August 2008 - The Salvation Army

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August 2008 - The Salvation Army

Up close

and personal

An interview with The Salvation Army’s new Territorial

Commander for Eastern Australia, Commissioner Linda Bond

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory

August 2008

Volume 12 Issue 8


Integrity, compassion, transformation

Words are important. Most people would agree with

that conclusion. How we use words can build people

up, soothe their grief, lay the grounds for trust and

friendship, nurture the thoughts of young ones, and

shape whole communities. The catchcry of Auburn City Council,

in Sydney’s West, comprises words like that. “Many cultures, one

community” it announces, and people believe it and strive for it.

In a church context, words can lead people to faith in Christ,

into forgiveness and personal renewal. And when God’s Spirit

takes hold of our words, there is no telling what can happen. Whole

churches have been revived and renewed when “the Word” was

spoken by a leader who had submitted to the Spirit’s infilling

and inspiration.

In this issue of Pipeline, we introduce three words that, while

not new to readers, describe what motivates The Salvation Army

and what this magazine’s aim is in publishing the kind of articles it

does. The words link with the Army’s vision statement: “We exist

to save souls, grow saints, and serve suffering humanity.”

The first word is “integrity”. This describes in a broad sense

what we mean by “grow saints”. It says that we not only believe in

concepts such as moral excellence, Christlikeness, and the power of

God to transform people’s lives, but we strive for these qualities in

our own lives. We want to be a people of integrity who are what we

say and believe.

The second word is “compassion”. This links with “serve

suffering humanity”. It describes our motivation for reaching

out and advocating for those who struggle to get by or who, for

whatever reason, are marginalised in the community. We reach out

with the heart of Christ, a heart of compassion. I’m reminded of the

Editorial

words from General Albert Osborn’s well-known song: “Except I

am moved with compassion, how dwelleth thy Spirit in me?” (Song

527, The Song Book of The Salvation Army).

The third word is “transformation”. This is a powerful word at

the very heart of The Salvation Army’s mission to “save souls”. We

believe the answer to the world’s needs is transformation in Christ

and the power of his Holy Spirit filling people’s lives. We believe

that when people come to the cross of Christ the power of sin is

broken in their lives, and a whole metamorphosis in their life and

lifestyle begins. Not only do we believe this, but in every age the

personal transformation brought by the Gospel in people’s lives

shows the reality of Christ’s triumph over the power of evil.

Now, in each issue of Pipeline, as far as possible we will be

tagging articles with these words. There are so many stories of

integrity, of compassion and of transformation to tell and we intend

finding and telling as many of them as possible.

A standout in this issue is a feature article that links with

integrity, with growing saints. Captain Robyn Black, who

addressed a World Youth Day event last month in Sydney, writes:

“Yesterday, I watched the journey of the World Youth Day cross

and was moved as I saw people from all nations and cultures touch

the cross. In that image lies a great truth – that the cross of Jesus

unites us.”

What more could we say? Perhaps the Apostle Paul’s words say

it best: “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift”

(2 Corinthians 9:15).

— Captain Peter McGuigan,

Communications Director

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Position Vacant

The position is for an Assistant Director of Music and

Gospel Arts, Seattle WA, USA.

You will work with the Director of Music and Gospel

Arts, providing leadership, direction and creative

programming for all phases of music ministry and

gospel arts programs. All other duties as assigned by

the Director of Music and Gospel Arts.

Applicants must be an active, uniformed soldier of

The Salvation Army, preferably with a minimum of a

Bachelor’s Degree in Music and with a proven ability

and experience in performing, teaching and directing

music and gospel arts groups.

Mail, email or fax resume to Robert Aszmies, robert.

aszmies@usw.salvationarmy.org, PO Box 9219, Seattle

WA 98109, USA. (fax)+1 877-648-5509

The Salvation Army

WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder

International Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria street

London EC4P 4EP

Shaw Clifton, General

Australia Eastern Territory

140 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Peter McGuigan, Captain

Communications Director

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

Graphic design: James Gardner

Pipeline is a publication of the

Communications Team

Cover photo: Shairon Paterson

Editorial and correspondence:

Address: PO Box A435

Sydney South NSW 1235

Phone: (02) 9266 9639

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by Commissioner Linda Bond.

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august 2008

Big Faith

Big Show:

FEATURES

6 We are all one in christ

Captain Robyn Black was a keynote speaker at a World Youth Day

event in Sydney last month, preaching on unity in the Church

14 up close and personal

Bill Simpson finds out what Commissioner Linda Bond thinks about

God, staying single, The Salvation Army and politics

18 driven to compassion

The Australia Eastern Territory lends a helping missional hand to

fellow Salvationists in Indonesia. By Scott Simpson

21 Celebrating 50 years in png Highlands

The Salvation Army reaches a half-century of service in the Highlands

of Papua New Guinea. By Major Leanne Ruthven

22 a lasting legacy

How the 2008 Self Denial Appeal changed the lives of three men who

were ‘’Sent to Serve’’

REGULARS

3 EDITORIAL

4 letters to the editor

5 tc@pipeline

8 FROM THE COALFACE

26 EASTERN COMMUNIQUE

IN THIS MONTH'S VENUE

BIG FAITH, BIG SHOW: Big Brother evictee Nathan Strempel

on living a life of faith inside the house

pipeline 08/2008 3


Letters

Tracing the origins of Warcry

In the June issue of Pipeline there

is an article on page 21, “Happy

Birthday Warcry”.

I would like to add a few facts

concerning the first issues of The War Cry.

Australia was not a nation but a group of

self-governing colonies, each with laws of

their own. Salvationists in NSW were the

first to actually publish a fortnightly War

Cry, from March 1883.

It wasn’t a matter of being printed

without official approval; it seems

that very early on, each colony had

some independence from other

colonies’ headquarters.

Similarly, the South Australian War Cry

was launched in April 1883.

The third colony War Cry, that for

Victoria, was first published carrying

the words Volume 1 Number 1 on 16

June 1883.

That actually does not mean it was the

first Melbourne War Cry!

The South Australian edition of Friday

4 May 1883 is actually the first Melbourne

issue, printed in Adelaide with the

Adelaide numbering of issue 5.

By the time Ballington Booth was

appointed in charge of the colonies of

the South Seas, there were also editions

for Queensland (printed in Sydney),

Tasmania (printed in Melbourne) and

Western Australia.

Colony issues of The War Cry

continued until the issue of Saturday 1

August 1891, when one War Cry (16 pages)

was introduced to serve all the colonies.

Then from 7 March 1896 a system of eightpage

colony War Crys was instituted.

A 16-page paper was reinstituted,

printed in Melbourne, from the issue of 21

May 1898.

The masthead said it was the official

organ in Victoria, New Zealand, NSW,

South Australia, Western Australia,

Queensland, Tasmania, and Melanesia!

This became a national publication after

Federation in 1901.

From January 1921, Sydney produced

its own War Cry for the Eastern Territory

and Melbourne produced a War Cry for

the Southern Territory.

These were 16-page papers and

continued until the end of 1932.

The issue of 7 January 1933 was

the first of the “amalgamated” 16-page

War Cry.

The author speaks about a dual

readership in 1991 but it seems those

responsible for War Cry, while printing

most material for a non-Salvationist

audience, have advertising aimed

at Salvationists.

More research needs to be done on

who reads current publications; people

inside or outside the Army. Readership via

the internet also needs to be considered.

The transfer of Salvation Army

news from Warcry and the need for

territorial leadership to have a vehicle for

motivating Salvationists was the reason

that Pipeline (monthly) in the east and On

Fire (fortnightly) in the south became the

official news magazines.

This may be a little trivial for some,

but the important thing is that news about

both Jesus Christ as Saviour of the world

and of the Army’s efforts to spread this

news, is the essence of all our publications.

Major Ken Sanz,

Coordinator for Heritage Preservation,

The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Heritage Centre,

Bexley North

Timely challenge

Recently, I was speaking with a staff

member of The Salvation Army’s

Employment Plus service who, although

not a Salvationist, is very passionate about

the mission of the total Salvation Army.

He made a very challenging statement

along the lines that the Army is not very

strong on “Saving Souls” while, at the

same time, is very strong on “Serving

Suffering Humanity”.

The Army has failed, he continued,

to link its mission of Serving Suffering

Humanity with Saving Souls.

We have lost our passion and our

vision for Saving Souls and are therefore

not growing as we ought.

We give ascent to Saving Souls but

we are poor on action.

Maybe we should be “Growing Saints”

by teaching and training them to grasp the

opportunities to Serve Suffering Humanity

as a means to Saving Souls.

Thanks, staff member, for this

timely challenge.

Major Ray Allen,

NSW Chaplain,

The Salvation Army Employment Plus

The clock is ticking

would like to comment on some of

I the content of Commissioner Bond’s

“abridged version” of her welcome

address reported in the June 2008 issue

of Pipeline.

The Commissioner stated some of the

Army’s doctrines in several places. I’m

delighted that the first doctrine pertaining

to the Old and New testaments is the basis

of the Army’s beliefs.

For several years now I’ve been

concerned that the subjects of “end times”

prophecy, the fulfilment of prophecy

concerning the restoration of the land of

Israel and the return of the Jewish people

to the “Promised Land” (more than two

million Jews have returned to Israel in

the past 20 years) seem to have been

neglected by many Christians worldwide,

including Salvationists.

