The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory June 2008 Volume 12 Issue 6
special environmental issue
Let the fire start in you
want to encourage you to read the book of Acts in the New
Testament – in one sitting. That might sound like an odd
request coming at you through Pipeline, but if you read this
issue carefully, you will realise that The Salvation Army needs a
fresh encounter with God.
For some, that will be a hard admission. Things might
generally seem good. Finances are alright, the community
supports us, the corps is going along okay, the corps officer
visited us just last month, and … “I’m fine”.
But when you read Acts, you can’t help seeing that the Church
of God is much more than what we perceive from these and any
number of other “health indicators” we might apply to our local
corps, or to The Salvation Army as a whole.
In Acts, one thing is clear. The Church is God’s, not ours. God
came in incredible spiritual power to a people who were ready
for such action, such expansion; whose vision was “the world for
God” (sound familiar), whose hearts were longing for God, whose
priority was prayer, and whose passion was Jesus.
Today, although in a totally different era and context,
The Salvation Army needs this same readiness of spirit and
willingness to let go of the Army into the hands of God. We need
to come with humility before God and admit that we can’t be
the world-transforming church God wants us to be without the
power and full partnership of God’s Spirit.
There are forces of evil at work in our world keeping men and
women, girls and boys, from knowing and loving God. We cannot
break the power of these forces through good programming,
good music, good worship, good fellowship, environmental
consciousness, addressing social issues – as important as it is to
do all of these things.
It will take a church that is swept up in the tide of spiritual
revival where everything we do is infused with the breath of
Vibrant, life-giving spirituality was a key factor in the Church
depicted in Acts. Prayer and the apostles’ teaching punctuated
the Church’s life and were vital to its growth. Luke reports in
Acts 1:14 that “they all joined together constantly in prayer” and
later in Acts 2:42 that “they devoted themselves to the apostles’
teaching … and to prayer”.
Of significance here, is how much they did these things
together. When a community of believers becomes a praying
community, and a community of the Word, there is no telling
what can happen. God appears to move in power when whole
churches begin to seek him and humble themselves before him –
and believe him.
The mix of passionate believing prayer, a fresh love of the
Word of God and a new passion to share God with others is what
we need in The Salvation Army today. It is a potent mix that
will take us to new heights of worship and soul-saving together.
Sometimes our prayer will become warfare as we identify
and break community, corps and personal barriers that have
previously blocked the flow of God’s grace and Holy Spirit power
and the effectiveness of our ministry.
The Holy Spirit came in power to the early church. The
Church today, including The Salvation Army, needs the Spirit
coming in power again. This is not something we dream of for
our future. It is a present reality and we need to claim it and live
in it now – together. That’s why Commissioner Linda Bond’s
invitation in this Pipeline (see page 11) to join her in a territorywide
prayer meeting every Thursday morning is so important.
Praying in community is how the Spirit comes.
Why not plan this weekend to sit down with a cuppa and read
through Acts. Let the Spirit of God start the fire in you.
— Captain Peter McGuigan,
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4-6 OUR IDENTITY IS OUR MISSION
An abridged version of Commissioner Linda Bond’s address to The
Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory on the occasion of her
welcome as Territorial Commander.
12-15 REVERSING THE FATAL FLOW
A special report by Salvationist and environmental scientist Gavin Rees
focusing on the condition of Australia’s waterways, climate change and
our responsibility to take better care of our world.
16-19 A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS
Lauren Martin reports on The Salvation Army’s mission in one of
Sydney’s toughest areas.
20-21 HAPPY BIRTHDAY WARCRY
Warcry celebrates 125 years of introducing people to Christ and telling
the story of The Salvation Army. By Captain Mal Davies
22-25 WALKING THE HALLS OF POWER
Scott Simpson talks with The Salvation Army’s National Secretary
Major Peter Holley.
7-9 FROM THE COALFACE
26-28 EASTERN COMMUNIQUE
IN THIS MONTH'S
King’s companions: Report and reflections on the 2008 women’s
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In this abridged version of her welcome address to The Salvation
Army Australia Eastern Territory, Commissioner Linda Bond says
‘saving souls, growing saints and serving suffering humanity’ is not
only what The Salvation Army does – it is who we are.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and
love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
When I came here a few
short days ago I just knew
I belonged. I don’t think
I had even 30 seconds of
wondering if I would be able to adjust. I
knew this was where the Lord wanted me
to be. I feel very much at home and I have
to ask myself, “Why?”
Is it a gift of grace? Yes. But essentially
I think it’s because I am a Salvationist.
“Every land is my fatherland because
every land is my Father’s,” said Bramwell
Booth. Because I am a Salvationist, I
belong to you. You belong to me.
We do believe it, don’t we! We are
a people of faith! We believe that we’re
justified by grace through faith in Christ.
We believe that the Holy Spirit tells us. We
are a people who believe in the doctrine
of assurance. You can know you’re saved.
Everyone can be saved. Jesus died so
everyone can be saved. They can know
And we can be sanctified. We can be
separated from sin. The radiance of the
Holy Spirit can flow through us so we
don’t have to wait for purgatory, we don’t
have to wait till we’re near death. We can
experience a holy life here and now! When
I say that anywhere in the Army world,
people say, “Yes!”
Being a people of faith requires
integrity. That’s one of the values of the
Australia Eastern Territory. And integrity
says that faith isn’t just a mental assent
to a statement of belief. It is not merely
nodding your head, saying yes to creedal
propositions; it is not just knowing
something and believing it in the mind.
We believe in The Salvation Army that
faith is a committal of the whole person
into the embrace of a God who will do
marvellous things in our lives. It is living
out your faith in the traffic of life and
living it as a person of God.
We believe in growing saints. This
means living our faith in the full salvation
upheld in our statements of faith, not
in a partial or mental salvation. It is an
experience in which our walk matches
our talk. It’s not how high we jump on
the Sunday but how straight we walk on
the Monday that tells us if we really are
people of faith.
This is why I believe, now, I belong to
a Salvation Army territory where I can
stand with you and say, “I am at home.”
A people of hope
We are also a people of hope. The Bible
is full of hope. The Psalmist kept saying
put your hope in the Lord, and the New
Testament announces that our hope is in
Jesus. Edward Mote’s song makes it clear:
“My hope is built on nothing less/Than
Jesus’ blood and righteousness … His
oath, his covenant and blood/Support me
in the ’whelming flood/When all around
my soul gives way/He then is all my hope
We are a people of hope. We believe in
a better world and we believe in heaven
because our anchor is in the very fact that
every promise of God is sure. Hope is not
wishful thinking. Hope, in the biblical
sense, is not opening a catalogue and
saying, “I hope for Christmas I get this
Our hope is sure. It is anchored in
the person of Jesus Christ and in his
resurrection. It is anchored in the Spirit
of God. We are a people of hope, living
under the reign of God. And because our
hope is in Christ, transformed lives must
be our trademark.
In fact, I’ve been doing a lot of reading
trying to figure out what’s happening
around here. It is great. I want to give you
a good quote today thanks to Captain
Paul Moulds from the Oasis Youth
Support Network. Talking about homeless
youth, he said: “There’s no doubt these
are tough kids. They come from tough
backgrounds and they’re tough to deal
with. They’ve got mental health issues,
drug and alcohol addictions. Some of
them have spent their whole lives in State
care. Some have been abused and some
neglected badly. But because they’re tough
kids, doesn’t mean we should put them
in the too hard basket and believe that
A people of faith
It doesn’t matter what continent we’re
from, what our culture might be, what
language, what colour. We are a people
of faith in The Salvation Army and I feel
at home because I belong to a people who
are people of faith.
Throughout my years I’ve travelled
throughout The Salvation Army world –
in all parts of the Army world. If I stood
up in any of those places and read the 11
statements of faith and said, “You know,
we believe the Scriptures of the Old and
New Testaments are given by inspiration
of God and that they only constitute
the divine rule of Christian faith and
practice,” I would be at home.
If I stood in Congo Kinshasa and
said, “You know, we believe that there is
only one great God who is the Governor
and Preserver; we believe in eternity;
we believe in Jesus Christ, wholly man,
wholly human; we believe in the ministry
of the Holy Spirit,” I would be at home.
It could be in Kinshasa, it could be in
Chile, it could be in Sri Lanka, it could be
in Bangladesh. I would be home because
we are people of faith. We believe this.
These aren’t Army statements of faith that “We are a people of hope,
we pulled out of the Founder’s notebook.
