The Salvation Army
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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
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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
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
– Captain Peter McGuigan,
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.
8-9 THE CALL TO WAR
Captain Peter McGuigan says the time is right for The Salvation Army to
become proactive in fighting against evil
20-21 MAINTAINING OUR APPEAL
Australians have dug deep once again to support the Red Shield Appeal
22-25 BRIDGING THE CULTURAL DIVIDE
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
26-27 FRIENDSHIP AND COMPASSION IN DARKEST TIMES
Salvation Army Rural Chaplain for southern Queensland Major Ron
McMellon’s low-key yet effective ministry
6-7 MISSION PRIORITIES UPDATE
28-42 FROM THE COALFACE
IN THIS MONTH’S CREATIVE MINISTRY
Still much more than a song: Celebrating 20 years of the Sydney pipeline Staff 07/2009 Songsters 3
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
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.”
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.
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.
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
“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
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
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
“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
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
“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
By KENT ROSENTHAL
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
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
Corps perform at
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
“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! >>>
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“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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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
“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
“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
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
“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
“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
“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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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-
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
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
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
• 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,
• 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
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
By KENT ROSENTHAL
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
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
“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
Mount Isa Corps welcomed the arrival of
Envoys Allen and Jenny Minniecon earlier
The couple has a passion for
Indigenous Australians and has a focus on
developing new Indigenous ministries in
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
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
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
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
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
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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.”
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.”
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
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Allens praised for their fine
Majors Ray and Jenny Allen retired earlier this year after
serving for 45 years and 28 years, respectively, as Salvation
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
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
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
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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,”
“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
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
From the coalface
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celebrates 110 years
(Majors Neil and Christine Dickson)
By JULIA HOSKING
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.
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
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
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
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
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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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Chill fails to
(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
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
(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
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.
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Manly hosts movies
(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
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
serve lunch at “Movies and Munchies”.
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Chief of the Staff leads
By LINDA CAMPBELL
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
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
World leaders go
back to their roots
By ANN STEWART
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 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,
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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
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
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.
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
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,”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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
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.
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
Glen Haven, Stafford Corps, Qld; Byron Bay Mission, Clulow Court,
Inverell Corps, Newcastle Community Services Centre, Umina Beach
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;
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
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).
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
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
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
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
*Chatswood: Wed 26 Aug – Chatswood corps home league
Officer Training College: Fri 28 Aug – Retreat day
* Colonel Jan Condon only
# Colonel James Condon only