We all need to be aware, but not

afraid, of the end times but also keep our

focus on Jesus Christ and the growth and

development of our own faith.

While it is wrong to speculate, a study

of the prophecies of Daniel, Jeremiah,

Ezekiel, Zechariah, Christ’s prophecies in

Matthew, Mark and Luke’s gospels, and

Paul and Peter’s references to end times,

plus other prophetical scriptures, could

be enlightening.

Many current worldwide affairs,

particularly in the Middle East, would

seem to be the fulfilment of some of

those prophecies.

Terence Carpenter,

Candelo, NSW

Honour due to Hillsong

Last month I had an incredible time at

the Hillsong Conference joining with

20,000 Christians in worship of Jesus, and

also seeing The Salvation Army honoured

time and time again.

During the launch of Compassion

Child Sponsorship’s 10,000 Children in

10 Days campaign, a Salvation Army-run

Compassion project in India was profiled

Each night of the conference they

honoured an Australian church that is

making a difference in our nation.

On the Thursday night Hillsong

Conference honoured The Salvation

Army’s ministry in Australia.

Every year Hillsong Conference finds

some way to bring honour and respect to

The Salvation Army — they consistently

celebrate our place in the nation of

Australia and in the body of Christ.

Hillsong Conference exists to

champion the cause of the local church

and they demonstrate this so well.

Paul Mergard,

Brisbane, Qld

Hunger for holiness

Commissioner Linda Bond says a passion for holy living is essential if The Salvation

Army is to remain effective.

T

here’s nothing like a new experience in life to set you

thinking. I had a ‘’first’’ on Thursday night, 24 July.

Major Philip Cairns lined me up to deliver the annual

Frederick Coutts Memorial Lecture at Booth College. It

was an honour to be asked. The subject was ‘’Can Our Holiness

Teaching Survive?’’ It was a revision of a paper General Shaw

Clifton had asked me to give at the General’s Consultative

Council in January 2008. Major Cairns thought it would be

an appropriate subject since the series is named after General

Frederick Coutts, a noted exponent of the doctrine of holiness.

The overflow attendance at the lecture was both a surprise

and an encouragement. So, some of us have been reflecting on it.

Why the sudden interest? Maybe it was, as someone suggested,

an opportunity for some to hear the new Territorial Commander

for the first time. Perhaps. But I strongly feel it was more than the

person. It was the subject.

With such a question as “Can Our Holiness Teaching

Survive?”, did some come wondering whether a bleak future

for the holiness doctrine spelled a bleak future for the Army?

Did others just want a leader to say a resounding ‘’yes’’? Like

Mel Gibson in the movie Braveheart who shouted with his dying

breath, ‘’Freedom!’’, would the TC ‘’nail the colours to the mast’’

and shout, ‘’Holiness’’?

On reflection, some of us have concluded that it is far deeper,

perhaps even more personal. Was the interest a symptom of

heart hunger? Was it an indication that people want more than

a doctrinal statement? They don’t want a creed that they clutch

onto in order to preserve the Army heritage. They want an

experience of Jesus that is so real, so vital, so full that the guilt

and power of sin are not just minimised but pulverised. Even

more than that, they want to receive what he has promised.

The possibility of Jesus living his life through our

personalities is captivating. It doesn’t require us wearing a mask

to appear sanctimonious. It won’t require bending ourselves out

of shape so we won’t colour outside the religious lines. It is life

to the full, life marked by love, living that is authentic. It is being

the person he intended us to be.

The congregation at the Coutts lecture was diverse in gender,

age, ministry and employment but I believe hidden below the

surface, there was this ‘’something’’ that ached for the doctrine of

holiness to be true. And it is!

Holiness is not just God’s calling on our lives, it is to be

experienced. It is the secret of the Army’s past success and it is

essential for our continued effectiveness.

The Army is you and me, not a building or a structure, not

a system or a program. It is people; people with the potential of

living in the freedom that comes from the clean heart and the

loving nature of the one who makes himself at home in us.

Commissioner Linda Bond is Territorial Commander

of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.

PRAYER PRIORITY: JOIN A TERRITORY-WIDE PRAYER MEETING

Commissioner Linda Bond invites corps and individuals to join her in prayer

for The Salvation Army’s mission in the world every Thursday morning from

7.30am to 8.00am. Please pray for:

• Spiritual renewal and growth across The Salvation Army

• Transformation of people’s lives through the Army’s ministry

The dynamic impact of The Salvation Army’s mission initiatives and programs

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We are

allone in

Integrity

Growing Saints

Christ

During the week of World Youth Day events in Sydney last month, a special series

of talks focusing on unity in the Church was held at Bondi Beach. The Salvation

Army’s Captain Robyn Black was one of three keynote speakers. Her brief was to

establish a theological basis for unity. We publish the text of her talk here.

My name is Robyn Black

and I’m a Salvation Army

Officer. That is, a minister of

religion with The Salvation

Army. I greet you warmly on behalf of The

Salvation Army in Australia.

When I was 22 years of age, I travelled

around Australia for 12 months. I had the

best time; Australia has some beautiful

places to visit — hopefully you’ll have

time to look around. I was raised in the

Christian faith, being part of the Protestant

church. It has always been important to

“What unites us is

stronger and more

powerful than the

differences that

cause division.”

me to be part of a community of faith,

and travelling around Australia and being

away from home and family didn’t change

this. So, each time we drove into a town,

I would look for a church where I could

worship God.

I soon learned that small towns in

outback Australia donít have a lot of

churches to choose from. So I visited

churches that were unfamiliar to me

— Roman Catholic churches, Baptist

churches, Anglican churches, Salvation

Army churches, the Uniting Church and

Pentecostal churches. It scared me, going

into churches where the form of worship

looked different. But I honestly believed

that if I went in with an open attitude and

open heart, God would meet me there.

Still, I would always sit in the last row

of the church, and say to myself, “if it gets

too weird, I’m leaving”. Really, I sat in the

back row because of fear. The truth is that

I feared the unknown — and sometimes

the prayers were different to those I was

used to, and sometimes the songs were

unfamiliar to me. Sometimes I didn’t

know when to stand and when to sit.

But I discovered that worship continued

to be meaningful and inspirational, and

that people are people wherever they

worship, and what unites us is stronger

and more powerful than the differences

that cause division.

In the Gospel of John, we have an

extraordinary glimpse into the heart of

Jesus. It was getting close to the time

when he would be betrayed and brought

to trial. His heart was heavy, as he told

his disciples, “One of you — my trusted

friends and companions — is going to

betray me,” John 13:21. His heart was

burdened for his friends. He said to his

disciples, “in this world you will have

trouble,” John 16:33.

He knew the road he had to travel, he

knew he was on the path that led to the

cross and yet his last thoughts were not

for himself. Jesus’ prayer, found in the

Gospel of John, chapter 17 and verse 20,

says, “I ask not only on behalf of these

(the disciples), but also on behalf of those

who will believe in me through their word

(thatís us — those who believe because of

the Word handed down to us).

In his final hours, Jesus’ last prayer

was for us. Jesus prayed for you and I —

that’s huge! What a privilege, and how

humbling, that our Lord would pray for

us! Do you ever wonder what he would

have prayed for? There are many worthy

things that he could have asked his Father

in heaven for. He could have prayed for

courage for us, or that we might have

inner peace, or for strength. But at this

most significant time in Jesus’ life, his

prayer for us was, “Father, may they all be

one,” John 17:21.

He went on to pray, “May they become

completely one, so that the world may

know that you have sent me and have

loved them as you have loved me,” John

17:23, (New Revised Standard Version).

Another translation of the Bible says,

“May they be brought to complete unity

to let the world know that you sent me

and have loved them,” John 17:23 (New

International Version).

Jesus’ final words were a prayer for our

unity. For the unity of believers. You know,

Jesus believed that complete unity was

possible. He believed that it was possible

for all his followers to focus on the things

that unite us, not the things that divide us.

Our Lord prayed for our unity, to send a

message to the world that God the Father

sent Jesus to die for us and that we are

loved by God.

The truth is that when the world sees

Christians arguing and fighting, they don’t

see a God of love reflected in our actions.

Jonathon Swift, the author of Gulliver’s

Travels, wrote somewhat cynically that “we

have just enough religion to hate, but not

enough religion to love”. We need to truly

grasp that Jesus reached out in love to all

people — even those who were culturally

and religiously diverse from himself.

In the Gospel of John, he said, “I give

you a new commandment, that you love

one another. Just as I have loved you” John

13: 34. Love is not an option, love is not a

suggestion, love is a commandment from

Jesus himself.

Many years ago, I worked for the

Salvation Army Outreach Service, which

ministered to people around Kings

Cross in Sydney. This area was well

known as a place where drug use and

prostitution was common. I was part of a

team that included those who identified as

being Salvation Army, Catholic, Anglican

and Baptist.

As we ministered to people who had

experienced terrible abuse and damaged

pasts, we found that we needed to trust

one another and rely on one another. In

that environment, we found a unity of

faith and a camaraderie with one another,

even though we worshipped in different

places and had different traditions.

