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The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

October 2010

Volume 14 Issue 10

PAUL MOULDS

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM

AND GRACE

OUTBACK ODYSSEY

THE CHALLENGE OF

RURAL MINISTRY

ALSO INSIDE

GIFTS THAT KEEP

ON GIVING

2010-2011

CATALOGUE

Ready

Freddy

Salvos Stores a mission

field for marketing man

ARTICLES BY

Commissioner Linda Bond | Major Barbara Sampson | Lieut-Colonel Jan Cairns | Major Alan Harley | Lieut-Colonel Miriam Gluyas


THE SALVATION ARMY AUSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY OCTOBER 2010 | VOLUME 11 | ISSUE 4

The best is yet to come

At the start of this year, whenever I heard Chris

Tomlin’s song God of this City, I felt God telling me

that “greater things” were yet to come in my life.

I had a few of my own ideas about what that

meant, but in June God revealed his ideas when I applied for a

job in Canada.

From the initial email correspondence with the Editorial

Department in The Salvation Army’s Canada and Bermuda

Territory, I felt God saying, “Trust me”. I did (although not

as easily as it sounds), and from this month I will be living in

Toronto, Ontario, writing - as part of what I believe is my Godinspired

ministry - for that territory's Salvationist magazine.

For the past 19 months, I have been employed by The

Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory Communications

Department writing for Pipeline, Creative Ministry, Women in

Touch and More (salvos.org.au/more). In that time, I have

discovered a passion for communicating the message of Christ

and promoting the work of the Army through the written word.

I have also experienced wonderful mentoring, support and

encouragement from all of my colleagues plus my superiors:

Scott Simpson, Major Peter Sutcliffe and Captain Peter

McGuigan (2009).

The move overseas is a challenging, and even scary,

adventure. I am leaving behind family, friends, and familiarities

in my church, job and home town. Despite that, I depart

Australia with not only my husband, but also my God, who

will never leave me nor forsake me.

Editorial

Furthermore, I am going to continue my work for The

Salvation Army, an international movement that unites

people on a global level. Already my husband and I have felt

welcomed by many strangers who are offering us friendship

and advice, simply because of our Salvation Army affiliation.

Writing for the Canada and Bermuda Territorial

publications will provide me with an opportunity to further

contribute to The Salvation Army’s international ministry -

something I have already been blessed to do. An additional

perk to this part of God’s plan for my life is being able to learn

how another country operates and see God’s beautiful creation

on another continent.

While I am somewhat nervous (though excited) about the

adventure ahead, and it is sad to leave so much behind, I know

that I can trust God and he will never lead me astray.

I end this editorial, the last thing I write for Pipeline (well,

for the time being, anyway), with a verse of Scripture that

really helped my husband and I as we struggled with, and

contemplated, all of our decisions leading up to this point.

I pray this verse will bless you, whether it helps you to

relax in God’s sovereignty, provide you with confirmation of

your calling, or challenge you to depend on God. Its reassuring

words say, “We can gather our thoughts, but the Lord gives the

right answer” (Proverbs 16:1, NLT).

Julia Hosking

(Former) Pipeline writer

The Salvation Army

WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder

International Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria street

London EC4P 4EP

Shaw Clifton, General

Australia Eastern Territory

140 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Peter Sutcliffe, Major

Communications Director

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

Graphic design: Kem Pobjie,

James Gardner

Cover photo: Shairon Paterson

Contents

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C O V E R S T O R Y

8-11 READY FREDDY

Julia Hosking meets the Salvos Stores marketing manager who is passionate

about evangelism

F E A T U R E S

12-13 JOURNEY TO FREEDOM AND GRACE

Captain Paul Moulds talks about what has shaped his commitment to

Australia’s young homeless

14-15 PREACHING COURSE A MASTERSTROKE

Television has MasterChef, The Salvation Army has MasterClass – a four-day

course to aid Christian ministers with the demanding task of preaching

16-17 GIFTS THAT KEEP GIVING

Bill Simpson suggests a way to give and receive a gift at the same time

19 LOVE BLOSSOMS OUT OF PAINFUL PAST

Louise and Matt found love in an unexpected place. By Lauren Martin

Pipeline is a publication of the

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Phone: (02) 9266 9639

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@aue.salvationarmy.org

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Australia Eastern Territory

by Commissioner Linda Bond.

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IN THIS MONTH’S CREATIVE MINISTRY

SECRET AGENT ALLEN

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Exposed

Secret agent

The creative force behind

the Agents of T.R.U.T.H.

RECORDING HISTORY

SALVOS ON THE NET

ART HITS RIGHT NOTE

KEITH HAMPTON’S

CREATIVE COMPOSITIONS

20-21 AN OUTBACK ODYSSEY

Rural ministry remains a challenging arena as Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Cairns

recently found out

R E G U L A R S

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6-7 INTEGRITY COLUMN

22-38 FROM THE COALFACE

ALSO INSIDE: Eight-page Mission Priorities supplement


Happy trails to you,

until we meet again

Itinerary for the visit

of Salvation Army

Chief of the Staff

Commissioner

Barry Swanson

and his wife

Commissioner

Sue Swanson

to the Australia

Eastern Territory in

December

BRISBANE

Friday 10 December

7.30pm - Celebration Rally

- 125th anniversary of The

Salvation Army in Queensland

- Chandler Theatre

SYDNEY

Saturday 11 December

7pm - “The Night of a

1000 Stories” - Sydney

Convention Centre

Sunday 12 December

8.30am - Prayer Concert

- the Sydney Convention

Centre

10am - Ordination and

Commissioning of the

Ambassadors of Holiness

session of cadets - Sydney

Convention Centre

Kids Church will be held at

this time in a separate room

at the centre

2pm - “Celebrating our

Heritage” - includes the

appointments of the

Ambassadors of Holiness

session of cadets - Sydney

Convention Centre

As she prepares to farewell two of her closest colleagues to new

appointments, Commissioner LINDA BOND ponders how life experiences

help to shape our faith

Can any of you remember the early TV western, The Roy

Rogers Show? You know you are getting old when the

answer to that question is yes, especially as it was one

of the first shows when TV was launched.

It always ended with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans riding off

into the sunset, singing, Happy trails to you, until we meet again. It

was a novel way of signing off and saying farewell. It encouraged

us to keep smiling until we meet again. But just recalling it is a

reminder that my age is showing.

Recently, in attending our Leaders’ Conference (Wider

Cabinet), I mentioned my commissioning year was 1969. One

of the attendees said that he was born in that year. What a rude

awakening! I am getting old. And there are more indicators than

this one to confirm it. I checked out the internet by typing in “you

know you are getting old when…” and found a very lengthy list

and related to so much of it. Things like:

• Your joints are more accurate than the National

Weather Service;

• You finally got your head together, now your body is

falling apart;

• You look forward to a dull evening;

• Your mind makes contracts your body can't keep;

• You wake up looking like your driver's license picture;

• You begin every other sentence with, "Nowadays ...";

• You sing along with the elevator music;

• Your idea of weight-lifting is standing up;

• You know all the answers, but nobody asks you the

questions;

• You read more and remember less.

But all the aches, pains and wrinkles don’t tell the whole story.

The life journey is more positive than the mirror image or energy

loss. Life experiences shape our faith, and faith makes sense of life

experiences.

Albert Orsborn wrote about this journey in his song, I

Know Thee Who Thou Art. For him, it was definitely a road of

companionship with God. Yet that relationship was strengthened

through human friendship. “My name is joined with thine by

every human tie.” So this was not a solitary life lived only with

an awareness of the unseen One. This was a flesh and blood

journey, with blessings of countless friends along the way.

As the years pass, one becomes more reflective, more

appreciative of life’s companions. You value your friends more.

Distance only sharpens appreciation and relocation only creates

new opportunities. Salvation Army officership opens the door to

both.

For me, 2008 was a year of goodbyes and hellos; goodbye to

family and friends in Canada and hello to new colleagues in the

Australia Eastern Territory.

Thanks to the Army, I met James (Chief Secretary) and Jan

(Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries) Condon when we

were appointed together in territorial leadership. From day one,

it was a promising friendship of mutual respect and support. I

could not have asked for better.

Those of you who know them, know what I mean, don’t you?

They are a godly couple, none more hard-working. Pastoral? For

sure! Efficient? A-plus! Team spirit? Exceptional! Both are warm,

honourable people. They have the territory on their heart and

have given visionary leadership. Will they be missed? You know

they will. We will miss them as leaders, colleagues and friends.

When James and Jan Condon take up their leadership

roles at The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in

London, as leaders of the South Pacific and East Asia zone (as

Commissioners), they’ll give it 120 per cent. We will also be the

recipients of their care and will be partners with them in mission

within the zone.

For all they have contributed, for all they have meant to us as,

we say thank you to them and to the Lord. And we say goodbye.

Happy trails until we meet again!

Commissioner Linda Bond is Territorial Commander of

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

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Integrity

Growing Saints

Using Scriptures to nourish your soul

Major BARBARA SAMPSON, former writer of The Salvation

Army’s best-selling book of daily Bible readings and comments,

Words of Life, encourages adopting an imaginative approach to

reading God’s Word

I

remember as a child being given my

first Bible. It was small and squat with

a black cover and tiny printing in the

King James Version.

My ordered mind told me that there

was only one way to read it and that was

from the beginning, chapter by chapter,

right to the end. There was plenty of

colour in the early stories but eventually I

came to Leviticus where I limped my way

through laws and lists. I danced through

the descriptions of Deuteronomy and then

crashed in Chronicles.

Still I read on, trying to cover three

chapters a day – that sounded like a holy

number. If I missed a day, I’d skim through

a double portion the next day. If I missed

several days, I’d feel a kind of despair

about this Bible-reading thing.

Somehow I knew that it needed to

be regular, like medicine, in order to do

my soul good. The prospect of missing

the daily dose was fearsome. Who

knows what thunderbolts might fall on a

neglectful little girl?

Along the way I found some friends.

Promises in the heart of Isaiah (“I have

called you … I will take hold of your

hand … I will keep you and make you

…” Isaiah 42:6), and words of Jesus in the

storm-tossed boat (“It is I; don’t be afraid”

John 6:20), spoke reassurance to me at a

time when my dad left me by dying much

too early, and my childhood world was

suddenly not “happy ever after”.

Seeking God’s direction for my life I

was inspired by the Psalms (“I will instruct

you and teach you in the way you should

go” Psalm 32:8) and the reassurance of

Jeremiah (“I know the plans I have for

you …” Jeremiah 29:11).

Liberating discovery

For years, these and other promises kept

me going. They were road-markers on my

journey that kept me on the straight and

narrow. But daily Bible reading was more

like checking up on familiar friends, rather

than exploring new territory. For seven

years of public ministry I dug deeper to

prepare sermons, food for other people,

but my own personal Bible reading was

a very thin diet, surface and unsatisfying.

And that’s how it seemed to be for ages.

Then I discovered St Ignatius and his

imaginative approach to Bible reading.

“Put yourself in the picture,” he says.

“Imagine you are the person Jesus is

talking to. What does he say to you? What

do you see, hear, taste, touch, smell? How

do you respond? Let this be your prayer.”

Suddenly a world of colour and contrast,

taste and texture, sound and sense opened

up to me.

I’m Zacchaeus, invited down from

my leafy hiding place to take Jesus home

for lunch. Lord, help me to have an open,

Zacchaeus’ heart that welcomes you into

the privacy of my heart’s home.

I’m standing in the home of Simon

– the one who used to be a leper – when

a woman dashes forward and pours

expensive perfume on Jesus’ head. I

hear the reaction of those around me,

the disapproving tut-tuts. “Who does

she think he is? How outrageous! How

wasteful!” But I think, “How amazing,

how brave to offer such an unashamed

display of love.” I envy her spontaneity

and unselfconsciousness. Lord, help me to

love you like that.

I’m Peter’s mother-in-law, steamed up

with annoyance about my impetuous sonin-law

who invites a crowd home for lunch

without even warning me. But I calm

down when his friend Jesus lays a cooling

hand on my forehead and the world stops

spinning. Lord, you know the things that

steam me up. Please lay your hand on me

as I seek your calm.

“Put yourself in the

picture ... imagine

you are the person

Jesus is talking to.

What does he say

to you? What do

you see, hear, taste,

touch, smell? How

do you respond? Let

this be your prayer.”

I’m Thomas after the death of my

dearest friend, my face turned to the wall.

I’ll believe what the others are banging

on the door to tell me, when I see it for

myself. God, you know the things I find

hard to face. Help me to walk towards

them rather than turning away.

I’m next in line after Peter for footwashing.

In anticipating Jesus’ gentle

hands and the cold water on my grimy

feet, I feel a whole range of emotions –

shame, hurt, embarrassment. I should

have washed your feet, Lord, yet how I

long for you to wash mine.

