The Salvation Army
Australia Eastern Territory
Volume 13 Issue 3
The long road to recovery for Victoria's bushfire survivors
rise andwhatever it takes J
rise and go forward
God’s Spirit is moving
one place - one purpose
Catching yourself in the act
ust over two years ago, I began 12 months of intensive
leadership and self-expression development. No-one asked
me to do it. I just happened to be at a point in my life
where I wanted to make the most of the rest of my life.
Ever felt like that?
some time and discipline, but what a difference it makes. Let
me explain. This is where you “catch yourself” in the act of
being ungracious, for example, and, in that moment you say,
“That’s not who I am or what I stand for. I am a person of grace,
and that’s who and what I will be right now.”
The drive in me to do this had been gaining momentum for You might catch yourself being too opinionated and
some time. I knew, deep down, that I had some chips on my instantly decide to be quiet and listen. You might catch yourself
shoulder that needed knocking off, and that I needed a better being lazy or procrastinating. In that moment, you give it
attitude. For various reasons, I had allowed the circumstances up and go about what you should be doing. You could catch
of my life to colour my outlook, my relationships and my yourself holding back from contributing to a group discussion,
contribution to the world. and you immediately give up the whole “self-protection” or “I
one mission Little did I know what I was letting myself in for when I might stuff up” thing.
signed up for the first in this series of courses. I could write a Many of us have what we think is “our world” with its
calling us book about those 12 months and what I learned – about myself,
about human behaviour, and about retraining yourself to live
particular circumstances, “our story” of how we got there, and
“our right” to be in that place. This is me, after all. This is the
doing whatever it takes rise and go forward a powerful, fruitful life rather than one resigned to “whatever
happens”. “You can be the cause for change in the world,” they
debilitating way many human beings think and, frighteningly,
the context from which they act.
God’s Spirit is moving
doing whatever it takes
would drum into us. “Be the cause!” The truth is that if you live to embrace others, and every day
The course opened with an allegory. There are two positions to make a difference in the world – to live a life of contribution
in life; you’re either on the court playing the game, or in the – you will never be able to adequately define your world
stands watching others play the game. I decided to get on the because it is ever expanding and nothing is impossible.
court, but discovered that to remain on the court – to inject In fact, that’s what Jesus Christ meant when he said “with
yourself fully into life – you need some real muscle and drive. God, all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). This is the God-
Otherwise, how easy it is to slip back into the stands. inspired life that Jesus spoke about so often. His parables aimed
First, you need to identify the blind spots in your life that to expand our worlds and help us think and act beyond what
restrain you, that hold you back from being a better person we had come to think of as “our life”.
An experience that could revolutionise your life and your corps. or from reaching your potential. Then you “give up” those Don’t box yourself in, in other words. Look up and see the
You will be entertained, educated, encouraged and engaged for attitudes, resentments, attachments, pride, etc, and learn to vastness of possibility that is in front of you – for yourself, your
think of your life in terms of contribution – to others and to the family, your community, your church, your world. Don’t live
dynamic 21st century mission. world. You start to be the cause for change. a predictable life. Let the creative, transforming Spirit of God
One of the most powerful things I learned during those 12 revolutionise your future.
months was what I now call “catching yourself in the act”. This – Captain Peter McGuigan,
is vital to being on the court and staying on the court. It takes Communications Director
COV E R STORY
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The Salvation Army A special coverage of the Victoria bushfires, recounting stories of Salvationists
WILLIAM BOOTH, Founder who were involved and looking at the long road ahead to recovery
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I read with interest the report on the
life of Major Marjorie Bruton. She
certainly was an “unsung hero”, a
woman of vision and practical action
with excellent personal communication
During her time as the Divisional
Youth Secretary in the Armidale
division, she organised and ran a junior
soldiers’ camp in May 1959, held on
a sheep property called “The Forest”,
Disciples and servants north of Barraba, attended by about 35
of the Lord kids 7-16 years old. The girls bunked
Youth trained and sent
down in the shearers’ quarters while
I have been attending corps church
services at 10am Sundays for three
months at the Earlwood centre of The
serving their neighbours and fellow
To see The Salvation Army poised to
the boys “camped” in the shearing
shed. Years later, Major Bruton
(pictured) told me it was the very first
Salvation Army. enter a dynamic phase of spiritual vitality junior soldiers’ camp in the world.
out to frontline mission
I am blessed to tell you how loving an and growth in service and seeking unity As soon as we arrived, we had to
experience it has been to be welcomed so and renewal in the Holy Spirit, I am make our mattresses (paliasses) by
graciously. impressed with the written statement of stuffing straw into large hessian bags
Never have I been to a church so intent, “corps will be places of nurture the size of the camp stretchers! I cannot
centred in the Lord and possessed of such and wholeness in Christ, promoting remember having a bad night’s sleep.
a presence of the Holy Spirit. soldiership as radical discipleship”.
The leadership of Majors David and This will need to be balanced with
Shelley Soper is so godly driven and they a renewed commitment to serve the
are much loved by the corps members. practical needs of the community in which
They are also much loved in the wider we live.
community in which they serve with I pray that the Salvos will stand up to In place of the usual TC@Pipeline column, members of The Salvation Army’s Australia Eastern
incredible dedication. be both disciples and servants as the Lord Territory Cabinet have been contributing to a series of articles discussing the Territory’s seven
The spirit of unity which they create would want us to be. Mission Priorities. This month, Territorial Commander Commissioner Linda Bond takes a look
augurs well for the Territory’s 2020 vision, May we be blessed and united in our
“One Army, One Mission”. endeavours of service to bring glory to at the sixth Mission Priority.
I have been a community worker God and to grow in our love of Jesus
(voluntary) since 1977 in Earlwood Christ and in fellowship with the Holy
and am saddened by the deterioration Spirit. t may be an age thing, but I often think back to my early on fire Salvos, hungry to translate the Word into their everyday
I have observed in society’s standards, days, growing up in a Salvation Army corps in Nova Scotia, existence, eager to experience what it means to be holy and
particularly the reduction in the number Terry Meakin, eastern Canada. I was a rather reluctant Salvationist as daring when it comes to evangelising the darkest corners of the
of people committed to caring for and Earlwood, NSW a child. But my eldest sister’s eagerness made up for a community or society.
Studies and activities were
battalion of half-hearted soldiers. The Army for her was truly It is crucial that they be engaged in moving the Army forward
enjoyable and memorable while the
a find, a precious gift from the Lord. She fell in love with it as as the Lord directs. They need involvement in their local corps.
friendships made have lasted a lifetime.
a child and until the day she died, there was not a hint that the Their voices need to be heard on committees and councils. They
It would be difficult to measure the
flame diminished. need to be our fighting force, radical disciples, soldiers in this
Reclaim our holiness impact of such an event in the lives
Her enthusiasm was contagious. What it all boiled down Army. They need to be entrusted with responsibilities by taking
of campers. The Territorial Youth
T he Salvation Army Southern
Territory’s On Fire magazine for 14
February contains an article from that
of those holiness meetings”, and “The
holiness meeting was one of the pillars of
the Army and if we don’t look after that
Secretary of the day, Major George
Carpenter, with Envoys George and
to was that, as a result, her siblings and children went to the
Army and were fully engaged in it whether they wanted to or
not! Please don’t consider this a complaint. Reluctant then but
up local officer roles. They need platform time to give their
testimony, lead in worship, preach a sermon, lead a Bible study.
They need skills training for ministry.
side of the Army, we’ll just be a frothy, Norm Hazell, visited the camp.
territory’s Chief Secretary Lieutenant- grateful now! Why? Because the ministry skills I have now, were But this ministry cannot be confined to an Army hall. They
noisy, and just a temporary successful This year will be the 50th
Colonel Ray Finger, urging that territory to developed as a child and young person in my home corps. need the front line to express their passion for Christ. The
Salvation Army”. anniversary of that camp and it would
recover its holiness teaching. Mission Priority six is a powerful one for our Territory. It calls engagement and training inside and outside the walls of our
With the demise of the two meetings be very interesting to try and track
He says, “If we fail to return to the for youth trained and sent out to front-line mission. This priority buildings have a goal in mind – deploying them for mission.
on a Sunday in most corps the opportunity down each of those junior soldiers.
roots of holiness The Salvation Army is is not a vague notion or a catchy pacifier to let our youth think Their service will involve connecting with the poor and
of teaching solid holiness has been lost. Perhaps we could have a reunion?
destined to become an insipid shadow of we really believe in them. We must stop thinking of our young marginalised in their area, sharing the Gospel through one-to-
Some alternative has to be found to I would like to hear from any
itself, struggling for survival.” That edition people as the Army of tomorrow. They are the Army of today! one encounters, participating in mission trips, crying out against
bring back the Holy Spirit into our Army, former campers and can be contacted
has two other articles on the Army’s Why? Because their generation desperately needs the good news social injustices.
or we will become a lifeless shell. at: PO Box 3100, Birkdale, Qld 4157;
doctrine of holiness. about Jesus and, quite frankly, many of us would not be on their Our Army must have the energy, enthusiasm and daring of
To use Lieutenant-Colonel Finger’s firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone
Our (Territorial Commander) wavelength or know how to communicate. When Christian peers our youth to keep us reaching higher and moving forward. Their
words, “I don’t see why we cannot get 0434 047 508.
Commissioner (Linda Bond) is saying speak into the lives of young people who lack purpose, waste pace is quick but I am willing to try to keep up. How about you?
back to the two-meeting Sunday and use Thank God for Major Bruton’s
virtually the same thing. their giftedness and travel through life without a true sense of
that to teach holiness. We would need to vision and investment in the lives of
In a book by Stephen Court called belonging, it will be authentic.
have officers who could teach it.” those children.
God’s Army, The History of the Salvation Yes, youth are the Army of today. Why? Because many that
Army, he quotes then Commissioner (John) I have met are so turned onto the things of the Lord that they Commissioner Linda Bond is
Major Hazel Parker, Territorial Commander of
Gowans (1998) as saying, “If I ask myself Lieutenant-Colonel Neil Young, have his passion for the lost surging through their veins. We
Birkdale, Qld The Salvation Army
why I am a Salvationist today it’s because Southside, Qld can’t make them wait for another day. This is their day! They are
Australia Eastern Territory
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Call to our Growing Saints
In the latest instalment of our series that examines the 12 calls to Salvationists issued
by The Salvation Army’s Spiritual Life Commission, LIEUTENANT-COLONEL PHILIP
CAIRNS says we must place a higher value on the common love and unity that binds Call to our Life
Salvationists together. Together
everal years ago, my wife Jan and We discovered that what Commissioner our common mission of saving the is that gives our shared culture its real focus and strength. It can no longer be We call Salvationists worldwide to
I had the privilege of attending a Robert Street says is true: “It isn’t an world to Jesus, and our passionate love meaning and purpose. It can no longer left to other traditions, influences or rejoice in their unique fellowship; to
conference in Winnipeg, Canada. exaggeration, an overstatement, or for Jesus. be simply tradition or habit. popular trends. be open to support, guidance, nurture,
We then travelled to a number of a mistake to talk about the Salvation What is our shared culture? There What is our common mission? And what about our passionate love affirmation and challenge from each
places around the world making contact Army’s unique fellowship” (Called To Be are plenty of people questioning Although the mission of “saving the for Jesus? This must come first if we are other as members together of the Body
with the local Salvation Army. What God’s People). “traditional” Army practices and world to Jesus Christ” should hardly truly going to live our lives together as of Christ; and to participate regularly
we discovered was something truly But was it just our uniforms, our symbols these days. Is the uniform need reiterating, The Salvation Army Salvationists. Jesus tells us in John 13:34 in the life, membership and mission of a
wonderful – a warmth of fellowship that music, and our structures that caused really outdated? Is our military system a does have its own theology of mission to “Love one another. As I have loved particular corps.
was beyond our expectation. this sense of closeness? Certainly our remnant of a former century? These are which is important to understanding you, so you must love one another.” Its
For example, the divisional common Salvation Army “language” important questions, but questions that our lives together as Salvationists. Its implications are that when we have a
commanders in Halifax, Canada, invited was a good starting point. But the need to lead us to the real meaning of focus is on Jesus Christ and a personal passionate love for Jesus, then we are to
us to stay in their home for three days; fellowship was far deeper than these these cultural icons (so we don’t throw relationship with him; the result of have an embracing love for each other.
in Stockholm, Sweden, Salvationists observable things. Alongside the shared out the good with the bad). this relationship is the infilling of the And so Scripture calls us to “be devoted
took us into their home and showed us culture we felt a common vision for the For example, we are not Salvationists Holy Spirit for the purity of life lived in to one other in brotherly love” (Romans
around their beautiful city for two days; mission of The Salvation Army and a because we wear the same type of holiness (walking like the one we love 12:10). This is the beginning of the Call
in Plymouth, England, the corps officers passionate love for our Lord Jesus Christ uniform and look alike! Our “life and serve). to our Life Together. I believe that there
took us home for lunch and invited us to that spilled over into caring for us as together” finds its meaning in our is a need for us to value more highly this
stay overnight. We were overwhelmed “strangers”. public witness to the world that Jesus Need for reaffirmation common love and unity that binds us
by the generosity of spirit shown to us. is our Saviour and Lord. Our uniform Our theology of mission includes a belief together as Salvationists.
