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Volunteers keep Army on the march in Mount Isa

Volunteers keep Army on the march in Mount Isa

Volunteers keep Army on the march in Mount Isa

19 July 2017

Volunteers at Mount Isa Corps are compelled by the love of Christ to serve each other, and the community.

By Brad Whittle

Volunteering is the life blood of a mobilised Army. It’s not some second-rate station, but the pinnacle of service.

The core of volunteerism is a desire to contribute, to serve for the noblest of reasons. To make a difference to a greater cause with no thought of recompense for self. The impulse is pure and true.
 
Without our volunteers we’d have no movement – and this is so acutely true here in Mount Isa.

We are who we are because Kath, despite her physical limits, faithfully and joyfully cleans our toilets at church every week.
 
We are who we are because Luke (our newest adherent) mows, gardens, vacuums and helps deliver furniture and goods to those most in need.
 
We are who we are because Bill bakes chocolate brownies for everyone to share after church and welcomes all who come with a friendly smile and greeting.
 
We are who we are because Joel, Isabel and Jean (some of our youngest and finest) change the songs, water the plants and take up the offering each week.
 
We are who we are because Kevin (our oldest and finest) serves tirelessly in being the face of The Salvation Army, the face of Jesus, on the streets of Mount Isa.
 
We are who we are because Peggy helps us to balance the books every week.

We are who we are because Di controls the sound – not because she’s passionate about sound, but because she’s passionate about God, serving our family and making a difference.
 
We are who who are because when the call goes out for funds to sponsor kids to go to school, or to donate to a rescue home in the Philippines, everyone gives.
 
We are who we are because we are saved to serve, not saved to spectate.
 
We are Spirit-filled volunteers for the cause of Christ. We are a salvation Army. But we are a volunteer Army too. Volunteers compelled by the love of Christ.

Lieutenant Brad Whittle is the Corps Officer at Mount Isa Corps in Queensland and the Chaplain at Mount Isa Recovery Services Centre.

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