They are rooted and grounded in the
living under the reign of God,
Word of God. They flow from a Wesleyan
And we are Wesleyans in our and there is going to be bounds
theological roots. We believe not “once
saved, always saved”, but that continued
obedience, repentance and faith in Christ of transformation through
are the way of salvation. I can say that
anywhere in The Salvation Army world
and don’t need to explain myself. our church.”
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From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
By Scott Simpson
nothing can ever change.”
I believe The Salvation Army
must speak of hope in a fresh, new
and clever way. Although we live in
a generation with all the bells and
whistles of technology and education and
materialism, it is an age of despair. Why
are young people committing suicide
because “there’s no hope for a future”?
The Salvation Army needs to
communicate to the generations that we
are a people of hope and we believe in
transformation. God can take the foulest
of sinners and transform them. God can
change people’s lives. God can change
I am at home in this Salvation Army
territory when we can confess before
God today that we are committed to him
to be a people of hope. We believe in
transformation. I think the Army needs
a revival today. I think we need a revival
that gives us an overwhelming passion for
souls. Surely our hearts must be broken
when we go year after year in a corps and
don’t see people come to Christ. We are
going to pray for people to get saved and
when people get saved I believe society
A people of love
And I’m at home among you because
you are a people of love. “And now these
three remain, faith, hope and love. But the
greatest of these is love.”
Well, you know that chapter like the
back of your hand. You can have the best
PR machine, the best media coverage, the
best branding, the best looking uniforms,
the best bands … but you can have it all
“I don’t want
to belong to a
that tries to
and ends up
to the 21st
and have not love. We can have everybody
slapping us on the back, but if we do not
have the love of Christ in our hearts and
flowing from our hearts, it’s nothing.
The Australia Eastern Territory is
known throughout the world for being
generous. We are generous. But beloved,
we can be doers, we can be givers, we
can be almost thinking of ourselves as
saviours, and if we don’t have the love of
Christ, it’s nothing.
I don’t want to belong to a Salvation
Army that simply “looks good”. I don’t
want to belong to a Salvation Army that is
known as a humanitarian organisation. I
don’t want to belong to a Salvation Army
that’s a club. I don’t want to belong to a
Salvation Army that’s a bureaucracy. I
don’t want to belong to a Salvation Army
that’s forgotten its past or is stuck in its
past. I don’t want to belong to a Salvation
Army that tries to be relevant and ends up
compromising to the 21st century.
I want to be at home in a territory that
says we are a people of love. We do what
we do, not for the public; we do what we
do, not for tradition; we do what we do,
not because that’s what we must do. We
do it because the love of Christ compels
We can spend time thinking about
what makes us different, but what unites
us tonight is that we are a people of
God and therefore a people of faith who
value integrity. We are a people of hope
who value transformation. And we are a
people of love who live out that life-lifting
Our identity is our mission. We were
raised up to save souls, grow saints and
serve suffering humanity. That is not just
what we do but that is who we are and
therefore I belong to you. I’m at home.
Commissioner Linda Bond’s address was
given on 8 May 2008 at The Salvation Army
Sydney Congress Hall on the occasion
of her welcome to the Army’s Australia
Eastern Territory as Territorial Commander.
To hear the full address, go to
Have you ever wondered where God may be leading
you? Have you ever wondered why God designed
you the way he did?
The Bible clearly shows that God has had his hand on
our lives since the moment of our creation (Psalm 139).
It’s amazing to think that the Creator of our world sees
our potential and cares about where our life is heading
(Jeremiah 29:11). Wouldn’t it be great to set time apart to
learn more of God’s plan for your life and the journey you
can take together?
Design For Life (DFL) is a project that helps people
discover how God has designed them. It is based on the
idea that everyone is called by God to make a difference
in the world; in their home, community, workplace and
DFL acknowledges that God has created us all
uniquely and that each of us have our own roles to play to
fulfil God’s mission. Consequently, the program considers
our past experiences and examines how our spiritual
gifts, passions and values shape how God can use us.
“It’s a new initiative for the territory,” say course
leaders Captains Craig and Donna Todd.
“DFL is designed to help you identify how God has
designed you and where your particular strengths and
weaknesses lie from a ministry point of view. You are
guided through the course by a small-group leader.
“We believe there’s a lack of people in The Salvation
Army getting involved in leadership and ministry. They
see it as a chore and we’re trying to help people identify
with this notion that if it’s [ministry] something you’re
passionate about then you won’t see it as a chore.
“For some people, they may do the course and it just
validates what they’re already doing. For others, though,
it helps them to identify just where their gifting lies and,
subsequently, how they can use that in ministry.
“We remember one guy we had do the course who
was a full-time youth minister. After doing the course
he resigned his position because he realised that youth
ministry wasn’t what he should be devoting himself to.
He is still working full-time with The Salvation Army, but
now in a different role more appropriate to his gifts.”
The Todds say that DFL is for anyone who is serious
about seeking God’s design for their life. The course
is held over a weekend and includes a healthy mix of
worship, prayer, Bible teaching, small-group discussion
and personal reflection. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on
where you’ve been, look at where you are now and listen
to and seek God about the future.
“We held our most recent DFL course in May and
we have at least two more planned for 2008, with the
possibility of a couple more. We hope to gain momentum
through word of mouth,” the Todds say.
“We also have a
follow-up system that
keeps in touch with
people for the 12 months
after they finish the
course. The facilitators
who worked with them
while they did the course
are the people who stay
in touch with them.
“Any corps genuinely
serious about ministry
should be keen to send
people to this course.”
If you are interested
in finding out more
about DFL weekends
and when they might
be coming your way,
please contact: donna.
org or on 02 9531 6577,
or visit the DFL website
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From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
From the coalface
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS
celebrates Army history
By Flavia Caraballo
Every two years key people
involved in preserving The
Salvation Army’s history are invited
to attend the Tri-Territorial Heritage
Conference. It’s a five-day intensive
workshop where delegates hear from
experts within the archiving field.
This year marked the third
conference hosted by the Australia
Eastern Territory and it was held in
Stanmore, Sydney from 14-18 April.
Delegates travelled from Malaysia,
Switzerland, United States, Britain,
Korea and both the Australia Eastern
and Southern territories to attend the
The venue for the conference
was The Salvation Army School
for Leadership Training centre.
Originally built in 1873 and with
its own rich history, including at
one time being the home of Sir
Henry Parkes, the recently extended
building served as a metaphor for
the conference: the past and present
coming together to preserve history
and shape the future.
Chief Secretary for Australia
Eastern Territory, Lieutenant-Colonel
James Condon, opened proceedings
on day one with a speech about the
importance of documenting and
celebrating Salvation Army history.
“As we read the Psalms we notice
that the overriding concern of the
Psalmist is that the children know
the history and be taught it,” he said.
“The reason for this is so they do not
fall into sin and apostasy.
“The Psalmist says in effect that
he himself has not fallen into the
sins of Israel because his fathers had
taught him. And now he expresses a
concern that his children be taught, so
that they can teach their children who
are not yet born who will teach the
generations to come. So he goes back
generations and forward generations.
He is concerned for this instruction so
that the children remain faithful.
“So my challenge to you at the
beginning of this conference is —
history is to be celebrated, history
is to be made, history is to be our
Delegates gather for the five-day conference. Back row: Roland Faessler-
Burkhardt, Major Garry Mellsop, Major David Woodbury, Major Stephen
Grinsted, Major Gloria Stepke, Susan Mitchem, and David Bennett. Front row:
Caroline B. Faessler-Burkhardt, Envoy (Dr) George Hazell, Lieut-Colonel James
Condon, Major Ken Sanz, Joan Pack, Jessie Kwong, Lieut-Colonel Moira Wright,
Dianne Edwards, Lieut-Colonel James Kim, and John Smith.
Director of the Salvation Army
Heritage Preservation Centre in
Sydney, Major Ken Sanz, expressed a
similar desire for the conference.
“We want to find out how we
can get younger people involved in
where we’ve come from. It’s not a
meeting of old fogies who just want
to talk about things. What we want to
do is say to people this has happened
and these are some of the stories of
how it happened,” he said.
One of the international
delegates, Caroline B. Faessler-
Burkhardt, runs a private museum in
Basel, Switzerland, and also operates
four official Salvation Army websites.
She had become frustrated at the
irony of seeing young Salvationists
wearing “Back To The Roots” t-shirts
when they knew little, if anything,
about the Army’s origins.