I’m a guest, led every day to a table

prepared for me. Who are the enemies that

sit just back in the shadows? How can I

welcome them to the table?

Scriptural nourishment

What is spread out before me? Who leads

the conversation – Jesus or me? What do

we talk about?

This is one way the Bible nourishes me

now. It touches my every sense, my whole

being in fact.

It asks questions I cannot avoid. It

exposes me in a way I cannot escape. It

takes me deeper, to a meeting place

with God.

In contemplation I gaze at him. In

this way of using the Scriptures to pray,

he gazes at me, gently, probingly, and

asks me the same question he asked of

Bartimaeus, “Barbara, what is it you want

me to do for you?”

Major Barbara Sampson

is Team Leader for the

Officer Support Unit, New

Zealand, Fiji and Tonga

Territory.

St. Ignatius inspires a

“community of the broken”

Every Sunday my husband and

I gather with a group of other

worshippers at a Salvation Army

centre not far from where we live.

It is not a corps but a community

ministry out of which a small

group of worshippers has evolved.

Numbers range from a dozen to 20,

depending on a host of factors –

weather, wellness, willingness.

The beauty of this “corps that

is not a corps” is that there are no

traditions, no set ways of “doing”

worship. There is a lovely openness

and spontaneity among this

“community of the broken”. Their

prayers are gut prayers, real and

ready. Their testimonies of black

to white, lost to found, darkness to

light, are told in stark, unpolished

language. The cup of tea after the

morning service is a time of sharing

and communion in the richest,

widest sense of that word.

Sermons for such a group need

to be real and related to everyday

life. There is no point talking

eschatology or predestination, not

yet anyway. What is needed are the

gospel stories that we can step into

and engage with. Once again St

Ignatius comes to our aid.

We read a story – everyone has

a copy – and bring our questions

to it. What do we see and hear?

What can we smell, touch, taste in

this story? Then we listen to the

questions that the story asks of us.

For example, on a recent Palm

Sunday we read the story of Jesus

riding into Jerusalem (see Mark

11:1-11). We wondered:

* How did Jesus pre-arrange the

transport?

* How did he know what the

reaction would be of people who

saw the disciples untying the colt?

Did he have a saddle?

* How did the colt carry Jesus

peacefully when it had never been

ridden before?

* How did this praising Palm

Sunday crowd turn into an angry

mob baying for murder within just

a few days?

Having wandered round in the

story using all our senses we then

listened to the questions that the

story asks of us:

* Where do we stand in the crowd?

* What cry is on our heart –

“hosanna” or “crucify”?

* What is our response and our

prayer?

Once again I discover, thanks

to Ignatius, that I/we cannot read

a story in this way of using all the

senses and come away unchanged,

unchallenged.

- Major Barbara Sampson

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FReddy...

set ...

go

There’s no stopping Salvos Stores

manager’s passion for evangelism

Photos: Shairon Paterson

A visit to Salvos Stores can be a life-changing

experience if you run into Freddy Choo who,

as JULIA HOSKING discovered, combines his

marketing role with opportunities to evangelise

Salvos Stores is a treasure

trove for quirky second-hand

clothing, antique furniture and

other unique buys. However,

Salvos Stores is no ordinary op-shop.

Ministry, mission and life-giving

relationships are also key components

of The Salvation Army-run business.

“I see the operation [of Salvos

Stores] as watering hole,” says Freddy

Choo, Salvos Stores Manager –

Marketing and Retail.

“People come to the store to buy

and to get support, to find a social

network or just to exchange stories.

It’s like a hub of activity. It’s not

just about retail, it’s about

exchanging life.”

Freddy is a passionate Christian

who attends Cityside church (a

plant of Shirelive) in Sydney. He

has worked for Salvos Stores for 15

years, the past five in his current

marketing role.

Born in Malaysia to a Buddhist

family, Freddy was first introduced

to Christ at the Catholic school he

attended. After finishing school,

Freddy realised something was

missing in life and turned to his

passionate Christian friend, Eric, for

some answers.

“Eric was offered a place [to study]

in Canada, but chose not to go, so I

said, ‘Are you crazy? Why are you

not going?’” Freddy recalls. “And he

said, ‘Well, I think it is God’s will for

me to stay’. He then invited me to a

life group.

“So I went there and found out all

about Christ … and then I knelt beside

the bed and accepted Christ into my

heart and then became very involved

in church life.”

Due to his own experience of a

friend sharing the gospel with him,

Freddy emphasises the value of

“friendship evangelism” for Salvos

Stores. He says there are many

non-Christian volunteers, staff and

customers walking through the doors

of Salvos Stores centres every day.

“They enter the door of their own

free will,” he says enthusiastically.

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“With that we can [see] a softening of

the heart. And if we do what we do

and enjoy doing, and we’re talking

about Christ and talking about the

mission and just allowing them to

observe how we conduct our lives at

work and our personal life, through

that example we could win them to

Christ. It’s a perfect opportunity for

friendship evangelism.”

Platform for ministry

Building relationships, developing

trust, talking about Christ and sharing

the message of Jesus are the most

effective ways that Salvos Stores can

contribute to The Salvation Army’s

One Army One Mission statement,

says Freddy.

One Army One Mission is

something he is very eager to discuss

and implement. Freddy believes it is

imperative to link the stores with local

corps and other Army services and

initiatives. Having Salvation Army

officers as Salvos Stores chaplains is

one method.

While many Christians volunteer

or work for the stores – and Freddy

believes this is important – he is also

aware how many non-Christians visit

the store on a regular basis.

“How sad it would be if they come

and work for us and miss out on the

whole message about Jesus Christ in

their lives,” he says.

In order to share the gospel

and also encourage Christians, the

chaplains (Major Brian Unicomb,

Major Amanda Choy-Show, Captain

Bryce Steep, Captain Robyn Collins,

and Captain Bev Kingston) often

engage with the various people and

activities at the centres.

“We’ve got three

million people coming

through our door [each

year] and that is such a

huge mission field

in my mind.”

Freddy Choo

Furthermore, Freddy believes it is

important that corps take advantage

of the relationships that can be built

with their local thrift shop.One simple

way is through the “store and corps

connection board”, placed near the

counter in most stores with details of

Photos: Shairon Paterson

the nearest community church.

“We are trying to present Salvos

Stores as a platform for ministry for

the corps,” Freddy says. “We’ve got

three million people coming through

our door [each year] and that is such

a huge mission field in my mind.

And if that is not tapped, it is such a

waste. The opportunity’s there. If they

come through our door they already

have recognised The Salvation Army,

they’re comfortable coming in, let’s

bring them to the next step.”

Having corps members and other

committed Christians volunteer is

one way to do this, and Freddy cites a

successful example.

“The Kallangur store [in Brisbane]

was connected to the local corps

and through that a few of the corps

members or soldiers came on board

the store and volunteered their

services,” Freddy shares.

“They became quite close to

the store manager. Through their

conversation, interaction, social

activities, working out the back and

having a good laugh, they invited

Mel Schrader [store manager] to the

corps.”

This “friendship evangelism” had

a deep impact on Mel.

“[I was at] a very small church, my

son was the only one in Sunday school

class and I was not very fulfilled

there,” Mel shared in a Salvos Stores

newsletter. “But I enjoyed coming to

work each day and felt passionate

about the Salvos’ mission.”

From the moment Mel and her

family started attending the local

corps, they felt welcomed. Over time,

her son went on a Salvation Army-run

kid’s camp, gave his life to Jesus and

became a junior soldier.

Later, Mel wrote: “I had a regular

customer at the store enquire about

services at the local corps. Alongside

my volunteer from the corps, we

invited this lady and her family to

the next Sunday service. They also

became part of our church family. God

wanted me serving as a senior soldier

in The Salvation Army. I was enrolled

on the same day as the lady customer

from my store. When the corps gets

involved with the stores, it can have

Kingdom results.”

Philip Cooke is another example of

a passionate Salvation Army soldier

engaging with Salvos Stores as part

of mission. While working at the

Wollongong store in the Illawarra

region of NSW, Philip connected

with the volunteers and employees

and eventually commenced a Bible

study. Four of those volunteers now

regularly attend a Salvation Army

corps.

Philip has since moved to another

Salvos Store and plans to commence a

similar group there soon.

As part of supporting The

Salvation Army’s wider mission,

during the Red Shield Appeal

campaign, Salvos Stores cease their

advertising, help promote the appeal

and set themselves up as a static

point for donations. The Salvos Stores

contribution to the Red Shield Appeal

through point of sale registers for 2010

was double the 2009 result at $27,000.

“We have banners hanging up

in some stores; we have the staff

members wearing the red apron

instead of our normal Salvos Stores

blue apron, so it’s very, very visible,”

Freddy says.”

Through all of this, The

Salvation Army is seen as a cohesive

organisation and service – One Army

One Mission.

Another example of the way

Freddy endorses One Army One

Mission is through his desire to work

alongside The Salvation Army Family

Stores, which are directly linked with,

and managed by, local corps.

“We have our doors open [to them]

all the time,” he says. “I give them

all my contacts and [assist] when

they’re holding training sessions, and

sometimes they invite us to give them

input into the store layout.”

Sharing the gospel and connecting

with other Salvation Army services is

how Salvos Stores works to live out

The Salvation Army’s mission, says

Freddy. When we understand the

heartbeat of God, we can transfer it.

Deeper understanding

Freddy’s personal understanding of

God grew significantly when his late

wife became seriously ill.

“There were lots of times where

I stood in the gap and prayed and

interceded for her,” he says.

When she passed away seven years

ago, Freddy desperately depended

on God and came to know him on

another level; knowing his heartbeat

and walking in rhythm with him.

This level of understanding is evident

when he interacts with others, with his

excitement about sharing the gospel

clear and contagious.

While Freddy is passionate about

The Salvation Army’s mission, he

acknowledges that some volunteers

and staff members at Salvos Stores

don’t necessarily share his passion.

To help them engage with the

mission, Freddy tries to lead by

example and connect with people. He

remembers people’s birthdays, writes

encouraging articles for the “What’s

New at Salvos Stores” newsletters and

mentors others in the same way he

has been mentored by Neville Barrett,

General Manager of Salvos Stores.

Taking any and every opportunity

to connect with the wider Salvation

Army, build relationships and share

the message of Christ is Freddy’s way

of living out One Army One Mission.

He wants the community who see

The Salvation Army as an op-shop,

community organisation or wellmeaning

charity to also see Jesus – the

message and motivation behind all of

his work.

Julia Hosking is a writer for

Pipeline and supplements.

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Journey

freedom to and

grace

A new book, Clay in the Potter’s Hands, features the stories

of many prominent and some lesser-known Salvationists of

the Army’s Australia Eastern Territory. In an extract from the

book, Captain PAUL MOULDS, the director of the Army’s

Oasis Youth Support Network, talks about what has shaped

his passionate commitment to Australia’s young homeless

It seems that almost my whole life

has been spent working with

young people living on the margins

of society.

As a teenager, I was extensively

involved in the social ministries of my

(Salvation Army) corps, meeting people

dealing with all types of challenging

issues.

When I was in Year 12 at school, a

friend gave me a plaque that still sits on

the wall of my office. It records a quote he

discovered that he believed fitted my life.

It says: “Some want to work within the

sound of church or chapel bell. I want to

run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” –

C T Studd.

After leaving school, I began studying

teaching at Sydney University. In my

second year at university, I accepted a

holiday position at a new outreach centre

The Salvation Army had just opened in

Kings Cross (Sydney).

Following a number of dramatic

experiences where I was confronted with

need and poverty on a scale I had never

before encountered, I responded to an

inner prompting that I needed to give

my life to a greater cause. Changing my

university course to part-time, I stayed on

as the full-time Street Outreach Worker at

Kings Cross.

So, by the age of 19, I was a street

worker, walking in the back streets of

Kings Cross, seeking to befriend and

connect homeless and damaged young

people with help and hope.

Where do these promptings come

from? What leads someone to recognise

in a Year 12 student and passionate young

Salvo the potential to run a rescue shop for

those in danger of being lost? What causes

a 19-year-old uni student, with the course

of his career mapped out, to change the

direction of his life?

Impact of early life

It was only much later in life that I came

to understand that part of the motivation

for this urge and passion to work with

damaged, alienated young people lay in

my own journey.

Often, you don’t recognise the impact

that early life experiences have on your

later decisions.

As a baby, I was given up for adoption

by my mother. I have never met her. I

know she was only 17 and came from a

rural community. I was born in a Salvation

Army maternity hospital and was adopted

when only a few weeks old.

When I was nine, my adopted father

died. He had been gravely ill for a long

time after being involved in a work

accident.

In reality, he was absent from my life

for many years prior to this and I have

very few memories of him.

Following his death, our family

struggled financially to survive. Mum

worked incredibly long hours.

We were never homeless or went

hungry, but I was aware it was a constant

struggle to make ends meet, and there

were few holidays, new clothes or special

gifts.