What was it that caused these Importance of unity should never be just our membership in the transformation of sin-damaged
wonderful people to embrace us so Since returning home to Australia I clothes. Our music (whether played by lives, the priesthood of all believers in
warmly? We certainly discovered that have had time to think through our traditional or contemporary groups) is which we all have an equal part to play,
through the Army we all had much in experiences in these other countries. both a proclamation tool and a gift for the sacrament of the whole of life, and Lieutenant-Colonel
common. The uniforms were familiar, What has become clear to me is that personal devotions. And our structures the realisation of our total dependence Philip Cairns is the
the music had a similarity about it, and the retaining of our “life together” as are meant to be the means of putting the on God to achieve anything at all in his Australia Eastern
each Salvationist we met was totally Salvationists depends on the unity of kingdom resources in the right places. name. There is a need to reaffirm what Territory’s Secretary for
committed to the cause of Jesus Christ. these three things; our shared culture, There is a need to rediscover what it it is that gives our common mission its Personnel
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The Salvation Army’s MAJOR ARTHUR FORD was
among the first to arrive in the bushfire-devastated
region to provide comfort to the injured and grieving.
By Faye Michelson
tate Emergency Services Victoria
chaplain Major Arthur Ford was
at the Whittlesea command centre
just hours after the devastating
fires swept through Kinglake on Saturday,
“I was asked to go to the surgical and
medical section to be with people who had
been very badly burnt,” he says.
“Being with people” that night – and State Emergency Services Victoria chaplain Major Arthur
the following days as Major Ford went up
Ford arrived at Whittlesea just hours after the bushfires
and down the mountain – meant offering
began their devastating rampage. Photo: Ben Knop
what comfort he could to people who had
suffered horrible burns and those who had
suffered terrible losses. At Kinglake, a police officer asked psychologist to debrief me before I went
“There were some horrific scenes Major Ford to spend some time with one back, which I really appreciated.”
that I will never forget: people with flesh of his young colleagues. As soon has he arrived back at
hanging off them – and the smell of “This officer had found 16 bodies,” Whittlesea an emergency worker rushed
burning flesh – they’ll be with me forever,” Major Ford says. to find him. This person had just learnt the
he says. “He has little kids of his own, and then remains of a close friend had been found
But offer comfort he did – to the for him to find children up there ... he was on the mountain.
severely burnt young man who was frantic emotionally disturbed. It will have an “The counselling goes on, it never
because he couldn’t find his wife (“he gave effect on him for the rest of his life, just like stops,” Major Ford says.
me her mobile phone number and I was the rest of us.” “What do we say to people? It’s not
When smoke clears
finally able to get hold of her and reassure By Wednesday, an exhausted Major what we say, it’s listening, listening and
him as he was put in the ambulance”); to Ford was told to go home and rest. listening and reaching out and giving
the injured woman who had lost her son “But I was very emotional, trying to them a cuddle, holding their hand and
and grandchildren; to the traumatised comprehend it all. I had a shower and as saying we care about you. That physical
emergency services workers. I was getting out clean clothes I burst into touch is very important.
“On Sunday morning, a CFA firefighter tears because of the hundreds of people “Up on the mountain, people come up
came up to me, saying, ‘I’ve got to talk to who now have nothing,” he says. to talk to us and cry. We just put our arms
you; I’ve just found five bodies’. He was “I was distraught because of the around them and they say, ‘Thank God for
shaking all over,” Major Ford says. horrific things I had seen and the people the Salvos, thank God for the CFA, thank
It was a situation he faced again I’d spoken with. God for the SES, thank God for all those
and again. “A friend who is a doctor organised a people who are helping us’.”
aturday, 7 February will go down as one of the darkest days in Australia’s history. It was
on this day, and on the days that followed, that bushfires
MICHAEL O’CONNOR works in the IT department
tore through country Victoria leaving a path of death and destruction in
their wake. at The Salvation Army’s headquarters in Melbourne.
When the smoke finally cleared and the fires eventually brought under control the death He’s also a volunteer firefighter with Victoria’s
toll stood at more than 200. More than 1000 homes had been destroyed and hundreds of Country Fire Authority
thousands of hectares of land razed. have been a volunteer firefighter for
While the disaster was still unfolding The Salvation Army was there, on the ground and in the almost nine years and I’m the 2nd
thick of the rescue and recovery effort. The Army is still there now and will continue to be in the Lieutenant at Yellingbo Fire Brigade.
I’m also responsible for managing
months and years ahead as the victims of Australia’s worst natural disaster learn to cope with the brigade training.
physical and emotional scars of the tragedy. Like so many firefighters between
5-9 February, I was busy responding Michael O’Connor is a volunteer firefighter
In this issue of Pipeline we bring you a special coverage of the bushfires, recounting the stories to bushfires. My first call-out, a small >>> with Victoria’s Country Fire Authority.
of Salvos who were involved and looking at the long road ahead to recovery.
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W he nsmoke
grassfire, took our strike team to Wandin
and later to Healesville and the Kinglake
Exhaustion can be as forceful an
opponent as the fire itself. I was up all
night on Saturday 7 February with my
crew, returning for duty again on the
Monday and working through from
quickly and was far more intense than any
Once the smoke has cleared, it is
sometimes hard to travel through areas
you have been actively firefighting and see
I tend to concentrate on the positives,
the looks on faces when you cut your
I was at the supermarket on Sunday
8 February, buying some supplies for the
week, and I came across a very distressed
woman. I asked if she was okay, and
she told me that her son was missing;
he hadn’t been seen since the bushfires
As she told me her story, it became
The relief centre volunteer
Salvationist DAVID BARKER joined thousands of
volunteers throughout Victoria in helping bushfire
survivors. David was at the Army’s relief centre in
7.30am until 11pm. way into their home and offer some clear that the person she was describing
I finally got to sleep about 1am but cold drinking water. The calming effect was in fact a person we had seen and
Traralgon on 13 February. This is his story ...
was up for work (at The Salvation Army) the presence of a fire truck has on home spoken to at 4am that morning. I rang to
at 8am on Tuesday. I did attempt to work, owners as we manage the fire around their confirm the name, and was very happy
but was told by numerous people to go home. The knowledge that you have made to report that I had personally spoken to t’s two hours past our finishing time,
home to bed. a difference be it great or small. her son and that he was fine and well. The but Kevin* has just walked in and
I was advised that the Army has an I believe these types of events bring out woman was so grateful and hugged me in broken down in tears in the foyer.
Emergency Services Leave policy and that the best in people, the desire to help and disbelief. I am at Traralgon Corps in the
my time and effort was better spent with support others when they are down and In the past I haven’t been one to go LaTrobe Valley, Gippsland, in Victoria. The
the Country Fire Authority. It wasn’t until need it most, and the courageous spirit to church, sing songs in the chapel at bushfires have claimed 21 lives around
I got home and slept for 15 hours that I of people to keep battling on, especially work, preach to others or read stories these parts, with the added edge that the
realised I was highly fatigued. when the odds are stacked against them. from the Bible. However, after the events blaze is an alleged act of arson.
This fire tragedy, now known as “Black There is a deep satisfaction in serving of early February and my experience of The television crews and media
Saturday”, has surpassed any natural and connecting personally with the that “coincidence” in the supermarket, it’s attention has largely been focused on the
disaster in Australian history. What community. But one incident stands out hard not to wonder about faith or a higher Kinglake/Whittlesea area a few hours
sets this fire apart is the loss of life and for me that made me stop and think about power, and whether coincidences are north of here, the largest loss of life and
David Barker carries supplies into The Salvation Army’s
structural loss. The fire moved incredibly life. really coincidences at all. property, leaving this centre to concentrate
relief centre at Traralgon. Photo: Major Mark Kop
on helping the survivors.
The Salvos have been very fast to
respond to the fire, operating 14 disaster have come up to help out today, probably leave with bags full of goods.”
relief centres throughout the state, getting totalling 40 in all, and everyone is put to Naomi doesn’t mention the eyes.
much-needed cash and goods into the work sorting incoming goods, loading Incredibly sad bushfire survivors’ stories
hands of survivors within two days of the up containers, trestle tables and kitchen roll on.
main fire. support. I spent much of the day at the
I’d been watching the news reports Captain Naomi Thorne, the local reception door. You don’t know who is
from my home, safe in Melbourne’s corps officer, briefs us on arrival. An Ash coming in; it could be someone wanting to
eastern suburbs, and wanted to help. As Wednesday survivor, Naomi has lived donate goods or volunteer for the day, or
a soldier (full member) of The Salvation through this before. a regular welfare client coming in for their
Army based at Camberwell, we are “As people come in, walk around with appointment, or a bushfire survivor.
quick to mobilise when a call comes from them through the centre, give them bags You say a gentle g’day and find out
our central headquarters head office, to fill up with clothes, food, equipment to within 10 seconds.
requesting volunteers for the disaster clean up their properties, and toys for the Jan and John come through. John is
relief centres. kids,” she advised. in his early 60s. He had a fire plan, fire
I join a five-person volunteer team to “The people are proud, and say that pumps, the works. He defended his hobby
take the two-hour drive to Traralgon, to there are others that need the goods more farm on a hill for another two hours after
help bolster the Traralgon team. Plenty of than them. Be a listening ear for them, Jan left with some family memorabilia.
folk from the local Traralgon community hear their stories, and insist that they They had planted 600 trees on their
property; their home was a strong, double-
brick house with double-glazed windows.
Now it is rubble.
They are welcomed in and start to
walk around. Every so often, John starts to
weep, shaking his head in disbelief about
what has happened. They have the eyes.
Jan grabs her husband by the elbow.
“Let’s keep active,” she says.
“Keep going. We are bushfire
survivors, not bushfire victims.” I am
impressed with Jan’s good counsel, and
the support and the love and care this
married couple offer each other.
We talk a little later on, sharing a
cuppa. They will rebuild. The insurance
company has already paid out; it’s a fresh
start, a new opportunity with plenty to
look forward to. But they won’t plant so
many eucalypts around the house this
Craig and Deb, both in their 30s, >>>
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come in with their baby daughter, Beth.
Craig is walking around shell-shocked
footage. But Bob is standing in front on me
and it’s all so real and personal.
and helping getting people on their
journey once again. The road to recovery
and is clearly stunned by the kindness he It was his dream house, and all that’s It’s two hours past our finishing time,
has been shown. left is a pile of rubble and a rude chimney and our team from Camberwell are getting aturday, 7 February brought
This young family lost everything. stack. ready for the drive back home. In walks with it the worst bushfires in
Kevin, a big, strong bloke in his 40s, and I Australia’s history. More than 200
meet him at the foyer. people died and in excess of 1000
“How’re ya going, mate?” homes destroyed as the fires cut a path of
He tells me exactly how he is going. destruction across country Victoria.
Recently made unemployed due to the The Salvation Army immediately
economic downturn. Bushfire lit by an rolled into action setting up 15 emergency
arsonist. House destroyed. relief centres, supporting communities
His partner is not talking to him at the devastated by the fires. More than 150
moment because she didn’t want to move people gave their time to assist at these
into the bush anyway. Now all her things centres.
are destroyed. Two Army properties were destroyed
Kevin has gone up to the property in the bushfires but, thankfully, no
and sifted through the ashes, but there’s lives were lost. The Overdale Rural
nothing left. His dog was injured in the Rehabilitation Centre at Kilmore, and
fires, and he has spent $1500 in vet bills the Army’s Camp Bambara at Mount
over the week. Today his dog is beyond Disappointment were both razed to the
the suffering and had to be put down. ground.
Kevin is in tears. Someone else passes As well as assisting bushfire victims
the tissues. I am welling up with tears, with their immediate needs the Army is
hearing his story. He has come across some also planning for the rebuilding process, bushfire issues for 12 months or more,” responses to loss of life and property in
very hard times. acknowledging the long road that lies Rodney says. northern Victoria.
He talks more. I ask the odd question ahead. “But we know that eventually things He says the pressing needs have
to keep him going. Melbourne Central Divisional will settle down, the media will lose been initially met but “we are now
He has been carrying this burden since Commanders Majors Rodney and Jenny interest, and life will go back to normal for needing to set up long-term structures to
the fires and this is the first time he has Barnard were stationed at Emerald, in the all these people who are volunteering here. support people, which means we need to
been able to talk it out, and he is tender Dandenong Ranges, during the 1983 Ash But the need won’t go away and that is coordinate logistically with our people and
and raw. He is thanking me as he blurts Wednesday fires. They understand The why The Salvation Army has got to make a with other agencies, which takes time.
out everything. Salvation Army needs to be there for the commitment long-term.” “It’s only when the victims of these
But a mate of Craig’s, halfway through “What are you gonna do, Bob?” “It’s so good to be able to tell someone long haul. Major Graeme Rigley has been fires get to the point where they realise
renovating a house, has moved them in. “Rebuild.” all this.” “At Emerald we were dealing with involved in coordinating the Army’s their need – either material aid or >>>
I walk around with them for the first few James and Jenny, and Kaz, their mid- We talk about what he is going to do
minutes, and initially they are reluctant 20s daughter, have been in for a few hours over the next few days. He has settled
to put goods in their bag. It takes a little now. They had a large farm with a few down now. When he is ready, I arrange
coaxing. animals. They have loaded up their car some bags, and he starts loading up with
Craig sits down in the quiet area, with essentials, including pet food and a overalls, food, and some clothes.
and the tears come. He asks, “How do kennel. I introduce him to another Salvo who
you know the people coming in here are James had a well-developed fire plan; is staying on, making sure Kevin is OK for
bushfire survivors?” their house burned to the ground. now and still has someone to talk to.
“We just know,” I say. I don’t tell him; There are too many bitter memories The Camberwell Salvos team departs. My
it’s the eyes. associated with their place, and they head is spinning.