Then, in 1993 when a British
Salvationist sold her some history
books, Mrs Faessler-Burkhardt
decided it was time she began
remembering the Army’s past.
“I did not collect just for being
able to, in the evening, to look at
things. It was for protecting and
preserving, it should not be lost
what God has done through all these
people. God has done that much
throughout the whole world; it’s not
just in one country, in one spot, in
one village, it’s all over the world. It’s
A busy schedule was packed
into the five days of the conference.
It included a mixture of talks from
experts, slide shows and speeches
from the delegates, and field trips to
view how other organisations, like
Manly City Council, archived their
A visit from the then Territorial
Commander Commissioner Les
Strong on the final day of the
conference for morning tea was
appreciated by the group and was a
nice touch to mark the conclusion of
Outback Flying Service
(Simon and Natalie Steele)
It was with a great
sense of awe at God’s
provision that The
Salvation Army’s Central
and North Queensland
staff gathered to witness
the enrolment and
commissioning of the
Army’s new Outback
Flying Service Chaplains
on 23 April.
Simon and Natalie
Steele, previously of The
Salvation Army Tweed
Head Corps, shared how God had done an amazing work of
transformation in their lives to bring them to moving with
two of their four children to the remote town of Mount Isa.
Majors Neil and Sharon Clanfield (Territorial Mission
Directors) joined with Major Miriam Gluyas (Divisional
Commander) in praying God’s anointing on the Steele’s
ministry from their Mount Isa base.
Seed becomes healthy
plant at Life Community
(Majors Colin and Sue Hopper)
On Sunday 18 May, The Salvation Army’s Life Community
Church Mission at Slacks Creek, Queensland, celebrated
the enrolment of three junior and 10 senior soldiers, and the
acceptance of seven adherents. Family and friends attended
the special meeting and for some it was their first experience
In his message, Divisional Commander Major Wayne
Maxwell spoke of the miracle of the loaves and fish and how
no-one should be surprised with what God can do.
“As we look to the future of Life Community Church, and
our impact into our local community, this is a message that
we hold in our hearts. Our eyes on Jesus, our hearts willing
... and God — well, we have already seen what he is doing
in the hearts of our church family — the rest is just plain
exciting,” said Major Maxwell.
On Sunday 17 June 2001 the planting team moved out
from meeting weekly for “team church” to the first public
The Salvation Army Life Community Church Mission’s new
soldiers, adherents and junior soldiers, pictured with Corps
Officers Majors Colin and Sue Hopper (back row,
right and left).
meeting at the local sports centre function room. Four
months later the church re-launched into The Salvation Army
LifeWorks Centre and a new Salvation Army expression was
born — the seed that was planted emerged. The team then
comprised only 11 adults and six children.
Seven years later the congregation has seen God draw in
many people and now The Salvation Army Life Community
Church is known throughout the Logan City region as the
facilitating partner of the 3M program, “Communities for
Children Initiative”. With other partners on board, including
Griffith University, local non-government organisations
and state government bodies, the Life Community Church
provides services to children and their families.
Major Colin Hopper said, “The vision of Life Community
is huge — it’s bigger than the sum of all of us. It is Godinspired
and we are so dependant upon him for it to become
a reality. He has many more mountains for us to climb
and conquer but our faith is in the God who created the
mountains and who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
“Our real success will be determined by our ability to
reproduce disciples, small groups, leaders and congregations.
We hope one day soon to daughter a new corps out of Life
Community and see the corps truly multiply.”
New soldiers enrolled at
(Lieutenant-Colonels Brian and Elaine Hood)
It was a special day in the life of The Salvation Army
Redcliffe City Corps on Sunday 18 May when the hall was
full for the enrolment of new soldiers.
As the enrolment segment began, the recruits, along
with the flag-bearer and Recruiting Sergeant Lieut-Colonel
Joyce Greentree, assembled in the foyer and marched to the
platform. Lieut-Colonel Greentree introduced Myra Walters,
Ken Moyler, Cari-Ann O’Sullivan, Zak Churchill, Samantha
Benoit and Tom Trethewey and presented them to Corps
Officer Lieut-Colonel Brian Hood for enrolment.
Following their agreement to accept and abide by the
commitment outlined in their Soldier’s Covenant, the group
then went to the altar to sign their covenants and were joined
by their prayer partners. As a prayer of dedication, a group of
bandsmen sang In this Hour of Dedication.
When they returned to the platform, their soldier
epaulettes were placed on their blouses/shirts and they
were each presented with their Soldier’s Covenants. Lieut-
Colonel Greentree prayed and the group of new soldiers were
warmly greeted by the congregation.
All six new soldiers participated in the meeting through
prayer, testimony and reading the Scriptures. During the
meeting a new adherent, Jean Sivyer was accepted. Jean is
the grandmother of Samantha, one of the new soldiers, and is
also her prayer partner.
Lieut-Colonels Brian and Elaine Hood (in navy) and Lieut-
Colonel Joyce Greentree (second from left) pictured with the
new soldiers at Redcliffe City Corps: Myra Walters, Ken Moyler,
Cari-Ann O’Sullivan, Zak Churchill, Samantha Benoit, and Tom
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Praying together for revival
Commissioner Linda Bond invites Salvationists throughout Eastern Australia to “sign
up” for a territory-wide prayer meeting – every Thursday morning.
There is a culture of prayer in our territory. I have been
aware of this from the day I arrived. Salvationists are
praying, and praying fervently.
I have listened to the prayers offered here at
Territorial Headquarters and in the corps I have visited. I have
heard of prayer emphases throughout Queensland, New South
Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
It seems to me that the vibrancy and effectiveness of The
Salvation Army in the Australia Eastern Territory is directly
related to the fact that we are an Army on its knees.
Retired Salvation Army officer Commission Barbara Hood
The Army has tried so many things to make it grow;
bands, songsters, women’s ministries, seminars,
and lots and lots of slogans.
We have tried church growth.
We work. We plan. We pull.
We struggle until we are utterly exhausted,
but in many cases we fall flat on our faces.
Not because we are not good people,
not because we do not do a lot of the right things,
but because we have failed to plug into the source of power.
I said to God, “Lord, I have read you have power, I want to see it –
I want to see it in my life, I want to see it in the Army.”
It was from this desperate need
for a powerful relationship with God
that I changed my whole approach to prayer.”
Perhaps like Commissioner Hood, we too have come to
the same conclusion. We do wonderfully good works. We are
committed and engaged Salvationists. And we all want to make a
difference in our circle of influence.
We are people of the Word and so often the Word reminds
us that prayer is vital and dependence on the Lord is crucial. We
know that the Spirit’s power comes by God’s sovereign will and
in answer to prayer. In obedience, we pray.
A virtual prayer meeting
There are many prayer initiatives in our territory. I am asking
you to be part of another. We could call it The Salvation Army’s
“virtual prayer meeting”.
On Thursday mornings, commencing 7 August from 7:30 to
8:00am, I am calling Salvationists to join me in specific prayer for
our Army, our corps, centres, divisions, territory and, of course,
the international Salvation Army.
You will know specific needs that can be your focus, but in
the main, we are seeking God’s face, asking for God’s wisdom,
vision and Spirit-outpouring.
You may wish to meet as a group or individually in your
home, corps or office. Some may gather here at Territorial
Headquarters or at the divisional headquarters for this important
half hour. Though we are not in one room together, I believe that
there will be hundreds of us in prayer at that time for a common
Therefore I am asking you to “sign up” to be part of the
territorial prayer meeting. Please complete the attached tearoff
form and send it to me. From time to time, I will send you
updates on prayers answered and emphasise some particular
needs. Will you join me?
Commissioner Linda Bond is Territorial Commander
of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory.
Send for FREE information booklet to:
Director, Wills and Bequests, The Salvation Army PO Box 9888, in
your capital city or phone 13SALVOS (13 72 58).
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Gavin Rees has been an environmental scientist for more than 20 years. He’s
also a Salvationist and is the Corps Sergeant-Major at Albury. To coincide
with World Environment Day this month, Gavin, who works for the CSIRO
and is based at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre, writes a
special report for Pipeline focusing on the condition of our waterways,
climate change, and our responsibility to take better care of our planet.
Bottle Bend Lagoon, a wetland in the Murray-Darling Basin near Mildura,
Victoria, which has become an ecological disaster. Photo: Darren Baldwin
The water in our rivers is a lifegiving
resource. Rivers and
associated irrigation support many
of the agricultural industries that
supply food and wealth for our survival.
