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In the mud with Jesus: a manifesto

We begin a series reflecting on the values of The Salvation Army. In this Easter edition of War Cry, we look at what it really means to ‘put Jesus first’, finding ourselves in the mud and the mayhem.

Molly Tootell of Palmerston North

Smoothed all the sharp corners

At 95 years old, Molly Tootell from Palmerston North became a soldier in The Salvation Army. You are never too old to find a sense of belonging in Jesus Christ, she says.

John Maeva

I was ready for change

A fortune teller once told John Maeva he would die at 51—and John says that’s what happened.

Cuba Mall, Wellington

Who do you want me to notice?

A few weeks ago, I was reminded of what it means for Jesus to live in our lives today. I was walking along Lambton Quay, praying, ‘God, there are so many people, a sea of faces. What do you see here? Who do you want me to notice?’

a computer keyboard spelling the word restore

Words to live by: Restoration

In the last of three reflections, Major Barbara Sampson testifies to God’s power to restore.

Sam Parker

Helping youth get through

Sam Parker, children and youth worker at Kapiti Salvation Army, struggled with depression and self-harm. But God restored him and his whole family.

Jamie sits in his back yard

Living with a brain tumour

God has taken Jamie on a journey, teaching him the strength that comes from faith.

Always about the one

Well, that’s democracy,’ said TV broadcaster Mike Hosking, with a shrug of his shoulders. That’s what got me—the shrug. It implied that we might not like it, but we better lump it.

Will you be a breadcrumb?

We cover some serious issues in War Cry, but few stories have been as confronting as the story of Wellington police officer Jamie Bradley, diagnosed in December with a brain tumour.

How can I help my kids be friends?

Hearing your precious kids yell at each other, ‘I hate you!’ is always stressful. But that doesn’t mean they will be enemies for life … or even for the next hour. And as parents, we can encourage their special relationship.

Words to live by: Homecoming

In the second of three reflections, Major Barbara Sampson paints a picture of what it means to come home

It's a Pākehā problem

When Andrew Judd, the former New Plymouth mayor, came out on national television as ‘a recovering racist’, he hit a collective raw nerve.

Murray McLaren

From millions to microfinance

Murray McLaren has gone from a banker loaning millions to giving out microfinance loans through The Salvation Army in South Auckland and he couldn’t be happier.

Words to live by: Gratitude

In the first of three reflections, Major Barbara Sampson considers the life-changing, joy-bringing nature of gratitude.

Science vs God

Dr Amir D. Aczel, author of 17 books on mathematics and science, writes for Time magazine on why science does not disprove God.

Mike Bryan in the library of Booth College of Mission

The day I cracked

School teacher Mike Bryan tried to be a Buddhist, Taoist, pagan and Catholic before declaring himself an atheist. So when God met him one day, ‘it was really embarrassing’.

Kate Geddes

Growing fierce warriors

Kate Geddes (23) has a heart for young people and their potential as ‘fierce warriors’ for God’s Kingdom.

Di Willis - Photography: Nick Reed, NZ Herald.

More than able

‘A church that doesn’t have disabled people in it, is a disabled church,’ says Di Willis, director of Elevate Disability Trust. Di describes herself as ‘very ordinary’, but it’s been an extraordinary life—among extraordinary people.

A sharpened resolve

Major Uraia Dravikula is the first Fijian officer to serve for 25 years and says the passion remains for God who saved a young prisoner plagued by violence and drink.

All brothers and sisters

A man imprisoned for his faith is left to die in the snow of Siberia, but is miraculously kept alive. A Christian family escapes after rioters destroy their home … Mike Burrows shares some astounding stories from Christians around the world.