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FAREWELL RETIREMENT MEETING FOR GENERAL SHAW CLIFTON and COMMISSIONER HELEN CLIFTON

March 29, 2011 Leave a comment

 The ground floor of The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters (IHQ), 101 Queen Victoria Street, London was comfortably filled, on Thursday morning 24 March 2011, for the IHQ farewell meeting and presentation of retirement certificates to General Shaw Clifton and Commissioner Helen Clifton. 

The meeting, led by the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner Barry C. Swanson, included a number of emotionally moving moments as memories were recounted and hopes for the future expressed.

 

Caring, justice and the Cliftons being difference makers were three common threads running through each of the prayers and talks delivered during the farewell. 

In his prayer, specifically for Commissioner Clifton, IHQ Communications Section graphic designer Berni Georges thanked God for her love for the Lord, officer calling, faith, desire to see people of all races come to know Jesus Christ, strong sense of justice, and her support of and vision for Salvation Army women leaders across the world. He also gave thanks for the commissioner’s strength and clarity as she faced a new challenge at this time in her life.

 

Major Richard Gaudion, Private Secretary to the General, stated in his prayer that no-one can estimate the influence for good that the General and Commissioner Clifton have had on thousands of people around the world. ‘We know that they live their lives for you, Lord, that they trust you for the future and that they will continue to be faithful to you.’ 

When paying tribute to Commissioner Clifton, Major Lynn Gibbs (Personal Assistant to the WPWM), said that the commissioner not only ‘talks the talk but she walks the walk’. The major outlined a number of instances where Commissioner Clifton had revealed deep caring and compassion, especially in leading the fight against human trafficking but also in pastorally caring for officers and their families. ‘Helen, you are a role model, advocate, prayer warrior and friend – you are a blessing,’ said Major Gibbs.

 In delivering a tribute to General Clifton, International Secretary to the Chief of the Staff, Commissioner William Cochrane, said that ‘if anyone has been perfectly prepared for the office of General then Shaw Clifton is that person – service as an officer on five continents, intellectual grounding in academia, Salvation Army grounding by his parents and early commitment of his life to Christ’.  

The commissioner declared that the General was still a corps officer at heart and ‘many of us have been the recipient of your care and concern’.

 

Commissioner Cochrane emphasized the General’s global vision, decisive action and apparent fearlessness in the face of difficult situations. He also disclosed two often used terms of General Clifton, ‘Intentionality and is it do-able?’ Hindsight has revealed, said the commissioner, that if the General thought it was do-able then it was. He added that the General’s intentionality had, among many other achievements, resulted in the elevation of soldiership within the Army, reasserted the supremacy of the covenantal relationship between officers and God and demonstrated to the Army that it can be confident in itself and its place in the Body of Christ.  

Prior to presenting the Cliftons with their retirement certificates, effective from 2 April and each recording 38 years and 10 months’ active officer service, the Chief of the Staff said that he viewed it a privilege to express appreciation to the retiring leaders on behalf of ‘a million plus Salvationists who have been inspired by your leadership’.

 

In her heartfelt response to all that had been said in the meeting Commissioner Clifton quoted Hebrews 13:8; ‘Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever,’ and said: ‘These words describe my experience of the Lord Jesus Christ ever since I took him as my personal Savior as a child’.  

The commissioner commented that even though she had missed being able to attend the office during recent weeks she had been greatly aware of the loving and prayerful thoughts coming to her from all at IHQ. She also commended the visionary and enthusiastic approach of the next World President of Women’s Ministries, Commissioner Sue Swanson. 

 

After thanking God for calling her to serve as an officer, Commissioner Clifton said: ‘I face the future with my faith unchanged and undiminished. Hebrews 13:8 is true. We will take the future one day at a time, our hands placed in his (God’s) hands, as we have always done. 

‘Be bold for Christ! Be brave for Christ! Be beautiful for Christ, in the beauty of holiness!’ challenged Commissioner Clifton.

 

During the early portion of his message the General expressed his thanks to a large number of people, including the two officers who have served as his Chief of the Staff, Commissioners Robin Dunster and Barry Swanson and all the IHQ commissioners. General Clifton also encouraged Salvationists to prayerfully support the General-Elect, Commissioner Linda Bond.    

In measured tones, reflecting the transitional nature of his life at present the General said: ‘These are indeed strange and unfamiliar moments for Helen and me. We’ve never retired before! We’ve seen others do it with considerable poise without realizing how difficult it is.

