An interview with The Salvation Army’s new Territorial
Commander for Eastern Australia, Commissioner Linda Bond
The Salvation Army
Australia Eastern Territory
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
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
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
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,
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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’’
4 letters to the editor
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
Tracing the origins of Warcry
In the June issue of Pipeline there
is an article on page 21, “Happy
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
Major Ray Allen,
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
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,
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
Many current worldwide affairs,
particularly in the Middle East, would
seem to be the fulfilment of some of
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.
Hunger for holiness
Commissioner Linda Bond says a passion for holy living is essential if The Salvation
Army is to remain effective.
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
pipeline 08/2008 5
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
6 pipeline 08/2008 7
From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Salvos take eye
By Bill Simpson and Flavia Caraballo
The 100th Salvos Stores outlet in the Australia Eastern
Territory opened at Lakemba, in western Sydney, on
Canterbury Mayor Councillor Robert Furolo performed
the official opening, in the presence of Salvation Army
territorial and divisional officers, and Salvos
Hundreds of shoppers packed the Haldon St store for
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
“Latest figures available indicate an 11 per cent increase
last month (June) compared to the same period last year,”
“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
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
Profits raised through sales at Salvos Stores shops were
used to help fund Salvation Army community work, Mr
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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 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
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.
Life skills at
(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.
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
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
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
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.
(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
New Senior Soldiers
(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
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
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.
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 9531 6577, or
visit the DFL website at www.salvos.org.au/designforlife
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,
General calls Salvation
Army to prayer
General Shaw Clifton has issued the following call to prayer for
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
Our heartfelt plea to the Lord is: “Guide our feet
into the path of peace” (Luke 1:79, Today’s New
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
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
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.
Clifton has called
on Salvationists to
pray for peace, and
for the victims of sex
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
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
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
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
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.”
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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
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.
pipeline 08/2008 15
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
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
“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
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
“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
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
“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
“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.”
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).
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
“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,”
“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
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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
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
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
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
“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
“We want to say
thank you to The
Salvation Army ...
it’s nice to know that
someone cares and
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
“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
of Pipeline. He
recently spent time
in Indonesia on
assignment with The
18 pipeline 08/2008 19
Chief of the
Staff to lead
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
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 —
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
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
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.
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
How the 2007/08 Self Denial Appeal funds have been allocated
Linda Bond, Commissioner
Response reflects heart
for the poor
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
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
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
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
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.
India North Territory
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
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DIVISIONAL AND TERRITORIAL NEWS
Effective 3 August: Major Ann Lingard, Associate Officer,
Tuggeranong Corps, ACT and South NSW Division.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Events: Children and youth decision week
(10-17); Unlimited conference, Sydney (15-17).
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).
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
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/
Social: Pacific Lodge, NSW.
Other ministries: Personnel
Events: First-year captains’ retreat (1-5); Territorial Candidates Board (4).
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).
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
Sydney: Tue 30 Sep — Red Shield Defence Services biennial
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
*Dee Why: Wed 13 Aug — Seniors’ morning
Booth College: Fri 15 Aug — Lecture
Geelong: Sat 16 Aug — Opening of tri-territorial planned
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
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
*Territorial Secretary for Womens Ministries only