A little later, I ask them about their plan to move somewhere smaller, away Two hours later, I am hugging my wife
plans; they don’t know what they will do from the trees, but still local. James seems and kids just that little tighter as I look at
yet. Two hours later they have left with comfortable in opening up and telling the solid walls in my comfortable and safe
everything they need to get them through me his story; my mates and I are Salvo house. I am home.
the next two weeks. soldiers, wearing the Salvo uniform. Some 7000 people displaced by
Bob, 55, comes in with his wife and The uniform represents the legacy of bushfires. Those ravaged Victorians aren’t
her friend. Bob has come directly from the Salvos; trust, integrity, helping out so lucky to be home tonight.
his property, blackened hands and face, people in tough circumstances. Reassuring, *All names of bushfire survivors have been
having spent the morning sifting through providing a listening ear, offering hope changed.
He shows me the lump on his head
from a piece of fencing that fell on him
during the day.
There’s nothing left of the house. The
boat was on a trailer, and all that’s left is
the trailer frame.
“The aluminium boat frame has
melted, and there is just molten aluminium
on the ground.”
He shows me photos on his phone;
it looks like the countless other houses
destroyed as seen on the extensive news
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When the smoke clears
personal support – that we can help
“But, long-term, we hope the good
community feeling persists and there will
“We have developed such a good
relationship with the community that we
“A lot of leadership comes down be community leaders that engender that.” will play a part in rebuilding it, not just
to respecting others and to good local David knows there are no easy with supplies, but with emotional and
relationships, and I’ve seen continually responses to people’s grief. There’s no spiritual rebuilding.”
that people love seeing the Salvos because three-step process to dispel pain. According to associate professor Louise
they feel safe with us. “You can’t say ‘why’. All you can say is Rowling, of the University of Sydney, there
“Ultimately, our financial and human
support comes down to us acting sensibly
that God cares, despite everything you see.
There is random destruction and how do
you try and explain to people? You can’t
can be no underestimating the emotional
cost of the bushfire tragedy.
“Many Victorians, particularly in
By KENT ROSENTHAL
In Kinglake, Majors David and Laraine list global warming and climate extremes. rural areas, have been deeply affected
Philp have spent their time among the You can’t cite inappropriate planning by the economic downturn and long- he Salvation Army Emergency then it receded, then it was a flood, then Apart from serving meals and raising
locals and emergency workers, talking and restrictions. It’s not what they need or term drought,” Professor Rowling told Services worked 24 hours a day it got worse and then it receded and then donations, the Army joined the battle
being talked to. want to hear. It’s our job to listen.” Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper. caring for flood victims in north it came again. The ripple effect caused by against dengue fever, being among
“We were involved in Ash Wednesday, Major Daryl Crowden has been The key, she says, to physical, Queensland where two-thirds this also meant Bowen, Ayr and Mackay several charities armed with cans of insect
at Sunbury Corps, and once the initial involved in coordinating the distribution emotional and spiritual healing is unity. of the state was inundated and 36 shires SAES teams were activated.” repellent to hand out to the less fortunate.
razzamatazz of the first week or so passes, of material aid at Wallan, one of the largest “Coming together is the first stage declared disaster zones in February. Around 2000 homes were inundated As the number of confirmed dengue cases
people can feel very abandoned and emergency response sites. of the process. These communities are Townsville Faithworks and Riverway in what has been described as the region’s rose above 245, Captain Shirley Spooner, of
forgotten,” says David. Daryl says the hard work for the already geographically isolated and Corps’ emergency teams flew to Ingham worst flooding in 35 years. While the Cairns Salvation Army, said the repellent
“In Macedon there were marriage survivors really begins when the media would already have an existing sense of where they were then airlifted by Army’s role was predominantly to serve helped those already struggling.
break-ups and suicides. Winter comes and leaves, the volunteers go home and life community spirit and solidarity. helicopter to the evacuation centre at food, Captain Stevens said volunteers “Because the people who come in to us
a lot of people want to live on their blocks starts to return to “normal” for everyone “Now, after the horrors of these shared Ingham State High School. mingled with the community between are in crisis, they are only thinking of the
and rebuild. They’re in a caravan, it’s cold else. experiences, is the best time to build upon Bowen and Ayr personnel were also on meals to offer support and share stories. necessities like food and drink. Repellent
and it’s wet, the dust turns to mud and it The Salvation Army, he says, will be this existing network of support to pull stand-by to help evacuees in their areas. He described the atmosphere as “typical would be considered a luxury item,” she
is a hard slog when you’re rebuilding. there for them. each other through.” Captain Lincoln Stevens, of Townsville country town community spirit”. told The Cairns Post newspaper.
Faithworks Corps, said staff and “They were all going through a terrible Meantime, Salvation Army emergency
volunteers provided up to 300 meals for time but all cheery with each other. I teams were on standby in northern NSW
evacuees and all service staff each day. probably wouldn’t say high spirits, but as floodwaters peaked in the area in mid-
“The Herbert River has been on a strong. February. As Pipeline went to print, more
roller-coaster ride, rising and falling “There are people who have suffered heavy rain had been forecast for the area.
Bushfire dramatically, and therefore our teams
have been kept busy with people being
evacuated, returning to their home and
through this flood who have been given
their handouts from the Government,
from the relief fund, but they’ve asked
Envoy Ged Oldfield said The Salvation
Army Emergency Services had not yet
been called to serve meals to evacuees, but
Appeal re-evacuated again. The team has been
in Ingham for two weeks, serving over
where they can send the money to help the
people affected by bushfires in Victoria.”
it assisted flooded campers at Nambucca
River with accommodation and transport
update 100 meals per sitting, including breakfast,
lunch and dinner,” he says.
The Salvation Army has also raised
about $200,000 for flood victims through
home. Bellingen was isolated and rising
waters affected access to Wauchope, Port
“It wasn’t just a flood – it was a flood its website. Macquarie, Kendall and Kempsey.
By JULIA BEASY
As Pipeline went to print on 24
February, more than $15 million has
The swollen ross river at Townsville.
been donated to The Salvation Army’s
Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
Of that, $3.3 million has already been
distributed to almost 8000 people to
provide food, clothing, toiletries, shelter
and other essentials.
In addition to financial aid, Salvos
Stores has been overwhelmed by the Photos: Shairon Paterson, and AAP
amount of goods, such as toys and
clothing, which it has received from
Also, The Salvation Army
Emergency Services has provided more
than 12, 000 meals to emergency relief
These figures will rise significantly
as long-term care starts to be provided
and more people require assistance.
The Salvation Army says 100 per
cent of funds raised will be distributed
to the victims of the bushfires over the
coming weeks and months.
To donate to The Salvation Army’s
Victorian Bushfire Appeal please call 13
SALVOS (13 72 58) or visit www.salvos.
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But even the positive conditions cannot her barely enough to feed them both.
GRAEME HodGE is the Assistant Director of The of rape. They come here to have their
babies to avoid being stigmatised in their mask the reality that the residents are still Lydia’s husband left her with the strain
Salvation Army’s International Development Office, UK home towns and villages. prisoners. and hardship of poverty and no way of
Sunshine House is very different. The supporting the family.
with the Republic of Ireland Territory. As a passionate women are sent here to await their trials – Horrific abuse When a man came to her village
advocate for social justice, his job regularly exposes him not as perpetrators, but as victims. As I sit opposite 41-year-old Lydia (not her offering a better life and good income by
The law in Sri Lanka requires victims real name), I can’t help but agonise over working for a couple of years in Saudi
to the worst of humanity and the sickening abuse that who are making allegations of rape, what I am about to hear. Having already Arabia as a housekeeper, it seemed as if a
is perpetrated on innocent victims. A recent visit to a trafficking, domestic violence or other sat through hours of interviews with other dream-fulfilling opportunity was finally
types of crimes commonly perpetrated residents, I am not sure that I can cope coming her way.
women’s shelter in Sri Lanka brought him to tears and against women and children, to go to jail with yet another horrific account of abuse. The thought of leaving her daughter
made him feel “ashamed to be a man”. Here he writes to await the trial and then stay there until With an eagerness, Lydia prepares to share
her story with my colleague, Swarna, and
was obviously hard, but the idea of
being able to provide for herself and
it is finished.
about that experience ... The victims are locked away, often with I. Swarna is The Salvation Army’s anti- her daughter and own a small home
trafficking coordinator in Sri Lanka. made separation seem like a short-term
their children, to wait (often for years) as
itting in a dimly lit room with ordeals. Although perceived as a prison by the justice system progresses. There are After introducing ourselves and inconvenience.
barred windows and the sounds some, the “home” guarantees safety within accounts of women and children in many explaining what we are doing, we ask The man laid out all the plans and
of voices echoing through the its walls and the further promise of respect government facilities being pimped out to Lydia to tell us what life used to be like, explained that 40,000 rupees ($530) would
many rooms of this building, I and loving care. paying customers while imprisoned. Such how she came to live at The Haven and cover the cost of the administration and
could easily believe that I am in a prison. The Haven and Sunshine House are accounts are fairly common. In addition, what her hopes are for the future. visa to get her to Saudi Arabia. In just a
However, the occasional sound of laughter, two facilities run by The Salvation Army in overcrowding and horrendous conditions Lydia apologises in advance, fearing few minutes the deal was done.
the distinct absence of guards and the lack a secure compound in inner-city Colombo. make the intended “safety” of jail an she might get emotional, and then begins Lydia tells how she travelled to Saudi
of violent threats assure me that I am in a They care for two groups of women. experience of abuse much greater than her story. Arabia and began work as a housekeeper.
safe environment rather than a jail. The Haven is a place where women can they originally endured. Lydia used to live in a village in All seemed fine until it was pay day. She
But for most of the women and come for refuge. It houses older women Sunshine House, in contrast, is safe, northern Sri Lanka. Working as a tea- begins to cry as she explains that instead
children who live here, the choice to leave who have no-one to care for them, as well clean and as pleasant as it can be with the picker, she dreamed of one day owning of paying her, the men beat her. The abuse
is not one they can make. They are kept as younger women and children. There is very limited resources it has. The women a house and being able to support got worse.
prisoners by legal injustices or the shame a large room which is home to about 15 and children here are not pimped out her daughter. The dream seemed “Another time they poured a chemical
of their own victimisation and horrendous women, many of them pregnant as a result and are loved by each member of staff. unattainable when her hard work paid down my legs,” she says, “which burnt
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Tears stream down my own face,
so many emotions are playing havoc
with my ability to hold myself together.
Having listened to the other women and
young girls, and now Lydia, I never felt so
ashamed to be a man.
I am enraged that other men could
consider this kind of abuse to be their
privilege as employers or “owners” of
others. I want to fix everything for Lydia. I
want to make the problems go away. I am
simply stunned by the horror of the stories
I have heard.
I have read stories and even watched
video interviews and dramatisations
detailing the struggle that trafficked
people endure. The evil of this trade slaps
me across the face and shakes me into
response. The reality is that the woman
who had been sitting opposite me is one
‘Lydia’, who shared her horrific story of abuse at the hands of her ‘employers’ in of more than two million people who are
Saudi Arabia, is trying to rebuild her life at the Army’s Haven shelter in Sri Lanka. trafficked every year.
When I return to my accommodation at
the end of the day, my mind is racing with
the voices of the different women I have
spoken to. It still is.
With time for further reflection, I have
developed questions to help me cope with
their harsh testimonies.
What is the life experience of a
man who considers it justifiable to tie a
woman’s hands apart, pour chemicals
down her legs, drug her and rape her
repeatedly, bringing his friends over to do
What leads a man from the UK,
Germany or Holland to travel 11 hours on
a plane to have sex with a Sri Lankan boy
enslaved for no other reason than to satisfy
abusive men’s pleasure?
What prompts a man to choose
sexual services from one of thousands of
brothels in the UK, advertised as “massage
parlours” and the like in local newspapers,
while on his way home to his wife and
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the effect of the drug on her body. When
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A monumental amount of pain is
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she begins to sob. “I just don’t know,” she healing slowly with the help of a fragile
Development Office, UK Website: illfight.salvos.org.au
says. faith and love in action. For Lydia, this is with the Republic of
the only way forward. Ireland Territory.
