Carlos*, a man in his 40s, came into my office at The Salvation Army Addictions and Rehabilitation Centre in Victoria, B.C. and said, “I don’t think I can do it anymore!” Filled with dread, I immediately began questioning the possible meaning of Carlos’ statement. Was he frustrated by his recent failed job searches? Was he feeling the cold bite of poverty more profoundly since it was so … [Read more...]
Ministering in a multi-faith environment is a lesson we all must learn as Canada becomes increasingly multicultural.
July 10, 2012 by Gloria Woodland 1 Comment
Often when we reflect on the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) and our call as Christians to make disciples of “all nations” we think of missionaries—those who travel to foreign countries to deliver the gospel. In recent years, however, Canada has become the home of people from a wide variety of cultures and nations. They have become our neighbours and members of our community, and so, it … [Read more...]
In the midst of life’s turmoil, Salvation Army chaplains provide glimpses of God’s grace.
January 10, 2012 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
A drug addict, with nowhere to turn, is given new hope and a second chance to turn his life around. A convict behind bars, alone and friendless, is provided information on a long-lost relative. A hospice patient with a terminal disease is given hope and friendship during her final days. What do these people all have in common? The care of Salvation Army chaplains. No Second Chance What is … [Read more...]
Whether in times of peace or war, The Salvation Army offers spiritual, physical and emotional support to military personnel
November 8, 2011 by Lt-Colonel Maxwell Ryan 1 Comment
The history of civilization is an account of wars that have been won and lost. Since its inception, The Salvation Army has supported military personnel while at the same time eschewing war. We are “the worldwide Army without guns.” The written record of Salvationist service to the armed forces is varied, though it barely captures the extent of Christian service to victors and victims alike, … [Read more...]
Salvation Army chaplain Sherri Golisky inspires hope in young offenders
August 25, 2010 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
As a Salvation Army chaplain working with marginalized and at-risk youth in the justice system,” says Sherri Golisky, “the most difficult challenge I face is getting behind the masks teenagers so often wear, to discover what’s going on in their hearts, minds and souls. “When I do, I often find a real need for healing—and Christ has the power to heal. That’s the hope I carry with … [Read more...]
From ice storms to pirate-infested waters, Salvation Army military chaplains provide support in challenging circumstances
October 7, 2009 With reports from Captain Patrick Lublink Leave a Comment
For more than 100 years, The Salvation Army has made its officers available to military commands to serve as chaplains. In particular, thousands of officers served in the Red Shield Services in direct support of military troops at home and abroad during the Second World War. While there are a number of Salvation Army officers serving as military chaplains worldwide, in the Canada and Bermuda … [Read more...]
Is military action justified? How should Christians respond in a wartime situation?
May 8, 2009 by Captain Patrick Lublink 2 Comments
Much has been written in response to the armed conflicts taking place around the globe. How should Christians respond in a wartime situation? What is an appropriate response to military service? Are Salvationists pacifists or is war sometimes morally justifiable? Throughout history, people have given different answers to these questions. This article will present the two most prevalent … [Read more...]
Salvation Army hospital chaplains bring God’s love and compassion to families in crisis
April 17, 2009 Interview by John McAlister 2 Comments
Salvation Army hospital chaplains meet people at their point of greatest need. Whether helping patients come to terms with their mortality, sharing difficult news with family members or supporting people in their time of loss, chaplains are no strangers to grief and death. John McAlister, Senior Editor, recently spoke to three Salvation Army chaplains about their ministry. Major Barbara Champ … [Read more...]