We had to depend on one another and

we had to depend God. What unified us

was the incredible need of the people we

saw and our incredible need of God. What

unified us was our love for the people we

ministered to, our love for God and our

love and respect for one another. Who

unified us was the Spirit of God, God’s

Holy Spirit dwelling in our midst.

For unity to mean anything at all, it

must be forged in action. Unity cannot

be just an intellectual agreement or

something that we speak about.

Love needs to

worked out in our

everyday lives. If we

agree that we have

a commandment by

Jesus to love people, it

needs to be more than

just nice words and

ideas. Loving people

can be difficult, we

know that. And yet

you and I need to

demonstrate love and

grace and forgiveness

in our everyday lives

so that others will see

that living with Jesus makes a difference.

Yesterday, I watched the journey of

the World Youth Day Cross on television

and was moved as I saw people from all

nations and cultures touch the cross. In

that image lies a great truth — that the

cross of Jesus unites us.

In Sydney today, we gather together

as a culturally diverse group and we are

making a statement to the world that it is

possible to live in unity.

Today, we demonstrate by our actions

that people from different nations with

different languages, from different

churches with different traditions, can

stand side by side in the power and love

of God.

Our Lord believed that Christian unity

was possible, that we may all be one. May

it be true for you and I, in the power and

strength of God. It starts today.

Captain Robyn Black

is Corps Officer at The

Salvation Army Glebe.

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From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

News FEATURE

From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

News FEATURE

Salvos Stores

Salvos take eye

hits 100

By Bill Simpson and Flavia Caraballo

The 100th Salvos Stores outlet in the Australia Eastern

Territory opened at Lakemba, in western Sydney, on

3 July.

Canterbury Mayor Councillor Robert Furolo performed

the official opening, in the presence of Salvation Army

territorial and divisional officers, and Salvos

Stores management.

Hundreds of shoppers packed the Haldon St store for

opening specials.

Salvos Stores General Manager Mr Neville Barrett

revealed at the opening that business throughout the

territory had increased steadily over the first six months of

the year.

“Latest figures available indicate an 11 per cent increase

last month (June) compared to the same period last year,”

he said.

“Increasing numbers of customers from all walks of life

are now turning to Salvos Stores for their shopping needs.

Household budgets have become tighter due to higher

interest rates, petrol prices and a general increase in the cost

of living.”

Mr Barrett said the public was becoming more aware

that Salvos Stores sold quality products at reasonable prices.

Outlets now sold not only the usual second-hand

clothing, furniture and bric-a-brac, but also household

products like washing powder, dishwashing liquid

and toothpaste.

Profits raised through sales at Salvos Stores shops were

used to help fund Salvation Army community work, Mr

Barrett said.

Donating goods to Salvos Stores helped The Salvation

Army to assist the less fortunate and reduced the amount of

material dumped at waste sites.

The Salvation Army has been operating recycling outlets

in Australia since the 1880s. Its first recycling depots were

established to provide work, accommodation and food for

men leaving prison. They were known as Prison Gate

Brigade homes.

Workers collected, sorted and baled waste paper. They

later added used clothing to their operation. This enabled

The Salvation Army to begin jumble sales to provide lowcost

clothing to needy families.

The first Prison Gate Brigade home operated in

Castlereagh St, Sydney — now buried beneath Central

Railway Station — from 1886-87. It moved to Albion St,

Surry Hills, and later Ashfield, St Peters and Enmore. The

current centre at St Peters has been operating since 1910.

Name changes have included Miroma Industries, Red

Shield Industries and Red Shield Family Stores.

The name Salvos Stores was introduced on 1 January,

2003. It is now a multimillion-dollar recycling service that

financially supports The Salvation Army’s community work

and is regarded as the largest international network

of collection centres, retail stores and recycled clothing

export services.

Meantime, on Thursday 17 July the 101st Salvos Stores

centre was opened at Helensburgh, on the NSW South

Coast. Among those in attendance at the official dedication

and grand opening were federal politicians Sharon Bird and

Justine Elliot, and state MP Paul McLeay.

The Salvation Army was represented by Freddy

Choo, Salvos Stores Marketing and Retail Manager, Jeff

McCartney, Salvo Stores Area Manager for Eastern Sydney,

Major Amanda Choy-Show and Mr Barrett.

The Army has a strong desire to do whatever it

takes to help the least and the last in our community,”

Mr Barrett said.

“We have a desire to do what God puts us on Earth to

do. With the help of our supportive staff, through Salvos

Stores we continue to make the community a better place.”

The 100th Salvos Stores

outlet at Lakemba is

officially opened. Hundreds

of shoppers packed the

Haldon St store for

opening specials.

care to the streets

By Ramon Williams

mazing, I can see!” The cry was loud enough to wake

“A the sleeping homeless nearby, but they simply stirred

and pulled the blankets closer. It was almost biblical in its

sincerity and emotion.

The scene was part of the latest addition to the work of

Major Hilton Harmer OAM and Major Joyce Harmer OAM of

The Salvation Army, thanks to the voluntary service provided

by optometrist Susan Thompson, from West Ryde.

On Sunday 15 June, Sue joined the Harmers on her second

visit to the streets of Sydney. She checked those who had

been given glasses on her first visit and examined their eye

pressures for signs of follow-up work needed.

A Salvation Army van was parked nearby, its headlights

used to illuminate the location, while a spotlight was trained

on the reading chart. Tables and chairs completed the makedo

“eye clinic”, which attracted those who had heard of the

service and gathered around for their check-up.

“Others have said, why not send them to outpatient

departments of hospitals, but these folk would never go to

such centres,” said Sue.

What made her decide to undertake such a venture? She

had been visiting Aboriginal communities in the Northern

Territory for the past four years, making four trips per year

for a week at a time. This was under the Visiting Optometrist

Scheme, set up by the Federal Government and they provided

the funding for her to go.

Last year she started testing eyes at the Exodus Foundation in

Ashfield, seeing people similar to those living on the streets.

She still attends once a month and provides a similar service

— eye-testing and the provision of glasses.

These people, both at Exodus and on the streets, are

not getting access to the vision care that we all take for

granted. I feel privileged to be able to provide them these

services,” said Sue.

Her family knew of the Harmers from a previous visit by The

Salvation Army officers. Sue made contact and, as they say, the

rest is history.

Her two trips to the streets of Sydney have resulted in 15

people being examined. The majority have required glasses

while a few have been advised to go to the Sydney Eye

Hospital for further treatment.

The Harmers have said that without such volunteers their

work would be much harder and nowhere near as effective.

Major Hilton Harmer commenced the street work with the

homeless when he retired from active officership three years

ago. Now he knows every haunt the homeless use for their

sleeping quarters and knows all the regulars by name.

While Sue was checking eyes, Hilton was giving out

blankets, beanies and gloves. Joyce Harmer chatted to a father

and his young daughter, as well as greeting the regulars

by name.

It was obvious that the homeless men and women regard

the Harmers as family members, folk who can be trusted and

who care for them. Now they have added eye care to the list of

services provided, thanks to an optometrist named Sue!

Majors Hilton and Joyce Harmer with optometrist Susan

Thompson (above); while Susan (below) conducts an eye

test on a homeless man.

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From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Bundaberg’s social

conscience

(Majors David and Jenny Evans)

Earlier this year, The Salvation Army’s Bundaberg

Corps sent both Wes Bust (youth co-ordinator) and

Jonathan Shield (IT trainee) to Sydney for the Army’s

Social Justice Conference.

Both men returned from the conference inspired by

what they had seen and heard, and were quick to organise

a Social Justice Service which introduced the corps to the

Army’s Social Justice Programme. Since then, Jonathan

has been appointed as the Social Justice Co-ordinator for

Bundaberg Corps.

On Sunday 13 July there was a moving and thoughtprovoking

morning service at Bundaberg which

challenged all present that they can make a difference.

DVD film clips on the social justice issues that are

happening every day in our world were shown, and

the meeting concluded with a powerful message by

Carolyn Merry.

Carolyn has for many years served as an overseas

aid worker, initially with Mother Theresa nuns in India

and then with Medicines Sans Frontiers, often referred to

as Doctors Without Borders. During her overseas work

she has spent time in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Timor,

Malaysia and Chechnya. Carolyn has also worked in

outback Australia, at Aboriginal settlements.

At the close of the service a recording of Salvation

Army Founder William Booth’s “I’ll Fight “ speech

was played.

On September 20 and 21, Bundaberg Corps will be

holding a Social Justice Conference. The speakers will be

Major Miriam Gluyas, Wilma Gallet and Robyn Evans.

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Life skills at

Lockyer Valley

(Captains Justin and Lindy Davies)

Captain Lindy Davies had the privilege of enrolling six

new members in the Lockyer Valley Corps’ SAGALA

program for young people recently. Among those enrolled

were Peter Guy, Ryan Fielding, Emily Fielding, Gryffin

Scott, Miranda Scott and Tamsyn Scott.

The SAGALA activities at Lockyer Valley are proving

Captain Lindy Davies (left) with the six new SAGALA

members and the corps’ SAGALA leaders.

very popular with the local community, with parents

readily embracing the concept of a life skills, award-based

program for their children. The program is designed to

help young people learn new skills and develop new

hobbies. There have also been opportunities for the kids to

go on camping trips, as well as learning Christian values.

