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									                                                              The Salvation Army
                                                              Australia Eastern Territory
                                                              March 2009
                                                              Volume 13 Issue 3




When the
smoke clears
The long road to recovery for Victoria's bushfire survivors
            go forward
 rise andwhatever it takes J
      doing
rise and go forward
  God’s Spirit is moving
                                                 one place - one purpose

                                                                      one army
                                                                                        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?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Editoria l
                                                                                                                                                                                                           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.




 uprising
                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                                8-15 WHEN THE SMOKE CLEArS
                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                                                6-7 CALL TO Our LIFE TOGETHEr
                                                                                      Shaw Clifton, General                                                                                     Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Cairns says we must place a higher value on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                common love and unity that binds Salvationists together
                                                                                      Australia Eastern Territory
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                                                                                      Sydney NSW 2000                                                                                           16-18 HAVEN FrOM THE HOrrOr
                  Featuring                             Supported by                  Linda Bond, Commissioner
                                                                                                                                                                                                A recent visit to a women’s shelter in Sri Lanka brought Graeme Hodge to
                                                                                                                                                                                                tears and made him feel “ashamed to be a man”
            Commissioner Linda Bond            Colonels James and Jan Condon          Territorial Commander

                                                                                      Peter McGuigan, Captain                                                                                   20-21 SOCIAL SALVATION
                                                                                      Communications Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                Major Cecil Woodward contends that William Booth’s ground-breaking
                             Sydney Showground                                        Scott Simpson
                                                                                      Managing Editor
                                                                                                                                                                                                work In Darkest England and The Way Out is as relevant today as it was more
                                                                                                                                                                                                than a century ago
                              Homebush, NSW                                           Graphic design: James Gardner,
                                                                                      Kem Pobjie                                                                                                22-24 JOurNEY INTO GENErOSITY
                                                                                                                         16                                                                     The Salvation Army is adopting a more holistic approach to its planned
                                5-7 June 2009
                                                                                      Cover photo: Shairon Paterson
                                                                                                                                                                                                giving with, as Kent Rosenthal finds out, the help of an American pastor
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Letters

                                                                                               Saluting an
                                                                                               unsung hero
                                                                                               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
                                                                                               skills!
                                                                                                   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
                                                 human beings.
                                                     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




                                                                                                                                           I
(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        lionel.hazel@optusnet.com.au; 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
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Integrity
                       Call to our                                                                                                                                                                                                      Growing Saints




               Life Together
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


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        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 chaplain
                                                                                                        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


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                                                                                                                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,
                                                                                                        7 February.
                                                                                                            “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




   the
                                                                                                        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’.”




                                                                                                        The firefighter
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        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


                                                                                                        I
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
area.
    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
                                               I’ve experienced.
                                                    Once the smoke has cleared, it is
                                               sometimes hard to travel through areas
                                               you have been actively firefighting and see
                                               the devastation.
                                                    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
                                                                                                started.
                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                               When smok
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the
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




                                                                                                                                              I
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           time.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              smoke clears
                                                                                                                                                S
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.
the rubble.
     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
provide it.
                                                    “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

                                                                                                                                             Salvos
                                                                                                                                                                                                   help
                                                                                                                                                                                                         flood
    “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
and compassionately.”
                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                                                            victims
                                                                                                                                             T
    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
the public.
    Also, The Salvation Army
Emergency Services has provided more
than 12, 000 meals to emergency relief
workers.
    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.
org.au/bushfires

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Haven
                                                  from




                     horror
                                    the




                                                                                                                                            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




S
                                                                                             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.

