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NEW ZEALAND—While the story of The Salvation Army in the Western South Pacific is still unfolding, its past is being captured in the regular magazine, Hallelujah, now in its second year. Army historian and writers from New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea contribute to the magazine. The territory published four editions in 2008; three will be published in 2009 and three more in 2010. Now available, Volume 2, Issue 2, “All Things to All Men,” takes the words of the Apostle Paul from 1 Cor. 9:22, I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some (NKJV), and sets them against a multi-cultural and multi-national mission field.
This issue features: The Salvation Army and Maori, highlighting Ernest Holdaway’s work in the Wanganui region; Kim Lock, converted in Wellington and martyred for his faith in China; a tribute to New Zealand historian Cyril R. Bradwell; and Salvation Army founder William Booth’s four visits to Australasia.
For information on ordering, visit the territory’s website at www.salvationarmy.org.nz, and search for “Hallelujah.”
SINGAPORE—Through a partnership with the Singapore Prison Department, The Salvation Army’s Prison Support Services runs Kids in Play (KIP), a program that supports children whose parents are incarcerated.
Currently the program team cares for 156 children from 5 – 12 years old. Team volunteers seek to instill values of goodness, gentleness and faithfulness to bridge the emotional gap between the incarcerated parent and child. They build friendships with families and always invite them to Salvation Army Sunday services.
During the last quarter of 2008, KIP enabled 234 clients—inmates, children, spouses and caregivers—to benefit from 23 family bonding sessions in seven institutions. The team’s work also included home visits, crisis intervention, special assistance, job referrals and pre- and post-sessions with inmates.
ENGLAND—On Sunday, April 26, 35,000 competitors ran 26 miles in the annual London Marathon; among those was a small but dedicated group running for The Salvation Army. They raised well over 5,000 pounds, which will go towards a number of projects in England and abroad, helping fund centers for the homeless, care homes for the elderly, family centers and facilities for people with addictions, as well as projects in local corps and community centers.