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The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

July 2009

Volume 13 Issue 7


Army’s brave new future begins at the cross

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The community of the cross

More than 3000 Salvationists and friends gathered

at Sydney Olympic Park last month for Uprising.

Many are saying it was a landmark event for them

personally and that it changed their outlook on

what’s possible for The Salvation Army in the 21st century as a

community of faith and mission.

Perhaps the clearest message from Uprising is that the 21st

century citizen can find meaning, relevance, transformation

and a place to belong in the community we call The Salvation

Army. Answering questions about The Salvation Army’s

contemporary identity, Commissioner Linda Bond’s “we are

a community of the cross” in the Saturday night meeting was


“The cross defines us,” she announced into the heart of the

Army at Uprising. We needed to hear this, and we needed to

come to the cross again. The most striking part of Uprising for

me was seeing people streaming forward, uninhibited, towards

a cross-shaped mercy seat. More than 1000 encounters with

God at that mercy seat during the three Uprising meetings is

evidence of God’s Spirit coming to us, reviving and refreshing

our faith, our passion and our determination to be who we

should be. We have not seen this for many years.

Now, we need to be the community of the cross in our

corps and centres. Humanity in the 21st century is looking for

the cross, desperately. There is no question it wants renewal

of its soul, redemption from its crippled past, an experience of

eternity above mere transience or existence, something of far

greater joy and significance than life offered in the killing fields,

materialism and emptiness of the 20th century.

Writing about Australia’s garbage disposal system in the

Sydney Morning Herald last month, freelance writer Ainslie

Macgibbon may have unwittingly given us an analogy for the

The Salvation Army


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state of the world in general: “Perhaps the calls to ‘do the right

thing’ and ‘keep Australia beautiful’ have done us a partial

disservice,” Ainslie wrote. “The places we can see look great.

They’re tidy. But there is an underbelly where all the rubbish

sits, festering just out of sight and hence out of mind. Having

someone always picking up after us is no incentive to produce

less garbage.”

I think that sums up the lives of far too many people and

communities today. On the surface, everything looks fine. We

busy ourselves, we control, we fulfil duties and responsibilities.

We laugh, we cry, we eat, we sleep. But underneath the surface

there is an emptiness that many people do not want to admit

and do all they can to put out of their minds. There is a fear

in people, an anxiety, about not being sure they have hit on

the real meaning of life. And there is a secret grief about their

failures and sins.

Governments can’t fix this crisis of the soul. Legislation can’t

transform the human spirit. But the church of Jesus Christ has

a message and an access to power that can. Above any other

place on Earth, the local church should be where tears of pain

become tears of joy; where fear of rejection is replaced with

love, acceptance and belonging; where emptiness is replaced

by the fullness of life in Christ. It is where powerlessness over

that which spoils our lives is overtaken by a new determination

to overcome – fuelled by the power of our sins forgiven, God’s

Spirit within us and the support of God’s people around us.

It is in the community of the cross that the citizens of the

world will find their salvation and transformation. Let’s not

disappoint them.


– Captain Peter McGuigan,

Communications Director

10-19 UPRISING: The cross, the Spirit, and The Salvation Army

More than 3000 Salvationists converged on Sydney Olympic Park last

month for what has been described as a landmark event in the life of the

Australia Eastern Territory.



Captain Peter McGuigan says the time is right for The Salvation Army to

become proactive in fighting against evil


Australians have dug deep once again to support the Red Shield Appeal


In the lead-up to NAIDOC week, Salvationist Vince Ross, one of Australia’s

most respected Indigenous advocates, examines how the Army can better

reach out to our nation’s original inhabitants


Salvation Army Rural Chaplain for southern Queensland Major Ron

McMellon’s low-key yet effective ministry








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Praise for big brother

Caravan mission history

Graham Gilbert sent this letter from

England after reading the story in

April Pipeline about his brother Cyril

(Mick) Gilbert’s work with The Salvation

Army Red Shield Defence Service. He

requested that he be allowed to tell more

of his brother’s story:

“Cyril was born into a family of 13, the

third-eldest, born of wonderful parents,

poor but happy. He attended the Mariners

Chapel at a young age.

“The Salvation Army band would play

on the street corner on Sunday mornings,

and as a young lad Cyril would march

behind the band back to the citadel.

“We lived in a crowded house, with

toilet and wash basin outside shared by

three houses, no electricity, and a large tin

bath. We took a bath in front of the fire

when it cold.

“Cyril was a scout and became a

member of the Young People’s Band and

joined the corps cadets. He started on

cornet but dad came home and heard him

playing and gave him the choice – the

cornet or you go. So he took up playing

the big drum, and at five foot tall he could

hardly look over it.

“He started work as an apprentice

baker when leaving school and at 17 was

accepted for the Navy. I remember the

times during the war, when Cyril was

home on leave, when the siren would

Debate stirs discussion

would like to express my view on “To be

I or not to be” in the April issue of Creative


Being close to my 92nd birthday I

think I am qualified to make a comment

on this (no I am not one of the diehard old

Salvos). I have had a concern for our (The

Salvation Army’s) future for a few years.

Yes, we need to change with the times and

as William Booth said, “if your methods

are not working, change them”.

I agree with both the writers on this

subject. I remember the time when the

tunes we played in the open air, just about

all those standing around would know the

words of the hymns and had a knowledge

of what the Christian message was about.

Today, very few know much of what it is

all about.

So what do we do about it? I don’t

know all the answers but what I have

learnt over the years is that we are trying

to be too much like the Assemblies of God

and Hillsong churches with their type of

songs because they attract large crowds,

as mentioned in the article. We have made

Cyril (Mick) Gilbert (left) and his brother

Graham at an Anzac Day parade in

Canberra in 1999.

sound and mum and us children would go

into the cupboard under the stairs while

dad, an air raid warden, and Cyril would

go into the garden and watch the German


“In 1999, while on holiday in Australia,

I joined my brother on the Anzac Day

parade – me wearing my one medal for

my army service in Malaya and Cyril

weighed down with a chest full of medals.

It was a great day.”

Grahame Gilbert,

Bridgwater, England

the holiness meeting redundant ... and

are producing worship performers and


The songs we have in many corps

now are the modern worship songs. We

sing very few from the song book and

yet a lot of them could be used to allow

the congregation to sing of how they are

feeling about their lives at different stages.

I came across this translation of 1

Corinthians 15; 58. “As long as we have

the light of day, we must work – not to

conquer, acquire, accumulate and retire,

but to make visible the invisible Christ by

touching people with his love.” Isn’t that

Christ’s message to the people through

The Salvation Army today, by the work we

do and how we live our lives?

This is what needs to come across in

some of our meetings. I have learnt to live

my life this way through prayer and study.

It has had to be the hard way most of the

time and believe me, I am really enjoying

life as I know what it was like the other

side of the fence 66 years ago.

Ted Wilshaw,


read Kevin Elsey’s article (Pipeline, May

I 2009) with interest. It’s a good article

and lets people know what’s going on

“outside the square” but it contains one

reasonably significant error of fact which,

while not critical, should be addressed.

The genesis of the current “Caravan

Mission(s)” was not in 2004 as set out

in the article. It began in 1999 when a

group of Salvationists from Sydney and

Wollongong travelled (by bus) to the “red

centre”. During that trip a number of

outback corps (and some other churches

where there was no Salvation Army

presence) were visited and some members

of the group began to speculate about the

possibility of a caravan trip in which the

weekends were dedicated to visiting and

encouraging smaller (isolated) corps.

The first of these took place in 2000

and the weekend was spent with Rosebud

Corps in Victoria. The following weekend

was spent with Stawell and Swan Hill

corps. The group consisted of six couples

– three officer couples and three soldier

couples, five with caravans and one with

a motor home. The company provided

a band of six (who joined with the corps

band where it existed) a songster company

of 12, a timbrel brigade of five, a male

voice party of six and experienced officers

to “special” as required.

The idea developed rapidly and this

group (now much larger) has carried out

a “Caravan Mission” every year since. It is

no longer just a weekend but a “full-on”

two weeks including programs at schools,

hospitals, nursing homes and others as

well as at the local corps.

In about 2002, the Army’s

administration caught up with the idea

and a representative joined one of the

group’s trips. From that sprang the group

that is now known as the Territorial

Mobile Mission Team. Many of the original

caravan mission team are members of the

Territorial Mobile Mission Team.

This year the caravan mission visited

Young, Wagga and Deniliquin. The group

supported the Territorial Commander in

Young and the Women’s Rally in Wagga

before moving on to Deniliquin.

Last year the group visited Tamworth,

Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Inverell.

The group supported the Territorial

Commander (Commissioner Les Strong at

the time) in Tenterfield.

We hope to keep going for many years,

but all recognise that we are 10 years older

now and have enthusiastically welcomed

some “new blood” of recent times.

Phil Gutteridge,

Gold Coast


Keeping sight of the vision

With Commissioner Linda Bond on furlough in her native Canada, this month a former leader

of the territory, Commissioner Les Strong, reflects on his experience at Uprising, while a

number of divisional leaders also share their thoughts on what was a landmark event for The

Salvation Army in Eastern Australia.

Congratulations to all who had any part in the

preparation and presentation of the activities

throughout the “Uprising” weekend. It was a great

experience and I praise God for the dedication of our

people in the Army. God’s name has been honoured and we have

been inspired, therefore, let us get on with making the vision a


The Territorial Commander presented a clear vision which I

hope you will keep before you: “I see a Spirit-filled Army of the

21st century convinced of its calling moving forward together into

the world of the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed and lost,

reaching them by all means with the transforming message of

Jesus bringing freedom, hope and life.”

Now that the intense activity of the Uprising weekend

is behind us and the physical adrenaline has dropped, let

us carefully assess all that we have learnt and experienced

through this series of meetings/activities. Recall your moments

What other divisional leaders around The Salvation Army’s

Australia Eastern Territory have had to say about their

experience at Uprising:

“Did we ever believe that the day would come when we would

see again the sights we saw over the weekend of Uprising. Not

all of us were alive in the 1950s when the Spirit moved in power.

Not every one of us has seen the powerful after-meetings when

people would line the mercy seat while others literally cried out

for salvation. To see hundreds of people kneeling at the cross, and

then a thousand and more signing a covenant at the mercy seat on

the Sunday of Uprising, was God in majesty surprising us all. Will

we ever forget it!” – Major John Rees, Greater West Divisional


“At Uprising, Commissioner Linda Bond challenged us to live

up to our name. The second Mission Priority states that every

Salvation Army centre needs to be involved in evangelism. The

commissioner also stated it is no longer acceptable for corps

of conviction and challenge by the Holy Spirit; recall the

inspirations that came as you listened and participated in the

activities; recall your prayer as you knelt to make commitment to

the vision of the territory.

Now, let’s put some “legs” on all those thoughts and

experiences. Set yourself some goals for the deepening of your

experience of God, your opportunities for ministry. Make them

simple and set them out in achievable steps. Seek the clear

direction of the Holy Spirit as you undertake this process and be

prepared to do “whatever it takes” to win people for Jesus.

Commissioner Les Strong (Retired) is a former

Territorial Commander of the Australia Eastern Territory

and centres not to be impacting their community for Christ. The

Salvation Army was raised up to be a Salvation Army. Anything

less and we fail to live up to our name and calling.” – Major

Kelvin Pethybridge, Newcastle and Central NSW Divisional


“Those who were at Uprising will not forget the sight of the

cross being lined again and again as men and women, boys and

girls came and committed to the cross that transforms a world

through the shed blood of Jesus Christ! Nor can we forget the

hundreds who came in submission to the power of God to turn

dry bones into life filled – Holy Spirit-empowered people for this

generation. Nor in the final meeting as more than a thousand

signed the covenant card, confirming not only lip service but

life service to being soldiers and officers, adherents and friends

who will do whatever it takes to see the gospel of Jesus Christ

translated into the lives of all Australians. There were many

powerful moments over that weekend ...” – Major Rodney

Walters, South Queensland Divisional Secretary

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Growing Saints

In the penultimate instalment of our series that examines the 12 calls to Salvationists issued

by The Salvation Army’s Spiritual Life Commission, CAPTAIN PETER McGUIGAN says the

time is right to become proactive in fighting against evil.

The world has always been

fascinated by the existence of

evil and, as a consequence, the

possibility of evil dominating

or overcoming good. Sometimes it has

become more than a fascination – an

obsession even. In medieval cathedrals,

for instance, gargoyles were included in

the architecture to ward off evil spirits.

And art from various periods has often

depicted demons fighting angels for the

souls of human beings.

There have been times when people

have scoffed at the idea of good and evil,

thinking of it as the domain of religion,

cults and sects only. At other times, evil’s

reality has been so evident that few, if any,

could deny its terrifying presence and

tragic impact upon the world and upon


What of the contemporary world’s

view? On one level, we too have a

preoccupation with good and evil. Millions

spend large chunks of their time playing

good versus evil computer games, and

there’s no shortage of the theme in film

either. In The Dark Knight, the latest

Batman film, the personification of evil

in the Joker character is graphically

portrayed. He commits evil for evil’s

sake and is bent on exploiting people’s

weaknesses just to see them and others

suffer. And they do.

But this preoccupation with good

and evil also works itself out in reality.

After a century that spawned two world

wars, hundreds of localised conflicts and

genocides too sickening to want to recall,

the postmodern world takes the existence

of good and evil very seriously. On a large

scale, people are intolerant of injustice and


Given this context, while some say The

Salvation Army should promote peace

not war, there is really no better time in

our history to consider ourselves as being

called to war or, for that matter, being The

Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army is at war against

evil. Let’s get that right and not retreat

from who we are or what we stand for.

People today are looking for strength in

movements such as the Army; they are

looking for us to stand for what is right,

not bow to the language or the cry of socalled

political correctness.

The Army’s war cry is “Jesus”; always

has been. We are called to set people free in

his name from anything that binds them to

a life of sin, that impoverishes their spirit

or that keeps them from knowing Christ


A serious business

Fighting evil is a serious business. It has

been ever since evil entered the human


The Hebrew word for evil in this

context is ra, meaning both the act of evil

and the consequences or fallout of that

act. We first encounter it in the Bible amid

the poetic language of Genesis (chapters 1

to 3). Even then, evil’s sinister nature and

power of deception are strongly evident.

