Cadet Norman Porter | It takes a Village
Over the course of this two year training program I have had the awesome opportunity to travel to various places across Canada, and experience ministry in many different ways. From Newfoundland to British Columbia I have been blessed to see and be a part of some amazing ministries. The most recent weekend that I attended was in London, ON, at Hillcrest Community Church with Lts. Darren and Danette Woods. Although it was a short stop it was a meaningful one. While there I had the opportunity, along with my wife, to do a presentation about Salvation Army Officership for candidates in the area. I also had the opportunity to lead worship and preach at the Centre of Hope. This was an invaluable experience. These weekends are very valuable as a part of the training program because you not only participate in ministry but you also have the opportunity to see ministries that you never knew existed. A prime example of this was The Salvation Army Village in London. This is a unit that provides services for day care, respite and adult day programs. The most impactful piece of these weekends and the field practicum overall is the conversations that I have had with the various officers, who have encouraged and shared a wealth of knowledge. These opportunities will be ones that I will reflect on for the rest of my Officership.