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Our People, Our Stories

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

Doing things differently

15 Jun | 2018

Lieutenant Stephen Molen went from a ‘missing person’ to being found through The Salvation Army. He’s still doing things differently, but now he has a mission.

Getting the call

27 May | 2018

On Sunday 27 May, we celebrate Candidates Sunday—a chance to explore whether God is calling you to be a Salvation Army officer. We spoke to Malcolm Herring, who was in active service as an officer for 31 years.

The right to be human

19 May | 2018

Golriz Ghahraman is the first Member of Parliament in New Zealand to be a former refugee. She started life in New Zealand with the welcome and support of The Salvation Army.

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.