Rivers also support a wide range of
recreational and cultural activities, even
cultural identity — the classic movie The
Man From Snowy River stands out as being
truly Australian. To many people, our
rivers even have a spiritual element.
Rivers, their floodplains, billabongs
and wetlands, support a huge range
of native animal and plant life, much
of it unique to our part of the world.
Unfortunately, the huge demand we
place on our waterways has left many
of our rivers in a degraded state. The
degradation is continuing and in some
cases, has been extreme. If the quality of
our waterways continues to decline then
it will have a major effect on the way we
Every activity that people carry out
leaves some kind of footprint or mark
on the environment. In some cases the
footprint is obvious. The need for timber
sees logging of forests. The demand for
water or electricity has been the basis for
the construction of dams and flooding of
valleys. In other instances, the footprint
can be subtle and remain hidden from
our view for a long time, revealed only
when the balance is finally tipped or
other environmental factors expose the
Clearly, a big challenge is that this
precious resource is sought after by many
different interests and the footprint of
each of those interests varies.
The flows in many Australian rivers
have been regulated by installing a
variety of dams and weirs. River water is
collected in lakes and weir pools during
winter and spring rains, then released
for irrigation needs during summer. This
flow modification results in low winter
flows and high summer flows.
What’s more, water released from
large dams is generally very cold, which
means that some rivers can have flow
patterns that are completely reversed
from their natural flow patterns. Under
natural conditions, rivers of south-eastern
Australia and up through inland NSW
have high flows of cold water during
winter and spring and low but warm
water flows during summer.
Altering river flows is great for
irrigation, but for fish that prefer to breed
in low-flowing warm summer waters it
has been a disaster.
Many years ago, it was considered
unsightly and not good for rivers to
contain large amounts of woody debris
from fallen trees and branches and many
schemes were implemented to remove this
wood from the river channels.
Scientists have now proven that this
woody debris supplies a vital habitat for
fish to hide and breed; removing the wood
has made it that much harder for some
native fish to survive.
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The mouth of the Murray River near Goolwa in South Australia. Photo: Rob Hutchison, courtesy AAP.
One example in the Murray–Darling
Basin where human influence has had
the most dramatic destructive effect is
at a wetland called Bottle Bend Lagoon,
near Mildura in Victoria. The water in
this lagoon is now a concoction of metals
and acid, very similar to what is inside a
car battery. Plant life, fish and other small
animals that normally live in this wetland
have long since died.
The problem may have been exposed
by the current drought, but in reality it
has been building up over many years and
resulted from the way the Murray River
has been managed.
Many wetlands in the Murray-Darling
Basin normally go through wet and dry
cycles. During higher flows, wetlands
become connected to the river, things flow
in and out of the wetland and the systems
Irrigation demands have meant this
wetland has been filled for a long period
of time, which isn’t normally a problem
for wetlands, but Bottle Bend Lagoon has
also received salty ground water. The
combination of the long wet period and
salt has led to the formation of a black
oozy mud at the bottom of the wetland.
It is this mud that forms acid when the
drying cycles return. And, sadly, Bottle
Bend Lagoon is not the only wetland
along the Murray River suffering from
Environmentalists are trying to work
out whether it is possible to bring these
wetlands back from the dead, but the
problem is so new that scientists simply
haven’t done the work to know what sort
of rehabilitation is possible. Although we
can have some intuitive guesses, it is not
known how long any sort of rehabilitation
would take before real results can be seen
or what those results would look like.
THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING
It has taken many people a long time to
embrace the reality of climate change.
Indeed there are still those who cling to
the idea that what we
are seeing is all part
of the natural cycle of
There is no doubt
that weather patterns
do vary a lot and that
if we just considered a
few years at a time, then it may well look
like it’s all just part of the cycle. We have
all seen pictures of early drought events
and there are those who can recall “the
floods of ’64 and ’75”.
We now know there are many
complicated natural events that affect the
Earth’s temperature and that the tools
used to predict climatic events do have
some shortcomings, but major advances
have been made in the way weather
patterns are mapped and modelled.
However, computer modelling has become
very sophisticated and there is no doubt
that human activity over the last 50 years
has accelerated the Earth’s greenhouse
gases and caused global warming.
Although we know climate change
is a reality, weather patterns still remain
complicated and there is more that needs
to be understood before we can say we
have it right.
For example, The Australian Bureau
of Meteorology has recognised that since
1975, Australia has experienced more
frequent El Niño weather events than
“We can use less
and recycle more.”
during previous years of the 20th century.
But it is difficult to say how much of the
reduced rainfall we’ve experienced is due
to natural variability and how much is
human-induced climate change.
Either way, water is going to become
even more precious in the future and
communities will face increasing pressure
to decide what they will consume
and what they are prepared to leave
untouched, so our waterways remain
healthy and sustainable.
WHAT CAN INDIVIDUALS DO?
Some of the problems seem so big that
we may feel there is little we can do
as individuals. I believe each of us is a
steward of this world and that it is our
responsibility, duty even, to look after
our environment and leave it in a sound
This is the case for all people, but I
believe it is a fundamental way in which
people of Christian faith should act and
respond. The Bible is very clear in its
teaching that humankind must take care
of God’s creation. It is our responsibility to
preserve it for future generations.
Caring for our environment is
something that Christians should readily
embrace as part of their faith in God, the
Creator of our Earth. We must nurture our
planet carefully and, in doing so, help to
fashion its life and fruitfulness. To realise
that we are called to this kind of Earth
stewardship by the Creator of life should,
hopefully, provide fresh impetus for
Christians to take on a level of personal
responsibility for the future of our planet.
There are many practical ways we
can do this. We can use less — the recent
extreme water restrictions have seen
people throughout the country collecting
shower water, fixing leaky taps, planting
water-tolerant native garden plants or
grasses, and foregoing washing the car.
What is important is that we seize on
these ideas and make the changes part of
our normal thinking, not just do it when
things get a bit tough.
We can do our bit for climate change
by changing what and how we use things
that produce carbon dioxide. We can
choose to use our car less. New cars now
come with carbon emission information
and we can use this to inform our choices.
We can buy green energy. Where
possible, we can participate in various
carbon trading schemes. For example,
it is possible these days to offset the
carbon generated by airline flights by
contributing to one of many different
carbon trading schemes.
We can use energy more efficiently
around the home by turning off lights and
appliances when they are not being used,
installing energy-efficient light bulbs,
insulating our homes, and conserving
water. We can use less and recycle more.
All of these things ultimately mean
less energy is burned and the amount
of carbon dioxide we produce will be
THE BIGGER RESPONSIBILITY
The fact that so many people demand
different things from our waterways
means the decisions are not simple or
easy to make. Many decisions are going
“We must nurture our
planet carefully and, in
doing so, help to fashion
its life and fruitfulness.”
to be made by communities rather than
individuals and there will be those who
are likely to be worse off.
For a long time we have taken from
nature — we have shifted water around
the countryside, we have built dams,
we have taken water from rivers and
underground and added pollutants back
to the waterway, all in the name of growth
Many of the decisions on how our
water is managed were made years ago
when the full impacts were not known.
We can’t claim ignorance anymore.
Environmental scientists are providing us
with new knowledge about how the allimportant
river systems in Australia are
functioning. We may not know everything
but we do have a lot more information
to help us make some better-informed
For each of us, we can find out the facts
and weigh up the various options. We
can lend support to the people who make
the decisions. Most importantly, we can
start to think beyond our own backyards
and realise that we are all part of the
“big picture” and that we are all in this
together. We can support the environment
by starting at home.
The challenge for us now is to
minimise our footprint on the Earth. We
have a responsibility — to ourselves, our
children, our grandchildren and, most
importantly, our Creator — to take better
care of our environment.
Gavin Rees is a senior research
scientist based at The Murray-
Darling Freshwater Research
Centre. His area of expertise is
microbiology. The son of retired
Salvation Army officers in
New Zealand, Gavin moved to
Australia 19 years ago. He is married and has
two sons, aged 19 and 17.
World Environment Day, commemorated
each year on 5 June, is one of the principal
vehicles through which the United Nations
stimulates worldwide awareness of the
environment and enhances political
attention and action.
The World Environment Day slogan for 2008
is “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon
Economy”. Recognising that climate
change is becoming the defining issue of
our era, the United Nations Environment
Program is asking countries, companies
and communities to focus on greenhouse
gas emissions and how to reduce them.
