Hundreds of senior Salvationists from across Australia have pledged to transform The Salvation Army by living out the mission of Christ.
More than 600 seniors attended the national Seniors Rally in Melbourne last week where the theme “Build Your Kingdom IN US” became a rallying cry as many came forward and placed paper crowns at the foot of a cross that was constructed through the event.
“Seniors (age 50+) make up two-thirds of the Army movement. They are our pray-ers, givers, encouragers, volunteers and mentors,” says Major Jennifer Cloke, Salvos Caring and Seniors Ministries consultant.
“Seniors actively live out the mission and ministry of Jesus Christ through intentional grandparenting, mentoring, serving family and friends, seeing a need and filling the gap, and living out a life that models both values and behaviours,” she said.
“If we can encourage, inspire, empower, train up and send out our beautiful older corps members in God-appointed service, then The Salvation Army will be transformed and will grow as they see people coming to faith and serving those around them.”
Held at the Cross Way centre in Melbourne, the congregation was moved by keynote speaker Major Lyn Freind, as she spoke about her late husband Major Geoff Freind’s legacy and the calling of God. Major Geoff Freind died after being assaulted on the street in Malawi during a preaching tour of Africa in September last year.
“It is good to see so many people here obedient to the Lord,” she said. “I pray that my journey of obedience will help someone be obedient today to God’s calling on your life, no matter age you are at.”
Seniors ministries have been leading the way as The Salvation Army merges into one territory, with Major Jennifer Cloke and Envoy Roz Edwards collaborating on a joint vision together for the past three years.
“We invite you to partner with us to be your best self and obediently go and serve where God is calling you today regardless of age,” said Major Cloke. “Everyone matters to God.”