When I eventually started as a youth

worker, I wanted to change the world! I

was passionate and totally committed to

the cause. I worked incredibly long hours.

I was driven; I felt a constant, pressing

need to save as many young people as I

could from their horrific situations.

There is no doubt that this produced

some amazingly fruitful results as I saw

young people helped, restored and find

hope.

However, it came at a cost to my family

and myself. I was not always present for

those who were closest to me. I ran from

crisis to crisis, rarely having time for

reflection or rest.

As I reached a breaking point in

my ministry and personal life, I had a

significant revelation from an encounter

with God that has been a huge moulding

point in my ministry and leadership.

I came to realise that I was undertaking

ministry and serving out of the deficits

that were in my own life. In a time of

crisis, God showed me that the absence

of my own father led me to believe that

I needed to be a father to all lost young

people who, like me, felt abandoned,

rejected or had not experienced the love

and nurture of a father.

In a moment of deep revelation, God

showed me that he was the father of the

fatherless (Psalm 68:5) and that my role

was to point young people to him, rather

than seeking to be this myself to all those

who crossed my path.

Focusing on bigger picture

What a liberation! What a lifting of

burden! Suddenly, it didn’t all depend on

me. The scores of kids I encountered every

day, with terrible stories of fathers who

let them down and abused them, never

being there for them, was no longer my

responsibility. I could, with confidence,

still do what I could, but not feel the

burden of filling the gap.

This understanding has been liberating

and pivotal to my ministry ever since.

It has released me to focus on the bigger

picture and to give time to other important

aspects of my ministry, such as staff

development, planning strategy, reviewing

programs, advocacy to governments and

the community, and most importantly,

caring for my own family. As I have

focused on these things, I have witnessed

the influence and impact of my work and

ministry increase exponentially.

This came about because of a

revelation that even our good works are

sometimes driven by unconscious and

misguided motivations that can influence

the way we undertake our ministry and

lead our people.

These underlying factors often come

from deep-seated hurts and deficits from

our past, and need to be brought to the

surface where God can heal them and

speak into them and then release us to be

all we are meant to be.

Someone has written: “Sometimes we

must revisit the past in order to live well

today.”

Understanding who we are today

and how we lead is often dependent

on understanding where we came

from. As we face our past, our pain and

disappointments, and seek God’s healing

and understanding, we are released to be

able to work from a place of freedom and

grace.

That’s a great place to live.

This story is taken from the new Carpenter

Media book Clay in the Potter’s Hands which

will soon be available from Salvationist

Supplies, Sydney (www.salvosuppliesyd.com)

Captain Paul Moulds (above) has dedicated his life to

helping young people on the streets of inner-Sydney.

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Preaching course

a masterstroke

By BILL SIMPSON

Television has MasterChef. The

Salvation Army has MasterClass.

MasterChef is obviously for chefs.

MasterClass is for preachers.

There can be only one winner in

MasterChef. Everyone is a winner in

MasterClass.

Unlike MasterChef, MasterClass is

a four-day course intended not to find

the best or most popular, but to provide

every participant with an opportunity to

improve their style and content.

The course will be held at the The

Salvation Army Australia Eastern

Territory’s School for Leadership Training

in Sydney on 1-4 November. Organisers

are gearing the course specifically for

corps officers – the front-line preachers.

But other officers and lay people with

an interest in preaching are invited to

participate.

“MasterClass is about equipping

our preachers to do the job even better,”

course convenor Major Ian Channell told

Pipeline.

“It will assist and encourage our

preachers to communicate the Word of

God in an interesting way that moves the

hearer to be challenged by it, uplifted by it

and encouraged by it. The course will help

our preachers to preach truthfully; just as

the Scriptures tell it.

“We’re not suggesting that our

preaching isn’t good enough. But we do

think that we can all do better in the way

we communicate the message.”

“Preaching is one

of the most

important tasks of the

Christian minister.”

The pre-publicity puts it this way:

“Preaching is one of the most important

tasks of the Christian minister. It is

also one of the most difficult and

demanding tasks to master, and many feel

inadequately prepared to discharge such

an important ministry.”

Therefore, this intensive course

of lectures, discussion and practical

workshops will provide preachers

with principles, skills and resources

“to improve their ability to effectively

communicate the Word of God”.

Morling College (Sydney) preaching

lecturer Marc Rader has been engaged to

conduct the course. Marc is also Senior

Associate Pastor at Gymea Baptist Church

in Sydney’s southern suburbs, where he

has been ministering since 1997, shortly

after arriving from Canada.

Marc graduated with a Bachelor of

Religious Studies from Tyndale Bible

College in Toronto (Canada) and is a

candidate for Doctor of Ministry. He

is regarded as a gifted and dynamic

communicator, committed to helping

people understand “the big picture of the

Bible”.

Topics to be covered by the course

include developing a theology of

proclamation, an introduction to three

useful homiletic structures, evangelistic

preaching, storytelling techniques and

reflections on the history of preaching and

principles of delivery

The cost of the four-day course is $300,

which includes morning and afternoon tea

and lunch. Overnight accommodation is

available at the school.

Enrolment can be made by contacting

the School for Leadership Training on 02

9502 0400. Further details are available at

www.salvos.org.au\boothcollege\ and

accessing the courses tab (non-accredited

short courses and then Preaching

MasterClass).

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Gifts that

keep on

giving

Pipeline writer BILL

SIMPSON suggests a

way to give and receive

a gift at the same time

this Christmas through

The Salvation Army’s

unique international

development program

to aid Third World

countries

Christmas gift ideas for Third World countries

come in all sort of shapes and forms,

whether it’s sewing machines for making

clothing, goats for milk production or wells

for clean water. A relatively small donation

via a gift catalogue can make a huge

difference for a community.

I

was given a goat for Christmas last

year.

Actually, I didn’t get the goat. I

got a card to say that I had been given

a goat. The goat was given to somebody

else – a struggling family in Mozambique,

I understand.

They’ve had the benefit of the goat for

the past year. The main benefit, I am told,

is the rich milk the goat produces for the

family. It’s a benefit, I am assured, that will

be ongoing.

A colleague asked me how I felt about

getting a goat. I said that I felt pretty good,

even though I had never seen the goat.

He said he felt the same about the

chickens he had been given under similar

circumstances. Like my goat, the chickens

went to somebody else in Tanzania.

It’s a great idea. It’s like receiving, but

giving, at the same time.

The Salvation Army International

Development (SAID) office in Sydney

makes it possible through a program to

assist less fortunate people in mainly Third

World countries.

Salvation Army representatives in

the countries apply for funding, the

International Development office finds the

funds and the money is sent to the area in

need.

Most of the money is given by people

like you and me – or on behalf of you and

me. In the last financial year, more than

$160,000 was donated.

My goat was paid for from a $45

donation by a family member. My

colleague’s chickens cost $10 per chook.

Rabbits cost $30, pigs $65 and sheep $80.

You can give somebody a mosquito net

or a school desk for $25. My corps last year

gave ourselves 100 desks for others to use

in one of the struggling countries.

There are lots of other gift ideas – a

wheelchair for $100, a blackboard for $70,

seed packs for $65 – even an entire water

system for a village.

Chickens, goats and feeding programs

for children were the three most popular

gifts last year.

This is how it works: You or a person

making a gift in your name donate to

a project. The donation is sent to the

International Development office and then

passed on to the appropriate Salvation

Army territory of the project. The project

territory distributes the donations to the

local corps or centre overseeing the project.

Ninety per cent of the donation is spent

on the intended objective. Ten per cent is

used for administration costs.

Donors receive a card. If a donation

is made on behalf of somebody else as

their birthday or Christmas present, for

example, they receive the card.

Last year, two couples asked that

instead of receiving wedding gifts, guests

provide donations to a project. Almost

$2000 was given.

Another two families asked that

instead of flowers at the funeral of a family

member, attenders donate to a project.

“There are numerous ways that

gifts can be given,” says International

Development office Information and

Resources Officer Betsy Pineda. “We call

them gifts that keep on giving.”

For example, a pig is given to a family

on condition that a couple of its piglets are

given back for the benefit of other families.

From the Kenya East Territory,

Australian Projects Officer Marshall Currie

reports that a school desks campaign was

incredibly successful. That’s the project my

corps supported. Hundreds of desks were

financed for three schools.

There has been such a shortage that

three to four children had been sharing

one desk, or sitting on the floor to do their

school work.

Just in time for Christmas, the SAID

office has launched its 2010-11 gift

catalogue, which is included with this

month’s Pipeline. Orders can also be placed

at www.salvos.org.au/said.

So, place your Christmas gift orders

now. Give your mate a goat, maybe. Like

me, not only will they feel they have

done something good for somebody else,

they will still be talking about it this time

next year.

Bill Simpson is a senior writer

for Pipeline and supplements.

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‘I was lost but now I’m found’

On the Saturday evening of the recent Just Men Conference at The Collaroy

Centre, DAVE MURRAY was asked to share his testimony. This is his story ...

Good evening, I am Dave

and I am here to give my

testimony. I am also an

alcoholic and compulsive

gambler.

I was raised in a Catholic family,

the third youngest of eight children.

I lost my faith at the age of 10

after being sexually abused over

a number of years. However, I

continued to attend church with

my parents but to me, it meant

nothing. Being just 10 years old I

couldn’t really say that I didn’t want

to go. I was just told what to do.

Over the next 31 years I couldn’t

stand anyone talking to me

about religion or church as I kept

blaming God for being abused and

everything else that went wrong

in my life. I turned to alcohol and

anything else that would numb the

pain that I was going through.

I married and had four children

by the time I was 28, however by

the time I was 30 I had nothing

left in my life except myself. I

was miserable and on numerous

occasions people of different

religions attempted to talk to me

but I just kept pushing them away.

I also tried, on numerous occasions,

to take my own life.

In April 2009, I ended up living

in Sydney’s Centennial Park. I was

homeless, lonely, and drinking

anything from beer right through to

methylated spirits.

It wasn’t until one day in

September last year that I had a

dream that is still clear to this day. In

it I saw my grandmother who had

died in 1979 but who I really looked

up to. She told me that it was

time to get up and get myself well

and that the process will involve a

journey.

It’s funny but the more I think

about it, that’s when I believe that

God spoke to me through my

grandmother because she was the

only person I would listen to when I

was young.

So on Tuesday, 29 September,

2009, I arrived at (The Salvation

Army’s) William Booth House rehab

(centre) and started a 10-month

program.

It was over these 10 months that

I believe I really worked on my issues

from the past and with the help

of God, my peers and staff in the

program I could start to deal with

the previous 31 years.

I truly believe that God had been

with me all of those years; if I only

took the time to talk to him and let

him in.

I know that he is my strength

and my Saviour. Without his

guidance and me handing my life

over to him on a daily basis then I

know for sure that I would not be

here tonight.

I am now an active member of

The Salvation Army Glebe Corps

DAVE MURRAY

and for the first time in 31 years

I look forward to attending a

religious service every Sunday. I also

attend chapel at William Booth

House on Wednesdays.

I graduated from William Booth

House on 28 July this year and I

believe that I have started on the

journey that God saved me for

when he spoke to me through my

grandmother.

I would just like to close with a

Bible verse from Luke 15:32: “But

we had to celebrate and be glad

because this brother of yours was

dead and is alive again, he was lost

and is found.”

I love this parable of the Lost

Son. I see myself as the lost son and

God as my father.

I am no longer lost because I

know that God is with me every

step I take for the rest of my life,

until he calls me to be with him in

the Kingdom of Heaven.

By LAUREN MARTIN

Louise Harris couldn’t believe it

when her flatmate kicked her out.

The 32-year-old TAFE student

was suddenly homeless and

unable to find enough money at short

notice to secure her own rental property.

A long-term sufferer of Crohn’s disease,

she turned to her doctor for advice. He

referred her to The Salvation Army.

Louise found shelter at Pindari (Qld)

– a crisis accommodation service for

women who are homeless. At around the

same time, Matt Hitzman arrived at the

reception of the Pindari Men’s Hostel,

located on the same campus.

Unlike Louise, 35-year-old Matt was no

stranger to homeless shelters. “I was never

socially accepted as a kid and always

picked on during school…Then I found

myself being socially accepted [by] people

who dealt in drugs, so I started doing

drugs.”

Matt’s first contact with The Salvation

Army came when he made a decision to

turn his life around, in early 2000, and

entered the Salvos’ Moonyah Recovery

Services Centre, in Brisbane. The assistant

manager at the time, Major Bryce Davies

says: “He was a friendly and sincere guy

but he’d been hurt in his life. He’d been

bullied and those sorts of things, so he

had a pretty low self esteem and lots of

challenges to overcome.”

Despite several unsuccessful stints

at rehab, Matt didn’t give up. He finally

became clean and sober three years ago

and undertook numeracy and literacy

programs whilst in rehabilitation. To his

surprise, he began passing the education

modules and discovered a passion for

learning.