World Environment Day will highlight
resources and initiatives that promote low
carbon economies and lifestyles, such as
improved energy efficiency, alternative
energy sources, forest conservation and
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in the darkness
What compels a middleclass
family to move to the
western Sydney suburb of
Bidwill, recognised as one
of the most marginalised areas of the city?
In the upwardly-mobile society we
live in, most people are mortgaged to the
hilt in order to live in the “right house”
on the “right street”. Families strive to
give their kids an education in the best
school possible, working hard to better
themselves, putting in the hours required
for a comfortable retirement.
So why would someone decide to go
against the grain and intentionally move
into a life of poverty and disadvantage?
Why would they deliberately send their
kids to school in an area where 10 per cent
of children don’t make it past Year 8 and
one in five leave at Year 10, culminating
in a 20 per cent unemployment rate in the
Salvation Army officers Athol and
Kirsten Harmer admit they had fears
about making such a move. “When you’ve
got a young family and as the man in the
family … you’re the protector,” says Athol,
“you are hesitant to know if it’s the right
place to go.”
Even their neighbours thought they
were crazy when they moved into a small
ex-housing commission three-bedder in
the heart of Bidwill, setting up all their
backyard furniture and play equipment
out the front for anyone to use.
“I think some of them do think I’m a
bit of a weirdo,” laughs Athol. “I think
that they’re still trying to work out what it
is that we’re trying to do.”
And just what are they trying to do?
The Harmers are just one of a handful
of Salvationist families across The
Salvation Army in Eastern Australia
practising incarnational living. “Incarwhat?”
is the usual reaction.
The Army’s Social Justice Director in
its Australia Southern Territory, Captain
Danielle Strickland, explains it like this:
“Incarnation is a theological word that
explains how Jesus came in the flesh to
communicate the Good News that we can
She refers to The Message translation
of John 1 in the New Testament:
“God put skin on and moved into the
So incarnational living, or
incarnational ministry, is when Christians
do the same. And in particular, they do it
in the darkest, neediest places in society
because God calls on his people to be light
in the darkness.
It’s a wintry Friday night at Bidwill and
nearly 100 kids and parents are shivering
in the cold outside the Police Citizens
“Athol, let us in!” the kids yell, while
mothers mutter about the cold and scold
their kids for trying to climb the fence.
On the dot of 6pm, a local teen, wearing a
fluorescent yellow “leader’s” vest, emerges
from the building to open the gate. The
rowdy throng of children and young
teens stream into The Salvation Army’s
“Youth Network” — a weekly three-hour
program for kids of all ages.
“My daughter’s a team leader,” Wendy
Mitchell says proudly. “It teaches her
responsibility. All the kids, Athol has got
them very well organised … I think it’s
just a great place for kids to go.”
It’s a view echoed by many of the
parents aptain as they Michelle sign their White kids has in for been the
program. walking In Bidwill, the streets nearly of half Macquarie of all Fields,
in Sydney’s south-west, for the past three
years and has never once felt afraid, despite
the neighbourhood being notorious for
violent riots and high-speed car chases.
“They’re not out just to bash and rob and
take from everybody who just walks past,”
she laughs. “I think if you serve people
well and if you care for people and you love
people, that’s reciprocated.”
And loving people is what she’s doing as
The Salvation Army’s Mission Leader in the
area. She oversees a mind-boggling array of
programs and services ranging from child
care, midwifery services and suspension
classes for at-risk teens. And all this on her
own with just a handful of staff and not one
“People tend to hear words like
‘Macquarie Fields’ and think ‘oh my gosh,
I’m not going there,’ or, ‘I could never do
that.’ But I guess what I would really like
is to encourage people to break down
those barriers because … I’ve been blessed
beyond words just to be able to share that
journey with people and to see change in
their lives. It’s an amazing thing to be a part
For more information on how you can
help, call Michelle on (02) 9605 4771.
households contain just one parent so
Youth Network gives them some welcome
respite as well as providing their kids
with a fun, safe environment to hang out.
Once signed in, the kids scatter to
the different activity rooms. The noise
from the games room is deafening, with
occasional squeals of delight coming from
the indoor football pitch next door as a
goal is scored.
In his recently released book, In Darkest England and the Way Back In,
Salvationist Gary Bishop contends that The Salvation Army’s 21st century identity
crisis has arisen from its move out of ‘darkest England’. LAUREN MARTIN
reports on some Salvationists who have taken up the challenge, packed their bags
and moved back in.
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Behind the funk
Newtown, that funky inner-Sydney
suburb bursting with cafes and
ultra-trendy boutiques. Hang on a
second, isn’t this incarnational living
stuff meant to be among the poor and
marginalised? Well, yes, it is. And yes,
Newtown fits the bill.
Captains Phil and Janet Staines have
been living there for a little more than a
year. Janet says it’s a diverse community
with a lot of hidden hurt and pain.
“Newtown is a community full of
people who have been marginalised, so
whether they’re artists or gay or poor …
it’s a safe place for them to be different
The Staines have plans to set up a
street presence in Newtown, perhaps
a drop-in centre, coffee shop or even a
second-hand clothes shop.
“Just somewhere that represents The
Salvation Army in our work and gives
people access to The Salvation Army,”
says Janet. “And also provides a safe
place where they can come and discover
who God is, develop their spirituality.
Maybe we’ll have some prayer rooms
there where people can come and be
The Staines are looking for people
who are interested in helping develop
the ministry in Newtown. For more
information, call them on 0414 492 432.
Living in the ‘burbs
So what about living incarnationally
in the middle-class suburbs? Does it
work? Simon Gregory believes so. He’s
Senior Leader at The Salvation Army’s
Wattle Grove plant in Sydney’s south.
“All of us live in different areas and
different parts of Sydney and other
towns around Australia,” says Simon.
“Just because you’re living in a middleclass
neighbourhood doesn’t mean you
can’t make an attempt to be Jesus living
in that street.”
The biggest challenge faced by
Simon and his team is the community’s
apathy towards spiritual issues but,
after spending the past five years
building relationships, the team is
starting to see the fruit with a small but
solid worship community now in place.
The next step is setting up a
presence in nearby Warwick Farm —
a disadvantaged suburb where the
team is establishing a “food-for-life”
market in a former housing commission
For more information or to find out
how you can help, give Simon a call on
(02) 9825 4610.
In a small side room, 12-year-old Tori
patiently helps a girl of primary schoolage
thread a bead into a length of fishing
wire. Tori’s a helper in the girls-only craft
room and has this to say about what the
Friday night Youth Network is all about:
“To keep kids from hanging around on
the streets and being bad and stuff, they
can just come here and hang out and have
a great night.”
And they do have a great night;
despite the fact that these kids may not eat
“I think sometimes
it can be more
glamorous to go
overseas [on a mission
trip] because it can be
fun to get on a plane
and, ‘oh, we’re going
out to so-and-so’, but
right in our backyard
there are people who
are just as broken and
just as needy.”
— Michelle White
three meals that day, despite the fact that
many are born into situations of extreme
poverty and abuse.
Athol knows every child by name and
is aware of the fact that in a community
like Bidwill, there’s a lot of dysfunction
“Not every home, but statistically it’s
shown that in housing commission areas
in lower socio-economic areas, there’s
more domestic violence and alcohol and
drug abuse, and lots of truancy at school.
So we come in and we just want to present
a different alternative to life.”
So for three hours every Friday night
the kids have fun.
But living incarnationally is not about
getting out into a community, running
great programs for a few hours several
times a week, then retreating back
into the home or office until the next
scheduled event. The whole point of living
incarnationally is to live alongside, and in
relationship with, the people around you.
The Youth Network on Friday nights is
simply the public face of a 24/7 ministry.
Athol and Kirsten have an “open house”
policy and find themselves receiving
visitors at all times of the day and night.
Every afternoon their front yard is alive
with children and teens hanging out,
playing games and occasionally even
doing their homework!
Sixteen-year-old Vanessa is one of
the core group of teens that help with
Youth Network and attends discipleship
evenings. She considers the Harmers’
place her second home.
“I love hanging out here and I invite
others to come here because it’s a really
great place to be and we’re all family
here,” she says. “When I moved out of
home, for a while I needed somewhere
to go but I had no way of getting there
and Athol came and picked me up in the
middle of the night
“I used to be quiet and not talk to
anybody. I didn’t know what to do with
my life and, coming here and talking
to people my age and some that are
younger and even older, they’ve sort of
straightened out a path for me to, like,
carry on to. I’ve become a Christian doing
this and I’m really happy with that.”
