OR­GAN­I­SA­TION OF THE MONTH

One of the old­est or­gan­i­sa­tions in the world, The Sal­va­tion Army stays true to its roots: pro­vid­ing care for the un­der­priv­i­leged through its many min­istries around South Africa

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Through its many min­istries around South Africa, The Sal­va­tion Army spreads fes­tive cheer by or­gan­is­ing soup kitchens, car­olling brass bands and more!

The Sal­va­tion Army was started by English Methodist evan­ge­list Wil­liam Booth in the 1800s to ad­dress the so­cial in­jus­tices that were preva­lent in the West End of Lon­don at the time. “The word ‘sal­va­tion’ iden­ti­fies us as an or­gan­i­sa­tion,” says The Sal­va­tion Army’s pub­lic re­la­tions sec­re­tary for the South­ern Africa Ter­ri­tory, Ma­jor Carin Holmes. “We’re an army fight­ing the so­cial in­jus­tices in the world while spread­ing the word of Je­sus Christ.”

She adds that The Sal­va­tion Army is at the fore­front of ad­dress­ing so­cial is­sues by look­ing af­ter the home­less, the poor and those who can­not fend for them­selves. This is done through The Sal­va­tion Army’s two pil­lars – faith and com­mu­nity – hence, the or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vides for peo­ple’s needs first be­fore min­is­ter­ing the word of the Lord to them.

“We give a loaf of bread in the name of Je­sus Christ – the love of God com­pels us to do what we do,” Carin as­serts. She shares that the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s com­mu­nity arm op­er­ates through a di­verse range of min­istries, in­clud­ing day-care es­tab­lish­ments, fam­ily care fa­cil­i­ties, drug and al­co­hol re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and dif­fer­ent food pro­grammes/soup kitchens run by var­i­ous corps (Sal­va­tion Army units es­tab­lished for the preach­ing of the Gospel and ser­vice in a com­mu­nity) around the coun­try. “There are over 230 corps in South Africa. Each one iden­ti­fies the need in their com­mu­nity and draws up a feed­ing scheme ac­cord­ingly,” Carin ex­plains. On cer­tain days dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, the dif­fer­ent min­istries also hold spe­cial Christ­mas lunches for the un­der­priv­i­leged.

Ad­di­tion­ally, an­other part of The Sal­va­tion Army that is most ac­tive dur­ing the hol­i­days is the dif­fer­ent brass bands across the coun­try, which are in­vited to per­form at malls and town­house com­plexes. “We get a lot of re­quests for our bands to per­form Christ­mas car­ols,” Carin smiles. “Usu­ally, the en­trance fee is toys, which we dis­trib­ute to the less for­tu­nate.”

Be­ing a sea­son of giv­ing, Carin en­cour­ages the pub­lic to give to the un­der­priv­i­leged. She says peo­ple need to share what they have with those who don’t. “In­stead of wait­ing for The Sal­va­tion Army to do some­thing first, go out and see how you can help some­one,” Carin ad­vises. “For in­stance, there must be a per­son in your vicin­ity you can of­fer a plate of food to on Christ­mas Day.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Any do­na­tions are wel­come. Visit The Sal­va­tion Army’s web­site (de­tails below) for in­for­ma­tion on your near­est corp and how you can con­trib­ute. For mone­tary do­na­tions, use the fol­low­ing de­tails with the corp’s name as ref­er­ence: First Na­tional Bank; Branch code: 251905; Ac­count name: Sal­va­tion Army Red Shield Ap­peal; Ac­count num­ber: 50540087604

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: THE SAL­VA­TION ARMY’S BRASS BANDS PER­FORM CHRIST­MAS CAR­OLS AROUND THE COUN­TRY; A HOME FOR THE EL­DERLY RUN BY THE OR­GAN­I­SA­TION IN SOWETO; SOUP KITCHENS ARE AN­OTHER WAY OF GIV­ING BACK TO LO­CAL COM­MU­NI­TIES

THE SAL­VA­TION ARMY’S PUB­LIC RE­LA­TIONS SEC­RE­TARY FOR THE SOUTH­ERN AFRICA TER­RI­TORY, MA­JOR CARIN HOLMES,SPENDS SOME TIME WITH UN­DER­PRIV­I­LEGED CHIL­DREN

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