Fools for Christ?
Each year The Salvation Army holds its Belief in Action appeal to support it’s social work around the United Kingdom. Historically we have concentrated on house to house collecting. But the increased prosperity and greater mobility of many people means its hard to find a time of day when most people are in. More charities are collecting and people are becoming inured to disaster. Coupled with declining and ageing congregations, these factors make traditional methods harder work for lower returns.

In recent years we have added street collections to our portfolio for the Annual Appeal – but the unpredictable British weather can work both for us and against us. The video shows yesterday’s attempt to raise funds in Hawick High Street. The usual bustle was absent, with only a few souls braving the wind and rain. A few bedraggled collectors reassured themselves that old ladies and homeless men still need help in bad weather. But we did end up wondering “is there not a better way?”

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About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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1 Response to Fools for Christ?

  1. angel says:

    Hi Steven, Have been searching around the internet hoping to find you 🙂 I’m Amy, not sure if you’ll remember me, but I was one of the junior soldiers in Hatfield Peverel where you and Elizabeth were stationed for a while. Would be nice to hear how things are going, my email address is, the teh isn’t a spelling mistake by the way XD give me an email if you get a moment, will be good to hear from you. Lots of love, Amy. xx

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