WAR CRY Official Organ of The Salvation Army in Southern Africa ~ R5.00 ~ 134th Year ~ Issue No 5845 ~ April 2017
Christ for the Whole Wide World Easter Edition
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From the Editor The perfect sacrifice This is the season when the Christian Church considers more deeply the sacrifice of Christ on our behalf. Way back, at the beginning of our Major existence, Adam and Margaret Stafford Eve made a choice to disobey God. At the moment that choice was made we became slaves to sin. From that moment we needed a Saviour. Then one day, during the Passover season, the love of God for a fallen race was demonstrated in the giving of His one and only Son as a perfect sacrifice – paying the price of sin for you and for me. Easter is about love, obedience, trust, and completeness. On the cross Christ said to His Father – “it is finished”. What was finished on that day? We sing a beautiful song “In Christ alone” one of the lines say “the wrath of God was satisfied.” But was it? We know through Scripture that the wrath of God will be poured out on this world. So what was finished? Jesus came to show us the Father – He did that. Jesus came to demonstrate to us how to please the Father – He did that. He came to set the captives free – He did that. Think of the man Jesus called Legion, who had been tormented by many devils. When he met Jesus he was released from this captivity and came to know true freedom. He came to make the blind to see – He did that. The things he had been assigned to do were done. He handed over the responsibility of doing the work of the Father to a trusted group of men and women. Everything He had been called to do was done and now on the cross the price for that first sin was paid.
His death put an end to the power of death. His death put an end to the power of Satan over the world, both for the people and for the creation of God. That which was signed away by Adam and Eve was redeemed on the Cross. That’s what happened that day many years ago – our Day of Atonement, our moment of reconciliation. This was God’s full expression of love to us. We continue that idea of love and sacrifice when we celebrate Mother’s day. A time we set apart to acknowledge the role of mothers in our everyday life. We live such complex and busy lives that it’s good to reflect on the role of a mother. It’s also a time when we celebrate Freedom Day. A day when we recognise the gift of freedom was won through the sacrifice of many who were prepared to stand up and die for our freedom. Freedom has always demanded sacrifice. And while we recognise our freedom we are aware of the many millions of people who live in slavery. Human Trafficking is a very real crime and affects more individuals than we can imagine. Pray for an end to this terrible crime against humanity. May the Christ of Calvary be your guide as you move through your life. Let His obedience, His grace, His love be your example. So that when you reach the end of your earthly journey you can know the truth behind these words: Lord make Calvary real to me Lord make Calvary real to me Open my eyes to see victory in Christ for me Lord make Calvary real to me.
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The General’s Easter Message Think Again ‘Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved’ (Acts 4:12). Easter is a time for us to reflect upon the incredible, extravagant and measureless grace of God. Through Christ he provided a way for mere mortal human beings to be both reconciled to him and enabled to enjoy the matchless benefits of a personal relationship with him. General André Cox
Sadly, for many Easter weekend may not represent anything more than an opportunity to have an extended break from the relentless pursuit of other personal goals and ambitions. We live in a world resolutely turned towards materialism, to the almost total exclusion of the other elements we require in order to find fulfilment and purpose – to be complete and totally satisfied. Modern society offers us many of the things we need from a material perspective, but these are not enough to ensure happiness and freedom. If you think material possessions bring happiness, then think again! You only have to take a look at society today to see the negative effects of materialistic consumerism. Despite all that we have, modern humankind remains unsatisfied, seeking to find the point of our very existence and trying to find assurance that there is something after death. In the midst of that context, the Christian message is unique because the message is not about a set of doctrines and beliefs but about a person, Jesus Christ. We recognise the fact that we are not perfect people, but Easter brings the hope of new life – one that has been changed and transformed. The fact that we are imperfect is not, however, an excuse to justify a life of continual sin and rebellion. Sadly, we recognise that some people in society have turned their backs on the Church because they feel that Christians are lacking in credibility. We preach love, yet the Church can be the most unforgiving place. We preach spiritual values, yet in reality Christians often aspire to material wealth, power and influence. We preach justice for the oppressed, but how many of us actually do anything to make a difference?