Vanessa now plans to finish her
studies through to the end of Year 12. If
she does she will become the first member
of her family to graduate from high
“There is a sense
to the poor is
exactly what God
called us to.” —
These small incremental changes in
the lives of the young people they’re
ministering to come as confirmation to
the Harmers that they’ve made the right
decision by moving to Bidwill.
“This journey, this incarnation or
this ‘becoming one’ with the community,
dwelling amongst them as Jesus modelled
for us perfectly,” says Athol, “is a longterm
commitment and you have to …
celebrate those small wins.
“The long-term plan is with the
children and the children within the
children. So basically the children’s
children. That would make them, in my
plans, second-generation Christians. If
we can reach the first generation with
the Gospel and they bring that into their
family and their home, then their children
will be second generation and I think
that’s when momentum will really start
and transformations of the community
will really be seen in fruit.”
Author Gary Bishop writes that
Salvationists are “longing to have the
impact and significance of the Army of
old but with little or no connection to the
darkest corners of the society in which
we exist”. His book, In Darkest England
and the Way Back In, calls on The Salvation
Army to “go home”; to move back into
the neighbourhoods of the poor and live
with them, just as Christ did. Salvationists
like Athol and Kirsten Harmer have
responded to this call.
“I think you’ve just got to look at
the life of Jesus to see his heart and his
compassion for the lost and especially
the poor and the marginalised,” says
Athol. “Many, many verses [in the Bible]
talk about him gravitating or positioning
himself with that group of people and I
think there’s no greater calling. I think
that’s where The Salvation Army should
be and is best placed.”
If you’re interested in helping the Harmers
with the Bidwill mission, contact Athol on
0400 324 684.
Lauren Martin is a journalist
with The Salvation Army’s
Communications and Public
Relations Department, in
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This year Warcry celebrates
125 years of introducing
people to Christ and telling
the story of The Salvation
Army. By Captain MAL DAVIES
a weekly War Cry?
Because The Salvation
Army means more war!”
Written by General
William Booth, the Founder of The
Salvation Army, this was the first line in
the first article of the first ever War Cry
Nowadays, in a world tired of war,
many would take offence at such a
remark. However, the war Booth spoke
of in that 27 December 1879 article was
not of the nation-against-nation type, but
a spiritual war – more of the God versus
As it is explained in each current
edition of Warcry: “The name refers to our
‘war’ against evil forces and influences
in the world; we raise a ‘war cry’ in
opposition to anything that crushes the
The growth of the early Salvation
Army in the United Kingdom in the late
19th century, made it impossible for
adequate reports to be circulated in a
In 1879 Booth decided it was time
to produce a weekly four-page newssheet
so that members of the Army could
be kept up to date and encouraged by
new ventures. The publication would
also challenge members of the public to
consider thwe claims of Christianity.
The Salvation Army used its own
printing press, but the machinery was
not high quality and on the first day only
200 copies were printed. But the next
day, toiling mechanics and pressmen
succeeded in getting the machine to work
so well that 1400 copies per hour were
In September 1880, two members of
The Salvation Army who met in Australia
– John Gore and Edward Saunders –
commenced the Army’s work in Adelaide.
The first War Crys to be distributed in
Australia were copies of the UK version
– six months after their publication date! –
sent by John Gore’s brother, Will.
On 24 March 1883 the first Australian
edition of The War Cry was published
in Sydney. This was a local fortnightly
paper and was printed without official
Territorial Headquarters permission.
Similarly, another local version of The
War Cry was printed in Adelaide from 6
Recognising the need for an official
Salvation Army publication for the whole
of Australia, Territorial Headquarters in
Melbourne (before the Army split into
two Australian territories) printed the
first official Australian War Cry on 16 June
For more than 110 years The War Cry,
as it was then known, was produced for
members of The Salvation Army and the
general public and printed at the Army’s
Citadel Press in Melbourne.
In 1991, in recognition of the dual
readership, it became common practice to
put more ‘internal’ Salvation Army items
in the middle pages (three to six).
Then, on 5 August 1995, the word
“war” in the masthead was reduced in size
and the paper was promoted as The Cry.
However, the name change wasn’t
popular (changes after a century of
tradition rarely are) and on 5 April 1997,
under a different editor, the name reverted
to The War Cry.
The most radical change was still to
On 5 February 2000, Warcry – note,
one word not three – was launched as a
12-page, glossy, colour, A4 magazine with
a focus entirely towards a non-Christian
And while the articles and design of
the magazine have been updated several
times in the past eight years – and it’s now
16 pages each week – it’s essentially the
Under the masthead you’ll see the
slogan “Faith and culture”. Just as Jesus
taught about God by using parables and
references to his own culture – stories
of shepherds, farming, the countryside,
feasts, animals and so on – the aim of
Warcry is to introduce people to Christian
concepts and teachings by way of our own
So in Warcry you find articles based
on such things as movies, the internet,
television, community and political events,
sport, exercise, gardening and music.
Through these articles, and the witness
of Salvationists who distribute Warcry,
we hope and pray that people will choose
to have a life-changing relationship with
Captain Mal Davies has
been Editor of Warcry since
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halls of power
Major Peter Holley is The Salvation Army’s National Secretary. Based in Canberra, his days are
spent mixing with politicians and other people of influence who help shape our country. It’s one
of the few roles that span both the Army’s Eastern and Southern territories in Australia, yet it’s an
appointment not many Salvationists know much about. SCOTT SIMPSON recently met with Major
Holley to gain a greater insight into this important role.
SS: If someone asked you to explain your role as
National Secretary, how would you respond?
PH: Well, the National Secretariat represents the two territories
of The Salvation Army in Australia to government. There are two
departments attached to the secretariat. One is the RSDS (Red
Shield Defence Services) while the other is SAADO (Salvation
Army Australia Development Office). Both are vital in terms
of how the Army relates to Australia’s Defence Forces and to
AusAID. With regard to the National Secretary role, one of the
things I was told when I was appointed to the position is that we
have to fly the Army flag – anywhere in Canberra, anywhere I can
get an invitation, basically. The four areas the National Secretary
works in are; we work with parliamentarians; we work with
government departments; we work with NGOs (non-government
organisations); and we work with the diplomatic corps. So that
means the National Secretariat is a strategically placed service.
We have a PR function with all of these areas, which is the
creation of goodwill, we have a lobbying function, which is to try
and influence outcomes — I have a lobbyist pass for Parliament
House which means I can move around the building beyond
areas open to the public — and the other function, I think, is to
try and be a Christian presence. The Salvation Army is a church,
we’re a redemptive presence in the community and so you’re
more than just a publicist for The Salvation Army.
SS: So is it in more of an informal way that you try
to have an influence on the people you come into
contact with through your role?
PH: Traditionally, I think the National Secretary has been an
office that is there for the territories to tap into when they see a
need to. They may want an appointment with somebody or they
want to get some information from the Army to the government
and vice-versa. But I think most of the work that’s been done out
of the office has traditionally been public relations work. On the
lobbying side, you don’t get activated by The Salvation Army
to do a lot of lobbying and I think that’s because The Salvation
Army, although it’s interested in many things, when it comes to
lobbying it really is only concerned with a few specific things.
The Salvation Army, to its credit, doesn’t speak up on every
issue because if it did, then people would tend not to listen to
you because you’ve got something to say on everything. I think
there’s lots of opportunities for The Salvation Army to influence
people by being seen, by being heard — that we contact them
to let them know we’ve got an interest in this subject, give them
some feedback on it — and I think by doing that we will build up
a broad base of credibility.
SS: Who decides then, what issues The Salvation
Army will voice an opinion on? Is that largely left
up to you, or do you simply feed information back
to territorial leadership?
PH: I think it’s sort of unwritten that a core value in The Salvation
Army will always be recovery services. So with recovery services
you always have issues about addictions — about gambling,
about drugs, about alcohol — so yes, The Salvation Army will
always want to speak about those issues. Homelessness, and
youth homelessness in particular, we’ve really started to highlight
just recently. Other key areas are poverty reduction, housing
affordability, asylum seekers, health policy, and aged care.