The first human beings were tempted

by Satan to disobey God. They gave in

to the power of evil through a process of

first rationalising and then dismissing the

moral danger of acting against the will of


Evil pitches itself against the flesh.

Whether it’s the lure of power, alcohol,

sex, position or revenge, its appeal is to

our humanness. Often it comes disguised

as light and good, only later to be exposed

as dark and destructive. All of us have

known its powerful influence in our lives.

It has almost destroyed some of us. Why

shouldn’t we sign up for a war against this

spoiler and destroyer of human life, this

defacer of human dignity!

“The Salvation Army

is at war against evil.

Let’s get that right and

not retreat from who

we are or what we

stand for.”

To be at war, one must be prepared and

ready. Therein lies the great challenge to

The Salvation Army as a whole, to corps

and to individual Salvationists as Christ’s

followers. The call to war from the Army’s

Spiritual Life Commission made this clear:

“We call Salvationists worldwide to join

spiritual battle on the grounds of a sober

reading of Scripture, a conviction of the

triumph of Christ, the inviolable freedom

and dignity of persons and a commitment

to the redemption of the world in all its

dimensions – physical, spiritual, social,

economic and political.”

This call to war is the one call

dependent on all the other calls. For it is

in tending to our inner life, becoming a

people of the Word, becoming a people of

prayer, that we are equipped to be effective

in this war. Prayer, the Word of God,

Christ’s victory on the cross, the authority

of Christ in us, the power of the Spirit

within, are the weapons of our warfare.

Jesus once warned his disciples:

“Apart from me you can do nothing,”

(John 15:5 New International Version).

How important that is for us. When a

community of believers becomes a praying

community and a community of the Word

there is no telling what can happen. It

happened in the early church and it can

happen to us. God appears to move in

power when whole churches begin to

seek him and humble themselves before

him – when they believe him and proclaim

Calvary’s victory across their church and

their community.

That is vital. We must believe that the

cross is God’s answer to evil, even when

we face unthinkable situations caused by

evil. It is at once the place of grace and

mercy, forgiveness and healing. God’s

love was supremely demonstrated at the

cross when Jesus, fully God and fully man,

identified with the suffering world as its

bearer of sin. In every age, the personal

transformation brought by the gospel in

people’s lives shows the reality of Christ’s

triumph over evil.

Proclaiming this message against the

strongholds of evil in the world and then

getting our hands dirty in helping people

out of a life of sin and godlessness are

what spiritual warfare is about. We engage

the powers of darkness in both word and

deed. In this war, sometimes our prayer

becomes warfare as we identify and break

community, corps and personal barriers

that have previously blocked the flow

of God’s grace and the effectiveness of

our ministry (read 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

In fact, we need to be intentional about

strategic warfare prayer.

In the power of Christ

What do we say to this incredible love of

God that sets us free, gives us new life

and calls us to go to war for the souls of

men and women, girls and boys? Perhaps

songwriters Keith Getty and Stuart

Townend say it for us best:

“No guilt in life, no fear in death,

This is the power of Christ in me;

From life’s first cry to final breath,

Jesus commands my destiny.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,

Can ever pluck me from his hand;

Till he returns or calls me home,

Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.”

(Kingsway Thankyou Music 2001)

Captain Peter McGuigan is

Communications Director

for The Salvation Army’s

Australia Eastern Territory.

Call to War

We call Salvationists worldwide to join

spiritual battle on the grounds of a

sober reading of Scripture, a conviction

of the triumph of Christ, the inviolable

freedom and dignity of persons, and a

commitment to the redemption of the

world in all its dimensions – physical,

spiritual, social, economic and political.

We affirm that Christ our Lord calls

us to join him in holy war against evil

in all its forms and against every power

that stands against the reign of God.

We fight in the power of the Spirit in

the assurance of ultimate and absolute

victory through Christ’s redemptive

work. We reject extreme attitudes

towards the demonic: on the one

hand, denial; on the other, obsession.

We affirm that the body of Christ is

equipped for warfare and service

through the gifts of the Spirit. By these

we are strengthened and empowered.

We heed the injunction of Scripture

to value all God’s gifts, and rejoice in

their diversity.

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The cross, the Spirit and The Salvation Army

“Can God revive his people? Can God revive The Salvation

Army? I pray for the full force of heaven to break in upon

The Salvation Army ... I believe we somehow need an

anointed ministry of the Holy Spirit in every corps, in every

centre, for people to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

– Commissioner Linda Bond

More than 3000 Salvationists converged on Sydney Olympic Park last month for

“Uprising”. CAPTAIN PETER McGUIGAN reports on the three worship meetings

held over a memorable weekend that claimed a brave new era for The Salvation

Army’s Australia Eastern Territory.

The greatest uprising in the history

of the world took place on

Golgotha’s hill with the raising

of the cross with the body of

Christ. The cross of Christ defines The

Salvation Army,” announced Territorial

Commander Commissioner Linda Bond as

she preached in the first of three “revival”

meetings of Salvationists and friends at

Uprising last month.

Commissioner Bond described the

power of the cross to move people. “Is

it sentimentalism?” she posed. “Is it

symbolism? I don’t believe so. The cross

is far more than a symbol. It is the very

centre of our faith.

“The Lord called The Salvation Army

to preach the Gospel. [Like Paul] we

preach Christ crucified. Uprising is centred

on the cross. ‘We believe that the Lord

Jesus Christ has by his suffering and death

made an atonement for the whole world

so that whosoever will may be saved,’” the

Commissioner said, quoting the Army’s

sixth doctrine.

Thousands attended the three days

from 5-7 June 2009 – held at Sydney

Olympic Park – with many coming away

believing Uprising would be remembered

as a watershed experience, a turning

point in the life, faith and mission of

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern


At each meeting people streamed

forward to a large cross-shaped mercy

seat. Some came to Christ for the first time;

others experienced renewal of their faith.

In all, nearly 1000 people made the journey

to the cross from all points of the large

arena over the weekend.

“Why the cross?” Commissioner Bond

said point blank in that opening meeting,

with its theme “Knowing Who We Are”.

“I ask you straight tonight: ‘Do you have

an assurance of forgiveness of sins?’ It

might sound like a crazy question to ask

Salvationists. But, are you separated from

your sins? Why frustrate grace? Why

confound the power of the cross? We

should be done with sin,” she stressed.

“We have the inestimable privilege

of sharing in the life of God himself – the

life of holiness. It has to grieve the Father

when it takes so many years for us to give

up all. Jesus gave his all that we could give

our all.

“Why the cross?” she asked again, >>>

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hetorically. “So the corporate life of the

people of God could be transformed. In

one sense, the Church of Jesus Christ was

born at the cross. People ask, ‘Who are

we?’, confused. We are the community of

the cross!”

Earlier in the Saturday night meeting,

powerful worship had been led by

Covenant, a vocal group from The

Salvation Army’s Stafford City Corps,

and the Carina corps band – both from

Brisbane. Chief Secretary Colonel James

Condon opened the meeting with a

prophetic word from the New Testament:

That God “who is able to do immeasurably

more than all we ask or imagine, according

to his power that is at work within us”,

would do just that at Uprising. He said the

event had been saturated in prayer.

What ensued was evidence of God

breaking in on The Salvation Army.

A 100-strong choir from the Army’s

Recovery Services sang Chris Tomlin’s

contemporary anthem Amazing Grace,

led by Major Beth Stoodley. This itself

impacted the crowd, with many standing

to applaud the strong connection between

the reality of the choir members’ own

experience of deliverance from addiction

and the words of the song. A moving

video presentation telling the story of

personal transformation at Moonyah

Recovery Services Centre in Brisbane, had

preceded the song.

Majors David and Michelle Terracini

then interviewed people from a number

of Salvation Army ministries and mission

initiatives. Craig and Danni Stephens,

from Ryde Corps – with their coffee van

as a backdrop – told of the transformation

taking place in people’s lives in a

Sydney community that had previously

struggled with crime, domestic violence

The Recovery Services choir (top) sings on the Saturday evening of Uprising;

and (above) Major Elwyn Grigg and Phil Gough act out a scene in the musical

Godspell. Photos: Neil Hide, Adam Hollingworth

Commissioner Linda Bond (left) enjoys a

lighter moment while preaching at Uprising.

Photo: Adam Hollingworth

Encouraged beyond expectations

Pipeline Editor-at-Large BILL SIMPSON reflects on his Uprising experience.


went to Uprising looking for

encouragement. After five days on

an antibiotic drip in hospital, I craved

the company of healthy people and

something to lift my spirits.

For personal reasons, my Uprising

experience only allowed time for Saturday

afternoon and night, and Sunday morning.

The openness of Olympic Park provided

the first positive impression – so pleasant

for strolling to and from events; for

spending time catching up

with good friends.

I took in Godspell on

Saturday afternoon. Now, I am

not competent to comment

on the quality of music. So,

there will be no critique from

me. But, I was singing as I left

the performance. That has to

say something. It also did my

heart good to see a former

corps officer strutting the stage

obviously enjoying himself. That,

for me, was worth the admission


It also did me good to see a cast

of bright, enthusiastic people –

Salvationists having a good time,

while sharing the story of Christ. I

was encouraged. Thank you.

Hall 3 for the Saturday night

worship meeting titled “Knowing

Who We Are” was like an ice box.

All seating on one level provided

limitations. Negative thoughts were

invading my mind. This would be tough.

But I was warmed and encouraged

as I heard stories of how ordinary – yet

extraordinary – Salvationists are impacting

their communities through life-changing


A young Salvationist couple told us

how they are sharing Christ’s compassion

among people in misery on suburban streets

of Sydney’s outer west. They are making a


A woman from Batemans Bay, on the

NSW South Coast, told us how Salvationists

helped her. “How do you feel now?” she

was asked. “I feel loved,” she said.

An African woman told us that although

she was from a Muslim family, she had

come into contact with The Salvation Army

at Auburn and discovered Christ. “I love life

now,” she said. “Knowing Jesus is the best

thing that has happened to me.”

A caravan mission team leader told

us stories of mainly retired Salvationists

giving time to visit country corps in groups

principally to encourage officers, but also

to minister to and mingle with the local


At one corps, he said, several people

gathered at the mercy seat after a Sunday

meeting led by the caravan group. Among

those kneeling were the corps officers. After

the meeting, he noticed some torn pieces

of paper. The officers had gone to the

mercy seat and there tore up the resignation

letter they had planned to present to their

divisional commander the following day. No

need now.

I could have left the meeting at that

stage. I had already received enough

encouragement for one Uprising.

But there was a bonus. It’s the way God


Almost 120 people filled the stage. Most

were recovering addicts. Others were staff

and supporters. They called themselves the

Recovery Choir. From all parts of NSW and

the ACT, they came together for the first

time only one hour before the meeting.

A young man among them began to

sing alone:

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me...”

The choir concluded:

“My chains are gone, I’ve been set free;

My God, my Saviour, has ransomed me.

And like a flood his mercy rains,

Unending love, amazing grace.”

We stood to applaud – not their singing,

although it sounded heavenly to me and we

wanted to stand with these people to show

our support. But I think we were applauding

God’s amazing grace.

That’s where I want my Uprising

experience to remain. I was encouraged

beyond my expectations.

Bill Simpson is Editorat-Large

for Pipeline and


and dysfunction generally. Police put the

remarkable drop in the crime rate down

to the Army’s ministry in the area and

many people are now coming through to

soldiership in the Army.

Captains Ben and Emma Johnson

had brought Alethea Clare along, a new

Christian now attending Batemans Bay

Corps, on the NSW South Coast. Alethea

had received support from corps member

Belinda Parrish during some hard times

and was invited to attend an “Introducing

God” course run at the corps. She gave

her life to Christ during this time and

has attended Bible studies and Sunday

meetings since. “I felt a peace and

happiness,” she told the Uprising crowd,

“and didn’t feel alone anymore.”

Captains Nesan and Cheryl Kistan told

of what was happening at Auburn Corps,

in Sydney, through multicultural ministry.

With them was Johari Bokari, formerly

from the Congo, in Africa. Johari told of

how she had faith in God in the Congo,

but it wasn’t in Jesus. One night, after

coming to Australia, she said she had an

encounter with Jesus who told her that it

had been him helping her all these years.

She gave her life to Christ, and is now fully

engaged with Auburn Corps.

The Territorial Mobile Mission Team

was next with Noel Drury and Major

Errol Woodbury. Noel’s four-wheel drive

and caravan formed an appropriate prop.

They explained how the team, comprising

more than 80 Salvationists – all retired

“We are a

salvation people.

The Salvation

Army is not a

metaphor. It is an


but “not past our use-by date” – toured

a couple of times a year in rural and

regional NSW and Queensland bringing

spiritual encouragement to corps and local

communities. This year alone, they’ve

been to such places as Katoomba, Orange,

Wellington, Young and Deniliquin.

Carina band (Stephen Stein) brought a

stirring rendition of James Curnow’s The

Great Salvation War and Simeon Hoffman,

the Australia Eastern Territory’s Youth

Evangelist and Trainer, interviewed

three Salvationist young people – Jason

Poutowwa, Tealyn Lonergan and Aaron

De Tommaso. They spoke of their vision

that The Salvation Army never loses its

fighting spirit to reach the lost; for it to

really be an Army of salvation. “I see

the Army growing,” said Aaron. “The

potential is just so great; we’re going to

plough ahead.”

“These young people understand the

heart of the Army,” summed up Simeon,

“a heart of vision, faith and mission for

the future.” He challenged the Army to

support its youth, release them and inspire

them, and prayed for the Army to be one

in its mission and spirit.

Major Peter Farthing (Secretary for

Spiritual Life Development) led the crowd

in prayer seeking God’s outpouring on the

gathering, and then Commissioner Bond

began to preach on The Salvation Army

being “a community of the cross”.

“The cross is the very essence of who

we are,” she declared. “We are a salvation >>>

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people. The Salvation Army is not a

metaphor. It is an experience.

“I was greatly moved tonight by

testimonies and young people saying they

want us to be who we were meant to be – a

Salvation Army. God has spoken deeply

and powerfully into The Salvation Army

through our Mission Priorities which have

come from you, the people.

