by Major Stephen
#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
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
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
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
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 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.”