Whilst at Pindari, both Matt and

Louise received counselling and support

from Salvation Army staff, where the aim

is to help clients move from situations of

homelessness to sustainable, independent

living. During this time the pair met

through mutual friends at the service.

They soon started to spend lots of time

together, talking and admiring the view

of the Brisbane River at Kangaroo Point.

“It was always a beautiful time for both

Louise and I at Kangaroo Point,” says

Matt. Love soon blossomed.

“I’d never gone to

The Salvation Army

for help before. I

was amazed at …

how accepting the

people at the

Salvos are.”

Pindari staff encourage clients to

attend chapel at The Salvation Army

Streetlevel Mission (church) in inner

Brisbane, where Matt reconnected with

Major Bryce Davies. “The thing that really

struck me was that they just love each

other. There’s a really lovely acceptance of

each other’s past [and present]…journey”,

says Major Davies.

“Louise has got significant health

problems and Matthew’s completely

understanding…and supportive about all

those health issues. And Louise obviously

Matt Hitzman and Louise Harris at Kangaroo Point, one of their

favourite spots in Brisbane. Photo: Dean Saffron

has an awareness of Matt’s past and some

of the lingering issues of addiction and

she’s very patient with that.”

Matt and Louise are now adherents

(members) of The Salvation Army’s

Streetlevel Mission and volunteer their

time to help run the mission’s services.

These include: providing a family meal for

people each week and running a pamper

day for women from the surrounding

shelters and Salvo services. The weekly

chapel service is vibrant and helps people

connect with God in relevant ways.

Major Bryce Davies recently married

the couple in the presence of their

Streetlevel family. Matt and Louise say

they’ve been blown away by the support

the Salvos have given them over the past

year.

Matt says: “Time and time again on TV

and on the radio you hear ‘Thank God for

the Salvos’ but it’s not until you’re really

down and out that you can truly know

what those words mean.”

The couple is looking forward to the

birth of their first child in September. Matt

now has employment as a youth worker

– a fulfilment of his dream to help other

troubled young people take steps towards

recovery. Louise is recommencing her

studies.

Louise says: “We just want to have a

happy and healthy family. And to continue

with our bond with Streetlevel Mission

and our volunteer work there in order to

give back a little of what’s been given to

us.”

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Election turns spotlight on rural issues

Issues plaguing rural Australia were put back in the spotlight as three

regional independents played a crucial role in deciding which political

party would govern the nation after the recent federal election.

LAUREN MARTIN looks at the ongoing crisis for people on the land

For too long the needs of rural

Australia have been put in the “too

hard basket” by politicians of both

major political parties, according

to Pam Wilkes, The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territorial Consultant for

Rural Support Services.

“It seems that the metropolitan

concerns always take precedent,” she says.

So Pam, along with most Salvation

Army rural chaplains, was buoyed by

the election outcome in which rural

independents Bob Katter (Kennedy MP),

Tony Windsor (New England MP) and Rob

Oakeshott (Port Macquarie MP) had the

opportunity to bring regional issues to the

fore.

“It gives me a great deal of hope that

rural needs will be on the agenda and

will be brought before the attention of the

Parliament,” she says.

Despite the drought being over in

most parts of the country, the Australia

Eastern Territory has recommitted itself

to the bush. At a recent rural consultation,

leadership and selected corps officers

and chaplains set down a number of core

values and mission priorities.

The Assistant Territorial Mission

and Resource Director (Social), Major

Susan Reese, says: “With the closure of

so many other community and service

organisations in the bush, including many

corps and churches, the rural chaplains

represent the ongoing commitment of The

Salvation Army to people who often feel

abandoned by the rest of the nation.”

North NSW Rural Chaplain Major

Peter Ridley believes the withdrawal

of services in the bush over the past

few decades puts the Army in a unique

position for ministry.

“We don’t see it as a negative,” he says.

“There’s an opportunity for The Salvation

Army to move into the bush and make

a huge impact on people’s lives. Really,

what we need to do is to come up with

some way of marrying together rural corps

and rural chaplaincy so that we can get on

with the work of God and do it really well

for the bush.”

And rural chaplains say the need is

greater than ever, pointing to an increase

in bankruptcy proceedings in the bush,

with banks and creditors demanding

payment now that the rains have fallen.

“A lot of these people who are on

properties owe millions of dollars that

they’ve now got to try and pay off,” says

Southern Queensland Rural Chaplain

Major Ron McMellon.

“And so while there may be rain

around, cash flow is going to be their

biggest problem. A lot of them don’t have

the money to be able to buy in new stock,

to get the business working again.”

Pam Wilkes says the difficulties being

faced by rural Australia are not just issues

for rural chaplains to deal with. She’s

urging the whole territory to begin a

concerted prayer effort.

“One of the things I’m passionate

about is informing corps across the

territory about the ongoing struggles

farmers are going through,” she says.

“So there’s informed concern out there.

That people will know what and who to

pray for and that they’ll be able to support

the ministers and congregations in the

areas that are being affected.”

This article is an edited excerpt of a history

of Salvation Army rural chaplaincy that will

appear in the upcoming edition of Hallelujah!

magazine.

Eye-opening odyssey in the Outback

Rural ministry remains a challenging arena as Lieutenant-Colonels Phil and Jan

Cairns found out during a recent trip to the NSW Outback. Lieut-Colonel

JAN CAIRNS shares a little of their experience for Pipeline

Sitting around waiting for a

barbecue to be cooked is not so

unusual in Australian culture.

But to sit around a blazing fire

in the Pilliga scrub country with a

group of strangers is not your usual

Saturday night outing.

The venue was a farm in the NSW

Outback. The people – not strangers

for long – were local farmers who had

been invited by The Salvation Army’s

Rural Mission Chaplains, Majors Peter

and Jean Ridley, to meet Phil and I,

Army officers from the city.

For two days prior to the barbecue,

Phil and I had followed the Ridleys on

their “run” as they drove hundreds

of kilometres, calling in at property

after property to catch up with their

“people”.

It was like watching old friends

meet up again after being apart for

a few months. Their conversations

usually started with chit-chat about

the weather, the cattle or the sheep

before inevitably turning to latest

news on the family and then always

concern about how they were

managing their farm in the middle

of a drought (59.1 percent of NSW is

still in drought). The drought remains

a major issue for farmers as they

struggle to stay financially viable.

I sat in the farmers’ warm and cosy

lounge rooms or kitchens and listened

as Peter and Jean invariably turned

the conversation around to God. I

heard stories of triumph and tragedy,

despair and hope. I met men and

women who have found salvation and

who are trying to live their new life in

the spirit’s power. I might add they do

this without the usual support given

to new Christians – the vast distances

don’t make it easy for ongoing

discipling and spiritual support.

I heard how other churches had

not been able to maintain their

ministry in the outback areas and

how appreciative the farmers are of

The Salvation Army’s commitment

to continuing their pastoral care and

ministry. I also heard grateful thanks

for the various means of support that

has been given to farmers by the

Army since 2003 and the ongoing

commitment to rural ministry.

The day after the barbecue we met

local farmers for a church service in a

tin shed. Two new families joined us

as well as a Catholic nun and 20 other

people from the farming community.

God was honoured as the Word

was preached, a testimony shared and

foot- tapping songs sung to his glory.

And of course, the sausage sizzle after

church meant that relationships and

friendships were further strengthened

and enjoyed.

I thank God for the four days spent

in the Outback, for the new friends

made, for some understanding of

what life is like for our farmers in that

area and most importantly, for an

appreciation for what God through

The Salvation Army is doing for the

farmers and their families.

People are being listened to and

supported, they are being given

material help, but most importantly,

people are being saved. My prayer

is that The Salvation Army will not

remove itself from the bush but will

continue to support, encourage and

lead people to Jesus through this

ministry.

Lieut-Colonel Jan Cairns

is Assistant Secretary for

Personnel, The Salvation

Army Australia Eastern

Territory.

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Fro m t h e c o a l f a c e

LOCA L A N D I N T E R NAT IONA L N E W S

News FEATURE

Fro m t h e c o a l f a c e

LOCA L A N D I N T E R NAT IONA L N E W S

News FEATURE

Pobjies honoured for lifetime of service

By JULIA HOSKNG

Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie celebrated more

than 85 years of combined service as officers of The

Salvation Army at their retirement service in Sydney on

5 September.

After formally retiring on 31 August from their positions at

International Headquarters in London as International Secretary

and Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries in the Europe Zone,

the Pobjies celebrated the occasion with family and friends at

Parramatta Corps.

Among the guests were Australia Eastern Territorial

Commander Commissioner Linda Bond, Chief Secretary Colonel

James Condon, Commissioners Ian (who officiated the service)

and Nancy Cutmore, and Colonels Peter and Jennifer Walker,

from the Australia Southern Territory.

Other special guests included Majors Andy and Yvonne

Westrupp from the New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory where

the Pobjies served for six years, and Commissioner Raemor

Pobjie’s Victorious session-mate, Commissioner Lyn Pearce

(recently retired World Secretary for Women’s Ministries).

A video and photo slideshow celebrated the Pobjies’ many

appointments throughout the Australia Eastern Territory, Papua

New Guinea Territory, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory,

Eastern Europe Territory, and at International Headquarters in

London - first as International Secretary and Zonal Secretary

respectively, for the South Pacific and East Asia Zone, then in the

same positions for the Europe Zone.

Major Peter Farthing, a long-time close friend of

Commissioner Barry Pobjie, was the first of two representative

speakers. “[Commissioner] Barry’s officership has been marked

by hard work, risk-taking, sacrifice, vision, communication,

leadership, [and] investment in people; he’s been a door-opener

for God,” Major Farthing said.

The Pobjies served in the Eastern Europe Territory from

1999-2007. On behalf of the territory, Captain Victoria Lalac,

Romania Regional Women’s Ministries Director, who was once

Commissioner Raemor Pobjie’s secretary, shared a message via

video.

“They are God’s people; people of prayer, people of vision,

and people of action ... I thank God for all Raemor’s good

qualities; her ability to listen to and hear people – people’s

hearts – and to be open to their ideas and opinions, and

concerns,” she said.

The Pobjies’ children then shared a few words each.

Daughter Sandra, an officer of the USA Southern Territory,

spoke to her parents by way of a pre-recorded message. “You

have given me a heart for missions … and you inspire me to be a

better daughter, a better wife and a better officer,” she said.

The Pobjie's three sons, Brenton, Kem and Roen, all spoke,

with Roen expressing the pride they have in their parents.

“We’re extremely proud of everything you’ve accomplished in

your life … and we’re proud of you as officers. We’re also proud

of you as parents,” he said.

This was followed by the Parramatta Songsters' presentation

of God Loves You – a fitting choice, said Commissioner Raemor

Pobjie, as it was sung at their farewell in Russia. Commissioner

Pobjie also expressed her thanks to the Parramatta Citadel Band

for its musical support during the service.

Commissioner Pobjie then said of her husband: “I thank God

for his passionate and purpose-driven life. And he’s just one

Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie (left) being addressed

by Lieut-Colonel Peggy Stephens and Commissioner Ian Cutmore,

who later made a presentation (below) to Commissioner Pobjie..

proof to me of God’s transforming grace in a person’s life.”

Commissioner Barry Pobjie spoke about the impact of three

women on his life: his late mother who shared his Christian

faith and believed in him; his first wife Ruth (dec), who “gave

me a sense of being who I am”; and Raemor. Of her, he said:

“She’s an effective, hard-working Salvation Army officer … I

thank God for her love, her perseverance, her patience and her

forgiveness.”

General Shaw Clifton’s letter to the Pobjies was read by

Commissioner Ian Cutmore: “We honour them as faithful

servants of God and distinguished Salvation Army leaders …"

the General wrote. "Their joyful service means that the Army is a

stronger Army.”

Following this, Commissioner Bond said of the Pobjies: “The

Lord who called you into officership has blessed and used you

in ways beyond your expectations. You could not have known

that your yes to his call to officership would provide you with

such an adventure. You’ve served your territory well.”

Commissioner Raemor Pobjie was then presented with

her retirement certificate by Lieut-Colonel Peggy Stevens who

was at the Army's Training College when she was a cadet.

Commissioner Ian Cutmore then presented Commissioner

Barry Pobjie with his certificate. Commissioner Nancy Cutmore

offered a prayer for the Pobjies before Colonel James Condon

delivered the benediction.

Raders target grace in Coutts Lecture

General (Dr) Paul Rader (ret.) and his wife, Commissioner

Kay Rader, were the guest speakers at The Salvation

Army Australia Eastern Territory Booth College

Association’s annual Coutts Memorial Lecture in late August.

Together, on 26 August at Booth College in Bexley North in

Sydney, they spoke on the subject “Reaching for Metaphors of

Grace”.

