The time has come for me to hang up my writing pen, so-to-speak, as this chapter in the Communications Department comes to a close. Thinking back to when I first received word that I would be moving to Wellington to join the team, I wasn’t too sure what to think. It wasn’t something I’d seen myself doing and I certainly felt very unqualified to sit alongside such a skilled and experienced team.
Fast forward four years and I’ve had two appointments, earned a diploma in journalism (multimedia), and a certificate in editing. I’ve visited corps and centres across three of the four countries in our territory, taken thousands of photos and written even more words.
But what I have loved the most is hearing—and being able to communicate—the stories of what God is doing in the lives of individuals, communities and The Salvation Army in this corner of his kingdom.
I have laughed, cried and sometimes simply sat in wonder at how God takes people where they are, sets them on a new path and changes not only their future, but the generations to come. God is in the business of changing family trees.
Thank you to each of you who have encouraged me in my writing, my photography and in more recent days, my editing. It has been my absolute pleasure to serve you, our readers, through a magazine I am so proud to have worked with.
I didn’t choose this appointment, but God chose me and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I encourage you to lean in to where God might be leading you—even if you feel completely unqualified—you’ll be surprised at what unfolds.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Koriniti 13:13
Nā, tēnei te mau nei te whakapono, te tūmanako, te aroha, ēnei e toru; ko te mea nui rawa ia o ēnei ko te aroha.