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Above: New territorial youth secretary and leadership and development secretary Captains Kelly and Donna Igleheart led the uprising for delegates to dance upon injustices such as human trafficking and HIV/AIDS.Dance upon injustice

Dance upon injustice

By Joy Mikles

Opening day brought rain to sunny Florida as delegates arrived in buses and cars. Camp Keystone was home to the Territorial Youth Institute for the first time since the 70s. New places always bring new adventure - and TYI 2006 was definitely an adventure.

The journey began with Captain Elvie Carter, an officer from the Eastern Territory. Each morning he facilitated discussion among the delegates about the five points of Isaiah 1:17: learning to do right, seeking justice, encouraging the oppressed, defending the cause of the fatherless and pleading the case of the widow.

 One specific lesson, about the cause of the fatherless, made the room come alive with discussion. It brought home a topic which before had seemed to point only to faraway places and strangers. However, one activity in Captain Carter's lesson revealed clusters of delegates that contained at least one person who was fatherless. Isaiah 1:17 wasn't an ancient topic anymore. Because of that morning's discussion, the whole verse became tangible for the delegation. Widows and orphans were now close. The oppressed lived next door. They had a face, they had a name, they had a hope. On that day, many realized that the Creator of the universe defends their cause and calls others to come alongside them and do the same. That was just the beginning.

After Captain Carter spoke, Aaron White from the War College in Vancouver, Canada, delivered a justice presentation. He danced, put new lyrics to old songs and challenged us to compassion and to be scandalous as Jesus was scandalous. Jesus didn't do the things that were common among the religious. In fact, He did just the opposite. He hung out with the unclean and even touched the dead! He caused scandal. White taught us that we should do the same but in a way that blesses and pleases God.

  White wouldn't allow delegates to just hear without taking action. On Saturday, he had representatives for different ministry opportunities stand around the room. The delegates then chose from among the opportunities which one or two or three they would promise to do something about - genocide, HIV/AIDS, children at risk, child sponsorship, the War College and Salvationist Service Corps.

Each afternoon and evening was packed with electives for the delegates to attend. Justice seminars focused on genocide, HIV/AIDS, sex trafficking, fair trade and pornography. Delegates walked away with knowledge and ways to make a difference in their hometowns.

Late afternoons were opportunities for the delegates to learn about specific interests, such as different books of the Bible and performance. Interest electives gave delegates a chance to show off their skills. Choreodrama, Stomp, and Video were some of the delegate favorites.

  

Above left, clockwise: Main messages for the week were delivered by Captain Elvie Carter; other speakers included Lt. Colonel David Jeffrey, Lisa Thompson (national consultant for the Initiative Against Human Trafficking) and Lt. Colonel Charles White.

Each evening was filled with wildly diverse programs. On opening night the new territorial youth leaders, Captains Kelly and Donna Igleheart, danced their hearts out to a choreographed swing number. Once they showed their fancy footwork and welcomed all the delegates to TYI, they made room on the dance floor for everyone. Jim Cain, the special guest for the evening, taught everyone how to do a square dance, the cha-cha and the limbo. The fun and fellowship continued all week with a game of "Deal or No Deal" and Talent Night.

Sunday morning culminated with worship led by Entertaining Angels, the praise band for the week. The theme chorus shook the foundations of the building:

Open up the doors and let the music play

Let the streets resound with singing

Songs that bring your hope and

Songs that bring your joy

Dancers who dance upon injustice

~Delirious

It wasn't just a song anymore. Delegates knew people and places where injustice needed to be danced upon and crushed.

Since returning from TYI, many young adults are continuing the fight against injustice in their own corps and neighborhoods. For example, a group called I-58 (an abbreviation for Isaiah 58), which began at TYI, is a group of young adult Salvationists who have decided to take a topic each month and educate their corps, community, friends and family about each injustice and hopefully motivate others to take action. What lies ahead for the teens and young adults who attended TYI is a challenge from the Lord to truly change their world by "dancing upon injustice."

Start dancing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Awards

 

Award recipients with Captains Kelly and Donna Igleheart: Above center, TYS Award recipients Jacob Granados and Charity Criss; above left, Territorial Commander's Award recipients Timothy Israel and Lindsey Fleeman and above, Steven D. Lanier Award recipient Sarah Raymer.

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Giving God our "best"

We did street ministry, open airs, house visitations, evangelism and led vacation Bible school. But one particular child, a 12-year-old named Cesar, had a huge impact on our team.

Cesar had just completed the final grade of public school. For Cesar to continue his education would have been a financial burden for his family; his father believed that Cesar had enough education.

