For someone in her early 20s, Jillian Peddle is quite the world traveller. Since 2006, she has been to the Dominican Republic, Malawi, Haiti, Mexico, Brazil, India, Cambodia and Costa Rica. But none of these trips have been to soak up the sand and waves, or to garner frequent-flyer points. “Many people ask me why I spend my free time travelling to Third World countries,” says Peddle. “My … [Read more...]
Jillian Peddle’s compassion for others has led her around the world.
May 13, 2013 by Ken Ramstead 1 Comment
Does our free market economy enslave and exploit the vulnerable?
July 20, 2012 by Amy Fisher 6 Comments
Have you ever thought of free market global capitalism as an institution in need of redemption? Have you ever thought of the way it oppresses and extorts some people as much as it might benefit others? Have you ever thought of how it robs people of their freedom and imagination? Have you ever wondered if God’s Word might have something to say about it? Christians have a responsibility to … [Read more...]
It is not enough to just memorize William Booth’s call to action, we must also be committed to “fight to the very end” against social injustice.
March 2, 2012 by Colonel Gwenyth J. Redhead 1 Comment
Last Sunday, I climbed the broad stone steps of the Evangeline Booth Temple in New York. It was impossible to miss the huge bronze plaque immortalizing the famous last public speech that William Booth, The Salvation Army’s founder, delivered from the platform of the imposing Royal Albert Hall in London, England. Later this year, the centenary of that speech, which begins with the words, “While … [Read more...]
When we humble ourselves in prayer, God will restore us, direct us and help us to stand firm
January 20, 2012 by Major Brenda Murray 1 Comment
Recently I attended the International College for Officer Training (ICO) in London, England. This was nothing short of a life-changing experience. It was an opportunity to “come away” from the regular routine of life―from family, work and ministry―to focus on my own spiritual journey. While at ICO God spoke to me about deepening my spiritual relationship with him; for who am I without … [Read more...]
What is the role of The Salvation Army in advocating for the poor and marginalized? What influence can we have over those who treat others unjustly?
January 13, 2012 by Major Julie Slous 1 Comment
Most of us have vivid memories from our childhood, some for their charmed and warmed aspects, others for the struggle and learning they represent. It is the latter that shadows my perspective when I think of Grade 4 recesses. While most of my classmates watched the clock, anticipating the bell, I remember dreading the moment. Why couldn’t time just stand still? Once recess began, I would have to … [Read more...]
When we share our wealth with others, we embrace the true spirit of Christmas
December 14, 2011 by Major Danielle Strickland Leave a Comment
On September 17, protesters calling themselves “The 99 Percent” gathered in New York to demand change from the top one percent of America that control the nation’s financial institutions. Since these Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began, similar “occupy” campaigns have spread to over 70 North American cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary and Vancouver. The protesters are railing … [Read more...]
We often feel helpless when faced with great needs. But God calls us to take a fresh look at what we have to offer
November 25, 2011 Second of a four-part series on dignity by Major Julie Slous Leave a Comment
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” While political theorist Edmund Burke (1729-1797) had a point when he made this assertion, one has to question what factors really shape society’s “do nothing” mentality. Is it lack of insight into societal struggle, insufficient resources or perhaps a lack of confidence in our own ability to really make a … [Read more...]
Representatives from nine countries discuss worldwide ministries, social justice and disaster preparedness
November 10, 2011 by Lieut-Colonel Laurie Robertson Leave a Comment
The Salvation Army’s International Programme Resources Consultancy Group, involving representatives from nine countries and International Headquarters (IHQ), convened in London from October 31 to November 4. Discussion centred on the challenges and opportunities relating to the group’s worldwide ministry involving development projects, child sponsorship, disaster relief and recovery, … [Read more...]
General Linda Bond has called for 24/7 prayer to continue in 2012
November 4, 2011 by Lieut-Colonel Janet Munn 1 Comment
Picture God’s people united in prayer, where one hour isn’t enough in the prayer room and there is a desire for more, where children and youth are crying out for justice, where people are committing themselves for a day, a week, a month, a year or more of non-stop prayer. Imagine people intentionally giving voice to the issues that are on their hearts, where faith is increasing and prayers … [Read more...]
I’m getting tired of fatalism, superstition and flawed theology influencing our Christian faith. So, I want to state some things bluntly, just to set the record straight.
October 7, 2011 by Major Danielle Strickland 4 Comments
There is a saying in my family, “Luck is for pagans.” My nine-year-old son grew up saying it and we find it hilarious most of the time—awkward at others. The most striking thing about his response is realizing how much we use the term. It seems superstition laced with fatalism is running rampant in the world—even in the Christian community. While speaking with a Christian woman the … [Read more...]