The lecture was streamed online to allow maximum

engagement throughout the Australia Eastern Territory. The

audience included an online guest from Hong Kong and one

from the United Kingdom. The Raders also presented the lecture

in Brisbane on 29 August.

General Rader, an American who was world leader of The

Salvation Army from 1994 to 1999, discussed three Wesleyan

theological views regarding the act of sanctification: the Shorter

Way (occurs when believers submit to Christ), the Middle Way

(continual process of pursuing grace and God) and the Longer

Way (long process that few achieve prior to death).

Despite the theological differences, the General said: “All

posit a death to the self-life and a cleansing from the inner

pollution of sin. They all affirm the possibility of living selfcontrolled,

upright and godly lives.”

Among discussion and references to other people’s writing

on the topics of sanctification and holiness, General Rader

presented several other metaphors of grace, including breaking

the addiction to self for growth in Christlikeness, making a

decisive move to a healthy environment, and reprogramming

the software of the soul.

The General then invited his wife to share her personal

encounter with holiness. Commissioner Rader spoke honestly

and openly as she shared her death to self and deliverance from

doubt, disobedience and disbelief. This she called “Application

220 Voltage”, that is, an application of Galatians 2:20.

The General ended the lecture by quoting Cheryl Bridges

John from The Holiness Manifesto. “There is beauty in a holy life,

and that beauty is rare today,” he said. “But because holiness is

rare, it does not mean it is impossible.”

At the conclusion of the lecture, John Cleary, Chairman,

Booth College Association, chaired a discussion between the

Raders and the audience.

“It [was] quite a spiritually invigorating talk and I don’t

know that anyone will be going home feeling any degree

of disappointment,” said Major Kelvin Alley, the Assistant

Principal at the School for Officer Training, of the General’s

lecture.

“He’s a very scholarly speaker, and of course speaks from

a lifetime of experience and not only that, but he captures

the heritage of The Salvation Army in his own family. We got

the benefit of it all tonight and I think some really wonderful

insights into the life of holiness.”

Captain Donna Evans (Booth College Vice Principal for

Administration and Personnel) agreed.

“I thought General Rader was superb in the way he drew

[together] all the history and the theology and different writers,”

she said. “But for me, it was special that Commissioner Kay

shared her own personal experience ... it was great to have that

personal touch.”

Major Gavin Watts (School for Officer Training Principal)

were also impressed by the vulnerability of the Raders.

“[The General and the Commissioner] portrayed what

it means to be a Salvationist, a spiritual leader and how that

impacts their lives in being like Jesus,” he said.

After the Sydney Coutts Lecture, the Raders were involved

in the Cadets Retreat Day before heading to Brisbane. General

Paul and Commissioner Kay Rader participated in outreach

in Queen St Mall before speaking at the Brisbane City Temple

morning meeting, and then the repeat Coutts Lecture in the

afternoon.

On Monday, 30 August, they spoke at the Newcastle and

Central NSW Divisional Holiness Meeting at Eastlakes Corps,

followed by a mission forum on Tuesday.

Prior to their travel within the Australia Eastern Territory,

the Raders had several engagements in the Australia Southern

Territory including the Brengle Conference in Geelong, a lecture

in Hobart and a lecture at Ringwood Corps (Victoria).

*Listen to the Coutts Lecture online at:

http://connectpro.salvos.net/p46673620/

General Paul Rader speaks at The Salvation Army Booth College

Association’s annual Coutts Memorial Lecture (top). General

Rader and his wife Kay with Korean Cadet Ji-Sook Wunderlich at

the college (above).

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News FEATURE

Social justice worth fighting for

By JULIA HOSKING

Almost 200 people converged on The Salvation Army’s

Territorial Headquarters in Sydney over one weekend in

late August in the name of social justice.

The annual I’ll Fight conference convened on Friday 27 and

Saturday 28 August, with the purpose to educate, empower and

mobilise people to take action in the fight for social justice.

“There was a spirit of enthusiasm and a sense that things

can change,” said Robyn Evans, the Army’s Australia Eastern

Territory Social Justice Coordinator, at the conclusion of the

conference. “There is a need for revival within the Christian

church.”

Commissioner Linda Bond, Australia Eastern Territorial

Commander, was the first of four keynote speakers. Her

message urged the delegates to take hold of the Holy Spirit’s

power and be active in the fight for justice.

“It’s one thing to see something; it’s one thing to hear a

cry; it’s another thing to react with deep, deep emotion,” the

Commissioner said. “But it has to go from seeing and hearing

and reacting, to doing something. You’ve got to do something!”

Jarrod McKenna, from the Lockridge Peace Tree Community

in Western Australia, spoke in the afternoon about the need to

fight non-violently against social injustice.

On Saturday morning, Envoy Judith Nuriyn-Yumba (North

Ipswich Indigenous Ministries) joined with Aunty Jean Philips

(a founding pastor of the Aboriginal Evangelical Fellowship) to

discuss – in relation to Indigenous communities – the need for

healing and moving forward with understanding and respect.

Captain Brendan Nottle (Melbourne 614 Corps) closed the

conference by challenging the church to repent of its oppression,

and respond to the causes of injustice as well as its results. To

express his repentance, Captain Nottle dressed in sackcloth with

ashes, akin to the Old Testament expression.

Workshops that discussed practical solutions to social

injustices were held on both days of the conference. Choices

included refugees and asylum seekers, creating justice within a

culture, social justice mentoring, eco-justice, biblical justice and

advocacy, and developing policy that affects change.

Also, on Friday night, more than 70 people attended a panel

discussion on human trafficking with Luke Geary from the

Army’s Salvos Legal office, Jenny Stanger, Supervisor Samaritan

Accommodation, and Fiona David, Australian Institute of

Criminology researcher.

The discussion covered legal aspects (such as visa and

migration issues), local and global perspectives, and everyday

practical elements (this included volunteers sharing their

experiences with trafficked victims).

On Saturday afternoon, Nathan Moulds (Edify Coordinator)

chaired a tour of Gallery for Justice (galleryforjustice.org) – an

avenue to tell stories of social justice.

Meantime, a resource centre offered delegates information

on various organisations involved in the fight for justice. Stalls

included: The Salvation Army International Development

Office, World Vision, Compassion, Be a Hero, Micah Challenge,

Australian Wildlife Conservancy and OXFAM (Close the Gap).

Additionally, The Salvation Army’s Justice Unit had a stall

promoting three new resources: two books and one album.

Message for Change – a CD produced by The Salvation

Army’s Social Justice Department to promote social justice –

was launched at I’ll Fight on Friday. The songs were written by

various songwriters (including some from the Australia Eastern

Territory) who are actively pursuing justice and/or working on

the front line. Salvos Legal is the recipient of all album profits.

The latest offering by Carpenter Media is 50 Ways to Do

Justice – a book that provides practical solutions for people

wanting to “do something” about injustice. Authors including

Robyn Evans, Luke Geary, Casey O’Brien, Captain Paul Moulds

and Major Danielle Strickland, offer motivational teaching and

ideas regarding topics such as the environment, asylum seekers,

poverty and hunger, human trafficking and fair trade practices.

The third resource released at the conference was Challenging

Evil a book originally published as Social Evils the Army has

Challenged by S Carvosso Gauntlett. Major Strickland wrote

some discussion guides to accompany the text with the purpose

of further challenging and inspiring readers.

Salvos embark on

Big Rescue mission

By ESTHER PINN

From this month, every child who attends a Salvation

Army corps in the Australia Eastern Territory for the first

time will receive a Big Rescue Bible to keep.

Major Kevin Unicomb, the Territorial Youth and

Children’s Secretary, has developed an initiative which will

see children equipped with the necessary material to teach

them about God and how to live as young Christians.

A total of $30,000 has been spent on buying 3000 Big

Rescue Bibles from the Bible Society of Australia. Initially,

every corps in the Australia Eastern Territory will be given 20

Bibles to distribute to children.

“We want the giving of these Bibles to become the

culture of The Salvation Army when kids first come,” Major

Unicomb said.

The Bibles contain colourful pictures and easy navigating

tools for children to understand.

Additionally, Major Unicomb is keen to see individuals

within corps trained to be able to present these Bibles to the

children in a way that is simple and fun.

“They will be equipped to explain God’s Word and how

it applies to the children’s lives,” he said.

The Federal Government’s Communities for Children

program in South Queensland has already contributed

$5000 to the initial cost of the Bibles while further

donations have brought the amount of financial support for

the project to $16,000.

Major Unicomb is encouraging families or individuals

within corps to consider making a regular contribution to

the cost of these Bibles, with the intention that the program

will be ongoing.

“Ultimately, we would love to have people sponsor and

buy a Bible each month to keep it as an continuing project,”

Major Unicomb said.

If you would like to help this initiative, please contact

your corps officer for details about how you can support the

program.

Major Kevin Unicomb with copies of The Big Rescue Bible which

will be given to children attending The Salvation Army for the first

time. Photo: Shairon Paterson

Opportunities blossom with nursery

This one word was the platform on which William Booth founded

The Salvation Army and it was the centrepiece of the I'll Fight

Conference.

A demonstration march through the streets of inner Sydney

accompanied the I'll Fight Conference which addressed the issue

of social injustice.

The opening of the Riverview Farm plant nursery near

Brisbane last month is an opportunity for more jobs for

Salvation Army clients and an increase in the community

“feeds” that occur each week, says the centre’s manager.

The nursery was officially opened on 14 September by Sir

John Pidgeon, a strong supporter of The Salvation Army.

Brad Strong, Manager of the Army’s Canaan School for

Training and Development which incorporates Riverview Farm,

said the nursery project was in its infancy but was already

pursuing lucrative contracts with major retailers like Big W.

“Whatever money we make goes to the work of the Army

and this site,” Mr Strong said.

“It’s certainly going to be a good venture for us,” he said.

“We have been doing a community feed for about five years

- and this will now enable us to do it five days a week instead of

one.”

The nursery has been employing 10 to 12 of The Salvation

Army’s clients on a part-time basis.

“The idea is to give them an opportunity to work in a real

workplace,” Mr Strong said.

Plans are also well advanced to move the old Salvation Army

hall from nearby Blackbutt to the Riverview complex. When the

Blackbutt hall opened in 1912 it was overseen by the Ipswich

Corps.

Mr Strong said the 8x17m historic hall was in original

condition and would fit in well at the complex.

“Because it was in a tiny town, it’s never been altered. The

original furniture is still in there,” he said.

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Queensland kids benefit from Aged Care Plus walkathon

By JULIA HOSKING

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory's Aged Care

Plus service held its second annual walkathon on Friday,

10 September, aiming to raise money to help disadvantaged

Indigenous children in six Far North Queensland communities.

A target of $10,000 was set to provide 200 children with

school bags, books, pens, pencils and Bibles. Optus generously

donated the school bags, each worth more than $40, while

money raised from the walkathon will cover the items to be put

in the bag including the Bibles.

Aged Care Plus is also sponsoring 10 children on a trip to

Sydney to attend Kids Camp at The Collaroy Centre - the first

beach holiday any of these children will have experienced.

“The impact that event [Kids Camp] will have is very

exciting,” said Aged Care Plus Chief Executive Officer, Sharon

Callister.

“We will not only help children in need and give them the

opportunity to see the ocean for the first time, but also work

towards fulfilling The Salvation Army’s evangelical mission.”

Of the walkathon fundraiser event, Ms Callister said: “This is

all part of our new five-year strategic plan to integrate with the

wider Salvation Army.”

Salvation Army officers - including Territorial Commander

Commissioner Linda Bond and Territorial Secretary for Women's

Ministries Colonel Jan Condon - employees and members of

the community took part in the walk through the centre of

Sydney. The 5.4km walk started in Hyde Park, near Territorial

Headquarters, and continued to Mrs Macquarie’s Point on

Sydney Harbour.

Every Aged Care Plus centre in the territory also organised

its own walkathon or similar event, with walkathon patron,

Chief Secretary Colonel James Condon, participating in

Newcastle. Centres that did not host a walkathon signed

up people who committed to walking 50,000 steps in five

consecutive days.

The project chosen to be the recipient of money raised came

out of “roadshows” conducted by Aged Care Plus Mission

and Personnel Manager Major Robin Pullen, and Ms Callister.

They found that Aged Care Plus staff were keen to support a

project that assisted children, the Indigenous community and

disadvantaged people.

The 2010 walkathon has grown in popularity from last year,

with more participants and donations. When Pipeline went to

print, almost $22,000 had been raised with more donations still

to be counted.

Colonel Jan Condon and Major Colin Daines

relax at the end of the walkathon

Kingdom come

sydney 2011

10-13 January 2011 • The King’s School Sydney Australia

www.KingdomCome.com.au

The Salvation Army’s T3 Youth Congress

Aged Care Plus staff (from left) Sharon Callister, Maria Fragatti

and Elizabeth Cupitt set off on the walkathon.

