to life
By SIMONE WORTHING
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
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
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
“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 –
“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.
By JOANNE BRAIN
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
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Aged Care Plus opens new state-of-the-art centre
Young Hope program calls for more foster carers
By ESTHER PINN
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 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
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.
salvationarmy.org 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 salvos.org.au/younghope
Captain Michelle White at the Fostering NSW campaign launch.
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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
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.
Majors Mark and Julie Campbell,
South Queensland divisional
leaders, recently enrolled Kaylar O’Meley
and Lynette Franklin as senior soldiers at
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
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”.
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
(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
(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
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
German celebration an inspiration for delegates
By ANDREAS W QUIRING
From the the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
USA Central Territory congress proclaims victory
By ELIZABETH KINZIE
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.
had built a Lego
city as part of
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
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
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
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.
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From the the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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
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
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
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
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
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
(www.salvosuppliessyd.com) for $14.99.
From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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.
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).
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
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).
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).
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
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
#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