Jesus came to fill the void that separates us from God. What is absolutely extraordinary – and what we need to remember every day of our lives – is the incredible fact that God in Jesus took the initiative in order that we might be reconciled to him! It is for this reason that Jesus willingly paid the price so that people like us who were considered to be ‘enemies’ could be reconciled as a result: ‘Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation’ (Colossians 1:21-22). What more do you need? Is Jesus not sufficient for you? If you have discovered the blessing and peace that only Jesus can bring then you will agree with the songwriter* when he says: When peace like a river attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to know It is well, it is well with my soul. Chorus It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate And hath shed his own blood for my soul. For me be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live; If Jordan above me shall roll, No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life Thou wilt whisper thy peace to my soul. But Lord, ‘tis for thee, for thy coming we wait, The sky, not the grave, is our goal; O trump of the angel! O voice of the Lord! Blessèd hope, blessèd rest of my soul!
*'It is Well with my Soul' by Horatio Gates Spafford (741, The Song Book of The Salvation Army) Bible quotations from the New International Version
The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 3:23 that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’. It is because of sin that man is unable to enjoy a relationship with God, and this explains why so many of our contemporaries are unsatisfied and seeking. Despite a world that appears to be resolutely materialistic, we do see much evidence of people who search for meaning, who seek spiritual answers to the most preoccupying question of all: is there life after death? Could it be that many in our world today are trying to fill the spiritual void and find ways through their own efforts to reach the eternal paradise? Jesus came to reconcile the world to God – this is the primary reason for his incarnation. Everything else resulting from the presence of Jesus in the world and in our lives is a direct result of us being reconciled to God. APRIL 2017
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Message from the Territorial Commander “Launched into Mission!”
Colonel Keith W. Conrad
John 3 verses 16 & 17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
Easter, is about ‘Mission’ – God sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into a broken world. He was on a very important mission, which saw Jesus coming down from heaven to earth to sacrifice his life on the cross at Calvary for the redemption of mankind. Then on that glorious Easter morning came the resurrection, when Christ spoke to the women who come early to the tomb, giving them the mission to ‘Go and tell’. They were the first who were to share the Good News with the rest of the disciples, that Jesus conquered the grave. After the two disciples on their way to Emmaus met Jesus, their eyes were opened and they realized that He was indeed alive. They then returned with joy back to Jerusalem to ‘go and tell’ the others this wonderful news! Just before that glorious day of his ascension into heaven, Jesus gave his disciples the mandate to ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation!’ (Mark 16:15)
For those who find themselves in a broken relationship with God, the message is clear. God loved you so much that he sent his one and only Son, Jesus, to give his life as a ransom for your sins and mine. You can be restored to God today by confessing your sins to Jesus, repenting from your sins and by faith, accepting him into your life as Lord and Saviour! For those who know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, I urge you to launch into mission to ‘Go and tell!’ We have the good news and the message of hope that Easter brings, which we must preach to the nations. We must be rejuvenated and together with The Whole World, Mobilize our forces and take this message, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, into our neighborhoods. This Easter as we remember the sacrifice of Jesus - his great mission that was completed when he said “It is finished,” may we take up the challenge to “GO AND TELL!”
It had been the mission of Jesus to ‘Reclaim’ and to ‘Restore’ that, which was lost in the Garden of Eden. Salvationists believe that; “Our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.” And that; “The Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.” (Doctrines 5 & 6) The broken relationship between mankind and God was restored, when the curtain in the temple, which separated the holy of holies from mankind, was torn from top to bottom. God wanted us to live in love and harmony with him. We were created in the image of God but sin entered the perfect creation of God and we became depraved and exposed to God’s wrath. For more than two thousand years since that very first Easter, every time we look upon the cross, we are reminded that Jesus came to save us from our sins. He took upon himself the sin of the world, becoming the sin offering for you and me, which was his mission. He is our Saviour, our Redeemer and our Restorer. 4
Picture taken from The Salvation Army Canada
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Divisional Leaders Installations
Above: Mid KZN Installation of Lt. Colonel Clever and Defina Kamambo Left: Installation of Major Ivy Mntambo Western Cape
Led by Territorial Leaders Colonels Keith & Yvonne Conrad
Johannesburg City Corps History The doors of our first corps hall were opened in 1886 at 26 Main Street, Ferreira’s camp (a gold mining town) and in door meetings commenced for the first time, amidst frequent disruptions by drunken, rowdy miners on horseback! At that time the city of Johannesburg was also being established with prospectors flooding in from all over the country to find their fortune in gold. However, the “Army” had other ideas in the pursuit of wealth, and these lay, uncompromisingly, in the salvation of souls and the accumulation of “eternal Treasures”. Five early converts formed the first corps band. With their brass instruments, rudimentary in both sight and sound they became an integral part of open air meetings with in spite of opposition, attracted crowds of over 400 people, and amongst them a great harvest of souls!
