June 2008 - Salvation Army

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June 2008 - Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory June 2008 Volume 12 Issue 6

Reversing

thefatal flow

special environmental issue


Let the fire start in you

I

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

God.

Editorial

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,

Communications Director

The Salvation Army

WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder

International Headquarters

101 Queen Victoria street

London EC4P 4EP

Shaw Clifton, General

Australia Eastern Territory

140 Elizabeth Street

Sydney NSW 2000

Linda Bond, Commissioner

Territorial Commander

Peter McGuigan, Captain

Communications Director

Scott Simpson

Managing Editor

Graphic design: Andrew Tan

Pipeline is a publication of the

Communications Team

Cover photo: Darren Baldwin

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Address: PO Box A435

Sydney South NSW 1235

Phone: (02) 9266 9639

www.salvos.org.au

Email: eastern.editorial

@aue.salvationarmy.org

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contents

4

12

FEATURES

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.

REGULARS

7-9 FROM THE COALFACE

11 TC@PIPELINE

26-28 EASTERN COMMUNIQUE

IN THIS MONTH'S

King’s companions: Report and reflections on the 2008 women’s

Bible convention

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WOMEN'S BIBLE

CONVENTION 2008


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

they’re saved.

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

and stay.”

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

lovely gift.”

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

Our

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

By

of the Holy Spirit,” I would be at home.

It could be in Kinshasa, it could be in

Commissioner

Chile, it could be in Sri Lanka, it could be

Linda Bond

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

mission

theology.

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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identity

is our


From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

News FEATURE

Road map

for life

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

society.

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

changes.

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

Salvation Army

that tries to

be relevant

and ends up

compromising

to the 21st

century.”

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

us.

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

deep compassion.

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

http://www.salvoaudio.com/sermon/

commissioner_linda_bond.htm

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

church.

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.

todd@aue.salvationarmy.

org or on 02 9531 6577,

or visit the DFL website

at www.salvos.org.au/

designforlife

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From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

From the coalface

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL NEWS

News FEATURE

Heritage conference

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

conference.

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

teacher.”

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

fascinating.”

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

files.

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

the event.

Outback Flying Service

takes off

(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

divisional headquarters

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.

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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

of church.

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.”

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New soldiers enrolled at

Redcliffe

(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

Trethewey.

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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

wrote:

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.

Why?

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

purpose.

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).

Mr | Mrs | Ms | Miss

Address

Suburb

Postcode

FIRST NAME

Phone

State

LAST NAME

If you have already included a gift to The Salvation Army in your Will, please

tick the box so that we can acknowledge you as an ‘Honoured Friend’.

PRAYER PLEDGE

I will be part of the Australia Eastern Territory’s prayer meeting every Thursday from 7.30 to 8.00am, starting 7 August, praying for:

• Powerful spiritual growth across The Salvation Army

• Extensive transformation of people’s lives through the Army’s ministry

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

NAME:____________________________________________________ CORPS: ________________________________________________

ADDRESS: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

EMAIL: ______________________________________________________ PHONE: _____________________________________________

(Please post to: Territorial Prayer Meeting, The Salvation Army, PO Box A435, Sydney South NSW 1235)

10 pipeline 06/2008 11


Reversing

thefatal flow

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

live.

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

problem.

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

remain healthy.

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

this problem.

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

weather conditions.

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

condition.

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

reduced.

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

and development.

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

decisions.

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

eco-friendly consumption.

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A

light

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

area?

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

be saved.”

She refers to The Message translation

of John 1 in the New Testament:

“God put skin on and moved into the

neighbourhood.”

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.

Youth Network

It’s a wintry Friday night at Bidwill and

nearly 100 kids and parents are shivering

in the cold outside the Police Citizens

Youth Club.

“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

Fertile field

C

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

volunteer.

“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

of.”

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

there.”

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

prayed for.”

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

residence.

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

within homes.

“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

school.

“There is a sense

that ministering

to the poor is

something that

is re-energising

The Salvation

Army because

we’re discovering

exactly what God

called us to.” —

Janet Staines

Long-term commitment

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

Sydney

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HAPPY

BIRTHDAY

WARCRY

20

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!”

“Why

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

published.

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

Satan type.

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

human spirit.”

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

timely fashion.

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

being printed.

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

April 1883.

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

1883.

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

come though.

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

reader.

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

same magazine.

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

culture.

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

Jesus.

Captain Mal Davies has

been Editor of Warcry since

June 2006.

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Walking the

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.

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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

personal issues?

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

C

aptain Amy

Herron was

promoted to glory

on 24 October 2007,

aged 84.

Amy Herron

was born 4 June

1923 at Riverview,

Queensland,

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

session.

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

Territory.

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

Herron (nephew).

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

witness.”

A wonderful pastoral heart

Mrs Captain

Faith Green

was promoted to

glory on 17 January

2008, aged 81.

Faith

Greenbank was

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

great fondness.

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

her service.

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

Crematorium.

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

Commissioner Strong.

“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

caring attitude.”

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

Mrs Colonel

Ellen Novell

was promoted

to glory from

Inala Village,

Melbourne, on 30

March 2008, aged

97.

Ellen Welch

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

Harrow Corps.

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

Territory.

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

1989.

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

about people

Appointment Announcements

Effective 12 May: Major Karen Masters, Support Officer — Donor

Services, Territorial Communications and Public Relations

Department

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

Central NSW.

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

Plus.

Bereavement

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.

Retirement

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.

SAGALA

Commissioner’s Challenge Award: Deborah Clark, Mark Ning,

Isabelle Robinson, Campsie; Cody Wilson, Carina; Allana Shaw,

Tuggeranong.

General’s Award: Megan Young, Bundamba; Talitha Hardarker,

Forster/Tuncurry.

share a prayer

1-7 June

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).

8-14 June

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).

22-28 June

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

(28-29).

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).

6-12 July

Corps: Maitland City, Manly, NSW; Maroochydore, Qld.

Social: Macquarie Lodge Aged Care Services, Macquarie Fields

Community Ministry, NSW.

13–19 July

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).

engagement calendar

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

review

*Territorial Secretary for Womens Ministries only

15-21 June

Corps: Kempsey, Lake Cargellico, Lake Community; Ipswich,

Kalbar, Qld.

Social: Ipswich Community Services Centre, Qld; Job Link,

NSW.

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.

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