“Someone asked me if all the priorities

were fulfilled, what would you see? I

thought about that, and this is what I see;

can you see it?: I see a Spirit-filled Army

of the 21st century convinced of its calling

moving forward together into the world of

the hurting, broken, lonely, dispossessed

and lost, reaching them by all means

God inspired people at Uprising

through interactive media

presentations and live

performances during “The

Salvation Army – The Experience”.

Starting with the vision of The

Salvation Army founder William Booth,

more than 1000 Salvationists and friends

who viewed The Experience were invited

on a journey to discover the roots of the

organisation in England, and how this

vision spread to Australia and other parts

of the world.

Various interactive presentations and

live re-enactments explored the theme of

“motivation”. They compared this to the

motivation that compelled the Apostle

Paul to travel through the Mediterranean

region, spreading the Gospel.

The displays demonstrated how the

Army has shown the love of Christ, even

in the arena of war through the Red

Shield Defence Services. Participants saw

the work of the Sallyman and the vehicle

and equipment he uses to provide troops

with refreshments and, more significantly,

a listening ear and opportunity to

dialogue deeper about life and God.

The Experience also looked at the

importance of giving young people an

opportunity to learn about Jesus and

explored the challenges of evangelising

in a culture where the Word of God is

struggling to be heard. The display – in

the form of “The Walk of Imagination”

– invited participants to nominate a child

known to them who they would like to

pray for and place their name in a bowl.

with the transforming message of Jesus

bringing freedom, hope and life.

“The Salvation Army is not an

expensive version of toy soldiers ... We

actually believe that what happened on

the cross changed the course of history,

including our own lives.”

As the crowd sang The Old Rugged

Cross, hundreds of people streamed

forward seeking the grace and power of

God in Christ; seeking and finding “the

joy of their salvation” as they knelt at the


Seeking the Holy Spirit

Following the strident celebration and

lifting up of Christ and the cross on

A DVD posed the challenge: “You’re

losing us”. It asked whether we will

have made a difference in bringing

young people to Jesus in 10 years’ time.

The display showed ways the Army is

responding creatively in this area through

characters/animated performers known

as The Agents of T.R.U.T.H., and the new

youth projects “MORE” and “Edify”.

The Army’s ministry in rural Australia

was brought to life by recreating a

country scene complete with farm

animals, a rural chaplain’s caravan and

a Salvationist country singer from the

Nambucca River Corps who sang while

playing guitar. In small country towns

where churches of any denomination

are scarce, the travelling rural chaplains

explained how they provide a lifeline for

many who are struggling with tough

economic and weather conditions.

The Army’s media and

communications display demonstrated

how it harnesses new technology to

spread God’s Word. Through print,

graphic design, radio, internet and film,

the Army is claiming these domains

for Jesus. Participants saw how new

technologies allow corps and ministries

to have instant exposure to spread their

message locally or around the territory

and the world.

The international room of The

Experience presented the reality of global

poverty and how the Army has expanded

its mission to help alleviate suffering

through various projects and ministries. A

group of young African singers performed

a song and dance to display their joy in

the hope God provides.

Saturday night, there was a solemn

edge to the Sunday morning meeting at

Uprising. Worship songs – led by Captain

Deborah Robinson (Tweed Heads Corps

Officer) and a worship ensemble specially

formed for the meeting – helped guide the

more than 2800-strong crowd to a place

of deep spiritual renewal, holiness and

relationship with the Spirit of God.

Colonel James Condon read from

Revelation 3:1-6, the letter to the church

in Sardis. “He who has an ear, let him

hear what the Spirit says to The Salvation

Army today,” the Chief Secretary then

paraphrased. “William Booth said the

salvation soldier should realise that the

holy life is the secret of the spiritual power

An experience well received


The final display of The Experience

was a modern call to war. It presented a

compelling plea to motivate participants

and explain that The Experience has not

ended, because the Army provides a

way to experience God’s love and grace

in everyday life through its corps and

ministry activities.

A DVD featured scenes of poverty

in England during the 1800s and an

original voiceover recording of William

Booth preaching on how to deal with the

poverty and spiritual depravity of his day

– the first call to war.

Participants were then invited to write

down their thoughts on The Experience

and peg the sheet of paper to a clothes

line in the courtyard outside.

The commitment room at the entrance

to Uprising provided displays with

information, brochures and contacts

for people interested in participating

in the various Army ministries and


In addition to The Experience,

Various workshops were held on the

Saturday to consider ways The Salvation

Army is responding to the seven Mission


Also, an open forum at midday

on the Saturday invited attendees to

ask questions to the Australia Eastern

Territory’s leadership, dealing directly with

each of the Mission Priorities.

Kent Rosenthal is News

Editor and staff writer for

Pipeline and supplements.

Visitors to The Experience

were greeted (above) with

a re-enactment of the early

days of The Salvation Army.

A group of

young African

singers (above)

from Campsie

Corps perform at

The Experience

Rod Allen and Agent of T.R.U.T.H. Bally (above right)

provided entertainment for the kids; (above) a country

scene provided the backdrop for a display on rural

chaplaincy. All photos: Adam Hollingworth

of the Army as well as his own soul ...

“Today, we could do well to sing: ‘We

need another Pentecost, send the Fire.’

You, his people, known as Salvationists,

must be spiritually fit for the great task at

hand ... My prayer this morning is: ‘Come

Holy Spirit, I need you.’ ... Let it happen,

and let the uprising begin.”

Corinne Lingard, from Tuggeranong

Corps in Canberra, then testified about

“The Challenge of Being Who We Are”

and Sydney Staff Songsters (Graeme

Press) brought a challenging drama

(Lyn Beasy and Luke Nowell) and vocal

presentation focused on hearing and

obeying the promptings of God.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Cairns

(Assistant Secretary for Personnel –

Administration) read from the Scriptures,

and Parramatta band (Graham Ainsworth)

brought its own challenge to the meeting

through its playing of James Curnow’s

meditation Here at the Cross.

The Territorial Commander then

preached on “Being Who We Are”. “If The

Salvation Army is going to be effective

in the proclamation of the transforming

message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

it will have to be a Spirit-filled Army!”

continued Commissioner Bond from

her message the previous night on The

Salvation Army being “a community of

the cross”.

“Can God revive his people?”

she asked. “Can God

revive The Salvation

Army? I pray for the full

force of heaven to break

in upon The Salvation

Army ... I believe we

somehow need an anointed

ministry of the Holy Spirit

in every corps, in every

centre, for people to believe

in the Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Commissioner then

spoke out of Ezekiel 37, where

the prophet was given a vision

of a valley full of dry bones

and told to prophesy over them

that they would come together

and have breath and life

again. Applying the Scripture,

she said: “I don’t look out on

The Salvation Army and see a whole

graveyard of bones. I don’t look out on

our territory and see a people who are so

discouraged and disheartened that there

is no sense of the future.

“But I do see that in some places there

is deadness; there is a disconnect; there is

in some places a sense that the future of

The Salvation Army is never as bright as

its past. There is a sense that we’re going

to have to keep the machinery greased in

order to keep ‘the organisation’ ... I believe

that God is wanting to send a revival on

the territory; that he’s going to send a

revival on The Salvation Army. Let these

bones live! >>>

14 pipeline 07/2009 15

“We serve the sovereign Lord God

who has made a covenant with his people

... We have to remind ourselves that the

calling upon The Salvation Army is to a

full salvation of holiness. We have to stir

one another up and say we cannot lose a

generation of children; we cannot lose a

generation of youth; we cannot set aside

our seniors.

“We have to stir one another up. We

have to preach to the dry bones. It is not

acceptable for a Salvation Army corps to

be shy. It is not acceptable for a Salvation

Army corps to have 18 people who don’t

want anyone else. It is not

acceptable for a Salvation

Army soldier to look

smart and be proud in their

uniform but inside there is a

deadness and a coldness and

a hardness. It is not acceptable.

“It is not acceptable for a

Salvation Army community

services centre to feed bellies

and not address the needs of

the soul. It is not acceptable for

a Salvos Store to be handing out

second-hand clothing and secondhand

furniture [and not address]

people’s need for a first-hand faith.

It is not acceptable for Employment

Plus to be giving someone a job

[and not address] their need for

engagement with Jesus Christ the


“We need to stir up the Army and

remind one another of a triune God who

has not only saved us to the uttermost but

who is capable of using us in a powerful

way for change [in people’s lives] ... It

is only by the Spirit of God that we will

really live.”

In the prayer meeting that followed,

hundreds moved forward to the cross to

receive a new anointing of the Spirit.

Signing up for action

That afternoon, a spirit of celebration

and anticipation for all that lay ahead

for The Salvation Army swept across the

auditorium. Hurstville band set the scene

with a musical prelude and Parramatta

songsters (Nicola Poore) and Sydney Staff

Songsters also participated with God is on

Our Side.

Colonel James Condon then

introduced the meeting’s theme

“Showing Who We Are” and Michelle

Kay-Browning led vibrant worship that

included the participation of massed

bands under the

Colonel James Condon addresses the congregation

at Uprising. Photo: Adam Hollingworth

direction of Ron Smart. Some of the bands

had been out playing in the surrounds of

Sydney Olympic Park during the lunch


Lieut-Colonel Miriam Gluyas

(Secretary for Program) led the

congregation in interactive prayer around

the theme “Your Kingdom Come, Your

Will Be Done”, and Lieut-Colonel John

Hodge (Principal, Booth College) read

Musical proves a hit


production of the musical Godspell, directed and produced by Franc Lipovic,

was a popular part of the Uprising program.

The overall message of the musical, based upon the gospel according to

Matthew, is that we need to focus on God, understand his teaching and

appreciate his relevance to the individual and the Church.

Almost 1500 people attended the performance of Godspell at Uprising. It proved

an outstanding and highly engaging production which featured a talented cast well

supported by quality music, lighting, props and costumes.

The musical encouraged the audience to laugh during the stories and songs, and also

allowed for a time of reflection following the crucifixion scene of Jesus.

See this month’s Creative Ministry for a full report and photos of Godspell.

from the Scriptures – 2 Chronicles 20:13-21

and 2 Corinthians 5:14-17.

Following a powerful address titled

“His Love Compels Us”, the Territorial

Commander invited people to recommit

to their covenant as soldiers of The

Salvation Army – to sign up for future

action in faith and mission.

More than 600 people moved forward to

the cross to sign covenant cards specially

prepared for this moment in Uprising.

Bank after bank of people, who

had waited patiently, knelt and signed

their cards, committing to the vision of

Uprising and to fulfilling the Army’s

Mission Priorities. Colonel Jan Condon

(Territorial Secretary for Women’s

Ministries) prayed, asking God to help the

Army be all it had said it would be during


It was a fitting climax to an event that

promised a powerful spiritual outpouring

on The Salvation Army, and delivered.

The crowd rose to its feet and sang a

medley of songs: Soldiers of Our God Arise,

Salvation Song and O Boundless Salvation.

Many joined in a glory march – with flags

and banners lifted high – giving thanks to

God for all he had done.

Captain Peter McGuigan is Communications

Director for The Salvation Army Australia

Eastern Territory.

To watch or download

Commissioner Linda Bond’s Uprising

messages, go to: http://salvos.org.


Pipeline journalist JULIA

HOSKING was among 300

hardy souls who braved a

cold night for Winter Oasis

It was 9pm on Saturday 6 June. I was

wearing jeans, one pair of socks, a

singlet, long sleeve T-shirt, jumper and

a coat. My husband and I were carrying

two sleeping bags, lots of clothes, blankets

and two lightweight mattresses. Note, we

forgot our pillows.

We had just walked through the

gates to Southee Lawn, at the Sydney

Showground in Homebush, for Winter

Oasis, an event designed to raise awareness

of the plight of Australia’s 32,000 young

homeless. Winter Oasis was birthed out of

last year’s ABC television documentary The

Oasis, which followed staff, in particular

Captain Paul Moulds, and clients at The

Salvation Army’s Oasis Youth Support

Network in Surry Hills, Sydney.

We set our belongings down on the

lawn. I put on an extra singlet and long

sleeve T-shirt, added a cardigan and

changed into a jumper I could sleep in. I

noted there was minimal wind protection,

about 300 people and cardboard box

houses which had been created during the

pre-show entertainment.

The concert was an entertaining mix of

music, dance, talk and video. The Winter

Oasis hosts, James Mathison (television

and radio presenter), Damian Walshe-

Howling (Benji from Underbelly) and

Lizzie Lovett (radio presenter), were all

engaging and sympathetic to the cause of

raising awareness for the homeless. After

introducing themselves they applauded five

people who had engaged in a four-hour

“Riches to Rags” walk from the Oasis centre

in Surry Hills to Homebush.

The Territorial Commander,

Commissioner Linda Bond, then gave a

short introduction to the evening. As she

proudly held up her Winter Oasis beanie

and commended us on our bravery to sleep

out, I put on my beanie, scarf and gloves; it

was already very cold.

The night included performances from

Deni Hines, Australian teen sensation Short

Stack, Scots College student Nic Johnston,

who had written a song inspired by The

Oasis, and didgeridoo group Lez Beckett

and Koomurri. Lez was once a client at


Various stories were shared throughout

the evening: Darren, who featured in The

Oasis, said he had become so familiar with


streets that

he still feels uncomfortable

sleeping in a bed; Dwayne (Supernal)

shared a rap song that expressed his

determination to avoid a cycle of drug

abuse, homelessness and early death;

and PJ explained how through Oasis he

was able to overcome his past and is now

working at Foxtel. Additionally, a group of

five girls, all currently homeless, performed

a dance.

To close the evening, Captain Moulds

shared a few words, emphasising that God

can change anyone’s life. Captain Moulds

introduced us to Craig “Shorty” Sutton

who escaped a life that had centred on

drugs and illegal activity. Shorty gave his

life to Christ while in prison and is now in

training to be a Salvation Army Officer.

Uncomfortable night

When the concert finished I climbed into

my sleeping bag, looking twice my size

(I had added many layers of clothing

throughout the night), pulled two blankets

over myself and tried to get comfortable.

I was finally starting to drift off to sleep

at 2am, when it started to rain. That

commenced a collective scramble to gather

our belongings and race to the undercover

area at the rear end of the lawn. What

an eye-opening experience; rain is a grim

reality for people who spend their nights on

the streets.

We at least had the Southee Hall. This

was the hall where the pet farm for “The

Salvation Army – The Experience” had

been housed. The room smelled strongly of

animals and there was still hay stuck to the

carpet. But it was either that or the cold,

wet night outside.

