When the pardoning love of Jesus freely flows from sea to sea,
When all men from strife and anger, greed and selfishness are free,
When the nations live together in sweet peace and harmony”
At the beginning of a new year, and the beginning of another Partners in Mission campaign, all of us need to catch the vision! A vision that the prophet Joel suggests comes as God pours out His Spirit upon the men and women, young and old.
The familiar words from our song book provide us something of that vision – a world that experiences the freedom from the forgiving love of Jesus, a world where sharing and caring for one another comes naturally. A world where nations live together in ‘sweet peace and harmony’. One could say it is the same as the vision shared by General Bond with the world-wide Salvation Army – One Army, One Mission, One Message!
The world desperately needs an Army so inspired by the Holy Spirit that it is actively seeking to establish the reality of the vision wherever we live and serve. For this has been a year when we have been confronted with the suffering inflicted on millions of people world-wide, with the continuing famine experienced in East Africa, flooding in many parts of the world, tropical storms and hurricanes devastating cities, communities and countries. The forces of nature have not been the only cause of the suffering experienced through 2012 as we have witnessed man’s inhumanity upon one another with civil war, acts of terrorism and ethnically based violence.
One way in which you and I are invited to enter into the vision is through our financial support of the Partners in Mission campaign. The Salvation Army has a caring presence in 125 countries world-wide. Many of these countries are dependent on our support in order to maintain their ministry, a ministry that combines sharing the good news of the Gospel message with the practical response to social issues.
The goal for the 2013 Partners in Mission campaign is $2.25 million. A resource package has already been mailed to every ministry unit, with this year’s spotlight on Malawi, one of our partner territories. Take time to review the material and plan your local campaign.
Won’t you join me in ‘catching the vision splendid of a world which is to be’ by supporting the Partners in Mission campaign and ensuring that the global Salvation Army has the resources it requires to share the good news of the pardoning love of Jesus?
Brian Peddle, Commissioner