24-7 Prayer Roster

27 September-1 October: Casino Corps

3-10 October: North NSW Divisional Headquarters;

Moree Corps

5-7 October: Lismore Corps

The walkathon organising committee (from left) Robyn Evans,

Major Beatrice Kay, Colonel Jan Condon, Commissioner Linda

Bond, Sharon Callister, Maria Fragatti and Elizabeth Cupitt.

10-17 October: Nambucca River Corps

17-24 October: Kempsey Corps; Inverell Corps

22-24 October: Armidale Corps

24-31 October: Coffs Harbour Corps

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Conference encourages generous lifestyle

Journey to a Generous Life was the theme of the The Salvation

Army’s Tri-Territorial Planned Giving Conference held at The

Collaroy Centre in late August.

The event drew 37 delegates (pictured below) from the

Australia Eastern, Australia Southern, and New Zealand, Fiji

and Tonga territories, as well as two representatives from Papua

New Guinea and the Philippines.

The goal of the conference, held from 21-26 August, was to

“present biblical principles of giving in a challenging format so

that each delegate gains a greater personal understanding of

the ‘generous lifestyle’ and is confident in implementing these

principles in their own life and within their appointment”.

Among the main speakers were Major Norm Beckett and

Reverend Karl Faase. The

conference drew much of its

focus from the material of

United States-based Reverend

Brian Kluth, author of the

best-selling 40 Day Spiritual

Journey to a More Generous Life

devotional.

“I certainly think that

the lives of delegates,

and subsequently their

congregations, will be changed

in the coming days as strong

challenges were laid down

at the conference regarding

generosity within our lives,”

said Steve Burfield, the

Appeals (Internal) Operations

Manager for the Australia

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Eastern Territory, which hosted the event.

“Even the [Territorial Commander] Commissioner [Linda

Bond] indicated, in her opening keynote address, that she is

keen to do the 40 Day Spiritual Journey to a More Generous Life

devotional.”

Meantime, The Salvation Army’s Tri-Territorial Courts and

Prison Chaplains Conference was held in Sydney in August.

More than 90 delegates from the Australia Eastern, Australia

Southern, and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga territories attended

the biennial conference, from 15-18 August.

The event attracted a wide range of speakers including a

police prosecutor, chief magistrate and the Australia Eastern

Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond.

Redcliffe blessed by Commissioner Bond visit

(Majors William and Judith Hutley)

The congregation at The Salvation Army's Redcliffe City

Corps had been praying and looking forward to the "Big R"

weekend for a number of months.

Earlier this year, the corps had decided that age (the average

age at Redcliffe Corps is approximately 70) would prevent

many from attending a house party, but a special weekend with

Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda

Bond was an option.

So it was that 80 people gathered on Saturday, 11 September

for Commissioner Bond's visit and they were not disappointed.

The day's programme offered time for great fellowship, good

food, excellent Bible teaching, inspiring singing as well as time

for laughter.

During the introduction to the Commissioner, a PowerPoint

presentation showed how the corps is endeavouring to fulfil

each of the territory’s seven Mission Priorities.

There was excitement in the air on the Sunday morning as

the whole corps came together for morning worship. More than

90 people returned on Sunday afternoon for a Meeting of Praise

featuring various corps sections. The congregation was also

encouraged as it heard 11 people briefly share their testimony of

praise.

Over the weekend, the Territorial Commander focused on

the Gospel of Luke, under the headings Revelation, Reaction,

Commissioner Linda Bond shares a moment with long-serving

Redcliffe Corps soldier and former Corps Sergeant Major Rosalie

Hunt, and corps adherent Clyne Jameson.

Recommitment, Resolve.

A number of significant decisions were made openly and

personally by many people over the weekend.

Weekend to remember

with Commissioner

(Majors David and Lea Palmer)

The Gosford Corps of The Salvation Army celebrated a

memorable weekend with Australia Eastern Territorial

Commander Commissioner Linda Bond in August.

“Hey! Hey! It’s Saturday Night with the Commissioner” was

well attended including visitors from other corps, Selah (Central

Coast Recovery Services) and another church on the Central

Coast.

Gosford’s “Seeds of Praise” led a time of worship, while the

dance group challenged the congregation to look into Jesus and

not into this world.

“Celebrity Heads” created a few laughs before a panel of

three then presented questions, submitted by Gosford Corps

members, to Commissioner Bond.

The Territorial Commander kept the crowd's attention as she

explained The Army’s view on the Sacraments, revealed what

her favourite song was, talked about God’s calling on her life

and gave some insights into her recent visit to Kenya.

It proved to be a very informative night in which those

present came to know more about Commissioner Bond, and

grew in their understanding of the international Salvation Army.

On the Sunday morning, Commissioner Bond spoke about

the territory's first Mission Priority – "Prayer and Holiness". The

Holy Spirit’s presence was very evident as people made their

way forward seeking fullness of life.

Commissioner

Linda Bond chats

to Gosford Corps

members during her

visit in August.

General cancels visit to Australia

General Shaw Clifton, world leader of

The Salvation Army, has had to cancel

his visit to Australia at the end of the year

for personal reasons.

The General (right) and his wife,

Commissioner Helen Clifton, had been

due to spend a week in the Army's

Australia Eastern Territory from 7-14

December, visiting Brisbane and Sydney.

They were to be the special guests at the

Commissioning weekend in Sydney on the

weekend of 11-12 December.

The Chief of the Staff Commissioner

Barry Swanson, the second-highest

ranking officer in the international

Salvation Army, and his wife,

Commissioner Sue Swanson, the World

Secretary for Women's Ministries, will now

be visiting in the place of the General and

Commissioner Clifton, in what will be

their first visit to Australia.

The Commissioners, who only took up

their new appointments earlier this year,

will also be visiting The Salvation Army's

Australia Southern Territory as part of

their Australia.

Brisbane City's

got tons of

young talent

(Majors Earle and Christine Ivers)

Talent comes in all forms, shapes and sizes and this was more

than evident at the Brisbane City Temple’s Young People's

Anniversary weekend on 14-15 August.

In a concert based on the popular television programme

Australia's Got Talent, the young people demonstrated on the

Saturday evening their versatility, covering a wide range of

genres including brass, woodwind and strings, timbrel playing

(littlies, learners and young people), skits, a puppet show, dance

in various forms, vocal, sparkling spoons and dogs (both dressup

and real).

There was a guest appearance by a barber shop quartet,

Outta Tune, a group of high school-aged boys who thrilled the

audience with their versatility.

The judges were rendered speechless by some of the

performances, particularly by the surprise appearance of the

Temple's very own "Susan Boyle", the singer who stunned the

UK during the Britain's Got Talent version of the hit show last

year.

The Brisbane City Temple Kids’ Connection was voted the

winner of a highly entertaining evening.

Earlier in the day, the young girls of the corps had enjoyed

an afternoon of pampering while the boys participated in

outdoor activities. This emphasised to the young people and

their friends that they were not only valued by God but also the

corps family.

The story of the apostle Paul was highlighted in the primary

children’s rendition of “Viva Damascus” on the Sunday

morning. The children sparkled and amongst the laughter the

central theme of God being the King resounded.

The young people were also highlighted in the morning

family service at which Corps Officer Major Earle Ivers brought

the Saturday evening and Sunday morning performances

together with his theme of “Look at Him” which focused on

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Salvo named Brisbane's best dad

Brisbane father of the year David Howell at home with three of his nine children – (from left) Billy, Gavin and Esther. Photo courtesy of the

Brisbane Courier Mail

David Howell, a member of The Salvation Army's Pine

Rivers Corps, has been named as Brisbane’s Father of

the Year for 2010.

Mr Howell, of Bracken Ridge in Brisbane's north, is the

father of nine children aged 11 to 31 and the grandfather

of five. He was nominated for the award, organised

by Scripture Union Queensland, by the youngest of his

children, son Gavin.

With five children still at home and a concreting business

to run, Mr Howell's life is busy, but at the top of his

priorities is guiding his children through life.

"That's what it's all about," said the 61-year-old who is

also involved with The Salvation Army's emergency services

team in Brisbane.

Celebration time on Mid North Coast

The Salvation Army on the Mid North Coast of NSW is

preparing for a great time of fellowship, fun and spiritual

blessings as it meets in Taree for the Mid Coast Celebration from

8-10 October.

People of all ages will be catered for as the Army celebrates

youth on Friday night, Celebrate Salvos Expo on Saturday,

Celebrate Music on Saturday night and Celebrate Holiness and

Celebrate Praise on Sunday.

"I just want to influence them to be able to make a

choice and see the difference in which way they go.

"And when they do make a bad choice they can govern

themselves and correct themselves without getting into a

big mess.

"A lot of kids need dads, men to stand up and be dads.’’

The award is all the more poignant for Mr Howell after

his wife, Pamela, died in March last year after a long battle

with cancer.

He points to his Christian faith, and the support of his

children, for sustaining him through a difficult 18 months.

"We all have our ups and downs; we're not a perfect

family at all. But that's fine," he said.

"I feel really humble".

Special guests for the weekend are Commissioners Ross and

June Kendrew from New Zealand and the Salvo Country Band

from Macksville.

Corps from Port Macquarie, Hannam Vale, Moorland,

Harrington, Taree and Forster/Tuncurry will all be involved in

this great celebration weekend.

If you would like to join in this weekend, email: taree.

corps.3@aue.salvationarmy.org

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Petersham celebrates

milestone anniversary

(Captain Greg Pack)

Over the weekend of 28-29 August, the Petersham Corps

(Sydney) of The Salvation Army celebrated its 125th

anniversary.

The festivities commenced on the Saturday evening when

more than 230 people attended a Celebration Concert which

featured as its special guests the Sydney Youth Band under the

direction of Joshua Mann.

Other participants on the night included the timbrel brigade

from Sydney Congress Hall, the Jannawi Dance Theatre group

which performed a welcome dance, the Portuguese Pentecostal

Church Worship Band, and 14-year-old violinist Harry Ward

who had the congregation on their feet after playing Introduction

and Rondo Capriccioso for violin.

The evening was led by Sydney East and Illawarra

Divisional Youth Secretary Major Stephen Briggs who also

shared some greetings from people who could not attend the

weekend. There was also video message given by Petersham

Corps’ oldest soldier, 99-year-old Edna Mayne.

On the Sunday, the hall was once again packed with 160

people attending worship led by the Sydney Staff Songsters.

During the meeting, Major Narelle Rees, Sydney East and

Illawarra Divisional Director of Women's Ministries, invited

people to share some of their memories of Petersham before a

video interview with Mrs Mayne on her memories of the corps

was played.

This was followed by an interview with 11-year-old Susan

Denner, the only young person now attending Petersham Corps.

When asked what her prayer was for Petersham, Susan replied

that more young people might attend and know Jesus Christ as

their Saviour.

Bandmaster Jon Mayne was also presented with a Certificate

of Appreciation and Long Service Badge for 40 years of service

to Petersham Corps by Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional

Commander Major John Rees.

The celebrations concluded with a fellowship lunch and the

cutting of the 125th anniversary cake by Mrs Mayne.

Edna Mayne, flanked by Sydney East and Illawarra divisional

leaders Majors John and Narelle Rees, cuts the 125th anniversary

cake at Petersham.

Temora Corps

Three new Adherents and three Junior Soldiers were

enrolled at Temora on Sunday 29 August. Pictured (below

left) are the Adherents (from left to right) Craig and Michelle

Robins, and Anita Thrippleton with Corps Leaders Doug and

Ruby Smith; and (below right) the new Junior Soldiers (from

Redcliffe City Corps

Three new seniors soldier were enrolled by Corps Officer

Major William Hutley at Redcliffe City on Sunday 19

Septmeber. At the conclusion of the enrolment ceremony, each

of the new soldiers - Sheila Arnott, Acacia Cuthbertson and

Michael Halloran (pictured right with Major Hutley) - gave

their testimony. Sheila told the congregation of her love for

Jesus; Acacia spoke of how God had led her to The Salvation

Army through personal circumstances, youth group and her

interesting in brass banding; while Michael thanked those who

had shown interest in him, prayed for him and encouraged him

to recommit his life to God.

left to right) Tyesha Thrippleton-Amos,

Tanya Dawson, and Jasmine Hammond with

prayer partners Envoy Yvonne McCallum,

Ruby Smith and Auxillary-Captain Don

Ward. Heather Clarke is holding the flag.

ENROLMENTS

Bundamba Corps

Bundamba has celebrated the enrolment of 14 new corps

cadets, strengthening the thriving young people's program

of the south-east Queensland corps.

The corps cadets led a special Sunday morning meeting

during which they all knelt at the mercy seat and signed their

commitment cards.

They were then joined on the platform by their prayer pals

before the congregation stood and prayed for them.

The corps cadets are pictured in their Salvation Army shirts

with two of their leaders, Linda Beaver (far left) and Renae

Strong (far right).