So that’s where I keep my eyes and ears open and shoot
information off to the (Salvation Army) departments. I need
to be able to say to (Territorial Headquarters in) Sydney and
Melbourne, “This issue is coming up in either the Senate or
the House of Representatives, do you want to address this?”
Sometimes a territory will contact me and say that there’s a
conference coming up they’d like me to attend on their behalf.
So I’ll go along and report back to the territories what came out
of that conference. So some information flows into this office
and sometimes it’s the opposite; being aware and alerting the
territories of what’s going on.
SS: What about Parliament House itself, how much
time do you spend walking its halls and being a
visible presence there for The Salvation Army?
PH: I always try to be there for Question Time, which means at
least three to four times a week I’m in the building. When I go
to Question Time I try to sit in the southern gallery. This allows
me to sit behind the Opposition and face the Government, which
means they see The Salvation Army uniform three or four days
each week when they sit. So that just has to tell them something.
And then I have the ability to wander around the corridors at the
end of Question Time when the politicians are leaving the House
and it’s amazing who you bump into ...
SS: And do you from time to time bend their ears?
PH: Usually you don’t because what I’ve discovered is that most
of the politicians, or any group for that matter, if you’re going
to meet with them they want an agenda. Part of my job is just
building up an awareness of The Salvation Army in these areas.
I’m a regular at the National Press Club. I go for every politician
who speaks there, every unionist, every Indigenous speaker and
anyone who is speaking on subjects of interest to us. Now, again,
it’s to be seen … that they see The Salvation Army’s presence at
these things. You just never know what doors open up for you
and so a lot of it is planting seeds and making folk aware that
The Salvation Army will turn up when it doesn’t have to turn
up. Often I’m the only clergy present at Press Club events. I think
that’s an important role the National Secretary plays.
SS: And is The Salvation Army voice being heard,
it’s presence being felt, among all this?
PH: I think what we’re trying to do is be heard more, but I think
to be heard more we need to be engaging with them and we’ve
got to find reasons to be heard by them. Instead of waiting for a
government department or an NGO to contact us, we need to be
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e gained from the Army applying its mind to issues
as well. I see part of my role now is to try and identify
issues and opportunities, and sometimes identify
other people who have sympathy for the Army’s
values. It’s really a fantastic job ...
SS: I was actually going to ask you about
that … do you enjoy your job?
PH: Oh yes, it’s fabulous. I have to admit that when
the Commissioner told me I had this appointment
I could hardly wipe the smile off my face. It’s an
appointment that gives you time to develop things.
I also have to say it’s an appointment where a
number of officers have retired from, but it’s not
an appointment to retire in because you have great
opportunities to network and find out who we can
access to help us in our mission.
SS: In your dealings with people while
in this role, have there been times when
you’ve had to don a chaplaincy hat and
perhaps helped someone through some
out there so we can engage them. In the past I don’t think we’ve
been proactive enough; we’ve sort of waited for issues to arise
and then addressed them. Often it’s been a knee-jerk reaction
and usually our voice is only one of many. My hunch is, if I’m a
politician and I make a speech on something and I see that The
Salvation Army is sitting in the House and within a week I hear
from them about it, then who am I going to talk to next? Now as
I said, this is a slow process of building up networks, of building
relationships. The Salvation Army has a fabulous reputation,
but I think that too often we’re seen as doers of things and not
necessarily an organisation that speaks out on things. That
perception, I believe, needs to change.
SS: So you’re saying you don’t think The Salvation
Army is seen as a driver of initiatives?
PH: I think in things like addiction areas and youth and
homelessness, I think they’d see that we’re very much at the
forefront of things. What we’ve discovered, however, is that
if you want to make submissions to government, usually you
have to back it up with academic clout. To do that the Army
needs to be thinking ahead so that it can approach universities or
particular people who have a special interest in a subject and say,
“We’d like to put a paper out on this and address this issue.” You
can’t do that in a week; you’ve got to be thinking 12 months in
advance maybe. I think The Salvation Army is seen as hands-on,
so basically the application of hands to issues but not necessarily
the application of the head. I don’t think that’s unkind, I think
that’s a compliment to the Army, but I think there’s great value to
PH: At this point in time, no. There is a chaplain at
Parliament House so I guess there are already defined
roles there. But I am conscious that I have a salt
and light ministry; it’s more than just an employee
who does PR and lobbying. I do come as Christ’s
representative into this appointment and although
I haven’t had any specific opportunities to minister
to someone spiritually, I do feel ready for it. Also, I
feel quite comfortable that if any opportunity does
arise then it will arise naturally because of people’s
expectations of The Salvation Army. In fact, there
have already been some occasions when, because
of the direction a conversation has taken, I’ve been
able to talk about my Christian faith. I believe, as
Christians, we’re all links in a chain and I’m happy
being this particular link in a chain.
SS: If you wanted people to pray for anything for
you, what would it be?
PH: What they might like to pray for — one of the things the
Army has been very good at doing is allowing me to go to
conferences and also to join the National Press Club which has
been a great source of contact with people — if they could pray
that I would meet the people that The Salvation Army needs me
to meet. I go to the Press Club and there are a lot of influential
people there. The seating arrangements are usually quite random
and I believe being seated next to the “right” person is a Godincidence,
not a coincidence. I do pray that when I go somewhere
I’ll sit with the people who it would be really good to sit with. So
if anyone wants to pray for me it would be to pray that I would
meet the people that The Salvation Army needs me to meet, and
the people The Salvation Army needs me to meet are people who
can help the Army with its mission.
Scott Simpson is Managing Editor of Pipeline.
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DIVISIONAL AND TERRITORIAL NEWS
PROMOTED TO GLORY
A life of witness
promoted to glory
on 24 October 2007,
was born 4 June
1923 at Riverview,
to Salvation Army officer parents
Commandant Thomas and Mrs Elsie
Herron. It was the day of the visit to
the Army’s Riverview property of
General Bramwell Booth who planted
the now heritage-listed “Booth’s Tree”
that still stands on the property, now
known as “Canaan”.
On 6 June 1936, Amy made her
commitment to Jesus Christ and a life
of service for her Lord. She entered
the Sydney Training College in March
1954, from the Army’s West End
Corps, as a cadet in the Shepherds
Commissioned as an officer on 10
January 1955, her first appointment
was to Riverview Boys Training Farm.
Appointments to Indooroopilly Boys
Home, Sydney Training College,
Sunset Lodge, Manly Peoples Palace,
Collaroy Eventide Home followed in
succession until Captain Herron took
sick and retired early in 1969.
This did not stop her continuing
her witness for the Lord in the places
she lived, including New South Wales,
Western Australia, and the Northern
In 2005, when her health declined
to the point she could no longer
live alone, Amy transferred to The
Salvation Army’s Warrina Village
Aged Care centre in Brisbane.
A thanksgiving and remembrance
service was held in the Riverview
Gardens Chapel on 7 November 2007,
led by Chaplain Major Hazel Parker.
Tributes were brought by Ruth and
Ross Kilpatrick and Greg McLachlan
and Jan Reynolds. Prayer was
offered by Lieut-Colonel Ray Wilson
(nephew) and the Bible reading and
message were brought by Major Ray
In a letter, Commissioner Les
Strong wrote: “We know Amy
loved the Lord, was obedient to him
and, while ill health meant an early
retirement from active service, the
influence of the Holy Spirit continued
to minister through her life and
A wonderful pastoral heart
was promoted to
glory on 17 January
2008, aged 81.
born to Salvationist
parents at The
Salvation Army Bethesda Hospital in
Marrickville, Sydney, on 9 June 1926.
Her father tragically died in 1928.
The family moved to Campsie
where they attended Campsie Corps
and became very involved. Faith
remembered her time at Campsie with
Faith left the Army for a while
and moved to Melbourne to join the
Women’s Royal Australian Naval
Service in 1944.
Faith married Russell Green after
World War Two. The couple had
four children – Ken, Chris, Deborah
and Deidre – and were married for
more than 50 years. Faith also had
11 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
The Greens moved to Green
Valley in 1964 where Faith had a
“wonderful” experience that led her
back to The Salvation Army. She made
many lasting friendships at Green
Valley, where Russ also found God.
Faith and Russ entered full-time
service in the Army on 15 January
1970 as territorial envoys. For the next
21 years their entire service was in
corps: Cabramatta/Fairfield, Hornsby,
Murwillumbah, Newcastle, Maitland,
Wallsend, Rockhampton, Bundaberg
and finally Orange.
