Individuals in Australia routinely experience poverty and brokenness.
- Since the age of 15, 1 in 6 Australian women have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner.
- 105 000 people experience homelessness each night, with many families sleeping in cars and sheds.
- Roughly one in every five Australians will experience a mental illness, and much of the stigma and discrimination attached.
They are your friends, your neighbours, your local shop keeper; and God calls us to love them.
The call of God upon our lives is to engage the restoration of this brokenness; we are called to be missionaries in our backyard. At the core of being Christian is a call to engage in mission. That is, God invites us to participate in the redemption of our world.
Below you will find resources to help you and your community engage in the mission of God in your neighbourhood.
- Video: Salvo Studios have put together several videos that highlight mission in The Salvation Army. They can be viewed here.
- Video: The I'll Fight video can be viewed as a way to highlight responses to local injustices.View the video here.
- A congregation prayer can be downloaded here.
- A bible study that explores what it means to walk alongside those who walk alone available for download here.
- A theological reflection on mission and The Salvation Army can be viewed here.
- Marching Towards Justice is a resource created by our friends at the Centre for Theology and Community. Focusing on visitation, power analysis, training and development, and public action, it explores how The Salvation Army can engage in their community. Available for download here.
- The SURRENDER Toolkit is an entry level resource for individuals, groups and churches looking to move from interest to action – to personally engage in Christ’s mission among the poor. Available here.
- As a first step to recognising the brokenness in your community, this document provides steps to carefully, critically and sensitively observe your neighbourhood. Download the neighbourhood exegesis here.
- Community Prayer Walk available for download here