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On the eve of the Australia Eastern Territory’s Another aspect of the approach
advocated within In Darkest England and
I’ll Fight social justice conference next month, The Way Out which must be taken into
consideration is the theology of William
MAJOR CECIL WOODWARD contends that Booth. The “whosoever” was the focus of
his evangelicalism. He adopted that same
William Booth’s ground-breaking work In focus within his social reform agenda. He
Darkest England and The Way Out is as relevant stated, “The Scheme of Social Salvation is
not worth discussing which is not as wide
today as it was more than a century ago as the Scheme of Eternal Salvation set forth
in the Gospel”. But while the message
and the scheme were for the whosoever,
and ultimately the outcome would hinge
he significance of General William efforts to address the needs of this group, on each individual’s response, this could
Booth’s book In Darkest England the submerged one-tenth of society. For never be an excuse for not attempting to
and The Way Out as a blueprint for example, providing accommodation reach out. Booth forthrightly declares, “We
Salvation Army social services for and work opportunities for ex-prisoners are not worthy to profess to be [Christian]
more than 100 years is unquestionable. began in Melbourne in 1883, rescue homes until we have set an open door before the
Unfortunately, the focus on “services” for victims of human trafficking were least and worst. The responsibility for its
has often blunted the core sociological initiated in Glasgow and London in 1884, rejection must be theirs, not ours.”
and theological principles of this scheme. an institution to assist alcoholic women in As someone who accepted and
The dilution of those core elements could Canada in 1886, and accommodation for embraced the Wesleyan theology of
easily result in the genius of the scheme homeless men in London in 1887. entire sanctification (holiness) there was
being lost in the 21st century. While these operations have usually an inevitable intertwining of personal
When In Darkest England and The Way been labelled as providing a social service, holiness and social action. As Donald
Out was released in 1890, it encapsulated that was not the dominant perspective Burke (Canada 1986) observes, this entails
a broad range of responses to the diverse of those engaged in these activities. a commitment which “is directed towards
social problems which emerged as They were engaged in redressing and the establishment of a future which is more
societies moved from a predominantly correcting social injustices. They saw that and more in keeping with God’s intentions
agriculturally based economy to an this newly emerging industrial society for humanity and the world”. He then
industrialised model. had failed these people; alternative reaches the conclusion that, “Wesleyan
Mass migration to the cities to provide arrangements and structures were needed theology when linked with a commitment
the workforce for the new factories led to fix these problems. It was not simply a to the establishment of the Kingdom of
to the demise of the old social order, matter of providing new services. Better God should not motivate us so much to
where tenant farmers and farm labourers structures were required which could be the provision of social services which
were totally subservient to the lord of incorporated within those of an industrial are merely ameliorative or cosmetic. The of “justice”. In the recently released book world was a place where “the whole
the manor. From a structured order of society. commitment to the Kingdom motivates Just: imagine The World of God, the essence creation groaned” because of its alienation
dependence on the lord’s goodwill for us to strive for social reform. To the extent of God’s will and kingdom is graphically from God. But at the same time the
daily necessities, people were suddenly Social salvation that we have not satisfied [that] focus ... described as being based on justice, mercy Kingdom of God was being established
thrust into a social order where labour was When In Darkest England and The Way Out we have lost the evangelical Wesleyan and faith. Again it becomes clear that – the whosoever was invited to become
the only commodity of value. was published it was not presented as a vision which motivates Christians to strive organisationally we have allowed a social a citizen of the Kingdom and to work to
The early day Christian Missioners handbook for providing social services, for the establishment of God’s Kingdom”. service mentality to dominate the way grow the Kingdom. This clearly included
and Salvationists engaged directly in the but rather it enunciated a scheme of social Although never articulated by the we approach social issues. This is not to engaging in actions that challenged and
lives of people for whom the industrial salvation. It was about creating new social early day Salvationists, their practical suggest that any of our social services are overcame social injustices as part of the
revolution did not bring positive lifestyle systems which would redress the negative engagement with social issues was a not needful in 21st century society. But transforming of society and individuals.
benefits. “They lost their foothold in consequences of rapid industrialisation. natural and inevitable outworking of their if we are to be true to the fundamentals The message and the need for action is just
society,” said Booth and became “the Over time, this original vision of a City beliefs about God’s Kingdom. of our tradition, we must embrace them as necessary today.
Morass of Squalor [made up of] the Colony, the Farm Colony and the Colony with an openness that allows us to identify
improvident, the lazy, the vicious and the Over-sea has been reframed within a Justice neglected where a legitimate refocus is required.
criminal.” service delivery paradigm and thus Campbell Roberts (New Zealand 2007) In Darkest England and The Way Out Major Cecil Woodward is the Australia
By 1890, The Salvation Army was the perspective of reforming the social charges us that as an organisation we casts a vision which was based on practical Eastern Territory’s Social Program
already actively engaged in a range of structures has fallen from focus. have focused on “mercy” to the neglect evangelical and holiness theologies. The Secretary
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people to hear a different perspective from
someone who’s passionate about giving.
“He’s very balanced in his
understanding of the Scripture and he puts
it in a very practical way, and prosperity
theology is not part of his teaching.
“With this visit my hope is we would
all move a little further along the line of
generosity and see it not as a transaction
that I need to make but that it would be a
“We all have to pay bills, find rent for
the house, but I would hope and pray that
in this materialistic world and the culture
that we have to live in, our journey would
become more Christ-like in our living, in
our giving and generosity.”
Major McLaren says Brian’s generosity
The Salvation Army is adopting a more holistic approach is evident. When contacted about his
to its planned giving with, as KENT ROSENTHAL finds expenses incurred in his visit to Australia,
Brian replied: “I come without expecting
out, the help of an American pastor or requiring any honorariums or product
income sales. If someone chooses on
their own initiative to make any type of
The Australia Eastern Territory’s Planned Giving team (from left) Don Johnson, Captain John honorarium I will accept it, but I am not
Wiseman, Steve Burfield and Major Phil McLaren. Photo: Shairon Paterson expecting it. I made a commitment before
the Lord a few years ago not to charge
Brian believes it’s a natural tendency of God working in his life. for my ministry or speaking overseas but
eing generous with our giving is Learning process to look at what we have and conclude we “I got excited about this approach instead allow the Lord to provide through
more than just putting our tithe into In an interview with Pipeline, Brian says don’t have enough, and so we hold on because it’s holistic. It’s not just about whomever he moves to assist me.”
the collection plate at church on no-one is born with the ability to be harder to the little we have until somehow putting in the plate on Sunday and it’s not
Sunday. The way we serve others reflects generous, but that one of God’s desires it’s enough. just about our Planned Giving programs Positive feedback
a lot about how we see God. If we have a for us is that we learn to become generous “It’s really a spiritual journey to learn – both of which are important – but it’s Brian’s generosity teaching has already
healthy sense of God’s goodness we are people along our spiritual journey. to open your hand and to share freely important that there’s a holistic approach been adopted in part by The Salvation
more likely to recognise life’s blessings “The Bible tells us that we are to excel
and be generous. But if we picture God in the grace of giving and so this implies “You learn to give with whatever God has given you –
whether you have little or much – and
to teaching about generosity.”
The Planned Giving team will adapt
Army at Parramatta.
His book, 40 Day Spiritual Journey to
as harsh and judgmental we can end up that there’s a journey to it – that there are then to discover that God’s ability to meet Brian’s resources to suit the Territory’s a more Generous Life, which has already
wasting energy mulling over life’s hurdles.
Most of us are probably somewhere in-
increasing levels of generosity, and that
there’s a supernatural work of God in our because you’ve your needs really is part of the Christian
particular needs, focusing on a spiritual
transformation that moves from self-
sold more than 400,000 copies, has drawn
positive feedback from Army Mission
between, because generosity is a learning hearts to cause us to become generous,” Brian’s approach is counter to what centredness to Christ-centredness. Team members (at Parramatta) who
process; a journey that lasts a lifetime.
To help individuals and corps along
already received, he calls the “prosperity gospel” which, he
says, is based on greed.
Brian’s approach is timely given the
current economic uncertainty and he will
commented that it puts the term “riches”
in perspective and provides a clear focus
this journey, The Salvation Army is
“The prosperity gospel is a ‘give-to-get help the Territory focus on a more holistic on the central role of giving to the local
inviting Brian Kluth to Australia this
month. His message is about how lives can
and as you learn mentality’. But I’m coming at it from the approach to generosity as well as Planned church.
perspective that you learn to give because Giving programs. The Territory’s Planned Giving
be transformed by Jesus as people learn
you’ve already received, and as you learn “It’s about a whole lifestyle and how Director Steve Burfield said people might
to live and give generously based on the
to give from what to give from what you have there’s a grace I use all that God has given me. Brian has be sceptical about Brian’s approach at first
that comes into your life.” articulated that very well in his booklet because it’s such a new concept.
Brian will speak from personal
experience, about how his own life as
a non-believer was transformed. His
you have there’s a Program overhaul
and in his preaching and teaching. He’s
appeared on NBC TV news and CBN TV
“It’s a case of being challenged, as I was
Brian’s visit coincides with a shift in in the US and he’s a well sought-after
generosity preaching and leadership
training ministry has taken him to grace that comes approach to The Salvation Army’s Planned
Giving program in its Australia Eastern
speaker around the world.”
churches, organisations and conferences
Territory. Busy schedule
into your life.”
around the world.
Major Phillip McLaren, the Territorial Brian will be teaching and preaching
He is now Senior Pastor at First
Appeals Director (Internal), met Brian in three states across both the Army’s
Evangelical Free Church, Colorado
recently in the United States and was Australia Eastern and Southern territories
Springs, where he lives with his wife Sandi
inspired by his fresh approach. while in the country. He will also
and their three children. He has previously
“Not only is he passionate in teaching talk to other Christian churches and
worked with The Salvation Army and
about a lifestyle of generosity, he lives it. I organisations.
is on the board of the US National
suppose I caught some of that passion and Major McLaren says his Australian
Association of Evangelicals.
drive that comes from the transformation visit this month is a great opportunity for Brian being interviewed on CBN National
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March 12 and 19 March 17 March 18
• Biblical Insights and Ideas for Inspiring Generosity & Increasing Giving
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• Kingdom Business: Knowing God as Your Provider by Living
Openhanded in a Tightfisted World
• Inspiring Generosity: A Vital Part of God’s High Calling for Your
Brian with his wife Sandi and three children (from left) Joshua, Bethany, and Jeremy.
The Speaker for The evenT will be rev. Dr. brian kluTh
when I visited Brian in the US and sat One of the most generous men Brian
under his ministry. I would like people has met, he says, lives in a rubbish dump Where you can hear Brian
to take that step of faith. Whether it’s a in the Philippines and gives half his wages speak in Australia Brian Kluth, Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Free Church, Colorado Springs.
big one or a small one, it’s all part of the to help the poor. That man earns just $8 a
Brian preaching and leadership training ministry has taken him to cities,
journey towards generosity. month. Thursday 12 March, Penrith Salvation
“Brian has a fresh approach and a “He literally gives nearly half his
churches and conferences across the USA and around the world.
passion that comes from a biblical point of income to help the poor and he’s a man For more detail see Brian’s web site www.generousitygiving.org
view – that’s what it’s about.” who rejoices in the provisions of God. Sunday 15 March, Hurstville Salvation
Because the Lord provided him with a suit Army; 9.30am
Fresh approach out of the dump and a pair of eye glasses Brian has a passion for teaching people to live and give generously and to see lives trans-
During a radio interview in South Africa out of the dump and a pair of shoes, and Sunday 15 March, Parramatta formed as they become like Christ. We have used Brian’s material and experienced his generosity.
last year, Brian was asked whether he he’s rejoicing in God’s goodness while Salvation Army; 6pm I am happy to endorse and support Brian’s visit to Australia.
thinks God wants everybody to be rich. living in utter squalor.”
His response was that he thinks God Brian says his goal in Australia is to
Tuesday 17 March, Tudor Hotel, Box Phil McLaren, Major Internal Giving DirectorThe Salvation Army
Hill, Melbourne; 7am-8.30am and
wants everyone to learn to become follow this man’s example – to become
generous. It’s a message he’s taken to and to be a God-servant during his time
9am-12.15pm Brian’s ministry in the area of stewardship has grown and is very influential in the north America church scene.
Africa, India, Asia and the former Soviet here. Tuesday 17 March, Gymea Baptist
I have confidence in Brian’s character, skills and experience and believe he will have much to teach Australian
Union. “I just want to help inspire people on Church; 7.30pm-9pm church leaders in the area of financial resources for ministry.
“That message of learning to become their journey to greater generosity. God
Wednesday 18 March, The Greek Club,
Karl Faase - Gymea Baptist Church and Arrow Leadership Australia
generous can be delivered all over the does want us to grow in generosity and in
world and it resonates with every person, how we understand that. So if I can come South Brisbane; 12.45pm-1.45pm and
that it’s something we learn,” Brian says. to Australia and bring encouragement, 2pm-5pm for more informaTion ConTaCT:
In Western cultures, Brian says bring the Scriptures, bring other true
consumerism, materialism and greed stories and bring biblical instruction, then Thursday 19 March, Campsie The Salvation Army 0439 346 460
have been promoted at the expense that’s my desire.” Salvation Army; 9.30am-1pm e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
of generosity and that economically
Saturday 20 March, Shirelive Church, Gymea Baptist Church
prosperous nations need to learn a fresh
Cronulla; 8am-midday e-mail email@example.com
“We need to learn in a fresh way who Sunday 21 March, Shirelive Church,
God is, who we are and how we are to be Cronulla; 9.30am-10.45am
managers of whatever we are entrusted, Kent Rosenthal is
and also to be generous with whatever we News Editor and
are entrusted.” journalist for Pipeline.
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Celebrating NSW Seniors Week 15-22 March
By BILL SIMPSON
n his book Picking up the Pieces, Don
Woodland says of retirement: “...
this is not the end of the road, but a
bend (with flexibility) ... to continue
Photo: Shairon Paterson
meeting people at their point of need.”