The Greens retired in 1991, but
Faith continued to be very active
in retirement. She relieved at seven
corps, two aged care hostel and
nursing complexes, a social service
centre and seven recovery services
centres. Her love for the men and
women at the recovery centres was
extraordinary and was a highlight of
Faith enjoyed immensely her time
living at Weeroona Village and the
Trigg Village, and made many friends.
She led a full and bountiful life filled
with love for family, love for people
and love for her Lord.
A thanksgiving service for the
life of Mrs Captain Green was held at
The Salvation Army Dulwich Hill on
23 January 2008, led by Major Philip
Cairns (Principal, Booth College).
The hall was packed to overflowing
for this service, which followed a
service of committal at Rookwood
In a “Time of Tribute”, those
gathered remembered Faith through
a specially prepared PowerPoint
presentation, family tributes, a corp
tribute byMajor Lynette Middleton
and a message from the then
Territorial Commander Commissioner
Les Strong. “Mrs Captain Faith Green
has demonstrated the love of God
throughout her officership in such
a way that many people have been
positively influenced for God,” said
“Faith has a wonderful pastoral
heart and her care for her people was
the strength of her ministry. So many
people have been encouraged in their
own spiritual journey because of this
The family expresses their thanks
for the many expressions of support
and thankfulness for Faith’s life that
they have received.
Warm and friendly pesonality
to glory from
Melbourne, on 30
March 2008, aged
was one of 10 children born into a
working-class family in Chiswick,
United Kingdom, in 1910.
Ellen joined The Salvation Army
as a child through the Sunbeams
group at Chiswick. She entered the
training college in London in 1929 as a
cadet in the Fighters session. Following
commissioning in 1930 she served in
slum work in London before marrying
William Novell in 1940.
In the early years of their marriage,
Mrs Novell and her husband managed
men’s social work hostels in England
and Scotland. Daughter Margaret was
born while they were stationed at
the Men’s Palace in Newcastle upon
Tyne, and their son David was born
while they were in charge of the men’s
hostel (a converted prison) in Leith.
Ellen often helped cook for the men.
When William later served at
the men’s social work headquarters,
Ellen worked actively with women at
Appointments as divisional and
men’s social work headquarters
officers were followed by William’s
appointment as the Army’s Financial
Secretary for Scotland in 1964. In
1968, after William’s appointment
for a few months at International
Headquarters as Legacy Officer,
the Novells flew to Sydney where
William took up an appointment as
Financial Secretary, Australia Eastern
The couple soldiered at Campsie
Corps in Sydney, and retired in 1974.
In 1985 they moved to Melbourne,
becoming soldiers at Waverley
Temple Corps. Colonel William
Novell was promoted to glory in
Major Howard Davies led a
thanksgiving service at Waverley
Temple on 10 April 2008. David
Novell (son) gave a family tribute
and Dell Harvey a corps tribute. The
Waverley Temple corps band played
and Captain Tim Lynn sang.
Captain Nikki Novell (granddaughter)
read from the Scriptures,
Majors Bram Cassidy and Gwenda
Watkinson prayed and Major Kevin
Grigsbey read the territorial tribute.
Mrs Novell’s warm, friendly
personality was evident in the
various corps at which she soldiered
and she ministered to many women,
churched and unchurched. Ellen used
her pleasant, joyful soprano voice to
praise and glorify God, often while
“specialling” with William. God was
always her first love.
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DIVISIONAL AND TERRITORIAL NEWS
Effective 12 May: Major Karen Masters, Support Officer — Donor
Services, Territorial Communications and Public Relations
Effective 5 June: Captain Zane Haupt, Vocational Training Officer,
Booth College; Captain Raelene Steep, Resource Officer, Program
Department. Effective 19 June: Captain David Prigg,
Chaplain, Cessnock Prison, Chaplaincy Services, Newcastle and
Effective 3 July: Captain Annette Keane, Manager, Warringah
Place Retirement Village, Aged Care Plus; Major Heather Rose,
Acting Site Manager, Inner-West Aged Care Services, Aged Care
Major Lyn Cook of her grandmother Alice Emily Mary Cathcart
on 9 May; Major Peter Dollin of his father Len Dollin on 9 May;
Captain Nigel MacDonald of his mother Roslyn MacDonald
on 13 May; Captain Alan Keane of his mother May Keane on
19 May; Captain Alice Fean of her mother, Captain Julie-Anne
Robinson of her grandmother Vera Bright on 17 May; Major
George Lingard of his father George Lingard on 23 May
Community Care Ministries
Ray Cullen, Earlwood, has completed Module Six and Module 8
in The Salvation Army’s Community Care Ministries.
Promoted to Glory
Mrs Aux-Captain Jean Webb on 24 May.
Major Ruth Fischle will be presented with her retirement
certificate at Earlwood Corps on Sunday 1 June in the morning
worship meeting. We congratulate Ruth for her dedicated service
of 15 years and 4 months.
Commissioner’s Challenge Award: Deborah Clark, Mark Ning,
Isabelle Robinson, Campsie; Cody Wilson, Carina; Allana Shaw,
General’s Award: Megan Young, Bundamba; Talitha Hardarker,
share a prayer
Corps: Hurstville, Hurstville Chinese, NSW; Inala, Qld.
Social: Illawarra Community Services Centre, NSW; Inala
Community Services Centre, Qld.
Other ministries: Indigenous Ministries, Qld.
Events: Central and North Queensland Division review (5);
Connect 2 — officers’ kids camp (6-8).
Corps: Inverell, NSW; Inner-City West, Qld.
Social: Inner West Aged Care Services, NSW.
Other ministries: Information Technology Department, Internal
Audit Department, THQ.
Events: New lieutenants orientation (10-15).
Corps: Leeton, Lismore Lithgow, NSW; Life Community Church
Mission, Lockyer Valley, Qld.
Other ministries: Legal Department, THQ.
Events: Tri-Territorial School for Officer Training Conference,
New Zealand (25-27); Sydney Staff Songsters ministry weekend
29 June–5 July
Corps: Long Jetty, Maclean, NSW; Mackay, Qld.
Social: Logan City Community Services Centre, Qld.
Other ministries: Longreach/Rural Chaplaincy Base, Qld.
Events: Events: Founders Day (2); ACT and South NSW Division
review (2-3); Territorial Candidates Board (4).
Corps: Maitland City, Manly, NSW; Maroochydore, Qld.
Social: Macquarie Lodge Aged Care Services, Macquarie Fields
Community Ministry, NSW.
Corps: Maroubra, Menai, Miranda, NSW; Maryborough, Qld.
Social: Moneycare, ACT.
Other ministries: Mission Resource Team, THQ.
Social: Greenslopes Community Services Centre, Qld.
Events: Red Shield door-knock weekend (24-25).
Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)
Carina: Sun 1 June — Corps visit
Sydney: Mon 2 June — Sydney Advisory Board
Sydney: Fri 6 June — Aged Care Plus vision day
Collaroy: Sun 8 June — Connect 2 OK’s Camp
Sydney: Tue 10-Wed 11 June — Wider Cabinet conference, School
for Leadership Training
Melbourne: Sun 22 June — MASIC conference
Lieutenant-Colonels James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon
Sydney: Mon 2 June — Sydney Advisory Board
Sydney: Fri 6 June — Aged Care Plus vision day
North NSW: Sat 7-Sun 8 June — Youth Councils
Sydney: Tue 10-Wed 11 June — Wider Cabinet conference
Sydney: Mon 16 June — Sydney Missionary Fellowship
Townsville Faithworks: Sun 22 June — Corps visit (am)
Thuringowa: Sun 22 June — Corps visit (pm)
Townsville: Mon 23 June — Recovery Services
Sydney: Mon 30 June: Employment Plus board
ACT & South NSW: Wed 2-Thu 3 July — Divisional review
Sydney: Mon 14 July — Ministry workers welcome (Stanmore)
Sydney Chinese Corps: Sun 20 July — Corps visit
Sydney: Fri 25 July — Booth College retreat day
Sydney: Thu 31 July — Sydney East & Illawarra divisional
*Territorial Secretary for Womens Ministries only
Corps: Kempsey, Lake Cargellico, Lake Community; Ipswich,
Social: Ipswich Community Services Centre, Qld; Job Link,
Events: Youth discipleship Sunday (15); all lieutenants residential
(16-27); youth and children ministries consultative day (19);
Design for Life, South Queensland (20-22); ACT and South NSW
Division youth councils.