As I attempted to find sleep for the

second time that night, I thought about the

roof over my head and my warm clothes.

Pipeline journalist Julia Hosking

wraps up warm during her night

at Winter Oasis.


I really

experiencing homelessness?

I asked my husband what he thought.

“Are you out of your comfort zone?”

was his reply.

“Absolutely,” I said. I prefer a house,

a bed, flannelette pyjamas, an electric

blanket, feathered quilt...

“Then you are experiencing

homelessness in your own way.”

After three hours of interrupted,

uncomfortable sleep, I headed to the

bathroom to change into some fresh

clothes. No shower was available.

After breakfast, my husband and I

headed into the Sunday morning Uprising

worship service. I felt so self-conscious!

Everyone around me had had a good

night’s sleep, was showered and dressed

nicely. I hadn’t showered, was sleepdeprived

and looked dishevelled. My shoes

were muddy from the night before, and

because I was still cold, I wore a baggy

fleeced jumper over my nice top. I had bedhair

tied back in a ponytail.

Feeling offensive to others, on the eyes

and on the nose, I began to understand

why so many homeless people are hesitant

to come to a church service.

I am in no hurry to leave my warm

bed again and I counted my blessings as I

collapsed under my comfortable doona on

Sunday night.

The previous night my taken-for-granted

comforts had been sacrificed. My eyes had

been opened to the harsh reality of living

on the streets.

I’ve come away from my Winter Oasis

sleep-out experience determined to do

more to help combat a growing problem in

Australian society.

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Uprising in pictures

All photos: Adam Hollingworth

Australians gave nearly $6.3

million nationally to the Red

Shield Appeal doorknock in

late May, an increase of 3.4 per

cent on giving at the same time last year.

“This is an inspiring result,” said

Appeal Director Major Gary Masters,

“considering how many people have

been impacted by the current economic

downturn and the string of devastating

natural disasters over recent months.”

In NSW, nearly $3.3 million was raised

over the weekend, up 10 per cent on last

year. North NSW achieved $153,000, which

is 70 per cent of their 2008 total.

“This is an incredible result

considering the flood crisis faced in the

region which meant a number of towns

could not be doorknocked. These included

Lismore, Kempsey, Grafton, Casino,

Kyogle and Mullumbimby,” said Major


In Queensland, $741,000 was raised over

the weekend, down slightly (less than 1

per cent) on the result at the same time last


“This is an excellent achievement

considering the floods and inclement

weather in south-east Queensland during

the week preceding the doorknock,” Major

Masters said.

“Despite real economic pressures on

many households, due to the financial

crisis and deepening recession, and the

huge generosity of the Australian public

to the recent Victorian Bushfire Appeal,

it is evident that people are still strongly

committed to assist those who are battling.”

The $6.3 million raised on the

doorknock weekend is part of the Red

Shield Appeal national target of $73 million.

The difference is made up of corporate and

business donations, the general mailing

appeal, and special gifts.

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s Communications

Director Captain Peter McGuigan (below) addresses the official

launch of the Red Shield Appeal in Sydney in May. A number of

celebrities were present at the launch and are pictured (left) with

Salvation Army officers and Communications Department staff.

From left are Mick Doohan, Major Paul Kinder, Alex Robinson,

Brant Webb, Major Philip Maxwell, Adriana Guthrie, Captain Peter

McGuigan, Iva Davies and Todd Russell. Photos: Adam Hollingworth

NSW and ACT Results (doorknock)

2008 2009 Incr/Decr

Sydney metro $1,915,000 $2,214,000 16%

NSW country $1,078,000 $1,115,000 3%

ACT metro $195,400 $170,600 -13%

QLD RESULTS (doorknock)

2008 2009 Incr/Decr

Brisbane metro $331,000 $312,400 -6%

Sth Qld country $288,300 $228,000 -21%

North Qld $187,200 $200,600 7%

An open door to mission

Stories from the doorknock weekend

Major Laurie Robertson, Divisional

Commander for Central and North

Queensland, writes...

“I wonder if some people are just born

generous. Even when they are facing

tough times they still give to others.

While out collecting I came across a small

business owner. We chatted about sevenday

trading, how its possible introduction

to Rockhampton will adversely affect him

and could result in him losing hundreds

of thousands of dollars. He said there was

no way he could afford to stay open every

day. He was worried about other small

business owners. I gave him my card and

told him about our DVD Braver, Stronger,

Wiser, just in case there was someone

who might need it. As our conversation

ended he thanked me for what the

Salvos do, opened his wallet, gave a

sizeable donation and headed back to his

computer. I’m praying for him.

“At another door I encountered a

woman who used to attend church but

because of some bad experiences she

stopped going. I asked her if she still had

a faith in God. ‘Sometimes,’ she answered.

We spoke about faith, unemployment

(she lost her job a few months ago), God’s

healing and returning to church. She

donated generously and she knows I’m

praying for her.

“Outside another house I interrupted

a midday drinking session. They tried to

convince me that happiness is found in

a brown bottle and I shared with them

that happiness is found in Jesus. We

enjoyed friendly conversation. They gave

generously and thanked me for coming.

Later as I came back up the other side of

the street they yelled out: ‘God bless you.’

Add some more names to the prayer list.

“Generous people, God loves them. I’m

rethinking my definition of the Red Shield

Appeal. Perhaps it needs to be Remember

Souls Always. What do you think?”

Weather fails to

dampen enthusiasm

The wet and wild weather that

lashed south-east Queensland in

the week leading up to the Red Shield

Appeal doorknock failed to dampen the

enthusiasm of a team of collectors from

The Salvation Army’s Brisbane Recovery

Services Centre (Moonyah).

Despite many of the centre’s 79 clients

suffering from flu-like symptoms, and

threatening weather overhead, an army

of collectors set out from Moonyah on

the Saturday morning of the doorknock

appeal, returning several hours later

having collected an amount almost $5000

above target.

“We gave them the option of not going

out to collect, given that the weather

wasn’t the best and many of our clients

weren’t all that well,” said Major Christine

Tamsett, a manager at Moonyah.

“But one of the guys stood up and said

to the other clients, ‘When I was drinking

I wouldn’t let anything stop me from

getting a beer so why should the rain stop

us [from collecting]?’ All the others were

100 per cent behind him’’

A graduate of the Moonyah program

also returned over the doorknock weekend

to help with the collection.

Michael Mantton, who graduated from

Moonyah last year and has since become

an adherent of Carina Corps, brought his

two young sons, Chaise, 6, and Carey, 3,

with him as they collected in The Gap and

Ashgrove areas of Brisbane.

“It was particularly heartening to see

Michael out collecting with his boys,” said

Major Tamsett.

“Michael has a shoulder problem and

actually requires reconstruction surgery,

and then the week before the doorknock

he fell and broke the elbow on his other

arm so it was actually quite a sacrifice for

him to be out there collecting.

“His boys also loved it, particularly

when they received their McDonald’s

vouchers at the end of the day!”

Michael Mantton and his sons Carey, 3,

and Chaise, 6, collecting for the Red Shield

Appeal. Photo: Bruce Redman

A balancing act The bottom line ...

In the days leading up to the Red Shield

Appeal doorknock weekend, much of

northern NSW was inundated by flooding


It created a logistical nightmare for

Salvation Army personnel in the area

who not only had to meet the immediate

need of those impacted by the floods, but

also work out how best to continue with

the doorknock. They rose to the challenge.

“In fact,” said Major Gary Masters,

“our doorknock director for North NSW,

Ged Oldfield, who is also a Salvation

Army Emergency Services worker, spent

the weekend feeding flood evacuees at the

Kempsey evacuation centre. At the same

time, our North NSW Emergency Services

Coordinator, Captain Roscoe Holland,

who coordinated our flood relief efforts,

single-handedly doorknocked the town of


“In addition, many Salvation

Army personnel who were involved

in organising the doorknock were also

out feeding people affected by floods

at evacuation centres in Ballina, Coffs

Harbour, Byron Bay and Kempsey. This

highlights that our priority is always to

meet people at their point of need.”

The Illawarra was one region where

The Salvation Army enjoyed a

significant increase in the amount

collected on the weekend of the Red

Shield Appeal doorknock. Almost

$134,000 was raised, an increase of

26 percent on last year’s total.

“The reason for the increase is

simple,” says Illawarra region appeal

director Bill Simpson. “We had

150 more people out on the streets

collecting than we did last year.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by Major

Gary Masters.

“We can have the most fantastic

advertising campaign for the Red

Shield Appeal – and that is important –

but the bottom line is that the success of

the Red Shield Appeal is dependent on

people willing to get out there, walk the

streets, and ask for donations. And the

best way to get more collectors is for

those already involved – and by that

I mean primarily Salvationists – to ask

their friends if they’ll help. The success

of the Red Shield Appeal is determined

by the willingness of Salvationists to go

the extra mile.”

Pipeline will carry a full report on the final

Red Shield Appeal figures in its September


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cultural divide

To acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, NAIDOC week

celebrations are held across Australia every July. NAIDOC –

National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee

– week is celebrated by Australians from all walks of life.

Vince Ross, one of Australia’s most respected Indigenous

advocates, is among those for whom the week holds special

significance. Vince is also a member of The Salvation Army, at

Geelong in Victoria, and has written an article reflecting on the

Army’s role in bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-

Indigenous Australians...

Don’t assume anything, take time

to sit and listen. Do the Narana

thing – listening, hearing and


For the past 200 years-plus, very few

non-Aboriginal people have taken the time

to listen and value what the First Nation

people have to say. Mainstream Australia

has to understand that for all that time,

Aboriginal people have had their minds

paralysed and unable to express their

thoughts or to have any confidence in how

to articulate the spoken language of the

day. The outcome of all that has been to

accept what society thought was best for

the race.

Our history here in Australia has been

one of our nation’s best-kept secrets and

many people have struggled to come to

terms with it. They have lived in denial

of that history. We are slowly, as a nation,

coming to grips with it and accepting

the positives and negatives, recognising

the depth of the culture and seeing its

worth, realising that it offers a solid base

for further development. This nation, I

believe, will never reach its full potential

until people start to own the history and

accept the ugly bits along with the good

experiences – that’s when we will grow.

I’m unable to be like you but I will

try to learn from you. I ask that you will

do the same and if we are committed to

that ideal then I’m confident we will see

positive change.

Opportunity for dialogue

The Salvation Army has indicated its

willingness to make a move towards

bridging the cultural gap and hopefully

not making the same mistakes that many

denominations in the past have made.

This time there is opportunity for dialogue

with Aboriginal people who can provide

not only cultural knowledge but a deep

spiritual understanding of our Creator

Spirit. Let us take time to listen to the

Spirit without programs directing this


I want to suggest some opportunities

that The Salvation Army could take which,

in the long term, could become the catalyst

for developing a culturally sensitive

ministry with a capacity to engage

Aboriginal people with the Christian faith:

• Holistic ministry;

• Faith usually follows friendship;

• Don’t tell them about Jesus, show

them Jesus;

• Membership of any church is a low


• Church buildings for many Aboriginal

people provoke negative feelings;

• What is there in your hall that says we

have an Indigenous connection;

• Spend time with Aboriginal people;

• Listen to the small talk, usually that’s

the important talk (i.e. where does

your mob come from?);

• Trust and respect in the relationship

will be for a long time;

• How much history do you know

about your local area?;

• Learn some Aboriginal language,

words, expressions;

• Keep the English language simple;

• It’s not always important to have eye


• Conversation is not the only way

to communicate – watch for body

language, facial expressions.

Vince Ross says the Army can still improve its attitude to the Indigenous population.

There is more to it than what’s been

written here, but people have found it

valuable when some of the things are

thought through.

I maintain that if The Salvation Army

is serious about this ministry, it has the

capacity and the leadership to stop and

evaluate its mission and be a church that

returns to its original mandate that spoke

and acted with its sleeves rolled up.

For the past 50 years that I’ve been

involved with the Army I’ve seen some

signs that encourage me to continue being

a voice for Aboriginal people who, for too

long, have been marginalised and on the

fringes of society. The time has arrived and

our voice needs to be heard and changes

implemented that bring about a different

standard for this holistic ministry. The

Army needs to talk about this work in a

partnership model that allows Aboriginal

people to shape the way we would like to

be part of the Christian church.



I’m constantly baffled by the attitude of

many Christian churches who continue

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ministries in the

Eastern Territory



At Moree Corps, in northern NSW, team

leader Adrian Kistan works alongside

the Gamilaroy people. The ministry has

a strong emphasis on building personal

capacity, and a particular focus on youth

and children.

Adrian says NAIDOC week is

particularly important in Moree because

of the town’s history of negative attitudes

towards Indigenous people.

“We are such a significant community

in terms of reconciliation and Indigenous

issues over the years, having been

probably one of the most racist towns in

Australia’s history.

“This is where apartheid started in

Australia. The Australian version of

apartheid was that people weren’t allowed

to swim in the [local] pool and other

similar restrictions.”

Mount Isa

Mount Isa Corps welcomed the arrival of

Envoys Allen and Jenny Minniecon earlier

this year.

The couple has a passion for

Indigenous Australians and has a focus on

developing new Indigenous ministries in

the area.

Allen’s heritage is part-Indigenous

Australian, part-South Sea Islander

(from Vanuatu). He previously worked

as a pastor at a cross-cultural church in


Allen and Jenny have worked as

Salvation Army rural chaplains in

Queensland, and prior to that were

Envoys Allen and Jenny Minniecon share a meal with a friend at Mt Isa.

Indigenous youth workers in a number of

remote Northern Territory communities.

Jenny says of the new role at Mt Isa:

“We have only been here a short time,

but we have seen many areas of outreach

we would like to develop further. There’s

a huge homeless situation here so we’re

looking at opening up something to

support that need. There’s a kitchen here

that’s just waiting to be used so we’re

looking at possibilities such as a cafe

and a breakfast program with the local

school. We also work in partnership with

the range of great Salvos services we

have here including the Outback Flying

Service and Serenity House women’s crisis

accommodation centre.”

North Ipswich

The Salvation Army Indigenous Ministries

in North Ipswich, west of Brisbane, has

been operating for almost five years under

the leadership of Envoy Judith Nuriyn-


to think Aboriginal people don’t want

to be part of their group. It has been my

experience that as long as you start to

assimilate, the welcome sign is out for you.

