In the summer of 2020, the new World Services Self-Denial theme: “Goals for a Brighter Future” was introduced.
The theme came from the following passage of Scripture:
4 “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” -Isaiah 40:4-5
The vision for this campaign can be summarized as such:
Goal #1 – “Developing meaningful work”
Brighter Future #1 – seeing The Salvation Army in action around the world
Goal #2 – Increase your WS/SD in-house giving
Brighter Future #2 – Personal investment and transformation of corps members
Goal #3 – “The rough ground shall become level”
Brighter Future #3 – “The glory of the Lord will be revealed”
Throughout this year, we have highlighted how all of our Partner in Mission territories are developing meaningful work opportunities for people in their communities. These work programs included vocational training centers, a nursing college, and working farms. Our World Services Offerings are being put to use with these kinds of programs and projects.
One example is the mop factory in Nassau, Bahamas. This business, run by The Salvation Army, employs six blind and/or visually impaired individuals. The employees love having purpose and productivity and consider their workplace “the happiest place in The Salvation Army”, where they have a family and “just have fun”. They produce 300 mops per day (over 40,000 per year) that are considered to be the most popular mops in the Bahamas.
With the end of the 20/21 World Services Self-Denial year, we come to a close with our focus on “Developing Meaningful Work”. But we are not finished with our “Goals for a Brighter Future”. The 21/22 World Services Self-Denial theme will discover a new focus for Goal #1. Stay tuned! Our next newsletter will announce what that #1 Goal for a Brighter Future will be! And we will maintain our Goals #2 & 3 in the year to come.
Thank you for your continued support of The Salvation Army world through your giving to World Services Self-Denial.