Mackay Corps

Five adherents were enrolled during the morning meeting at

Mackay Corps on Sunday, 19 September. The corps is under

the command of Lieutenants Jeff and Terri Goodwin and they

were privileged to oversee the commitments of Pam Young, Val

Hazeldene, Shirley Barba, Terry Wright and Tracey Davison.

Lieut Terri Goodwin is seen in the photo after the service with

(from left) Pam, Val, Shirley and Terry. Terry and Pam have

been part of a worship team that has been operating a church

service at the local Langford Pub on Sunday afternoons, where

Christian songs are played and a Christian message is brought.

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Congo communities rising from the ash

By DAMARIS FRICK

The village of Kibirga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of

Congo, no longer exists but The Salvation Army is helping

to rebuild the lives of people who survived after a volcanic

eruption laid waste an entire region.

The village, 35km from the city of Goma, was one of five

communities buried on 16 May this year when Mount Kirisimbi,

a volcano that had lain dormant since 1952, erupted. At least

47 people were killed and hundreds more lost their houses,

belongings and livelihoods.

The Salvation Army reacted quickly and implemented a

project providing clothing for the affected population. Panga, an

elderly man who lost all 16 members of his family, remembers

with gratitude the help provided by Lieutenant Jean Marc, the

local Salvation Army officer. The lieutenant was among the first

people to arrive with assistance and even helped to find land to

bury the dead.

More than four months on from the eruption, the people are

still in a desperate situation. They live with host families or in

one of three camps. The area where they lived is destroyed and

they won’t be able to return.

However, the local government has allocated new land for

240 families and The Salvation Army is looking to see how it can

support this community.

Lieutenant Jean Marc speaks to Panga, who lost all 16 members of

his family in the disaster.

Aussie Salvos help in earthquake relief effot

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory has been

heavily involved in the relief effort in the wake of the

devastating earthquake which struck the New Zealand city of

Christchurch early last month.

Three critical incident debriefing teams from the territory

have each spent a week in New Zealand supporting The

Salvation Army’s response to the 7.1 magnitude quake which

struck in the early hours of 4 September.

They've been helping provide psychosocial support to those

affected by the disaster, giving some much-needed relief to

their New Zealand colleagues. This has included provision of

emotional support and information/referral to other services.

“Many people are suffering and need someone to talk to and

The Salvation Army has the ability to provide this support and

link people in distress to other services and agencies," said

Major Susan Reese, team leader of the first group to head to

Christchurch.

“The ongoing aftershocks have exacerbated the trauma

people have suffered. Many cannot yet go back to their homes

and are still living in emergency shelter situations.

“Many people from rural areas of New Zealand have also

been affected, so part of our role will be to offer some kind of

support to them. We have team members experienced in dealing

with rural issues, which can be different to issues faced by city

people."

The Salvation Army in Zealand swung quickly into action in

the hours after the quake struck.

It has been involved in channelling food and goods provided

by New Zealand companies to its food banks, for distribution

through the Army’s network of Community Ministry centres.

At the height of the relief effort the Army was feeding

around 2000 people a day at two Christchurch welfare centres,

Salvation Army Emergency Services Coordinator Major Rex Cross

with people being fed by the Army at a welfare centre. Photo:

John Gardner

400 of whom were staying at the centres overnight. It was also

feeding people in the outer Christchurch suburb of Rangiora.

A number of Salvation Army properties were damaged in

the quake. One house moved off its foundations, with cracks

and broken windows reported in other buildings. The St Albans

Corps hall suffered significant structural damage, with one crack

that started on the hall’s asphalt driveway extending through

the building.

The Salvation Army has opened

its first building in Mongolia in a

significant development for the newly

established ministry.

The opening ceremony included

the participation of Salvationist

personnel from Korea who have

supported or sponsored the

establishment of Army work in

Mongolia.

The International Secretary

for South Pacific and East Asia,

Commissioner Robert Street, and the

Territorial Commander for Korea,

Commissioner Chun Kwang-pyo,

jointly cut the traditional yellow, red

and blue tape to officially declare the

building open.

The premises will accommodate

administration offices, a worship

hall, living accommodation and

multi-purpose rooms for outreach

programmes, including a feeding

programme for the homeless.

During the visit of the

International Secretary and

Commissioner Janet Street, official

talks were held with the Deputy Prime

Minister of Mongolia, Miyeegombyn

Enkhbold, who has ensured the

provision of land in Tov Aimag

Province for a Salvation Army social

welfare centre.

The visiting party was also able

to view recently established water

projects in the area and the Solongos

kindergarten run by the Army on an

estate in Ulaanbaatar, the country's

capital.

Support for volcano victims

Salvation Army personnel in Indonesia are continuing to

provide assistance to some of the thousands of people made

homeless after the eruption of the Mount Sinabung volcano on

the island of Sumatra in late August.

The volcano, which had been inactive for 400 years, sent

huge plumes of ash thousands of metres into the atmosphere,

covering surrounding towns and villages in thick ash. With

little time to gather their belongings, 29,000 people living in the

shadow of the volcano were evacuated to emergency shelters in

surrounding towns.

The local Salvation Army Compassion in Action has been

working out of the nearest corps in the town of Kabanjahe,

where a team will remain for the next few months

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

First Salvation Army

building opened in Mongolia

Commissioners Robert and Janet Street (front) and Commissioner Yoo, Sung-ja (back left)

visit Solongos Kindergarten

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring (far left and right) officers appointed to open the

work in Mongolia, Captain Lee, Min-ho and Captain Chang, Mi-hyun with delegates from

Korea – including the territorial leaders – and South Pacific and Asia zonal leaders

Emergency work is ongoing in the flood-hit regions of

Pakistan, where an estimated 20 million people – more

than 10 per cent of the population – have been affected by the

disaster.

The flooding began in the north-west of the country in July

but continues to move to the south, with people now having

to leave their homes in Sindh province where flood water

continues to impact on families and communities.

Salvation Army relief teams are working in three provincial

areas – Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – distributing

household goods including bedding and cooking utensils.

Almost 20,000 families have received goods from Salvation

Army teams including nearly 5000 tents.

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promoted to glory

Woman of faith

Mrs Brigadier Hazel

Woodbury was

promoted to glory on 21

August from Sydney, aged

105.

Commissioner Earle

Maxwell conducted a

service at the Woronora Crematorium

on Monday, 30 August. Mrs Brigadier

Woodbury’s 101-year-old brother, Vivian,

attended the service along with his

daughter and son. Major Julie Campbell

(granddaughter) read Psalm 71, and

Envoy Alan Staines (a weekly visitor to

Mrs Brigadier Woodbury) prayed.

This was followed by an afternoon

Celebration Service at Hurstville Corps,

conducted by Mrs Brigadier Woodbury’s

son, Major Errol Woodbury with assistance

from Lieutenant-Colonel Don Woodland.

A musical prelude by granddaughter

Pam O’Dea (Northlakes Corps) and band

commenced the service. This was followed

by the song, My Jesus, I Love Thee, I Know

Thou Art Mine.

Hazel Alley (granddaughter) offered

a prayer and then Major Joanne Slater,

Macquarie Lodge Chaplain, read selected

verses from Ephesians (one of Hazel’s

favourite books of the Bible). After a

chorus, Lay up Treasure in Heaven, Hazel

Woodbury’s children: Major Gweneth

Woodbury, Major Noreen Clanfield and

Major Errol Woodbury paid tribute to her

life.

From this point, Lieutenant-Colonel

Woodland officiated the service. During

the tributes, Lieutenant-Colonel Woodland

read a message from General Eva Burrows

(R) who was always close with the

Woodbury family.

The Hurstville Songsters gave a

message, You Are My All in All, and

this was followed by tributes from the

grandchildren: Hazel, Julie, Pam, Wendy,

Neil, Janelle and Errol. Ever is the War Cry

was sung and then the great-grandchildren

shared their favourite memories.

Australia Eastern Territorial

Commander, Commissioner Linda Bond

read her letter to the family. “As corps

officer and soldier, [Mrs Brigadier Hazel

Woodbury’s] steadfast, strong spirit

matched her energy and enthusiasm as a

Salvationist,” the Commissioner read.

Brian Pethybridge then spoke on

behalf of Hurstville Corps, where Mrs

Brigadier Woodbury soldiered for more

than 40 years. Major John Wiseman and

band presented a vocal solo, My Tribute,

and then Major Errol Woodbury delivered

the message. He spoke about the way

God brings his good works to completion

(Philippians 1:6). Major Woodbury said

that his mother knew her personal identity,

plan and purpose throughout her life –

this is what was important.

To close, he led into the chorus, When

We All Get to Heaven, and then O Boundless

Salvation. During the final song, the

congregation spontaneously commenced

a Hallelujah rally, waving Salvation Army

flags, in remembrance of Mrs Brigadier

Hazel Woodbury who regularly marched

with the Army flag until she was 99 years

old.

Hazel Olive Wemyss was born on

2 December, 1904, in Wellington, NSW,

to Salvation Army officers Daniel and

Madeline. Hazel was their fourth child

of five. She had three brothers: Bram

(deceased), Victor (deceased), Vivian

(the youngest, aged 101), and one sister:

Thelma (deceased). Daniel and Madeline

resigned from officership due to health,

and then moved to Orange, NSW.

At the age of 18, Hazel responded to

the Lord’s call to officership, and became a

cadet of the Victory session in 1923. Cadet

Wemyss’ first appointment was to Nowra

in NSW. She was subsequently appointed

to Deniliquin Corps and Leeton Corps.

In 1926, on 22 December, Hazel

married Norman Bradford Woodbury at

Forest Lodge Corps, Glebe.

The Captains were appointed to West

Wyalong Corps, followed by Albury

(where Gweneth was born), Hornsby,

Paddington (where Noreen was born),

Redfern, Goulburn, Newcastle and

Townsville (where Errol was born).

Following this, they went to Brisbane City,

Petersham and Bundaberg Corps’.

In 1942, Hazel was appointed to

the Subscribers Department, the North

Queensland Division and then the

Goulburn Public Relations Department.

Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury

commenced her final appointment in 1961

in Special Efforts/Evangelism.

Hazel was a wonderful organiser

and cook, and is well-known for her

many Home League and youth camps,

both in Queensland and NSW. She

was community-minded and peopleorientated.

Her home was always open to

the ‘whosoever’ for a meal.

Mrs Brigadier Woodbury is also

remembered for her love and passion

for the youth of the corps. She taught

Directory and Corps Cadets at Hurstville,

and many people of that era remember

her leadership and encouragement for the

Lord and The Salvation Army.

Following the Woodburys’ retirement

in 1968, they lived in Carlton (Sydney) and

soldiered at Hurstville. They were asked to

be responsible for the development of the

Engadine Outpost and for several years

built up a corps and a hall – supported by

the Hurstville Corps. Hazel also worked at

Sunset Lodge, Marrickville, for a number

of years, helping with the many demands

of the ageing residents.

After Norman’s death in 1982, Hazel

moved to the Trigg Village Collaroy Beach

and was a faithful soldier of Dee Why

Corps. She decided it was time to go to

the Macquarie Lodge Hostel Care at 95

years. This year, after a couple of months

following the transfer to the new complex,

the Lord ‘called her home’.

The Brigadier is survived by her

three officer children: Major Gweneth

Woodbury, Majors Noreen (and Max)

Clanfield, Majors Errol (and Dot)

Woodbury; seven grandchildren: Hazel

(and John) Alley, Pamela (and Ian) O’Dea,

Majors Neil (and Sharon) Clanfield, Majors

Julie (and Mark) Campbell, Majors Wendy

(and Rodney) Walters, Janelle (and Greg)

Cocking, Errol (and Tracy) Woodbury; 23

great-grandchildren; and 10 great-greatgrandchildren.

Hazel’s favourite saying was “If you

can’t be great, be faithful” – this was true

for her to the end.

Life of faithfulness

Major Gordon Hosking

was promoted to

glory on 7 August from

Eddystone Nursing Home

in Bexley, Sydney, aged 81.

A service was held at

Woronora Crematorium on

12 August conducted by Commissioner

Earle Maxwell, who spoke on the promise

of the resurrection, and the confidence

this gives us, both in life and when facing

death.

Major Dorothy Hosking (wife) read

from the Scriptures, and Kathryn Lattouf

(daughter) shared a family tribute,

speaking about how “Dad was always

keen to see his family growing spiritually”.

Kathryn also mentioned that her dad

was always the last to leave the hall on a

Sunday as the Corps Officer. Even though

this was part of his role, the family saw

it more as a reflection of him as a people

person. “He couldn’t help himself,”

Kathryn said. “Dad loved being around

people.”

Following the crematorium service,

Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns

conducted a Thanksgiving Service at

Dulwich Hill Corps, where Gordon and

Dorothy worshipped.

