The International Salvation Army

It was a delight to hear from The General today.  General Clifton gave us an update on The Salvation Army’s progress from a global perspective.  The first thing to note is that we are hardly white, western, or “british” anymore.  TSA is now in 121 countries with our entry into United Arab Eremites.  We have also recently begun work in; Greece, Kuwait, Nepal, Burundi and our work in China now is in 60 locations.

One of the largest Salvation Army Territories is now Pakistan – an Islamic Republic!  Fifty percent of Salvation Army soldiers are in Africa!  In the Caribbean 60% of our soldiers are in Haiti.

TSA continues to grow around the world and it does so by the strength of individuals.  The General referred to the power of ONE.

He also reminded us of the power of looking after the children – and told the story of William Booth’s strategy to win the hearts of India – he did so by emphasizing children to ministry.  Today the India East Territory is a financially independent territory and is pioneering the work in Mongolia.

It has been a very good day – and a reminder of the unique nature of The Army and the quiet way in which the Gospel is delivered…by the power of ONE.

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Down by the bay

 

 

 

 

When we awoke this morning we were in a bed & breakfast in St. John’s in The Battery area (for those of you who know the St. John’s area).  I must say the city continues to grow and improve and the changes are very significant.  I got some good photos last night and this morning that I thought I would post.

 

Hope and the lottery

So no one won the Big Max…or whatever it is called.  Sorry I’m not too knowledgeable about all the lottery titles.  What I do know is that there are more and more, and the prizes keep getting bigger.  In order for the prizes to get bigger lotteries need more losers.  Yup that’s right – more losers.

Of course people buy lottery tickets to be a winner – but the odds are you’ll be a loser.  In fact you would be further ahead to play the horses – at least there you can play the odds and study the history of the horses – not that I’m advocating gambling on horses.  Far from it.  What I advocate is investing your money in others.

Whether you donate to your church, a charity, give to a poor cousin, support your kid’s future.  The investment and payback will be far more satisfying.

In the meantime if you’re buying lottery tickets I guess I should thank you.  You’re keeping my taxes lower.

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.