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Wes Rowe concluded the evening’s festivities by extolling the corps pioneers.
“I am so grateful for that legacy, and whose ministry we have here in Carbonear today,” he said.
Spiritual and social
In an interview with The Compass after the banquet, corps officers Major Wendy Boone and Captain Darin Boone reflected on the role of the Army in Carbonear.
Wendy described the Army as “a Christian organization where we offer Jesus to people and promote the Gospel.”
“ The Army does offer many social programs,” Darin added. The Army’s presence in Carbonear is made more visible by what he referred to as “ family services,” along with a thrift store.
The retail outlet is intended “ for those who would need practical items at a lower cost,” Wendy explained.
Reacting to a perceived tension between the Army’s spiritual and social ministry, Wendy said, “ It’s both really. They both work together.”
At the same time, the Boones insisted that the message preached 125 years ago is no different than what a visitor to the corps today will hear.
“ The message is always the same, sharing the love of Christ to a community,” Darin said.
Wendy added, “ The methods have changed over the years, but the message remains the same.”
What is that message? Darin answered: “ we have a Christian setting where people can feel at home and find a purpose in their lives.”
If there’s one thing in particular Wendy wants the residents of Carbonear to know, it is this: “ we’re a loving community … People love and care about each other, and they are a close-knit community … It’s a place where people can feel loved and supported.”