 

Our team was saddened because we knew that Cesar had great potential. So we prayed for financial resources and that his family would allow him to go to school. Less than a week later, the corps officer in the village had secured a sponsor to pay for Cesar's schooling, and the same officer convinced Cesar's parents to let him go back to school.

When our team left Belize, Cesar recorded a farewell video. With teary eyes, he thanked each person by name and called each of us the "best" at something. "You are my best friend because you listen to me. You are the best to have fun with because you play sports with me." God provided for Cesar. He took what we thought was the least we had to give - our prayers - and turned it into the "best." Josh Knapp and Captain Cristina Bell

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Nothing is impossible for God

"Mission exists because worship doesn't." The truth of those words became so evident to me over the six weeks I spent in Malaysia this summer. We were surrounded by Buddhist temples, Chinese altars and people who had no desire to hear a word we had to say. In Malaysia, if Christians tried to witness to a Malay, they would be seriously prosecuted. The devil tried to use that threat as a way to discourage me. I thought it was hopeless.

 

When our team arrived at Kota Kinabalu, we started working at the daycare center operated by the corps, working with a group of Muslim children. It had taken the corps so long to form relationships with those families that our team had to be very careful about what we said and did around them.

 

Our team didn't teach those children a single word from the Bible, but we showed them with our deeds. We showed them through our smiles, encouraging words and the love of Christ shining through us.

God showed me that I don't have to shout to minister to people because sometimes He speaks the loudest through His silence. Nothing is impossible for God; He is bigger than our circumstances.

Kelsey Igleheart

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The 2006 Salvationist Service Corps Teams

Malaysia

Ben Bridges (Florida), team leader

Annie Hobgood (Florida)

Chauncy Thompson (Texas)

Vicki Hastings (Florida)

Lindsey Fleeman (Florida)

Kelsey Igleheart (NCV)

Lauren Halsey (Georgia)

Josh Powell (NSC)

Peru

Carlos Cantu (Georgia), team leader

Josie Showers (KT)

Booth Jewett (NSC)

Tammi Santos (Florida)

Johanna Guadalupe (NSC)

Cherika Gage (NCV)

Hillary Luyk (Georgia)

Tralena Davis (AOK)

Belize

Joshua Knapp (Texas), team leader

Captain Cristina Bell (Gulfport, Miss.)

Valentina Ricardo (Georgia)

Marion Killian (AOK)

Angel Sanders (NCV)

Shannon Rogers (NSC)

Bethany Taylor (Texas)

Alyce Martindale (Texas)

Charlotte, N.C.

Led by Rob and Heather Dolby

Tempress Boone (ALM)

Jaime Reifer (Florida)

Debra Kennedy (KT)

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God hears our prayers

In Peru, our team helped start a corps right in the middle of a drug-infested, prostitute-surrounded, idol-worshiping area. And people came forward to become members - members who were willing to carry on God's work. We also had the opportunity to be on the radio. I could not believe we would be on the radio telling people about God's love and presenting The Salvation Army to the whole city of Piura.

After starting a corps, feeding the unfed and clothing the unclothed, I have learned that beauty can exist in poverty and filth - a beauty that can be seen only in Christ's eyes. I learned that I take things for granted. I learned to get really close to God's presence. I learned that the enemy will use all he can to keep you from doing God's work.

After a couple of weeks in Peru, I got an email from home saying my mother had been admitted to the hospital and she was going to need surgery. I was very surprised, but I couldn't believe how much peace God gave me. I simply put my trust in the Lord and prayed for my mother's healing. God answered my prayers just a few days later. No surgery was needed for my mother. I learned that God heals, and He hears my prayers.

Carlos Cantu

 

 

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Love conquers every injustice

 

Many people will hear Charlotte and think, "Mission trip? Are you serious?" Absolutely! One of the largest contributors to injustice here in America is that we just don't see it.

In Charlotte I didn't have the choice to turn my head away from the pain and suffering I saw. I had to look at it straight in the eyes, and say to it, "You don't belong here."

 This summer was about learning to stand up and fight against injustice. Injustices like two little girls being afraid to go home because their mom and her live-in boyfriend were always fighting, and usually using knives. Injustices like a 2-year-old wandering around with his 4-year-old sister by themselves at 11:30 p.m.

I learned that I could stand in that neighborhood and try to figure out where these problems came from and look at how they're generational, but that wasn't necessary. I realized that it can be quite simple. A freeze-pop can go a long way where these kids live. Or just taking a child by the hand and walking him home - that's ministry.

This summer I learned a lot of things that can be easily transferred to fit any situation. I also learned that love really does conquer all.

Jaime Riefer

 

 

 

 






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