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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.

Behind closed doors

27 Apr | 2018

Growing up, Kim Bent says the movie Once Were Warriors was like a home video. Ahead of The Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Kim tells War Cry how her life marked with abuse and poverty was transformed by the love and care of the folk at Mt Albert Corps.

Mark Basford

A free man

28 Feb | 2018

When Mark Basford walked out of Britain’s most notorious prison, he vowed to change his life of crime. And he did. Moving to New Zealand, Mark became an acclaimed chef. But alcoholism still kept him in a prison without walls. Today, though, he is a free man.

Major David Bennett in Uganda

Around the world in 52 years

6 Feb | 2018

Major David Bennett has served a record-breaking 52 years as a Salvation Army officer, and the occasion was marked with a three-month stint helping equip refugee camps in Uganda.

A tui on Rotoroa Island

Wild Summer

10 Jan | 2018

Rotoroa Island once brought healing through The Salvation Army’s addictions programme. Now, Rotoroa is bringing healing to our wildlife, through its island sanctuary. Open to visitors, Shar Davis whiled away a peaceful summer’s day among birdsong and pohutakawa.

Give hope to those most in need

3 Dec | 2017

This year it’s the turn of my wife and I to organise Christmas for the extended family. I enjoy it, but wow, it’s busy! There’s so much to decide, so much to do and organise.

Major (Dr) Harold Hill

A dangerous mind

6 Nov | 2017

Major (Dr) Harold Hill has been described as ‘a radical and a provoker’. His latest book challenges The Salvation Army to look back at our past in order to look forward, and rediscover our radical heart.

Megan Dangen

Welcome to the table

11 Sep | 2017

Megan Dangen was a contestant on the hit Australian show My Kitchen Rules, and today she is using her formidable cooking skills to feed up to a hundred people every week, as part of Royal Oak Community Ministries.

Love changes lives

19 Aug | 2017

Greece, a country already bursting at the seams and under huge financial constraints is home to thousands of refugees caught up in an international crisis. The Salvation Army is there, demonstrating love and changing lives.

Jill McKenzie

I am not alone

24 Jul | 2017

Two years ago I could not leave my house, let alone tell my story. But after a lifetime of abuse, alcoholism and deep despair, I have finally found peace.