There has always been pain in the world. Sometimes, this pain is hidden from view. It’s around the corners or down dark alleys that can be frightening to enter. At other times, circumstances bring this deep and abiding pain to the surface. The full weight of this pain is laid in front of us. Whether we are talking about men and women who are struggling against addiction, children who have been kicked out of their homes, or families seeking refuge in countries torn apart by war, the realities of the world around us can be difficult to bear.
These are complex problems and they elude any easy answers. We pray daily for the leaders around the world – government officials, CEOs, advocates, NGO leaders – who face the monumental task of discerning which paths are the best to take. As a global organization, The Salvation Army faces these problems on many fronts. Like any army, we have workers that are positioned along the front lines and battalions of support staff that meet needs in the communities in which they live.
Called to Serve
As The Salvation Army, we believe that we are called to serve. Whenever we encounter people in need, we believe that the compassion we see in the stories of Jesus is the model for how we are to respond. Like Jesus, we serve those in need. Without discrimination.
This model that the stories of Jesus demonstrated was made real to us in the words of William Booth, the Methodist preacher who founded The Salvation Army in 1860’s London. Regardless of where we serve in the world, these words have been our motivation.
While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight
While little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight
While men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight
While there is a drunkard left,
While there is a poor lost girl upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight. I’ll fight to the very end!
We serve those in our communities because we are called to show compassion for everyone.
We provide affordable afterschool care because we are called to show compassion for everyone.
We provide shelter to the homeless because we are called to show compassion for everyone.
We engage in the fight against human trafficking because we are called to show compassion for everyone.
We provide support to the refugee in search of safety because we are called to show compassion for everyone.
Just as community needs often shift, so do global realities. Political climates are fluid and impact different people in different ways. Disasters may strike at any moment. But, The Salvation Army is called to a very simple practice: service.
Where people have needs, we will rise to meet them.
We will fight. To the very end.