Eight years into retirement as an active
Salvation Army officer, Lieutenant-
Colonel Woodland, with the support of
his wife, Bernice, is still navigating the
bend. The needs of the people are still
By MICHELE TyDD firmly in his vision.
f you think romance belongs to the at Katoomba at the Palais Royale. They our friends have got this far,” Herb said. They always will be, he suggests.
young, take a look at this besotted had three children – Colin, Joyce and Joe. He believes the secret is give and take. That’s the way he is made. His
couple from Towradgi, a northern Their eldest son, Colin, died aged 63. Delia agreed and added that Herb was commitment to God through The in 1997, a tsunami swept away 13 coastal establishment of chaplaincy within
suburb of Wollongong. Herb worked several jobs and retired always there to support her. Salvation Army didn’t end when he villages of Papua New Guinea and more the Queensland Ambulance Service
At 90 and 92, Delia and Herb Epps in 1981 as the IMB Building Society’s “Even when I was Quota governor reached the retirement age of 65. He is than 2000 people in 1998. and supported chaplaincy at Calvary
have just celebrated a rare milestone – loans manager. Delia worked for Guests and had to travel, Herb was at my side, now 71. He was there for victims of a Hospital in Canberra.
their 70th wedding anniversary – and they cakes shops, which were once scattered carrying the heavy equipment that went Former Governor-General Michael Newcastle earthquake, Kempsey A steady stream of trauma victims
are still crazy about each other. throughout the Illawarra. with the position,” she said. Jeffery puts it this way in the Don and Grafton bus crashes, dozens of are sent by various organisations to his
“Kids will look at us and say ‘they They are still both active members of But it has not all been smooth sailing, Woodland book: “In life, we come across car accidents and house fires. He Sydney home for help.
couldn’t be in love, they are too old,’ but Wollongong Salvation Army, with Herb says Herb, who freely admits they argue characters who have a significant impact assisted police, fire, ambulance and He and Bernice are part of a caravan
that is rubbish – I couldn’t exist without still playing baritone in the band. “like a normal couple”. on the social condition. Don Woodland other emergency services officers, mission of Salvationists – mostly
Herb’s love,” Delia said. Delia rose to become district governor “Anybody who says they don’t argue is one such person.” Salvation Army officers and members retired – who travel to country areas
And if 70 years wasn’t enough, their in the Quota Club from 1979 to 1981. is telling lies,” he said. Major-General Jeffery first came of the public traumatised by stressful to encourage others. When home, they
story goes back well before then. They are both thrilled to reach this in contact with Don Woodland in situations. support their Hurstville Corps band and
English immigrant Delia Trueman milestone in their marriage. This article appears in Pipeline courtesy of the Brisbane in 1969. The then Major Last month, he was down in Victoria songsters.
caught Herb Epps’ eye when she was five “We feel pretty special because none of Illawarra Mercury newspaper. Jeffery was a company commander helping in the wake of the devastating In the midst of the “retirement”
and he was seven, at a Salvation Army in the 8th Battalion Royal Australian bushfires. schedule, Don suffered a heart attack,
concert in Wollongong in 1923 while Army Regiment. Don Woodland was Officially, as far as his Salvation Army requiring five by-passes. He called it a
Delia and Herb Epps, of Towradgi, who were married in 1939, agree that the secret for
singing with her four sisters. appointed by The Salvation Army as a service was concerned, it ended with “new beginning”.
success in their relationship has been a willingness to compromise. Photo: robert Peet
“He said to his mother ‘can we take military chaplain. retirement from active officership in “New every morning are the
that girl home – her family has five girls so They would serve together for the 2001. But retirement, he says, was just promises of our Lord and, indeed, every
they wouldn’t miss her’,” Delia said with next 12 months in the Vietnam War a bend in the road that provided the morning is a new beginning with new
a laugh. – Major Jeffery with the Australian flexibility to work with whoever could opportunities to meet people at their
But Herb recalled he had to wait until Army and Don Woodland with The use his services. point of need and share the wonderful
Delia was 15 before he asked her out on Salvation Army. The Vietnam War was He was contracted by the Seventh news of the Gospel through the life I
a date. “We went on a picnic to Stuart Park Don Woodland’s introduction to trauma Day Adventist Church to work with live,” he says.
and then to the pictures,” he said. counselling. people traumatised by a tsunami in “This morning was a new beginning
They married at The Salvation Army Their paths would cross several Papua New Guinea and debriefing and the day will bring new adventures.
Citadel in Wollongong which was then on times in the following 35 years, mainly missionaries returning to Sydney after Whether there will be a new beginning
the corner of Keira and Victoria streets, just through Don Woodland’s unique many years overseas. tomorrow, we will just have to wait
months before the start of World War II. ministry of trauma counselling with Lifeline engaged him to help its and see.”
“On our wedding day, Herb’s mother, police, fire brigade and emergency telephone counsellors deal with There is a good chance, though, that
Florence, announced at the end of her services chaplaincy. traumatic incidents. The Lutheran Don Woodland will be checking just
speech ‘you can now take that Trueman Don Woodland was there for people Church employed him to conduct before midnight in case a new adventure
girl home’,” Delia recalled. in trauma when 35 people were training sessions for its trauma is about to appear. If it does, his bag will
They were married on January 14, murdered at Port Arthur in 1996, 15 counsellors. be packed and he will be ready to go.
1939, which, according to Herb, was one of backpackers perished in a Childers hotel He has shared his expertise with As for Bernice: “She is the one who
the hottest days Australia has ever had – fire in 2000, Stuart Diver was rescued Logan Hospital (Qld) chaplaincy makes sure I am ready and gets me
45.3 degrees. Their honeymoon was spent from the rubble of the Thredbo landslide department, assisted in the going.”
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eslea says... From the moment appointments, I have been humbled by
the chorus “The more I surrender how God has sought to use me but more
to Jesus my Lord” was sung importantly, how God has worked in me.
one Sunday morning many years ago, I Appointments are one thing; the qualities
determined to answer the call of God upon that mark these appointments are another
my life and follow him. What a journey! more significant insight.
It has been my privilege throughout Three qualities have marked out
officership to be the vessel by which God these years for me. The first is a sense of
has touched people’s lives. In turn, God calling. The same driving conviction that
has ministered to me. pre-empted my application to college has
Has the journey always been smooth? punctuated my life’s journey. It has been
Philip and Deslea Maxwell Definitely not. the stabilising point when confronted with
Has the journey always been easy and challenges or difficulties that at the time
enjoyable? Definitely not. mark out the road of obedience (Ephesians
Has God always been faithful? Absolutely! 4:4).
As I continue on this journey, my The second dynamic that has marked
desire is to grow more and more into the my road is the sense of God’s presence.
image of the One who I have been called Intimacy with Christ has been both a
to serve. In the words of Christian writer source of comfort and of confidence
John Stott: “May your Word be our rule/ (Matthew 28:20).
May your Holy Spirit be our teacher/And The third quality is a sense of
may your glory be our supreme purpose.” purpose. “I am Christ’s workmanship,”
(Ephesians 2:10). His trademark is seared
Philip says... By today’s measure, 25 into my life. The exciting thing is that there
years in one career is an incredible is more of God to be discovered and more
achievement. Over this time, whether of myself to be learnt.
in corps, divisional or territorial
obyn says... I am thankful to God I have a strong belief in emotional and
Officers of The Salvation Army in the Australia Eastern Territory – for the many opportunities he
has given me for service through
spiritual wholeness and actively encourage
those I work with to keep growing in their
Majors who completed a quarter of a century of service in January – Salvation Army officership. Over these personal relationship with God and in
their understanding of themselves so they
years, God has refined the spiritual and
describe their journey in ministry and their vision for the future. life gifts he has given me and shaped my will be free to minister God’s love and
passion for offering renewal, refreshment grace to others.
and empowerment to those in ministry. Scripture is formative in my ministry
The variety of appointments – from and a verse that has continually drawn me
obyn says... To serve the Lord Wayne says... Officership is an adventure corps, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, back to Jesus is Philippians 4:13: “Jesus,
in The Salvation Army is an in partnership with God. Challenges and clinical counselling and pastoral care of who fills me with his dynamic power, has
overwhelming privilege, and I can opportunities have always occurred and officers, both in the Australia Eastern made me able to cope with any situation,”
honestly say that I am more fulfilled today will continue to do so. They are part of the Territory and the Canada and Bermuda (JB Phillips).
than ever before. process of making us into the people God Territory – have taught me to trust God
I have never felt ready or adequate for wants us to become. and keep growing deeper into him.
the appointments God has given me but I Yet what is necessary in my life is a
know that “my God is!” daily personal submission to the will of
My passion is: God. Over the last 12 months, God has
yn says... I was enjoying being Ron says... After 20 years of local
been challenging me about my spiritual
mother to my three children when officership in Campsie Corps and St Marys
• To see women reach their God-given walk and a key verse that continues to
the Lord quietly and gently asked Corps, I was surprised when vividly
potential. confront me says: ”Your Father already
me to serve him as a Salvation Army called by God to serve as a Salvation Army
• To live a holy life. knows your needs. He will give you all
Wayne and Robyn Maxwell • To encourage those in my world to you need from day to day if you make the
officer. I was obedient, and over the officer. The acceptance of this call has
years of officership, even though it has provided many wonderful opportunities
serve well the one and only true and kingdom of God your primary concern,“
been difficult, have juggled the roles of and challenges and I marvel at the
living God. (Luke 12:30-31, NLT).
mother, corps officer, wife and confidante, faithfulness of God throughout the years
• To commit to being faithful to the end. There is still much more to be done as
remaining faithful and committed to God’s of ministry.
I keep on this adventure of faith and God
Ron and Lyn Whitehouse call upon my life. My only ambitions have been to give
My heartfelt desire for my life and is gradually refining my spirit. I find it
After many years as a corps officer, my best and serve the Lord faithfully.
ministry is expressed in Philippians 3:10: amazing that God can take this vessel and
with my husband Ron, the past two Most of my ministry has been in the role
“For my determined purpose is that I use it to his glory.
years have been spent as Chaplain to the of corps officer with my wife, Lyn. For
may know him, that I may progressively It is my desire that I continue to
Western Sydney Courts of Mt Druitt and one year I was Director of the Red Shield
become more deeply and intimately develop an open heart that allows the
Penrith. Here, I have found my motherly Appeal in Western Sydney, and for the
acquainted with him, perceiving and Spirit of God to direct my path. My prayer
skills being put to good use. There have past two years have had the incredible
recognising and understanding the is that – always – the Kingdom of God will
been many wonderful opportunities to privilege to minister as the Chaplain in the
wonders of his person more strongly be my primary concern.
show the love and grace of Jesus, in very Western Sydney Courts at Penrith.
and more clearly, and that I may in some
practical ways, to many people. Often, Now approaching retirement, I give
way come to know the power outflowing
it has simply been by being a friend and thanks and praise to God for calling and
from his resurrection, as to be continually
supporting them in their time of need. sustaining me.
transformed into his likeness,” (Amplified
Praise to God for his faithful and
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L Book Reviews
ynda says... It is a privilege to have I have learnt many things and
been called by God to be a Salvation witnessed lives changed (hallelujah!). I
Army Officer. Over the last 25 have also changed and grown with the
years I have been extremely privileged Holy Spirit’s guidance. so that the Word who became flesh and Session (i.e. study) titles include “An
to work in the Army’s social ministry – I have had many experiences that dwelt among us 2000 years ago, does so Abundant Harvest – The Sower and the
from women with children to adults with would not have come my way if I had not again with us in the chaotic times of the Seed”, “Small Beginnings – The Mustard
disabilities, Recovery Services to Aged obeyed God’s call and his ongoing leading 21st century. That’s the power of these Seed and the Leaven”, “Excuses! Excuses!
Care, and then in administration. in my life. All praise to Jesus. parables, rich in meaning, inspiration and – The Great Feast”, “Know Yourself –
challenge for living the Christ life today. The Pharisee and the Tax Collector”,
And there is plenty of reason why this “Sell All – The Hidden Treasure and the
should be our experience through Lieut- Pearl”, and “Keep Knocking – The Friend
Lynda Bliss Colonel Clarke’s latest offering. The book, at Midnight”.
a sequel to Stories that are Seen (dare I state I particularly like ‘The Parable as a
the obvious), has a freshness about it that Mirror’ section of each session. This is
makes you want to pick it up and at least really where the rubber hits the road. You
explore the first “study”. look at the parable and see yourself in
hristine says... I remember my friends today. I love being a Salvation This fresh feel to the book is due first it. Take for instance the session “Know
call distinctively as a time when I Army officer and enjoy all that it has to the layout. It is a much more appealing Yourself”. In these pages, your life can be
totally surrendered completely to to offer – both the challenges and the layout than the original, featuring a revolutionised as you realise that you will
God’s will – his purpose for my life. I was blessings of officer ministry. three-colour theme, the use of banners never really know yourself until you see
married to Graham and had three small for section headings, and a larger, easier yourself through the eyes of God – and
children, but entrusted them to be a part of Graham says... Twenty-five years. to read “serif” font. I also like the way God sees you through Christ and the cross,
Review by Captain Peter McGuigan
God’s will in officership What an exciting journey it has been; I the “study” sections have been retained with deep sacrificial love. That’s what I
Over 25 years there have been wouldn’t trade it for anything. I still enjoy from the original book, and are common got from reading that section. It reminded
occasions when I have felt distant from officership so much and look forward to throughout the 12 “studies”. me of Stuart Townend’s song How Deep the
each new day with its new challenges that on’t know about you, but Each study is split into five sections Father’s Love For Us, which I then couldn’t
God and times when I have felt really
when I hear the word “study” – Scripture (the parable), First Century stop singing for the next week
close. There have been times of ill help in my personnel development and Graham and Christine Tamsett I think of hard work. Whether Palestinian Setting, The Parable as a
my relationship with God. Perhaps the most compelling
health, times of crisis, times of joy, times it’s studying culture, human Mirror, Reflection, and My Response encouragement to engage with More Stories
when miracles occurred. But God, as he My passion in life will always be to
behaviour, demographics, or the subject and Personal Prayer. Combined with the that are Seen comes to us through the
promised, has been with me every step of share God’s Word and grace with folks of a Masters thesis, it can take a lot of self- improved and more attractive layout, this author’s own testimony. “The impact of
the way. I have no doubt about that at all. who need the Saviour and, particularly in discipline to get started and, therefore, to helps for much easier navigation of the these parables has challenged the priorities
We have shared with some beautiful the last 10 years, to help those who suffer get motivated. pages as you turn them. You know where of my life,” he writes in the preface.
people over the 25 years, who are still with addiction. In More Stories that are Seen, you are! “Among them has been the need to live
Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Clarke has Now for the content. Like the original a simpler lifestyle, [and to] moderate my
given us “12 Studies on the Parables of book, More Stories that are Seen probes attitudes and behaviour towards others,
Jesus”, the book’s subtitle. But by studies, deeply into the stories Jesus told to especially those closest to me.”
I’m sure he’s not meaning that we sweat teach humanity about God and us; our When I read that, I wanted to read
them out, procrastinate about doing them, behaviour and morality; the relationship the rest.
Invitation to …
learn to inspire and lose nights of sleep thinking about the between human life and eternity; the
A forum for creative people in The Salvation Army
CREATE fact that we’re behind in our study.
