WINTER ASSIGNMENT | CADET SARAH BRAYE
Eddie Pola’s popular Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, gives a perfect picture of my experience since arriving in Fredericton for my winter assignment. The song is a celebration and description of activities connected with the Christmas season. Each year’s celebration speaks its familiar message of “Good News that will cause Great Joy.” It has been an exciting ride here in the Bible Belt of New Brunswick, filled with the loving kindness of the people that will always be remembered.
I have had the opportunity to participate in various Church ministries; from children’s, youth and seniors, to the Family Services aspect of things, which at such a busy time of year was incredibly rewarding. It has been quite moving to see a city so full of the giving spirit and lending a hand where needed within the community. My winter assignment has been filled with such awesome experiences, great learning opportunities and to see our Mighty God working in the lives here at the Fredericton Corps. God is present and doing wonderful things.
I have been a part of the Salvation Army my whole life and I call it a privilege to be serving within the Army and most importantly, an honour to have a divine calling from God. Reminded of the words of 1 John 3:16-18, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another. If any one of you has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in you? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” In this Christmas season we experience the “good news that will cause Great Joy” by accepting the love lavished on us from our heavenly Father and through His love we are to show others the true meaning of the season, so they too can experience Great Joy.