Parents have expressed their appreciation of how the

program helps young people to develop in many ways,

and in particular build their self-esteem.

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Donated keyboard music

to the ears

(Captains David and Joan Buckle)

Earlier this year, a plea went out from the pastor at the

small community of Kybrook, near Pine Creek in the

Northern Territory.

Pastor John Lees was concerned for the teenagers of

the community and in particular their tendency to turn to

alcohol. He was after musical instruments so he could use

the medium as a means of encouraging the teenagers away

from drinking, but wasn’t sure how to go about getting his

hands on some.

Captains David and Joan Buckle, who oversee The

Salvation Army’s outpost at Katherine in the Northern

Territory, heard about Pastor John’s idea and decided

to help. They sent the word out across The Salvation

Army Australia-wide and have been pleased to report a

positive response.

Captain David Buckle (back left) with David (who will teach

the teenagers to play the keyboard) and Deacon Robert,

with Pastor John Lees (seated).

Woden Valley Corps in Canberra donated a keyboard

to the cause, the instrument being driven to Sydney before

being flown to Darwin by Flying Padre Captain David

Shrimpton. The Buckles collected the keyboard in Darwin

and then delivered it to the Kybrook community in time

for its morning church service on Sunday 15 June.

Encouraged by the donation, Pastor John now talks

enthusiastically about the future for the community’s

teenagers. A Baptist church group has also generously

dipped into its pockets and has given $600 for the

purchase of more instruments.

A dedication ceremony for the instruments will be

held in the near-future, which Captains David and Joan

will be attending.

Kids Olympics at Stafford

(Captains Bryce and Sue Davies)

Stafford Corps, in Brisbane, recently held its Winter Kidz

Club with the Olympic Games providing the theme for

the week of activities.

Kozzy Koala, a mascot from the Sydney Olympics in

2000, was joined by Percy Panda, who will be fulfilling

a similar role at the Beijing Games, for the event which

attracted more than 130 kids.

The church at Stafford was decorated with all sorts of

flags, streamers, posters and sports equipment — there

was even an Olympic flame and grandstands too.

All the kids were divided into age groups with each

given the name of one of the mascots to be in Beijing —

Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying and Nini.

The whole week was about running the race of life

with Jesus and the kids learnt a verse from the Bible which

helped them to understand what that meant.

Kozzy and Percy explained to the kids that, like

learning to be a mascot and using all the right advice,

training and equipment, so it was in being a Christian. We

Melbourne Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold

medallist Deb Lovely talks to the kids at Stafford.

need Jesus to give us the right advice and we need things

like the Bible and prayer and good friends to help us be

better Christians.

During the week, the kids also had a visit from

Melbourne Commonwealth Games weightlifting gold

medallist Deb Lovely, blind paralympian Paul Harpur

— and his cuddly guide dog — and children’s Christian

entertainers Rocfish. Stafford Corps’ own exercise guru

Aaron Huff took the kids through some exercises too.

The event was organised by the corps’ Children’s

Ministries (Mission) leader Bev Whitehead and Georgina

Brown, while there were many other volunteer’s who

helped with registrations, welcomed the kids each day,

provided security, first aid, cooked and cleaned, and

numerous other tasks which presented themselves over

the course of the week.

Stafford Corps has been holding its Kidz Club for

several years now and each time it gets bigger.

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Training College

Origin antics

(Major Philip Cairns)

Cadets at the School for Officer Training, Booth College,

at Bexley North in Sydney showed their true colours

during the recent State of Origin rugby league series.

Many of the cadets are “from north of the Tweed”, and so

no-one was surprised when a ten-foot tall “QLD” appeared

in the grass of the residential compound. The grass

even took on a Maroon tinge on the eve of each of Queensland’s

victories. Although hundreds of cadets

The giant QLD sign that mysteriously appeared in the lawn at

the training college.

from Queensland have passed through the training college

over the years, 2008 is the first year that Commissioning

will be held in Brisbane, honouring not only the current

crop of banana benders but the many that have gone

before them.

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New Senior Soldiers

at Campsie

(Majors Bruce and Glenys Domrow)

Campsie Corps had the privilege of witnessing the

Senior Soldier enrolments of Liz Scott, and Rosemarie

and John Moiwo on Sunday June 22 during the morning

worship service.

All three had been led through soldiership classes by

Des Pearse and Major Margaret Redmond in preparation

for the day.

Several family members of those being enrolled were

in the congregation for the service.

Of extra significance for all involved was the fact that

Rosemarie and John are the first people from the African

country of Sierra Leone to become Senior Soldiers

at Campsie.

The enrolment was led by Major Bruce Domrow

who later spoke on the topic of covenant with God as a

consequence of a relationship with God, not the cause.

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Equipping yourself

for life

Thirty-five people from across the South Queensland

Division gathered at Mercy Place, Brisbane in late June

to attend the latest Design For Life course, a relatively new

initiative for The Salvation Army which is overseen by

Captains Craig and Donna Todd (Cronulla).

The course is held over a weekend and includes a

healthy mixture of worship, prayer, Bible teaching, smallgroup

discussion and personal reflection.

Over the weekend, participants were encouraged to

consider just where they were at in their journey as they

strove to achieve God’s design for their life. There were

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From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

many stories from individuals about how they believe that

God is leading them to undertake specialised study, to

equip them for future service and ministry.

For some, there was a definite call on their life while for

others, there was a need for a confirmation and a sealing

of the commitment and submission to the call of God on

their life.

The next Design For Life course will be held in Sydney

from 14-16 November (applications close on Friday 17

October). Places are limited and bookings are essential.

For more information contact Donna Todd at:

donna.todd@aue.salvationarmy.org or on 02 9531 6577, or

visit the DFL website at www.salvos.org.au/designforlife

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Newcastle kids slip

into banana land

Sixty children and 15 leaders from the Newcastle and

Central NSW Division attended the Northern Exposure

Kids Camp at Coffs Harbour in April.

A highlight was the reading of extracts from the

Mr Men and Little Miss stories, each teaching positive

Christian morals and behaviour.

The first day of camp started with a 5am wake-up,

International News

General calls Salvation

Army to prayer

General Shaw Clifton has issued the following call to prayer for

all Salvationists:

Greetings in the name of Jesus.

Salvationists are praying people and we have cause

to be deeply grateful for the devoted prayer which has

supported God’s children through many situations

in different areas of the world during this past year.

Sometimes there is a need to call the whole Salvation Army

to prayer on a specific issue, and this will happen again

this year in the month of September.

Call to Prayer for Peace, Sunday 21 September 2008

(International Day of Peace)

As last year, The Salvation Army around the world is

called upon to mark the above date by praying for peace.

Not only is there conflict between nations, but many

countries have suffered internal tension and political

unrest. Inevitably, the innocent suffer, and there is tragic

loss of life and displacement of people. Our intercession

is for the leaders of the nations, striving for peace

and justice, and for the victims of war, suffering pain

and bereavement.

Our heartfelt plea to the Lord is: “Guide our feet

into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79, Today’s New

International Version).

Call to Prayer for Victims of Sex Trade Trafficking,

Sunday 28 September 2008

Once again, the victims of sex trade trafficking need

initiated by the children. They visited the Big Banana,

taking in a banana farm tour, toboggan and water slide

rides, and ice skating. On return to the camp, there were

stories and an early night.

Endurance, strength and skill were required on a visit

to Muttonbird Island, where the children climbed a steep

mountain, spotted nesting birds, patted a new chick,

caught fish, played beach games and enjoyed a barbecue.

During a visit to the Coffs Harbour Porpoise Pool,

the children had photographs taken with a dolphin and a

seal. They also fed fairy penguins and were amazed at the

antics of a skateboarding seal.

There was also a visit to Butterfly House and the

challenge of finding the way out of a butterfly maze.

During a rain shower, the children created butterfly art.

Back at camp, they participated in games and singing,

learned how to be “Little Miss Helpful” and watched the

Bee Movie.

At the end of camp, more than three-quarters of

the children asked Jesus to help with their lives. They

were provided with Bibles, purchased by the Women’s

Ministries Department, Australia Eastern Territorial

Headquaters.

On their way back to Newcastle, the children visited

Billabong Koala Park, Port Macquarie, where they patted a

blue tongue lizard and had their photo taken with a koala.

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General Shaw

Clifton has called

on Salvationists to

pray for peace, and

for the victims of sex

trade trafficking.

our prayer and ongoing action for their release and

restoration. Befriending those entrapped in the sex trade

has been a continuing mission of The Salvation Army.

Addressing the issue of demand is also on the agenda as

we speak and teach around the world. Society’s attitudes

can and must be changed through the power of prayer

and godly intervention. The Salvation Army is called

upon to pray even more earnestly than ever before, for

those who are abused and who need protection. Jesus

said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these

brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me”

(Matthew 25:40, TNIV)..

Salvos continue aid to

Myanmar and China

The Salvation Army is planning a larger-scale assistance

programme to help people in southern Myanmar

(Burma) after Cyclone Nargis ripped through the country

on 2 May 2008.

Days after the disaster Major Mike Caffull of

International Emergency Services, made an assessment

visit of the affected areas. He said so much more aid is

needed, especially in the Ayeyarwady Division, where the

worst of the storm hit and where it is reported that up to

60 per cent of people have still not received any assistance.