On the contrary, I’m sure he wants us
overarching principles of love and
righteousness; not to mention some
More Stories that are Seen is available from
to journey together with the living Christ practical ideas for everyday life. Phone (02) 9266 9511. Cost: $9.95
The Collaroy Centre Sydney, Australia 21-25 September 2009
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Keynote address: Special guest presenter: Special guest presenter:
Morrison and Marina Prior, and authors with you, Sheridan, and say one reason
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Territorial Commander The Holy Spirit and Songwriting The Doctrine of Holiness
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Darlene Zschech is recognised Alan Harley is retired and lives in Sydney.
throughout the world for her worship He was formerly Vice Principal and Senior Voysey has now published a book of I really have.”
leadership and songwriting Lecturer at The Salvation Army Australia what he calls a “collection of the best” The full Yancey interview is probably
Eastern Territory’s Booth College. interviews from his program, Open House. worth the price of the book, even if just to
International guest presenters:
There are 25 interviews in the book, titled try to understand what he means.
Dr Roger Green Lieutenant-Colonel Janet Munn PLUS: A variety of inspiring and experienced
local speakers from across the generations. the same as his radio show. Voysey’s published interviews each
Biblical Holiness The Spiritual Disciplines
Voysey says his show is designed run for about 10 pages and are mostly light
Roger Green is Professor and Janet Munn is the international
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to explore life, faith and culture from a and entertaining. It’s an easy to read book,
Studies, Gordon College, USA Life Development Christian perspective, which indicates interesting for the Christian who wants to
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Brengle Create is an initiative of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory heridan Voysey is a Christian Andrew Denton: “I went to a Jewish Open House
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View from The Collaroy Centre
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Fr o m t h e c o a l f a c e
L O CA L A N D I N T E R N AT ION A L N E W S
Sports ministry conference
By KENT ROSENTHAL
A cceptance that God has gifted us with physical as well as
spiritual abilities was the motivation for Christians with a
passion for sports ministry to gather at The Salvation Army’s
Collaroy Centre in January.
Sarah-Jane Alley, organiser of the Sports Impact Conference,
said it was important to recognise that God has made us as
“God created us in his image and therefore he created us to
be physical. He has given us these gifts and therefore we can
use them to glorify him. At the conference we looked at how we
explain the Gospel and how can we tell people the story of Jesus
in different contexts.”
Delegates from around Australia and the South Pacific Delegates pose for a group photo at The Collaroy Centre.
discussed different strategies and models in sports ministry and God and use sport as an avenue to express their faith?”
how to use sport to evangelise and make a positive impact on Brian Codrington, from the International Sports Coalition,
their communities. spoke to delegates about using partnerships in sports ministry
Sarah-Jane said mixing sport and spirituality can be a and finding links between churches, community groups and
challenge in the Australian sporting environment. government agencies.
“Sport and spirituality don’t often get put together. The “To me it’s all a matter of seeing an end result, to see a life
culture of sport in Australia is often associated with alcohol and transformed and a community transformed. If we are going to
lots of negative images. People might think that as Christians do that we can make use of a whole range of resources churches
we shouldn’t be involved with sport because it’s sometimes got have to offer and the resources that other groups, government
such a bad reputation. But that’s not true, that’s where we need and non-government, have to offer as well.”
to be. Brian said the apprehension of some government agencies
“Also, we need to think about the Christian athlete as well. to engage with church-based groups has eased in many cases
How do we serve them if they want to use their gift to glorify when they realise the positive influence the ministry has had
on communities. In one instance, persistence and refusal to
compromise on Christian values paid off in the end with
funding from the government agency AUSaid.
“It’s been interesting when we didn’t compromise and we
didn’t back down and pretend we are not a church-based group.
We were adamant we are about seeing people’s lives changed.
AUSaid came back a couple of years later and asked how they
could assist in our ministry. So the Lord has a way of working.”
The International Sports Coalition has been asked to do
further work in Pacific island nations and with Australia’s
The Sports Impact Conference was a recognised training
conference and delegates received a Level 1 Certificate in
International Sports Leadership Training.
Other speakers included Salvationists and sports ministry
Conference delegates enjoy a practical session at Collaroy Beach. experts Bill Hunter and Adrian Kistan.
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NEWS FEATURE NEWS FEATURE
Coral celebrates 100 years Welcome for
By KENT ROSENTHAL new cadets
L ieutenant-Colonel Coral Duck-Chong celebrated her 100th
birthday on 21 January with 70 family members and friends
and the corps officers at that time, Major Alfred Whittaker,
knew dad and invited him to the Army.”
By KENT ROSENTHAL
at The Salvation Army’s Macquarie Lodge at Arncliffe in
Bob was not interested in attending so he stood in the
shadows outside the hall on several Sunday evenings listening
F ourteen new cadets were officially welcomed to the School
for Officer Training at Bexley North, Sydney, last month.
Officer Recruitment Team Director Captain Craig Todd
An address and blessing by Commissioner Earle Maxwell, to what was happening inside. A few Sundays later the Photos: Shairo
introduced the 2009-2010 session cadets, known as the n Paterson
former Chief of the Staff of The Salvation Army, was a highlight invitation was extended and he came in from the shadows and
Ambassadors of Holiness, and Colonel Jan Condon (pictured
of Coral’s celebrations. made his way to the penitent form. His life was changed and
below), tied their sessional pennant on The Salvation Army flag
Commissioner Maxwell spoke of Coral's early days as a within a couple of years he was at the training college. After
and dedicated it with a prayer. She said although Salvationists
Salvationist, almost 80 years ago, when she and Commissioner being commissioned in Sydney he met Coral at Ashfield Corps
do not worship the flag, it is symbolic of all they believe and so
Maxwell’s mother, Mary, were in the same session at The where Coral’s family attended.
the banner is held high.
Salvation Army Training College at Petersham. Coral addressed the gathering at her 100th birthday, saying:
In his formal welcome speech before lunch, Training College
Coral was born Coral Taylor at Marrickville in 1909. She “I really cannot say enough in the way of thankyou for your
Principal Major Gavin Watts said to the cadets: "I’d like to tell
began officer training in 1931 and a year later married fellow presence here this afternoon. It’s so encouraging to see people
you I’m a passionate Salvationist, a passionate Salvation Army
officer Bob Duck-Chong. who have touched my life and made it better. God bless you
officer, and by that I mean I love seeing men and women, boys
The couple served as officers for 34 years in Goulburn, all.”
and girls, come to know Jesus and be all they can be in Christ.
Armidale and Sydney. They raised six children – Neil, Gordon, Major Chris Witts, representing Territorial Commander
“I’m also passionate about the School for Officer Training
Errol, Lyndon, Mel and Bethel – with 10 grandchildren and Commissioner Linda Bond, offered formal congratulations
– equipping leaders to be the best Salvation Army officers that
several great-grandchildren and presented Coral with letters from the Commissioner and
they can be. And in this next two years we want you to grasp
After their retirement in 1996, they moved to Collaroy General Shaw Clifton. Coral’s oldest son Neil was MC for
every opportunity for growth. We want you to be empowered,
Plateau, on Sydney’s northern beaches. Bob died in 1996, but the afternoon and presented greetings from the Queen, the
and to be encouraged, to be challenged, in your journey into
Coral remained on the northern beaches before moving to Governor General, Prime Minister and other dignitaries.
Macquarie Lodge recently. Major Witts then prayed that the occasion would hold the
After the cadets were introduced, Chief Secretary Colonel
During the birthday celebrations, Errol Duck-Chong recalled happiest of memories.
James Condon thanked the cadets for answering God’s call.
the story about how his father became involved with the Army “What a different world we live in to the one into which you
“Thank you for answering our prayers. Do you know you
and eventually met his mother. were born. In spite of the fast pace of change, God has kept you
did that? You answered someone’s prayers as well as answering
Bob lived with his parents who had migrated from China in the embrace of his love as a faithful soldier of Jesus Christ,”
God’s call. And it may not have been our prayers – somewhere
and settled in Tingha, in northern NSW, in the late 1800s. Errol he said.
along the way someone would have prayed this for you and
said they weren’t Christians. Before cutting her birthday cake, Coral’s granddaughter
your life in terms of obedience to the call of God,” he said.
“I guess dad was known as one of the lads around the town Jenny Duck-Chong sang Amazing Grace.
He added it was fitting that General Shaw Clifton chose the
title Ambassadors of Holiness for this year’s intake of cadets.
“You bear the name of our first Mission Priority in one sense
– following the 2020 Summit for the Territory last year – and the
number one Mission Priority was “A Territory marked by prayer
“So as ambassadors for holiness we are excited that you
have come to the college, that you’ve answered God’s call and
that you are here safely now. My prayer for you is that this will
be a great two years. It’s a school, a place of learning, a place of
preparation. It’s a place of growth.” Ambassadors of Holiness
THE GREATER WEST DIVISION
Joanne Catalano – Ryde Corps
Heath and Asena Firkin (William) – Bankstown
Peter and Rebecca Gott – Auburn
Tammy Rees – Auburn
SYDNEY EAST & ILLAWARRA
Ben De Cleene – Street Level Mission
Nathan Hodges – Earlwood
Craig Sutton – Petersham
Simon Harlow – Bundamba
Ian and Tammy Shelley (Jemmima, Jordon, Josiah,
Hannah, Kaelen) – Gympie
ACT & SOUTH NSW
Lieuten Jon and Leah Belmonte ( Jonathan, Lorinda) –
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Trivia nights to
aid overseas cadets
C adets at Booth College in Sydney wants Salvationists in the
Australia Eastern Territory to hold fund-raising trivia nights
to support training college cadets in developing territories.
in corps and centres as well as Divisional and Territorial
headquarters’ will get behind this initiative just as they do with
other causes,” Belinda said.
Cadet Belinda Atherton-Northcott suggested following “Just as in the Southern Territory, we plan to dedicate the
the lead of the Australia Southern Territory Training College first of our regular social nights for the training college cadets,
which has pioneered an initiative called TACO (Train A Cadet officers and staff at Booth College to TACO.”
Overseas) Trivia Nights. TACO is the brainchild of Lieutenant Peter Brookshaw from
TACO started in 2007 with a simple social night at the the Southern Territory.
training college in Melbourne, serving tacos and enjoying a Lieut Brookshaw wants it to become a global initiative with
trivia quiz. The first night raised $1200 for the training college in a territorial TACO coordinator appointed in each First World
Jakarta, Indonesia. country where the Army operates.
Belinda said overseas training colleges often have long ”We may be a long way off from this but we can begin in our
Send for FREE information booklet to: waiting lists and less than adequate facilities. The money raised own backyard, our own corps, division or, in our case, training
Director, Wills and Bequests, The Salvation Army PO Box 9888, in through TACO events goes toward basic needs such as food, college,” Belinda said.
your capital city or phone 13SALVOS (13 72 58).
books, resources and facilities. For details email Belinda.Atherton-Northcott@aue.
Mr | Mrs | Ms | Miss “We are so blessed in this country and territory and our salvationarmy.org.au. For resources and trivia questions visit
FIRST NAME LAST NAME
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If you have already included a gift to The Salvation Army in your Will, please
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Lockyer Valley welcomes new leader
M embers of The Salvation Army’s Lockyer Valley Corps,
west of Brisbane, have welcomed their new officer, Major
training local women as traditional birth attendants.”
Describing herself as a country person, Major Gittins said
she was delighted to be serving in the Lockyer Valley area.
HELP UP PROVIDE CHILDREN IN Major Gittins comes to her latest appointment following a “I enjoy seeing every age group represented at our church
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES WITH: six-year appointment in services. We might only be a small church here, but we are a
Mackay. fulfilling one.”
• education She was born in Meantime, The
• teaching equipment
Dorrigo, NSW and, Salvation Army Corps in
following commissioning Young officially welcomed
food as an officer, served in their new officers, Captains
• clothing various country NSW and Lindy and Justin Davies
• basic medical care Sydney posts before being and their family, at a
• spiritual support sent to Pakistan in 1981. celebration on 1 February.
“I was there for 12 years The Davies’ had been
Programs from as little as $25 a month (tax deductible). working with the Army’s the officers at Lockyer
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firstname.lastname@example.org “Although, while Captain Lindy said
there, I witnessed the rise they were looking forward
in fundamentalism in to settling into the corps
Pakistan, I was fortunate and local community and
Major Marie Gittins welcomes the Captains Justin and Lindy Davies
to be working with a working alongside other
opportunity to be a part of the wonderful Muslim doctor with their children Joseph (top) ministers of churches in the
Lockyer Valley community. and was also involved in and robbie. town.
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session marks uni students
U niversity students associated with The Salvation Army in
northern NSW are invited to contact North NSW Divisional
T wenty members of the Courageous session of cadets
gathered at Redcliffe Salvation Army for three days of 50th
anniversary reunion celebrations in January.
Youth Secretaries Captains Roscoe and Melanie Holland.
As part of their ministry in the region, Captains Roscoe and
Melanie want to make better connections with people associated
The Courageous session of 42 cadets were commissioned as
with the University of New England and Southern Cross
officers on 5 January 1959, by then Commissioner Frederick
Coutts (later to become General) on the platform of Sydney
The two universities have campuses in Lismore, Coffs
Harbour, Armidale and Port Macquarie.
Commissioner Alistair Cairns and Colonel Margaret Martin,
“Going to university can be a profound challenge in all areas
on staff at the training college in the late 1950s, were also at the
of life, and many of the people moving to regional centres for
study do not have good support networks. We hope to build
Those who attended the reunion hailed from as far as
relationships with these students and staff too,” Captain Melanie
Atherton in north Queensland to Broken Hill in NSW.
