Friday, October 30, 2009

Territorial Heritage Commission

a Biblical thought...
Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. "We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)

a Book thought...
When people get out of the spectator stands and put on a serving uniform, it's usually because God has touched their hearts and they want to make a difference in the Kingdom. (p114)

a Dave thought...
I was recently invited to be a part of the Territorial Heritage Commission. I accepted and last night attended my first meeting. The group was very welcoming and seemed encouraged that someone of my age would be willing to be part of this group. The Commission exists to preserve the history of The Salvation Army but also looks for creative ways to share the stories and artifacts of the past to help inform the future. I personally find our history fascinating and it was love of the early army stories that was the impetus to write 'INSANE - the stories of crazy salvos who changed the world.'

Last night over dinner I learnt from Historian George Ellis that in the early 1900's there was originally 5 corps in Richmond, as Commissioner Hay believed everyone in Melbourne should be able to walk to a local corps. Hay would also decide on whether the corps would get a wooden or brick facility based on the amount of people that could walk to the corps, as he believed that a higher population in the immediate local community could finance the more elaborate facility. It is stories like these of risk takers and other optimistic builders of Gods Kingdom that the Army had huge impact in its early days. I am one who also wants to see a new generation of optimistic, risk-taking kingdom builders change the world and pray that God will still use the avenue of The Salvation Army to do it.

Just a thought.

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