Let me begin by expressing my personal thanks for your faithful support of the 2014 Self Denial/ Partners in Mission campaign. The generosity of Canadian Salvationists is not taken for granted.
For several years I have served in countries benefiting from the Canada and Bermuda Partners in Mission campaign. This international campaign that binds territories together as ‘One Army’, makes a significant difference to ensuring that those territories that lack the necessary resources to be fully self sufficient receive financial support from territories that are a blessed with resources.
Since returning to the Canada and Bermuda Territory, I have been acutely aware of how much God has blessed the international Salvation Army with rich and diverse resources. Every territory has been blessed, although not always with financial capacity. When the widow comes to Elisha desperate for his help so that her two sons will not be sold into slavery as payment for the debt of the family, his first question is ‘what do you have in your house?’ It’s a rather surprising question, but a question that invites her to be part of the solution. The widow’s initial response is similar to the response of many who see their situation as overwhelming. She first says nothing, but then adds that she has a little oil (2 Kings 4).
The widow’s little oil then becomes part of the solution as Elisha tells her to gather as many jars as she can from her neighbours, and once she has returned home to close the door and begin to pour the oil into the jars others have provided. God blessed the offerings of both the widow and her neighbours as the oil continues to flow until every jar is full.
The territories that receive support from our generosity are not without resources. God has blessed them with committed officers and soldiers, young people, sometimes property, respect from those in government, networking and partnerships with other Christians. Nonetheless they do rely on territories such as Canada and Bermuda to come alongside as neighbours providing the tools that they require so that together – our offering and theirs – may be used by God to do much more together than each can do separately.
This year the Partners in Mission Campaign provides resources highlighting our three partner territories in Africa – Zimbabwe, Liberia and Malawi. Please take time to review the resources, set a local goal, and help us to raise $2.25 million as our territorial response to the International Self Denial/ Partners in Mission campaign.
Susan McMillan, Commissioner