However, since those early hours after the storm,

Salvationists have made daily visits to some of the most

difficult areas, often spending many hours on the road to

reach places which are difficult to access.

Since the relief work commenced, nearly 6,000 kilos

of rice and more than 3,000 kilos of noodles have been

distributed, as well as a number of other food items.

Salvation Army teams have provided more than 11,000

A Myanmar Salvation Army officer delivers clothes to

a family in the Magiyhan area of Myanmar, south of

Yangon (Rangoon).

people with basic supplies including food, tarpaulins,

drinking water and clothes. These figures do not include

the many hundreds of people who lined up outside The

Salvation Army’s children’s homes home in Yangon

to receive clean drinking water from their wells in the

immediate aftermath of the cyclone.

As the five teams of local Salvationists, boosted by the

International Emergency Services training they received

shortly after Major Caffull’s arrival, continue to make

their visits with food and clothing, they are finding more

ways in which people need help. Plans are in place for

an international Salvation Army team of experienced

emergency responders to make their way to Myanmar,

once visas have been arranged, so the caring work already

under way can be supplemented and developed.

Major James Aaron, regional officer of The Salvation

Army in Myanmar, said: “We have been sad to see so

many people suffering through bereavement and loss,

wandering around not knowing where to turn for help,

with no homes or possessions. Yet to see some of them

smiling when our teams visit with only small assistance is

wonderful.” Major Aaron leads one of the teams himself

and has personally been involved in the response to

victims for many days.

Major Caffull has been working with the local teams

and has sent a message from his base in Myanmar: “The

international Salvation Army should be proud of its

colleagues in Myanmar who are giving of themselves

sacrificially to help many people who have been left with

nothing. We need to help them do more and hope to be

able to deploy an experienced team to help. The need

is great but so are the resilience of the people and the

compassion of the Myanmar Salvationists.”

Days after the Myanmar (Burma) cyclone, an

earthquake registered 8.0 on the Richter scale a devastating

earthquake shook the Sichuan Province of China.

The May figures released by the Chinese Government

revealed the extent of the disaster. More than 34,000 people

were killed, 9,500 were buried and almost 30,000 people

were missing.

Salvation Army representatives are already in

discussion with other religious organisations to make

plans for a trauma counselling programme. In addition,

Lieut-Colonel Merv Rowland, The Salvation Army’s

Officer Commanding for Hong Kong and Macau, and

relief coordinator Simon Wong travelled to China to meet

with the Government’s Civil Affairs Department to discuss

rehabilitation needs.

Under the leadership of Major Tommy Chan, the threeperson

team is currently in Chengdu, Sichuan Province

— an area where The Salvation Army has experience from

previous programmes.

Major Cedric Hills (International Emergency Services

Coordinator) said, “The Salvation Army is well placed

to participate in the longer-term rehabilitation needs as

our local personnel have experience of working in this

particular region. The financial appeal launched in Hong

The Salvation Army’s Major Tommy Chan speaks to villagers

outside their temporary homes.

Kong has been received very positively. Already local

donations have exceeded HK$6.5 million (US$835,000).

While we are grateful for this tremendous public support

and the trust placed in The Salvation Army, we realise the

needs in the area will be extensive.”

12 pipeline 08/2008 13


Up

close and

personal

In May this year Commissioner Linda Bond, a Canadian, became

Territorial Commander of The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern Territory.

In this interview with Pipeline journalist Bill Simpson, Commissioner Bond

gives her views on God, staying single, The Salvation Army, and politics.

Surprise flashes across her face

at the opening question. “Tell

me about Linda Bond’s God,”

I ask the new Australia Eastern

Territory Commander.

There is the look of surprise. Her

eyes are wide open. She laughs. I sense

interest that this intruder into her day

has provided such an opportunity.

“You weren’t expecting that

question?” I ask. “No,” she says. “No,

no. But that’s OK. It’s perfectly OK. I’m

fine with it.”

She looks more at ease, now. The look

and laugh fade. Moving back from the

edge of her chair, Commissioner Bond

settles into a considered response.

“I find the Lord very, very personal,”

she says. “I tell people that my

relationship with Jesus Christ is the most

important thing in my whole life.

There’s never a day that I have any

doubt of the presence of the Lord and a

sense of his unfailing love.

“I have a great sense, also, that his

commands are enabling. He doesn’t ask

anything of me that he doesn’t provide

the grace to do. I’ve learned that he leads

me by open doors and shut doors. I’ve

learned to wait and be still, and not to

kick doors in.”

Photos of previous Territorial Commanders hang in the executive

boardroom at Territorial Headquarters in Sydney, a roll of honour which

14 Commissioner Linda Bond will join at the end of her appointment.

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Commissioner Linda Bond at work in her office

(left); with photos of previous Australia Eastern

Territory Territorial Commanders (above); and with

her personal assistant Christina Chen (above right).

Photos: Shairon Paterson.

“I haven’t had one second of doubt [about decision to

become an officer]. I even believe I was born to be a

Salvation Army officer.”

Question: So, you were a door kicker?

There was a time that as a leader I

thought I had to make things happen.

Now, I think, if doors close, I don’t get

terribly disappointed. I just think that he

(God) has a better idea.

“So, that’s how I operate. It’s a far more

relaxing way to operate. I have moved to a

new level of trust.”

There is confession that in the past, she

liked to get her own way. She learned as a

child growing up in Canada to argue her

point. “Even if I was wrong, I wanted to

win the argument.”

Now? “I have learned it’s best to let the

Lord lead.”

Q: So, let’s say I’m not a Christian. You

have three minutes to convince me. What

are you going to say?

“Three minutes!” she exclaims.

The look and the laugh are back. I think

we’re both enjoying this exchange. I

certainly am.

“Well,” she says, “I would say, you

know, you have investigated a lot of things

in life as a journalist. You need to read the

gospels; you need to ask yourself similar to

what CS Lewis would say.

“Is this man (Jesus) insane; deluded?

Is there something wrong with him? Is

this man conniving? Is he an absolute

phoney? Or, is this man right about who

he says he is?

“You know, a lot of people say: ‘Oh,

I like Jesus’. But I say, no. CS Lewis is

correct. You can’t really like Jesus and

not believe who he says he is. Otherwise,

he’s insane; he thinks he’s the Messiah,

but he isn’t.

“I think that sometimes we think we

can be warm and fuzzy about Jesus. I don’t

think he allows us to be (like that). I think

he’s either who he says he is or he’s an

absolute phoney.”

Q: OK. So, what do I do now?

She is ready for this question. This

time, there is no look or laugh.

The gospels are really clear,” she says,

firmly. “The gospel of Luke, by the way,

is very clear. You have to respond. Once

Jesus lays a claim on your life, you will be

called to respond.

“You may say what the Pharisees say;

that it’s rubbish. Or you may do as a host

of the marginalised said and say: ‘My Lord

and my God’.

“But you can’t go away and say you

will sit on the fence. You have to make a

decision. Once you make the decision (for

Jesus), it’s very clear in Luke's gospel that

Jesus will call you to radical discipleship.

“He will say: ‘OK, now that you

believe in me, what are you prepared to

do? Are you prepared to die?’ You will

have to respond to that and say whether

you are prepared to pay the cost. “He

won’t leave you without confronting you.”

Q: What attracted you to Christ?

“I grew up in The Salvation Army,

didn’t I,” she says. “So, I knew as a child

that he was the Lord and Saviour. But

here’s the difference for me, now — I

preach about this, by the way.

“I say in my preaching that what I

have preached is the Word of God and it

is the truth. I say it is the truth because I

accepted it and I preach it based on the

experience of others.

“I grew up with very godly people

who gave witness to Jesus. So, there was

no reason for me not to believe in Jesus.

My own father’s conversion was dramatic.

It changed the course of our family, in

many ways.

“I came to the point in my own life

where I said: ‘Look, I’ve been in ministry

for years. It might be a good idea for the

rest of my officership to preach what I

know — not just because somebody told

me, but because of what I actually know of

my experience of Jesus’.”

For Linda Bond, the personal

experience of Jesus began to blossom

in her late teenage years. She was the

daughter of a Canadian coalmining father

and English-born mother taken to Canada

as a 17-year-old by adoptive parents. Her

mother was the illegitimate child of a maid

and a British lord.

The young Linda was raised in Nova

Scotia, the last of 13 children. The Salvation

Army was prominent in family life.

She thought about being a physical

education teacher, but chose Salvation

Army officership instead. It was a decision

based on seeking certainty about the

important things of life. At first, she

resisted the idea of officership when

friends and family mentioned it. She

figured that if God wanted her, he would

call personally.

That, she says now, was naive, because

she has become aware that God does call

through other people. “So, I did ask again

for him to lead me — and I added: ‘Even if

it’s to be a Salvation Army officer’.

Then, one night, working at the table,

I just knew in an instant. It was 40 or so

years ago. I haven’t had one second of

doubt. I even believe I was born to be a

Salvation Army officer.”

She has remained single through her

officership — a vastly different life to her

mother, of whom she wrote in a recent

Women In Touch: “I am my mother’s by

nature and, in large part, by nurture.”

Except, I suggest, in the area of 13

children. She laughs.

