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Our People, Our Stories

Stories from our people who are experiencing life changing opportunities through our work and services.
Womens Services Manager Jo Ralston and female clients of Epsom Lodge

A safe place to start again

14 Jul | 2014

The leafy middle class streets of Epsom, the Act Party’s electoral stronghold, are an unlikely place of refuge for the dispossessed and homeless, but this is the location of The Salvation Army's Epsom Lodge.

Sai and Mere Gina

God's love is like an umbrella

4 Jul | 2014

All going to plan, Sai and Mere Gina will be ordained and commissioned as Salvation Army officers (ministers) in December next year. Sai took time out from his studies to talk to War Cry about his journey with God.

Ann Stewart

A life more colourful

13 Jun | 2014

I would describe my journey as a 360-degree circle. I’m an alcoholic who is discovering new life, every day.

Transforming lives

8 May | 2014

With over 60,000 people having been through their courses, The Salvation Army Education and Employment has been transforming lives for 34 years.

Stuart Herbert

Open Your Heart to Jesus

15 Apr | 2014

Stuart Herbert bubbles with excitement when he talks about what it’s like to live with Jesus every day. And he owes it to the son who paved the way for his dad, in his 50s, to take a fresh look at the world through the eyes of faith.

Ollie Seumanufagai- image by Fairfax Media/Dominion Post

Second chances

20 Mar | 2014

Ollie Seumanufagai tells a transformation story that began years earlier, when he was ‘either going to kill, or be killed’.

The U Build 4 The Rebuild training programme students

Rebuilding lives

17 Mar | 2014

A creative initiative from The Salvation Army Education and Employment service is helping rebuild infrastructure in Christchurch, while assisting people to rebuild their lives.

Salvation Army care van in central Christchurch

Christchurch: three years on

24 Feb | 2014

185 people died as a result of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011. BBuildings were destroyed, livelihoods lost and entire communities fractured. But this is a tragedy that also saw people rally to help and support one another.

General Andre and Commissioner Silvia Cox

Pursuing the dream

13 Feb | 2014

General André Cox shares his vision for a Christ-centred Army that practices what it preaches from the top leadership down.