Australians are about to spend $8.3 billion on Christmas presents alone, plus a whopping $1.3 billion on Christmas groceries! Yet, globally, over 836 million people still live in extreme poverty!
We contacted officers who are, or have previously served in international appointments. Read on to find out how this experience has shaped their engagement with our global neighbours.
Australians are about to spend $8.3 billion on Christmas presents alone, plus a whopping $1.3 billion on Christmas groceries! Yet, globally, over 836 million people still live in extreme poverty! How can we love our global neighbours in a time of increasing globalisation and inequality?
The Salvation Army is deeply committed to fighting human trafficking in all of its
forms. We seek to exercise care in restoring the freedom and dignity of those
affected. Jesus taught that nobody should live in physical or spiritual bondage. Every year, The Salvation Army lives out its commitment to fighting human trafficking
with a day of prayer. Globally, on this day, The Salvation Army unites to pray for
victims of human trafficking. This year’s theme is ‘Speak Out, Give Hope’ and draws on four ideas – Fear, Truth, Hope and Restoration – from Genesis 20.
Every year, The Salvation Army commits to praying for those experiencing human trafficking. Specifically on September 27th, Salvationists unite to pray for victims of Human Trafficking. The theme is ‘We Will Not Be Silent’ and is based on Isaiah 42:22.
Follow the link to find a list of actions to take that raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, and provide action points specifically for an Australian context.
As followers of Christ, as Salvationists, one of our basic aims is to partner with God in the process of restoration and healing. This includes extending our care to that of our earthly surroundings.
The United Nations World Environment Day is being celebrated on 5th June. This is an international day where people are being challenged to do “something positive for the environment”. For some this may be seen as a day for the “tree huggers”, however, for Christians this could be a day where we celebrate God’s creation and look for ways that we can care for it.
...Our neighbours are those experiencing consequences from the unsustainable use of our earth. Read Amanda's article on sustainable development.
There’s nothing funny about women and children and families and entire communities being forced to seek asylum in foreign lands. There’s nothing funny about greed, religious fanaticism and other evils constantly seeking to feed their own excess and insatiable desire for power.
Refugee Week runs from 18th-24 June. We have put together a pack for this year's Refugee Week.
Just Salvos have developed resources to inform a Christian response to people seeking refuge and asylum, through worship, education, and action!
The Salvation Army National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group are arranging a cultural awareness bus trip. Lead by Uncle Vince, this is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their engagement with The Salvation Army.
When the Australian Constitution was written more than a century ago it failed to recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people had lived on this land for over 40,000 years. The only reference made to Indigenous Australians was to discriminate and to exclude them from being counted as citizens.
Reconciliation Week is from 27th May - June 3rd and ‘celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians’. We encourage you to engage with these resources and consider how you can be an agent of reconciliation and restoration.
In our “lucky country”, Australia, women are accorded equality; they are assuming leadership in every sphere of life and excelling in the education stakes.
This International Women's Day, it is time for Australian Christians to consider their privilege and how it may be a barrier to women experiencing freedom and equality?
Did you know that the most dangerous place for a woman is her home? Violence against women, as well as family and domestic violence is a serious issue impacting thousands of Australians.
According to Homelessness Australia, each night in Australia there are roughly 105 237 people who are homeless. Among these, over a quarter are 18 years of age and under. Additionally, Salvation Army clients report that housing stress is a significant concern, with 66% indicating that over 50% of their income is spent on housing. Many people experiencing homelessness sleep in cars, lodge with other families in overcrowded houses or couch surf.
According to Homelessness Australia, ‘on any given night in Australia, 1 in 200 people are homeless’. Over a quarter are eighteen years and younger. Yet, the stereotypical image of homelessness is that of an older man sleeping in the street.
Matthew 22:36-40 clearly outlines ‘The Greatest Commandment’ - to love God and love our neighbour - this is a theme that recurs throughout the Bible. Loving God is intimately linked to how we love people in our communities and neighbourhoods. What if “love God, love others” is the ultimate plan for our lives?