“Maybe (13 children) is the reason I

stayed single.” I wasn’t sure whether I

should press the point, but she seemed

open to enlarging on that decision.

“I had to be an officer to be in the will

of God. Until recently, you had to marry an

officer. The one serious relationship I had

at the time (of becoming an officer), that

person was not going to be an officer.

“It was a very serious relationship, yes.

But my feeling was that if I was to marry,

it would be as clear to me as my calling

to officership and that it would maximise

my ministry.

“I had to know for certain that I had to

marry this person to be in the will of God.”

The relationship ended. “So, I am

totally in the will of God as I am (single).

The other thing — and this is my deep

conviction — he never gives you second

best. What I have is the best for me. I am

fine the way I am.”

A few other thoughts:

The significance of being the

Australia Eastern Territory’s first

woman Commander:

“As a woman, I bring some female

things to the appointment that I would

never want to lose. I would never want to

prove my leadership by being masculine.

I want to a woman. I think I can bring

gifts with that.”

How she wants us to see her:

The most important is Christ-like.

That’s not just a cliche-type of thing.

That’s the truth.”

Private interests:

Mystery movies/television shows like

Inspector Morse, Frost and Waking the Dead;

classical music, especially opera arias;

songster music, and sports.

Salvation Army worship trends, especially

in countries like Australia:

“My conviction is that we need to do

blended worship. Contemporary songs

are very good, but they need to fit with

our theology. My feeling is that we need

to dig back into the song book. We need to

get the musicians on board to make sure

we have tunes and rhythms that will make

them singable for the present.” (More on

this in a later article).

Passions:

Politics. “I love politics. When I was

a child, my mother expected that her

children should know every Premier of

the 10 provinces of Canada. I was raised

in a coalminer's home with strong labour

union influence. We were encouraged to

articulate our firm beliefs. Even in my

officership, I am just as interested in the

shuffling of (government) cabinets as I am

in Salvation Army appointments.”

Given the Commissioner’s interest in

politics, strong convictions and need to

put them “out there,” this aging political

journalist couldn’t resist asking an

obvious question.

“A former Australian political leader

(and Governor-General), Bill Hayden

once said: “Every aspiring leader

carries the field-marshal’s baton in his/

her knapsack”. Is it prudent to ask the

Commissioner if she does?” I ventured.

“I suppose it’s prudent to ask, so

long as this (Canadian) Commissioner

understands what you are asking,”

she replies.

“You know — what’s next? Are you

moving up?” I manage to get out.

“Am I moving up? No, I’m not moving

up. I’m going to retire in not too many

years, and until then there's lots to be done

for the growth of God's Kingdom right

here in Australia.”

Bill Simpson is a staff

writer for Pipeline

16 pipeline 08/2008 17


Compassion

Serving Humanity

By Scott Simpson

Peduli sesama; it’s a phrase from

the Indonesian language and

translated into English means

“compassion in action”.

At The Salvation Army’s Territorial

Headquarters in Bandung, Indonesia,

peduli sesama has become the theme

for the Army’s work among the city’s

becak drivers.

A becak is a three-wheeled, pedalpowered

bike which can take up to

two passengers. The drivers earn a

meagre existence by ferrying people

around the city.

“It’s a tough existence for the men

who ride these bikes,” says The Salvation

Army’s Social Services Secretary in

Bandung, Major Widiawati Tampai.

“It’s long and hard work and they

don’t receive much of an income from their

labour. The average fare is probably the

equivalent of less than 50 cents Australian.

“Most of the becak drivers have moved

into the city from rural areas seeking

work. They have families to support and

by riding a becak, at least they’re bringing

in some kind of income regardless of how

small it may be. Life is hard for them and

it’s nice to know that we, The Salvation

Army, can bring a little bit of joy into

their lives.”

Twice a year these men are invited to

the Army’s headquarters in Bandung for

a morning of entertainment, food and

fun. For 90 minutes they can forget about

pedalling the city’s streets in search of

a much-needed fare, and relax and

enjoy themselves.

In June this year, a special additional

event was organised for the becak

drivers courtesy of The Salvation Army’s

Australia Eastern Territory. The territory’s

production unit, part

of the Communications

and Public Relations

Department, was in

Indonesia on assignment

compiling material for

next year’s Self Denial

Appeal DVD series.

On behalf of Australia

Eastern Territory, the

team hosted a gettogether

for the becak

drivers and more than 70

men turned up to enjoy

the occasion.

“We try to provide at least two

programs each year for the drivers,” says

Major Tampai. “It’s normally at a special

time of the year, usually at Easter and

some time around Father’s Day.”

“To be able to host a third event for

them is a special treat and we are very

thankful to Australia Eastern Territory

for its generous support. Not only

does it mean a great deal to us here

at headquarters, but you can see just

how much it means to the drivers to

have a morning like this is. They have a

wonderful time.”

“We want to say

thank you to The

Salvation Army ...

it’s nice to know that

someone cares and

is interested

in us.”

The 90-minute programme involves

singing, dancing, quizzes (where

prizes are awarded), and a time where

God’s Word is shared. The men are

given morning tea and a new T-shirt,

which has The Salvation Army crest

and the theme words “peduli sesama”

emblazoned on it, before being sent off

with a packed lunch. It is interesting to

walk the streets of Bandung later in the

day and see many of the becak drivers

still proudly wearing their new Salvation

Army T-shirts while hard at work

ferrying passengers around the city.

Santoso is one of the drivers who

benefits from the Army’s mission work

in Bandung. He’s been a becak driver

for more than 10 years and the income

he earns helps support his wife and four

children. Santoso and his family live in

a two-roomed house in innercity

Bandung.

“I’m very thankful to The Salvation

Army for helping us in this way,” he

says. “I know that all the drivers very

much enjoy coming to these events and

appreciate them. We all enjoy being able

to forget about hardships if only for a

couple of hours, and know that we can

relax and have a good time with The

Salvation Army. And we especially want

to say thank you to The Salvation Army

in Australia for putting on this extra

event for us this year.”

“It is a hard life being a becak driver.

The hours are long and the pay isn’t very

good, but it’s nice to know that someone

cares and is interested in us.”

While in Bandung the production

unit from Australia Eastern Territory also

sponsored a morning of activities for

the city’s street children. The Salvation

Army in Bandung has been developing

a ministry to street children for the past

couple of years and, similar to its support

for the becak drivers, opens the doors of

territorial headquarters to the kids at least

twice a year.

More than 50 kids, some in their teens

and with children of their own, were

treated to a two-hour program of music,

games and food, while time was also given

to presenting God’s Word.

The last 30 minutes of the program

became an impromptu concert as many of

the kids took the opportunity to grab the

microphone and belt out their favourite

songs — some in their native Indonesian,

some in English — most accompanying

themselves on guitar. Music is a big part of

the kids’ lives with busking — to motorists

stopped at busy intersections by day and

at the city’s street cafes and restaurants by

night — their only form of income.

Scott Simpson is

Managing Editor

of Pipeline. He

recently spent time

in Indonesia on

assignment with The

Salvation Army’s

production unit.

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Chief of the

Staff to lead

PNG congress

By Major Leanne Ruthven

Later this month, The Salvation Army’s

Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Robin

Dunster, will lead a 50th anniversary

congress in the Highlands region of Papua

New Guinea.

The celebrations, to be held in Goroka,

Eastern Highlands Province, from

Thursday 28 August to Sunday 31 August,

will commemorate the commencement

of Salvation Army service in the region,

including its pioneering medical work.

The theme for the congress is “God First —

Look Beyond”.

Events include men’s and women’s

rallies, an open-air meeting and march,

and worship services. Meetings will

be held at the National Sports Institute

in Goroka, with organisers expecting

thousands of Salvationists from across

PNG to attend, along with a number

of Australians who have served in the

country previously.

Commissioner Dunster, who

is the Army’s second in command

internationally, is an Australian who has

served in a number of territories, including

Zimbabwe and the Philippines.

The work of The Salvation Army in the

PNG Highlands commenced in 1958 when

two expatriate women officers were given

the task of developing medical services in

Kainantu, Eastern Highlands Province.

In an area where 70,000 people had no

access to medical facilities, Captain Ruby

Dalrymple, an Australian, and Lieutenant

Dorothy Elphick from New Zealand

(both now retired majors), started their

work with a mobile clinic donated by

Salvationists from the Australia

Eastern Territory.

Over the following years the work

expanded to include a health centre, an

infant welfare block, a clinic, 10 first-aid

posts and a training school for nursing

aides. Although medical work was their

main focus, Captain Dalrymple and Lieut

Elphick also commenced worship services,

initially holding them outdoors before

eventually erecting a corps building.

The Army’s first “mission station”

was opened in 1960 at Onamuga, north

of Kainantu. Envoys Ron and Margaret

Teale, Salvationists from the Australia

Eastern Territory, were in charge of the

station, with buildings used for meetings

on Sundays and for medical and education

purposes during the week.

Since those early days Salvation

Army work in the Highlands has grown.

There are now two divisions — the North

Eastern Division, with its headquarters

in Kainantu, has 13 churches (corps) and

17 fellowships (or outposts), while North

Western Division, based in Goroka, has 12

churches and 21 fellowships.

