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17 August 2012: Captain Linda Read - The Salvation Army

Will you make a difference?

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!

William Booth 9th May 1912

The above quote could easily be written today, in actual fact it was said 100 years ago by William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army) his last public speech at the age of 83, held at the Royal Albert Hall.

A few weeks ago I sat on a bench in the square. I found it fascinating to watch folk going about their daily business. Some people seemed to be rushing others strolling and some sitting taking refreshment. I also become aware of people who looked very sad and some who seemed to be ambling around with no real purpose in life.

Many of us are so wrapped up in our own world that we don't see the injustice and desperation that is going on today, poverty, homelessness, prostitution, human trafficking, addictions, asylum seekers, and so I could go on.

We don't have to go very far from our front doors to find people who are in need in our community. We need more people like William Booth, who are prepared to stand up and fight for justice and equality.

Jesus said, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25:40)

Let's try and make a difference in our community by reaching out to people in the name of Jesus.

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