 

‘As we look back over our shoulders at the years that have passed, we see God in it all. He has led us. He has graced us. He has been faithful. He has been ahead of us, pouring out prevenient grace.’ 

He presented a brief summary of his and Commissioner Helen’s officer service leading to the final five years as an active officer.‘These past five years serving as the Army’s world leader has thrown me back again and again on the grace and help of God. If you are risking much for God your need of grace doubles and re-doubles. Your prayers grow more and more passionate, even desperate, as you seek guidance. God hears, God guides, and God opens up the way. 

‘A word about the Army – we all know God raised us up, but also we know that we Salvationists are very human and that, as a result, the Army is not perfect. Nevertheless, I want to affirm clearly and with all my heart today that I have been deeply privileged to have been called by God to be a Salvationist. God’s great Army of Salvation has allowed me to pastor, preach, teach, write, research, study, learn, travel, encourage, experience myriad cultures, to serve and to lead. The Army, under God, has allowed me to be stretched, challenged and – above all else ­to be changed and to grow in grace.

 

‘All of this has happened with Helen at my side. We have gone every step of the way – all of it – together. How grateful I am that we have both been spared to retire together. Helen married me in 1967 when she was just 19. She has made a huge contribution in her own right to the furtherance of the gospel and to the building up of the Kingdom and the Army in every appointment. She has lovingly reproved and corrected me, as only a devoted spouse can. She has encouraged me and has quietly empowered me in every place, in every appointment, and in every task,’ said the General. 

He also thanked God for his family (some of whom were present) and for the support their children and grandchildren provide.

Using four verses from Acts 20: 20, 22, 24 and 32 General Clifton reaffirmed his Christian faith and thanks to God for the past, present and future. He concluded with a sacred reminder for all Salvationists. ‘All of us are called to be pure for God, sacred vessels for him, sanctified and made holy by His blood poured out so freely at Calvary. The One who calls you can do it. He is able.’ 

Earlier in the meeting Captain Matt Clifton read from the Scripture, an ensemble from the International Staff Band provided music support and an IHQ vocal group sang ‘The Stranger of Galilee’.

Submitted by Lt. Colonel Laurie Robertson, International Secretary for Communications and released by The Salvation Army Southern Territory Communications Bureau

 

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In Japan, The Salvation Army is Crafting Long-term Response

March 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army in Japan believes funds already available in-country will cover the costs of the current response and that money raised from around the world will enable a medium to long-term response.  Additionally, The Japan Territory  is continuing to provide vital supplies such as food and water to support survivors of the devastating 9.0 earthquake in northeastern Japan.

  • Emergency teams and relief efforts in Japan have reached most areas in need of assistance including Sendai and Yabuki-cho, where they are providing vital supplies like food and water. Yabuki-cho appears to be one of the few areas not yet reached by government help.
  • The Salvation Army World Services Organization (SAWSO) in the U.S. is currently organizing a delivery of blankets and has arranged for samples of food packages to be sent to territorial leaders who will then have the option to order any if needed.
  • The Salvation Army’s Korea Territory arranged for K-Water Corporation to provide 100,000 bottles of water to be sent to Japan. 

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Japan since 1895 and is beginning to consider medium and long-term recovery plans, such as the provision of cooking equipment when people return to their communities.

  • The Salvation Army Japan Territory is considering building temporary accommodation and providing household goods and equipment but plans are still in early stages.
  • Funds already available in Japan will cover the costs of the current response while donations from the United States and other countries will enable a medium to long-term response.
  • Two experienced International Emergency Services workers have flown to Tokyo from International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues.

The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for the survivors and victims of the Japan earthquake.

  • Monetary donations are the most critical need as supplies and personnel are mobilized.
  • These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.
  • Corporate partners are also contributing to relief effort in Japan:
    • Koch Industries of Wichita, KS donated $500,000 to The Salvation Army’s relief efforts.
    • FedEX Corp. and the UPS Foundation will both donate $1 million in cash and in-kind transportation to relief organizations including The Salvation Army and the Red Cross

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

  • Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • On-line at:  https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to
    • The Salvation Army World Service Office
    • International Relief Fund
    • PO Box 630728
    • Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

  • Donation Update (3/24/2011)

TOTAL:    $4,003,445 million

ONLINE: $3,321,710

TEXT TO GIVE: $142,210    

1800-SAL-ARMY: $82,000

MAIL: $457,525 (3/24/2011)

Donate at: https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org

*Note the mail figures reflect donations received up to 3/24, the other numbers from 3/21.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

Source: International News, Southern Territory Communications Bureau

Three Emergency Relief Teams Operating in Impacted Areas

March 16, 2011 Leave a comment

The Salvation Army has resources on the ground working to support survivors of the devastating 9.0 earthquake in northeastern Japan.  Two experienced International Emergency Services workers have flown to Tokyo from International Headquarters in London to assist their Japanese colleagues.