On the occasion of our 130th Anniversary, it is appropriate to remember the undaunted and faithful witness of these pioneer Salvationists. A witness that has been carried on at Johannesburg City Corps throughout the generation of officers, local officer, soldiers, adherents and friends committed to God and the mission of The Salvation Army – to save souls, grow saints and serve suffering humanity. While unemployment and homelessness, abandoned babies and trafficked teenagers, drugs and drunkenness, prejudice and poverty, vanity and violence, prosper in the city, Johannesburg City Corps must continue to provide hope. As God helped our “Army” mothers and fathers to fulfill His mission in the early establishment of the corps, we are aware of the Holy Spirit’s power today, helping us to remain the light in dark places. “For such a time as this…” (Esther 4: 14) Johannesburg City
1913 Johannesburg Mandolin Band Johannesburg Early 1900’s
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Comfort food Potato Bake (serves 12-14)
Patty Pan Eggs (serves 2)
A South African braai just wouldn’t be the same without a creamy potato bake! Follow this tried and tested recipe and feel free to add other ingredients such as mushrooms, ham, bacon or corn.
This is a great breakfast recipe that one of my mom’s friends was kind enough to give to me. After getting the double thumbs up from my husband, I thought I’d share it with you! You can experiment with this recipe - if you don’t have ham, use sliced sausage or bacon, you can even add cheese or some sliced chillies.
Ingredients: 8-9 medium potatoes 100g cheddar cheese, grated 200ml cream ½ onion, finely sliced Salt and Pepper Method: 1. Peel the potatoes and slice into thin discs . 2. In a rectangular, oven-proof dish (about the size of an A4 piece of paper), place a layer of potato slices and then a few slices of onion on top. Add salt and pepper. 3. Create as many layers as possible. 4. Pour the cream over the potatoes. 5. Cook at 180°C for 1 ½ - 2 hours 6. Just before serving, sprinkle the cheese over and grill until golden brown.
Ingredients: 2 eggs 1 tsp chopped parsley Pepper
2 slices of ham Salt 2 tbsp cream
Method: 1. Grease 2 patty pans (cupcake baking trays) or however many you wish to use. 2. Slice the ham and cover the bottom and sides of the each tin with ham. 3. Crack an egg into each one and cover with a tbsp of cream. 4. Grind salt and black pepper over and ½ tsp parsley each. 5. Bake at 180°C for 18-20 minutes.
Taken from Resource Magazine 2012
40 days before Easter the Church celebrates a season known as Lent. It is a time for reflection starting on Ash Wednesday. It’s a time for forgiveness, confession, reflection on your personal standing with God. Many Christians give up something so as to enter into this time with a better understanding of sacrifice. Neither the lent celebration nor, in fact, the Easter Celebration are mentioned in the Bible as a practice done by the early church. It was really only introduced by the church in the 4th Century. A family decided to make this a special time of reflection for their family and so they introduced the Lent tree. On this tree they put 47 Bible verses on a tree branch. Each day they take off the Bible verse, speak into it for their children and then pray over the family especially in connection with remembering the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf. On Easter Saturday the tree is bare. Saturday evening – when the children are asleep- they cover the tree with beautiful eggs representing the new life that came on Easter Sunday Morning. I think this is a great idea and a great lesson to teach our children. Photo and idea from: http://courtneydefeo.com/what-is-easter) APRIL 2017
Before the Throne Why do we kneel at the mercy seat? August 11, 2016 by Captain Scott Strissel The hope of the Army is in the penitent form. As soon as that goes out of use, we go out. —General Albert Orsborn We call it the mercy seat. Others call it the penitent form. Still others call it the altar. What is it? Why is it there? Do we still need it? Maybe you’re new to The Salvation Army, or maybe you’ve been a soldier for years and never quite understood what we do when it comes time for the “altar call” or “time of response.” Is this practice outdated, or is it still useful? What is the biblical understanding of the “mercy seat”?
