28 June, 2011

Just Gifts - Pig Report

Thank you to the many who continue to give to Just Gifts.

We have recently received a report from the Zambia Territory in regards to how their community has been transformed due to the purchasing of some pigs.

The funds were sent to Chikankata high school, where they were able to purchase four new pigs, as well as food and medicine for them.  This project has helped the school by acting as an income generating projects to meet some of their needs.

This is but one example of how your funds are transforming communities around the world. Thank you for those who have bought pigs that have gone to supporting the Chikankata high school.

Shiny Happy People

Posing a parable

The Salvation Army’s international mission acknowledges that it is ‘an international movement [and] an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church’. ‘Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by love for God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in his name without discrimination.’

In consideration of an understanding of the final clause, meeting ‘human needs in [Christ’s] name without discrimination’, we offer a modern parable.

A parable of us and them

Once upon a time, deep inside a forest, long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a tribe of shiny happy people. They called themselves, duly inspired, the Shiny Happy People.
The Shiny Happy People dug in the rich loamy soil of the forest floor for mushrooms, grubs and dewlip berries dropped on the forest floor. They hunted from the top of the forest’s leafy bowers (for the flighty yet meaty breadfruitgobbler birds) to the surrounding plains (for the succulent little honeybee hogs). The Shinies knew they had it good. They felt blessed by their richness of their lives, the closeness of their familial ties, and the Great Spirit whom they worshipped in the best possible way.

Upon the face of this best of all possible worlds, there lived in the neighbouring forest a tribe of similarly shiny happy people who also called themselves, without qualm or concern, the Shiny Happy People. These other ‘Shinies’ (for thusly they also abbreviated themselves) were fewer in number, but just as Shiny. They knew in their hearts of hearts that they were truly blessed by the richness of their lives, the closeness of their familial ties, and the Great Spirit whom they worshipped in the best possible way.
They, too, were keen on shrooms and grubs and dewlip berries dropped on the forest floor. They also hunted those meaty breadfruitgobbler birds and the afore-mentioned succulent honeybee hogs.

There were few discernible differences between these happy tribes. They all cared for their own. They all hunted and gathered conscientiously. They all sought the happy guidance of the Great Spirit. The distinguishing feature? One clan had very pretty vestigial tails, which they wagged stumpily as they ate their dinners. The other clan had long, cute, prehensile tails from which they swung merrily as they chowed down.

Conflict arose, as it tends to do in all such sagas, over the primacy of ‘Shininess’. Who was more righteous in the Great Spirit’s eyes, and therefore more worthy of the plumpest little honeybee hogs and the ripest of the dewlip berries? While there was plenty to go around, was either group more worthy to receive it?

There was no doubt in the minds of both parties that they were who they were because of the Great Spirit’s largesse, and that they had received their natures from a benevolent provider of grace and gifts. A nasty little war ensued.

Toes were crushed, fur flew, noses were bloodied and tails were tweaked, singed, jumped on and broken. In many cases lives were lost.

Once the forest had resounded with the sounds of laughter, industry and the happy munching, slurping and gobbling sounds of contented folk. Now there was the noise of bitter tears, the wails of mourning and the crackling of funereal pyres.

Shinies were dulled, clobbered by grief. They seemed unable, or unwilling, to unearth a common truth: each other’s tails were equally valid.

Welcome but long past due, a forlorn peace broke out; stumbling forth like welcome birdsong on a cold morning. There was but a handful of ‘lesser Shinies’ present to greet and enjoy it. The majority of their set-upon families were killed or long gone, choosing exile over terror.

When two tribes go to war there are no victors. All fall victim to hatred’s flames and the life-denying pettiness of fear.

The bottom line? The forest floor is big enough for all Shiny Happy Peoples.

Barry Gittins, territorial social programme and policy consultant – researcher/writer, The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory’s Social Programme Department.

24 June, 2011

Faith and Activism Roadshow Victoria

Coming up next Thursday 30th of June at North Fitzroy Community Church, 75 Reid Street, Fitzroy, Victoria.