  • The Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams operating in impacted areas; the teams have been recognized by the Japanese government and given access to access roads and areas currently closed off to the general public.  
  • A disaster team in Sendai handed out 1,000 hot meals as well as hot drinks and handi-towels to survivors.
  • Another team in the Mito area unloaded bottles of water, biscuits, blankets, diapers and tissue boxes for distribution to evacuees.
  • The third team headed to assist evacuees from near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, but snow and fuel shortages diverted the team to other areas to support evacuees.

The Salvation Army’s Korea Territory has arranged for the K-Water Corporation to provide 100,000 bottles of water to be sent to Japan – 30,000 bottles by the end of the week, followed by the rest within a short time; the Korea Disaster Relief Association will also be sending 5,000 first-aid kits.

In a touching show of solidarity 1,500 young Salvationists in Haiti – who themselves were recently impacted by a devastating earthquake – held a rally in Fond-des-Nègres to pray for victims and survivors in Japan.

The Salvation Army has had a presence in Japan since 1895 and is also mobilizing a significant international response to manage both immediate and long-term needs.

Current, as officials continue to mobilize personnel and supplies, it is the need for monetary donations that is most critical.  These funds offer the greatest flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

 There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

  •  
    • Text the words “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
    • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
    • On-line at:  https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org
    • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to
      • The Salvation Army World Service Office
      • International Relief Fund
      • PO Box 630728
      • Baltimore, MD 21263

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting donations of goods or household items (gifts-in-kind) from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

The Salvation Army is extremely grateful for the generosity that has already poured in to help us meet both immediate and long-term needs.

The Salvation Army is calling on everyone to pray for the survivors and victims of the Japan earthquake.

The 2nd Annual Washington Metro YP Band Day

March 14, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2nd Annual Metro – DC YP Band Day will take place on Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 10 AM – 3 PM at The Salvation Army Montgomery County Corps in Germantown, MD. Clinics and workshops for brass and percussion players of all levels will be conducted by National Capital and Virginia divisional music leaders and members of The National Capital Band. A Grand Concert featuring all participating YP Bands and The National Capital Band will conclude the event.

NCAC Corps YP Bands of all sizes and levels are welcome, as are adult beginners and senior bandsman who wish to participate. Parents, family, and friends of YP band members are cordially invited to attend the Grand Concert at 2 PM.

For more information, or to register your YP Band, please contact David Delaney, National Capital and Virginia Divisional Music Director, at David_Delaney@uss.salvationarmy.org or (202) 497-2924.

Saturday, April 2, 2011      10 AM – 3:30 PM

Montgomery County Corps
20021 Aircraft Drive
Germantown, MD 20874

(240) 912 – 7423

Schedule
10:00 – 10:30 AM Welcome and Warm-Up
10:45 – 11:45 AM Instrumental Clinics
12:00 – 12:45 PM Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 PM Corps YP Band Rehearsals
2:00 – 3:30 PM Concert featuring Corps YP Bands & The National Capital Band

 

Japanese Salvation Army Emergency Relief Teams Swing into Action

March 14, 2011 2 comments

JapanThe Salvation Army in Japan has three emergency service relief teams operating in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that hit the north-east coast of the country last week. One of the teams is assisting people who have been evacuated from areas where there is potential danger because of damage to nuclear power generation stations.

At this time there are no reports of any loss of Salvation Army personnel or damage to corps buildings.

Immediately following the earthquake and tsunami an assessment team was sent from Tokyo to Sendai (the city nearest the center of the earthquake). It took the team 20 hours to travel a journey that usually is accomplished in six hours.

Road and rail systems have been severely affected. There is a shortage of gasoline, with many gas stations closed and lines up to three kilometers long at stations that are open.

The disaster has affected a 2,000 kilometer north-south stretch of Japan. Official reports now state that more than 10,000 people are dead or missing.

Arrangements are being made for emergency service personnel from The Salvation Army International Headquarters (IHQ) to go to Japan to assist with the Army’s relief effort.

