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Editorial Introduction
by Major Stephen Court, Editor

 JAC #116 - The HOPE Issue


Greetings in Jesus' name.  Mercy and peace to you from God our Father.  Welcome to JAC116, the 116th issue of the Journal of Aggressive Christianity.  This is The HOPE Issue.  It coincides with the start of the term of the new General, and in this new season, the JAC editorial unit thought it appropriate to ask Salvationists what  makes them missionally hopeful and/or what they're hoping for from God through the Army during the next term.


We've got a great mix of perspectives from colonel to soldier, from New Zealand to England, from veteran JAC contributor to first-timers (a couple!). 


Lieutenant Samantha Nolan Jones shares her conviction that 'Anything Is Possible' from her new appointment in Omaha USA.


Captain Jenny Collings, corps officer and community ministries director of Hamilton City Corps in New Zealand, weaves recreational, vocational, and spiritual illustrations to communicate why she is 'Missionally Hopeful'.  


Lieut-Colonel Ian Barr, free from particular appointment in what General Gowans called 'reserve' (instead of 'retired'), reflects on 'The Substance Of Things Hoped For' as applied both to heaven and to The Army.


Annie Westbrook is not her real name.  Keen Salvo historians will appreciate the conflation of 'Annie Shaw' and 'Emma Wesbtrook', two of the seven 'Hallelujah Lasses' who invaded USA with The Salvation Army in 1880.*  And Annie answers the question, 'What Do We Have Plenty Of?', from a country with only two salvationists in it at time of writing. 


Lieutenant Amanda Keene testifies, 'I'm Hopeful', from her new perch as the Territorial Christian Education Director For Discipleship in USA Central.


Lieutenant Jordan Westrupp, 'walking in the dust' around Glen Eden New Zealand and leading the Hamodava Tea Company, is looking forward to 'The Third Act'.


Captain Genevieve Peterson answers the question, 'What Makes Me Missionally Hopeful' while engaging in discipling and community capacity building east of Melbourne.  


Major Rob Birks tallies 'Ten Things That Make Me Missionally Hopeful'.  Rob and his wife are cultivating mew missional communities north of Los Angeles.


Finally, here are 'Nine Things I'm Hoping For During This Next Term' for you to chew on in prayer and brainstorming. 


You'll likely want to leverage this exercise to ask God to clarify the aspects of His promises and character and the missional mandates He's placed in front of you in which you should be investing your hope during this next term.  It can be an edifying experience. 


Meanwhile, you can read the previous 115 issues of JAC free in our archives on the front page.  If you aim to read about 14/15 issues/ month, you'll be all read up by the time we get to JAC120, marking two decades of JAC.  Be  up to date.  Stay tuned.


Stay close to Jesus. 


* They were accompanied by, led by Commissioner George Scott Railton.  In the foundational prophecy of Catherine Booth, given at the farewell meeting in 1880 of Captain Emma Westbrook, along with six soldiers – Rachel Evans, Clara Price, Mary Ann Coleman, Elizabeth Pearson, Annie Shaw, Emma Eliza Florence Morris, and Commissioner George Scott Railton to invade USA: ​


“The decree has gone forth that the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ and that He shall reign whose right it is from the River to the ends of the earth.  We shall win.  It is only a question of time.  I believe that this movement shall inaugurate the final conquest of our Lord Jesus Christ.”








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