Speakers are:

Jarrod McKenna, World Vision Australia Advisor Faith Youth Activism

Steven Cooke, World Vision Australia Campaign Leader – Christian Advocacy

Brett Louise Woods, National Director, Vision Generation

For more information visit:

22 June, 2011

JustSalvos Live - 2011 Ep 19 - Child Health

This week, Gen is joined by Steve Cooke and Esther Indriani from World Vision to discuss Child Health in the Asia Pacific region and the Millennium Development Goals.

Surrender:11 DVD & MP3

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Watch all the main session PLUS audio of the main sessions, Bible studies and selected workshops. A great study or service resource presented by SURRENDER.

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Place your orders at http://www.surrender.org.au/

17 June, 2011

Stop The Traffick Petition

Stop The Traffick has put out a petition on crimes compensation for survivors of trafficking in Australia. See the link for the petition and for more information. Send completed forms to the Stop The Traffick address at the bottom of the form.

Click here for the form

07 June, 2011

Just Salvos Live -- Ep 18 2011 -- Tear Australia

Capt. Gen Peterson speaks with Matthew Maury, the National Director of Tear Australia, about the work of Tear addressing global poverty from a Christian perspective

03 June, 2011

JUSTSalvos eNewsletter - June Edition


JUSTSalvos E-newsletter – June Edition

We hope this gives you a glimpse of what we are up to.

Just Salvos are part of a journey that works toward a world filled with justice and equality. We invite people to join in that journey, knowing that we ourselves are often the perpetrators of injustice to others. We do not have the answers for you here, but try to ask questions that will help us to unravel the darkness that allows greed and selfishness into our hearts. We hope that Just Salvos will help you to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.

Just Salvos Live Episodes:

Youth Week - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orVbsNH4ZGw&feature=player_embedded

Gambling - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=443tb3Ta6rs&feature=player_embedded

Fair Trade - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk8QdTgnP1c&feature=player_embedded

Sexualisation of Children - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH7pY8N2D_4&feature=player_embedded

Welcome To Australia - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i7TSjDJOZw&feature=player_embedded

Youth Issues - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFwcjvvVSy0&feature=player_embedded

The Death of Osama Bin Laden - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeWnnInB2vk&feature=player_embedded

Sex Abuse Online - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdxse9P4m18&feature=player_embedded

Prayer Guides:

We aim to have our guides up each month, but feel free to keep praying even if we haven’t finished writing our prayers yet!

The available prayer guides can be found on the download section of our website


Songs of Justice:

This is a cd we are putting together to highlight various justice issues. We have asked artists to contribute songs on issues they are passionate about. We will release the songs as we have them and you can get the cd in full in 2012.

Brad Ellis (Social Justice): http://youtu.be/ikBUkJYafco

Mezz Coleman (Asylum Seekers & Refugees): http://youtu.be/ikBUkJYafco

Rowan Castle (Youth): http://youtu.be/SQzluvb_N6E

New Website – Justsalvos.com

We have redeveloped the site, and would love your feedback while we are still in the process of fixing things. Most constructive feedback will get a free copy of Brad Ellis’ CD.

Just Gifts:

We have had a lull in purchases since Christmas so we would love for you to promote Just Gifts to your friends and families. It really is making a difference in the lives of those living in desperate situations.

Check our the catalogue here: https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/justgifts/

If you want to encourage your church to get involved in this, but want to give them Biblical reasons, this Bible Study might help: http://salvationarmy.org.au/justsalvos/up/downloads/Just_Gifts/JSG015_A5_Bible_Study_v3_.pdf

For hard copies of the Just Gifts catalogue or Bible study please email us.

Latest Resource:

We have released the first of the quarterly justice pack, Refugee and Asylum Seekers. This first edition covers the issue of refugees and asylum seekers. Get informed. Inform others. Work out how you need to respond. Get moving!


