War Cry is a fortnightly 24-page Christian magazine for Salvation Army readers and all those exploring faith issues.
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There are so many great memories from our recent Congress with the Army’s international leaders, General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox, at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau last month. We’ve captured some in this edition, starting with the Just Action conference.
This edition of War Cry carries an excerpt from Set Free, which tells the story of The Salvation Army’s long-standing work with alcoholics, addicts and, more recently, problem gamblers in New Zealand. Over 100 years since we began this work, lives are still being changed and people are still being set free.
This weekend, The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga is meeting in ‘congress’ at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau. It’s a time of celebration we’ve been looking forward to for many months, made even more special because of the presence of our new international leaders.
This week’s feature story about ultra-runner Claire Akin-Smith is inspirational. Not only because of the huge distances Claire runs—over 100 km and for as long as 17 hours straight—but because she has found a way to connect her passion for running with her faith.
There are some big churches in the world. Those with 2000 or more regular attenders are categorised as ‘mega churches’. Certainly, The Salvation Army couldn’t be described as a mega church, despite having 1.5 million members across the world. In New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga, 8100 people worship with us every week. But that’s spread across 92 congregations in New Zealand, 17 in Fiji and six in Tonga.
In this edition, we continue our focus on Salvation Army work overseas with an article by New Zealander Lieut-Colonel Jennifer Groves. At the age of 14, Jennifer knew God was calling her to a relationship that was more than lip service. ‘God wanted my whole heart, so that’s what I gave him,’ she says.
Each year, The Salvation Army holds a fundraising appeal within its local churches to support our work in developing countries. This is known as the ‘Self Denial Appeal’. The words ‘self denial’ reflect the idea of sacrificing from what we have to strengthen God’s work and help others.
After I finished training as a Salvation Army officer, our class reunited for a conflict resolution course. This involved learning about temperament types using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. There was an ‘ah-ha’ moment when our class learnt the personality type of a sometimes irritating classmate. We finally appreciated there wasn’t something ‘wrong’ with him; he was just ‘different’ from most of us.
Sadly, pornography is a big problem in the Christian church, so I want to thank Captain Rebecca Gane for her really helpful article on the topic in this edition’s Firezone section. Modern technology means porn is no longer confined to magazines secreted under mattresses or DVDs hired late at night from the local video store.
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