Cadet Michelle Cale | Winter Assignment | St. John’s Citadel
“In quietness and confidence shall be your strength,” these words from Isaiah 30:15 greeted me on my first night in St. John’s, for my Winter Assignment. Leaving the now familiar walls of CFOT, for a twelve-day intensive field practicum, only truly hit me as I settled to catch my breath after making the journey out east for the first time. It is one thing to attend classes, to participate in local ministry but yet another altogether to step into new ground, new ministry and adjust quickly. God quickly spoke to my heart, making use of this little verse that has become a comfort to me over the course of many years. You see, the same was inscribed on a plaque in the Chapel at Camp Sunrise (BC Division) and is personal: less of me (quietness) coupled with listening (to what I know confidently to be God’s voice) always has led to increased strength, strength for the task at hand.
Assigned to St. John’s Citadel, both traditional and vibrant, has been that task at hand, and has taken me into new waters of ministry: pastoral care & visitation, administration and chapel services, in addition to work with a full spectrum of groups: children, youth, seniors, at-risk, women. I have had a hand at sitting in with the Senior and YP bands, Songsters, Drama presentation, even joining in song and actions for the Children’s musical “The Best Christmas Present Ever!” Sharing three devotionals (Glenbrook Chapel, Young at Heart Adult’s Fellowship, and the Youth Fellowship Ministries Christmas dinner) offered opportunity to present messages to very specific groups in varying venues.
Wholeheartedly I can say that I have been truly blessed to join in worship and ministry with the Leadership and Corps family of St. John’s Citadel. The heart of this Corps (and of Newfoundlanders) is such warm-hearted hospitality and love for community. One does not have to wander the halls or enter the homes of the Citadel folks for long before seeing this: parents, sharing a coffee or offering a hand to help in the corps kitchen while their kids are at Singing Company; Senior’s initiating food drives for Family Services at Glenbrook Villa; Volunteers coming together to prepare and serve a hot lunch to the neigbouring Booth Memorial High School, and the list goes on and on…
God continues to re-affirm His hand and calling on my life, and certainly has used many moments here to remind me of his constant, abiding faithfulness. Like me, perhaps you have a simple verse or promise you hold to, that God continues to reveal Himself to you through. This Christmas, it is my prayer that you too would experience afresh, like I have here in St. John’s, some quietness, some hush in the busy season, experiencing afresh the strength that comes from relying ever fully on God, our Saviour.