In addition to this the Army continues

to minister to the practical needs of

communities in the region. Such services

include installing water tanks in villages

and ministering to those infected and

affected by HIV/AIDS.

For more information about the 50th

anniversary celebrations please email

Major Leanne Ruthven at: secproj@png.

salvationarmy.org

Community Health Workers Training

School students (top) pose following their

graduation; Lieut Dorothy Elphick stands

with junior soldiers (above) outside their

first hall in Kainantu; Lieut Elphick and

Captain Ruby Dalrymple (below) with

their mobile clinic.

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lasting

A

The three Salvationists featured

in this year’s Self Denial DVD series,

speak to Pipeline about their experience

serving in a Developing country. It has

changed their lives and outlook forever.

Stephen Stein

New Zealand Salvationist and builder

Stephen Stein was “Sent to Serve”

in the African nation of Tanzania.

The experience proved like nothing

he’d known before, as he joined a team

of local Salvationists building a corps

officer’s quarters near the capital city

of Dar es Salaam.

Watching the Self Denial Appeal DVD

series earlier this year certainly brought

back memories of some of the huge

challenges we faced working in Tanzania.

It was hard to believe that most corps

officers in the country still live in mud

huts with no electricity or running water.

We are so fortunate in our country to have

ready access to all materials and tools

and work from comprehensive plans. In

Tanzania the people just use whatever they

can get their hands on.

Certainly the experience of working in

Tanzania reinforced my thoughts about the

way we live, how we often find reason to

complain, or take for granted what we’ve

got. I will never again feel unhappy with

my lot because I know there are so many

people in countries like Tanzania who

have nothing, and yet seem to be

very happy.

My giving this year increased

significantly, something that did come

at significant personal cost as I wasn’t

actually working at the time of the

Self Denial Appeal. But because of

my experience in Tanzania I just felt

challenged to give as sacrificially as

possible and certainly intend to continue

to dig much deeper into my pocket in

years to come.

The comment I made in the DVD series

about sacrificial giving has brought a lot

of feedback. Some has been very negative

but, I’m pleased to say, some positive. In

clarifying what I said, I had been made

aware that in Australia if you choose to not

claim the tax back on your gift then that

money is free to be used by The Salvation

Army on any project including the one in

Tanzania I had worked on. If, however,

you claim the tax back then that means

there are restrictions on what projects The

Salvation Army can direct your donation

towards. I was suggesting, therefore,

that perhaps this type of giving isn’t as

sacrificial as you might think it is.

I originally regretted that comment

being included in the DVD but after

I thought about it for a while and

considered what I’d said, I thought that

it really was a positive. I strongly believe

that people were challenged to think

about sacrificially giving because of

that comment.

Recently I’ve taken on a role with

The Salvation Army South Queensland

Division as Business Appeal Coordinator.

So if as part of this role I can help in some

way to generate more money for appeals

such as Self Denial, then I look forward

to that.

legacy

Aaron Peterson

Aaron Peterson joined a team of dedicated

Salvation Army officers who pastor corps

and run schools in the slums of Guatemala

City — areas rife with drugs and gang

violence. It was an experience that forever

changed the way he lives out his faith.

Guatemala is a land of stark contrasts.

Picturesque Spanish-colonial settlements

typified by cobblestone streets and pastelcoloured

buildings co-exist with shanty

towns that are perched perilously close

to steep embankments. Similarly, ancient

Mayan ruins juxtapose the squalor of most

urban settlements in the nation’s capital,

Guatemala City. Raging gang violence

is countered by the loving presence of

Salvation Army officers and soldiers who

live and work in the very communities

they seek to transform through the power

of God.

A country like Guatemala couldn’t

be visited without it leaving a lasting

impression. As a result of my trip I can

now say “Gusto est pocito Espanol” (I

speak very little Spanish) with enough

fluency to buy me some time while I search

my phrase book for a few words that are

Ian Brown

Brisbane Salvationist and doctor

Ian Brown spent a week in Haiti.

The Salvation Army’s medical

clinic, where Ian was based, is located in

slums of the capital Port au Prince, where

the level of poverty is almost indescribable.

grossly inadequate for the situation. This

was particularly useful when my luggage

was lost in transit for three days.

The driving in Guatemala certainly

left an impression on me. It seems there

are a number of important road rules one

should know before visiting:

Rule no.1 — one hand must be on the

horn at all times;

Rule no.2 — the faster you drive,

the better;

Rule no.3 — It is OK to cut

somebody off if you stick your arm

out the window first;

Rule no.4 — use of indicators

and adherence to road signs is

strictly forbidden;

Rule no.5 — in the rare instance of

lines being marked on the road, don’t feel

restricted by the need to stay in one lane.

It is better to have half the car in each lane.

If there are more than two lanes, weave

dangerously from one side to the other to

discover which you prefer;

Rule no.6 — rules are more like

guidelines anyway, so feel free to ignore

the aforementioned rules.

But more than any of this, my time in

Guatemala has affected how I approach

my life as a Salvationist. My wife, children

and I serve the Salvation Army in one

I am not sure what I really expected

but, for a seemingly developed and

westernised country, the living conditions

in Haiti were relatively primitive. As a

consequence of the political instability

over many years, the people of its

capital, Port au Prince, still lack reliable

basic services such as fresh water and

electricity. The involvement of United

Nations peacekeepers and the recent food

riots are indicative of the desperation

of a population struggling to provide

for themselves and their families in the

setting of extreme poverty, overcrowding,

lawlessness, and unemployment.

My enduring memory of The Salvation

Army in Haiti is of a people who love the

Lord, and in service to him are reaching

out to serve their suffering humanity.

Haiti is a country where elderly people

live on the streets without food, babies

are malnourished either because their

breastfeeding mothers are starving or

the family cannot provide an adequate

balanced diet. Indeed the local orphanage

run by The Salvation Army was inundated

with abandoned, rather than orphaned

children, because there they would be

adequately fed, housed, educated, and

receive medical care. The orphanage has

achieved great success in bringing families

back together by implementing afterschool

feeding programs, and providing

temporary accommodation while also

caring for other family members with takehome

food and support.

Selfless workers contribute enormously

of the poorest and most multiculturally

diverse municipalities in Australia. Our

post code also has a relatively high crime

rate, but inspired by the example of

Salvationists in Guatemala we recognise

how incredibly lucky we are to be so safe

and so rich in materials and resources.

Salvationists in Guatemala often put

themselves in harm’s way to ensure that

God’s Kingdom is expanded. I’m working

hard to ensure that I am equally fearless in

the pursuit of God’s work where I live.

to the success of these programs and there

is a definite mission focus in spreading the

Gospel through the work there.

At a time when images of famine,

poverty and catastrophic disasters are

projected into our lounge rooms on

a nightly basis, it is easy to become

desensitised to the personal human

suffering involved. When we consider

the extent to which these scenes are

duplicated around the world there is a

natural tendency to be overwhelmed

by the enormity of the need, to detach

emotionally, and justify to ourselves that

there are Christian and other philanthropic

groups that will respond on our behalf.

I have revisited my level of commitment

to giving in the Self Denial Appeal and

especially giving to the evangelical fund. I

have seen that The Salvation Army is well

placed to deliver value for money in these

areas, that the needs of people are fairly

basic, and much can be achieved even

with a modest boost in resources. Above

all I have observed that our Salvationist

brothers and sisters in areas like Haiti

have vision, enthusiasm and a great heart

for the physical and spiritual needs of

their community. There is a truly exciting

opportunity to partner in the international

mission of our Army through the Self

Denial Appeal.

I am also aware since my visit to

Haiti that God is challenging me to

give more practical service in one of

our overseas mission areas and I look

forward to this challenge.

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Self Denial Appeal giving since 1998

A letter from the Territorial

Commander

Dear Friends,

They say initial impressions are the ones that last.

My early days upon arriving in Australia just a few short months ago were marked by new

experiences and meeting lots of new people. To arrive during the intensity of our Self-Denial

season could not have been more timely or appropriate.

I have become aware of the heart of Salvationists and friends from within The Salvation Army

Australia Eastern Territory. The level of giving to the Self-Denial Appeal, together with the large

proportion of those gifts being offered for non-tax deductible projects, is an indication of your

commitment to mission.

Also, your determination to give without restrictions confirms a willingness to trust the Army’s

international leadership to invest in the areas of greatest need and the areas that suggest the greatest

Kingdom of God return.

Throughout the world of The Salvation Army, I have come to respect and value the sacrificial spirit of

God’s people – a tangible willingness to deny self for the sake of the greater needs of the Army.

I believe there are great days ahead for The Salvation Army, both in Australia and internationally. I

encourage you to let the Holy Spirit direct you in every sphere of life and be open to even greater service

and commitment to the cause of Christ.

Your support is appreciated by the territory and, most importantly, the Salvationists who serve on the

cutting edge of mission in the countries of the Developing World.

God bless you.

Amount given in $AUD

2500000

2000000

1500000

1000000

500000

0

1998

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Year

How the 2007/08 Self Denial Appeal funds have been allocated

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

16%

26%

Response reflects heart

for the poor

11%

43%

4%

The words of the song The World For God through its

contemporary interpretation is currently experiencing

a resurgence within The Salvation Army. More broadly

than the music, the concept of a global army, effectively

transforming lives, is capturing hearts and souls throughout

our movement.