                                                                                                    Passionate prayer
                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                    the same?
                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                    children? How can people pawn other                   5 CONFERENCES - 5 VENUES
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                                                                                                    people for their own selfish pleasure and
and left me in agony.” She has scars that        Glimmer of hope                                    gain?
will forever remind her of the torment she       As a result of being raped, Lydia is seven             I just don’t understand it; I may
endured.                                         months pregnant. After the baby is                 never understand it. But my lack of                                 GREATER WEST DIVISION • PHONE 02 9635 7400
    “Then they used to tie my arms and           born, Lydia hopes to give the child to an          understanding motivates me to pray                         3-4 April 2009 • Parramatta Corps - 34-38 Smith Street Parramatta NSW
legs to a bed so that they were spread           adopting family in a good home. Then               passionately for this issue – for the people
apart, and men would rape me many                she will return to her village, poorer than        caught up in it: trafficker and victim.         17th October 2009 • The Salvation Army, Orange NSW - Cnr Kite and McNamara Streets, Orange.
times. They put an injection in my arm           when she left.                                         The Bible tells me that “faith without                         ACT/SOUTH NSW DIVISION • PHONE O2 6270 3108
that made me sleepy and sometimes                “I don’t know what I am going to do. I am          works is dead”. If God’s only recourse              2 May 2009 • Canberra City Oasis Corps - Cnr Fawkner & Elouera Streets Braddon ACT
unconscious. While I was asleep they             worried I am going to be a burden to my            were to get his people to pray in the
would rape me.”                                                                                     hope that something would happen, my                                                (One Day Conference)
                                                 sister and her husband. I don’t know how
    Lydia struggles to get the words out         I will ever be able to afford a place to live. I   faith would have waned a long time ago.                               NORTH NSW DIVISION • PHONE 02 6671 1632
between sobs. She starts speaking in her         don’t know.”                                       Instead, I believe he calls us to respond               3-5 April 2009 • Coffs Harbour Corps - 40 Mastracolas Rd, Coffs Harbour 2450
native Tamil as she recalls even more                A glimmer of optimism is expressed on          with loving action.
traumatic events. Lydia reverts back to          her face as she states that she is a Christian.                                                              CENTRAL & NORTH QUEENSLAND DIVISION • PHONE 0414 144 629
Sinhalese and explains she doesn’t know              “I pray every day that God will take                                                                      17-18 July 2009 • Bundaberg Corps - 48 Targo St, Bundaberg QLD 4670
how many times she was raped because of          this pain from me and help me find a
the effect of the drug on her body. When
asked what her hopes are for the future,
                                                 better life. I just keep praying.”
                                                     A monumental amount of pain is
                                                                                                                     Graeme Hodge is Assistant
                                                                                                                     Director of The Salvation                             Contact: ill.fight@aue.salvationarmy.org
she begins to sob. “I just don’t know,” she      healing slowly with the help of a fragile
                                                                                                                     Army’s International
                                                                                                                     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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  social
 SALVATION
     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,




     T
                                                                                                   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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                            JOURNEY                                                              into


        GENEROSITY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 total lifestyle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “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



B
                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                 experience.”
                                                                                                                                                                                   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
                                                he says.
                                                                                                    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
Scriptures.
                                                                                                   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
                                                                                           Brian Kluth
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                                                                                                                                                    SyDney
                                                                                                                                                    March 2009
                                                                                                                                             You are personally invited to attend or bring a group to


                                                                                                                                           MaxiMuM Generosity seMinar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for pastors and church leaders
                                                                                                                                             Sydney                              Melbourne                      Brisbane
                                                                                                                                             March 12 and 19                     March 17                       March 18

                                                                                                                                             • Biblical Insights and Ideas for Inspiring Generosity & Increasing Giving
                                                                                                                                             • Resourcing Kingdom Ministry: Biblical Insights & Ideas for
                                                                                                                                               Raising Resources
                                                                                                                                             • 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
                                                                                                                                               Future Ministry


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.
                                                                                               Army; 9am-midday
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 phillip.mclaren@aue.salvationarmy.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 karl.faase@bigpond.com
approach.
    “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

                                                                                                                                                   Still picking
                                                             Loving pair
                                                                                                                                                   pieces
                                                                                                                                                                              up the


                                                                      tune
                                                               after70 years
                                                                            still in
                                                                                                                                                   By BILL SIMPSON




                                                                                                                                                   I
                                                                                                                                                         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.



I
      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




Reflections
                                                                                                                                                                               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


         on
                                                                                                                                                                     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




                  25 years
                                                                                                                                                                     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




             officership
                                                                                                                                                                     Has God always been faithful? Absolutely!     4:4).
                                                                                                                                                                         As I continue on this journey, my            The second dynamic that has marked


      of
                                                                                                                                                                     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




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                                                                                                                                 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



                          R
                                  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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robyn Smartt
                          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



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                          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
                          Version).
                                                                                                                                                                     sustaining grace.

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                                                            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


C
        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




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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.
                                                                                                                                       brengle
 Invitation to …
                                                                                                       learn to inspire                                             and lose nights of sleep thinking about the       between human life and eternity; the

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                                                                                                                                       CREATE                       fact that we’re behind in our study.
                                                                                                                                                                        On the contrary, I’m sure he wants us
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 The Collaroy Centre             Sydney, Australia   21-25 September 2009
 Brengle Create will be a unique opportunity for creative Salvationists to immerse
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Reverend Tim Costello, media personality          morning just feeling empty.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Andrew Denton, entertainers James                     Philip Yancey: “I will have to be honest
                Keynote address:                            Special guest presenter:                                  Special guest presenter:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Morrison and Marina Prior, and authors            with you, Sheridan, and say one reason
                Commissioner Linda Bond                     Darlene Zschech                                           Major Dr Alan Harley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Philip Yancey, Thomas Keneally, Adrian            (I’m still a Christian) is that I haven’t
                Territorial Commander                       The Holy Spirit and Songwriting                           The Doctrine of Holiness
                Australia Eastern Territory                                                                                                                                                                           Plass, Max Lucado and Tony Campolo.               found a better alternative. And I’ve looked;
                                                            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
                Chair of Biblical and Theological           Salvation Army’s Secretary for Spiritual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      what the reader could find in the                 know where some prominent people stand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      published interviews.                             on Christianity.
 REGISTER NOW for Brengle Create, the 2009 event that will empower your life
 and ministry for the future. GO TO: www.salvos.org.au/brenglecreate                                                                                                Review by Bill Simpson                                For example, to promote the book, he