Whenever one asks the question about

any cross-cultural content, the response

is usually something along the lines, “our

church always celebrates NAIDOC week”.

That’s good but what Aboriginal people

are asking is, “Can we have a relationship

that values our culture and lifestyle and

gives us a voice with the church?”

I don’t want to oversimplify the

The corps opens most days of the week

and serves as a community hub, offering

breakfast, lunch, welfare and food bank


“We have worked closely with many

people experiencing homelessness but

believe that the answer is not just in

finding them accommodation,” says


“The answer is in caring for the whole

person – physical, mental and spiritual.

So as well as supporting people to find

housing, we give pastoral support,

practical care – with food, furniture,

clothing and linen– and education to deal

with various issues.”

The ministry has developed a holistic

range of programs for people such as

anger management, budgeting, Celebrate

Recovery groups, and daily Bible studies.

Junior soldier classes have started and

Judith intends to offer classes for senior

soldiers and adherents soon. There are

now six junior soldiers enrolled at North


issues surrounding this topic but this

relationship/partnership is the very

foundation that is required in changing

attitudes of both Aboriginal and non-

Aboriginal people. It’s been said before

that faith will follow friendships, and what

Aboriginal people have been trying to say

to the rest of the churches is simply allow

us to sit at the same table of decisionmaking

and to value our contribution. In

practical terms it’s simply about listening

to each other and through that process

comes understanding and a willingness to

Vince Ross became a Christian more than 50 years ago after a Salvation Army mission team visited his reserve at Deniliquin.

move to some common ground.

When The Salvation Army (Eastern

Territory) first visited The Flats reserve on

the Edward River at Deniliquin in NSW

54 years ago, they shared with us a gospel

that was about freedom, hope and an

opportunity to advance our lifestyle to a

better position.

Building shelters, caring for young

people, attending to health issues and

providing practical support was the

avenue to gaining trust and respect. It

certainly wasn’t about programs – the

development came about through the

relationships. Many decisions were made

during that ministry, and many were

sworn in as soldiers at the local corps.

It’s worth mentioning that many of the

young people of that time have since gone

on to become leaders within Indigenous

organisations throughout NSW and


If the practical application worked

then, I’m confident that same approach,

focused on a holistic model, would

provide the link that’s required to engage

in a meaningful relationship.

“I’m constantly baffled by the attitude of

many Christian churches who continue to

think Aboriginal people don’t want to be

part of their group.”

I’m pleased the Army came to our

reserve all those years ago, and with the

assistance given to the Indigenous people

at that time which became the catalyst for

positive living.

Lives transformed

Finally, I want to encourage the Army

not to lose sight of an opportunity to

be involved in a ministry that has the

potential, through the power of the Holy

Spirit, to transform the lives of the First

Nation people. This is also about assisting

those to find their rightful place in their

homeland and build self-esteem that gives

courage to rise from that lower rung of the

socioeconomic ladder.

It is hoped that the Army would be

prepared to go outside its own zone of

operation and be proactive in an area that

will be quite different from the norm. This

will challenge leadership to take risks for

the sake of the Gospel but, at the same

time, bring us back to that first call to

minister to the marginalised in our society.

I’m confident if we as an organisation

respond to this challenge and seek first the

Kingdom, then the rest will be added to all

that we do.

Vince Ross is the National

Chairperson of the Uniting

Church’s Aboriginal and

Islander Christian Congress,

and is Chief Executive Officer

of Narana Creations Cultural

Education Centre.

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Salvation Army Rural Chaplain Major Ron McMellon is a friend to many people in rural areas of southern Queensland.

Brisbane’s Courier-Mail newspaper recently ran feature story on Major Ron McMellon which

included this memorable cartoon of the rural chaplain. Image courtesy Courier-Mail

At several crucial points in

his life – as a young soldier

in Vietnam, after his home

was destroyed by floods, and

many years later facing suicidal thoughts

and emotional trauma – John* has been

supported in some way by The Salvation


It took a great deal of courage recently

for John, a retired ambulance officer, to

talk publicly about some of the struggles

he has faced. However, he is hoping to

encourage others to recognise the work

carried out by Salvation Army chaplains,

and especially by his mate, Romabased

Salvation Army Rural Chaplain

for southern Queensland, Major Ron


John had always planned to follow

in his father’s footsteps as a professional

soldier in the Medical Corps, so as soon

as he finished high school, he joined up.

John was initially posted to Papua New

Guinea, and then to South Vietnam during

the Vietnam conflict.

“I saw things [in Vietnam] I was not

ready for as a young person – I don’t

think any person would have been ready

for what a lot of us saw over there. When

your mates get killed it is very hard.

“The trauma I saw in Vietnam as a

medic was probably worse than I saw

in my whole life subsequently as an

ambulance officer. Of course there were

certain moments in the ambos that were

terrible too, such as when you have cot

deaths or see kids [especially when you

have kids of your own] torn apart in

motor vehicle accidents.

“But it was the experience in Vietnam

that had a profound and long-lasting

effect – which I really wasn’t fully aware

of until a few years ago.”

Trusted friendship

After Vietnam, John started a family,

completed a teaching degree, later

remarried, established a successful small

farm, and spent 20 years in the ambulance

service – before suffering a major

emotional breakdown more recently.

Following the breakdown, John

received a phone call out of the blue

from a fellow bird breeder named Ron

McMellon, who had heard about him on

the grapevine. However, until Ron came

to the door, John didn’t realise he was a

Salvation Army officer.

“When Ron first came to visit us, I

got a bit of a shock,” says John. “For one,

he’s a huge man and, for two, he’s in a

Salvation Army uniform. I thought, ‘What

have I gotten myself into?’ But we started

talking and he was just like a long-lost

friend. We found we had lots more in

common than just the birds. Ron had a

military background, he was in the SES

(State Emergency Services) as is my wife.

We all got on really well together.

“I’d had a lot to do with The Salvation

Army in Vietnam, where every time you

came back from a mission they were

always there. Then I lost my house in 1974

in floods and The Salvation Army was

marvellous to me then.”

John admits that today he is a “bit of a

recluse with six-foot fences all around the


“... the rural

chaplains, I think

they are just


“I have a disease that they haven’t

got a cure for,” he says, “and it is a huge

burden on my wife and that really hurts.

“That’s where you need people for

support and that’s where Ron has been a

true friend to us. He’s very dedicated and

has helped so much. I’ve rung him up at

10.30, 11 o’clock at night ... he’s been a real

tower of strength.”

Marvellous chaplains

John believes the role of rural chaplains

is vital. “Now that I know about the

rural chaplains, I think they are just

marvellous,” he says.

He has travelled with Ron to visit

farmers on remote properties and has seen

the absolute delight and genuine warmth

given and received by Ron.

John believes Ron’s friendship and

support probably saved his life at one

point. “His friendship has made me

feel like I want to live. You feel like he

is a part of your close family and I have

been through some rough times, once in

particular that it [the thought of ending

his life] was very close and Ron was

around – and it was very good for us that

he was around,” he says.

“Ron’s friendship is an honest

friendship. You know he’s doing the

work he does because he genuinely cares

for people, not because it’s just a job. He

is just like a breath of fresh air when he

comes to visit.”

*Name changed to protect identity.

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From the coalface


From the coalface




Allens praised for their fine

Christian example

Majors Ray and Jenny Allen retired earlier this year after

serving for 45 years and 28 years, respectively, as Salvation

Army officers.

A retirement service, led by Colonels James and Jan

Condon (Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s

Ministries), was held at Dulwich Hill Corps on 25 January.

Following a welcome and introduction to the meeting by

Captain Ian Spall (Dulwich Hill Corps Officer) and Francis

Haywood, Colonel James Condon read from Philippians 2:5-11

and led the rousing hymn of the church Crown Him With Many


Captain Scott Allen and Elaine Herron prayed and the

Dulwich Hill songsters sang I’ve Been Changed. Caitlin Allen then

read 2 Corinthians 3:4-18, Rod Allen led a special “Kid’s Time”

and Dulwich Hill band brought its own message to the meeting

In Quiet Pastures.

In presenting retirement certificates to the Allens, the Chief

Secretary honoured them and their officer service. A letter of

greeting from Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda

Bond and a book of greetings sent by people from throughout

the Australia Eastern Territory and beyond were also presented

to the Allens.

Colonel Condon described the Allens’ ministry: “[Ray is]

positive, always positive; goal-oriented – for the Kingdom

and for the mission of The Salvation Army. I thank God for his


“I’ve known of Jenny over the years, but in her appointment

as Recovery Services Commander we have met regularly and

discussed the work of the Command. What has stood out to me

has been Jenny’s concern for others – for her staff, officers, and

particularly for the clients of the Recovery Services. We thank

God for her.”

Colonel Condon shared a verse of Scripture with the Allens:

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial because when

he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life that God

has promised to those who love him,” (James 1:12). Colonel Jan

Condon prayed a prayer of thanksgiving.

Responding, Major Jenny Allen said that as a Salvation Army

officer she had always wanted to show she could be trusted and

trusted by God. “By giving evidence of a serenity that reflected

my faithfulness to my Master through thick and thin, I felt that

I was making my Master proud. However, I had some hard

lessons to learn over the years that have caused the Master to

break, melt, and mould me to his will.” Discipline in prayer,

putting her confidence in God, and learning to forgive (herself

included) were among these lessons. “I have been overwhelmed

with gratitude to God for what has been achieved personally

and professionally for me ... What a wonderful Master I serve.”

Major Ray Allen said that despite people seeing him as

an “out-there” type of person, for the whole of his life he had

struggled with meeting people. But the Lord had shown him

that “in this struggle it’s not what I am but what the Lord can do

through me” that he should call to mind. He had learned to rely

on the Holy Spirit to do this and challenged the congregation

Majors Ray and Jenny Allen are presented with their retirement

certificates by Colonel James Condon. Photo: Adam Hollingworth

that it is the Holy Spirit who makes the difference in our lives.

The meeting concluded with the song Simply Trusting Every

Day and, following a benediction, Beside Thee As I Walk.

Ray Allen was born in Grafton, NSW, to Salvation Army

officer parents. After leaving school, he worked as a clerk and

became involved in the motor finance industry. He entered the

Sydney Training College as a cadet in the Heroes of the Faith

session in 1963.

Commissioned in January 1965, Lieutenant Allen’s first

appointments were Broken Hill and Botany. Following

his marriage to Lieut Dorise Clarke in 1967, further corps

appointments included Five Dock, St Marys, Unanderra, Chester

Hill, Gympie and Gosford.

From 1979 to 1990, Ray served in the Army’s Public Relations

Department with appointments as Public Relations Director

for the ACT and South NSW Division; State Public Relations

Director for Queensland; and as Assistant Territorial Public

Relations Secretary, Territorial Red Shield Appeal Director

and Territorial Planned Giving Director. Major Allen then had

further corps appointments at Taree and Wollongong.

Following heart surgery, and the deteriorating health of

Dorise, Ray was again appointed Assistant Territorial Public

Relations Secretary and Territorial Red Shield Appeal Director.

He again served as Territorial Planned Giving Director,

and was also appointed Education Foundation Chaplain.

Major Allen then served as Chaplain for Retired Officers, an

appointment he held until the promotion to glory of Dorise in

early 2005. His then became NSW State Chaplain for the staff of

The Salvation Army Employment Plus, the appointment from

which he retired on 1 February 2009.

In 1984, Major Allen was awarded the Medal of the Order

of Australia (OAM) for services to the community, particularly

through the 1983 ACT Bush Fire Relief appeal. In 1986, he

attended the Army’s International College for Officers in

London. In 2007, Major Allen became a Paul Harris Fellow

through the Rotary Club of Haberfield, having served in various

Rotary Clubs from 1969.

In September 2006, Ray married Major Jenny Cotterill and

was granted a few extra years of active service. He has two sons

– Captain Scott Allen, with his wife Captain Sharon Allen and

their daughters Caitlin and Maddy; and Rod Allen, a cartoonist/

illustrator who serves in The Salvation Army’s creative arts team

on Territorial Headquarters.

Jenny Anderson was born in Broken Hill, NSW, and

worked at the Broken Hill and District Hospital for five years

in secretarial and administration roles. She attended the Broken

Hill Corps, holding local officer positions within the corps until

entering the Sydney Training College in 1968 as a cadet in the

Evangelist session.

Commissioned in January 1970, Jenny married Captain

Ronald Cotterill and served in her first appointment in Albury

Corps. This was followed by appointments to Indooroopilly

Boys Home, Bexley Boys Home, Macquarie Fields and North

Ryde, before returning to Broken Hill where she served at Algate

House until 1993.

During a break in officer service, Jenny was employed as

Senior Youth Worker for the Department of Juvenile Justice,

Service Coordinator for Family Support Program and Women’s

Domestic Violence Court Assistance Scheme, and Youth Worker

for the Department of Community Services – all in Broken Hill

and district.

In that time, Jenny also completed her Bachelor degree in

Social Science, together with other associated relevant training

courses including Conflict Resolution, Anger Management,

Child Sexual Abuse and Grief Counselling.

In 1999, Jenny was employed as The Salvation Army’s

Social Programs Manager at Algate House Community Centre

at Broken Hill, working with people with disabilities and those

who had special needs, and managing a respite unit as well as

Catherine Haven Women’s Refuge.

Jenny felt called to return to offficership, and in 2004

was reinstated and appointed Broken Hill City Coordinator

(with overall responsibility for Broken Hill Corps and Social

Programs), as well as her appointment as Social Programs


In December 2005, Major Allen was appointed Commander

Recovery Services Command.

Jenny has a son, Cameron, who lives and works in Perth; and

a married daughter, Amanda, who with her husband Drew and

children Oscar and Emily also live in Perth.

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From the coalface



Durstons paid

retirement tribute

Lieutenant-Colonels Graham and Rhondda Durston have

been commended for their teamwork as a couple throughout

almost 40 years as Salvation Army officers in Australia and


At their retirement ceremony, led by Commissioner Linda

Bond at Hurstville Corps on 17 May, friends and family heard

about their dedication to 15 appointments over that period, the

most recent being in the Philippines.