Before I conclude, I must mention that the mercy seat isn’t just for sinners. It takes real courage to come before the church and kneel at the altar. Many people worry about what others will think, but shame on anyone who would criticize a brother or sister penitent before the Lord. Or we may think that once we’ve gone to the altar, we shouldn’t have to go back anymore. Nothing could be further from the truth! If Brengle, one of our first theologians, went to his mercy seat frequently, how much more do we still need it in our lives?
Major Joseph Vijay Boda, former executive secretary for social services in India, explains, “The mercy seat in Salvation Army meetings symbolizes God’s unremitting call to his people to meet with him. It is not only a place for repentance and forgiveness, but also a place for communion and commitment … [where] we may experience a deep awareness of God’s abundant grace and claim his boundless salvation.”
The mercy seat beckons us to: • Reconnect with our Saviour • Bring petitions and prayers as intercessors • Pray in thanksgiving • Seek forgiveness • Find reconciliation and re-ignition • Pour out the deepest secrets of our hearts before the Holy Spirit, who has been prodding us to let him in • Surrender or surrender again • Bring your brother or sister who needs encouragement and assurance; who needs a friend; who desires new life and is sick of sin
Perhaps some of us are good at explaining this to newcomers or new soldiers, but sometimes we need a refresher course. We need to remember what we are doing at the mercy seat or why we have these moments of commitment at all.
So is the mercy seat pointless in our modern, sophisticated age? Yes. It's as pointless as the Son of God stepping down out of heaven and taking our sins upon himself. If that is pointless, then so are our lives.
In Scripture, the first mention of the mercy seat is in Exodus 25. The kapporeth or “place of atonement” was the slab of gold covering the Ark of the Covenant. Imagine—the place of atonement covered the opening to the presence of God.
The mercy seat is so much more than a kneeling place for sinners or saints. It is the exhalation of sin and the inhalation of salvation, new life and holiness. We should preach and emphasize it over and over again, with clarity, sincerity and truth.
Jesus became our place of atonement once and for all. His blood makes us clean and his grace cancels our debts. When we kneel at this place we call the altar, penitent form or mercy seat, we are placing our sins on Christ. We lay them down, and, in so doing, we are invited to pick up a new life, based on the unmerited grace and forgiveness that Christ offers us in his death and Resurrection.
Captain Scott Strissel is the corps officer at Evansville Corps and Community Center in Indiana. He is an active blogger and contributor for the purpose of encouraging and challenging the Salvation Army world. Read his blog at pastorsponderings.org.
The mercy seat is a sacred place, whether we are at a holiness meeting at our corps or at a special event, where the chairs have been turned around, waiting for those willing to seek repentance or reconciliation. It is a place of divine encounter. But it’s so much more than a specific place. We have access to this mercy seat anywhere, any time, any place. No, it’s not a new app for your cell phone or computer. The mercy seat is never far away, no matter where you are. The mercy seat is found in our hearts. When we accept Christ and receive forgiveness, we also receive the blessing of his presence. The Holy Spirit takes up residence within us. Not in some sort of alien, “body snatchers” way, but rather in a Creator-meets-and-communeswith-creation sort of way. His presence is the mercy seat in our hearts, where we can come at any time before him to confess, commune and grow in his image. Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle once said, “I have carried a penitent form (mercy seat) around in my heart half a century or more. And if there is ever any need, I constantly fly to thee.”