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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      publishes quotes from three subjects.
 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
                                                                                                                                                                           author, broadcaster and                    kindergarten, a Catholic primary school           Sheridan Voysey
 View from The Collaroy Centre
                                                                                                                                                                           commentator on social issues.              and a Church of England secondary                 Strand Publishing
                                                                                                                                                                              He has been hosting a three-            school. I came away not subscribing to any        $14.95 + postage and handling
                                                                                                                                                                    hour Sunday night national radio program          of it.”                                           www.theopenhouse.net.au


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                                                                                                                                NEWS FEATURE



     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
     physical beings.
         “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
                                                                          Indigenous communities.
                                                                              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
 Sydney’s south.
                                                                        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.
                                                                                                                                                  full-time service.”
 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
                                                                                                                                                  and holiness”.
                                                                                                                                                       “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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SOUTH QUEENSLAND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Simon Harlow – Bundamba
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ian and Tammy Shelley (Jemmima, Jordon, Josiah,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Hannah, Kaelen) – Gympie

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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
                                                                                                                                                people are generous and compassionate. We hope that people              www.taco-trivia.blogspot.com
                                                           Address
                                                           Suburb                                         State
                                                           Postcode                            Phone
                                                               If you have already included a gift to The Salvation Army in your Will, please
                                                           tick the box so that we can acknowledge you as an ‘Honoured Friend’.




MAkE A DIffERENCE
IN A CHILD’S LIfE
                                                                                                                                                Lockyer Valley welcomes new leader
                                                                                                                                                M     embers of The Salvation Army’s Lockyer Valley Corps,
                                                                                                                                                      west of Brisbane, have welcomed their new officer, Major
                                                                                                                                                Marie Gittins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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

(02) 9266 9880 NSW, Qld, ACT
                                                                                THE SALVATION ARMY                                                                                   medical ministry,” Major
                                                                                                                                                                                     Gittins said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Valley for the previous three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             years.
                                                                                 AuSTRALIA EASTERN TERRITORY
                                                                            CHILD
child.sponsorship@aue.salvationarmy.org                                                                                                                                                   “Although, while                                                       Captain Lindy said
                                                                                                                                                                                     there, I witnessed the rise                                             they were looking forward


                                                                      SPONSORSHIP
                                                                                                                                                                                     in fundamentalism in                                                    to settling into the corps
http://salvos.org.au/donate/overseas-child-sponsorship/
                                                                                                                                                                                    Pakistan, I was fortunate                                                and local community and
                                                                                                                                                Major Marie Gittins welcomes the                                        Captains Justin and Lindy Davies

                                                                         PROGRAM
                                                                                                                                                                                    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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Courageous                                                             Plan to support                                                        Rural chaplain in Qld press
session marks                                                          uni students
50 years
                                                                       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
                                                                       University.
Coutts (later to become General) on the platform of Sydney
                                                                            The two universities have campuses in Lismore, Coffs
Town Hall.
                                                                       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
reunion.
                                                                       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.
                                                                       said.
    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.
                                                                       salvationarmy.org
    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
Jesus.”


                                                                       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)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       promotes Salvo
(Captains Noel and Tracy Payne)
                                                                                                                                                    T    wo Senior Soldiers were enrolled at Panania Corps in south-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       mission on
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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Australia Day
    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       crowd.

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.
                                                                                                                                                           Position Vacant
    Meantime, Hayley Brodrick of Springwood Corps was
recently honoured with the General’s Award.                                                                                                             Family Store manager – HaStingS region
                                                                                                                                                                  Full Time (38 hrs/wk)
                                                                                                                                                         We are seeking an enthusiastic and organised team
                                                                                                                                                          player who has plenty of initiative and motivation
                                                                                                                                                          to be The Family Store Manager at the Hastings
                                                                                                                                                            Region stores. You will oversee and manage
                                                                                                 Captain                                                  the daily functioning of the Family Stores at Port
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                                                                                                                                                        organisational and excellent verbal and interpersonal
                                                                                                                                                          communication skills. An understanding of and
                                                                                                                                                        empathy with the Christian faith, values and ethos of
                                                                                                                                                                The Salvation Army is also essential.
                                                                                                                                                             For an application kit, please contact Debbie
                                                                                                                                                                  Cooper, on (02) 6583 7444 or email
                                                                                                                                                                debbie.cooper@aue.salvationarmy.org
                                                                                                                                                           Applications close Monday, 27th March 2009.
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                                                                                                                    INTERNATIONAL NEWS




Fiji Salvos respond
to “worst-ever
disaster”
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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 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.
                                                                                                                                                                L   ieutenant-Colonel
                                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                       Crystal Campbell
                                                                 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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about people                                                                  Songsters’ ministry weekend (21-22).
                                                                              22-28 March
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).
Promotions
Lieut-Colonels Christine and David Rees to that rank, effective 1 February.   engagement calendar
Study Success
                                                                              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

1-7 March
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).
8-14 March
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).
15-21 March
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

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