Thu, Jul 12, 2012
The cadets of the Proclaimers of the Resurrection session have been stationed across Canada to participate in the communities and lives of Salvation Army Corps, throughout the summer. We have asked them to tell us about their experiences so far. We begin, with Cadets Colleen and Justin Gleadall, who are in Springdale, NL, along with their two boys, Malakai and Payton.
During our short time in Springdale three things have stuck out in our minds: hospitality, passion for ministry and a bold, unashamed approach to sharing the gospel.
“Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” 1 Peter 4:9
The first thing we noticed was mentioned by our six year-old son Malakai. As we were out on a walk one day he said “Mommy, every time we walk by someone they say ‘Hello’.” And almost on cue someone walked by and said a friendly “Hello!” Malakai looked up at me and said “I told you so!” This is just a small example of the hospitality and welcoming nature of the people in Springdale, specifically of the Springdale Corps. The warm welcomes, encouraging words and offers to help us out with the kids, a ride or a meal has been a true blessing to our family.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
The second thing we noticed was a passion for ministry. We have had the opportunity to participate in the Friday Youth nights. These are nights filled with worship, fellowship and passionate leadership. Started a little under a year ago, with three teenagers in attendance, they now consider a night with 25 youths attending a low turnout! Praise God for growth amongst the youth! Praise God for bold, consistent and passionate youth leadership!
“Therefore encourage one another, build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
However passion for ministry isn’t solely seen in the youth of the Springdale Corps. We had the opportunity to visit, among many others, with a retired officer in her home. At the young age of 89, with her eyesight diminishing, Captain Gladys Osmond continues to send a thousand letters and e-mails a month to soldiers serving our country. Her home is a testament to the lives that she has made better. With awards from the Canadian military, Members of Parliament and soldiers worldwide, her story is fascinating. Her ministry, a blessing. She has a personal challenge, to continue her ministry until she is 100 years old! Her example to us has been to be filled with passion, to love people and to continue in ministry long after retirement.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” Romans 1:16
Lastly, we have been welcomed into a town on fire for their Lord. Upon arriving in Springdale we were intrigued by a spot five minutes from where we are staying. Just off the main road in Springdale you will find a cross placed up high on a hill. A couple of times our family has walked up the wooden stairs to find peace under that simple cross that watches over Springdale. What an accurate portrayal of our time here. On Sunday nights the Pentecostal Church and The Salvation Army join together for a joint open air service. There is an overwhelming sense in these services that no apologies should be made for sharing the gospel. Those present have been urged to evaluate their relationship with Christ. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ, are challenged to respond to God’s leading without delay. Our challenge in this has been to live out our sessional name, Proclaimers of the Resurrection. Unashamed. Unapologetic. Urgent.
We look forward to everything else God has in store for us throughout the summer, and pray that God will work in and through us here in Springdale!