A number of Salvation Army territories have informed IHQ of financial and prayer support for the Army’s relief effort in Japan. The Salvation Army in South Korea has set aside the next four weeks specifically for prayer and fundraising for Japan.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan: 

  • Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • On-line at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to

The Salvation Army World Service Office

International Relief Fund

PO Box 630728

Baltimore, MD 21263-0728

The Salvation Army has been serving in Japan since 1895 with 81 active officers, 1,068 employees, more than 89 service centers and 2 hospitals.  We were already on the ground and ready to serve in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake & tsunami.

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, go to www.salvationarmyusa.org.

UPDATED: The Salvation Army Responds to Devastation in Japan

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Monetary Donations Encouraged

JapanEarly Friday morning, a tsunami slammed Japan’s eastern coast following a large earthquake which rocked the region.  Early reports indicate extensive damage to property and significant loss of life.

Salvation Army personnel are assessing the damage and initiating recovery efforts.  Word has been received from Japan’s Territorial Commander, Commissioner Makoto Yoshida.  The Commissioner writes,

“It is reported that there are more than 60 dead confirmed so far and many more missing. The number of houses destroyed are not yet known.

The most damaged city is Sendai which is about 400 km away from Tokyo. Still our building swayed tremendously. It was hard for us to keep standing. Many of us were really frightened.

We are sending a team to Sendai tonight and start tomorrow providing the basic necessities as well as assessing the level of damages and what we can do from now on.

Even in Tokyo the whole public transports stopped and many a commuters could not go home. We opened our hall on the ground floor of THQ building to those who could not go home. We were able to serve them with hot drinks and packed meals.

Thank you for your interest and prayers.”

Currently, those interested in aiding the relief effort are encouraged to give monetary donations.  Monetary funds offer great flexibility and enable local disaster responders to purchase exactly what is needed as close to the disaster zone as possible.

There are four ways people can contribute money to The Salvation Army’s disaster relief efforts in Japan:

  • Text the words “Japan” or “Quake” to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
  • By phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY
  • On-line at: www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org.
  • By mail: Send your check, marked “Japan earthquake relief” to

The Salvation Army World Service Office

International Relief Fund

PO Box 630728

Baltimore, MD 21263-072800

 

At this time, The Salvation Army is not accepting in-kind donations from the general public for disaster relief operations in Japan. 

Bear in mind, it will be extremely difficult and expensive to ship in-kind donations overseas from the United States to Japan.  It is more efficient for disaster relief agencies to purchase needed resources locally and for immediate distribution with the disaster area.  The best way for U.S. donors to help Japanese disaster survivors is to make a cash donation.  Please note that your local The Salvation Army continues to accept donations of used clothing, furniture and other items to support local programming.  Please consider donating your used items to your local Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Since 1895, The Salvation Army has provided emotional, spiritual, and physical care to individuals and families in need throughout Japan.  Currently, 81 active officers and 1,068 employees operate 57 church and community centers (Corps), 12 small social service stations (outposts), 2 hospitals, and more than 20 institutions serving children, seniors, the addicted, and other at-risk populations.  Due to the Army’s extensive presence, it is unlikely that volunteers from the United States will be needed for initial recovery operations.

Demolition Begins at The Salvation Army Port-au-Prince Compound

March 11, 2011 Leave a comment

In just two weeks, these long-standing Salvation Army structures will be leveled to make way for significant rebuilding

 

 Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Demolition begins today at The Salvation Army’s Delmas 2 compound. Over the next two weeks crews will tear down all of the buildings at the Port-au-Prince location with the exception of the temporary classrooms, kitchen, and the old College Verena, where the primary healthcare clinic and school administration offices are now housed.

“For more than 60 years, The Salvation Army has been housed in these buildings on Delmas 2. That all changed on January 12, 2010,” said Major Ron Busroe, Haiti Recovery and Development (HRD) Director. “With the demolition of the old and rebuilding of the new, The Salvation Army will begin a new era in serving the people of Haiti.”

While school is closed during the Carnaval holiday, crews will tear down buildings closest to the temporary classrooms, clinic and school administration. Demolition of this area will be finished and security walls built before students return to class on Monday, March 14. Crews will then demolish the old Divisional Headquarters.

Demolition is the first step in rebuilding physical structures and equipping the Army to better serve the Port-au-prince community.  When completed, the compound will house a new College Verena with buildings for kindergarten, primary and secondary school children, school administration buildings, a new primary healthcare clinic, an integrated family support service building and a corps building that will seat 3,000.

Give at www.SalArmyDC.org.