This weekend, people are gathering at Auckland City Corps to celebrate what has often been, literally, a death to life transformation through 20 years of Salvation Army Recovery Church.
‘I can’t describe the release of pressure. As soon as I found out I was accepted, it was like a bomb had gone off and all the stress had been released'.
The first inklings of what would become Recovery Church began, not from The Salvation Army, but from a client who had been through the Bridge Programme (which is also known as Addiction Services).
It began with a volunteer cleaning a kitchen. Four years on, The Salvation Army’s Christchurch Primary Schools Support Programme supports 12 schools and thousands of pupils.
In a new concept of church, The Gathering in Hamilton is bringing children and adults together in a place where they can get chaotic, creative—and even talk in church.
Mike Savage has been a funeral director for 24 years. He describes it as a mixture of event management and chaplaincy. While it seems a hard job, Mike says it’s one God’s called him to.
General André Cox envisages a Salvation Army that is still battling for people’s lives, and reaching out a helping hand for those who are drowning in sin, despair, injustice and greed.
Salvationist Nazia Yousaf shares a fascinating insight into life as a Christian in Pakistan.
150 years since its founding, The Salvation Army is still a mission movement, says Commissioner Robert Donaldson.