David Hosking (son) presented a

family tribute. He said, “Dad was above

all a man of strong and vibrant faith. He

said to Christine at one time that being a

Christian turned his life from black and

white to colour. His faith and service were

also very practical. He really enjoyed

living the Christian life.

“One particular memory is of him

approaching people with, “Dear friend”,

usually said with a grin. This innocent

phrase could strike fear into your heart as

it was generally followed by a request to

do something in the meeting this Sunday,

this week.”

Six of Gordon’s 12 grandchildren

who were able to attend the service also

presented a tribute that spoke of their

many different and happy memories of

their Grandpa.

Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns

based his message on the Christian’s

hope of resurrection and the surety of

the Christian’s belief in a life beyond this

earthly life. He included his own tribute

from the days when Gordon, as Campsie

Corps Officer, prepared him and Jan for

their entry into the Training College.

Gordon Henry Hosking was born on

22 March, 1929, to a Brisbane Salvationist

couple, Ivy and Jim Hosking, active in

Albion (now North Brisbane) Corps.

He taught in juniors, was corps pianist,

bandsman and songster, and was on

the Youth Group Committee. He also

joined the Methodist Order of Knights,

which introduced him to an ecumenical

outlook which developed further in later

appointments as an officer.

Music always attracted him,

particularly brass music. His early piano

lessons provided grounding in theory and

he was blessed with a ‘good ear’. An 80

Bass piano accordion, acquired in 1950,

saw service in many corps settings in early

officership. He studied accountancy and

worked in the Queensland Railways Audit

Office before going to Training College

from Albion Corps in 1951 as part of the

Ambassadors session.

Commissioned in 1952 in Marrickville

Town Hall, Gordon was appointed to assist

at Kendall Corps – a circuit corps taking in

Herrons Creek, Hannamvale, Dunbogan,

and Wauchope each Sunday – 70 miles for

the day.

An appointment as Corps Officer to

Bega Corps followed, then his marriage to

Lieutenant Dorothy Cathcart in January

1954. They wed on a Friday evening to

gain a few more hours honeymoon before

their entry to their first married corps,

Yass, on the following Thursday.

The first of four children was born at

Yass. In time, Lyn (Cook) was followed by

David, Christine (Cooper) and Kathryn

(Lattouf). Their children and their families

gave Gordon a great deal of pleasure; he

was always proud of their spiritual growth

and achievements.

Appointments at West Wyalong

Corps, Holland Park (Brisbane), North

Rockhampton, Inala and Wynnum

preceded Captain Hosking’s entry into

Red Shield Defence Services, where he was

responsible for the welfare and morale of

troops.

In 1971, Majors Gordon and Dorothy

Hosking were appointed to Townsville

City Corps, Gordon with added

responsibility as City Director. Ecumenism

was strong in Townsville and Easter was

a great Christian festival involving all

churches. Gordon became a Rotarian and

continued membership for the following

17 years. As corps officer at Bundaberg,

Dulwich Hill, Campsie and Parramatta,

he found great opportunities for service,

fellowship and spiritual growth.

In 1988, Gordon and Dorothy were

appointed to Newcastle and Central NSW

Divisional Headquarters, Gordon as

Divisional Secretary. Travelling throughout

the division to conduct audits and

meetings enabled Gordon to fellowship

with, and counsel younger officers. His

sense of humour relaxed people.

A final appointment to Sydney East

and Illawarra Divisional Headquarters,

again as Divisional Secretary, then as

General Secretary, brought Gordon and

Dorothy closer to family around Sydney,

and they valued this.

Major Hosking retired in April

1994. He and Dorothy lived at Bexley in

retirement until severe disability prompted

Gordon’s move to Eddystone Nursing

Home for his final weeks.

Loved by all

Major Alan Rushbrook

was promoted to

glory on 27 July, aged 71.

A funeral service was

held on 4 August at Cardiff

Salvation Army Corps

following a morning tea

that enabled people to gather and share

stories about Alan.

Amongst 200 other guests, were Major

Lynette Rushbrook (wife), five daughters,

five son-in-laws, 12 grandchildren and one

great-grandchild.

Alan’s daughter, Captain Wendy-Sue

Swann (Dubbo Corps Officer) conducted

the funeral, which was predominantly

planned by Alan himself.

Alan’s granddaughters carried items

that signified his life, including a helmet,

boots, flyswat and a Bible. The grandsons

escorted him in to the song Bat out of Hell.

He also chose the songs sung in the service

which included I’ll go in the Strength and

I’m a Soldier Bound for Glory.

Captain Andrew Schofield presented

a tribute on Alan’s work life, and each

of Alan’s daughters, his sister, selected

friends and his grandchildren gave a

tribute. All remembered how funny,

loving, supportive and outrageous he was.

One of the memories shared by the

grandchildren was how he would pick

them up at the airport dressed in some

form of outlandish outfit, and although

slightly embarrassed, it would make them

feel special.

During the committal service, each

family member placed a sticker on Alan’s

casket; sending him off as he would send

his mail – covered in stickers.

Alan Francis Rushbrook was born

on 24 February, 1939 in East Hornden,

England. Alan, his parents Frank and

Josephine, and his sister Jenny, migrated to

Australia in 1949.

In March 1968, Alan married Lynette

Carter, whom he always loved dearly. Alan

and Lynette had five children: Roselyn,

Evelyn, Wendy-Sue, Lyndal and Jose.

In 1979, Alan and Lynette began

Salvation Army service as Territorial

Envoys and then Auxiliary-Captains at

Macksville Corps (now Nambucca River

Corps), which was followed by Tuggerah

Lakes Corps.

In 1988, Alan received the rank of

captain; and was appointed to Wellington

Corps, Maroubra Corps and then Gympie

Corps.

During his Gympie Corps

appointment, Captain Rushbrook

commenced an additional appointment

as Chaplain to the Gympie Queensland

Police Service.

This ended in 2000 with his move

to the Broken Hill Corps, where he

simultaneously acted as the Associate

Chaplain for the Broken Hill NSW Rural

Fire Service, and as the Area Co-ordinator

for the Emergency Services in The Greater

West Division.

In 2002, Alan was appointed as the

Corps Officer of the Upper Blue Mountains

Corps. During this appointment, he was

promoted to major before retiring in 2004.

Alan had a life-long love for

motorbikes, and they were always a major

part of his ministry.

His bike was always covered with

Australian and Salvation Army flags, along

with signs and stickers that promoted God

and the Good News.

Major Rushbrook was full of life and

would never pass up an opportunity to

talk to people and share Jesus’ love with

them.

Throughout his life, he touched a lot of

people that would otherwise never have

listened to the message of Jesus.

Alan had a big personality, and was

loved by all who knew him.

He loved The Salvation Army and after

moving to Australia, always considered

himself Australian. Alan also always

remembered the salvation offered to him

by Jesus.

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Additional Appointment

Effective 26 August: Major Bruce Harmer, Team Leader, Townsville

Riverway Recovery Mission.

Appointments

Effective 26 August: Major Carolyn Harmer, Captain Bev Kingston,

Captain Carole Smith, all Team Members, Townsville Riverway

Recovery Mission.

Effective 1 November: Major Mark Campbell, Divisional Commander,

South Queensland Division; Major Julie Campbell, Divisional Director

of Women’s Ministries, South Queensland Division.

Bereaved

Major Valda Mole of her brother Donald James Green on 6 August;

Major Dorothy Hosking of her husband, Major Lyn Cook of her father,

and Major Joyce Cathcart of her brother-in-law, Major Gordon Hosking

on 7 August; Major Howard Smartt of his uncle Dr Ray Smartt on

7 August; Major Sherrie Nicol and Major Jean Ridley of their father

George Thompson on 15 August; Captain Louise Nicholson of her

father Robert Nicholson on 18 August; Major Gweneth Woodbury, Mrs

Major Noreen Clanfield and Major Errol Woodbury of their mother,

Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury on 21 August; Mrs Major Jean Bedwell

of her husband Major Neville Bedwell on 23 August; Mrs Captain

Betty Fuller of her husband Captain Les Fuller on 24 August; Captain

Lincoln Stevens of his brother, and Captain Leanne Stevens of her

brother-in-law, Noel Stevens on 30 August.

Births

To Captains Anthony and Janice Rees a girl Penelope Cate on 17

August; to Captain Emma and Lieutenant Matthew Moore a girl

Zephaniah Evangeline Emma on 4 September.

Marriage

Envoy Judith Nuriyn-Yumba to Ernest McAvoy on 26 September.

Promoted to glory

Major Gordon Hosking on 7 August; Major Gordon Fletcher on 19

August; Mrs Brigadier Hazel Woodbury on 21 August; Captain Les

Fuller on 24 August; Major Neville Bedwell on 23 August.

SAGALA Awards

The following people have received the Commissioner’s Challenge

Award: Jasmin-Rose Pinney, Lucinda Scott, Palm Beach Elanora

Corps; Taryn Barstow, Emilie Ryan-Paroz, Charlotte Smith, Dee Why;

Melodey McGregor, Hayden Voight, Pine Rivers Corps; Shakara Best,

Maryborough, EstherPerry, Rockdale.

time to pray

26 September – 2 October

Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar Command; SAMIS Department,

School for Christian Studies, School for Leadership Training, School

for Officer Training, School for Youth Leadership, all THQ; Gospel Arts

Camp, Collaroy (26 Sept-3 Oct); Sydney East and Illawarra Division

chaplains forum (30).

3-9 October

Lieut-Colonels Laurie and Simone Robertson, International Headquarters;

Serenity House, Qld; Shekinah Campbelltown, Shellharbour Corps,

Shoalhaven Bridge Programme, Shoalhaven Corps, all NSW; Sydney East

and Illawarra Division crisis and support services forum (1); Central and

North Queensland Division review (7).

10-16 October

Katharine Dale, Ghana Territory; Singleton Corps, NSW; Social Justice,

Social Programme Department, both THQ; South Burnett Region Corps,

South Queensland Division Chaplaincy Services, both Qld; Sydney East

and Illawarra Division community welfare centres training day (15).

17-23 October

Malawi Command; South Queensland Divisional Headquarters,

Southport Community Welfare Centre, both Qld; Spiritual Life

Development Department, THQ; Springwood Corps, NSW; Tri-territorial

conference, Collaroy (18-21); Communication and Public Relations

conference (18-21); The Greater West Division WOW weekend (22-24);

ACT and South NSW Division Kids Camp (22-24).

24-30 October

Captains Allan and Carolyn Kerr, Australia Southern Territory; St George

Community Welfare Centre, St Marys Corps, Sydney Chinese Corps, all

NSW; Stafford Corps, Still Waters, both Qld; Territorial Seniors Assembly

(25-29); Sydney East and Illawarra Division women’s celebration (27);

Sydney East and Illawarra Divisional kids camp (29 Oct-1 Nov); Booth

College Gala Day (30).

31 October – 6 November

Captains David and Kim Hawke, Zimbabwe Territory; Sydney Congress

Hall, Sydney East and Illawarra Division Chaplaincy Services, Sydney

East and Illawarra Divisional Headquarters, Sydney Korean Corps,

Sydney Streetlevel Mission, all NSW; Recovery Services Network

Conference, Wollongong (1-5); Sydney East and Illawarra Division officers

day apart (4); Territorial Headquarters retreat, Wollongong (5-7).

7-13 November

Majors Philip and Deslea Maxwell, Papua New Guinea Territory;

Tamworth Corps, Taree Corps, Tarrawanna Corps, Temora Corps,

Tenterfield Corps, all NSW; Territorial Mission and Resource Team, THQ;

Chaplaincy Sunday (7); Sydney East and Illawarra Division community

welfare centres forum (8); first year officers retreat (8-12); Sydney East and

Illawarra chaplains forum (11).

engagement calendar

Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)

Wyong: Fri 8 Oct – Meeting with ministry workers

Dulwich Hill: Sun 10 Oct – Farewell to Colonels James and Jan Condon

Wollongong: Mon 11-Wed 13 Oct – THQ officers retreat

North Ipswich: Sun 17 Oct – corps visit

Collaroy: Mon 18-Thu 21 Oct – Tri-territorial conference

Central Coast: Sun 24-Thu 28 Oct – Territorial Seniors Assembly

Brisbane: Thu 4 Nov – Installations of Colonels Wayne and Robyn

Maxwell and Majors Mark and Julie Campbell

Colonels James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon

*Gosford: Tue 5 Oct – home league

Rockhampton: Wed 6 Oct-Thu 7 Oct – Central and North Queensland

Division future strategy days

Dulwich Hill: Sun 10 Oct – farewell to Colonels James and Jan Condon

Wollongong: Mon 11 Oct-Thur 14 Oct – THQ officers retreat

Collaroy: Mon 18 Oct-Thu 21 Oct – Tri-territorial conference

#Hong Kong: Tues 19 Oct-Wed 20 Oct – China taskforce

* Colonel Jan Condon only

# Colonel James Condon only

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