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Via Delarosa The way of the cross A number of years ago I was extremely privileged to walk the streets of Israel. We ended our tour in Jerusalem and I was able to walk along the Via Delarosa, the way of the cross. Truth be told I was a little disappointed. The streets were lined with people trying to sell anything and everything. As we walked we could see Roman numerals on the buildings identifying the specific stations we were passing. We moved along until we reached the spot some have identified as Calvary. I was again disappointed with the amount of commercialism but at the same time I was in awe as I considered the sacredness of this location. The question rang in my head “Could this be the place?” Later that day we visited the Garden Tomb, another beautiful, sacred and peaceful spot. We were able to look out across the garden and see the hill identified as Golgotha, place of the skull; so named as it had the appearance of a skull. At the top of the hill three memorials had been erected on the spot believed by some to be the site of the crucifixion. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher houses the last five Stations of the cross and is built over the traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus as identified by Queen Helena, Constantine’s mother in 326 AD. Although thousands of Christian pilgrims visit this holy place it has been the centre of a disputre between a number of Christian churches. So much so that in 1811 AD Saladin gave the order that the key to the church should be retained by the Ghoday ya Hashemite family. They ceremonially open the doors each day to allow the many pilgrims from around the world to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Just inside the door you find a rock on which the body of Jesus is said to have been laid, to the right there are stairs that lead up to Calvary. As my eyes adjusted to the room I saw a Christ figure hanging from the centre of a dome with a huge ruby around his neck. His eyes appeared to stare sadly down at the many visitors crowding the small area. I wanted to shout – “He is not here! He has risen!” But I was awed into silence. My heart broke as I saw that we had replaced the awfulness of that moment with all of this and perhaps replaced the Christ of Calvary with this picture of a man dressed in jewels looking loftily over the masses. I am reminded of a well loved Salvation Army song penned by the late General Albert Orsborn’s that has these words O is not the Christ ‘midst the crowd of today Whose questioning cries do not cease? And will he not show to the hearts that would know The things that belong to their peace? But how shall they hear if the preacher forbear Or lack in compassionate zeal? Or how shall hearts move with the Master’s own love, Without his anointing and seal? I pray as you enter the Easter season you will be moved by compassion to share the good news that CHRIST is ALIVE! and that he intercedes for us – our amazing High Priest. Major Margaret Stafford APRIL 2017
What is MASIC? South Africans face many moral and social problems such as corruption, alcohol and drug abuse, sexual issues, HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty, teenage pregnancy, violence and family disintegration. We are confronted by these problems every day and are challenged to make decisions about how we will respond to these situations. As Salvationists we must ensure that we meet these challenges in a practical way from a Biblical perspective. That is the role of MASIC (Moral and Social Issues Council). MASIC is tasked with giving guidance to Salvationists on how to respond to these moral and social issues in a way that conforms to a solid Biblical worldview. To do this in a way that will be helpful to Salvationists MASIC prepares Positional Statements and Discussion Documents on various moral and social issues facing us here in the Southern African Territory. Usually we consider the issue, what The Salvation Army's response should be, Biblical considerations and practical responses to the particular moral and social issue. These documents and positional statements should be read by every Salvationist and, while these statements are not binding on individual salvationists, they do give Salvationists guidance on how to meet social and moral challenges head on from a Biblical perspective. Salvationists need to be ready to not only give a reason for the hope we profess (1 Peter 3:15) but I believe that we also have a responsibility to be ready to lovingly speak truth into crucial issues that our friends, families and communities are grappling with. “The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, ...” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV) that needs to be utilized and applied and lived out in our confused, broken and hurting world.
