What many people don’t realize is that the Salvation Army is way, way more than just people who at Christmas stand outside with a bucket and ring a bell asking for change. All around the world the Salvation Army has formed very intentional, and deeply incarnational groups of people planted in areas literally all over the globe that need to see what Jesus looks like in a hands and feet type of way.
No frills. No fluff. Just everyday faithfully living a life of service to a local community of people.
That is the number one reason I love the Salvation Army, and the work that they do, so very much. It’s also the reason why I’m so humbled by them continuing to ask me to teach at their training institutes all over the place. If there is a legacy I would like to leave, a big part of it is one of spurring on others to really understand the need to incarnationally do life in the places the Lord has led you to. Life is about faithfulness, and showing that faithfulness starts and ends with living in the place you yearn to be faithful to.
From today until August 9th I will be teaching three times a day to a national gathering of Salvos (at a dude ranch/camp in Midlothian, TX where it is currently 105 degrees as I write this) from all over the country. My everyday schedule is as follows:
10:45-12:15pm Sitting on a Panel trying to answer questions that come our way about the Bible in general, and its implications to our lives today
1:30-2:30pm A week long core class on Building Bridges within the LGBT Community
7-8pm A week long elective on Studying the Bible and Integrating Study into Our Everyday Spiritual Lives
It’s going to be a great week.