Latest Merchandise:

- Emmaline Rabbit (Rachel Castle)

- Challenging Evil (Danielle Strickland)

- Salvation of The World CD (Brad Ellis)

See the merchandise section of the webpage for more information


Special Dates:

World Environment Day (June 5) http://www.unep.org/wed/

World Day Against Child Labour (June 12) http://www.ilo.org/ipec/Campaignandadvocacy/WDACL/WorldDay-2011/lang--en/index.htm

Refugee Week (June 19) http://www.refugeecouncil.org.au/newsevents/rw_index.html

Celebrate NAIDOC Week (July 3) http://www.naidoc.org.au/about/celebrating-naidoc-week/

Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18) http://www.nelsonmandela.org/mandeladay/67_ways.html

International Day of prayer for children http://www.salvationarmy.org.au/corpsresources/post.asp?post=862



Global Poverty Project's 1.4 Billion Reasons (June 16)


Fairer World Festival (June 29)


1.4 Billion Reasons (July 2)


Unite to End Mandatory Detention Rally (June 19)


Nigerian 'baby factory' raided, 32 teenage girls freed

Nigerian 'baby factory' raided, 32 teenage girls freedLAGOS (AFP) – Nigerian police have raided a home allegedly being used to force teenage girls to have babies that were then offered for sale for trafficking or other purposes, authorities said on Wednesday.

"We stormed the premises of the Cross Foundation in Aba three days ago following a report that pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 are being made to make babies for the proprietor," said Bala Hassan, police commissioner for Abia state in the country's southeast.

"We rescued 32 pregnant girls and arrested the proprietor who is undergoing interrogation over allegations that he normally sells the babies to people who may use them for rituals or other purposes."

Some of the girls told police they had been offered to sell their babies for between 25,000 and 30,000 naira (192 dollars) depending on the sex of the baby.

The babies would then be sold to buyers for anything from 300,000 naira to one million naira (1,920 and 6,400 dollars) each, according to a state agency fighting human trafficking in Nigeria, the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

The girls were expected to be transferred to the regional NAPTIP offices in Enugu on Wednesday, the regional head Ijeoma Okoronkwo told AFP.

Hassan said the owner of the "illegal baby factory" is likely to face child abuse and human trafficking charges. Buying or selling of babies is illegal in Nigeria and can carry a 14-year jail term.

"We have so many cases going on in court right now," said Okoronkwo.

In 2008, police raids revealed an alleged network of such clinics, dubbed baby "farms" or "factories" in the local press.

Cases of child abuse and people trafficking are common in West Africa. Some children are bought from their families to for use as labour in plantations, mines, factories or as domestic help.

Others are sold into prostitution while a few are either killed or tortured in black magic rituals. NAPTIP says it has also seen a trend of illegal adoption.

"There is a problem of illict adoption and people not knowing the right way to adopt children," said Okoronkwo.

Human trafficking is ranked the third most common crime after economic fraud and drug trafficking in the country, according to UNESCO.

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01 June, 2011

40 Day Justice Bible Reading Plan

Have you checked out this resource yet? 40 day Bible reading plan on justice...

Come Change The World (Feat. Chris Dickson) by Brad Ellis - Songs of Jus...

Written and Performed by Brad Ellis and Chris Dickson
Recorded at Grafete Studios

Justice and singing are no strangers to each other.
Throughout Scripture and the history of the Church, the people of God have used songs to cry out for deliverance from oppression and to praise God for leading them in victory - even the final song recorded in the book of Revelation begins by declaring that God. Is. Just.

In light of our Just Judge, there is no such thing as too much awareness of injustice. These days the issues seem to confront us at every turn. As The Salvation Army, fighting against such injustices and advocating for the oppressed are a part of our very DNA. So is producing culturally relevant music that proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ.The Salvation Army has been called to united, focused intercession. The launching of A Global Call to Prayer: A day and night cry for justice to commence on 1 January 2011 is related to the need for justice for the oppressed, according to Luke 18. So far, more than 40 nations around the world are participating in the Global Call.

As the call to prayer itself is a global initiative, we are praying that the movement of the Spirit around the world will stir hearts and that powerful ministry and worship songs would be born as a result. SayTunes will enable us to share those songs with the world. We will be highlighting certain songs and compiling submissions at the year's end. There are no limits on what can be submitted (in terms of genres, styles, etc.) -- we only ask that they be songs of justice for the oppressed.Will you join us in echoing the General's Global Call to 24/7 prayer -- A Day and Night Cry for Justice? Will you help immerse yourself in Scripture and prayer, put your ear to the heart of the Holy One and declare justice for the oppressed across the world through songs bathed in intercession?

Will you answer the call for songs of justice?