The theme “Sent to Serve” projected in visual form the

experience of three Salvationists as they gained a first-hand

understanding of the sacrifice and passion of those serving

in developing countries. What they communicated was their

unfiltered appreciation of these settings. It is obvious by the

response of the Appeal that their stories engaged the hearts of

those who call The Salvation Army their spiritual home.

Another aspect of this year’s Appeal saw the increase in

unencumbered donations. As a movement, we respect and value

all support given to the international work of the Army. There

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are a number of supporters who chose to use the tax-deductible

benefits of the Self Denial Appeal to leverage an even higher level

of support. Others, through their non-deductible giving, have

empowered the international leadership of The Salvation Army

to allocate these funds without restrictions and to the point of

greatest need.

The summary that follows provides an overview of this year’s

Appeal and an understanding of where these funds are used. As

you read, may you sense God’s blessing over your gift and the

ministry that will be directly impacted by your giving.

Philip J Maxwell

Territorial Communications and

Public Relations Secretary

Philippines Territory

India Central Territory

The Self Denial Appeal is an international initiative undertaken

by every territory and command across the world. The funds

received are processed and dispersed across the globe by

International Headquarters and prioritised according to the

centres of greatest need and greatest potential. The direct

allocation of the Self Denial Appeal (Australia Eastern Territory) is

reflected in the percentages shown above.

Myanmar

India North Territory

Bangladesh Command

The scope of works to which these funds are allocated vary

from territory to territory.

Beyond the Self Denial commitment made by corps and

individuals, the Australia Eastern Territory has contributed, from

a variety of funds, a further $740,708.

These funds are used for disaster relief, specific projects and

Ausaid partnerships.

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eastern communique

DIVISIONAL AND TERRITORIAL NEWS

about people

Appointment Announcements

Effective 3 August: Major Ann Lingard, Associate Officer,

Tuggeranong Corps, ACT and South NSW Division.

Bereaved

Major Christine Broadbere of her mother Sarah Beattie on 30 June; Major

Susanne Cox of her father Major Keith Creamer on 17 July; Envoy Barbara

Ross of her mother Rita Thompson on 16 July; Captain Leanne Spence of

her grandmother Catherine Martin on 18 July; Captain Pauline Staples

of her sister Cathy on 18 July; Colonel Margaret Martin of her husband

Colonel James Martin on 22 July.

Births

To Cadets David and Tahlia Grounds, a girl, Harriet Jane, on 30 June; to

Captains Nigel and Sandy MacDonald, a girl, Jorja Rose on 25 July.

Internation College for Officers

Captain Paul Moulds has been appointed to session 205, 14 April to

7 June 2010

Promoted to Glory

Major Marjorie Bruton on 1 July; Envoy Don McCallum on 7 July; Major

Keith Creamer on 17 July; Colonel James Martin on 22 July.

Retirements

Major Hazel Parker on 31 July; Major Pam Webster on 31 July; Majors

Denis and Lyn Day on 30 June; Majors Robert and Jennifer Lucas on

30 June.

SAGALA Awards

Jacqueline Griffiths has completed 17 years as Guard Leader at St

Marys Corps; Sherrie Cocking has completed 16 years as a leader and is

currently Sunbeam Leader at Dee Why.

Success

The following students of Booth College have graduated from the Sydney

College of Divinity:

Master of Arts: Eileen Bowen, Major Eliana Cristi, Rebecca Elliott, Sonya

Harrison, Captain Nesan Kistan, Captain Julie Kruss, Captain Joanne

Smith, Captain Peter White.

Bachelor of Theology: Jennifer Black, Major Pamela Cameron, Major

Roderick Carey, Captain Cathryn Ford, Captain Vannessa Garven,

Captain Michael Golden, Colleen Morton, Major Victor Pitman-Jones,

Geneen Polden-Wright, Carol Watt.

Diploma of Theology: Kenneth Elliott, Captain Amanda Ross.

Cadet Tara McGuigan has graduated from the University of Technology

Sydney with a Master of Business in Marketing

Major Marie-Louise Craig has been awarded an Honours scholarship by

the Charles Sturt University. Her thesis is in Biblical Hebrew lexicography.

share a prayer

3-9 August

Corps: Nambucca River, Narellan, Narrabri, Narwee, NSW.

Social: Nerang Community Services Centre, Qld.

Other ministries: Neale and Svetlana Rudd (with Natasha and Lucas),

Eastern Europe Territory; Newcastle and Central NSW Divisional

Headquarters; National Secretariat, Canberra.

Events: Officers’ Brengle, Geelong (5-14); Territorial Candidates Board (7);

Children/Youth Matter conference (8-10); Beijing Olympic Games

mission (8-24).

10-16 August

Corps: Newcastle Worship and Community Centre, Newtown Mission,

NSW; Noosa, Qld.

Social: Newcastle Community Services Centre, NSW; Newcastle Youth

Crisis and Training Service — The Ark, NSW; Noosa Shire Crisis Housing

Program, Qld.

Events: Children and youth decision week

(10-17); Unlimited conference, Sydney (15-17).

17-23 August

Corps: Northside, ACT; Northlakes, NSW; North Brisbane, Qld.

Social: Northern Beaches Community Services Centre, NSW.

Other ministries: Captain Kaye Barber, Australia Southern Territory;

North NSW Divisional Headquarters.

Events: Junior Soldier renewal (17); Tri-territorial planned giving training

conference (17-21); Unlimited conference, Brisbane (22-24).

24-30 August

Social: Oasis Youth and Residential Service (including George Lloyd

House), ACT; Northside Women’s Services, Oasis Youth Support

Network, Oasis Youth Centre (Wyong), Orana Women’s and Childrenís

Services, NSW.

Events: The Greater West divisional review (27-28); Newcastle and Central

NSW Division women’s retreat (29-31).

31 August-6 September

Corps: Orange, Panania, Parramatta, Penrith NSW; Palm Beach/

Elanora, Qld.

Social: Pacific Lodge, NSW.

Other ministries: Personnel

Administration, THQ.

Events: First-year captains’ retreat (1-5); Territorial Candidates Board (4).

7-13 September

Corps: Petersham, Port Macquarie, NSW; Pine Rivers, Qld.

Social: Pindari Men’s Hostel, Pindari Women’s Accommodation, Qld.

Other ministries: Personnel serving in other territories, THQ.

Events: Father’s Day (7); Third-year captains’ retreat (8-11); Territorial

2020 Vision Summit, Collaroy (12-14).

engagement calendar

Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)

Booth College: Fri 1 Aug — Lecture

Brisbane: Sun 3 Aug — Brisbane City Temple Corps Visit (am)

Brisbane: Sun 3 Aug — Divisional welcome to the Territorial Commander

at Lifeworks (pm)

Geelong: Tue 5 Aug — Opening meeting officers’ Brengle

Booth College: Fri 8 Aug — Lecture

Alexandra Headland: Sun 10 Aug — Children/Youth Matter conference

Sydney: Sat 16 and Sun 17 Aug — Unlimited

Booth College: Fri 22 Aug — Booth College review

Brisbane: Sat 23 and Sun 24 Aug — Unlimited

Rockhampton: Tue 26 Aug — Mission forum

Booth College: Fri 29 Aug — Retreat day

Maitland: Sat 6 and Sun 7 Sep — Maitland Corps 125 year anniversary

Sydney: Mon 8 Sep — Dinner at third year captains’ retreat

Collaroy: Fri 12 to Sun 14 Sep — Territorial 2020 Summit

Collaroy: Sun 14 and Mon 15 Sep — Women’s executive conference

Collaroy: Mon 15 to Wed 17 Sep — Wider cabinet conference

Windsor: Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sep — THQ officers retreat

Newcastle: Thu 25 Sep — Opening of DHQ building/Women’s coffee and

dessert evening

Sydney: Tue 30 Sep — Red Shield Defence Services biennial

conference dinner

Lieutenant-Colonels James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon

Brisbane: Sun 3 Aug — North Brisbane Corps visit (am)

Brisbane: Sun 3 Aug — Divisional welcome to the Territorial

Commander (pm)

*Dee Why: Wed 13 Aug — Seniors’ morning

Booth College: Fri 15 Aug — Lecture

Geelong: Sat 16 Aug — Opening of tri-territorial planned

giving conference

Sydney: Mon 25 Aug — Employment Plus management board

Sydney: Wed 27 and Thu 28 Aug — Greater West divisional review

*Wollongong: Mon 1 and Fri 5 Sep — Sydney East and Illawarra Division

women’s retreat

Rockhampton: Sun 7 Sep — Capricorn Region Corps visit

*Hurstville: Mon 8 Sep — Women’s evening fellowship

Booth College: Fri 12 Sep — Lecture

Collaroy: Fri 12 to Sun 14 Sep — Territorial 2020 Summit

Collaroy: Sun 14 and Mon 15 Sep — Women’s executive conference

Collaroy: Mon 15 and Wed 17 Sep — Wider-cabinet conference

Windsor: Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sep — THQ officers’ retreat

Booth College: Fri 26 Sep — Retreat day

Sydney: Tue 30 Sep — Red Shield Defence Services biennial

conference dinner

*Territorial Secretary for Womens Ministries only

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