Gazette On behalf of the Territorial Commander I am pleased to announce the following: Effective 26 January 2017 25 Years Service Major Thomas Dlamini Major Doris Dlamini Major Shadrack Ntshangase Major Mary Zondo Major Josias Zondo Major Faith Stuurman Major Edward De Vos Major Collette Leitch Effective 15 January 2017 30 Years Service Major Happy Madonsela
Currently we have approved statements on Abortion, Ancestral Worship, Children and Youth, Corruption, Euthanasia, Family Planning, Gambling, Human Sexuality, Human Trafficking, Marriage, Pornography, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Sunday Observance, Tobacco and World Peace. Access to these papers that have been approved by The General for circulation in our territory can be found at http://salvationarmy.org.za/moral-social-issues-council. We would encourage you as Salvationists to read and discuss these statements at your Soldiers meetings and Recruits classes. There are also many other moral and social issues facing us here in the Southern Africa Territory. We are currently discussing issues such as Prostitution, Polygamy, Racism and Discrimination, Xenophobia, Gender Based Violence, Protest Action, Civil Disobedience, Virginity Testing and the Hate Speech Bill. We would welcome your comments and input regarding The Salvation Army Positional Statements. Do you think that The Salvation Army should have a Positional Statement on a matter not yet addressed? Perhaps you have a comment or idea on an issue that we are currently working on. Please feel free to contact the Moral & Social Issues C o u n c i l o f t h e S o u t h e r n A f r i c a Te r r i t o r y a t [email protected]
for more information or to engage with us on moral and social issues that you may be aware of. All released positional statements are available on The Salvation Army website www.salvationarmy.org.za
APPOINTMENTS Effective 31 March 2017 Lieutenants Edouard and Lynn Zola: Corps Officers of Port Elizabeth Central Corps in the Eastern Cape Division are appointed to Namibia outreach in the Western Cape Division. Effective July 2017 Colonels Alistair and Marieke Venter, officers of the Southern Africa Territory currently serving as Territorial Leaders in the Sri Lanka Territory, are appointed to International Headquarters. Colonel Alistair Venter is appointed as International Secretary for South Asia, and Colonel Marieke Venter as Zonal Secretary for Women’s Ministries – South Asia. They will take up their new appointment responsibilities with the rank of commissioner – Colonel Alistair Venter on 5 July 2017 and Colonel Marieke Venter on 6 July 2017.
PROMOTED TO GLORY We have received word that Lieut Colonel James Durant ® has been promoted to glory on 26 January 2017. Lieut Colonel James Durant retired from active service on the 31st August 2000. He entered Training College in 1953, Shepherds Session and commissioned on the 14th June 1954. He served in different Corps appointments, Social Centres, Divisional Leadership role, and at Territorial Headquarters. His last appointment was at THQ as Territorial Secretary for Personnel. We thank God for his life, his dedication and service provided towards Kingdom building and the mission of The Salvation Army. Your prayers and support for the family at this time will be much appreciated. THE WAR CRY
As we again consider the characters of the Passion story, consider this poem penned by an unknown author depicting the meeting of two of those Passion personalities in heaven.
Two Mothers Long time ago, so I have been told, Two angels once met on streets paved with gold. “By the stars in your crown,” said the one to the other “I see that on earth, you too, were a mother. And by, the blue-tinted halo you wear “You, too, have known sorrow and deepest despair…” “Ah yes,” she replied, “I once had a son, A sweet little lad, full of laughter and fun.” “But tell of your child.” “Oh, I knew I was blessed From the moment I first held him close to my breast, And my heart almost burst with the joy of that day.” “Ah, yes,” said the other, “I felt the same way.” The former continued: “The first steps he tookSo eager and breathless; the sweet startled look Which came over his face – he trusted me so.” “Ah, yes,” said the other, “How well do I know” “But soon he had grown to a tall handsome boy, So stalwart and kind – and it gave me so much joy To have him just walk down the street by my side” “Ah yes, “said the other mother, “I felt the same pride.” “How often I shielded and spared him from pain And when he for others was so cruelly slain. When they crucified him – and they spat in his face How gladly would I have hung there in his place!” A moment of silence – “Oh then you are she The mother of Christ”; and she fell on one knee. But the Blessed one raised her up, drawing her near, And kissed from the cheek of the woman, a tear. “Tell me the name of the son you love so, That I may share with your grief and your woe.” She lifted her eyes, looking straight at the other, “He was Judas Iscariot: I am his mother.” Author Unknown
Mobilising around the Territory
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1st and 2nd year Cadets – first spiritual day at College with the Territorial Leaders
Cadets Cadet S. Mlambo and Cadet S. Sibisi to Khayelitsha Corps and Crossroads Corps Western Cape Division
2nd Year Cadets appointment
Cadet Zandile Mhkize to Mahhashini Corps NKZN Division
Cadet S. Nkosi to Moroka Corps Central Division
Nonhlanhla to Pietermaritzburg Corps Mid KZN Division
Cadet Z. Ntuli to Meadowlands Corps Central
Cadet N. Maphalala to Pietermaritzburg Corps Cadet Z. Mkhize to Mahhashini Corps Cadet S. Nkosi to Moroka Corps Cadet Z. Ntuli to Meadowlands Corps Cadet S. Mlambo and Cadet S. Sibisi to Khayelitsha Corps APRIL 2017
Children and Youth Mobilising Competition #WholeWorldMobilising The Salvation Army Southern Africa’s Youth and Children are Mobilising in 2017 and we want to see what you’re up to. There are exciting prizes up for grabs for the winners of each category. Email us your colouring pages, your pictures and videos to show how you are mobilising — [email protected]
You can get more information from the Youth Department’s Facebook CODE RED – Youth/Kid’s Page or your Divisional Youth Officer. You can also post your art, pics and videos on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #GoMoCY and #Q4LWhatsNext. Deadline for entry is Friday 5 May 2017.
