23 Oct HoD Profile: Lt Colonel Simone Robertson
Introducing Lt Colonel Simone Robertson, National Head of Salvation Army International Development (SAID)
Can you tell us about your history in the Army?
I was introduced to The Salvation Army through a girl who attended Sunday School with me at Manly in Sydney. At 18 I went to The Salvation Army School for Officer Training. Our session name is Joyful Evangelists which is something I try to live out daily. I met Laurie there and immediately fell in love with him.
What are you passionate about?
I have a personal mission statement – ‘Inspire, Invest, Inform’. It’s something I try to factor into everything I do. Investing time, energy and resources in people is an integral part of who I am.
Inspiring others and being inspired about what they are interested in is incredibly important to me. I’m passionate about encouraging other people’s passions!
You are the National Head of SAID. What does this mean?
Salvation Army International Development (SAID) has two main ways of operating, Community Development and Mission Support.
Community Development Projects is where we invest in the lives of people by working with local corps and communities to support sustainable development. We empower people to develop new and valuable skills to have an ongoing livelihood and help the community to grow. This is mainly in three zones: Africa, South Asia and South Pacific and East Asia.
Mission Support Projects is our evangelical arm which works with local corps in implementing territories to enable them to continue in their mission of sharing the love of Jesus, creating faith pathways, building healthy communities and working for justice. We work with five Partners in Mission Territories; Hong Kong/Macau, India North, PNG, Rwanda/Burundi and Tanzania.
What do you do to relax?
Spend time with Laurie. I really love to hang out with him, chatting and relaxing.
Family is important to me, I’m really proud of them and all they’ve achieved; my kids have both grown up to be wonderful, passionate and creative people who care about others.
Do you have a favourite movie?
I couldn’t pick just one! I love romance movies – they have a wonderful structure. They begin with a ‘once-upon-a-time’, then journey through joy, crisis and the tension in the middle, and then they have the ‘they lived happily ever after’ at the end. I really connect with that, it connects so closely with our lives with God. In the beginning God created…then life happens…then He has provided a way for us to ‘live happily ever after’ through Jesus.
Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos at this time?
The part of the national vision that SAID really connects with is that we’re working ‘alongside others’, and I’d invite all of The Salvation Army to join in as we come alongside others with the love of Jesus.