Major John McGuigan led an afternoon of memorabilia
She wants to set up a university fellowship for the North
and nostalgia. Courageous – The Movie, produced and directed
NSW Division. “It’s about responding to their needs and making
by Major Kingsley Alley, was screened, reflecting on life at the
sure that they are getting adequate support, whether that’s
training college 50 years ago.
financial, physical, emotional or spiritual.”
After the roll call when each person introduced themselves,
Captain Melanie said although her own time at university
To God Be the Glory was sung and Major McGuigan read from
was an exciting experience, it was important for her to connect
Psalm 115:1: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be
with other believers and receive support in the process.
the glory because of your love and faithfulness.”
“There are a lot of challenges to your personal belief system,
Major Alley read messages from those unable to attend.
so I want to connect with people, help them and see if there is
The Redcliffe Citadel was filled on the Sunday for the
interest in setting up a fellowship.
holiness meeting, led by Major Fred Shaw, and the sessional
“The reality with a lot of regional centres is that people move
chorus Courageous for Jesus was sung. Lieutenant-Colonel
away from home and their traditional support base.”
Derrick Jessop spoke about college days and Bette Simpson gave
For more information, contact melanie-anne.holland@aue.
a testimony of how God had led her during the last 50 years.
In her Bible message Major Beryl McGuigan reminded the
congregation from Acts 4: 13: “When they saw the courage of
Peter and John ... they took note that these men had been with
Farewell for officers
M aryborough Corps officers Captains Malcolm and Wendy-
Sue Swann were farewelled on 4 January in a service
which also featured the enrolment of two new Senior Soldiers.
Pictured (from left) are Captain Wendy-Sue Swann, Deanne
Stewart, newly enrolled soldiers Kath and Ron Davies, and
Fay Nicholls, the recruiting sergeant who took them through
their soldiership classes. The Swanns have taken up a new
appointment as Corps Officers at Dubbo.
Courageous session members gather for their 50-year reunion at
redcliffe in Queensland.
Commissioner Beulah Cairns led a moving Sunday afternoon
session which focused on the international service of many from Brisbane’s Courier Mail newspaper ran a full-page feature at the end of January on The Salvation Army’s
the Courageous session. A map was displayed indicating places project to tackle rural depression, and the Braver, Stronger, Wiser DVD being distributed in the bush.
around the world where session members had served. A time of Journalist Trent Dalton also interviewed rural Chaplain Major ron McMellon (pictured in the cartoon which
remembrance honoured those who had been promoted to glory. accompanied the story) about his work ministering to the population of a 400,000sq km area of south-west
The three-day celebration also included a bus tour of the Queensland’s outback. Major McMellon spoke about his work visiting and talking to families and helping
Port of Brisbane, picnic at Manly Beach, a celebration dinner and
them deal with the hardships they face. Cartoon courtesy of The Courier Mail newspaper.
closing ceremony led by Commissioner Alistair Cairns.
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A year for Enrolments at Panania Taree Corps
new soldiers (Captains Chad and Jodie Pethybridge)
(Captains Noel and Tracy Payne)
T wo Senior Soldiers were enrolled at Panania Corps in south-
G adza Moyo signed his Articles of War and became a Senior western Sydney on 18 January.
Soldier of Shellharbour Corps on 14 December. Tim and Ayly Girling approached Corps Officers Captains
Corps Officer Captain Tracy Payne said it was a day of Chad and Jodie Pethybridge about soldiership after feeling
great celebration and pride because, not only was Gadza’s called to make this further commitment in their relationship for
commitment a challenge and testimony to the corps, it marked some months.
Tim said when he heard Territorial Commander (Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Green)
the ninth enrolment service conducted at Shellharbour Corps in
10 months. Commissioner Linda Bond speak at the Unlimited conference
In 2008, Abram Unicomb, Darryn Lloyd, Todd Unicomb,
Kyarna Cruse, Megan Eades and Gadza Moyo committed
last year and she posed the question, “It’s not why shouldn’t
you but why wouldn’t you?” that he knew he had to make a T aree Corps took a step of faith on Australia Day and joined
the celebrations on the Manning River organised by the
Greater Taree City Council.
their lives to God as soldiers, while three other members of the commitment to soldiership.
Ayly’s direction toward soldiership was similar and she also Thirty corps members handed out 500 information bags to
corps made a public re-commitment to their soldier’s covenant
asked herself, “If God’s grace sees me as I am, what right do I the crowd who had come to enjoy the festivities. Salvationists
– Nicole Howarth, Eric Kearl and Ray Siggee. Also in 2008,
have to withhold myself from him in this way?” had the chance to engage the community in discussion about
Maureen Moore and Jock Taylor become adherents.
the DVD Braver, Stronger, Wiser, which deals with the issue of
“As God has called these individuals to commit themselves (Back row from left) Darryn Lloyd and ray Siggee, with (centre from depression in rural communities, which was included in the bag.
to his service, it has been a time of challenge and encouragement left) Eric Kearl, Abram unicomb and Kyarna Cruse, and (front from There was a high level of community awareness about the
for the whole corps family. Hence, there is great excitement left) Jock Taylor, Gadza Moyo, Nicole Howarth and Maureen Moore. Braver, Stronger, Wiser DVD, with most people commenting they
about what 2009 has in store!” Captain Payne said.
had heard about it in the media.
By the end of the day Taree Corps had distributed all but 80
of its 1000 DVDs.
The Army’s Red Shield marquee had two screens in constant
SAGALA award celebrations
(Captains Malcolm and Wendy-Sue Swann)
use, one showing a film about Taree Corps and the other playing
the Braver, Stronger, Wiser DVD.
Lieutenant-Colonel Lynette Green, recently appointed
as Corps Officer at Taree, said it was great to see so many
A SAGALA church parade was held during Dubbo’s Young
People’s Celebration weekend recently. The young people,
including SAGALA members, helped with the leading of the
Captain Jodie Pethybridge enrols Ayly and Tim Girling, as
flagbearer David Shaw watches.
Salvationists wearing their uniform and mingling with the
meeting which included presentation of Junior Soldier and
SAGALA awards. Southern Cross awards were presented to
Tamara Townsend and Meg Fenton, and the Commissioner’s
Challenge Award, the highest in the Adventurer/Sunbeam
section, was presented to Courtney Hood by Divisional Youth
Secretary Captain Cathryn Ford.
Meantime, Hayley Brodrick of Springwood Corps was
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Fiji Salvos respond
By MAJOR GORDON DALY
(Divisional Commander, Fiji)
I t began to rain in the western district of Fiji on 8 January. Not
just ordinary rain but torrential rain that continued for three
days, dumping more than 700mm of water on the towns of Nadi
and Ba and on the highlands catchment areas.
The resulting flood has been described as Fiji’s worst-ever
natural disaster. Every stream became a river and rivers became
uncontrollable torrents that quickly overflowed their banks
and rampaged through communities, destroying crops, homes,
bridges and roads.
Stories abound of the horror and heroism of those three days.
And just when things seemed at their worst, yet another storm
system moved through the region causing further flooding
although not to the extent at first predicted.
In Nadi, floodwaters went through the main shopping area
and into several villages. Some people were stranded on their
rooftops for two days waiting for the waters to go down.
The Salvation Army hall at Nadi escaped the flooding and
was quickly put to use as an evacuation centre for more than
100 people from the immediate area. Captains Jeremaia and
Amelia Naviko and their corps members, some of whom had
their own homes flooded, sprang into action to provide food for
the wet and tired evacuees, including one pregnant woman who
gave birth at the height of the flood and was housed in as much
comfort as possible in a storeroom at the hall.
Captain Jeremaia, a burly former policeman, helped rescue a
number of people from the rising floodwaters in their homes. In
some houses the water reached the ceiling and the streets were
flowing with fast-moving floodwater and debris.
Following the flood, as people returned to their homes to
see what was left and what could be salvaged, Captain Jeremaia
formed teams armed with brooms and shovels and a water
blaster, to clean up houses.
In Ba, the Salvation Army hall and officers’ quarters are Captain Jeremaia Naviko indicates the height of floodwaters at a
located close to the Ba River, which burst its banks three times house in Nadi, Fiji.
during that week, sending torrents of water through the corps
hall. Fortunately, the hall is a two-storey structure. and The Salvation Army is already receiving many requests
Corps Officers Captains Vilikesa and Sesenieli Bogi watched for assistance including basic food items, household goods,
the rising waters from upstairs at their home, and Captain and bedding. As parents struggle to send their children back to
Vilikesa set out to assist their neighbours. One man was in his school for the year, numerous requests have been received for
house drinking and asked Captain Vilikesa to leave him to assistance with the cost of school fees.
die, but was persuaded to abandon his house and take refuge Meantime, Salvation Army relief teams also responded
upstairs at the Bogi’s house. Captain Bogi had to break down the to severe flooding in and around the city of Semarang on the
front door of another house to rescue some women who were Indonesian island of Java.
also reluctant to leave their home. Semarang is the location of the headquarters of The Salvation
Lautoka Corps was not affected by flooding, but more than Army’s Jawa and Bali Division as well as two corps, a school,
50 people in the neighbourhood had to abandon their homes retired officers’ quarters and a home for the elderly.
and take refuge at the Army hall. Food was scarce but Corps All these facilities have suffered from flooding but Divisional
Officers Captains Lasarusa and Limaina Turaga, along with Commander Major Mitra Smarta says the region’s Salvationists
Social Services Officer Captain Ulamila Vakawaletabua and and workers, along with people under their care, are accounted
corps members, managed to provide meals for the people over for and are safe and well.
a period of several days. One person walked 15km to Lautoka A relief team provided food and other support to people
Corps to receive emergency food supplies. in the care of the Army and also to members of the wider
The task of cleaning up and rebuilding has only just begun community.
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pROMOTED TO GLORY pROMOTED TO GLORY
Served with enthusiasm women officers came to plant a corps in on 11 October and a public thanksgiving to youth work in western Victoria. Public Envoy Staines also drew attention was accepted and entered the Sydney
and joy her home town of Staveley, Derbyshire, in service was held the next day at Relations service in 1963 preceded corps to Dudley’s regular attendance at Training College from Glen Innes as a
M rs Lieutenant-Colonel the UK. She became convinced that God Parramatta Corps. leadership at Norwood in South Australia Sunday morning prayer meetings, and cadet in the Valiant session. The year was
Olive Lynn was had a ministry for her in the Army, and at Mrs Commissioner Campbell’s public and then Adelaide Congress Hall. his willingness to pray and be involved 1943; he was only 17.
promoted to glory from the age of 18 was enrolled as a soldier. Two ministry was remembered for powerful Divisional leadership followed. whenever and wherever possible. One of his cadet colleagues was Lillian
Gosford on 7 October 2008, years later, she became a cadet in the 1931 prayer, passionate preaching, and for Major Crystal Campbell was appointed Major Allan Flemming (Corps Officer, Hemingway. One day, she needed help
aged 98. Workers session at The Salvation Army’s children’s stories that captured entire Divisional Home League Secretary in Sydney Congress Hall)) represented the with her bags and he obliged. Little did
Major Bill Mole International Training College in London. congregations. Tasmania in 1970 and then, in 1974, officers of the territory. he know that, due to this act of generosity,
conducted a cremation Following commissioning, Olive’s At the private funeral, her Divisional Director of Women’s Services He had emailed many and read their many years later following their marriage
service at Palmdale officer service began at Banbury Corps. grandchildren spoke of her humour, her and Divisional Home League Secretary in messages which gave a broad overview of in June 1949 he would carry them all
Crematorium and a service of After two years she was posted to prayer life, her enabling and her biblical Melbourne Central Division. Dudley’s life and influence. around Europe!
thanksgiving for Mrs Lieut-Colonel Lynn’s Scotland where for six years she served on referencing in everyday life. Other In 1978, Majors Donald and Crystal Letters of appreciation from Territorial Following commissioning in 1944,
life and service at The Salvation Army divisional and territorial headquarters. comments praised her encouragement, Campbell returned to the Melbourne Commander Commissioner Linda Bond Lieutenant Schoupp’s early appointments
Gosford Corps. It was during this period that she met communication, pragmatism and Training College, Donald serving as and the Retired Officers Fellowship were prior to marriage were as Corps Officer
In the thanksgiving service, tributes Captain Samuel Lynn. They were married perspective. Training Principal. During that time also read. at Roma, Innisfail, North Rockhampton,
were brought by her son Robert Lynn and in 1940. Their united service began at Letters were read from a daughter, the couple was promoted to the rank of “Even in retirement his love and care Atherland Tablelands and Toongabbie.
her grandchildren. Major Stan Evans read Anderston Citadel in Glasgow and Marion, who was unable to attend, from lieutenant-colonel. for people were marks of his Christian It was while stationed at North
a message from Chief Secretary Colonel continued until 1970 when Samuel was General Eva Burrows (R) and from the A brief appointment at Territorial witness,” Commissioner Bond had Rockhampton he found Lillian stationed at
James Condon, and then brought a tribute promoted to glory from the command of territorial commanders from New Zealand Headquarters in Melbourne preceded written. “He had time for people and gave Divisional Headquarters in Rockhampton
on behalf of the Gosford Corps and of the West London Division. and the Australia Southern territories. appointments as Chief Secretary and of himself freely. He was known to be a and the friendship blossomed.