Email your scanned copies of completed colouring page to [email protected]
Name: Corps: Parent/Guardian Contact Number: Parent/Guardian Email Address:
• Kids ages 4 to 7 - Colouring Competition (page below) • Kids ages 7 to 13 - Photo competition of you Mobilising • Youth ages 14 to 18 - 30 second Video of you or your youth Mobilising
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Young and Free, that’s how many would describe young people in
Here things seem impossible and the chains on young peoples
their teens and early twenties. Responsibilities are few and we
lives seem to grow tighter each day. I truly thank God for sending
want to experience everything that life has to offer. You fall in
Jesus; “You see, at just the right time,we were still powerless…
and out of love, travel with friends to far off places, try bungee
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6, 8).
jumping, parachuting out of planes and so much more. “Come on life, bring it on!” is your mission statement and for many this is
This is exactly why Jesus came; not for those who have it
an extraordinary time of growth and spreading their wings.
altogether, not for those whose lives are perfect, but for the
Young people’s energy and enthusiasm for life are so rich and
that his purpose is to “… free the captives from prisons and
contagious. Kumjojo! Nothing is too difficult, our dreams are but
release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness” (Isaiah
broken, for those of us who are imprisoned. Jesus himself said
one step away and life has so much to give. In fact both in The
42:7). Jesus promises that “if the Son sets you free, you are
Salvation Army and throughout the world, it has been the
truly free” (John 8:36). Yes, even for my friend who is behind
dreams and energy of the young that have changed the world,
bars if he is willing, Jesus can set him free. He wants to do the
the status quo.
same for you and me.
Yet, even as I say the words Young and Free, I’m so aware of
Hebrews 12 vs 1, tells us to “strip off every weight that slows
many young people who are far from free. I think specifically
us down” (NLT) and “the sin that so easily entangles.” (NIV).
about my friend Jake, who is sitting in prison right now awaiting
Through Jesus, we need to earnestly avoid and strip off the sin,
trial. He’s not free by any means. Not only are there iron bars
the guilt and the entrapments that keeps us bound in chains.
keeping him in prison, but he is trapped by his drug addiction;
Jesus sets us free to live full and purposeful lives that can help
which has chained his mind and body, destroyed his dreams and
to change the world, glorify God and help to release others from
broken his family. A young man with so much potential, passion
their chains too. God provides others for us to help find this
and great dreams to change the world; he now deals with the
freedom. We pray that if you find yourself bound by the chains
prospect of a future behind bars.
of Satan today, that you will seek the freedom that only Christ can provide.
Sadly my friend’s experience is not an isolated one. Although the stories might be different, there are many young people who are
I truly believe the energy, dreams and passions that young
far from free. There are so many chains enslaving us. We know
people have are given to us by God to change the world, to change
of them, or have experienced them ourselves – the dark prison of
our communities. There is so much that God wants to do in our
addiction, pornography, depression, rape, abuse, guilt,
lives, in our communities and in the Salvation Army. We must be
unwanted pregnancy, abortion, violence, anger, suicidal feelings
Young and Free through the power of Jesus at work in our lives.
and so much more. Some of us became bound by these chains
Let today, during this Easter season, be the time when your
through our own choices, but one thing is common we can become
chains are broken and that from now on you can truly live Alive
trapped in a dark pit of despair.
and Free by the power at work within you. #Q4LWhatsNext For such a time as this, you can be free!
Territorial Youth Secretary, Captain Rob Wright
Launch: 28 May 2017 Visit us on: www.salvationarmy.org.za