23 Feb Impacting the generations
Tracey and I continued our tour of Salvation Army mission expressions last weekend with a visit to the South Australia/Northern Territory division. We connected with dedicated leaders, staff and volunteers, worshipped with fellow disciples and met some individuals who The Salvation Army is living, loving and fighting alongside.
Friday 16th February
On Friday, we were reminded that The Salvation Army is living, loving and fighting alongside people of all generations.
In one day we saw the full age spectrum. We met residents at Linsell Lodge – an Aged Care facility, we spoke to teenagers who are being supported through crisis, and we were introduced to families who are leaving lives of domestic violence behind and fighting for a fresh start. One mother was there with her newborn baby.
It was a glimpse into what ‘transforming Australia’ looks like – not just individual lives impacted, but generations to come.
The day was capped off with an inter-generational community-based dinner and worship time at a corps.
Saturday 17th February
Saturday evening was spent with emerging leaders from across a number of ministry expressions. Together, we wrestled with The Salvation Army’s mission, vision and values.
In one particularly impactful part of the evening, we looked at the relationship between our values, our behaviours and our culture.
Groups were asked to fill in the blanks in this sentence:
Because we value ______ we will see less ________ (named behaviours)
and will see more ___________ (named behaviours)
I found it heartening to see how engaged our emerging leaders were in this exercise.
Sunday 18th February
Sunday included worship in two very different corps – and a city-wide rally in the afternoon.
We had an overwhelming sense of people fully embracing and aligning themselves with the vision. There was a powerful moment in the rally when a group of individuals stepped silently onto the stage holding signs with a single word describing their lives before experiencing Jesus. They then turned the signs over to reveal a word describing how their lives had been transformed with the love of Jesus.
Monday 19th February
Monday concluded the tour with an Officers’ gathering. Officers shared eye-witness testimonies of how God is continuing to transform Australia one life at a time. As I listened and reflected on the past four days I felt deeply encouraged.
Salvos are certainly living, loving and fighting alongside others in South Australia and lives are being transformed with the love of Jesus.
Tracey and I will see more of the incredible work God is doing in the South Australia/Northern Territory division over the Easter weekend, when we head to the Northern Territory. For now we look forward to this upcoming weekend in the Queensland division.