Salvation Army officers. Alison Beveridge Throughout this time, Olive and Colonel James Condon spoke on behalf of Territorial Secretary for Women’s man of prayer.” Following their marriage, Captain and
read from the Scriptures and Major Cheryl Samuel proved that the joys of serving Australia Eastern Territorial Commander Ministries in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga A vocal tribute was brought by Sister Mrs Schoupp served in a succession of
Carpenter prayed. God and people far outweigh the Commissioner Linda Bond. Territory, then as that territory’s Territorial Jean Fouracre and other friends took part Corps Officer appointments – Lane Cove,
Mrs Lieut-Colonel Lynn was described difficulties. The 10 years of their corps Crystal Cross was born on 27 October Commander and Territorial President of as requested by Dudley. Liverpool, Leeton, Crookwell, Parkes,
as a loving devoted mother and a doting leadership took them to such places as 1921 in Atherton, north Queensland. She Women’s Ministries. A special message received from Broken Hill, Gosford, Lambton, Wynnum,
grandmother. Rutherglen, Blackpool, Clapton Congress was the fourth child of Salvation Army In 1986, Commissioners Donald and Commissioner Harry Read – a one-time and Bundaberg.
Major Evans and Major Mole shared Hall and Regent Hall in London, before officers Ensigns Annie and Matt Cross. Crystal Campbell became territorial Territorial Commander of the Australia From 1966 to 1971, Major and Mrs
their tributes interwoven with the a number of divisional appointments in The family moved to Western Australia leaders of The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory – referred to the time of Schoupp served in New Zealand as Corps
thoughts of others who said that Olive Scotland, the north and south of England, in 1925 and became fully engaged with the Southern Territory. They retired in 1989, year: “Isn’t it wonderful that Dudley is Officers of Dunedin South Corps. Then,
demonstrated a genuine interest in others, and London. mission of the Army’s Highgate Corps. and Glenelg Corps (SA) was ‘’home’’ for home for Christmas!” back in Australia, came Campsie, Sydney
always fully engaging, speaking words of Widowed and retired in 1970, Olive The foundations of Crystal’s fervent 18 years. In recent years the couple had In bringing the service to its Congress Hall, and Brisbane City Temple
affirmation and encouragement. joined her son Robert and his wife and robust faith were shaped in the lived in Sydney. conclusion, Major Errol Woodbury also corps’.
That quality, even more than her gifts Beverly in Sydney, where she found less resilience and optimism of her invalid Mrs Commissioner Campbell was referred to the Christmas theme – the Two Divisional Commander posts
and abilities, which were many, gave her conspicuous ways to express her love for father, the quiet grace of her mother, and a promoted to glory from the Bethshean wonder in why the simple shepherds were followed, first in Central and North
stature. Olive was described as a generous, God and was blessed with the opportunity vigorous family and corps life. Nursing Home in the Sydney suburb of first to hear the news of Jesus being born Queensland Division from 1976 to 1980,
warm-hearted woman who served the of sharing the growing years of her four Crystal nursed her mother in illness Cherrybrook. and their obedient response to ‘’go and see then Sydney West Division to 1983.
Lord with enthusiasm and joy. grandchildren, Deborah, Matthew, Kristen and was 12 when her mother passed away. and find’’. Promotion to lieutenant-colonel came in
She was also described as “a quiet, and Victoria and to see the birth of two Primary Leader in the Highgate Corps and A man of prayer Major Woodbury likened this to the 1982.
shy lady, interested in other people, who great-grandsons. infant school teacher, Crystal’s sense of and welcome wonder in why God would call a young From 1986 to 1990, Lieutenant-Colonel
had a great knowledge of the Bible – a real
student of the Word”.
Initially, Olive lived with Robert and
Beverly and became an active soldier
in the North Sydney Corps as well as
vocation in the service of God and others
developed towards her committing her life
to officership in The Salvation Army.
Dudley Schoupp was
promoted to glory from
man like Dudley Schoupp to “go and
see and find” and then in his obedient
response – the outcome of which only
Schoupp took on a series of territorial
appointments – Staff Secretary, Social
Services Secretary and then Field Secretary.
In later years, Olive loved attending
the Home League and meetings at Gosford assisting in the Home League Department She entered the Army’s Melbourne Sydney on 13 December eternity will reveal. While Field Secretary he also served
Corps and Woodport Retirement Village at Territorial Headquarters. This provided Training College from Highgate Corps in 2008, aged 83. Dudley Schoupp was born in Glen as Liaison Officer to the then Advisory
Chapel. Even as her sight failed, she the opportunity to continue her ministry of 1944 as a member of the Liberty session of A service of Innes on 13 March 1925 – the twin brother Council of Salvation Army Soldiers.
still sang the songs. It was obvious she helping people and testifying to her faith. cadets. thanksgiving was held at The Salvation of Lionel, the only two boys in a family of Dudley and Lillian retired from active
knew the words of the songs from The For a number of years, Olive was Commissioned the same year, she was Army Campsie Corps, one of the corps seven. service on 1 April 1990. They became
Song Book of The Salvation Army off by happy at the Trigg Village in Collaroy, appointed Corps Officer of Ascot Vale Lieut-Colonel Schoupp led as its Corps As children, they were encouraged soldiers of Sydney Congress Hall Corps,
heart. She seemed happiest when in her where she made good friends and found and then Echuca Corps in Victoria before Officer. to join The Salvation Army Sunday where they faithfully served.
Salvation Army uniform. avenues of service at Elizabeth Jenkins serving on the Training College staff in Tributes were brought by Major school. But it was when Dudley attended On any given Sunday, Dudley could
Olive Speed was born on 4 January Place and Dee Why Corps. 1946. Lyn Prince, representing Lieut-Colonel Salvation Army youth councils in be seen welcoming people as they arrived
1910, the second of six children to Albert In more recent times, she was resident During the Second World War she Schoupp’s daughter Denise who had Armidale and heard the Divisional and they would warm to his welcoming
and Frances Speed. Throughout her at Woodport Retirement Village and met her future husband, Don Campbell. cared for him during the months prior to Commander Brigadier Brooks say, “Give smile and handshake.
life she valued the privilege of having enjoyed the fellowship at Gosford Corps. Quickly they sensed God’s direction for his entry into Macquarie Lodge. Denise God the best years”, that the message of
had Christian parents whose faith and Despite declining health, she continued to their lives together. shared memories of her father – his love Salvation and the Christian life really hit
devotion to God were influential in her witness and influence people to her Lord. The next year they married, Crystal and care, fun and sense of humour, his home in him.
own perception of the reality and love of then joining Don at Sandy Bay Corps in likes and dislikes. All the way home the wheels of the
God. A fervent and robust faith Tasmania. The Campbells subsequently Envoy Alan Staines represented the train seemed to echo “Give God the best
As a child, she responded to the love
of God and her attendance at the Bethel M rs Commissioner
was promoted to glory
had five children; Helen, Marion, Craig,
Ian and Laurel.
An appointment to Invermay preceded
Army’s Sydney Congress Hall Corps,
speaking of Lieut-Colonel Schoupp’s
influence and also of the loving term
years ... Give God the best years ...”
That day, he told his parents he felt
God wanted him to be a Salvation Army
Mission near her home led to a gradual
growth in the knowledge and love of her from Sydney on 8 October a move to Western Australia, where the “Cuddly Dudley”, by which he was officer. But his parents weren’t convinced!
Saviour. 2008, aged 86. couple served at Collie, Geraldton, Mount affectionately known. This really captured Dudley’s sister Phyllis was herself an
Olive came into contact with The A private family funeral Hawthorn, Albany and Maylands corps’. his strong pastoral heart and “come officer at Moree at that time. More promoted to glory reports will appear in
was held at Dural Corps In 1961, the Campbells were appointed alongside” approach to ministry. Dudley applied for officer training, the April issue of Pipeline.
Salvation Army as a teenager when two
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L O CA L A N D I N T E R N AT ION A L N E W S
about people Songsters’ ministry weekend (21-22).
Appointments Uganda Command; Northside Corps, ACT; Central Coast Recovery Services
Effective 6 February: Captain Chris Radburn, Chaplain, Nepean Hospital – Centre, Narellan Corps, Prestons/Wattle Grove Mission, Rockdale Corps,
Western Sydney, The Greater West Division. Youthlink, NSW; South Queensland divisional review (25-26); South
Birth Queensland divisional youth councils (27-29).
To Captains Joanne and Steven Smith, a daughter, Susannah Grace, on 11 29 March-4 April
February. Ron and Susan Petterson, Papua New Guinea Territory; Ayr Corps, Boonah
Bereaved Corps, Youth Outreach Service, Qld; Family Tracing Service (Sydney),
Major Mavis Stevens of her brother Harold on 21 January; Cadet Leah Temora Corps, NSW; Self-Denial Altar Service (29); I’ll Fight social justice
Belmonte of her grandmother Kathleen Hargraves on 29 January; Major conference (3-4).
Howard Smartt of his mother Ivy Smartt on 1 February; Mrs Aux.-Captain 5-11 April
Beryl O’Brien of her mother and Major Ramona Kinder of her grandmother Commissioners Barry and Raemor Pobjie, IHQ; Engadine Corps, Faith
Nellie Venner on 3 February; Major Nellie Moed of her mother Antonia Cottage, NSW; Dalby Corps, Longreach/Rural Chaplaincy base, Qld; School
Moed on 12 February; Major Peter Davey of his brother Gavin Davey on 14 for Officer Training, THQ; Territorial youth pastors’ retreat (7-9); Good
February. Friday (10); Easter Sunday (12); Red Shield Easter Camp (10-17).
Lieut-Colonels Christine and David Rees to that rank, effective 1 February. engagement calendar
Commissioner Linda Bond (Territorial Commander)
The following people have graduated from the School for Leadership
Training: Sydney: Fri 27 Feb-Fri 6 Mar – Territorial Headquarters review
Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) – Bernie Muendel, Julie Sydney: Wed 4 Mar – Workplace Relations conference
Podmore, Majors Cheryl Carpenter, Graeme Craig, Heather Drew, June Campsie: Sun 8 Mar – Campsie Café Church visit
Grice, Russell Grice, Peter Pearson, Bruce Pratt, and Captain Clair Smith. Sydney: Mon 9 Mar – Finance conference
Diploma of Management – Wayne Cook, Eliana Day, Lana Luxford, Broken Hill: Sat 14-Sun 15 Mar – Corps visit
Matthew Nelson, Violeta Stojanovski, Patricia Tsui, Greg Waldron, Major Booth College: 19 Mar – Lecture
David McMurray, Captains Hector Crisostomo and Grant Kingston-Kerr. Bega: Sun 22 Mar – Corps visit
Diploma of Pastoral Counselling – Major Lisa Venables and Captain Streetlevel Mission: Fri 3 April – Streetlevel Mission visit
Christine Wright (both from Australia Southern Territory). Greater West Division: Fri 10-Sun 12 Apr – Divisional Easter meetings
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work – Mykel Carlsson. Sydney: Sat 25 Apr – ANZAC Day service at Hyde Park
Certificate IV in Community Services Work – Jean Brown, Mykel Carlsson, Young: Sun 26 Apr – Meetings with Caravan Mission Team
John Harris, Stewart Hartley, Diana Marx, Andrew McCrudden, Tina Sydney: Wed 29 Apr – Red Shield Appeal launch
Powell, Gillian Rutherford, Laurell Schmith, and Craig Sutton.
Colonel James (Chief Secretary) and Jan Condon
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – Jason McMillen, Linda Mill,
Tara Sippel, John Unicomb, Major Jeanette Stoltenberg, and Captain Sydney: Fri 27-Fri 6 Mar – Territorial Headquarters review
Mavis Salt. Parramatta: Sun 1 Mar – Corps visit with Commissioners Barry and Raemor
Certificate IV in Christian Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care – Robert Blake, Pobjie
Ross Gilmore, John Harris, Joy Inglis, Majors Bruce Carpenter, Peter Booth College: Thu 5 Mar – Lecture
Dollin, Ruth Dollin, and Captain Nigel Roden. Sydney: Mon 9-Thu 12 Mar – Sydney retired officers’ meeting
Certificate II in Information Technology – Ruby Guervara and Xanh Tran. Armidale: Sun 15 Mar – Corps visit
Key Management Skill Set – Gwenyth Crossman, Robert Illidge, Diane Mackay: Sun 22 Mar – Corps visit
Jackson, Elisa Smith and Jenny Stephenson. Earlwood: Sun 29 Mar – Self-Denial Alter Service
Enterprise Based Trainer and Assessor Skill Set – Sue Stephenson. Sydney: Fri 3-Sat 4 Apr – I’ll Fight conference
Tertiary Service Newcastle & Central NSW Division: Fri 10-Sun 12 Apr – Divisional Easter
John Alexander, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory’s meetings
Workplace Relations Director has been invited to serve on the Advisory
Board for the Master of Labour Law and Relations (MLLR) at Sydney Law
School, University of Sydney.
time to pray
Commissioner Lyn Pearce, International Headquarters; Taree Corps,
Rouse Hill Mission, NSW; Brisbane Recovery Services Centre (Moonyah),
Indigenous Ministries (DHQ) Outpost, Qld; Womens Ministries, THQ;
Workplace Relations conference (4-6); corps leadership forum (4-6); World
Day of Prayer (6).
Chaplaincy Services, ACT; Calamvale Corps, Qld; Leeton Corps, Blue
Mountains Recovery Services Centre (Hadleigh Lodge), NSW; Newcastle
and Central NSW Division youth councils (7-8); Finance conference (9-11);
Property conference (11-13); Homelessness services conference, NSW (11-13);
Visit of Brian Kluth (stewardship) to Australia (12-22).
Lieutenant-Colonels Graham and Rhondda Durston, The Philippines
Territory; Bateman’s Bay Corps, Orange Corps, Singleton Corps, Young
Cluster Corps, NSW; Bundaberg Corps, Qld; School for Christian Studies,
THQ; Territorial Policy and Mission Council retreat (16-18); Territorial
SAGALA leaders’ training weekend, Riverview, Qld (20-22); Sydney Staff