Hurstville Corps Officer Major Neil Dickson welcomed

those gathered for the ceremony and prayed in thanksgiving

for the Durstons “who many years ago gladly and obediently

responded to God’s gracious call to dedicate their lives to this

ministry as Salvation Army officers”.

Their son Andrew, speaking for himself and brother

Mark, described family life and how they had witnessed their

parents’ kindness and patience with so many people in dire


“We knew they worked enormously hard and studied in

preparation for preaching. We’ve also seen their fortitude in

facing awful and sometimes very painful situations. When we

were younger I think they tried to protect us by not letting us

know the extent to which they were sensing and experiencing

the burden. I know they have been intensely moved by their

time in the Philippines,” Andrew said.

Lieut-Colonel Rhondda Durston told the gathering about

the challenges and blessings of the numerous journeys during

their officership, reflecting on the text of the covenant found in

Joshua 1:9, the Scripture chosen for their commission with the

Undaunted session of cadets in 1971.

Lieut-Colonel Graham Durston said one of the great

attractions for him about The Salvation Army was that it didn’t

just preach the salvation of souls.

“The Army takes the this-worldly kingdom teaching of Jesus

very seriously – it’s central to our action. We never fall into

the trap of the old-fashioned liberal social gospel which was

reductionist, because it reduced the gospel just to social work,”

he said.

“We rejected that, but on the other hand we also rejected

something which is equally reductionist – that the gospel is

about saving some disembodied soul in the future. The Salvation

Army is interested in caring for the whole person, not just the

soul of the person. That to me is central to Jesus’ message.”

After various appointments in NSW, Queensland and ACT,

the Durstons started a long commitment to officer training when

Graham became the education officer and Rhondda a teacher

and librarian at Booth College in Sydney.

In 1990, they led the Brisbane City Temple Corps for four

years and then, in 1994, returned to Sydney where Graham

served as Assistant Training Principal, Dean of Studies, Training

Principal and Principal of Booth College. During this time

Rhondda was Coordinator of the Education Department,

Director of the School for Leadership Training, and Assistant

Secretary for Personnel, before joining Graham at the college in

1999 as Personnel Officer.

They were appointed by International Headquarters to lead

the South Pacific and East Asia College for Officers in Manila in


Two divisional leadership appointments, in Western

Australia (Australia Southern Territory) and Sydney East and

Illawarra Division, preceded their final appointment in 2006 as

Chief Secretary and Territorial Secretary for Women’s Ministries

in The Philippines Territory.


(Anti-clockwise from top left) Lieutenant-Colonels Graham

and Rhondda Durston receive their retirement certificates from

Commissioner Linda Bond; with their children and grandchildren;

Hurstville band plays during the retirement service.

From the coalface


From the coalface


Hurstville Corps

celebrates 110 years

(Majors Neil and Christine Dickson)


Hurstville Salvation Army has been actively worshipping

and serving the Lord for the past 110 years. On Sunday 31

May, they celebrated the occasion with past and present corps


The morning worship included an interview with Mrs

Brigadier Hazel Woodbury, Hurstville’s oldest soldier, and

a Bible message from the Australia Eastern Territory Chief

Secretary Colonel James Condon. A “Back to the Future”

celebration was held in the evening and focused on saluting

the past, celebrating the present and embracing the future. The

night was compered by Colonel Condon, and the message was

delivered by Colonel Jan Condon.

The Hurstville band and songsters performed several pieces

each, with the youth chorus joining the songsters for the final

two songs, We are the Future and A New Hallelujah.

A retro timbrel march, Red Shield, was performed by

grandmothers, daughters and grand-daughters. Some of the

group had performed the same display in the 1980s at Congress.

The congregation sang along to Salvation Army favourites

such This is the Day, Chosen to be a Soldier and O Boundless

Salvation, as a part of an “Oldies but Goodies” medley.

Envoy Melanie Norton shared her story, from giving her life

to the Lord in 1998 at Hurstville Corps to establishing numerous

ministries in St Mary’s, Tasmania.

The message followed the “embracing the future” theme,

with Colonel Jan Condon speaking from Joshua 3:5. She

reminded everyone that “we cannot face the future without

God”. At the conclusion of the message, she challenged the

congregation to think about what they are doing for the future

of the Kingdom of God, and in particular the future of Hurstville


Hurstville band (top) perform at the celebrations, while (above)

some very young timbrellists present a display.

Cyclists peddle the Salvos cause

The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal has benefited to the

tune of more than $22,000 thanks to the dedication and

generosity of a group of Brisbane cyclists.

Ben Wilson, Manager of Bicycle Queensland, handed

a cheque for $22,118.23 to South Queensland Divisional

Commander Major Wayne Maxwell, the donation the proceeds

from the Brisbane Coot-tha Challenge.

The annual challenge sees sponsored cyclists slogging it out

on the steep road that climbs up Mt Coot-tha, a popular vantage

point over the city of Brisbane. It’s an event now well recognised

on the Queensland cycling calendar and is eagerly anticipated

by riders keen to improve on their previous-best times.

“Funds raised by the BDO Kendalls Brisbane Coot-tha

Challenge allow the Salvos to help others climb their own

mountains,” said South Queensland Divisional Communications

and Public Relations Secretary Major Peter Sutcliffe.

Major Wayne Maxwell receives a cheque for the Red Shield

Appeal from Bicycle Queensland’s Ben Wilson.

Queen’s honours

for officers

number of Salvationists have been included in the Queen’s

A Birthday Honours for 2009.

Most notable has been a Member of the Order of Australia

(AM) awarded to Major David Eldridge, in recognition of his

service to young people through policy development, and

service delivery to homeless and unemployed people. Major

Eldridge is currently The Salvation Army Southern Territory’s

Social Program Secretary.

Other officers to be recognised include Majors Stan and

Connie Hindle, who have been honoured with a Medal of the

Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community in the

area of social welfare, and to The Salvation Army. The Hindles

served as Salvation Army officers in the Australia Eastern

Territory for almost 35 years before retiring in 2002.

Envoy Don Nottage has also received a Medal of the Order

of Australia for service to the community through The Salvation

Army and ex-service groups. Envoy Nottage has been heavily

involved in serving the Army on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast

since the mid-1980s. A number of other people with Salvation

Army connections have been honoured including Geoffrey

Leonard (AM), Professor Warren Pengilley (AM), Thomas

Colless (OAM), Frederick Edwards (OAM), Nancy Rooke

(OAM) and Bruce Ruston (OAM).

Green Valley marks closure

(Major Innes Stiles)

Past corps officers and soldiers gathered on 3 May to mark

the closure of the Green Valley Corps, in Sydney’s west.

The meeting was lead by Greater West Divisional Mission

and Resources Team leaders Majors Elwyn and Raewyn Grigg.

Participants took the opportunity to recount events when

God had used the corps to bring about conversions and spiritual


Testimonies were heard about the early days of the corps

and stories were told of the faithfulness of God and the devotion

of Salvationists generation after generation. Messages were read

from former friends and soldiers of the corps.

For many, the corps has been a place of worship, a place of

belonging, and a place of Christian ministry.

Major Elwyn Grigg preached words of encouragement from

John’s gospel: “We live in a world of rapid change but we have a

changeless God who has given the Holy Spirit who is the spirit

of truth.”

Major Raewyn Grigg spoke of the Ebenezer stone as a

symbol of God’s grace and provision.

Opportunity for personal reflection was given and the whole

congregation came forward to pray at the place of prayer.

Major Innes Stiles, who retired from active officership in

April, has overseen Green Valley Corps since the start of the

year. Corps members at the gathering expressed their gratitude

for his leadership.

In recent months, the corps has witnessed the growth of its

Corps members gather to mark the closure of Green Valley.

recovery ministries under the leadership of Wayne Mansbridge,

and Home League has continued under the leadership of Joyce


Despite the closure of the corps, the recovery ministries

will continue, including Sunday worship at a time still to be


“It is our prayer that at some time in the future a new work

will be birthed in this community and that a mission will grow –

to the glory of God,” Major Elwyn Grigg said.

“That is our prayer, that is our expectation, that is our

intention, God willing. The Army is not abandoning Green

Valley. We believe for a new work which has already begun and

will continue to grow and reach out to many broken families in

this community. We will need you to see with the eyes of faith

and trust in the Lord.”

Aged care chiefs hit the road

Aged Care Plus Chief Executive Officer Sharon Callister and

Mission and Personnel Manager Major Robin Pullen have

conducted 14 roadshows for staff across the Australia Eastern

Territory in the first half of the year.

More than 450 people have attended the roadshows

and Ms Callister recently provided information on the key

recommendations made by staff during the workshop group


“Our initial review of (staff) evaluations has indicated

that staff enjoyed meeting both myself and Major Pullen and

generally found the sessions valuable and informative,” Ms

Callister said. More specific data on evaluations will be provided


During the workshops, Major Pullen and Ms Callister asked

staff where they saw Aged Care Plus in 10 years’ time, what

services should be delivered and whether they were different

from today.

The most frequently-made recommendations about

where staff saw aged care in 10 years included: an increase

in community care; more high care/dementia/palliative and

complex care; increased training opportunities; new ways to

attract young staff and new buildings tailored for specific needs.

Staff also saw the need for extra services such as

physiotherapy and podiatry, more social activities, and facilities

to cater for multiculturalism and young people.

The top recommendation – to increase community

care services – was voted for on a group basis rather than


Ms Callister said the recommendations will be considered

by the Aged Care Plus executive and management boards for

Major Robin Pullen (far right) congratulates four staff from the Aged

Care Plus facility at Canowindra (Moyne) in Central West NSW for

their joint 134 years of service. They are (from left) Betty Boardman

(30 years), Joice McNaught (32 years), Carol Rutter (38 years) and

Marilyn Daley (34 years).

inclusion in the new strategic plan. Staff will be updated on the

strategic plan and their recommendations during the September


Ms Callister and Major Pullen are now compiling the staff

recommendations for the Mission and Vision statements.

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Positive experiences reinforce recovery

Clients and staff at Townsville Recovery Services (TRS)

have been busy with various activities in recent months,

including their annual week-long camp at Lake Tinaroo Falls on

the Atherton Tablelands.

TRS manager Major Bruce Harmer said the camp in May

had an intentionally uncluttered schedule to make it a relaxed


“The intention of the annual camp is to provide the clients

with experiences and activities which reinforce the behavioural

lessons they’ve received during their time in program. The

camp also provides an opportunity to experience joy, peace, and

relaxation in a supported environment which promotes a drug

and alcohol-free lifestyle,” he said.

Activities included fishing, hiking, crab trapping, tubing,

boating, canoeing, sightseeing and watching DVDs at night.

“For those of you who have taken clients on camps, you will

know what I mean when I say the clients and staff grow together

during a camping experience. The way we relate to each other

is strengthened and enhanced during the camp,” Major Harmer


A fishing trip was also held earlier in the year which Major

Harmer said provided a valuable therapeutic opportunity.

“Most of our clients present to Townsville Recovery Services

having experienced a great deal of despair and negative

emotions, mostly as a direct result of their addiction,” he said.

“It is a bleak fact that many find it difficult to relate to any

positive experiences at all.

“Fishing might seem on the surface to be a rather mundane

activity and one that would offer little in the way of therapeutic

value, but if you look deeper, fishing is full of value. From the

anticipation of the event, which in itself is so positive for clients,

to the preparation, the actual fishing and the prepping of the

catch once we make it back to the centre.”

Another recent initiative involves a dinner gathering for

a group of men known as TAG (Townsville Aftercare Group),

made up of graduates and past clients living in the community

I’ll Fight conference

in Canberra

More than 100 people, representing corps, churches and

community groups, met at Canberra City Oasis Corps on 2

May for the first I’ll Fight conference in the ACT and South NSW


The conference had been in the planning for a period of six

months by a dedicated team of eight, led by Divisional Social

Program Secretary Major Eileen Holley.

Captain Paul Moulds gave the keynote address on youth

homelessness. The event also featured four well-attended

workshops presented by Jenny Stanger (human trafficking),

Adrian Kistan (Australian Indigenous issues), Tony Auld and

Cadet Paul Kurth (Salvation Army International Development

Office and Project 1:8) and Wilma Gallet (suicide prevention).

Captain Tim Gittins and Divisional Youth Secretary Karen

Connors presented a fun-filled interactive session on the global

village that highlighted issues on poverty.

The conference ended with a call to action in which guest

presenters gave practical ideas on how to get involved in

making a difference in the world.

Displays promoted organisations involved in social justice

awareness, including Freeset, Etiko and Fairtrade. Promotional

From the coalface


Townsville Recovery Services clients and staff at their annual camp

on the Atherton Tablelands.

or TRS halfway house. They are invited to share a roast dinner at

the centre before chapel service each week.

“The TAG dinner is a great opportunity for our graduates to

catch up with each other and receive mutual encouragement in

their journey with God and their recovery,” Major Harmer said.

“It should not surprise you that many graduates and exclients

find it difficult to have a balanced diet. Many have a

regular diet of two-minute noodles. The TAG dinner allows

them to have one good-quality meal at least each week, which

we gladly provide to them. The TAG members also provide our

current clients with support and an example of what recovery

can be like.

“For those clients who are new to the centre these men

become a role model and a practical encouragement that faith,

perseverance and determination in completing the Bridge

Program can result in freedom from addiction and an experience

of God’s peace in one’s life.”

material on Salvation Army projects such as child sponsorship,

Project 1:8, Salvation Army International Development office,

Salvos Stores and Employment Plus was also a feature.

To build on the success of the I’ll Fight conference the

division hopes the organising team will become a Divisional

Social Justice Team to continue promoting the cause in the


As a follow-up, the division will sponsor a workshop

in Canberra on human trafficking and slavery in Australia

next month. The forum will involve the community sector,

particularly those who work with migrants, culturally and

linguistically diverse communities and vulnerable communities.

Guest speakers at the I’ll Fight Conference (from left) are Tony

Auld, Cadet Paul Kurth, Adrian Kistan, Jenny Stanger, Major Eileen

Holley, Captain Paul Moulds, Wilma Gallet.

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From the coalface


Chill fails to

dampen spirits

(Captains Colin and Kate Young)

The Salvation Army’s Upper Blue Mountains Corps

Community Outreach Team braved a chilly pre-winter

morning recently to host a community barbecue at Katoomba.

Held in the middle of May, the temperature was just

eight degrees – with a 3.5 degree wind chill factor – when the

barbecue burners were fired up at 10am. Despite the cold, corps

members gathered at a local park with the Salvation Army

Emergency Services team and truck to treat members of the

community to the barbecue where they also promoted the new

SAGALA group and the Red Shield Appeal.

“Some of the junior soldiers even tried to fly kites, however

they were almost blown off the mountain,” Captain Colin Young


“The cold wind, drizzle and sleet may have kept most people

indoors but a few good contacts were made and some valuable

evangelism lessons learned. Next time we will pray for a better –

and warmer – day!”

Also at Upper Blue Mountains, SAGALA activities have

recommenced for the first time in more than 15 years. Under the

leadership of Heather Broderick, three children worked hard for

several months and on Mother’s Day were enrolled as SAGALA


Caitlin Young was enrolled as a Sunbeam, James Young as an

Adventurer and Alexander Pinch a Ranger.

Eric Wood, who ran Boys Legion in Katoomba 15 years ago

with more than 20 boys in the group, is one of the leaders. Kath

Hinder and Phillip Pinch are being trained to join him in the

leadership team.

Captain Kate Young said the corps is promoting SAGALA

groups in the region’s schools.

“We have new children coming along who will soon be

ready for enrolment,” she said. “Please continue to pray for

us that God will use this ministry and the leaders, and that

this section will grow and new families will come along to the


Covenant Day at

Rouse Hill

(Captains Dennis and Sue-Ann McGuigan)

Rouse Hill Corps celebrated Covenant Day last month

with the enrolment of junior soldier Haley Entwistle

and adherents Egan and Linda Ananan.

Many of the 80 people who attended were moved

by the enrolment ceremony and, following the message

from Captain Dennis McGuigan, a number came

forward to reaffirm their covenant to serve God in The

Salvation Army.

Corps and emergency service members set up for a community

barbecue in the upper Blue Mountains.

At the SAGALA meeting are (from left) Kath Hinder, Caitlin

Young, James Young, Alexander Pinch and Heather


Captain Sue-Ann McGuigan enrols Haley Entwistle as a junior

soldier at Rouse Hill.

From the coalface


Manly hosts movies

and munchies

(Captains Grant and Michelle Kingston-Kerr)

The Manly New Life Community Centre opened its doors to

the community and around 50 people enjoyed a day of films

and feasting at “May Movies and Munchies”.

The event aimed to promote the centre’s new programs and


Manly businesses donated food, including cakes for morning

tea, legs of lamb for lunch and desserts for afternoon tea. The

centre’s Community Programs Manager, Michael Lever, was

also thankful to the volunteers who gave their time to make the

day such a success.

Two movies were shown and the theme served as a lead into

a weekly “Friday at the Movies” event using the chapel area to

replicate a small cinema.

Promotional pamphlets were designed by Corps Officer

Captain Grant Kingston-Kerr and distributed on the day. These

detailed activities including Monday afternoon board games,

Friday morning devotions/prayers, Friday movies and Sunday

worship. They will also be displayed at other organisations and

businesses that network and partner with the centre.

Chaplain Chris Wainwright organised teams for prayer

during the event and for gratitude at the conclusion.

The devotions/prayer group has been meeting for six

months and attendance has hit double figures in recent weeks.

Petitions from the prayer box in the soup kitchen area are

interceded for.

The Monday Games Galore event has been popular with

fierce competition in Scrabble, chess, Trouble and various card


The centre hopes these events will continue to give the

marginalised who attend the Manly soup kitchen at the centre

opportunities to expand their social environment.

Manly New Life Community Centre volunteers

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From the coalface



Chief of the Staff leads

Ireland Congress


More than 1000 people – the biggest turnout for several

years – attended The Salvation Army’s Ireland Congress

in Belfast, with the guest speaker for the event the Chief of the

Staff, Commissioner Robin Dunster.

The Chief shared that she was no stranger to Northern

Ireland, having visited as a backpacking Australian tourist some

50 years ago. She gave glory to God for the intervening years of

dedication and service which had brought her back.

The congress began with a men’s fellowship breakfast at

Belfast Temple Salvation Army hall. The Chief of the Staff

challenged all present to be God’s agents and ambassadors in

the world, sharing the Gospel with everyone.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Tom Hartley,

celebrated his last official engagement in the top civic job by

hosting a reception for the Chief of the Staff, members of The

Northern Ireland Advisory Board, church leaders and Salvation

Army representatives. The building where the gathering took

place was in the docks where the SS Titanic had been built.

Councillor Hartley said he recalled The Salvation Army

helping during “the troubles” in Northern Ireland, “with their

laid-back, sophisticated elegance, helping people in need,

dishing out tea and empathy to people on all sides [of the

community] – acts they continue to do today”.

Sue Whitlam (Belfast North), soon to be appointed as a

territorial envoy, spoke with conviction and assurance of how

God had had a hand in her life, using all that had transpired

since she had been an officer about 20 years ago, to bring her to a

new and challenging responsibility.

The Chief of the Staff, with her support officer, Lieutenant-

Colonel Edna Williams, challenged and directed the

congregation of almost 400 people to do as Jesus had instructed

the first disciples – wait and then obey once the Spirit has come.

The Chief reinforced the message that “what God promised is


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sunshine and enjoyed catching up with family and friends in

the surrounding showgrounds at the King’s Hall complex. They

returned to pre-meeting music from Belfast Temple Band and

Sydenham Songsters.

The final meeting commenced with the contemporary

arrangement of Send the Fire. Musical contributions from Belfast

Temple Band included a setting of Psalm 100 based on the

song Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven, which could be heard

resonating well beyond the confines of the hall. The children

from Kids@Congress livened up proceedings by ensuring that

parents, family and friends joined with them to declare I Will

Follow You, complete with energetic actions.

During the afternoon, the Chief of the Staff and Lieut-

Colonel Williams presented an update of the international work

of The Salvation Army.

Young people from the combined singing companies of Belfast

Temple and Belfast Sydenham took an active part during

congregational singing.

World leaders go

back to their roots


Thirty years after their appointment as corps officers to

Enfield Citadel, London, the international leaders of The

Salvation Army returned to the corps to lead Sunday worship.

On 10 May 2009, General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner

Helen Clifton, World President of Women’s Ministries,

ministered to packed congregations in family worship at the

corps hall and later at an afternoon musical celebration at

nearby Chace Community School.

Chief Secretary of the United Kingdom Territory with the

Republic of Ireland, Colonel Bill Cochrane, and London North-

East Divisional Leaders Majors Mike and Lynn Highton joined

Enfield Corps Officers Majors Bram and Irene Williams for the

two meetings. Worship was enhanced throughout the day by

contributions from Enfield Citadel Band and Songsters, and the

young people’s singing group One Direction.

During the morning holiness meeting the General and

Commissioner Clifton were heartened to see familiar faces

in the congregation from their time as leaders three decades

previously. The commissioner introduced “Roberts”, a

teddy bear wearing junior soldier’s uniform, to remind the

congregation how much God loves to see children participating

in worship, and spoke of the young people’s importance to The

Salvation Army as youthful disciples.

“Children are an important witness to their friends and

their neighbours and, though they don’t often realise it, can be a

powerful witness to their own families,” she said.

In his Bible address the General explained the symbolism

used throughout the Scriptures to outline the attributes of

God the Holy Spirit: a cleansing, burning fire; an energising

General’s calls

to prayer

General Shaw Clifton has issued the following calls to prayer:

Greetings in the name of Jesus.

As in previous years, in the month of September, Salvationists

around the world are called to prayer for peace and prayer for

the victims of sex trade trafficking.

Call to Prayer for Peace, Sunday 20 September

Conflicts between nations and conflicts within nations still

claim lives on a daily basis, destroying stability, disrupting

education and creating poverty. The

United Nations International Day of

Peace is 21 September, so The Salvation

Army is called to prayer on this theme

from Sunday 20 September. Many will

want to continue praying for peace

throughout the week. Our Heavenly

Father knows when his children suffer

and there are many adults and children

experiencing pain and bereavement

because of war. Jesus said, “Are not

and mighty wind; healing and soothing oil; life-giving and

refreshing water; and a gentle, peaceful dove.

The General reminded the congregation: “These are gifts the

Holy Spirit is only too happy to bestow to all, but they have to

be asked for.”

Later, people from the local community and Salvationists

from neighbouring corps attended the praise and worship

meeting, held in a school to accommodate the extra visitors.

After a rousing start, with lively musical items from the

band and songsters, Commissioner Clifton reminisced about

their three years as corps officers at Enfield, from 1979, and gave

thanks to God for the “godly role models” provided for them

and their family throughout their officership.

The commissioner recited the words of Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus

Christ the same yesterday, today and forever”, and ended with

verse 21 as her prayer for the congregation, that God would

“equip you with everything good to do his will”.

At the General’s request, Enfield Citadel Band played the

stirring tone poem Song of the Eternal (Leslie Condon), which

includes the tunes Praise to the Lord and From that Sacred Hill. The

piece linked into the General’s address, based on Psalm 24 and

its call for purity to stand in God’s presence.

The General spoke of the expansion of Salvationism into

new, often unexpected lands as evidence of God’s pleasure in

The Salvation Army and its collective “pure hearts and clean

hands”. He said God the Holy Spirit opened the door for The

Salvation Army to expand in eight countries in the past three

years, including the most recent addition of Nepal.

“Numerically, The Salvation Army is bigger today than at

any time in its history,” the General said.

“Be encouraged that you belong to a great Army, God’s

Army, with Jesus as our captain and guiding Spirit. I pray every

day that The Salvation Army and individual Salvationists will

be pure enough so that God will continue to honour us in this

way in our mission to change lives and to lift and help suffering

humanity in his name.”

two sparrows sold for only a penny?

But your Father knows when any one

of them falls to the ground.” (Matthew

10:29). We pray for peace in the world.

Call to Prayer for Victims of Sex Trade


Sunday 27 September

The Salvation Army has increased

its capacity to respond to sex trade

trafficking around the world. Every year

there are more awareness programmes,

training programmes and rescue and rehabilitation programmes.

We need to raise our voices, raise awareness and raise funds to

combat the evil of trafficking. We also need to raise our hands

and our hearts to Heaven on behalf of those who work in this

difficult field. Sunday 27 September will be dedicated to this

purpose. Many of the victims are very young and some are just

children, an awful fact which we cannot ignore. Jesus said, “Are

not two sparrows sold for a penny? But your Father knows

when any one of them falls to the ground.” (Matthew 10:29). We

pray for the victims and the survivors of sex trade trafficking.

Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer.

Yours in Christ,

Shaw Clifton,


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From the coalface


From the coalface


promoted to glory

promoted to glory

A faithful prayer warrior

Mrs Brigadier Coral

Lorraine Smith was

promoted to glory from

Taree on 20 April, aged 90.

A funeral service was

conducted by Major

Gordon Cocking at the

Taree Citadel on 27 April.

Tributes were expressed by Mrs

Jean Emerton, Major Aileen Willett,

grand-daughter Deborah Howell and

Lieut-Colonel Pat Egan. The Territorial

Commander’s tribute was read by the

Taree Corps Officer, Lieut-Colonel Lynette


Coral Lorraine Unicomb was born on

21 November 1918 at Upper Lansdowne.

She came from a large family and had

many siblings; Vince, Wilfred, Robert,

Claude, Olive, Effie (all deceased), Alvin,

Eric, Ronald, Gladys and Esma.

Her school days began at Taree

Public School, after which she attended

Coopernook Public School and Taree

High. It was a normal expectation that on

leaving school young ladies would “help

mother”, and learn the skills of cooking

and housekeeping.

In March 1939, at the age of 20, Coral

entered The Salvation Army Training

College from West Maitland. She was a

member of the Dauntless Evangelist session

of cadets. Commissioned the following

January, Pro-Lieutenant Unicomb’s first

appointment was as Corps Officer at

Maclean Corps for five months. She served

at Bingara for the remainder of 1940.

On 28 December 1940, Coral married

Samuel (Jim) Smith at Taree, and became

Mrs Captain Smith.

After a five-month break, the couple

served as Corps Officers at Boonah,

Nanango, Kalbar, Coorparoo, Sandgate

and Paddington corps’, respectively.

Coral went on to appointments at

Purga Aboriginal Colony, Riverview

Training Farm, St Peters Men’s Industrial

Home and Townsville Peoples Palace. She

was appointed to the Riverview Training

Farm in 1955 for the second time, and in

early 1956 was promoted to major.

She also served at Stanley Street Men’s

Home, Red Hill Men’s Eventide Home,

where she was promoted to brigadier,

Brisbane Peoples Palace, Sydney Peoples

Palace, Court and Prison Services and the

Social Services Department.

Coral and Jim retired on 1 January

1980, after almost 40 years of service. She

received the Long Service Order on 8

January 1965 and the Long Service Star on

8 January 1975.

After retiring and moving to Taree,

Mrs Brigadier Smith was actively involved

in Home League, Women’s Fellowship

and was a faithful prayer supporter of the

corps work as well as for members of the

corps family. Even while house-bound

she continued to keep in touch through

telephone ministry.

On retiring, Coral took up cake

decorating and won many prizes with her

cakes and scones.

Mrs Brigadier Coral Smith is survived

by her husband Brigadier Jim, and their

children, Donald and Elvie, Kevin and

Jennifer, and Janelle and Kevin.

A quiet achiever

Major William (Bill)

Roy Redwood was

promoted to glory from

Concord Hospital on 21

May, aged 75.

Lieut-Colonel Peggy

Stephens conducted

a committal service at

Rookwood Crematorium chapel on 26

May. Elwyn Humbley (brother-in-law)

read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, while Major Bill

Mole and Major Elaine Redwood (wife)

paid tributes. In her message, Lieutenant-

Colonel Peggy Stephens likened Bill to

Andrew from the New Testament who

brought people to Jesus. She also said Bill

was a quiet achiever and is remembered

for his thorough knowledge and intricate

detail of Salvation Army work.

This was followed by a thanksgiving

service led by Major Chris Witts

(Territorial Pastoral Care Coordinator)

at Campsie Citadel. Campsie band and

songsters gave musical support and Major

Bruce Domrow (Corps Officer) read from

Philippians 2:1-11.

Major Witts read a message from

Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial

Commander) who thanked God for Bill’s

service in corps, finance, social services

and Rehabilitation Services Command.

She also commented on Bill’s hours of

volunteer work after retirement.

Major Stan Evans gave an officer

tribute, saying “Bill was courteous

and very conscientious and loved The

Salvation Army’s message of evangelism”.

His brother David told of their family

life growing up together with their two

sisters, Margaret and Judith, including

some humorous adventures. Graham

Redwood shared that his father was a

loving person, fun-loving and always

found the good in others with very few

harsh words to say about anyone. He had

joy in his faith and his family.

“Dad has left a great legacy which will

live on in his children and grandchildren,”

Graham concluded.

Major Heather Merrick represented

Campsie Corps and officer colleagues

of the Faithful session in giving tribute

to Bill’s life and witness. She included

thoughts from Majors Noel Reeves and

Robert Broadbere who said Bill had a dry

sense of humour and will be remembered

for his godliness. They spoke of his 10

years as treasurer of the Retired Officers

League and keen accounting knowledge.

In a brief message, Major Witts

reminded the congregation of God’s

compassion and knowledge of us as

described in Psalm 103.

William Roy Redwood was born in

Sydney on 10 February 1934, the eldest

child of William and Grace Redwood.

He became a soldier at Enfield Corps

and married Elaine Weiss. Together they

entered The Salvation Army’s Training

College in February 1957, becoming

members of the Faithful session of cadets.

Commissioned the following January,

Lieutenant and Mrs Redwood were

appointed to Laidley Corps. Appointments

at Nanango, Macksville, Woodburn,

Mullumbimby, Helidon, Kingaroy,

Swansea, Bathurst and Wellington


In 1972, Captain Redwood was

appointed to the Finance Department.

During this time he completed his

accounting studies gaining first place

in the state. In January 1984, he was

appointment as the Territorial Social

Finance Officer. In January 1993, he

became the Finance Secretary for the South

Queensland Division, returning to Sydney

in January 1997 to be the General Secretary

for Rehabilitation Services Command.

In March 1999, after 41 years of faithful

service, Majors Bill and Elaine entered

retirement. He continued to give service

throughout retirement as the treasurer for

the Territorial Retired Officers League, and

used his skills in helping in various centres

including Foster House, William Booth

Institute and the Sydney Appeal Office.

From the age of 11, Bill was a keen

bandsman. He was a loving husband to

Elaine, father to Graham, Lorraine (Heesh)

and Karen (Masters), father-in-law and

grandfather to his seven grandchildren.

A loving and devoted father

Dee Why corps sergeant

major Albert Harvey

Smith was promoted to

glory on 9 May, aged 84.

Major Cheryl Carpenter

conducted a cremation

service on 15 May at

the Northern Suburbs

Crematorium for Albert, more commonly

known as Harvey

It was followed by a service of

thanksgiving and celebration of Harvey’s

life, led by Major John McGuigan at The

Salvation Army Dee Why.

A tribute was given by Harvey’s son

Keith on behalf of himself, his sister Bev

and their families. Keith recalled precious

memories of a loving and devoted father

and grandfather who was always there for

them as their dad and friend.

Major Beryl McGuigan represented the

Dee Why Corps and spoke of Harvey’s

long service to the Army and to his Lord.

Harvey served as bandmaster and corps

sergeant major at Dee Why for many


“We salute our sergeant major today

and thank God that he came our way,”

Major Beryl said.

Greg Cocking read John 14:1-6; and

Major Bruce Carpenter prayed. Carolynn

Everett sang a vocal solo In Heavenly Love


Major John McGuigan, in his message,

likened Harvey’s life to the words of St

Paul: “I have fought a good fight, I have

finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Harvey had chosen the song What a

Fellowship for the service, after which the

congregation clapped and timbrels played

in celebration of his life.

Harvey was born on 21 May 1925 to

the late Brigadier and Mrs Chris and Eva

Smith while stationed at Albury Corps. He

went to several schools and experienced

many corps.

During World War II, in June 1943, at

the age of 18, Harvey joined the RAAF. He

was posted to New Guinea and Borneo as

a transport driver in a RAAF bomb and

ammunition unit until the end of the war

and was discharged in March 1946.

In time, Harvey soldiered at the North

Sydney Corps, singing in the songsters

and playing tenor horn in the band. He

also served as band sergeant and corps


It was at North Sydney that Harvey

met his life-time partner Dot Abrahams

(deceased). They were married in May


God blessed them with two wonderful

children, Keith and Bev. Harvey held the

position of bandmaster for more than 14

years at Manly Corps.

The family transferred to Dee

Why Corps in 1965 and Harvey was

commissioned as bandmaster and served

as such for many years.

He also had the responsibility of the

songster brigade. Since 1993, Harvey held

the position of corps sergeant major at Dee


Harvey’s commitment was not

only to the Lord, but to his family who

experienced his love, guidance and care in

abundance. He was an amazing carpenter

and orchid grower, loved music, sport and

touring Australia.

God has been the means to many,

many blessings throughout his life and

now Harvey has met his Maker and his


A committed soldier

Lilla Pamenter was

promoted to glory on 2

April at Ipswich, aged 90.

A funeral service was

held at Ipswich Corps

on 7 April, conducted

by Captains Bruce and

Margaret Dobbie.

Lilla Whybird was born to Henry and

Elizabeth Whybird on 12 March 1919. She

was one of nine children.

Lilla was a soldier of Ipswich Corps

her whole life and was very active in many

sections. She was a founding member of

the Ipswich Songster Brigade, a Sunday

school teacher and Ipswich Girl’s Legion

leader for 45 years.

Lilla was married to Harold Pamenter

who passed away in 1997.

Along with Harold, Lilla conducted

Sunday school, legion activities and

meetings at the Tivoli outpost of Ipswich

Corps, until lieutenants were appointed

there. They conducted a Sunday school in

their own home for many years.

Lilla was very creative and was always

organising items for the Sunday school


Lilla and Harold had a wonderful

relationship and marriage – Lilla could

only accomplish everything because

Harold was there supporting her all the

way, playing his part to make things

happen. Harold had the responsibility of

preparing scenery or other related items to

enhance presentations and displays.

Lilla went to Home League and was a

member of the Home League Singers and

the timbrels. She enjoyed presenting Home

League meetings and conducting general

corps meetings.

The highlight of Lilla’s service for

the Lord was her leadership of the Girl’s


For many years they were outstanding

in their competition in Field Days taking

first place in marching, displays and the

ball games. They did well in general racing

but teamwork was their forte. They won

the shield for seven consecutive years.

The Girl’s Legion displays were always

well received and were a very welcome

item at Congress youth demonstrations for

many years.

Some of the displays included folk

dancing, rods, hoops, Maori sticks and

Maori poi, tinickling, ball drills and

skipping displays. Just naming these items

will bring back great memories for many

people in The Salvation Army.

Along with these displays came the

organising of uniforms which Lilla would

either make herself along with her family,

or organise working bees to complete


The legion was often invited to other

corps for weekends and would present a

concert on the Saturday night and then

conduct the Sunday morning meeting.

These weekends and the Field Days

commenced great friendships between

corps and officers.

Lilla started the “Re-Runs”, a group of

former legion members who did similar

things to legion groups such as displays,

singing and drama. They were invited

to other corps and churches to present


Lilla is survived by her seven children

– Delma Warwick, Desley Eleison, Major

Beryl Lingard, Sandra Calder, Lester and

Adrian Pamenter, and Valerie Horne – 18

grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

A life centred on God

Ken McCully was

promoted to glory on 8

May, aged 86.

Ken Roy McCully was

born on 26 September

1922 to William and Anne

McCully in Bangalow, near

Lismore, NSW.

Ken saw military service in the

Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.

It was during this service, through

his exposure to the tropical sun, that Ken

suffered the skin damage that would later

lead to an ongoing health battle.

Ken’s life centred around three things:

God, his family and his church. Both Ken

and his wife Letty were heavily involved

in Lismore Salvation Army.

Ken was a proud and enthusiastic

soldier and bandsman, the Bb bass being

his instrument. He also taught Scripture to

many corps cadets over the years.

Ken’s beliefs were the centre of his life.

He lived by God’s rules and his faith was


Right to the end he relied on prayer

and faith. He never complained about

problems in life or troubles with his health,

but found comfort in his Bible and his

prayer life, always with Letty by his side.

More Promoted to Glory reports will appear in

the August issue of Pipeline.


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From the coalface


about people

Additional Appointment

Effective 4 June: Major Jennifer Peterson, Pastoral Care Team Member,

South Queensland Division.


Effective 4 June: Major Edith Kardell, Assistant Manager and Chaplain,

Warringah Place, Aged Care Plus; Captain Steven O’Neill, Acting

Manager, Warrina Village, Aged Care Plus; Captain Chris Radburn,

Divisional Support Officer, Greater West Division.

Effective 4 July: Captain Lenore Johnson, Corps Officer, Sydney Chinese

Corps, English-speaking congregation and Co-ordinator, Divisional

Chinese Ministries; Captains Laithe and Kaelene Greenaway, Corps

Officers, Tuggerah Lakes Corps.

Effective 14 July: Captain Grant Kingston-Kerr, North NSW Corps Based

Recovery Services, North NSW Division; Captains Brett and Louanne

Mitchell, Corps Officers, Manly Corps.


Captain Malcolm Swann of his father Harry Swann on 18 May; Major

Elaine Redwood of her husband, and Major Karen Masters of her father,

Major Bill Redwood on 21 May; Captain Keith Atkinson of his brother

Phillip Atkinson on 5 June; Lieutenant-Colonel Coral Duck-Chong of her

son Neil Duck-Chong on 8 June.


To Captains Daniel and Amanda Ross a boy, Levi James, on 20 May.


Captain Col Kingston (Red Shield Defence Services, Townsville) to East

Timor on 31 May.

Promoted to Glory

Brigadier Edna Earle on 11 June; Brigadier Isobel Clark on 15 June.

Queen’s Birthday 2009 Honours List

The following people have been honoured with the Medal (OAM) of the

Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday 2009 Honours List: Major

Constance Joan Hindle; Major Stanley James Hindle; Envoy Donald

James Nottage.


Majors David and Jenny Evans, effective 19 May; Envoy Joan Howell,

effective 19 May.


Lieutenant-Colonels Merv and Elaine Rowland, effective 30 June.


The following people have received the Commissioners Challenge Award:

Jacinta Grimmett, Woodenbong Outpost – Lismore.

The following people have received the Generals Award: Casey

McMillan, Maryborough; Anita Walpole, Caboolture.

Study Success

The following people have successfully completed the Community Care

Ministries course: Ruth Brightwell, Toowoomba (Module 1); Shirley

Burnett, Caboolture (Module 1); Vivien Farleigh, Pine Rivers (Module 1);

Christine Gray, Caboolture (Module 3); Laurel McCarthy, Tweed Heads

(Module 1 and 2); Kenneth Moyler, Redcliffe (Module 1).

time to pray

5-11 July

Glen Haven, Stafford Corps, Qld; Byron Bay Mission, Clulow Court,

Inverell Corps, Newcastle Community Services Centre, Umina Beach

Corps, NSW.

12-18 July

Captains Michelle and Deon Oliver, USA Central Territory; Beenleigh

Corps, Greenslopes Community Services Centre, Townsville Recovery

Services Centre, Qld; Coffs Harbour Corps, Maitland City Corps, NSW;

Moneycare team.

19-25 July

Kenya Territory; Thornton Outpost, NSW; Atherton Tablelands Corps,

Charters Towers, Logan City Community Services Centre, South Burnett

Region Corps, Qld; School for Christian Studies semester two commences

(20); Newcastle and Central NSW Division kids mission (20-24); Sydney

Staff Songsters ministry weekend (25-26).

26 July - 1 August

Majors Ross and Jo-Anne Brown, Germany Territory; Macquarie Fields

Mission, Wollongong Corps, NSW; Inala Community Services Centre,

Lockyer Valley Corps, Maroochydore Corps, Qld; Sydney East and

Illawarra divisional review (29-30); Territorial men’s Bible convention (31

July-2 Aug); Central and North Queensland Division women’s camp (31

July-3 Aug).

2-8 August

Commissioner Robin Dunster, International Headquarters; Canberra

Community Services Centre, ACT; Barraba Corps, Job Link, NSW;

Carina/ Mt Gravatt Cluster Corps, Salvo Care Line Brisbane, Qld;

Chaplains to Statutory Authorities (fire brigade, rural fire brigade, police),

THQ; Officers Brengle, Geelong (4-13); ACT and South NSW Division

women’s Refresh weekend (7-9).

engagement calendar

Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)

Blacktown: Sun 2 Aug – Corps visit

Geelong: Tue 4 Aug – Inter-territorial leaders consultation/Officers


Canberra: Fri 7–Sun 9 Aug – Women’s ‘Refresh’ weekend

Bass Hill: Thu 13 Aug – Weeroona Village chapel service

Cairns: Fri 14–Mon 17 Aug – Central and North Qld Divisional visit

Rockhampton: Wed 19–Thu 20 Aug – Central and North Qld Divisional


Port Moresby: Sun 23–Wed 26 Aug – Territorial Leaders Conference Papua

New Guinea

Colonel James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon

Parramatta: Thu 2 July – Greater West Divisional review

#Sydney: Fri 10 July – Aged Care Plus walkathon

Stanmore: Mon 13–Wed 15 July – Pre-retirement seminar

Rockhampton: Mon 20–Wed 22 July – Central and North Qld Division

officers’ fellowship

Brisbane: Wed 29–Thu 30 July – South Qld Divisional review

#Collaroy: Fri 31 July–Sun 2 Aug – Men’s Bible convention

* Cairns: Fri 31 July–3 Aug – Central and North Qld Divisional northern

women’s retreat

Geelong: Tue 4 Aug – Officers Brengle

Mt Isa: Sun 9 Aug – Corps visit

Parramatta: Sun 16 Aug – Celebration of Banding

* Rockhampton: Wed 19–Thu 20 Aug – Central and North Qld Divisional


# Rockhampton: Fri 21–Sun 23 Aug – Central and North Qld Divisional

men’s camp

*Chatswood: Wed 26 Aug – Chatswood corps home league

Officer Training College: Fri 28 Aug – Retreat day

* Colonel Jan Condon only

# Colonel James Condon only

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